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Old 08-28-2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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Smile The "Big Go" - U.S. Nationals (NHRA) TV Schedule

The biggest drag race of the year starts next week - September 2nd. Here is the TV Schedule from ESPN2 - in HD of course.

Mac Tools U.S. Nationals

September 2-7

Indianapolis, Ind.

09/06/2009 Qualifying 11:30:00 AM - 2:00:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

09/06/2009 Qualifying 5:00:00 PM - 7:00:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

09/07/2009 Eliminations 1:00:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM ET (ESPN2)

09/11/2009 Repeat Eliminations 3:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 AM ET (ESPN2)


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Wonder if the Ford Pro-Stock car is going to be there?
I heard Larry Morgan is switching to Ford next year.
I can't wait, I sure loved watching Bob Glidden clean up for 10 years .
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Wonder if the Ford Pro-Stock car is going to be there?
I heard Larry Morgan is switching to Ford next year.
I can't wait, I sure loved watching Bob Glidden clean up for 10 years .
They will be running the Super Stock Hemi Challange as they always do during this race - the Darts and Cuda's from the late 60's. $10,000 to the winner. They are now in the 8.76 time range for this class - outstanding.
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Garlits to return to NHRA drag racing at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals

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They will be running the Super Stock Hemi Challange as they always do during this race - the Darts and Cuda's from the late 60's. $10,000 to the winner. They are now in the 8.76 time range for this class - outstanding.
It's amazing what a proper tire will do for ya!
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It's amazing what a proper tire will do for ya!
And 14 to 1 compression.
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And 14 to 1 compression.


Like a diesel almost!
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Medical condition sidelines Coil for U.S. Nationals

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Robert Hight will be reunited with crew chief Jimmy Prock more quickly than team owner John Force had anticipated, the result of steps taken Thursday after Hall of Fame crew chief Austin Coil was forced to bow out of this week’s 55th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil for health reasons.

Coil, the architect of the John Force Racing dynasty that has delivered 15 series championships and 180 NHRA Funny Car victories in the last 25 seasons, checked himself into an Indianapolis hospital after becoming ill Wednesday. He will remain hospitalized under observation for four to five days while doctors conduct a battery of tests.

As a result, Hight, who had been on temporary assignment to the team anchored by Coil and Bernie Fedderly, will be back in his original chassis with his original Automobile Club of Southern California crew when qualifying begins Friday at O’Reilly Raceway Park.

A top-five finisher in each of his first four seasons with John Force Racing Inc., Hight is the defending U.S. Nationals champion and has been to the final round at the world’s oldest, largest, richest, and most prestigious drag race three straight years.

Meanwhile, Force also will return to the car in which he began the season after reaching the semifinals two weeks ago in a Prock-prepared Ford.

“I wanted Robert to go into the biggest race of the year with confidence, and I decided that putting him back with Jimmy Prock was best,” Force said. “That’s the team he’s been with, and I showed at Reading that Jimmy’s car is starting to come around.

“I’m going back with Bernie,” Force said. “He’ll run my car with help from ‘Guido’ [Dean Antonelli, crew chief on daughter Ashley Force Hood’s Castrol GTX Mustang] and the rest of my brain trust. That’s why we’ve trained backups at every position, so that when someone goes down, we don’t miss a step.

“Even though he’s in the hospital, Coil will be involved in all the decisions. He told me he’s going to be fine. At the end of the day, the best medicine for Coil is for us to go out and win a drag race.”
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2009 Mopar Hemi Challenge Series kicks off at Indy

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Westcott’s incredible thrash pays off with Hemi Challenge victory

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by Kevin McKenna, National DRAGSTER Senior Editor

Years from now, drag racing fans will still be talking about Charlie Westcott Sr.’s unlikely, improbable, and amazing victory in the 2009 Mopar Hemi Challenge at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil. Thrashing for more than an hour after wounding an engine in the semifinals, Westcott drove his War Fish Barracuda to a final-round victory over David Barton.

“Can you believe this?” said Westcott, who joined his son, Charlie Jr., as a champion in the specialty event, which is held each year at the U.S. Nationals. For the win, Westcott earned a $10,000 bonus from Mopar and the coveted Mac Tools U.S. Nationals SS/AH class champion’s trophy. “I certainly didn’t think we could do it. I broke the same valve in the same cylinder that I broke here two yeas ago. If it wasn’t for Charlie [Jr.] I wouldn’t even have tried to come back. I was ready to put it in the trailer, but he wouldn’t let me.”

