DIXON, HAGAN, EDWARDS AND TONGLET WIN AT UA ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

JOLIET, Ill. – Larry Dixon raced past defending world champion Tony Schumacher to grab the win at the rain-delayed United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Matt Hagan, Mike Edwards and LE Tonglet also won in their respective categories at the 10th of 23 events on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Dixon drove his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.823-second run at 323.12 mph past Schumacher to earn his fifth win of the season and 53rd of his career. It was also the sixth time this season that Dixon and Schumacher met each other during eliminations.

 “Obviously this is big,” said Dixon. “Any time you win it is huge. The last couple of times we ran in the final, he has got the best of us. It was a long day, at the same time, not as long as Friday and it was definitely worth the wait. This track is the gold standard when sun is off of it. It is awesome. And a final round under the lights is so cool. This is what I grew up on. My dad raced a bunch of times at Orange County and Lions at night. Our sport is cool at night. I wish we raced through the summer on Saturday nights.”

With his final round appearance, Schumacher was able to move from third to second in the Top Fuel point standings, just behind first-place Dixon.

In Funny Car, Hagan not only stopped runner-up finisher Robert Hight’s current winning streak, but set the national record for time in the process. Hagan drove his DieHard Dodge Charger R/T to a 4.035 at 312.78, which was just enough to back up his semifinal time of 4.022-seconds to set the new national record and pick up those valuable 20 extra points in the process. It was also Hagan’s second career win.

“This was (crew chief) Tommy DeLago and John Medlen’s race,” said Hagan. “In the first race we won in Houston, I had to pedal the car but not here. This weekend, I had a great race car. We tested some stuff recently but they put what they know back in the race car this weekend. I told Tommy ‘That’s the race car I’m used to.’ It’s great to have that confidence and great to set the record and win the race.”

While his three-race winning streak came to an end, runner-up finisher Hight did take the points lead from team owner John Force with his final round appearance.

In Pro Stock, Edwards continued his dominance over the class and followed up his win in Topeka with his sixth win of the season. Edwards drove his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP to a 6.594 at 208.49 and past runner-up Jason Line.

“That’s what Pro Stock is all about,” said Edwards. “The first thing Jason said to me was ‘Man, you were late.’ What a great way to finish the day. We weren’t at our best today but we managed to pull off another win. It just feels great.”

Pro Stock Motorcycle rider LE Tonglet held off Steve Johnson to pick up his first career win in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Tonglet rode his GT Motorsports Suzuki to a 6.935 at 190.38 to pick up his first win in just his second season of racing.

“My emotions are so high right now,” said Tonglet. “I’ve been waiting for this day all my life. GT (Tonglet, brother) won a few times, but to have one of my own is awesome. We’re on a tight budget and this might get us through New Jersey and maybe even Norwalk.”

 **AGATE**

JOLIET, Ill. -- Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders at Route 66 Raceway.  The race is the tenth of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1.  Larry Dixon; 2.  Tony Schumacher; 3.  Steve Torrence; 4.  Doug Kalitta; 5.  Antron Brown; 6. Cory McClenathan; 7.  Brandon Bernstein; 8.  Terry McMillen; 9.  Shawn Langdon; 10.  Morgan Lucas; 11.  David Grubnic; 12.  Tim Cullinan; 13.  Bob Vandergriff; 14.  Pat Dakin; 15.  T.J. Zizzo; 16. Troy Buff.

FUNNY CAR:

1.  Matt Hagan; 2.  Robert Hight; 3.  Ashley Force Hood; 4.  Jack Beckman; 5.  Tim Wilkerson; 6. Bob Bode; 7.  Bob Tasca III; 8.  Jeff Arend; 9.  Dale Creasy Jr.; 10.  Ron Capps; 11.  Daniel Wilkerson; 12.  John Force; 13.  Del Worsham; 14.  Tony Pedregon; 15.  Justin Schriefer; 16.  Paul Lee.

PRO STOCK:

1.  Mike Edwards; 2.  Jason Line; 3.  Shane Gray; 4.  Rodger Brogdon; 5.  Ron Krisher; 6.  Greg Anderson; 7.  Allen Johnson; 8.  V. Gaines; 9.  Johnny Gray; 10.  Warren Johnson; 11.  Richie Stevens; 12.  Justin Humphreys; 13.  Kurt Johnson; 14.  Bob Yonke; 15.  Steve Spiess; 16.  Jeg Coughlin.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1.  LE Tonglet; 2.  Steve Johnson; 3.  Hector Arana; 4.  Angie Smith; 5.  Shawn Gann; 6.  Andrew Hines; 7.  David Hope; 8.  Redell Harris; 9.  Eddie Krawiec; 10.  Matt Smith; 11.  Michael Phillips; 12.  Jim Underdahl; 13.  Mike Berry; 14.  Craig Treble; 15.  Wesley Wells; 16.  Karen Stoffer.

