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Paul Lee qualified last with a 4.50 despite Friday runs of 4.20 and 4.21, neither of which was quick enough to crack the top 12 and carry over to Saturday. 22nd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX, May 21-23, Topeka Round One Lee-Wilkerson Lee is second off the line but makes his careerbest run, 4.16, and earns his second round-win of the season while Wilkerson drops a cylinder early. A broken lifter slows Hight, who still runs a 4.127 but for the first time in 10 rounds doesn't have low e.t. Semi's Arend-Head They're even out of the gate and at 60 feet, but Head is quicker to 330 and pulling away when his engine explodes in a ball of fire and blows the rear three-quarters of his Toyota body sky high.
22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX, May 21-23, Topeka FUNNY CAR Reigning world champ Robert Hight celebrated his third straight win, first in Topeka, and 17th of his career after his final-round victory against Jeff Arend. NOTEBOOK This race was the last for the first in- house Don Schumacher Racing Funny that hadn’t been done since the first round in Madison when he ran quicker Car chassis that Jack Beckman’s than Hight, by one-thousandth, before Robert Hight’s No. 1 was his fourth at Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services team losing to him in the semi’s. “We’re pretty Heartland Park Topeka (2005-07) and debuted in August 2008. Beckman, who excited,” said Capps. “You’ve got to fifth in the last six years for John Force advanced to eight finals with it and won remember that we’re still playing with a Racing; Ashley Force Hood was the top five, will have a new one in Chicago. new setup that ‘Ace’ [crew chief Ed qualifier last year. Hight’s Jimmy Prock- “We’ve done some things to try to take McCulloch] brought out after Vegas. To be tuned Auto Club Mustang has been the some weight off the car,” he said. “We’re able to run with those guys when ‘Ace’ quickest in 10 of the last 11 elimination about 10 to 20 pounds overweight isn’t exactly comfortable with the setup rounds: the last three in Madison, all four depending on which body we have on the yet excites me. When they ran that .07, I in Atlanta, and three of four in Topeka, car. We would love to have the luxury of think it took the air out of everybody’s where Hight broke a lifter and was outrun moving weight around the car and still be sails, so for us to actually run quicker by one-thousandth in round two. Hight’s at minimum weight with our heaviest than them is encouraging. But they’ve got e.t.s in the last 11 rounds: 4.165, 4.159, body.” a hell of a hot rod right now.” 4.149, 4.182, 4.182, 4.197, 4.185, 4.074, 4.127, 4.122, and 4.104. Ron Capps did something in round two After taking a small step in Atlanta with Paul Lee, in his first season behind the wheel of Jim Dunn’s Canidae/Lucas Oil Chevy, picked up his second round-win of the season with a career-best 4.16. Last year’s winner, Ron Capps, drove his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge to a semifinal finish, the fifth time in nine races this season that Capps has advanced to the semi’s
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