Returning to the pit area after their semifinal bye run, the Westcott team quickly went to work, swapping the massive 426 Hemi engine from customer John Rains’ Heli-Hemi Dart into their Barracuda. Team owner Jim DeFrank quickly offered the use of his 18-wheel transporter to help facilitate the engine swap while a host of fellow racers and crew members all pitched in to help.

“At one point, someone told us we only had 15 minutes and we didn’t even have the engine in the car,” said Westcott. “I didn’t think we were going to make it until we finally got the engine started. This is the first time I’ve won this race, and it’s really great.”

In the case of a pit-area thrash, the number of things that can go wrong far outnumber the things that can go right, but Westcott made a clean run, leaving with a very competitive .013 light and running an 8.62. Ironically, it was Barton who had problems as his engine never revved when he floored the throttle, and the result was a very late .498 reaction time and an 8.80, well off his earlier 8.5-second pace.

“I don’t know why but it wouldn’t go up against the rev limiter,” said Barton. “I’m bummed because I really thought we had a great chance to win this deal again. My dad [Ray] has worked so hard on our engine program and the results have shown here. He didn’t even go to Reading [for the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals] which is a half-hour from our house because he was busy in the shop. I really wanted to win this for him. The last time I won here was in 2000 and that was the year before Mopar started the Hemi Challenge and paid $10,000 to the winner. I really wanted to win it again.”

In qualifying, it was the younger Westcott that assumed the favorite’s role with an 8.49 to take the top spot, and he appeared poised to take his third U.S. Nationals Hemi Challenge title in the last four years with an 8.53 in his round two win over Kevin Helms, but he also broke a valve, ending his day prematurely.

The elder Westcott qualified third quickest in the 21-car field and was solidly in the 8.5s during his wins against William Bales, Wendell Howes, and former Hemi Challenge winner Bucky Hess, who wounded his best engine two weeks ago in Reading and could only muster a string of 8.7s with his back-up.

Barton started from the No. 4 spot and cruised into the final by beating Dave Raybourn, Randy Warford, and John Rains. Barton also got a single run when Charlie Westcott Jr. broke in the quarterfinals in what would have been one of the most highly anticipated match-ups between two engine builders who don’t often see eye-to-eye.

“We didn’t have the quickest car here but we ran well and we have a reputation for building stuff that lasts,” said Barton. “I haven’t had this car out since last year’s Dutch Classic in October because we wanted everything to be right. The good thing about being so close to Charlie is that he’s going to be forced to lean on his equipment, and when he does that, he’s on the edge and it shows.”
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. . . . . . . . . .

I don't care what the NHRA says and I don't care what John Force says . . .

He threw his race against Robert Hight so Hight would win knocking Cruz P. out of the "Final 10" race for the championshp.

He was SO late leaving .209 (his average is .086) - he immediately steered the car to the right and as soon as it left the grove - of course - the tires broke traction.

I understand his responsibilities towards his sponsors (AAA Club - Hights Car) but geez John - did you have to make it so obvious?

PS: Congrats to Ashley Force Hood in winning the US Nationals in Funny Car. The last woman to win in a nitro category was Shilrey Muldowney . . . in 1982! She did it in Top Fuel.
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don schumacher not fooled by force semi-final race

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according to team owner don schumacher, he wasn’t surprised with the outcome of the robert hight versus john force semi-final match at the nhra u.s. Nationals in indianapolis. In fact schumacher was trying to give 100-to-1 odds on the starting line for anyone who would bet against his robert hight prediction.

“it was clear to me that robert hight was gonna win that round,” schumacher said. “john is a good leaver, he's a good racer. How did he have a .200 plus reaction time? Isn't that strange? How did he all of a sudden drive the car to the wall? It just boggles my mind and everybody else can respond to that. Hopefully, nhra will separate themselves from the most popular guy in the sport, john force. And he's earned his popularity. And nhra will take some action about it. Because it's wrong for our fans. And if our fans don't see integrity and racing, we're not gonna have fans out here.”

the nhra sent their nitro liaison don olson over the john force compound to check the run for any possibility improprieties. He couldn’t determine 100-percent conclusively if the race had been “thrown”.

“i only know what i saw on the starting line and what the time slips indicated,” schumacher explained. “i'm sure robert didn't have a .200 reaction time. And robert's car went down the lane. John's car, for some reason, on only that run, dove towards the wall. It surprises me. Does it surprise you? And it should surprise nhra. But it's obvious, i mean let's not kid each other, and john doesn't like me for my bluntness and my honesty. I think it's obvious to everybody what transpired there. And i'm sorry to say that. And that's what tony pedregon says. But tony lived in that camp. He knows what went on inside that camp when he raced there. “
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