JOLIET, Ill. -- Sunday's final results from the 13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders at Route 66 Raceway. The race is the tenth of 23 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Larry Dixon, 3.773 seconds, 321.65 mph  def. Tony Schumacher, 3.823 seconds, 323.12 mph.

Funny Car -- Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.035, 312.78  def. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.069, 311.92.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.935, 190.38  def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.966, 186.46.

Pro Stock -- Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 6.594, 208.49  def. Jason Line, GXP, 6.599, 209.30.

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Monroe Guest, 5.482, 260.26  def. Jared Dreher, 5.498, 252.85.

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.459, 264.75  def. Mickey Ferro, Monte Carlo, foul.

Competition Eliminator -- James Caro, Dodge Stratus, 8.124, 162.35  def. David Rampy, Roadster, 7.342, 152.00.

Super Stock -- Gary Emmons, Pontiac Firebird, 10.050, 130.72  def. Brad Plourd, Chevy Cavalier, 8.741, 155.56.

Stock Eliminator -- Peter Biondo, Chevy Camaro, 10.482, 120.35  def. Dan Fletcher, Camaro, 10.354, 121.30.

Super Comp -- Don Higgins, Dragster, 8.920, 160.75  def. Ray Miller, Dragster, 9.020, 165.42.

Super Gas -- Steve Furr, Chevy Camaro, 9.886, 161.81  def. Gale Wallace, Camaro, foul.

Super Street -- Wayne Christopher, Chevy Monte Carlo, no time was unopposed.

JOLIET, Ill. -- Final round-by-round results from the 13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders at Route 66 Raceway, the tenth of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Antron Brown, 3.899, 313.15 def. T.J. Zizzo, 8.067, 83.60; Steve Torrence, 3.828, 312.93 def. Shawn Langdon, 3.872, 278.63; Terry McMillen, 4.202, 251.77 def. Bob Vandergriff, 5.713, 116.44; Tony Schumacher, 3.827, 318.02 def. Pat Dakin, 7.561, 84.18; Larry Dixon, 3.844, 308.78 def. Tim Cullinan, 4.985, 144.89; Cory McClenathan, 3.859, 305.15 def. Morgan Lucas, 3.967, 301.07; Brandon Bernstein, 4.632, 225.45 def. David Grubnic, 4.888, 267.48; Doug Kalitta, 3.994, 282.19 def. Troy Buff, 11.289, 76.93;

QUARTERFINALS -- Kalitta, 3.830, 315.86 def. Bernstein, 4.230, 237.25; Dixon, 3.830, 317.94 def. Brown, 3.839, 315.78; Torrence, 3.888, 310.34 def. McClenathan, 3.877, 315.86; Schumacher, 3.855, 319.22 def. McMillen, 4.239, 211.13;

SEMIFINALS -- Schumacher, 3.816, 318.92 def. Torrence, 3.868, 310.77; Dixon, 3.786, 320.20 def. Kalitta, 3.903, 316.01;

FINAL -- Dixon, 3.773, 321.65 def. Schumacher, 3.823, 323.12.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.158, 299.06 def. Paul Lee, Chevy Impala SS, foul; Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.201, 301.27 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Impala, 4.272, 289.07; Ashley Force Hood, Mustang, 4.114, 303.03 def. John Force, Mustang, 4.451, 239.53; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.112, 302.69 def. Justin Schriefer, Chevy Camaro, foul; Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.184, 291.32 def. Tony Pedregon, Impala, 7.324, 87.14; Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 4.239, 292.65 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.272, 262.64; Bob Bode, Impala SS, 4.199, 300.40 def. Daniel Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.401, 268.17; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.397, 215.55 def. Del Worsham, Solara, 4.474, 262.90; QUARTERFINALS -- Hagan, 4.219, 295.21 def. Arend, 5.823, 121.37; Beckman, 4.121, 302.55 def. Tasca III, 5.124, 150.58; Force Hood, 4.138, 304.46 def. Bode, 4.384, 229.31; Hight, 4.111, 309.20 def. T. Wilkerson, 4.186, 298.47;

