Richmond post-race notes

Here are post-race notes from the Pennzoil Nationals presented by Trak Auto, completed May 10 at Richmond, Va. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 POST-RACE NOTES: PENNZOIL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY TRAK AUTO, APRIL...

Here are post-race notes from the Pennzoil Nationals presented by Trak Auto, completed May 10 at Richmond, Va.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 POST-RACE NOTES: PENNZOIL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY TRAK AUTO, APRIL 24-27, MAY 10, RICHMOND, VA. FUNNY CAR *Randy Anderson has climbed from a tie for 15th place to a tie for second in the NHRA Winston point standings in the last three NHRA national events. He won the Fram Nationals and the Lone Star Nationals and lost in the semifinals to Chuck Etchells at this event. PRO STOCK *Warren Johnson recorded the first 200-mph speed by a Pro Stock in NHRA history, 200.13 mph, on April 25 in the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Firebird. Johnson, from Duluth, Ga., earned $25,000 for becoming the first member of the NHRA Speed-Pro 200-mph Pro Stock Club. *Warren Johnson set an NHRA speed national record of 200.53 mph in the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Firebird. He broke his record of 199.91, set at the Mac Tools Gatornationals in March 1997 at Gainesville, Fla. *Warren Johnson set an NHRA elapsed-time national record of 6.883 seconds, the quickest run in NHRA Pro Stock history. He broke his record of 6.927 set at the Chief Auto Parts Winternationals in February 1997 at Pomona, Calif. Johnson earned $15,000 from the MBNA World Record Club. *Warren Johnson became the second driver in NHRA history to appear in 100 career final rounds. Former Pro Stock driver Bob Glidden raced in 122 finals. *The field was the quickest in NHRA history and was the first in which all 16 drivers recorded a six-second time during qualifying. Mike Thomas was No. 16 at 6.983 seconds in the Gumout Pontiac Firebird. The previous quickest field came at the non-points Winston Invitational in April 1997 at Rockingham, N.C., where Ray Franks was No. 16 at 7.003 in the Franks Racing Pontiac Firebird. *Warren Johnson beat his son, Kurt Johnson, for the second time in a final round this season. Warren beat Kurt at the season-opening Chief Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona, Calif. *Twenty-five drivers recorded a six-second pass, an NHRA record for one national event. The previous record was 15 at the non-points Winston Invitational in early April 1997 at Rockingham, N.C. PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE *The semifinal between Matt Hines and John Myers was the quickest race in NHRA history. Hines won at 7.386 seconds on the Vance & Hines Suzuki GSXR; Myers trailed at 7.416, 182.51 on the Close Call Phone Card Suzuki GSXR. *Matt Hines set an NHRA elapsed-time national record of 7.295 seconds on the Vance & Hines Suzuki GSXR. Hines, from Whittier, Calif., broke the record of 7.321 set by Dave Schultz at the Mac Tools Gatornationals in March 1997 at Gainesville, Fla. Hines earned $3,000 from the MBNA World Record Club. Hines' pass was the first quicker than 7.300 seconds in NHRA history. *The field was the quickest in NHRA history. Ron Ayers was No. 16 at 7.573 seconds on the Mac Tools Suzuki. The previous quickest field came at the Slick 50 Nationals presented by Western Auto in March 1997 at Houston, where Brian DeLong was No. 16 at 7.624 on the J&D Racing Suzuki GSXR. -30- 5/10/97-RV6-066

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Matt Hines , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Ron Ayers , Chuck Etchells , Bob Glidden