Joliet: Post race notes

NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES: June 8-11, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill. TOP FUEL * Doug Kalitta continued his hot streak with his fourth event win in five races. He drove his Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster to a 4.503-second finish...

NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES: June 8-11, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill.

TOP FUEL

* Doug Kalitta continued his hot streak with his fourth event win in five races. He drove his Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster to a 4.503-second finish at 330.23 mph over Melanie Troxel, whose Skull Shine/Torco Race Fuels dragster broke near the starting line. Troxel coasted to the top end at 10.273 at 82.18.

* Kalitta is now just 71 points behind Troxel, the POWERade points leader.

* After qualifying No. 1, defending category world champion Tony Schumacher's Sunday eliminations jinx continued with a first-round loss to No. 16-seed Alan Bradshaw. Schumacher's U.S. Army dragster struggled at the top end of the track -- but Bradshaw's advantage started at the starting line, where he got a quicker jump at the Christmas tree.

* Schumacher has qualified No. 1 at six events this year, but has yet to win an event in 2006. He advanced to the semifinals in Phoenix and Bristol.

* Alan Bradshaw earned his second career round win in the first round of eliminations -- against No. 1 qualifier and defending world champion Tony Schumacher. Bradshaw's only other round win was also against Schumacher, Chicago's hometown hero.

* Schumacher earned the Budweiser Shootout award, while his U.S. Army crew's top performance earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award for this event.

FUNNY CAR

* John Force earned his 120th career win -- but it wasn't a smooth ride. Force and teammate Robert Hight, Force's son-in-law, were neck-and-neck when both Mustangs experienced mechanical issues and slowed to cross the finish line. Force clocked a 4.930 at 233.60 in his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, while Hight drove his Auto Club Ford Mustang to a 4.890 at 244.56.

* Tommy Johnson Jr., who earned his first No. 1 qualifier since Pomona 2001 when he drove his Skoal Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a 4.672 at 328.70, exited in the second round to defending category POWERade world champion Gary Scelzi. POWERade points leader Ron Capps, who made the cut for the event in the final qualifying round, advanced to the second round, where he was defeated by Hight.

* Johnson earned the Skoal Showdown award.

* Eric Medlen earned the Motel 6 "Who Got the Light" award when he defeated Del Worsham by a .0007-second margin of victory in the first round of Top Fuel eliminations.

* Medlen's crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award for this event.

PRO STOCK

* Kurt Johnson drove his AC Delco Chevy Cobalt to his second win of the season on a holeshot in 6.646 at 207.46. Defending category POWERade world champion Greg Anderson narrowly missed his chance to double-up on award money when he finished second in his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO (6.641, 208.10).

* Anderson captured the King Demon Crown title in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO, earning $50,000 in the race-within-a-race bonus event for the category's top drivers, when he defeated his teammate Jason Line, who earned $10,000 for the runner-up finish.

* No. 1 qualifier Richie Stevens Jr. reached the semifinals, where he was defeated by the eventual runner-up.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

* Ryan Schnitz drove his Trim-Tex Drywall Products Buell V-Twin to the fourth win of his young career when he defeated surprise finalist Matt Guidera with a 7.064 pass at 182.03. It was Guidera's first career appearance in the final round.

* Chip Ellis became only the second rider in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle history when he rode his Drag Specialties Buell to a 6.988-second run at 189.26 mph during the third round of qualifying. Defending category world champion Andrew Hines was first to join the elite Mickey Thompson 6-second Pro Stock Bike Club when he powered his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.991 in Ganesville of 2005. Ellis earned $3,000 for the pass.

* Ellis advanced to the semifinals, where Guidera beat him on a holeshot.

POWERADE FAN NATIONALS

* Matt Sackman, 13, of Channahon, Ill., defeated hundreds of fan participants to become the local POWERade Fan Nationals Event Champion for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. Sackman, a driver in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Dragster League, will travel to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to compete for the ultimate 2006 POWERade Fan Nationals title in November.

-nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Richie Stevens Jr. , Kurt Johnson , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Melanie Troxel , Alan Bradshaw , Ryan Schnitz , Andrew Hines , Eric Medlen , Chip Ellis , Robert Hight , Matt Guidera , Tommy Johnson Jr.