FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 POST-RACE NOTES: SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS, JUNE 26-29, MADISON, ILL. TOP FUEL *The streak lives. The Top Fuel dragster owned and tuned by Alan Johnson has won at least one...
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Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761
POST-RACE NOTES: SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS, JUNE 26-29, MADISON, ILL.
TOP FUEL *The streak lives. The Top Fuel dragster owned and tuned by Alan Johnson has won at least one round of eliminations at the last 29 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series national events in which it was raced in eliminations. Gary Scelzi has advanced to at least the semifinals at all 11 races this season in the Team Winston Dragster owned and tuned by Johnson. FUNNY CAR *Gary Bolger failed to qualify in his final NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series national event. Bolger, 53, from Genoa, Ill., retired from a driving career that started in 1965. He was winless during his career but highly respected for his ability to earn strong finishes with a limited budget. Bolger will be replaced in the Creasy Family Pontiac Firebird by Dale Creasy Jr., son of car owner Dale Creasy. The Creasy team will rejoin the NHRA circuit in mid-August. PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE *Matt Hines' streak of three consecutive victories on the Vance & Hines Suzuki GSXR ended with a loss to John Smith in the semifinals. *Two women are in the top 10 of the NHRA Winston point standings for the first time in NHRA history. Angelle Seeling is sixth on the Close Call Phone Card Suzuki GSXR. Stephanie Reaves is 10th on the Reaves Racing Suzuki GSXR. SPORTSMAN *Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the first NHRA driver to win a national event in three categories in one season with his victory in Super Stock at this event. Coughlin, from Columbus, Ohio, also won the Competition title at the Fram Nationals in April at Atlanta and the Super Gas title at the Mopar Parts Nationals in May at Englishtown, N.J., in his Jeg's Performance entries. GENERAL *This event was the largest inaugural race in NHRA history, with an estimated, four-day crowd of 101,300. The previous-largest inaugural event was the 1995 Virginia is for Lovers Nationals in Richmond, Va., which drew 91,660. -30- 7/1/97-MI6-098