SEMIFINALS -- Hagan, 4.022, 312.71 def. Force Hood, 4.044, 308.00; Hight, 4.041, 307.79 def. Beckman, 4.060, 314.61;

FINAL -- Hagan, 4.035, 312.78 def. Hight, 4.069, 311.92.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.642, 208.26 def. Johnny Gray, GXP, foul; Shane Gray, GXP, 6.630, 208.46 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.642, 209.36; Jason Line, GXP, 6.615, 209.01 def. Kurt Johnson, Chevy Cobalt, 6.683, 208.30; Ron Krisher, Cobalt, 6.621, 208.78 def. Steve Spiess, Cobalt, 8.353, 116.12; Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.634, 207.69 def. Bob Yonke, GXP, foul; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.605, 209.04 def. Richie Stevens, GXP, 6.653, 206.86; Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.627,

208.52 def. Justin Humphreys, GXP, 6.656, 206.73; V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.648, 207.98 def. Jeg Coughlin, Cobalt, broke; QUARTERFINALS -- S. Gray, 6.623, 208.23 def. Gaines, foul; Brogdon, 6.638, 207.37 def. Krisher, 6.633, 208.07; Line, 6.616, 208.68 def. A. Johnson, 6.637, 208.68; Edwards, 6.603, 209.59 def. Anderson, 6.634, 208.68;

SEMIFINALS -- Line, 6.601, 208.46 def. S. Gray, 6.628, 193.65; Edwards, 6.601, 207.94 def. Brogdon, 6.631, 206.99; FINAL -- Edwards, 6.594, 208.49 def. Line, 6.599, 209.30.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE -- Angie Smith, Buell, 6.961, 188.31 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.960, 189.42; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.928, 189.23 def. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.994, 195.68; Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.896, 193.52 def. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.984, 187.11; David Hope, Buell, 6.940, 188.04 def. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, foul; LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.966, 190.35 def. Wesley Wells, Suzuki, 7.795, 178.83; Shawn Gann, Buell, 6.966, 188.52 def. Mike Berry, Buell, 7.086, 185.66; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.894, 192.60 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 8.362, 109.97; Redell Harris, Buell, 7.070, 185.08 def. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.123, 190.30; QUARTERFINALS -- A. Smith, 7.030, 185.64 def. Harris, foul; Tonglet, 6.963, 191.92 def. Hope, 6.997, 187.94; Johnson, 6.918, 194.69 def. Gann, 6.966, 187.16; Arana, 6.905, 193.10 def. Hines, 6.990, 187.78; SEMIFINALS -- Tonglet, 6.921, 186.92 def. A. Smith, 6.950, 188.25; Johnson, 6.928, 191.84 def. Arana, foul;

FINAL -- Tonglet, 6.935, 190.38 def. Johnson, 6.966, 186.46.

JOLIET, Ill. -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders at Route 66 Raceway, the tenth of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1.  Larry Dixon, 969; 2.  Tony Schumacher, 834; 3.  Cory McClenathan, 810; 4.  Doug Kalitta, 765; 5.  Antron Brown, 646; 6.  Brandon Bernstein, 600; 7.  Shawn Langdon, 481; 8.  Morgan Lucas, 472; 9.  Steve Torrence, 410; 10.  David Grubnic, 370.

Funny Car

1.  Robert Hight, 780; 2.  John Force, 759; 3.  (tie) Ashley Force Hood, 671; Matt Hagan, 671; 5. Jack Beckman, 652; 6.  Ron Capps, 627; 7.  Bob Tasca III, 563; 8.  Tim Wilkerson, 532; 9.  Tony Pedregon, 522; 10.  Del Worsham, 499.

Pro Stock

1.  Mike Edwards, 1,085; 2.  Allen Johnson, 748; 3.  Jeg Coughlin, 645; 4.  Greg Anderson, 598; 5. Ron Krisher, 545; 6.  Jason Line, 537; 7.  Greg Stanfield, 527; 8.  Rodger Brogdon, 466; 9.  Shane Gray, 403; 10.  Rickie Jones, 393.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1.  Hector Arana, 558; 2.  Andrew Hines, 423; 3.  Matt Smith, 406; 4.  Eddie Krawiec, 386; 5. Michael Phillips, 360; 6.  LE Tonglet, 355; 7.  Steve Johnson, 339; 8.  Craig Treble, 323; 9. David Hope, 313; 10.  Karen Stoffer, 288.

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