PENNZOIL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY HILO/O'REILLY MARCH 19-22, HOUSTON TOP FUEL * Joe Amato set the Top Fuel elapsed time record at 4.539 seconds and earned a $50,000 bonus from the MBNA World Record Club. Amato previously held the record at...
PENNZOIL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY HILO/O'REILLY MARCH 19-22, HOUSTON
* Joe Amato set the Top Fuel elapsed time record at 4.539 seconds and earned a $50,000 bonus from the MBNA World Record Club. Amato previously held the record at 4.564 seconds.
* Cory McClenathan ran a career-best 4.559 second E.T. in a final round win over first-time finalist David Grubnic, a native Australian. The win was McClenathan's second of the season, and moved the McDonald's dragster driver into the Winston points lead. It was also McClenathan's first career victory at Houston Raceway Park.
* For the first time in NHRA history, the top 16 Top Fuel qualifiers posted speeds over 300 mph.
* Tony Pedregon won his second-straight Funny Car title at this event, beating teammate and car owner John Force. Their final round battle ended as the quickest side-by-side Funny Car race in NHRA history, Pedregon's 4.847, 316.67 beating Force's 4.887, 310.88.
* Cruz Pedregon collected a second-straight MBNA World Record Club bonus, earning $10,000 for lowering the Funny Car E.T. mark to 4.819 seconds. He also set the speed record at 317.23 and took the Winston points lead away from Ron Capps with a semi-final round appearance.
* Warren Johnson claimed his third-straight victory of the season, this time defeating first-time finalist Mike Thomas. The GM Goodwrench Pontiac driver increased his Winston points lead over defending Winston champion Jim Yates by 97. Yates lost in the first round.
* New Carlisle, Ohio's Ray Franks (200.22 mph) became the fourth member of the Speed-Pro 200-mph Pro Stock Club.
PRO STOCK TRUCK
* Team Mopar driver David Nickens became the inaugural Pro Stock Truck race winner. Hometown favorite Nickens drove his Dodge Daktoa pickup to a 7.747 second, 170.81 mph victory over Chevrolet's Randy Daniels, who ran 8.121, 140.07 in the final.
* Baltimore, Md.'s Larry Kopp set the Pro Stock Truck low elapsed time (7.635 seconds) and top speed (174.82 mph) in his G-Force Transmissions Chevrolet.
NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES POINT STANDINGS (as of MARCH 23, 1998)
BAYTOWN, Texas -- NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series point standings for professional categories following the 11th annual Pennzoil Nationals presented by HiLo/O'Reilly at Houston Raceway Park.
TOP FUEL 1. Cory McClenathan 325 2. Jim Head 321 3. Larry Dixon 270 4. Mike Dunn 259 5. Joe Amato 244 6. Kenny Bernstein 230 7. David Grubnic 227 8. Gary Scelzi 222 9. Bruce Sarver 215 10. Doug Kalitta 174
FUNNY CAR 1. Cruz Pedregon 302 2. Chuck Etchells 300 3. Ron Capps 298 4. John Force 281 5. Tony Pedregon 277 6. Randy Anderson 229 7. Al Hofmann 225 8. Dean Skuza 213 9. Tim Wilkerson 211 10. Whit Bazemore 150
PRO STOCK 1. Warren Johnson 443 2. Jim Yates 346 3. Jeg Coughlin 297 4. Mark Osborne 236 5. Mike Thomas 197 6. Kurt Johnson 196 7. George Marnell 173 8. Pete Williams 156 9. Mark Pawuk 150 10. Scott Geoffrion 144
PRO STOCK TRUCK 1. David Nickens 117 2. Larry Kopp 98 3. Randy Daniels 95 4. Todd Patterson 76 5. Roy Hill 54 6. Brad Jeter 54 7. Bob Panella Jr 53 8. John Lingenfelter 33 9. Sondra Sikes 32 10. Jerry Haas 32