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Line clinches Pro Stock world championship; Worsham, Capps, Edwards, Krawiec winners in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Jason Line clinched his second NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock world championship as racing came to an end Sunday at the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Del Worsham, Ron Capps, Mike Edwards and Eddie Krawiec raced to wins in their respective categories at the penultimate race of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season.

It’s more important to clinch here than Pomona since we have all of Ken Black’s family here and without them, none of this would be possible.

Jason Line

Line entered the 2011 NHRA Countdown to the Championship second in the Pro Stock point standings. He then raced to three consecutive final round appearances, including wins in Dallas and Reading, in the first three races of the Countdown. In total, Line raced to six wins in eight final round appearances for the season and posted seven No. 1 qualifiers.

“It feels unbelievable to win my second championship,” said Line. “Timing is everything in our sport, and we got hot at the right time. The second championship definitely means more to me because as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to appreciate it and realized how hard these things really are to get.”

Line, who won his first NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock world championship in 2006, clinched his second title after he raced his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to a semifinal round appearance Sunday in Las Vegas, home of his KB Racing team owner, Ken Black.

“It’s more important to clinch here than Pomona since we have all of Ken Black’s family here and without them, none of this would be possible,” said Line. “We owe everything to them. Wish we could have given them an all Summit final, but at least we did this here.”

In Top Fuel, Worsham raced to his seventh win of the season when he powered his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.823-second run at 318.77 mph past Spencer Massey. The win moved Worsham into the second spot in the point standings, two points behind leader Massey heading into the final race of the season.

“Today was Al-Anabi, Sheikh Khalid (Al-Thani, team owner), and our team,” said Worsham. “You can’t see the other guy, but there’s that feeling like when someone is staring at you and you know they’re there. I knew (Spencer Massey) was lurking. He never saw me either. When my win light cam on down there, I was proud.”

Matco Tools dragster pilot Antron Brown sits third in the point standings, 14 points out of the lead, while defending world champion Larry Dixon sits fourth in the standings, 44 points behind leader Massey.

In Funny Car, Ron Capps defeated fellow Don Schumacher Racing teammate Johnny Gray to collect his second win of the season. Capps drove his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger to a 4.109 at 311.34 to secure his 33rd career win and fourth at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We’re fighting to get back into it,” said Capps. “As soon as you start celebrating the win at the top end, you also think, ‘Gosh, if it weren’t for that DNQ, we’d be right in the middle of it.’ I want to win the championship with Tim and Kim (Richards, crew chiefs). We’re going to try. I couldn’t believe that 4.10 in the final. I couldn’t believe the car stayed hooked up.”

Del Worsham
Del Worsham

Photo by: Ted Rossino

While Capps raced to the win, his teammate Matt Hagan took the points lead away from Jack Beckman. Hagan now leads Beckman by one point heading into the final race of the season, while third-place driver Cruz Pedregon sits 26 points behind leader Hagan and John Force Racing driver, Mike Neff, moved down to the fourth spot, 34 points out of the lead.

Mike Edwards raced to the win in Pro Stock when he powered his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP to a 6.641 at 208.30 past Allen Johnson in the final round. For Edwards, it was his fourth win of the season, 32nd of his career and third in Las Vegas.

“To win the race, to come out here and qualify really well, and put four rounds together, we’ve been trying to do that for the last six or seven races for sure,” said Edwards. “Actually, it’s been more than that, probably. But it feels good to come out and finally win a race. Hats off to all my guys for doing a tremendous job.”

In Pro Stock Motorcycle 2008 world champion Eddie Krawiec defeated fellow Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate when he powered his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.936 at 194.30 in the final round. It was Krawiec’s fourth win of the season and 11th of his career. The win also increased his points lead over second-place driver Hector Arana Jr. by 69 points.

“You know the most important thing here was consistency,” said Krawiec. “Round wins and round wins. And I’ve just been trying to work on my riding and being consistent. That’s the one thing that shows. No. 1 qualifying cracks don’t get you Wally’s and points at the end of the weekend. It’s an awesome points system that we have going for the past couple of years with all the categories. You can see that it’s really working and that it makes it good for the fans.”

