Summit Racing Southern Nationals Presented By Pontiac May 12-15, 2005 . Tyler Powers will represent Pontiac as the honorary starter for this year's race. Tyler was selected to represent Pontiac by the Georgia & Alabama chapter of the Make-A-Wish...
Summit Racing Southern Nationals Presented By Pontiac
May 12-15, 2005
. Tyler Powers will represent Pontiac as the honorary starter for this year's race. Tyler was selected to represent Pontiac by the Georgia & Alabama chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Although he has numerous interests and hobbies, Tyler is a big race fan which makes serving as honorary starter a very special occasion for the 13-year-old Gainesville, Ga., resident.
. After six contested eliminators, Pontiac leads the NHRA Manufacturer's Cup standings with 780 points, a lead built on the two national-event victories posted by Warren Johnson, a single win posted by Jason Line at Gainesville, Fla., and three runners-up by WJ (Pomona), Line (Houston) and Greg Anderson (Las Vegas). Pontiac has won eight of the last nine NHRA Manufacturer's Cups and GM nameplates have captured 37 out of the 41 Manufacturer's Cups contested since 1964.
. For the first time in the history of the Pro Stock category there have been six lead changes in the first six races of the season. Chevrolet's Dave Connolly led the points chase following his win at the season-opening Winternationals, lost the lead at Phoenix and moved back into first place with his runner-up at Gainesville, Fla. Warren Johnson took the points lead following his win at Houston and then yielded to Connolly at Las Vegas. With his most recent win at Bristol, WJ moved back around Connolly and into first place.
. With six wins GM Performance Parts Pontiac driver Warren Johnson leads all Pro Stock competitors at Atlanta Dragway with. Johnson's first win at this facility, just 30 minutes northeast of his race shop in Sugar Hill, Ga., came in 1986. He followed that with wins in 1988, 1993, 1999 and 2003. Johnson has also been runner-up three times (1990-91, 1994) and has been No. 1 qualifier nine times (1984-86, 1993-95, 1997, 1999-2000).
. Summit Racing Pontiac driver Greg Anderson is the defending champion at the Southern Nationals. Anderson qualified in the No. 3 spot and defeated Larry Morgan in the finals, the fourth consecutive year that Anderson had advanced to the championship heat. Anderson was also low qualifier at Atlanta Dragway three consecutive years (2001-03).
. In addition to Warren Johnson and Greg Anderson, other past Pro Stock winners at Atlanta Dragway currently racing in GM-branded cars include Jim Yates (Pontiac) in 1997 and 2001, and Kurt Johnson (Chevrolet) in 1996. Drivers who have posted runners-up include Greg Anderson (2001-03), Bruce Allen (1989, 1998, 2000), Kurt Johnson (1993, 1997), Jim Yates (1996) and Warren Johnson.
. Frank Iaconio, the engine builder on Mike Edwards' Young Life Pontiac, was No. 1 qualifier for the Southern Nationals in 1982-83 and was runner-up to Lee Shepherd in 1981.
. In addition to Warren Johnson and Greg Anderson, current drivers in GM-branded cars who have been No. 1 qualifier at Atlanta Dragway include Rickie Smith (1996) and Bruce Allen (1990).
. Warren Johnson (Pontiac) leads the Pro Stock standings with 536 points. Dave Connolly is in second place in a Chevrolet with 486 points, Jason Line is third in a Pontiac with 379 points and Greg Anderson is fourth in a Pontiac with 365 points. Ron Krisher is fifth in a Chevrolet with 316 points, Jim Yates is sixth in a Pontiac with 315 points and Kurt Johnson is seventh in a Chevy Cobalt with 306 points. Greg Stanfield is ninth in a Chevrolet with 294 points.
. With Kurt Johnson's remarkable debut of the Chevy Cobalt in NHRA Pro Stock competition at Bristol, Tenn., the skillful ACDelco Chevrolet driver advanced to the semifinals for the second time this season. Johnson's performance at Bristol moved him from 10th place to seventh in the POWERade Pro Stock points standings.
. Johnson's new ACDelco Chevy Cobalt was named as the Best Engineered Car at the O'Reilly Nationals at Bristol Dragway. Dave Howard's new Indicom Chevy Cobalt was selected as the Best Appearing Car.
. With his win at Bristol, Warren Johnson gave Pontiac its 147th all-time victory in NHRA Pro Stock competition. Of the 147 wins posted by a Pontiac driver in Pro Stock, Warren Johnson has captured 42, Greg Anderson 29 and Jim Yates 24.
. Dave Connolly gave Chevrolet its 123rd all-time victory in NHRA Pro Stock competition with his most recent win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 17.
. Connolly will be racing in his 2005 Chevy Cobalt this weekend at Atlanta Dragway.
. Greg Anderson will enter the Summit Racing Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac with the longest qualifying streak in Pro Stock at 53 consecutive events. Anderson teammate Jason Line (Pontiac) is second on the list with 33 and Dave Connolly (Chevrolet) is third with 26.
. Four Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car drivers occupy a position in the top 10 of the POWERade points standings. Cruz Pedregon moved up to third place after his semifinal performance at Bristol and has 373 points, just two shy of second-place John Force and 60 behind first-place Whit Bazemore. Tommy Johnson Jr. is sixth with 319 points, Bob Gilbertson is ninth with 292 and Del Worsham is 10th with 280 points.
. Tony Pedregon set both ends of the Atlanta Dragway track record last year and claimed the No. 1 qualifying position in his Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car with a run of 4.765 seconds at 329.83 mph.
. Former winners at Atlanta Dragway currently driving Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Cars include Tony Pedregon (1996, 2003), Cruz Pedregon (1998) and Del Worsham (1991).
. Jeff Arend's runner-up at Bristol marked the fourth straight race, and the fifth time in the last six contests that a Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car has advanced to the final round of a national event (including an all-Chevrolet final round at Pomona). Chevrolet's have filled seven of the 12 final-round slots at the first six events of the season, the most by any manufacturer thus far this year.
Qualifying for the Summit Racing Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern. Three hours of final eliminations will be broadcast on Sunday, May 15, starting at 7 p.m.
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