NHRA Series Englishtown Final Eliminations Report

NHRA Series Englishtown Final Eliminations Report

Old Bridge Township Raceway Park

Massey Collects Second Consecutive Win Of The Season; Neff, Johnson, Smith Also Winners In Englishtown


Spencer Massey raced to his second consecutive win of the season Sunday at the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Mike Neff (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in their categories at the eighth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Massey drove his FRAM/Prestone dragster to a winning 3.821-second run at 319.07 mph to beat Top Fuel points leader Del Worsham on a holeshot. It was Massey’s second consecutive win of the season (Topeka) and fourth of his career.

“It’s awesome to beat the Alan Johnson/Al-Anabi/Del Worsham car in the final,” said Massey. “The Al-Anabi car has been on a roll and running killer numbers, so we knew we had to be on our 'A' game, that the car had to run well and I had to be on my game. I even had a Full Throttle to amp myself up before I got in there.”

Mike Neff
Mike Neff

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Worsham kept the points lead with his fourth final round appearance of the season, while teammate and defending event winner Larry Dixon moved around seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher to take over the second-place spot in the point standings after his semifinal round appearance.

In Funny Car, Neff held off No. 1 qualifer Cruz Pedregon to grab his second win of the season. Neff drove his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to a 4.071 at 314.09 winning run after Pedregon posted a red light start. It was Neff’s third career win and fourth consecutive final round appearance for the season.

“I knew he red-lighted,” said Neff. “I was sitting there waiting for the Tree to come down, and I heard him leave and knew he red-lighted because the Tree hadn’t come down yet. I looked over and saw that his bulb was red, then I looked up and saw our win light on. By that time, I had already hit the gas and was taking off and saw our win light on. I wanted to see what it would run, then I was saying ‘Don’t drive over the centerline or something.' Wouldn’t you lose if you did that? Yeah, maybe I should have lifted.”

The win strengthened Neff’s points lead over the Funny Car class, while Pedregon fell just seven points from moving up to the third spot in the point standings.

Pro Stock’s Allen Johnson held off rookie sensation Vincent Nobile to pick up his first win of the season. Johnson drove his Team Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Avenger to a 6.689 at 210.64 for the win after Nobile posted a red-light start in the final round. It was Johnson’s ninth win of his career.

“It was a dream to have an all-team final round and to have it happen this early in the season is a dream come true,” said Johnson, who provides engines for Nobile. “I’m very proud of our engine guys and Mark (Ingersoll, crew chief) who makes the tuning calls. Vincent is a fierce competitor and I’m sure we’re going to tangle a few more times before this is over.”

The win moved Johnson up to seventh in the point standings, while leader Jason Line kept control of his points lead over the category with his second round appearance.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Smith on his Al-Anabi Racing Buell held off points leader Karen Stoffer to grab his first win of the season. Smith’s run of 6.900 a 191.73 was enough to beat Stoffer on a holeshot and give the 2007 world champion his first win of the season and 13th win of his career.

“I won my first race here in 2006, so I’ve always liked racing at this track,” said Smith. “When I saw these (pewter 60th anniversary edition) Wally trophies I said to myself I wanted to win at least one this year so I’m glad I did.”

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will return to action at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers, June 17-19 at Bristol Dragway.

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Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The race is the eighth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL: 1. Spencer Massey; 2. Del Worsham; 3. Larry Dixon; 4. Brandon Bernstein; 5. Doug Kalitta; 6. Morgan Lucas; 7. Tony Schumacher; 8. Antron Brown; 9. David Grubnic; 10. Bob Vandergriff; 11. Shawn Langdon; 12. Dom Lagana; 13. Fred Farndon; 14. Doug Foley; 15. Clay Millican; 16. Terry McMillen.

Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson

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FUNNY CAR: 1. Mike Neff; 2. Cruz Pedregon; 3. Ron Capps; 4. Matt Hagan; 5. Johnny Gray; 6. Jack Beckman; 7. Melanie Troxel; 8. Tim Wilkerson; 9. John Force; 10. Bob Tasca III; 11. Jeff Arend; 12. Jim Head; 13. Robert Hight; 14. Tony Pedregon; 15. Paul Lee; 16. John Smith.

