Schumacher Becomes Sixth Driver To Win Western Swing

Hight, Connolly and Sacramento’s Guidera round out FRAM-Autolite winners

SONOMA, Calif. – NHRA Top Fuel ace Tony Schumacher continued his season-long
domination by winning the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals Sunday to sweep
the three-race Western Swing and win for the eighth time in 15 races overall.
He became the fourth Top Fuel driver (Larry Dixon in 2003 and Cory McClenathan
in 1997 and Joe Amato in 1991) and the sixth driver overall (PS Greg Anderson in
2004, FC John Force in 1994) to sweep the Western Swing, the grueling stretch of
three-races-in-three-weeks through Denver, Seattle and Sonoma.

“It’s been a lot of fun, the last couple of races have just been outstanding,” said
Schumacher, who ran a 3.886 at 307.93 in his U.S. Army dragster to defeat localfavorite
Hillary Will (Eureka, Calif.) and her KB Racing team’s 3.988 at 306.19 in the
final. “Who would not trade places with our car? I love having the bulls-eye on me.”

The other winners at the 15th of 18 regular season races (24 total) in the NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series were Robert Hight (Funny Car), Dave Connolly (Pro
Stock) and Matt Guidera (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Schumacher, who beat the arch-rival Caterpillar team in the quarterfinals,
clinched the No. 1 seed in Top Fuel and the 20-point bonus that comes with it when
the points reset after the final regular season race, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis.

“We got a lot of races left to win, people are saying we don’t even need to show up,
but we want to win,” Schumacher said.

In Funny Car, Hight ran a 4.163 at 296.50 in his Auto Club Ford Mustang to defeat
one of his mentors when he first started working for John Force Racing, Gary
Densham, who ran a 4.222 at 289.14 in his Racebricks Chevy Impala.

“It’s unbelievable, this is the third straight year that a JFR Ford has been in the
winner’s circle,” Hight said. “I’ve been at every national event contested here, came
as a spectator before I became a part of the crew, and I dreamed of the day that I
would just work on a car. To finally get a chance to work on a car and then drive in a
car, it’s a dream come true.”

The win was the third straight for John Force Racing at Infineon Raceway, a streak
that began in 2006 with the late Eric Medlen’s win and continued in 2007 with John
Force finding the winner’s circle.

Densham, meanwhile, didn’t leave empty-handed as he jumped up from eighth to
sixth place, leap-frogging John Force and Ron Capps in the standings.

In Pro Stock, late-starter Dave Connolly powered his Charter Communications
Chevy Cobalt to a 6.628 at 207.69 to win the final in a narrow holeshot over Jeg
Coughlin’s 6.627 at 207.24 in his Chevy Cobalt.

“I definitely had my doubts about this weekend (coming off the disappointing loss
at Seattle), but you can only beat this team down so much before we’re going to
bounce back,” said Connolly. “I hadn’t drove that well and today I told myself it’s time
to remove my head from my rear.”

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Matt Guidera won for the second time this season aboard
the Mohegan Sun Buell, earning a holeshot victory with a 7.054 at 185.74 over
Andrew Hines’ 7.026 at 187.34 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-

Guidera’s first two wins came at Reading 2007 and this year at the prestigious
ACDelco Gatornationals, but he considered this won near his home in Loomis,
Calif. The most cherished.

“This is the best win of my career by far,” he said. “It’s any racer’s dream to win in
front of the home crowd and that’s what we did today. I’m so glad my family could be
here today and to have (team owner) Brian (Bozsum and wife) Linda here,” Guidera

The NHRA POWERade Series resumes in two weekends with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 7-10
in Brainerd, Minn.

SONOMA, Calif. — Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 21st annual FRAM-Autolite
NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway. The race is the 15th of 24 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series.
1. Tony Schumacher; 2. Hillary Will; 3. Steve Torrence; 4. Antron Brown; 5. Brandon Bernstein; 6. Rod
Fuller; 7. Cory McClenathan; 8. Larry Dixon; 9. Steven Chrisman; 10. Doug Kalitta; 11. Doug Herbert; 12.
Bob Vandergriff; 13. David Grubnic; 14. Morgan Lucas; 15. J.R. Todd; 16. Troy Buff.

1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang; 2. Gary Densham, Chevy Impala; 3. Tim Wilkerson, Impala; 4. Tony
Pedregon, Impala; 5. Ashley Force, Mustang; 6. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Toyota
Solara; 8. Jerry Toliver, Charger; 9. Del Worsham, Impala; 10. Bob Tasca III, Mustang; 11. Gary Scelzi,
Charger; 12. Mike Neff, Mustang; 13. Ron Capps, Charger; 14. Melanie Troxel, Charger; 15. Tommy
Johnson Jr., Charger; 16. John Force, Mustang.

1. Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt; 2. Jeg Coughlin, Cobalt; 3. Johnny Gray, Dodge Stratus; 4. Greg
Anderson, Pontiac GXP; 5. Jason Line, GXP; 6. Mike Edwards, GXP; 7. V. Gaines, Stratus; 8. Allen Johnson,
Stratus; 9. Greg Stanfield, GXP; 10. Justin Humphreys, Stratus; 11. Vinnie Deceglie, Stratus; 12. Larry
Morgan, Stratus; 13. Jim Yates, GXP; 14. Kurt Johnson, Cobalt; 15.
Ron Krisher, Cobalt; 16. Warren Johnson, GXP.

1. Matt Guidera; 2. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson; 3. Chip Ellis, Suzuki; 4. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-
Davidson; 5. Angelle Sampey, Buell; 6. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki; 7. Matt Smith, Buell; 8. Chris Rivas, Buell;
9. Hector Arana, Buell; 10. Steve Johnson, Suzuki; 11. Craig Treble, Suzuki; 12. Peggy Llewellyn, Buell;
13. Angie McBride, Buell; 14. Mike Berry, Suzuki; 15. Junior Pippin, Buell; 16. Freddie Camarena, Suzuki.

SONOMA, Calif. — Sunday’s final results from the 21st annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon
Raceway. The race is the 15th of 24 in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.886 seconds, 307.93 mph def. Hillary Will, 3.988 seconds, 306.19 mph.
Funny Car — Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.163, 296.50 def. Gary Densham, Chevy Impala, 4.222,
Pro Stock — Dave Connolly, Chevy Cobalt, 6.628, 207.69 def. Jeg Coughlin, Cobalt, 6.627, 207.24.
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Matt Guidera, Buell, 7.054, 185.74 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.026,
Top Alcohol Dragster — Jim Whiteley, 5.290, 270.64 def. Mark Niver, 5.546, 262.08.
Top Alcohol Funny Car — Jay Payne, Ford Mustang, 5.612, 252.85 def. Dennis Taylor, Chevy Camaro,
5.710, 217.49.
Competition Eliminator — Dan Fletcher, Chevy Cobalt, 8.685, 114.18 def. Dean Carter, Dragster, 7.464,
Stock Eliminator — Eric Waldo, Ford Mustang, 11.404, 96.30 def. Dan Fletcher, Chevy Camaro, foul.
Super Comp — Dean Hall, Dragster, 8.925, 172.12 def. Justine Jeffery, Dragster, 8.929, 164.83.
Super Gas — Robert Naber, Chevy S-10, 9.940, 146.40 def. Val Torres Jr, Pontiac Firebird, 9.898, 155.90.

SONOMA, Calif. — Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 21st annual
FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway, the 15th of 24 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series –
Top Fuel
1. Tony Schumacher, 1,414; 2. Antron Brown, 1,018; 3. Larry Dixon, 953; 4. Rod Fuller, 905; 5. Cory
McClenathan, 891; 6. Brandon Bernstein, 890; 7. Hillary Will, 843; 8. Doug Herbert, 773; 9. David
Grubnic, 651; 10. Doug Kalitta, 629.

Funny Car
1. Tim Wilkerson, 1,082; 2. Robert Hight, 933; 3. Tony Pedregon, 899; 4. Ashley Force, 830; 5. Cruz
Pedregon, 828; 6. Gary Densham, 796; 7. Ron Capps, 757; 8. John Force, 740; 9. Mike Neff, 686; 10. Jack
Beckman, 632.

Pro Stock
1. Greg Anderson, 1,106; 2. Jason Line, 1,000; 3. Kurt Johnson, 991; 4. Jeg Coughlin, 945; 5. Allen
Johnson, 858; 6. Mike Edwards, 782; 7. V. Gaines, 779; 8. Greg Stanfield, 729; 9. Ron Krisher, 728; 10.
Dave Connolly, 682.

Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Andrew Hines, 762; 2. Matt Smith, 686; 3. Chip Ellis, 644; 4. Chris Rivas, 569; 5. Matt Guidera, 563; 6.
Eddie Krawiec, 554; 7. Angelle Sampey, 478; 8. Craig Treble, 449; 9. Steve Johnson, 434; 10. Hector
Arana, 408.

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