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Krisher, Russell finalists at most recent NHRA event. Both Ron Krisher and Darrell Russell advanced to the final round at the most recent NHRA POWERade series event, Sept. 29, at Route 66 Raceway. Krisher's Pro Stock-class Eagle One...

Krisher, Russell finalists at most recent NHRA event.

Both Ron Krisher and Darrell Russell advanced to the final round at the most recent NHRA POWERade series event, Sept. 29, at Route 66 Raceway. Krisher's Pro Stock-class Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier lost to Jeg Coughlin. Russell's Top Fuel-class Valvoline-backed machine lost to Doug Kalitta.

Pro Stock: Krisher's Qualifying Streak Hits 67

Ron Krisher has qualified for 67 consecutive NHRA Pro Stock events going into this weekend's race at the Texas Motorplex. Since Warren Johnson failed to qualify at Somona, ending a 303-race consecutive qualifying streak, Krisher's effort in the Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier tops the Pro Stock class. Krisher has seven poles this season and won at Las Vegas.

Krisher's qualifying streak dates back to the year 2000 season-opener at Pomona. Pro Stock may well be the most competitive racing series in the world, with between 34-37 cars typically trying for the 16 qualifying positions. Krisher was one of only four drivers to qualify for all 24 NHRA events in 2001.

Krisher owns his own drag racing engine development company, KRJ, located in Newark, Ohio. His company supplies engines to Pro Stock competitors Tom Hammonds and V. Gaines. Before entering Pro Stock, Krisher raced sports cars on road courses and sprint cars on dirt, and he's a self-made entrepreneur.

Top Fuel: Texans Russell, Dupuy Race at Home

Driver Darrell Russell is a resident of Hockley, Texas. Crew chief Wayne Dupuy is from Jacksboro, Texas.

Russell on Texas track: "Just like Route 66, the Motorplex is one of those tracks where you can really go for it because the track holds all the horsepower you can make. We're certainly not going to hold anything back because there's still three races and three wins on the table before the season ends."

Russell has three victories this season and is fifth in Top Fuel points. At a U.S. Nationals news conference, it was announced Russell and crew chief Wayne Dupuy signed three-year contract extensions with owner Joe Amato -- through 2005. Bilstein Engine Flush will continue as primary sponsor, with Valvoline and Keystone Automotive as associate sponsors.

Continuing one of the most successful partnerships in modern motor racing, Valvoline returns in 2002 for the 19th season as a sponsor of Joe Amato's Top Fuel team. From 1984 through his retirement after the 2000 campaign, Valvoline's technical, product and financial support helped Amato to five Top Fuel championships and 52 victories, both NHRA records. Darrell Russell added to the record in 2001, with two wins, and NHRA Rookie of the Year honors in Amato's dragster. Bilstein Engine Flush is Amato Racing's new primary sponsor.

NEXT EVENT: AC-Delco Las Vegas Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 24-27.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Joe Amato , Doug Kalitta , Ron Krisher , Tom Hammonds