Atlanta post-race notes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 POST-RACE NOTES: FRAM NATIONALS, APRIL 10-13, ATLANTA TOP FUEL *Joe Amato and Gary Scelzi traded the NHRA Winston point lead for the third time this season, as Scelzi leaped...

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POST-RACE NOTES: FRAM NATIONALS, APRIL 10-13, ATLANTA

TOP FUEL *Joe Amato and Gary Scelzi traded the NHRA Winston point lead for the third time this season, as Scelzi leaped past Amato into first place with his runner-up finish in the Team Winston Dragster. Scelzi led after each of the first three national events of the season. Amato took the lead after winning the Slick 50 Nationals presented by Western Auto in late March at Houston.

FUNNY CAR *Randy Anderson won in just his fifth race in a professional category. Anderson, from Ontario, Calif., moved to Funny Car this season after racing in Top Alcohol Funny Car from 1992-96. His victory is one of the earliest by a Funny Car rookie. K.C. Spurlock won the 1990 Chief Auto Parts Winternationals in his Funny Car debut.

*Randy and Shelly Anderson are the only brother and sister to each win an NHRA national event in a professional category. This was Randy's first victory; Shelly has four career victories in Top Fuel. PRO STOCK

*Ten drivers recorded a six-second pass at this event. There never had been a six-second pass in Pro Stock at the Fram Nationals before this year.

*Former NBA star Larry Nance returned to NHRA Winston Drag Racing with sponsorship from Summit Racing. Nance, from Akron, Ohio, failed to qualify with his pass of 7.076 seconds, 195.86 mph in the Summit Racing Oldsmobile Cutlass.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE *Dave Schultz lost at this event for the first time since 1989, falling short on the Sunoco Suzuki in his attempt to win for the eighth consecutive year. Schultz, from Fort Myers, Fla., lost in the semifinals to eventual champion John Myers. Schultz's streak of seven straight wins at the Fram Nationals remains the NHRA record for consecutive victories by a professional competitor at one event. -30-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Larry Nance , Shelly Anderson