Las Vegas II: Post race notes

TOP FUEL * "Hot Rod" Fuller earned his first victory in front of his hometown fans in dramatic fashion, doubling up his purse with a win in Saturday's Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout. Fuller piloted his CAT dragster to a 4.531 at 327.82 mph ahead...

TOP FUEL

* "Hot Rod" Fuller earned his first victory in front of his hometown fans in dramatic fashion, doubling up his purse with a win in Saturday's Technicoat Top Fuel Shootout. Fuller piloted his CAT dragster to a 4.531 at 327.82 mph ahead of runner-up Doug Kalitta, who turned in a 4.537 at 331.36 in his Mac Tools dragster.

* Fuller won the Shootout in his second career appearance in the bonus event when he drove to a 4.527 at 329.99 around the Vietnam Veterans/POW-MIA dragster driven by Melanie Troxel (4.526, 326.40). The total winner's purse for doubling up was $150,000, bringing his total winnings for the weekend close to $200,000.

* It was Fuller's third win of the season, sixth of his career and first in Las Vegas.

* Fuller moved up one spot to the point standings just in time for the final event of the season, the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif. next week.

* All four drivers in the Countdown to One advanced to the second round. Larry Dixon, who led the points coming into Las Vegas, dropped to second when he lost in the second round to Doug Kalitta. Tony Schumacher, third entering this race, dropped to fourth with his second-round loss to Morgan Lucas. Brandon Bernstein moved up a spot when he advanced to Round 3, where he lost to Doug Kalitta.

* Schumacher qualified No. 1 in his U.S. Army dragster, posting a 4.482 at 327.59.

* David Baca's Matco Tools dragster crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

FUNNY CAR

* Tony Pedregon put some distance between himself and the other three drivers still in the hunt for the championship in the Countdown to One when he drove his Q Horsepower Chevy Impala SS to a win over Ashley Force.

* Pedregon piloted his ride to a 4.871 at 318.47, to a quicker-but-losing Ashley Force's 4.829 at 298.93 in her Castrol Ford Mustang. It was his fourth win of the season, the 36th of his career and his third in Las Vegas.

* At 24 years old, Force became the first woman to reach a final round in NHRA POWERade Series Funny Car history.

* While all four drivers in the Countdown advanced out of the first round in Top Fuel, the Funny Car contenders were less lucky -- only Tony Pedregon made it out of Round 1. His blocker, brother Cruz Pedregon, knocked contender Gary Scelzi out of the race.

* Hight, third in the points entering Las Vegas, exited in the first round at the hands of Jim Head after qualifying No. 1. No. 4 in the Countdown standings entering Las Vegas, Ron Capps lost in the first round to Phil Burkart Jr.

* Robert Hight qualified No. 1 with a 4.763 at 322.58 in his Auto Club Ford Mustang to earn the Skoal Showdown award.

* Scelzi's Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

PRO STOCK

* Greg Anderson broke Dave Connolly's five-race winning streak when he earned his eighth win of the season, the 51st of his career and sixth in Las Vegas.

* Anderson drove his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO to a 6.731 at 205.04 to Jeg Coughlin's 6.771 at 204.39 in his Jegs.com Chevy Cobalt in the final round to regain the points lead in the Countdown to One. Connolly fell to third when he lost to Coughlin, his teammate, in the second round. Coughlin jumped to second place in standings with his final-round appearance, and the fourth driver in the Countdown to One, Allen Johnson, remained in fourth place when Coughlin beat him in the first round.

* Connolly qualified No. 1 to earn the K&N Filters Horsepower Challenge award behind a 6.725 at 205.57 in his Torco/Seelye Wright Chevrolet Cobalt.

* Vieri Gaines defeated Jason Line by a .0036-second margin of victory in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations to earn the Motel 6 "Who Got the Light" award.

* Kurt Johnson and his ACDelco/Hulk Hogan Chevrolet Cobalt Pro Stock crew earned the Best Appearing award.

* Anderson's Summit Racing crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

* Andrew Hines earned his fifth win of 2007, the 13th of his career and his second in Las Vegas when he rode his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 7.073 at 187.34 over No. 1 qualifier Chip Ellis. Ellis carded a 7.144 at 185.41 on his Drag Specialties S&S Buell.

* Hines increased his lead to 39 in the point standings with the win, while Ellis moved from third to second with his runner-up finish. Matt Smith fell from second to third with his second-round loss to championship hopeful Peggy Llewellyn, who remains in fourth place.

* Ellis topped the qualifying standings with a 7.023 at 189.60 on his Drag Specialties S&S Buell to earn the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle award.

* Ellis' Drag Specialties S&S Buell crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

POWERade FAN NATIONALS

* Sean Porter, 14, of Boulder City, Nev., beat out hundreds of local fans to win the POWERade Fan Nationals event title. At every event, local fans compete against each other to win a trip to the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. in November. With the win, Porter was able to stand in the POWERade Series winner's circle with the professional winners of the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Jeg Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Kurt Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Ron Capps , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , David Baca , Peggy Llewellyn , Cruz Pedregon , Ashley Force , Phil Burkart , Melanie Troxel , Brandon Bernstein , Vieri Gaines , Allen Johnson , Morgan Lucas , Jason Line , Andrew Hines , Matthew Smith , Chip Ellis , Robert Hight , Dave Connolly