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will head to Southern California for the final stop of the 2011 season, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 10-13 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

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LAS VEGAS -- Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 11th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the 21st of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:
1. Del Worsham; 2. Spencer Massey; 3. Brandon Bernstein; 4. Antron Brown; 5. Rod Fuller; 6. Larry Dixon; 7. Bob Vandergriff; 8. David Grubnic; 9. Ron August; 10. Steve Torrence; 11. Tony Schumacher; 12. Clay Millican; 13. Shawn Langdon; 14. Dom Lagana; 15. T.J. Zizzo; 16. Doug Kalitta.

Ron Capps during his burnout in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger
Ron Capps during his burnout in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger

Photo by: Ted Rossino

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

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

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Eddie Krawiec; 2. Andrew Hines; 3. Angie Smith; 4. Hector Arana; 5. Hector Arana Jr; 6. Jerry Savoie; 7. LE Tonglet; 8. Jim Underdahl; 9. Steve Johnson; 10. Michael Ray; 11. David Hope; 12. Mike Berry; 13. Bailey Whitaker; 14. Shawn Gann; 15. Matt Smith; 16. Matt Guidera.

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LAS VEGAS -- Final round-by-round results from the 11th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 21st of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- David Grubnic, 4.118, 216.76 def. Steve Torrence, 4.176, 213.84; Larry Dixon, 3.844, 317.34 def. T.J. Zizzo, 8.378, 85.20; Antron Brown, 3.836, 322.04 def. Tony Schumacher, 4.602, 168.41; Bob Vandergriff, 3.848, 324.67 def. Clay Millican, 5.375, 130.14; Del Worsham, 3.856, 314.02 def. Shawn Langdon, 5.519, 129.62; Spencer Massey, 3.830, 324.75 def. Ron August, foul; Brandon Bernstein, 3.873, 316.75 def. Dom Lagana, 6.314, 95.60; Rod Fuller, 3.849, 325.53 def. Doug Kalitta, DQ;

QUARTERFINALS -- Worsham, 3.860, 319.14 def. Grubnic, 7.285, 80.57; Bernstein, 3.970, 302.35 def. Dixon, 4.231, 240.17; Brown, 3.878, 313.44 def. Vandergriff, 5.119, 120.19; Massey, 3.895, 320.13 def. Fuller, 3.903, 322.42;

SEMIFINALS -- Massey, 3.890, 318.62 def. Bernstein, foul; Worsham, 3.878, 314.02 def. Brown, foul;

FINAL -- Worsham, 3.823, 318.77 def. Massey, 3.834, 323.74.

FUNNY CAR:

Mike Edwards, Penhall Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP
Mike Edwards, Penhall Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP

Photo by: Ted Rossino

ROUND ONE -- Johnny Gray, Dodge Charger, 4.158, 311.63 def. Melanie Troxel, Toyota Solara, 5.032, 197.42; Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala SS, 4.486, 242.89 def. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, no time; Ron Capps, Charger, 4.139, 306.95 def. Todd Lesenko, Charger, 5.095, 162.00; Paul Lee, Impala SS, 4.225, 305.56 def. Mike Neff, Mustang, 5.177, 152.14; Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.171, 306.95 def. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.403, 288.70; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.138, 307.09 def. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 5.018, 157.87; Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.185, 307.65 def. Alexis DeJoria, Solara, 4.543, 216.45; Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.238, 301.13 def. John Force, Mustang, 4.882, 173.07;

QUARTERFINALS -- Gray, 4.147, 312.93 def. Lee, 5.228, 152.42; Capps, 4.187, 305.22 def. Beckman, 4.208, 303.16; C. Pedregon, 4.167, 306.60 def. Hagan, broke; Tasca III, 4.205, 306.12 def. T. Pedregon, 4.509, 223.43;

SEMIFINALS -- Capps, 4.125, 309.20 def. C. Pedregon, 4.196, 304.05; Gray, 4.123, 311.56 def. Tasca III, 10.799, 86.69;

