Tony Schumacher, Cruz Pedregon, Mike Edwards and Hector Arana Jr Lead points After Houston Race

Point standings (top 15) following the 26th annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway, the sixth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel

1. Tony Schumacher      510
2. Antron Brown             440
3. Shawn Langdon          423
4. Spencer Massey         413
5. Morgan Lucas             347
6. Khalid alBalooshi        333
Doug Kalitta                    333
8. Bob Vandergriff         295
9. Brandon Bernstein    281
10. David Grubnic         250
11. Clay Millican            245
12. Larry Dixon             223
13. Steve Torrence       221
14. Brittany Force        187
Terry McMillen            187

Funny Car

1. Cruz Pedregon          470
2. Matt Hagan               433
3. Courtney Force        384
4. Ron Capps                 381
5. Johnny Gray             362
6. Tim Wilkerson          348
7. Jack Beckman           318
8. Robert Hight             308
9. Alexis DeJoria           295
10. Bob Tasca III         293
11. Del Worsham          290
12. John Force              270
13. Tony Pedregon      169
14. Jeff Arend               167
15. Blake Alexander    158

Pro Stock

1. Mike Edwards           532
2. Allen Johnson           465
3. Jeg Coughlin              450
Erica Enders-Stevens  450
5. Jason Line                 419
6. Vincent Nobile          361
7. Shane Gray               327
8. V. Gaines                   317
9. Greg Anderson         304
10. Greg Stanfield        270
11. Rodger Brogdon      232
12. Matt Hartford        156
Chris McGaha               156
14. Larry Morgan         146
15. Rickie Jones            141

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Hector Arana Jr       375
2. Scotty Pollacheck     256
3. John Hall                   187
4. Hector Arana           174
Eddie Krawiec              174
6. Steve Johnson         159
7. Andrew Hines          144
8. Michael Ray             141
9. Jim Underdahl         136
10. Matt Smith            133
11. LE Tonglet              119
12. Shawn Gann           116
13. Adam Arana            99
14. Angie Smith            93
Katie Sullivan                93

C. Pedregon, Vandergriff, Line and Arana Jr. Score Wins at the 2013 Spring Nationals

2013 O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals Pro Winners
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C. Pedregon, Vandergriff, Line and Arana Jr. Score Wins at the 2013 Spring Nationals

Cruz Pedregon became the first two-time event winner in Funny Car in 2013 by winning Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway.

Cruz and the Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry defeated Tim Wilkerson in the Funny Car Final using a 4.246, 296.96 pass over Tim’s 6.914 effort. Cruz has now escalated his national event career win total to 32.

Bob Vandergriff Jr. (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event near Houston.

2013 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals Final Round Results:

Vandergriff Top Fuel Final

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In Top Fuel, Vandergriff earned his third career victory by holding off Shawn Langdon in the final
round.
Top Fuel — Bob Vandergriff, 3.904 seconds, 316.38 mph def. Shawn Langdon, 8.485 seconds, 74.90 mph.

Cruz Pedregon Funny Car Final

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Funny Car — Cruz Pedregon, Toyota Camry, 4.246, 296.96 def. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 6.914, 102.08.

Jason Line Pro Stock Final

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In Pro Stock, Line raced his Summit Racing Chevy Camaro to his second win at Royal Purple Raceway and his first of the year with a holeshot victory over Shane Gray.

Pro Stock — Jason Line, Chevy Camaro, 6.589, 211.99 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.589, 211.26.

Arana Jr Pro Stock Motorcycle Final

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Arana Jr. records his third straight win of the year in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a final-round performance of 6.912 at 194.74 on his Lucas Oil Buell to defeat Scotty Pollacheck

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.912, 194.74 def. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.985, 188.54.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Randy Meyer, 5.366, 271.90 def. Jim Whiteley, 5.466, 221.27.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Tony Bartone, Ford Mustang, 5.591, 263.56 def. John Lombardo Jr., Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.629, 261.52.

Pro Modified — Clint Satterfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.015, 246.75 def. Kenny Lang, Chevy Corvette, foul.

2013 NHRA Spring Spectacle of Speed Photo Gallery

Top Dragster Pictures From Indy

2013 NHRA Spring Spectacle of Speed Photo Gallery

Racing action from Saturday April 27, 2013 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Stock and Super Stock managed to get qualifying and one round of eliminations in before it started raining Saturday night and in to Sunday.

