Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday night roundup

Drivers for Don Schumacher Racing are leading three of the four national divisions in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series after the races at The Strip in Las Vegas.
Tony Schumacher leads the Top Fuel standings after winning in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Ron Capps leads the Funny Car standings. He was also a winner in Las Vegas.
Matt Smith leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings.
“I'm tremendously ecstatic,” said team owner Don Schumacher. “It was great to have Ron win today, to have Tony win today, have Matt Hagan get to the final, a rookie like that. Tommy DeLago is doing a great job over there. All my Funny Cars are doing a great job, the dragsters are all doing a great job, and we’re number one in the points with the Pro Stock Motorcycle also. Ron and Tony are really stepping this program up. They’re doing one great, great job.”
Things are going well for Don Shcumacher Racing. Hagan, a rookie in the Funny Car division, met Capps in the final at Las Vegas. Hagan beat Jack Beckman, his Don Schumacher Racing teammate and a driver from North Hills, in the quarterfinals.
"It's just frustrating because it dropped a cylinder early and we're trying to figure out what caused that to happen. The Valvoline/MTS guys are looking at the data right now," Beckman said. "All we can do is keep our chins up and go out and make some good runs in Atlanta and get a hone in on this because that was an absolute surprise to us. It hadn't done that at all this weekend. We'll figure it out."
Beckman beat Ashley Force Hood in the first round at Las Vegas. Force Hood, a driver for her dad’s John Force Racing, was coming off her first win of the season.
“We had a team meeting this afternoon and I told our team that we never get any luck," Force Hood said. "Not even a glimmer of luck. We have a really good car but every close race we are on the losing side. We have lost races that I would want to make the run we made since it would have won any other time or other part of the ladder. You think one of these days we will get some luck.”

Eric Holmes of Escalon won the NASCAR Camping World Series West race at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., on Saturday night.
It was the first win of the year in the West Series for the Bill McAnally Racing driver. He was a winner at All American Speedway last year.
“I had an excellent car,” Holmes said. “(Crew chief) Ty Joiner and the whole BMR team gave me a great NAPA Toyota Camry. Last lap finishes like Texas are a lot of fun, but these are more fun for my team, to have such a dominant car. It was an easy car to drive and I was just patient all night.”
Greg Pursley, a driver from Newhall, graduate of Canyon High School in Canyon Country and winner of the West Series season opener at Thunderhill Raceway in Texas, was sixth.
Jason Bowles, a driver from Ontario, was second in the West Series race at All American Speedway. He was followed by Paulie Harraka from Failawn, N.J. in third.

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