O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fallnationals event notebook

News and notes from Saturday at the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fallnationals from Texas Motorplex outside of Dallas. Compiled by the National DRAGSTER staff.

SATURDAY (Previous: Friday)
Last update: 5 p.m.

Saturday, at the Plex (9 a.m.): Welcome to Saturday, and day three of the silver anniversary event at Texas Motorplex. Racing is underway in Super Gas, wherre we’re in the midst of round three. We’ve got a full slate of Sportsman action this morning leading up to the Full Throttle cars and bikes at 11:15.

Although the weather is overcast, we’re clean and dry right now and ready to set the fields for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Special announcement: Kenny Bernstein Racing has a special annoucnement set for later this afternoon, at 2:15 p.m., just before the second Pro session,

Live blogging: If you haven’t already done so, check out the live blogging going on over at our NHRA Interactive page. You can follow the live commentary and reporting of the racing action and ask questions of the National DRAGSTER staff covering the event. Check it out here.

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits Day: As proclaimed by Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas, today is “Big Daddy” Don Garlits Day. Garlits is not only racing, he’s qualified in the No. 9 spot in Stock eliminator. He will be honored for his work in drag racing, his innovation in the field of motorsports and for being an Eagle Scout. A ceremony will be held on the starting line at 2:30 p.m.

Pro Stock Motorcycle session 3 (11:15 a.m.): Eddie Krawiec’s Harley makes a monster run, a 6.934, to take the number one spot and three bonus points. LE Tonglet (7.010) and Michael Phillips (7.02) are the next best runs,

Pro Stock session 3 (11:40 a.m.): Mike Edwards takes away the No. 1 spot from Friday leader Allen Johnson with a 6.619, but AJ takes it right back with a 6.611. Larry Morgan’s 6.638 was third quick.

Doug Horne update: Doug Horne, the talented Pro Stock Motorcycle rider who made a strong bid for Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, has parked his Buell entry and does not plan to race for the rest of the 2010 season said his engine builder Matt Smith. “The new rules that took 10 pounds off of the Buell motorcycles makes it very difficult for most of the riders to make the weight,” said Smith. “Doug tried his best with dieting, but it still wasn’t enough. Realistically, the only rider that this weight rule helps is my wife Angie. She’s the only one light enough to take advantage of it. The rest of the Buell riders are on salad diets right now. Doug’s current plans are to wait and see what the NHRA rules will be for next year.”

Top Fuel session 3 (12:10 p.m.): Cory McClenathan takes the No. 1 spot with a 3.834, edging out Tony Schumacher’s get-well 3.839. Doug Kalitta was third quick that session with a 3.849.

Cowboys in the house: Former Dallas Cowboys stars Mel Renfro and Everson Walls are among the celebs on hand this weekend.

Rain delay (12:25 p.m.): As predicted, nasty weather has hit us and we’re currently on hold.

Chassis work gives Stoffer performance boost: Even though Karen Stoffer’s Friday No. 1 qualifying time of 6.953 was surpassed by Eddie Krawiec’s 6.934 in the Saturday morning session, she is still very pleased with the performance of her GEICO Powersports Suzuki this weekend. “It wasn’t so much the engine or clutch tune-up as it was with getting the bike to go straight,” said Stoffer. “When we switched to the larger Suzuki engine this year, it revealed weak links that we had with the chassis that would not have shown up with the smaller engine. At first, we thought it was my riding style, but when nothing improved after I changed that, we went back to working more on the chassis and finally discovered the problem. Now the bike goes straight, doesn’t scrub off any speed or e.t., and we’re back to running like we were at the beginning of the year [when she opened the season by qualifying No. 1] in Gainesville.”

Rain delay continues (1:30 p.m.): Rain continues to fall at Texas Motorplex. We’ll be on hold for a while.

Track drying underway (2:40 p.m.): The rain has slowed or stopped, and drying is underway.

Bernstein announcement: Copart, Inc.,has announced that the company will be the primary sponsor for Kenny Bernstein’s legendary Top Fuel team in the National Hot Rod Association for three more years. Story here.

New car for Yonke: Pro Stock racer Bob Yonke is now campaigning a new Pontiac GXP built by R.J. Race Cars. “I had the opportunity to sell the ’08 Pontiac that I started off the season with,” said Yonke, “which gave me the chance to acquire this newer version. We ran the new car at Charlotte without any prior testing, and we only made four 60-foot squirts off the line before Dallas. So it’s still a matter of making more runs under national event conditions so that we can get the engine’s power curve matched up with the chassis and sort out the total combination. This was originally made as a show car for R.J. Race Cars, so we know they put some extra time on this one and really did a great job with the construction and the way everything fits. We have very high expectations for the future with this new car and are very glad that we made this move.”