FINAL -- Capps, 4.109, 311.34 def. Gray, 4.203, 295.08.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Ronnie Humphrey, Pontiac GXP, 6.665, 206.76 def. Erica Enders, Chevy Cobalt, 12.632, 68.01; Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.644, 207.66 def. Shane Gray, GXP, foul; Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.658, 207.18 def. Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 6.676, 207.08; Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.642, 208.10 def. Steve Kent, GXP, 6.680, 206.48; Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.668, 206.70 def. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.662, 206.92; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.628, 208.65 def. Mark Wolfe, Mustang, 6.715, 205.32; Jason Line, GXP, 6.630, 207.75 def. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.697, 206.07; Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.648, 207.56 def. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.699, 206.76;

QUARTERFINALS -- A. Johnson, 6.680, 207.56 def. Morgan, 6.716, 206.83; Anderson, 6.667, 207.53 def. K. Johnson, 6.696, 206.51; Line, 6.652, 207.34 def. Krisher, foul; Edwards, 6.652, 208.17 def. Humphrey, 6.717, 206.61;

SEMIFINALS -- A. Johnson, 6.674, 207.53 def. Line, foul; Edwards, 6.663, 208.17 def. Anderson, 6.646, 207.78;

FINAL -- Edwards, 6.641, 208.30 def. A. Johnson, 6.668, 208.01.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE -- Angie Smith, Buell, 7.014, 190.06 def. Mike Berry, Buell, 7.101, 186.43; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.019, 189.18 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.016, 190.22; Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.985, 189.76 def. Michael Ray, Buell, 7.018, 189.73; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.953, 192.06 def. Bailey Whitaker, Buell, foul; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.963, 190.54 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, 7.407, 146.73; Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.977, 192.03 def. Matt Guidera, Buell, 8.164, 115.78; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.000, 191.29 def. David Hope, Buell, 7.089, 187.81; Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.064, 190.40 def. Matt Smith, Buell, 7.929, 140.87;

QUARTERFINALS -- Krawiec, 6.957, 193.29 def. Tonglet, 7.075, 187.68; A. Smith, 7.046, 189.47 def. Arana Jr, 6.975, 191.35; Arana, 6.924, 192.38 def. Savoie, 7.010, 190.78; Hines, 6.981, 191.48 def. Underdahl, 7.100, 189.66;

SEMIFINALS -- Hines, 6.977, 192.85 def. A. Smith, 7.053, 189.47; Krawiec, 6.989, 193.35 def. Arana, 7.157, 191.48;

FINAL -- Krawiec, 6.936, 194.30 def. Hines, 6.995, 192.96.

Eddie Krawiec
Eddie Krawiec

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

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LAS VEGAS -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 11th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 21st of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1. Spencer Massey, 2,503; 2. Del Worsham, 2,501; 3. Antron Brown, 2,489; 4. Larry Dixon, 2,459; 5. Tony Schumacher, 2,367; 6. Brandon Bernstein, 2,326; 7. David Grubnic, 2,220; 8. Doug Kalitta, 2,207; 9. Shawn Langdon, 2,198; 10. Morgan Lucas, 2,084.

Funny Car

1. Matt Hagan, 2,416; 2. Jack Beckman, 2,415; 3. Cruz Pedregon, 2,390; 4. Mike Neff, 2,382; 5. Robert Hight, 2,345; 6. Ron Capps, 2,344; 7. Bob Tasca III, 2,295; 8. Jeff Arend, 2,270; 9. John Force, 2,200; 10. Tim Wilkerson, 2,179.

Pro Stock

1. Jason Line, 2,592; 2. Mike Edwards, 2,424; 3. Greg Anderson, 2,393; 4. Vincent Nobile, 2,344; 5. Allen Johnson, 2,338; 6. Erica Enders, 2,337; 7. Rodger Brogdon, 2,275; 8. Greg Stanfield, 2,238; 9. Shane Gray, 2,186; 10. Ron Krisher, 2,167.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Eddie Krawiec, 2,589; 2. Hector Arana Jr, 2,520; 3. Matt Smith, 2,403; 4. Andrew Hines, 2,384; 5. Karen Stoffer, 2,329; 6. Hector Arana, 2,312; 7. Jerry Savoie, 2,305; 8. LE Tonglet, 2,299; 9. Michael Phillips, 2,246; 10. Jim Underdahl, 2,201.

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