Tucson open test summary 2003-01-26

Force, Hartman-Smith and Marnell lead NHRA testing Sunday at Tucson. TUCSON, Ariz. -- John Force, Rhonda Hartman-Smith and George Marnell were quickest Sunday during the final day of testing at the PRO Warmup at Southwestern International ...

Force, Hartman-Smith and Marnell lead NHRA testing Sunday at Tucson.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- John Force, Rhonda Hartman-Smith and George Marnell were quickest Sunday during the final day of testing at the PRO Warmup at Southwestern International Raceway.

NHRA teams utilized the pre-season test in preparation for the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, which begins Feb. 6-9 at the K&N Filters Winternationals, Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, near Los Angeles. The $2 million race, which will be televised on ESPN2, is the first of 23 events in the $50 million series.

John Force took at shot at Johnny Gray's low E.T., but came up just short when his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang covered the quarter-mile distance in 4.899 at 316.08. Gray held on to the quick Funny Car run of the weekend with his 4.879 second run from Saturday. Gray's quickest effort on Sunday was a 4.922 at 303.57 in the Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird.

Cruz Pedregon posted his best run of the weekend, driving his Advance Auto Parts Firebird to a 5.207 at 253.33. Del Worsham ran over the top-end timing cones on his only pass of the day in his Checker Schuck's Kragen Firebird, running a 5.016 at 257.24.

Hartman-Smith powered her FRAM dragster to the quickest Top Fuel run of the day, logging an impressive 4.639 second run with an unofficial career best speed of 319.14 mph. Her POWERade Series career-best speed is 318.92 mph, set last season at Englishtown, N.J.

Schumacher posted another run in the 4.60s, driving his U.S. Army dragster to a performance of 4.675 at 290.69. Schumacher's 4.610-second effort from Saturday was the quickest for the weekend in Top Fuel.

Doug Herbert was a tick off his 4.60-pace from Saturday, recording a 4.723 at 267.64 in his Snap-on Tools dragster.

Brandon Bernstein's Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster suffered a minor engine explosion near mid-track before the scoreboards revealed a 5.680 at 155.88 on his only run of the day.

Clay Millican posted his best run of the weekend in the Werner dragster, a 4.903 second effort at 256.70 mph. Marnell unleashed the quickest Pro Stock run of the weekend in his Matco Tools Pontiac Grand Am, crossing the finish line in 7.070 seconds at 194.07 mph. The run came just after Marnell had problems on the burnout during a previous run, when the car went out of control and slid across the centerline into the opposite lane. He backed up and attempted a pass, but was forced to shut off when the car got loose just after the launch.

Mark Pawuk posted a 7.122 at 194.32 in his Summit Grand Am, well off the pace of his best for the weekend, a 7.078 at 194.83.

NHRA pre-season testing will conclude next weekend (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) in Las Vegas and Houston. Many NHRA Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock teams will test at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while the majority of Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike teams will participate in the annual Pro Stock Super Bowl at Houston Raceway Park.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Clay Millican , Mark Pawuk , Del Worsham , John Force , Rhonda Hartman-Smith , Cruz Pedregon , Brandon Bernstein , Johnny Gray