Houston Team Castrol Race Report

QUICK FACTS FROM TEAM CASTROL www.castrolauto@castrolna.com www.johnforceracing.com Event: Third annual Matco Tools SuperNationals Site: Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, Texas Date: Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999. Event winners: TOP FUEL, Larry...

QUICK FACTS FROM TEAM CASTROL www.castrolauto@castrolna.com www.johnforceracing.com

Event: Third annual Matco Tools SuperNationals Site: Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, Texas Date: Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999. Event winners: TOP FUEL, Larry Dixon over Gary Scelzi; FUNNY CAR, John Force over Jim Epler; PRO STOCK, Rickie Smith over Tom Martino; PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE, Tony Mullen over David Schultz.

FORCE WINS HOUSTON; PEDREGON LOCKS UP NO. 2

Current Winston Funny Car standings (21 of 22 races completed) 1. John Force 1,975 2. Tony Pedregon 1,549 3. Whit Bazemore 1,379 4. Frank Pedregon 995 5. Dean Skuza 924

John Force, Castrol GTX® Ford Mustang Pro Funny Car: Qualified: 1st at 4.811 seconds, 321.12 mph Racing Result: Beat Scott Weis, Tony Pedregon, Jerry Toliver and Jim Epler Noteworthy: In winning his eleventh tenth race of the season and the 8ist race of his career, Force moved to within four victories of tying Bob Glidden's all-time record. John said: "You go out there and you want to win for Castrol and you want to win for Ford and all your other sponsors, but mainly you want to win for the guys. Because they really work hard and the last thing you want to do is go out there and be late (on the lights) and give it away. So, for all my guys, Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderly, John Medlen, alll the crew guys on my team and on Tony's team, this one's for you. "

Tony Pedregon, Castrol SYNTECâ„¢ Ford Mustang Pro Funny Car: Qualified: 8th at 5.089, 234.25 mph. Racing Result: Beat Gary Densham; lost to John Force Noteworthy: Tony will finish second in points behind John for the third time in four years. Tony said: "The track got hot and just wouldn't hold what we had for it in round two. John had trouble, too, but his came a little farther down the track. When we came in our goal was to lock up second place and we did that. We'll go home now (to California) and get ready for the AAA World Finals."

Rob Slavinski, Castrol Super Cleanâ„¢ Pontiac, Competition Eliminator. Qualified: 14th at 7.292 seconds, .548 under the B/Altered national standard. Racing Result: Lost in the first round to Charlie Watson of Humble, Texas, when his Super Clean Pontica suffered a mechanical failure and slowed to 9.809 seconds.

Next Event: AAA of Southern California World Finals, Nov. 11-14, Pomona, Calif. (season finale).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Pedregon , Larry Dixon , Scott Weis , Jim Epler , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Gary Densham , Tom Martino , Rickie Smith , Jerry Toliver , Austin Coil , John Medlen