TOP FUEL - 55th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Sept. 2-7, Indianapolis

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					       TOP FUEL — 55th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Sept. 2-7, Indianapolis
   Larry Dixon reached his third straight final
   and made it to the money round in Indy for
   the second time in three years.




                                                                                                                                              Morgan Lucas looked strong
                                                                                                                                              again, running a 3.82 in the
                                                                                                                                              first round that held for low
                                                                                                                                              e.t. for all of two pairs. He left
                                                                                                                                              with a second-round loss.




                                                                                Spencer Massey, far lane, used a holeshot to upset No. 1 qualifier and points leader Antron
                                                                                Brown in the first round. It was Brown’s first opening-round loss of the season.


 Spencer Massey rebounded from a nearly disastrous qualifying effort to reach
 the semifinals, where the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the
 Future Award candidate made his first mistake of the season, and the team                                                                                Pat Dakin was the
 was unable to capitalize on Larry Dixon’s bad run.                                                                                                       event’s most
                                                                                                                                                          pleasant surprise.
                                                                                                                                                          The veteran
                                                                                                                                                          driver ran a slew
                                                                                                                                                          of 3.8-second
                                                                                                                                                          runs under the
                                                                                                                                                          tune of Scott
                                                                                                                                                          Graham and the
                                                                                                                                                          Commercial Metal
                                                                                                                                                          Fab team.




(Above) Brandon Bernstein, near lane, beat Cory McClenathan in the
second round in a must-win scenario for the No. 4 position in the
Countdown to 1 with a 3.88 to a cylinder head-torching 3.89. (Right)
“Hot Rod” Fuller competed for the third time this season in Bob
Vandergriff Jr.’s MacAllister Cat dragster and went rounds for the
second time in those three events. (Far right) The Budweiser/Lucas
Oil team came back to life, coincidentally at the same race that
Brandon Bernstein announced Copart will be his primary sponsor
for the 2010 season.
28 ✦ National DRAGSTER
Round One
Langdon-Dakin                                                                                   HOW THEY RAN: TRACKING THE 16 QUALIFIERS
Dakin, a historically good leaver, keeps pace on the                                         Driver                                              Session 1                 Session 2                      Session 3            Session 4
Tree with the rookie who is 36 years his junior. Both                                        Antron Brown                                     3.912, 306.74              4.889, 147.92               3.852, 314.39           3.835, 319.22
run hard to 660 feet with Langdon getting the win                                            Tony Schumacher                                  5.477, 124.29             10.380, 69.36                3.855, 313.51           3.836, 316.82
light by .012-second.                                                                        Brandon Bernstein                                3.919, 299.66              3.970, 308.78               3.908, 298.34           3.846, 316.30
                                                                                             Larry Dixon                                      3.850, 302.89              3.887, 306.81               3.876, 302.48           3.857, 312.86
                                                                                             Morgan Lucas                                     4.473, 180.26              3.904, 303.37               3.859, 314.61           3.851, 313.15
                                                                                             Cory McClenathan                                 3.863, 305.36              3.908, 308.00               3.851, 311.63           4.806, 148.15
                                                                                             Doug Kalitta                                     4.872, 150.75              5.695, 123.98               3.877, 315.12           3.862, 314.83
                                                                                             Pat Dakin                                        7.479, 93.13              15.211, 33.98                3.880, 312.21           3.875, 313.95
                                                                                             Shawn Langdon                                   17.097, 68.55               3.929, 308.14               3.904, 310.27           3.888, 312.71
                                                                                             Rod Fuller                                       3.888, 310.63              4.997, 141.62               8.738, 85.99            3.904, 308.99
                                                                                             Dave Grubnic                                     6.590, 96.60               7.177, 82.85                3.902, 313.07           6.554, 90.59
                                                                                             Terry Haddock                                    4.799, 150.93                NO RUN                    3.914, 300.60              NO RUN
                                                 — Langdon versus Dakin                      Clay Millican                                    4.308, 201.46              5.070, 141.97               3.935, 309.56 
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: Round Two Bernstein-McClenathan In a battle that decides who gets the No. 4 seed in the Countdown to 1, the even race swings in Bernstein's favor when Cory Mac torches a cylinder head and has a quick fire that briefly enters the cockpit. Semi's Schumacher-Bernstein Bernstein appears to steal one with an incredible .026 light but has too aggressive a tune-up when Schumacher passes the tire-smoking red dragster after the 660-foot mark.
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