Update (5 p.m.): After a series of on-again, off-again rainshowers, we’re in full-dry mode, hoping to get in the balance of Pro qualifying.


Welcome to the ‘Plex (10 a.m.): Welcome to Friday at Texas Motorplex. We’re currently in Sportsman time trials headed to the Comp qualifying at 10:30, followed by the alcohol cars at 12:30 p.m. and the Full Throttle cars at 2:15. The big cars will run again at 6 p.m.

The skies are overcast and there’s a threat of rain (this is Texas in the early Fall, after all), but right now we’re clean and dry.

Live blogging: If you haven’t already done so, check out the live blogging going on over at our NHRA Interactive page. You can follow the live commentary and reporting of the racing action and ask questions of the National DRAGSTER staff covering the event. Check it out here.

Meals on Wheels: NHRA professional drivers Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Melanie Troxel, Jay Payne, Larry Morgan, Karen Stoffer, Hector Arana, Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, Roger Burgess, Raymond Commisso, Johnny Gray and Shane Gray took over all 11 Ennis area routes and delivered healthy meals to local seniors for Meals on Wheels before the NHRA O’Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Glidden will not compete in Dallas: Bob Glidden will not be racing this weekend in Dallas as the Cunningham Motorsports team has elected to campaign just one car per event in order to allow the operation to focus more on their engine development program. “Bob drove at Charlotte, and it will be Erica [Enders’] turn this weekend,” said team owner Jim Cunningham. Tentatively, if everything works out right, we hope to have both Bob and Erica driving both cars at the final two races of the year in Las Vegas and Pomona.”

Said Enders “Because we are not going for the championship points right now, the team is in a mode to get ready for next year. I think that with Bob’s help that we can make a lot of progress over the off-season, and our plan is to hit the ground with our feet running when the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series begins at the Winternationals.”

W.J.’s new sponsor will revive R&D program: Not only will Warren and Kurt Johnson be able to fun the full NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series with the backing of their new sponsor, Grant Motorsports LLC, but funding will be provided to allow the duo to revive their engine research and development program.

“Other than some minor tinkering,” we have essentially been running the same engines for the last three years,” said Johnson. “There have been a lot of ideas that we wanted to explore, but recent lack of sponsorship support has prevented us from doing any of that. Our dyno will be a lot more active than it has been during the past three off-seasons, and hopefully some of the work that we will do will translate into improved performance on the track.”

Johnson also said that K&N Filters, his primary backer this year, has agreed to help out his team in 2011 as an associate sponsor.

Pro Stock first sessions (3:10 p.m.): Karen Stoffer rolls her Suzuki to the no. 1 spot in pro Stock motorcycle with a 6.953, just ahead of Eddie Krawiec’s Harley at 6.955. Steve Johnson’s Suzuki was third at 6.595.

In the cars, Summit teammates Jason Line and Greg Anderson sandwiched around Mike Edwards with Line’s 6.678 leading the way.

Funny Car session 1 (5 p.m.): Tim Wilkerson, a surprising DNQ last weekend in Charlotte, grabbed the No. 1 spot with a 4.32. Jeff Arend is No. 2 at 4.34 and John Force third with a 4.40. Force’s lead over teammate Robert Hight grows by one, to five.

Top Fuel session 1 (5:10 p.m.): Points leader Larry Dixon continues to roll, adding three more points to his total with a class-leading 3.962. Brandon Bernstein is second with a 3.986 and Cory McClenathan third with a 4.030.

Pro Stock session 2 (7 p.m.) No one can touch Karen Stoffer’s early 6.95 and she remains No. 1, but Indy and Charlotte champ LE Tonglet picks up three bonus points for his session-leading 6.999,

In Pro Stock car, Allen Johnson earned some vindication for his Charlotte DQ by grabbing the No. 1 spot with a 6.637. He’s been No. 1 four times already this year. First-session leader Jason Line was second quick and has earned five of the six available bonus points.

Funny Car session 2 (7:30 p.m.): Cruz Pedregon races to the No. 1 spot with a 4.123, pacing the field just as he did in Charlotte. Another non-playoff Toyota, the DHL machine of Jeff Arend is second at 4.163.

Top Fuel session 2 (8:10 p.m.): Forget everything you knoew about Top Fuel qualifying before this session as virtually everyone going down the track bettered their previous. Dixon remained No. 1 though with a 3.852 and Cory McClenathan No. 2 with a 3.881 right alongside him. Six times bettered Dixon’s 3.962 first-session leader.

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