Brainerd: Post-race notes

Post Race Notes: 22nd Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 14-17, 2003, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn. TOP FUEL * Doug Kalitta, from Ann Arbor, Mich., won his fourth event of the 2003 season by defeating Tony Schumacher in the...

Post Race Notes:
22nd Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Aug. 14-17, 2003, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.

TOP FUEL

* Doug Kalitta, from Ann Arbor, Mich., won his fourth event of the 2003 season by defeating Tony Schumacher in the final round. Kalitta powered his Mac Tools dragster to the finish line in 4.698-seconds at 311.20 mph to outrun Schumacher's U.S. Army dragster, which recorded a performance of 4.698 at 304.19. Kalitta's reaction time off the line was quicker, aiding the win. Kalitta had a .044 reaction compared to Schumacher's .057. It was the 15th career win for Kalitta and his first at Brainerd. He was the runner-up there in 2000.

* With the victory, Kalitta remained No. 2 in the Top Fuel point standings, 271 points behind Top Fuel leader Larry Dixon.

* Dixon was the No. 1 qualifier for the fourth time in 2003 and 23rd time in his career. He drove his Miller Lite dragster to a 4.638 run at 321.42 to pace the 16-car field in qualifying.

* Dixon lost in the semifinal round to Schumacher. The defending POWERade Top Fuel champion has yet to post a first-round loss this season.

* Over the last two seasons, Dixon has owned the Top Fuel points lead following 38 of 39 races.

FUNNY CAR

* Gary Densham, from Bellflower, Calif., earned his second win of the year in his Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang. Densham's sixth career victory came with a 5.009 pass at 298.01, beating Tim Wilkerson's 5.042 at 297.29 in his Levi, Ray & Shoup Pontiac Firebird.

* With the victory, Densham maintained his No. 5 spot in the POWERade Funny Car point standings.

* Gary Scelzi earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the second time this season and 35th time of his career. He drove his Oakley Dodge Stratus to a run of 4.940 at 311.99 to take the top spot.

* Force, a 12-time champion, fouled out in the first round for the third time this season. His red light start gave Bob Gilbertson the win. Force had four career red lights prior to the start of the 2003 season.

* Bob Bode earned a $1,000 bonus by earning the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award when he defeated Johnny Gray by 0.0015 of-a-second margin of victory in the first round of Funny Car eliminations.

* Tony Pedregon still holds the top spot in the Funny Car standings. Pedregon has been No. 1 following all but two events this season. Bazemore occupies the No. 2 spot, 61 points out of first. Force is third, 271 points behind Pedregon.

PRO STOCK

* Greg Anderson, a Duluth, Minn. native, scored his first win at his home track. Anderson's BIR win was his seventh in nine final round appearances this season and 11th of his career. Anderson beat fellow Minnesota native, Kurt Johnson. Anderson went 6.917 at 200.05 in his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am to beat Johnson's 6.930 at 198.82 in his ACDelco Chevy Cavalier.

* Johnson earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the first time this season and 22nd time of his career. He drove his Chevy Cavalier to a run of 6.876 at a track record speed of 201.01 for the No. 1 spot.

* Anderson increased his lead in the POWERade standings with the victory. He leads Johnson by 158 points, and he has a 397-point lead over his former employer, Warren Johnson.

* Notable DNQ's: George Marnell, Bruce Allen, V Gaines and Darrell Alderman.

PRO STOCK BIKE

* Antron Brown, from Indianapolis, scored his first victory of the season and 11th of his career by beating Minnesota resident John Smith in the final round. Brown rode his U.S. Army Suzuki to a run of 7.336 at 179.47 to beat Smith's 7.362 at 180.24 on his Lake Mortgage Kawasaki.

* Brown's win was his first in more than a calendar year. His last win was May 2002 at the Englishtown, N.J. event.

* Reggie Showers earned his first career No. 1 qualifying position. He went 7.231 at 185.03 on his PDI Suzuki to take the top spot.

* Three-time defending Pro Stock Bike champion Angelle Savoie lost in the first round for the fourth consecutive time and sixth this season. Prior to the '03 campaign, Savoie had posted just six first round losses in her career.

* Geno Scali maintained his point lead in the two-wheel category. Scali leads Shawn Gann by 174 points. Gann jumped into the second place spot over the weekend while Savoie slipped into third place, 186 points out of first place.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Darrell Alderman , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Bob Gilbertson , Tony Pedregon , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Reggie Showers , Shawn Gann , Gary Densham , Bruce Allen , Geno Scali , Tim Wilkerson , George Marnell , Johnny Gray , Bob Bode