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Smith qualified 13th before falling to Spencer Massey in an oddly familiar first-round match; he was assistant crew chief on Massey's IHRA Top Fuel rail last season. Funny Car After winning three of the first six races and building a sizable lead in the Full Throttle points, Ron Capps wasn't too devastated by his finalround loss against his buddy Del Worsham, even though it came via a holeshot. [...] the record has been lowered four times: three times by Angelle Sampey and once by Matt Smith.
13th annual O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Castrol, May 1-3, Madison (Above) Brandon Bernstein reached his third Top Fuel final of the year, and, like his previous four since his last win in Brainerd 2007, he was turned away. Crew chief Rob Flynn, second from right, won this event last year with Rod Fuller at the wheel. (Left) Angie McBride had one of her best outings ever, riding fiancé Matt Smith’s 2008 Buell to the semifinals in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Wally to present to them in gratitude for the 30- NOTEBOOK Top Fuel just off the finish line. “We haven’t exactly figured year partnership, but a quicker, faster Antron Brown stopped him. “We were so pumped up coming into this race,” said Brandon. “In the moments after the final round, we were very disappointed not to have gotten a win for Budweiser Terry Haddock finally got a chance to take his out what happened,” said Massey. “It might have here in their backyard to cap our 30th anniversary. Funny Car for a spin again and was able to put Top been a combination of a few things because it But you have to stand back and take a look at the Fuel veteran John “Bodie” Smith in the cockpit of usually doesn’t go up in smoke like that, and it big picture. Three final rounds in seven races is his rail with backing from SaferBrakeLight.com, reminded me of an alcohol dragster the way it did something we can be very proud of as a team.” Red Line that right at the hit. But Brandon [Bernstein] was Oil, Wheel on his game with a killer light and a 3.86, and he After missing the field in Gainesville and Atlanta, Vintiques, would have been tough to beat. That’s just the way drag racing pioneer Chris Karamesines qualified Competition it goes. That’s why they call it drag racing.” 15th here. Karamesines, who last claimed a round- Products, win in 1990 at the Reading event, lit both staging Howards Smith pulled double duty, and bulbs and left the starting line before the Tree was Cams, and alongside his father, Paul activated. “This new car has plagued us a bit, and Ole Country Smith, he assisted Top Fuel we hope to do better,” said Karamesines. “But that Smokehouse. newcomer Todd Simpson with was purely driver error.” “I feel his dragster. Simpson, who comfortable lost a cylinder and fell in the Funny Car in the car and with Terry’s equipment, and first round to Tony After winning three of the first six races and hopefully, we’ll be able to work together a little bit Schumacher, recently signed building a sizable lead in the Full Throttle points, more in the future,” said Smith, who last competed Nexplore as a sponsor for Ron Capps wasn’t too devastated by his final- in 2005. “I’m going to be the crew chief for Mike Madison and a few upcoming round loss against his buddy Del Worsham, even Gunderson in Bristol, but we’ll see from there.” events. “We’d really like to though it came via a holeshot. “I hate to lose like run all of the events,” said that, but if you understand what goes on with Smith qualified 13th before Simpson, a three-time Division 4 Top Alcohol Funny regard to reaction times, especially in Top Fuel falling to Spencer Massey in an Car champion. “We’ll just keep going as long as the and Funny Car, you understand why it happened,” oddly familiar first-round parts and funds can hold out.” said Capps. “The way I was staging, I had .080 match; he was assistant crew lights all day. I guess I could have stuck it in deep chief on Massey’s IHRA Top Bernstein had high hopes for this event because it is in the final, but I just decided not to. ‘Ace’ [Ed Fuel rail last season. just outside of St. Louis, the home of longtime McCulloch, crew chief] has been working to try sponsor Budweiser, who are curtailing sponsorship and get my car to react quicker, but you also have Massey collected a semifinal of the team at the conclusion of the season. to be careful not do anything that will hurt finish when he was up in smoke Bernstein fought his way to the final in pursuit of a performance. Still, it was a great drag race, and 4 PSM riders to score their first two wins at consecutive races (Terry Vance, Matt Hines, Reggie Showers, Eddie Krawiec) 22 ✦ National DRAGSTER 5 round-wins for Spencer Massey in the last two races (one in the previous five) 5 final-round appearances for Jeg Coughlin in the season’s first seven races the fans got their money’s worth can’t earn points in Top Fuel. I today, so I’m not too upset over it.” figured I’d drive the car I love the most, which would be the Funny Car. Capps qualified I’ll probably be back in the Top Fuel No. 1, Worsham car in Bristol. It’s crazy, but I’m won the race, hoping that when th
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