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NHRA POINT STANDINGS AFTER NORWALK


Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the
Inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing
Equipment Motorsports Park, the 11th of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade
Drag Racing Series -

ROUND-BY-ROUND PRO RESULTS FROM NORWALK

Final round-by-round results from the
Inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing
Equipment Motorsports Park, the 11th of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade
Drag Racing Series:

NORWALK FINAL RESULTS

HOMETOWN DRIVER CONNOLLY DRIVES TO WIN WHILE ASHLEY, SCHUMACHER, HINES EARN TITLES IN NORWALK

Funny Car racer Mike Ashley figured
out the perfect way to get over his streak of two DNQs in a row by
winning the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Sunday at
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Defending series Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher also erased a
downturn in his recent performances with a victory over current points
leader "Hot Rod" Fuller, while Dave Connolly and Andrew Hines won in
Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively.

NORWALK SATURDAY RESULTS


TOP FRIDAY TIMES HOLD AS FIELD IS SET FOR INAUGURAL RACE IN NORWALK

Clear, sunny weather conditions in Northern Ohio kept elapsed times and
top speeds in check Saturday during the final day of professional
qualifying for the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in
Norwalk, Ohio.
            
All four of Friday night's professional category leaders remained in
control of their respective categories, including Funny Car top gun
Robert Hight, the son-in-law of 14-time world champion John Force, who
posted a best of 4.713 at 313.73 mph.

Top Fuel's "Hot Rod" Fuller (4.533), Pro Stock's Greg Anderson (6.654),
and Pro Stock Motorcycle's Matt Smith (6.965) joined Hight on the low
qualifier's podium at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

AMERICAN DRAGSTER FINALE SUNDAY

The final episode of the
10-show, second season of American Dragster will air July 1st on ESPN2 11:30am
EST, 8:30am PST.
 
In this episode, drivers Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps,
Max Naylor and Erica Enders discuss why, given all the challenges and risk of
racing, they continue to pursue their sport.
 
During the O’Reilly NHRA
Summer Nationals in Topeka, they explain why they strap themselves into a
super-tuned racecar and rocket down the track and why any other job just
wouldn’t cut it.

K&N SPONSORS NEW NHRA PS SHOOTOUT

K&N Engineering, Inc., will sponsor the K&N Horsepower
Challenge, a lucrative bonus event for Pro Stock
competitors.

The K&N Horsepower Challenge is a special race-within-a-race bonus
program for the top Pro Stock drivers in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series. The $76,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge will move venues in
2008 and will be conducted at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
in Norwalk, Ohio.  The race features a special elimination pairing with
the eight quickest Pro Stock drivers who have accumulated the most
points in qualifying during the 23-race Challenge series.

Drivers will begin earning 2008 K&N Horsepower Challenge points
beginning at this weekend’s event in Norwalk and will continue to
accumulate points through the race prior to next year’s Summit Racing
Equipment NHRA Nationals.

The winner of the K&N Horsepower Challenge will earn $50,000, and
the runner-up will earn $10,000. The two semifinalists will earn $3,000
each, while the four first-round finishers will receive $2,500 each.

BOB DANIELS PASSES

Bob Daniels, one of the original seven NHRA division directors chosen
to organize national operations on a regional basis in November 1959
and a former general manager at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis,
died June 30.

Daniels served as Division 3 director for 20 years, then spent 12 years
as general manager at the venerable Indianapolis facility, the home of
the U.S. Nationals since 1961 and then known as Indianapolis Raceway
Park. Daniels' many contributions to the sport include the
establishment of prominent dragstrips in the North Central United
States and significant advancements and renovations at ORP.

Like most of the early NHRA officials, Daniels' interest in hot rodding
began with street racing, but after several encounters with local law
enforcement, he saw the long-term advantages of organized drag racing
on off-road sites and concentrated all of his energies and resources in
promoting the growth of NHRA. He built his first serious race car, a
'32 Ford with a setback engine, center-point steering, a chopped top,
and a '55 Chevy 265-cid engine that was bored out to 292 cubic inches,
in the winter of 1956-57. He competed with that car, in C/Altered, at
the '57 Nationals in Oklahoma and was so impressed that he made a trip
to California to see what hot rodding was all about out west.

NORWALK FRIDAY


POINTS LEADERS FULLER, ANDERSON, SMITH PACE FIELDS WHILE HIGHT SITS ATOP FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING IN NORWALK
 

Top Fuel points leader "Hot Rod" Fuller only made one run down Summit
Racing Equipment Motorsports Park Friday but he made it a good one,
streaking to the forefront of the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment
NHRA Nationals with a 4.533 at 323.50 mph.

Greg Anderson followed the same formula in Pro Stock, making one
noteworthy pass of 6.654 seconds to lead his class. Funny Car's Robert
Hight (4.713) and Pro Stock Motorcycle's Matt Smith (6.965) also shined.

THE NEW NORWALK

Race track owners, sanctioning body officials and sponsors have a
“problem.” That problem is often the racers, the fans and yes, even
those of us in the media who fail to faithfully mention, in every
story, the full name of a particular race track or event. Given their
choice, the management at the track in Norwalk, Ohio would like all of
us to call the facility by its now proper name, Summit Racing Equipment
Motorsports Park, and quite honestly, we don’t have any problem with
that. They’ve paid for that name change, and “deserve” to have the
track referred to by it.

By the same token, if we’re following “procedure” we should also be
referring to the event as the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

That’s in the ideal world. In the real world it’s going to take years,
and maybe even decades before anyone consistently refers to the
facility or the event by its full and complete proper name. Until then
everyone’s going to continue to reference the track as simply
“Norwalk.” When someone talks about the race they’re probably going to
call it the “Summit Nationals,” or maybe something even more
simplified, like the “Summit race.”

This is anything but an isolated problem. It’s somewhat
universal. Management would like us to refer to the Mac Tools NHRA U.S.
Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, but for all
eternity those of us who live and breathe drag racing will continue to
just refer to it as “Indy.” In reality it’s the AC Delco NHRA
Gatorationals at Gainesville Raceway, but to us it’s always going to be
either “Gsainesville,” or maybe “the Gators.”

COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

Maybe this was what Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Skoal team needed, a little pressure from their bosses.

Racing in the shadow of Skoal’s Greenwich, Conn. headquarters, with two
busloads of employees watching, Johnson ended a season-long slump by
winning his first race to move up from 12th place all the way to
eighth, just inside the Countdown cutoff.

Johnson was the No. 1 qualifier and had the best car in three of four rounds of qualifying, so it’s not a surprise that he won.

Not unless you were in Englishtown and saw the inferno after his first-round win that melted his Chevy Impala SS body.

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