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Sat, Nov 7, 05:57 AM

Championships on Line at Phoenix Finale
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CHANDLER, Az. --

Racers from all around the country have converged on Firebird Raceway looking to lock up both National and Divisional Championships. Bob Andrews leads a group of six Comp. Eliminator racers all battling for the National Championship. Johnny Gray leads John Weaver by just seven points for the Pacific Division Federal-Mogul Funny Car Championship.

Weaver sits in the pole position after the first of three qualifying attempts with a 5.722 second run at 244.65 mph. Gray's run of 5.868, 246.39 put him in the number two spot.

Jimmy DeFrank is hoping to repeat his performance from a year ago when he took home the win in Super Stock and went on to win the Winston Finals and the Federal-Mogul Super Stock Championship in 1997. DeFrank is currently fifth in the national points standings chasing Dan Fletcher and Jeff Taylor, both of who are also competing this weekend. Fletcher is number one with 641 points, Taylor follows with 598 and DeFrank at 565. DeFrank is also looking to lock up the Pacific Division title this weekend and is qualified in the number three position.

Melanie Troxel grabbed the number one qualifying position in the Federal- Mogul Dragster category with a 5.591 second, 250.83 mph run. Troxel is followed by Shawn Bowen who recorded a pass of 5.602 at 249.95 mph.

Qualifying continues on Saturday for all categories beginning at 9:00 a.m. Federal-Mogul Dragster and Federal-Mogul Funny Car qualify at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 7:30 a.m.

Results Friday after the first rounds of qualifying from the NHRA World Series of Drag Racing, the final event in the Pacific Division's NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series.


FEDERAL-MOGUL DRAGSTER
1. Melanie Troxel, Englewood, CO, 5.591 elapsed time, 250.83 miles per hour
2. Shawn Bowen, Montrose, MI, 5.602 e.t., 249.95 mph.
3. Dale Carlson, Olympia, WA, 5.669 e.t., 246.44 mph.
4. Mark Hentges, Federal Way, WA, 5.713 e.t., 238.09 mph.
5. Mark Woods Jr., Kingsburg, CA, 5.721 e.t., 237.30 mph.
6. Cliff Bingham, Hunington Beach, CA, 5.835 e.t., 230.65 mph.
7. Duane Shields, Las Vegas, NV, 5.850 e.t., 209.01 mph.
8. Tony Meredyk, Cypress, CA, 6.095 e.t., 208.59


FEDERAL-MOGUL FUNNY CAR
1. John Weaver, Handord, CA, '97 Firebird, 5.722 elapsed time, 244.65 mph
2. Johnny Gray, Carlsbad, NM, '98 Firebird, 5.868 e.t., 246.39 mph.
3. Fran Monaghan, Willow Grove, PA, '98 Dodge, 5.945 e.t., 242.93 mph.
4. Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, CA, '96 Firebird, 5.969 e.t., 238.26 mph.
5. Sam Blue, Red Wing, MN, '97 Achieva, 5.980 e.t., 240.29 mph.
6. Jason Rupert, Anaheim, CA, '97 Camaro, 5.995 e.t., 228.96 mph.
7. Mert Littlefield, Garden Grove, CA, '94 Cutlass, 6.059 e.t., 236.26 mph.
8. Ron August, Pleasanton, CA, '94 Cutlass, 6.084 e.t., 236.75 mph.


COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1. Randy Jones, Dana Point, CA, E/A '97 Firebird, 8.257, (-0.673)
2. Bill Kent, Midland, TX, C/D '95 Frameworks, 7.187, (-0.573).
3. David Rampy, Piedmont, AL, B/SR '34 Roadster, 8.269, (-0.571).
4. Ruben Celedon, Edinburg, TX, D/A '94 Cutlass, 8.047, (-0.563).
5. Frank Dayton, Whittier, CA, C/D '92 NSP, 7.209, (-0.551).
6. Rick Braum, Redlands, CA, B/EA '97 Firebird, 8.045, (-0.545).
7. Lou Ficco, Wheat Ridge, CO, B/A '23 Roadster, 7.475, (-0.545).
8. Santo Volpe, Euclid, OH, A/SR '34 Roadster, 8.193, (-0.527).
9. Jim Kennedy, San Jose, CA, F/A '97 Firebird, 8.696, (-0.514).
10. Larry Hedlund, Irvine, CA, E/SM '97 Camero, 8.633, (-0.497).


SUPER STOCK
1. Ronald Fruchey, Oxnard, CA, SS/DX '87 Buick, 8.408, (-1.332)
2. Randall Klein, Lincoln, NE, SS/NA '56 Nomad Wgn, 11.420, -1.210.
3. Jimmy DeFrank, Tarzana, CA, GT/HA '89 Camaro, 10.347, -1.163
4. Bob Lambeck, Northridge, CA, SS/BM '92 Camaro, 8.703, -1.137
5. Dick Carr, Clovis, CA, SS/B '69 Corvette, 9.249, -1.091
6. David Thomas, West Chester, PA, SS/CA '69 Chevy, 9.415, -1.085
7. Frank Grossi, Upland, CA, GT/BA '96 Oldsmobile, 9.628, -1.072
8. Logan Smith, Loomis, CA, GT/CA '87 Cavalier, 9.794, -1.056
9. Tommy Ericksson, Long Beach, CA, GT/DA '93 Oldsmobile, 9.941, -1.009
10. Don O'Malley, Decatur, IL, SS/KA '64 Corvette, 10.702, -1.008


STOCK ELIMINATOR
1. Scott North, West Valley City, UT, BF/SA '84 Riviera, 14.099, (-1.371)
2. Jason McCormack, Milford, MI, DT/SA '98 Dakota, 12.455, -1.235
3. Tom Roberts, Mira Loma, CA, J/SA '76 Dodge, 11.837, -1.093
4. Bobby DeArmond, Gallup, NM, A/SA '69 Camaro, 10.377, -1.083
5. Chuck Rayburn, Castro Valley, CA, B/SA '71 Challenger, 10.628, -1.082
6. Rusty Hall, Sweeny, TX, B/SA '69 Mustang, 10.665, -1.045
7. Bill Heard, Jr., Vancouver, WA, E/SA '96 Firebird, 11.132, -1.038
8. Rob Youngblood, Nampa, ID, D/S '71 Mustang, 10.938, -1.032
9. Robert Pond, Riverside, CA, A/S '67 Ford, 10.379, -1.031
10. Paul Haszlauer, Las Vegas, NV, F/SA '71 Dodge, 11.308, -1.012






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