Sunday, March 29, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
"A Battle From the First to the 12th Hour"
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
"Third Time's a Charm"
Greetings from the 2009 AC Delco NHRA Gatornationals, round 3 of 24 that decide the Full Throttle Championships. This is a snapshot of the pits of Top Fuel Top Qualifier Larry Dixon, who drives for the legendary master tuner Alan Johnson and Al-Anabi racing. Dixon has the top starting spot, thanks to a 1000 foot run of 3.886 seconds (310.20 miles per hour), and will face Doug Kalitta. Top Fuel point leader Antron Brown qualified 7th, and will face Clay Millican.
In Funny Car, the Blue Oval Gang gets bragging rights with Bob Tasca III, who put his Mustang on top with a run of 4.124 seconds (301.00 miles an hour). Tasca will race Jim Head in his first round elimination match. Point leader Ron Capps is 6th fast (4.156; 293.15 miles an hour), and goes up against Tony Pedregon.
In Pro Stock, Mike Edwards starts first with both the low E.T. (6.582 seconds) and top speed (209.95 miles an hour) honors in qualifying. Edwards and V Gaines duke it out in their first round elimination match. Point Leader Jason Line qualified 5th (6.618 seconds; 208.81 miles an hour); Line and Jim Yates lock horns in their first round elimination tilt.
Alachua County's Chamber of Commerce is likely beaming about the weather. What's not to like about 80 degree weather in mid-March?
We'll blog a snapshot and synopsis with the pro winners later on, or update if events dictate.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Kyle Busch won the Shelby 427 in grand fashion before a nearly sold out Las Vegas Motor Speedway (they would have sold you a ticket--but it sure looked like a pre-contraction crowd here at Glitter Gulch). As we recounted, Busch had to fall back to the last starting spot. During the driver introductions he said to the fans "Know what? We're going to the back , get ready for a show, here it comes." Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton sniffed the lead...but in the end the victory was Kyle's.
Matt Kenseth suffered engine problems to drop him out of the point lead. Kenseth finished 43rd on the day.
Here's the top 12 going into Atlanta:
Jeff Gordon--snatched a 6th place finish from what could have been a disaster, and took over the point lead with 459
David Reutimann--comes off a 4th place finish, his best/408
Bobby Labonte--finished 5th/360
It is always great to see a dream come true.
We'll take a week back at the office and get ready for straight line action next time we are on the road. You can always find out what we are doing by going on Twitter (twitter.com/MSRnet), and talk about it there.
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