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Stoppage time goal by Ola Kamara saves Crew SC in 1-1 tie with NY Red Bulls

NEW YORK RED BULLS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

57,879 Jesse Marsch NYRB coach Frustrating not win game after leading for 92 minutes 6 25 2016

57,883 Jesse Marsch NYRB coach After first 20 minutes Columbus took over the game what happened 6 25 2016

57,884 Jesse Marsch NYRB coach Is Columbus still dangerous w o Kei Kamara but now with Ola Kamara 6 25 2016

 

COLUMBUS CREW SC POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

57,888 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC coach On getting a tie despite not playing well 6 25 2016

57,889 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC coach On Waylon Francis giving team a lift off the bench 6 25 2016

57,892 Gregg Berhalter Crew SC On persistence of Ola Kamara to score goals in tight spots 6 25 2016

 

Jesse Marsch NY Red Bulls coach said his team has not been good enough the past two games to be winners

 

Gregg Berhalter Crew SC coach said his team always gives a good effort but still needs improvement

 

Tyson Wahl Crew SC defender said at home you want all 3 points but in this case a game-tying goal in the 93rd minute is better than a loss

 

Ola Kamara levels match in 93rd minute as Crew SC earns draw against Red Bulls;
Match played in front of sellout crowd of 20,389

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2016

Columbus Crew SC 1 – New York Red Bulls 1

MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Saturday, June 25, 2016


SCORING SUMMARY


NYRB – Bradley Wright-Phillips (Alex Muyl, Dax McCarty) 52′ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/062516highlights]

CLB – Ola Kamara (Waylon Francis, Ethan Finlay) 90′+3′ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/062516Kamara]


NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (3-5-7, 16 points)

Columbus Crew SC at Chicago Fire (2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 – Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois)

Tuesday, June 28 (8:30 p.m. ET / live video stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com)

MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/062516box

TEAM STATISTICS: http://bit.ly/062516team

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: http://bit.ly/062516highlights

HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER AND DEFENDER TYSON WAHL IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE: http://bit.ly/062516audio

AUDIO FROM FORWARD OLA KAMARA: http://bit.ly/062516audio


AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER MOHAMMED SAEID: http://bit.ly/062516audio


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Assistants: Eduardo Mariscal, Logan Brown

Fourth Official: Kevin Terry, Jr.

Attendance: 20,389

Weather: 87 degrees and clear

GOALS/ASSISTS

NYRB – Bradley Wright-Phillips (Alex Muyl, Dax McCarty) 52′

CLB – Ola Kamara (Waylon Francis, Ethan Finlay) 90′+3′


DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

NYRB – Connor Lade (caution) 32′

NYRB – Alex Muyl (caution) 33′

NYRB – Sacha Kljestan (caution) 39′

CLB – Tony Tchani (caution) 60′

NYRB – Luis Robles (caution) 85′

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Steve Clark; Harrison Afful, Michael Parkhurst ©, Tyson Wahl, Corey Ashe (Waylon Francis 71′); Wil Trapp, Tony Tchani; Ethan Finlay, Mohammed Saeid (Cristian Martinez 59′), Justin Meram (Hector Jimenez 80′); Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Chad Barson, Rodrigo Saravia, Emil Larsen

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Chris Duvall, Ronald Zubar, Gideon Baah, Connor Lade; Felipe Martins (Sean Davis 86′), Dax McCarty ©; Alex Muyl, Sacha Kljestan (Sal Zizzo 70′), Mike Grella; Bradley Wright-Phillips (Gonzalo Veron 82′)

Substitutes not used: Kyle Reynish; Justin Bilyeu, Lloyd Sam, Anatole Betrand Abang

TEAM NOTES

Ola Kamara leveled the match for Crew SC with his fifth goal of the 2016 regular season in the 93rd minute of play … the tally was assisted by Waylon Francis and Ethan Finlay … the goal was the latest for Crew SC in the regular season since Justin Meram’s game-winning strike at Seattle on March 29, 2014 (90′+4′) … it was also Crew SC’s latest game-tying goal since Hector Jimenez leveled the contest against D.C. United at MAPFRE Stadium in the 90th minute on April 19, 2014.


With the start tonight, Steve Clark tied Jon Busch for second place in all-time Crew SC regular-season goalkeeper starts … it was Clark’s 83rd regular-season start in Black & Gold.


Tonight’s attendance of 20,389 was the first sellout of the 2016 regular season at MAPFRE Stadium … Columbus has notched five regular-season sellouts in each of the 2014 and 2015 campaigns, representing the single-year record.

Crew SC next plays on Tuesday, June 28 when it travels to Chicago for the Round of 16 of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (8:30 p.m. ET / live video stream available ColumbusCrewSC.com) … the Black & Gold return to League play next on Sunday, July 3 in a nationally televised contest at Sporting Kansas City (7:00 p.m. ET / FS1, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM).

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: EAS Training Center at Obetz

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

ALL PHOTOS BY Megasportsnews.com


Legendary Iowa Hawkeyes broadcaster Bob Brooks passes away

(courtesy Iowahawkeyes.com)

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Bob Brooks, who broadcast University of Iowa athletic events for over 57 years, passed away Saturday. He was 89.

 

He is a member of the Kinnick Stadium media “Wall of Fame” and was recognized by the UI as an honorary letterman.

 

Brooks was a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He earned his journalism degree from Iowa in 1948 and immediately began his broadcasting career in his hometown.

