Memphis Eliminations Recap

Amato, WJ, Seeling Also Victorious by Ed Dykes MEMPHIS, Tenn. - SUMMIT FastNews - Al Hofmann won the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals today, but he said it was anticlimactic after he took out arch-rival John Force enroute to the...

Amato, WJ, Seeling Also Victorious by Ed Dykes MEMPHIS, Tenn. - SUMMIT FastNews - Al Hofmann won the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals today, but he said it was anticlimactic after he took out arch-rival John Force enroute to the Funny Car title. He was joined in the winners circle by Joe Amato, Warren Johnson, and Angelle Seeling. Hoffman defeated Cruz Pedregon in the final round, running a 5.172 second elapsed time at 280.43 miles per hour. "We needed that win, for the team and the sponsors," said the Umatilla, Fla. resident. "But taking out Force makes my year. He makes a big deal out of that Elvis thing, and don't get me wrong, I like Elvis, but he's dead." Hofmann's GM Performance Parts Firebird took out Force in the second round. Pedregon smoked the tires in the final, his second Memphis runner-up in as many years. "People ask me if we're jinxed here, and I have to laugh," Pedregon said. "I'm happy that I've gone to the final for two years in a row, and I didn't go out of here on a backboard with bar-b-que sauce and butter on my fingers," a reference to his fiery crash last year. Amato took the Top Fuel crown in his Tenneco-backed dragster, beating Kenny Bernstein in the final round, 4.640 to 4.695. Bernstein took out points leader Gary Scelzi in the semifinal, tightening the points race. Scelzi's lead over Cory McClenathan stands at only 44 points, with four races still left to run. Warren Johnson faced off against his son Kurt in the Pro Stock final, and defeated him with a 6.901 second elapsed time and a telepathic 0.410 second reaction time. "That was a true win-win for us," said the elder Johnson. "I knew Kurt had won every round on a holeshot today, and I'd better be on time." Angelle Seeling rode the Team Winston Suzuki to her third win of the year, defeating a red-lighting Matt Hines in the final round. "I saw his redlight right away," said the distaff racer. "And I don't know how much quicker that run could have been. It's awful tough to concentrate after something like that." In the other categories, Troy Buff took the Federal-Mogul Dragster crown, Todd Simpson won the Federal-Mogul Funny Car race, and John Frech took Competition Eliminator. Jason Lynch won Super Stock, it was Toby Lang in Stock, Gina Mundt took Super Comp honors, and Steve Cohen aced Super Gas. The estimated four-day event attendance was 71,150. The NHRA tour returns to Topeka, Kansas next weekend to complete the rain-delayed Parts America Nationals there. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Kenny Bernstein , Warren Johnson , Al Hofmann , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Cruz Pedregon , Cory McClenathan , Troy Buff , Todd Simpson