Scelzi, Force, Yates, Seeling, and Panella Win Third Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals MADISON IL - SUMMIT FastNews -- Gary Scelzi solidified his position as a contender for a third consecutive NHRA Winston championship with his third victory of...
Scelzi, Force, Yates, Seeling, and Panella Win Third Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals
MADISON IL - SUMMIT FastNews -- Gary Scelzi solidified his position as a contender for a third consecutive NHRA Winston championship with his third victory of the season in the early morning hours Sunday at the third annual Sears Craftsman Nationals. Scelzi, from Fresno, Calif., claimed his second straight win at Gateway International Raceway and in the process denied Tony Schumacher a first career victory. Scelzi, who moved into fourth place in the Winston point standings with the win, covered the quarter-mile in 4.602 seconds at 312.13 mph in his Team Winston dragster, while Schumacher's Exide Batteries dragster lost traction and ran 8.029 at 105.94. John Force, Jim Yates, Angelle Seeling and Bob Panella were also pro category winners at the $1.6 million race, the 11th of 22 events in the $40 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., claimed his seventh Funny Car victory of the season, defeating teammate Tony Pedregon in an all-Ford Mustang final. Force powered to his 77th career victory with a 4.947 at 297.88 in his Castrol GTX Mustang, while Pedregon's Castrol Syntec Mustang encountered problems at the start and limped to the finish at 12.985 at 73.58. Alexandria, Va.'s Jim Yates earned his first Pro Stock victory of the season, ending a winless drought dating back to February 1998. Yates used a holeshot start and ran 7.018 at 195.85 in his Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird to defeat Johnson, who posted a quicker but losing 7.010 at 196.33. Angelle Seeling, from New Orleans, won for the fourth time this season in Pro Stock Motorcycle, defeating Matt Hines in a close final between Suzukis. Seeling posted a 7.317 at 182.45 on her Team Winston Suzuki to edge Hines at the finish, who ran 7.322 at 181.89 on his Eagle One Suzuki. Panella, from Stockton, Calif., defeated Mark Osborne for his second Pro Stock Truck victory of the season. Panella covered the distance in 7.623 at 176.28 in his Chevrolet S-10 while Osborne's S-10 broke on the starting line. The next NHRA event is the inaugural Winston Showdown, NHRA's all-star race, July 8-10, at Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.
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