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Team owner Don "the Snake" Prudhomme announced the loss of sponsor U.S. Tobacco at the end of the season, and Massey barely got into the show at the No. 16 spot before Prudhomme flew home on Sunday, then Massey upset Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon on Monday before having his worst reaction time of the season in the semifinals (his car smoked the tires anyway). August, a national event winner in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class, rented the Paul Smith-tuned entry for the event with help from longtime sponsors and friends Mike and Susan Lescure of California-based HVAC contractor Lescure Co. The deal may extend into Las Vegas and Pomona. Bob Bode had a massive explosion during the final qualifying session that threw his car's body more than 50 feet in the air and broke it into numerous pieces.\n Horne was especially proud of his reaction times, which led to a pair of holeshot wins over Eddie Krawiec and Smith in the first two rounds.
55th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Sept. 2-7, Indianapolis (Above) Suzuki ace Michael Phillips was gunning for his win in Pro Stock Motorcycle and his first in Indy but fell just short against Hector Arana. (Right) Antron Brown, who was hoping to become the first competitor to win the U.S. nationals in Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle, qualified the Matco Tools dragster No. 1 but was upset in round one by Spencer Massey. NOTEBOOK Top Fuel Terry Haddock, whose car was decked in a spiffy new Spencer Massey had a roller-coaster weekend: Team Brian Olson paint job, had his sometimes-driver Gary owner Don “the Snake” Prudhomme announced the Densham on hand to help out and give advice when loss of sponsor U.S. Tobacco at the end of the season, necessary. Haddock posted incredible incremental and Massey barely got into the show at the No. 16 times of .835 to 60 feet and 2.15 to the 330-foot spot before Prudhomme flew home on Sunday, then marker on one Massey upset Antron Brown and Shawn Langdon on of his qualifying Monday before having his worst reaction time of the runs before season in the semifinals (his car smoked the tires losing the anyway). Massey caught himself from double stepping blower belt. the throttle but lost some reaction time in the process. Larry Dixon left on all four of his race day opponents for Massey’s car appeared to smoke the tires and drive the first time this season, and he did so against notable through it without a loss of pace in the opening leavers Clay Millican, Morgan Lucas, clubhouse leader round. NHRA officials were in their pit immediately Massey, and Tony Schumacher. The four holeshots put afterward to ensure there was no foul play. Crew him above .500 in first-leave percentage. “We had a chiefs Donnie Bender and Todd Smith figured out long Tree in the second round that threw Morgan off, that the smoke was not from the tires but from oil and that was the first time I’ve seen Spencer [Massey] that escaped from the seal on the rear main cap that look human all year,” said Dixon. “I’m still not as good burned up in the clutch. as these kids, but maybe I’m getting closer.” 4 22 Indy wins for Jeg Coughlin (three in Pro Stock, one in Super Gas, 1992) ✦ National DRAGSTER 4 straight Indy finals for Robert Hight 5 head-to-head matchups between Spencer Massey and Larry Dixon this season (Dixon leads 3-2) 6 straight Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle wins for the Screamin’ Eagle team Pat Dakin, whose first U.S. Nationals Funny Car appearance was in 1972, impressed with Emotions ran high following the several 3.8-second runs and booming semifinal match between John Force speeds. His reunited team of yore was and Robert Hight. Cruz Pedregon, who led by former crewmember and current was knocked out of the Countdown to tuner Scott “Scoots” Graham, who had 1 based on the outcome of that match, the car flying after changing all of the and his brother, Tony, were upset with parts in the ignition system following how the race played out. This led to a the second round of qualifying. heated exchange between Force and Tony in the shutdown area. Dakin’s brother, Mike Dakin, also has a new Top Fuel operation that was put Hight’s win against his boss bumped together by Graham. With intentions him into the playoffs. “We did to put son Chris in the cockpit, Mike everything we needed to do, and the parked the car before it hit the track timing could not have been better,” due to economic concerns. However, said Hight. “It’s been a tough year, the excitement over the performance of trust me. At the beginning of the year, Pat’s car has Mike pondering the idea your biggest fear is not making that of putting his dragster on the track top 10. It was almost like a bad dream this year. Tommy Johnson Jr. and thinking we weren’t going to get in, Melanie Troxel have offered their but we pulled it out.” (Above) Matt Smith, left, had a pretty driving services. good outing in Pro Stock Motorcycle Hight’s move into the top 10 left Cruz with all three of his Nitro Fish bikes T.J. Zizzo’s crew Pedregon and Matt Hagan on the qualifying. He was the No. 1 seed, chiefs, Mike Kern outside and understandably newly hired LE Tonglet, right, was and Tony Smith, disappointed. “We were 10th and had seventh, and Angie McBride 15th. did a remarkable control of our own destiny, but it didn’t (Right) For the 10th time in 18 races job of adjusting work out,” said Pedregon. “It came this season, Mike Edwards paced the to new (old) race down to one run in the second round, Pro Stock field but again fell short of parts. Zizzo, who and we smoked the tires. We can’t cry the gold, this time losing on a semifinal had run second- over spilled milk. What’s done is done.” holeshot to Jeg Coughlin. (Below) generation Alan Johnson cylinder Bobby Martin not only surprisingly head
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