Rains ended up washing out Sunday’s (April 28) attempt at completing the NHRA Spring Spectacle of Speed, the season opener for the North Central Division’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

A total of 452 of the 575 entries are still in competition. Final elimination rounds have been rescheduled for Sunday, May 5. All spectator tickets for the event will be honored on May 5.

Bob Marshall Super Stock Eliminator Picture

Bob Marshall gets the wheels up nice in the gorgeous Dodge Material ’65 Coronet. Unfortunately Bob didn’t make it past round one.

Carlton Sweesy Corvette

Carlton Sweasy out of Louisville KY qualified the H/SA ’77 Corvette in the number 20 position with an 11.178 on a 12.15 index. Carlton will be back for round two as you can see that big red bulb in the other lane turned on by Ellis Booth and the W/S Pinto Wagon in round one racing action.

O/S Rosalyn Gresens

Rosalyn Gresens heating up the ’89 Mustang’s tires for round one action.

Kim Fritts 2012 Ford Mustang Roger Keeling '09 Chevy Cobalt

Kim Fritts lines up the 2012 Ford Mustang to face Roger Keeling in the ’09 Chevy Cobalt. Keeling takes the win and moves to round two.

Terry Smith Qualifies 15th at the Spring Spectacle of Speed

Terry Smith lays down a 7.327 179.18 MPH pass Saturday to qualify him 15th in the D/DA dragster in Competition Eliminator at the 2013 Spring Spectacle of Speed and will face Arnie Martel in round one.

Frank Manzo Top Alcohol Funny Car #1 Qualifier at Lucas Oil Raceway 2013

Frank Manzo grabs another Top Alcohol Funny Car #1 Qualifier at Lucas Oil Raceway. Frank goes 5.523 262.95 MPH in the Al-Anabi Racing ’06 Chevy Monte Carlo.

Gord Gingles and Marty Thacker Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying

Gord Gingles and Marty Thacker line up in Top Alcohol Dragster Qualifying. Overall, Gord ends up in the #2 position with a 5.328 270.70 MPH and Marty will be number 6 with a 5.399 at 265.90 MPH

Top Sportsman Action Billy Thoman '63 Corvette and Andy Horne '10 Mustang

Top Sportsman Action Billy Thoman ’63 Corvette and Andy Horne ’10 Mustang

Super Gas Roadster

Ed Illgen Rockford IL '10 Ski Doo

Ed Illgen from Rockford Illinois and a ’10 Ski Doo blast down the quarter mile in 8.422 seconds at 153.33 MPH, kinda nuts if you ask me, lol.

Chevy Malibu Race Car

Chevy Malibu’s are always cool!

Click here to view all 500+ pictures from the Spring Spectacle of Speed

Photo’s © mohringracing.com 2013.

Racepak Yellow Goes Bluetooth NHRA Approves For Use

Racepak Data SystemsThe National Hot Rod Association has granted approval of Bluetooth technology in a limited number of Racepak data recorder models. The usage of Bluetooth technology eliminates the need for the traditional cable between the user’s PC and the Racepak data recorder, instead relying on a wireless Bluetooth communication link when updating a data recorder with new sensors or programming changes.

“The use of Bluetooth will eliminate the issue of stringing a programming cable from the trailer to the race car, creating a safer and less complicated pit area” commented Todd Paton, Racepak’s Pro System and Sales Manager, “while simplifying the process of sending programming changes to the data recorder.”

Racepak data loggers currently approved by NHRA for the bluetooth upgrade include the following models:

Racepak Units Approved For Bluetooth

V500SD(left), Pro IIIA(Center) and the ProIII are now approved by NHRA for use with Bluetooth.
Pro III A
Pro IIIA
Pro III Data Logger
Pro III

To upgrade your Pro III, Pro IIIA and V500SD, contact Racepak at (949) 709-5555

For more product information, visit www.racepak.com

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26th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals Schedule

26th Annual Spring NationalsRace number six of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is almost here. The 26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries is Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, 2013 at Royal Purple Raceway.

When: April 26, 27, 28, 2013

Where:
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2525 South FM 565
Baytown, TX 77523

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2012 Recap:

Nobile vs Connolly 2012 Spring Nationals
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Top Fuel — Morgan Lucas, 3.848 seconds, 320.81 mph def. Antron Brown, 5.894 seconds, 117.05 mph.

Funny Car — Mike Neff, Ford Mustang, 4.239, 301.67 def. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.476, 211.79.

Pro Stock — Vincent Nobile, Dodge Avenger, 6.595, 210.14 def. Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 6.604, 210.41.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.905, 194.52 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.886, 196.33.

