Columbus Saturday Recap

KIRKERSVILLE OH - SUMMIT FastNews - There were no pole-position changes from last evening's qualifying session in the Pro Categories today at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing. ...

KIRKERSVILLE OH - SUMMIT FastNews - There were no pole-position changes from last evening's qualifying session in the Pro Categories today at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing. Mike Dunn from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, qualified the Mopar dragster owned by Darrell Gwynn number one in Top Fuel. Dunn ran 4.574 at 320.05 during Friday's 2nd session. Gary Scelzi, Kenny Bernstein and Tony Schumacher round out the t op four with elapsed times between 4.608 and 4.659 seconds. The teams struggled today with track temperatures approaching 140 degrees, resulting in lots of tire smoke and broken parts. The biggest move in the final qualifying session was made by Joe Amato driving the Tenneco sponsored, Jimmy Prock tuned dragster. Amato moved from the bottom of the field to the seventh position with a 4.682, one of the quickest runs of the session. Tony Pedregon's 5.033 at 290.44 mph held up from yesterday as the number one qualifying time. His Castrol Syntec Mustang remained in the top spot, followed closely by team leader and future hall of famer John Force. Tommy Johnson Jr. has done very well in his first weekend of Fuel Funny Car, currently qualified number three at 5.061 290.32 miles per hour. Scotty Cannon was one of the few drivers to steadily improve his performance each round, his new crew chief Dale Pulde getting a firm feel for the tuneup on the Oakley Firebird. Ronn Capps made a last minute move from the bottom of the field to the sixth position, one of the few cars to improve in the final session today. Warren Johnson continues to dominate, his son Kurt continues to struggle. Warren ran the first-ever six second pass at National Trail Raceway during this mornings session. He's qualified number one at 6.996 at 197.68 mph. Jeg Coughlin is number two with a 7.024 at 197.33 and Summit Racing's driver Mark "The Cowboy" Pawuk is number three at 7.029 at 196.22. Kurt Johnson made two good qualifying runs, both at 7.075 seconds, but had handling problems on the other two attempts, continuing the handling woes he's experienced at recent events. Matt Hines lowered the track record to 7.287 at 182.67 in the first session today. The track speed record belongs to Antron Brown, who ran 188.12 and is qualifed third. Points leader Angelle Seeling holds down the second spot at 7.344 18 2.55. Two rounds of Pro Stock truck eliminations were run today, the number one qualifier Brad Jeter is still in competition. He will race number four qualifier Mike Coughlin in the semis tomorrow morning. On the other side of the ladder number two qualifier Mark Osborne and number three qualifier Bob Panella Jr. were both defeated in the second round of competition. Number ten qualifier John Coughlin and number eleven qualifier Todd Patterson will meet to determine the other half of the final round pairing. The Federal-Mogul Allstars Finals came down to the last race to determine the winning NHRA division. Bill Reichert earned the honors and thanks of his teamates in Division three, by defeating Rick Henkelman. Reichert's win was gratifying since it was his first appearance since a serious crash at Atlanta just three weeks ago. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Matt Hines , Jeg Coughlin , Mike Dunn , Kenny Bernstein , Brad Jeter , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Todd Patterson , Mike Coughlin , Scotty Cannon , Darrell Gwynn , Bill Reichert , Dale Pulde