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Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 2-4)
MIKE NEFF KNOWS COUNTDOWN CLOCK TICKING DOWN
MEMPHIS, TN (September 28, 2009) — With only four race left in the Countdown to 1 Mike Neff and the Ford Drive One team know they need to make a move and it needs to happen quickly. Time is not on their side.
They had a solid race car in Dallas but for the second race in a row they ran into the Ashley Force Hood Castrol GTX Mustang buzz saw. In Charlotte they were forced to race one of the hottest teams of 2009 in the opening round and in Dallas they met in the second round. With temperatures soaring and the right lane of the Motorplex’s all-concrete race surface going away Neff really did not stand a chance against Force Hood in the re-match.
“It was an exceptionally warm weekend here. We struggled with keeping it from spinning the tires and putting cylinders out. That was our downfall. Looking at the weather it should be cooler in Memphis so basically we just will try and get back on track. The car has been running good. It was just a matter getting it consistent and keeping it running on eight cylinders. I think we will be in good shape for Memphis.”
Getting in good shape for Memphis could mean a Hight-like run up the point standings. Heading into Memphis Neff is 30 points behind No. 8 Tim Wilkerson, 32 points behind No. 7 John Force and 48 points behind No. 6 Ron Capps. Those three drivers have four first round losses between them in the first two Countdown races.
ROBERT HIGHT WANTS TO KEEP STREAKING IN MEMPHIS
MEMPHIS, TN (September 28, 2009) — The only think hotter than the temperature at the Texas Motorplex last weekend was the performance of Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang.
To say they dominated might be an understatement. They were the number one qualifier, top speed, low elapsed time and race winner in the funny car class. The last time an NHRA funny car team led all those categories Gary Scelzi accomplished the feat in Chicago in 2007. Hight last duplicated this effort his rookie year, 2005, in Denver.
On Sunday Hight dispatched four drivers, three of whom have championship aspirations of their own in 2009. Hight defeated Tim Wilkerson, Ashley Force Hood and finally Jack Beckman in the final plus a driver who logged more frequent flier miles to get to Dallas than all the qualified funny car drivers combined, Leif Helander of Sweden. It was Hight’s second career win at the Texas Motorplex and the 13th of his career moving him past Texas Motorplex owner and former funny car driver Billy Meyer on the all-time funny car win list.
Sunday’s 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex:
FUNNY CAR – 1. Robert Hight, AAA Texas Ford Mustang, 2241; 2. Ashley Force Hood, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, 2228; 3. Jack Beckman, 2196; 4. Tony Pedregon, 2182; 5. Bob Tasca III, 2170; 6. Ron Capps, 2147; 7. John Force, Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang, 2131; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 2129; 9. Mike Neff, Ford Drive One Mustang, 2099; 10. Del Worsham, 2085.
TOP FUEL – 1. Tony Schumacher, 2272; 2. Larry Dixon, 2245; 3. Cory McClenathan, 2218; 4. Antron Brown, 2207; 5. Shawn Langdon, 2188; 6. Brandon Bernstein, 2155; 7. Spencer Massey, 2152; 8. Morgan Lucas, 2124; 9. Doug Kalitta, 2074; 10. Clay Millican, 2062.
PRO STOCK – 1. Mike Edwards, 2288; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 2223; 3. Greg Anderson, 2208; 4. Allen Johnson, 2179; 5. Jason Line, 2177; 6. Greg Stanfield, 2169; 7. Johnny Gray, 2146; 8. Kurt Johnson, 2113; 9. Ron Krisher, 2093; 10. Rickie Jones, 2020.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE – 1. Hector Arana, 2318; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2291; 3. Andrew Hines, 2207; 4. Matt Smith, 2170; 5. Douglas Horne, 2156; 6. Michael Phillips, 2139; 7. Karen Stoffer, 2127; 8. Shawn Gann, 2125; 9. Craig Treble, 2104; 10. Matt Guidera, 2020.
DALLAS VICTORY MEANS HIGHT WINS AGAIN; TAKES FUNNY CAR POINTS LEAD
- Ashley Force Hood 2nd, Force 7th and Neff 9th in Full Throttle Points-
DALLAS –- Robert Hight’s dramatic rise up the Full Throttle point standings reached a crescendo at the Texas Motorplex today when the perennial championship contender won the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals and grabbing the points lead for the first time in the 2009 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series in the process. This was Hight’s third final in a row and his second consecutive win. He dominated all weekend grabbing the No. 1 qualifying spot, running top speed and getting the win for the AAA Texas Ford Mustang team.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s kind of like it hasn’t hit me yet. You know going to the three finals in a row is tough, but we kind of had the kiss of death against us this weekend. We were No. 1 qualifier and usually in Funny Car No. 1 qualifier doesn’t do well. To run the table here, it’s just a great tribute to my team. They did such an awesome job. We have four in a row (four races in four weeks to start the Countdown to 1) here. It is so exciting as a driver to be able to go back right out next week and maybe keep this streak going and keep what we have rolling because when you’re on a hot streak, you don’t want to go home and celebrate,” said the two-time Fall Nationals winner (2006). “You want to get back in that race car and keep it going. We have two more weeks. First two races of the Countdown couldn’t have been any better for us, [we] won them both and went from worst to first. It’s very exciting for me but it’s something I never thought was going to happen. I still didn’t ever lose faith in my team. You dream big but this is huge.”