Top Alcohol Dragster
Jim Whiteley, 5.264, 273.77 def. Duane Shields, 5.380, 268.97.

Top Alcohol Funny Car
Jay Payne, Ford Mustang, 5.631, 260.06 def. Steve Gasparrelli, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.652, 259.26.

Super Stock
Doug Baumgardner, Chevy Camaro, 9.468, 134.36 def. Gary Emmons, Pontiac Firebird, 10.005, 126.21.

Stock
Hagen Gary, Plymouth, 10.132, 128.79 def. Britt Cummings, Chevy Corvette, 10.503, 126.00.

Super Comp
Britt Cummings, Dragster, 8.920, 164.85 def. Shannon Brinkley, Dragster, 8.898, 167.97.

Super Gas
Luke Bogacki, Chevy Corvette, 9.918, 144.41 def. Jeff Lopez, Corvette, 9.878, 152.68.

Top Dragster
Rob McKinley, Dragster, 6.303, 220.69 def. Todd Schumert, Dragster, 6.654, 203.68.

26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals 2013 Schedule

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2013

Sponsor Midway Parking 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Racer Pit Parking only (Pro’s – 10am to 5pm) 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

THURSDAY, April 25, 2013

Racer Pit Parking / Registration / Tech Inspection (all categories) 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

FRIDAY, April 26, 2013

Racer Registration / Tech Inspection (all categories) 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sportsman Qualifying 8:00 AM
Comp Eliminator Qualifying Sessions (2) 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM
Alcohol Qualifying Sessions (2) (TAFC-TAD) 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 3:00 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 3:30 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 4:15 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 5:15 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 5:45 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 6:30 PM
Secure Track 8:00 PM

SATURDAY, April 27, 2013

Sportsman Eliminations 8:00 AM
Comp Eliminator Qualifying Session 9:30 AM
Alcohol Qualifying Session (TAD-TAFC) 10:15 AM
Comp Eliminations- Round 1 11:30 AM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 12:00 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 12:45 PM
Pro Mod Qualifying Session 1:45 PM
Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PSM-PSC) 2:15 PM
Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 3:00 PM
Pro Mod – Round 1 4:00 PM
Alcohol Eliminations (TAD-TAFC) – Round 1 5:00 PM
Comp Eliminations- Round 2 6:00 PM
Secure Track 6:30 PM

SUNDAY, April 28, 2013

Pre-Race Ceremonies 10:00 AM
Final Eliminations 11:00 AM
Secure Event 4:30 PM

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Final Results From The Texas Motorplex and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series April 2013

Final Results From The Texas Motorplex and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series April 2013

“Speedy” Emmons, Norman Marsden, Bill Kent, Austin Williams, Jeff Lopez, Charlie Owens, Keith Raferty and Larry Eperjesi take home the bacon in this years Division 4 Event at Ennis, Texas’, Texas Motorplex Old School Showdown. Norman Marsden has a near perfect run in his Super Stock Round 5 win over Joe Teuton with an .008 reaction time and a dead on 10.370 to send him to the finals against Larry Stewart.

Here’s the final results from Texas:

COMP ELIMINATOR
Bill Kent, Midland, Texas, dragster, B/D, 6.689, 189.95 defeated
Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.459, 176.97

SUPER STOCK
Norman Marsden, Santo, Texas, ’66 Chevy II, SS/KA, 10.369, 124.95 defeated
Larry Stewart, Clinton, Miss., ’10 Challenger, SS/IA, 9.811, 134.58

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Harvey Emmons III, Friendswood, Texas, ’69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.345, 119.28 defeated
Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, ’77 Duster, H/SA, 11.338, 114.42

SUPER COMP
Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, dragster, 8.901, 157.69 defeated
Scooter Choate, Hubbard, Texas, dragster, 8.918, 179.02

SUPER GAS
Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.949, 153.07 defeated
Shannon Brinkley, Highlands, Texas, ’01 Corvette, 9.932, 152.61

SUPER STREET
Charlie Owens, White Oak, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 10.934, 144.52 defeated
Brian Hughes, Longview, Texas, ’69 Camaro, 10.932, 134.15

TOP DRAGSTER
Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.588, 201.10 defeated
Tom Williams, Leonardville, Kan., dragster, 6.796, 198.23

TOP SPORTSMAN
Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., ’68 Camaro, 6.552, 213.23 def. Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’01 S-10, 6.843, 199.37

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON
Larry Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, ’12 Suzuki, 7.766, 159