PRO STOCK: 1. Allen Johnson; 2. Vincent Nobile; 3. Greg Stanfield; 4. Mike Edwards; 5. Erica Enders; 6. Jason Line; 7. Rodger Brogdon; 8. Shane Gray; 9. Greg Anderson; 10. Ron Krisher; 11. V. Gaines; 12. Steve Kent; 13. Bob Benza; 14. Kurt Johnson; 15. Ronnie Humphrey; 16. Larry Morgan.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Matt Smith; 2. Karen Stoffer; 3. Jerry Savoie; 4. Andrew Hines; 5. Michael Phillips; 6. Eddie Krawiec; 7. Jim Underdahl; 8. Justin Finley; 9. Angie Smith; 10. GT Tonglet; 11. Chip Ellis; 12. Hector Arana Jr; 13. Mike Berry; 14. LE Tonglet; 15. Hector Arana; 16. Junior Pippin.

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Sunday's final results from the 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The race is the eighth of 22 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Spencer Massey, 3.821 seconds, 319.07 mph def. Del Worsham, 3.815 seconds, 322.19 mph.

Funny Car -- Mike Neff, Ford Mustang, 4.071, 314.09 def. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Solara, foul.

Pro Stock -- Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.689, 210.64 def. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, foul.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- Matt Smith, Buell, 6.900, 191.73 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.889, 194.74.

Pro Modified -- Danny Rowe, Chevy Camaro, 5.878, 245.99 def. Mike Janis, Ford Mustang, 5.981, 244.78.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Duane Shields, 5.206, 277.20 def. Mike Kosky, 5.471, 262.74.

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.456, 266.21 def. Mickey Ferro, Monte Carlo, 5.562, 259.91.

Competition Eliminator -- David Rampy, Bantam, 7.653, 137.95 def. Anthony Bertozzi, Roadster, 30.777, 45.08.

Super Stock -- David Rampy, Chevy Camaro, 10.292, 129.54 def. Bob Hochrun, Camaro, 9.782, 134.77.

Stock Eliminator -- Joe Santangelo, Chevy Camaro, 10.753, 114.98 def. Chuck Veach, Camaro, 11.559, 113.41.

Super Comp -- Dave Heuwetter, Dragster, 8.934, 174.50 def. Don Higgins, Dragster, broke.

Super Gas -- Mike Sawyer, Chevy Cavalier, 9.943, 157.98 def. Francis Ross, Chevy Camaro, 9.884, 167.53.

Super Street -- Eric Reiff, Olds Cutlass, 10.897, 123.69 def. Ryan Roberts, Chevy Monte Carlo, 10.869, 135.84.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith

Photo by: Glenn F. Katauskas

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Final round-by-round results from the 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the eighth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Doug Kalitta, 4.732, 231.60 def. Clay Millican, 5.833, 133.84; Morgan Lucas, 3.870, 316.52 def. Shawn Langdon, 3.981, 306.88; Antron Brown, 3.833, 321.27 def. David Grubnic, 3.915, 291.63; Larry Dixon, 3.807, 319.37 def. Terry McMillen, 8.110, 97.49; Tony Schumacher, 4.986, 141.25 def. Dom Lagana, foul; Del Worsham, 3.830, 316.08 def. Fred Farndon, 4.059, 273.61; Spencer Massey, 3.816, 321.81 def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.932, 305.56; Brandon Bernstein, 3.837, 317.64 def. Doug Foley, 5.610, 112.99;

QUARTERFINALS -- Bernstein, 3.825, 319.22 def. Schumacher, 4.884, 164.69; Worsham, 3.834, 319.52 def. Kalitta, 4.386, 245.54; Massey, 3.807, 320.51 def. Lucas, 4.507, 175.82; Dixon, 3.837, 320.28 def. Brown, 5.226, 140.27;

SEMIFINALS -- Worsham, 3.827, 319.37 def. Dixon, 3.814, 318.02; Massey, 3.825, 319.90 def. Bernstein, 3.845, 319.29;

FINAL -- Massey, 3.821, 319.07 def. Worsham, 3.815, 322.19.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.093, 306.81 def. Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala SS, 6.072, 112.53; Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.101, 303.64 def. John Force, Mustang, 4.128, 309.49; Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Solara, 4.141, 302.08 def. John Smith, Chevy Monte Carlo, 15.665, 63.44; Melanie Troxel, Solara, 4.071, 310.27 def. Paul Lee, Impala SS, 7.231, 69.43; Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.804, 274.39 def. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.888, 227.80; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.116, 306.53 def. Jim Head, Solara, 4.565, 235.51; Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.079, 311.77 def. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.173, 300.46; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.112, 308.57 def. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.139, 305.56;

