Englishtown Saturday Recap

ENGLISHTOWN - Saturday Recap (corrected copy) by Larry Sullivan ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. - SUMMIT FastNews - Things heated up Saturday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, both the weather and the racing. The Pro Stock Challenge and four rounds of...

ENGLISHTOWN - Saturday Recap (corrected copy)

by Larry Sullivan

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. - SUMMIT FastNews - Things heated up Saturday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, both the weather and the racing. The Pro Stock Challenge and four rounds of eliminations for Pro Stock Truck produced two winners, Kurt Johnson and Larry Kopp, respectively, while the final two qualifying sessions set the ladders for Sunday's eliminations.

Johnson, who also heads the Pro Stock field for Sunday's eliminations, posted elapsed times of 6.972, 7.007, and 6.970 to win his second Pro Stock Challenge, having also won his first-ever Pro Stock Challenge in 1992. Johnson met Steve Schmidt in the final round, but Schmidt's 7.001 was not quite quick enough to earn the $50,000 prize.

Johnson could walk away Sunday evening with $148,000 for the weekend. In addition to the $50,000 he won for winning the Challenge and $3,000 for being the number one qualifier, he stands to win $25,000 for winning the event, a $50,000 bonus for doubling up (the Challenge and the event), and $20,000 in sponsor contingency money.

Kopp became the first two-time winner in the fledgling Pro Stock Truck category, advancing from the number three qualifying position to meet number four qualifier John Lingenfelter in the final round. Kopp posted a 7.707 second ET at 175.30 mph to defeat the slowing Lingenfelter, who was clocked at 7.883 and 150.46 mph.

Gary Scelzi's Friday-night 4,582-second elapsed time was good enough to hold on to the number one position in Top Fuel, while Kenny Bernstein stole the track Top Fuel speed record from second-qualifier Joe Amato with a 4.607 at 322.42 mph.

In Funny Car, nobody came close to John Force's 323.35 mph speed, but Cruz Pedregon's track record 4.832 second elapsed time from Friday night proved good enough for the number one spot on the ladder. Force did establish a national speed record by posting a speed of 317.42 mph on his final qualifying run.

In Pro Stock Bike, Matt Hines' Friday night 7.270 and 185.92 mph speed, both track records, proved good enough to stay atop the ladder, continuing his quest for a perfect season.

The day was relatively free of incidents, but Competition Eliminator driver Guy Napolitano, from Manonville, N.Y., lost control during the first round of eliminations and his car ended up on its roof. The accident did not look serious, but Napolitano complained of back pains and was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Final eliminations are scheduled to start at 11:00 AM Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Kenny Bernstein , Kurt Johnson , John Force , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Larry Kopp , John Lingenfelter , Steve Schmidt