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Scelzi, Force, Johnson Win 13th Annual Revell Nationals by Rick Green ENNIS, Texas - SUMMIT FastNews - Gary Scelzi, John Force, and Warren Johnson put the final touches on a record setting weekend at the 13th annual Revell Nationals...

Scelzi, Force, Johnson Win 13th Annual Revell Nationals by Rick Green ENNIS, Texas - SUMMIT FastNews - Gary Scelzi, John Force, and Warren Johnson put the final touches on a record setting weekend at the 13th annual Revell Nationals in Ennis, Texas. This was the 20th event in 22-event long season. Gary Scelzi continues to have Mike Dunn's number, beating him for the fourth final round match-up in the last two months. The defending Winston Top Fuel Champion ran 4.653 seconds at 300.00 miles per hour to Dunn's tire-smoking 8.582 seconds at 84.53 miles per hour. This is Scelzi's fifth victory in six final round appearances. The 38-year-old driver from Fresno, Calif., was lucky to survive a tire-smoking round one win over Randy Parks, but then ripped off 4.577 second and 4.557 second times in the next two rounds to put away Eddie Hill and Joe Amato. With two events remaining in the season Scelzi has jumped to a 73-point lead over Cory McClenathan. Scelzi set the National elapsed time record at 4.525 seconds on Saturday afternoon. John Force outdistanced Dean Skuza for his third win of the 1998 season. Force ran 4.860 seconds at 320.17 miles per hour to Skuza's 4.915 seconds at 311.95 miles per hour. Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif. leaves the Texas Motorplex with a 90-point lead over Ron Capps in his quest for an eighth Winston Points Championship. Force just missed backing up Funny Car's fastest pass in history for a national record by fourteen hundredths of second in the second round. There was a lot of confusion in this race as Al Hofmann was late getting to the starting line, and then during the clean-up attempted to start the car with no luck. Hofmann then went over to rival Force and told him to go for the record and he could have his lane, but there was to clear understanding of the ruling, so John elected to stay in the right lane. This is the second race this year John has had Top Speed of the race including Top Fuel with his pass of 322.81 miles per hour. The seven-time NHRA Winston Funny Car Champion now has three of the five fastest speeds in history. Warren Johnson, 1998 NHRA Winston Champion topped off his record setting weekend with a win over dethroned champion Jim Yates. Johnson outpaced Yates in the final with 6.950 seconds at 199.02 mile-per-hour run to Yates 7.961-second close-to-the-centerline pass at 128.36 miles per hour. The Duluth, Ga., professor of Pro Stock explained "It doesn't get any better than this!" Today's win was his ninth in twelve final rounds this year. Johnson reset both ends of the national record yesterday with a pass of 6.867 seconds at 201.34 miles per hour. The other winners from this weekend's action were Rick Santos in Federal-Mogul Dragster; John Lawson in Federal-Mogul Funny Car; Ruben Celedon in Competition Eliminator; Korey Mawhee in Super Stock; Jimmie Hutto in Stock; David Rampy in Super Comp; and Jerald Helfrich in Super Gas. The estimated four-day attendance was 137,200. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Dunn , Warren Johnson , Al Hofmann , Dean Skuza , Ron Capps , John Force , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Rick Santos , Cory McClenathan , David Rampy