Englishtown Race Recap

ENGLISHTOWN NJ - SUMMIT FastNews - When final eliminations for the 30th annual Mopar Parts Nationals were finally concluded Tuesday, Joe Amato, John Force, Richie Stevens, Angelle Seeling, and Mike Coughlin stood atop their respective winner's...

ENGLISHTOWN NJ - SUMMIT FastNews - When final eliminations for the 30th annual Mopar Parts Nationals were finally concluded Tuesday, Joe Amato, John Force, Richie Stevens, Angelle Seeling, and Mike Coughlin stood atop their respective winner's podiums. Unanimously, each said that the two-day rain delay was worth it since they had won. Amato was the only Top Fuel car to get down the track cleanly in both the semifinals and the finals, all the other competitors finding the traction elusive. Clocked at 4.614 seconds and 313.58 mph against a tire-smoking Doug Herbert in the final round, Amato was pleased to win at what he calls his "home-town track." Amato's home, in Exeter, PA, is just across the state line from New Jersey and he's had a number of successes at the mid-Jersey track. Points leader Mike Dunn lost in round two, but retained the points lead.

Force kept his team win streak in 1999 alive, either Force or teammate Tony Pedregon winning at each of the eight events so far in 1999. Force met Tony's brother Cruz in a very close final match, Force clocked at 4.878 seconds and 309.34 mph to Cruz's 4.873 at 300.73, winning by virtue of a better reaction time at the green light. Force and Tony continue to lead in the Winston points. The final in Pro Stock was equally close, Stevens beating Tom Martino to the finish line by virtue of his better reaction time. Both drivers posted elapsed times of 6.959 seconds, Stevens at 198.00 mph and Martino at 198.23. Though Warren Johnson lost in round one, he moved to the top of the points when the prior points leader, his son Kurt, failed to qualify for eliminations. Seeling's victory in Pro Stock Motorcycle was her third in four events, this one against Greg Underdahl. Seeling had a slightly better reaction time and was able to negotiate the top end of the track in a stiff cross-wind to win with a 7.290 at 186.51 mph Underdahl forced to slow when he got too close to the wall. Seeling leads the Winston points battle after four events. Coughlin's win in Pro Stock Truck made him the fourth Coughlin brother to post a national event win and came after a three-day wait. The first two rounds of eliminations for the trucks were run Saturday, but the wait didn't dampen the competitive nature of the four surviving drivers. Coughlin defeated Tim Freeman in the final round in a mathematical dead-heat, Coughlin's better reaction time offset by Freeman's better elapsed time. The electronic finish-line judge declared Coughlin the winner, his 7.637 at 174.50 mph getting him to the finish line just fractions of an inch ahead of Freeman's 7.614 at 175.43. Mark Osborne lost in round two, but retained the lead after five events. The crowd was estimated at 101,000 for four days, Sunday's rain holding down the crowd after record attendance Friday and Saturday. The next event in the 1999 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series is the 2nd annual Fram Route 66 Nationals June 3-6 at Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL. 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 , Joe Amato , Mike Coughlin , Tom Martino , Greg Underdahl , Tim Freeman