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At just his eighth event, Tonglet reached his first final, joining his father, Gary, and older brother, GT, both former Pro Stock Motorcycle finalists. Following a fire at the Houston event that severely damaged her Coffman Tank Trucks Buell, Angie Smith returned to action but lost her opening-round race against low qualifier Arana.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE 14th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, April 30-May 2, Madison (Above) Rookie LE Tonglet, near lane, put up a good fight, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Michael Phillips from riding The Racers Edge Suzuki to the title. (Top) Phillips celebrated his fourth victory with his crew and friends, including sponsor Rodger Brogdon, who earlier crashed his Pro Stock car but stayed around to cheer on his teammate. (Right) Matt Smith was solid in qualifying with a third-best 6.932 from his Al-Anabi Buell. The former champ and Madison winner topped Junior Pippin on race day before losing to Michael Phillips. NOTEBOOK Despite a semifinal loss to Phillips, Eddie Krawiec kept pace with points leader couple. Thankfully, the way the Countdown works, we think we can miss Hector Arana, who also went out in the a race or two, and it won’t hurt us too Although he lost in the final, it would have semi’s. “The damage could have been much. When we do show up, we’ll be very been hard to find any racer more pleased much worse,” Krawiec said. “Hector got competitive,” said Gann, who confirmed than 20-year-old rookie LE Tonglet. At beat and so did Matt Smith, so we pretty that he will no longer be racing with just his eighth event, Tonglet reached his much stayed where we were. My bike just Bailey Whitaker. Gann’s Buell is also first final, joining his father, Gary, and bogged really badly against Michael, and without the Rumbum.com sponsorship older brother, GT, both former Pro Stock that killed the rest of the run. After that, I that Whitaker had brought. Motorcycle finalists. “We needed this,” had no chance.” said Tonglet. “We’re just trying to get from Following a maddening red-light in her race to race, and this helps a lot. I’ve After skipping the Houston race, Shawn opening-round race against Doug been to a few finals before in other Gann returned and scored a round-one Horne, Karen Stoffer admitted that classes, so I wasn’t nervous at all. I just win over Jimmy Underdahl. “We are just she was “at a loss for words right now.” wish we could have given Michael too busy in our shop right now to make all Stoffer has had one of the best bikes in [Phillips] a better race.” the races, so we’re going to miss a the last two years but has had little to Bret Kepner Craig Treble’s weekend did not get off to a good start after he destroyed an engine in his Valvoline Suzuki. Treble returned to qualify No. 2 and win his opening-round match against Wes Wells. (Right) Tonglet, left, with his brother and crew chief, GT, enjoyed a great weekend. GT claimed his first Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the 2001 Madison race. (Left) Although he lost in the semifinals, reigning NHRA Full Throttle champ Hector Arana continues to lead the standings. Arana qualified No. 1 for the 11th time. (Above) Jimmy Underdahl qualified in the top half of the field with a 6.97
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