QUARTERFINALS -- Capps, 4.132, 303.37 def. Wilkerson, 5.016, 154.67; C. Pedregon, 4.074, 305.84 def. Beckman, 4.179, 305.15; Hagan, 4.217, 241.15 def. Troxel, 5.011, 164.25; Neff, 4.083, 313.66 def. Gray, 4.149, 304.87;

SEMIFINALS -- C. Pedregon, 4.111, 284.62 def. Hagan, 4.314, 257.43; Neff, 4.067, 313.00 def. Capps, 4.185, 288.70;

FINAL -- Neff, 4.071, 314.09 def. C. Pedregon, foul.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 6.554, 210.93 def. Ronnie Humphrey, Pontiac GXP, 7.073, 155.52; Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.570, 210.05 def. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.568, 210.97; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.536, 211.86 def. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.671, 209.43; Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.531, 211.26 def. Steve Kent, GXP, 6.590, 210.31; Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 6.539, 211.13 def. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.583, 210.37; Shane Gray, GXP, 6.562, 210.80 def. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 9.664, 92.87; Jason Line, GXP, 6.526, 211.16 def. Bob Benza, GXP, 6.609, 209.01; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.538, 211.76 def. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.568, 211.49;

QUARTERFINALS -- Stanfield, 6.566, 210.70 def. Gray, 6.587, 211.03; A. Johnson, 6.533, 211.23 def. Enders, 6.547, 211.36; Edwards, 6.562, 211.13 def. Brogdon, 6.571, 210.67; Nobile, 6.568, 210.87 def. Line, 6.568, 210.67;

SEMIFINALS -- Nobile, 6.629, 210.83 def. Edwards, 20.995, 33.64; A. Johnson, 6.555, 210.70 def.Stanfield, 6.559, 210.87;

FINAL -- A. Johnson, 6.689, 210.64 def. Nobile, foul.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE -- Matt Smith, Buell, 6.861, 192.93 def. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.896, 190.19; Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.903, 197.36 def. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.994, 188.99; Justin Finley, Suzuki, 6.976, 192.33 def. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.957, 191.05; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.965, 191.02 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.963, 190.30; Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.925, 192.91 def. Hector Arana, Buell, 7.040, 190.48; Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.870, 195.14 def. GT Tonglet, Buell, 6.929, 191.24; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.954, 195.65 def. Junior Pippin, Buell, 7.223, 180.84; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.898, 192.74 def. Mike Berry, Buell, 6.968, 188.96; QUARTERFINALS -- Hines, 6.946, 188.46 def. Underdahl, 7.006, 188.86; Savoie, 6.966, 188.20 def. Finley, foul; Stoffer, 6.899, 193.57 def. Phillips, 6.917, 195.79; M. Smith, 6.920, 188.02 def. Krawiec, 6.959, 189.52;

SEMIFINALS -- M. Smith, 6.902, 191.84 def. Hines, 6.971, 191.19; Stoffer, 6.907, 194.32 def. Savoie, 6.928, 189.84;

FINAL -- M. Smith, 6.900, 191.73 def. Stoffer, 6.889, 194.74.

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Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the eighth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1. Del Worsham, 714; 2. Spencer Massey, 650; 3. Larry Dixon, 609; 4. Tony Schumacher, 597; 5. Antron Brown, 580; 6. Doug Kalitta, 468; 7. Brandon Bernstein, 391; 8. Morgan Lucas, 379; 9. Shawn Langdon, 369; 10. Terry McMillen, 330.

Funny Car

1. Mike Neff, 707; 2. Jack Beckman, 609; 3. Robert Hight, 570; 4. Cruz Pedregon, 563; 5. Matt Hagan, 481; 6. John Force, 418; 7. Jeff Arend, 416; 8. Ron Capps, 406; 9. (tie) Johnny Gray, 398; Bob Tasca III, 398.

Pro Stock

1. Jason Line, 642; 2. Greg Stanfield, 585; 3. Greg Anderson, 571; 4. (tie) Mike Edwards, 545; Vincent Nobile, 545; 6. Rodger Brogdon, 512; 7. Allen Johnson, 471; 8. Erica Enders, 421; 9. Shane Gray, 404; 10. Ron Krisher, 360.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Karen Stoffer, 380; 2. Andrew Hines, 337; 3. Eddie Krawiec, 311; 4. LE Tonglet, 273; 5. Matt Smith, 252; 6. Hector Arana, 239; 7. Jerry Savoie, 238; 8. Michael Phillips, 193; 9. Jim Underdahl, 186; 10. Hector Arana Jr, 148.

-source: nhra

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