 

Details regarding a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Matt Weitzel; COURTESY IOWA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Will Power drives way to pole at Road America

Will Power at Carb Day 2015 by Sarah Stierch - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Saturday, June 25, 2016) – It’s not often that a Verizon IndyCar Series team puts one over on the competition, but Will Power and his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew did just that to win the Verizon P1 Award and will start on pole position in Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America.

Power saved a fresh set of Firestone’s faster alternate tires for the final segment of knockout qualifying – appropriately named the Firestone Fast Six – and laid down a lap of 1 minute, 42.2105 seconds (141.379 mph) to secure the top qualifying position. It is the 44th pole for the 35-year-old Australian, ranking fifth on the all-time Indy car list and pulling him within three of teammate Helio Castroneves for fourth place.

Power used the same set of the softer alternate tires in the first two qualifying segments, allowing him to hold back a new set for the final-round battle for the pole. The gamble paid off.

“If we lost pole in the (Firestone) Fast Six, it would look pretty bad because we had new tires,” Power said. “But (Scott) Dixon was pretty quick and so was (Tony Kanaan), but (I’m) just stoked to be on pole.

“It’s going to be a tough track to pass on. Obviously it’s a tough track to save a lap of fuel as well, so I think there will be a lot of similar strategies. We’re starting at the right end.”

CLICK HERE: KOHLER Grand Prix qualifying results

Power’s pole position gives Team Penske 242 in Indy car competition – more than any other team – and is the organization’s 499th in all forms of motorsports. The team is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.

Dixon, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, qualified second in the No. 9 Clorox Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams with a lap of 1:42.3759 (141.150 mph) on the historic 4.014-mile permanent road course that is hosting Indy cars for a 26th time but the first since 2007. Dixon, currently second to Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the point standings, equaled his best season starting position.

“Power did a hell of a job to use the used (set of tires) in Q2 and then obviously have a new tire for Q3, and to be honest I just messed up my lap,” Dixon said. “It’s crazy, on such a great track we still often go out together and get traffic, so I had to wave off the first lap and on the second lap I just lost two, three tenths in Turn 12, which cost us the pole. The car was super-fast and (I’m) just frustrated that we didn’t get what I thought we should have been able to.”

Kanaan, Dixon’s teammate, was third in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet (1:42.7279, 140.667 mph), with Pagenaud fourth in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevy (1:42.8573, 140.490 mph). Row 3 of the 22-car starting grid was filled by Castroneves in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevy (1:42.9449, 140.370 mph) and Graham Rahal in the No. 15 Gehl/D-A Lubricant Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (1:43.7782, 139.243 mph).

All the drivers who reached the Firestone Fast Six have raced Indy cars at Road America before, which Rahal believes provided an advantage.

“I think it does,” Rahal said. “Just doing laps and that sort of thing is good for everybody, for sure.

“But this weekend, I’ve got to tell you, I haven’t raced on a racetrack this difficult in a long time because it seems like every time this track gives you a little something different. It’s just always a challenge.”

A trio of Verizon IndyCar Series rookies notched career-best qualifying efforts today. Max Chilton qualified seventh (1:42.7519, 140.634 mph) in the No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Conor Daly was ninth (1:43.1073, 140.149 mph) in the No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda for Dale Coyne Racing and Spencer Pigot 17th in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet (1:43.6432, 139.424 mph). Alexander Rossi, the rookie who won last month’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, qualified 16th.

Pagenaud takes an 80-point lead into Sunday’s 50-lap race. Live coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Newgarden helps launch children’s book at Road America

Josef Newgarden is an inspiration this weekend at Road America as he battles a fractured right clavicle and fracture in his right hand to compete in the KOHLER Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series driver is also inspiring children with this weekend’s release of “Josef, The Indy Car Driver,” a children’s book authored and illustrated by Chris Workman with Newgarden as the subject. The 50-page book traces Newgarden’s story of rising from the karting ranks to being an Indy car driver, with the goal of teaching kids about motorsports and piquing their interest in the sport.

Workman and Newgarden held book signings Friday and this morning at the Road America Paddock Shop, where the book is available.

“The book is all about Josef and his real story, but with a little added context about the sport,” said Workman, who previously authored a book about a father and son’s trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “There aren’t any books out right now for kids explaining INDYCAR – how it works, what it’s like to be a driver. So the book is designed to do that.

“It’s one part fan perspective, but also goes through Josef’s real story rising from riding on a motorized scooter in his neighborhood to being an Indy car driver,” Workman continued. “It’s really designed to show any kid that likes racing or not some inspiration that if you want to do something, you can make a path to achieve it.”

The book may also be purchased online at http://apexlegends.com/, with $1 from every purchase donated to Racing For Kids.

Schmidt missing Road America to take on Pikes Peak in SAM car

Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights team co-owner Sam Schmidt is missing a rare race weekend, but with very good reason. Schmidt, a quadriplegic since sustaining injuries in an Indy car testing crash in 2000, is in Colorado this weekend to drive the Arrow Electronics Semi-Autonomous Motorcar (SAM) on the bottom half of the challenging Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Using only head and eye movements to accelerate and brake the modified 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Schmidt will drive the car on the lower half of the twisting 12.42-mile, 156-turn course up the mountain. He will then lead the parade of race cars, four-wheelers and motorbikes back down. The SAM car utilizes cutting-edge technology to enable disabled drivers to experience driving again in an effort to deliver more independence.

“Arrow Electronics is proud to sponsor the 100th anniversary of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Climb,” said Joe Verrengia, director of Arrow’s corporate social responsibility program. “This longstanding Colorado tradition captivates auto enthusiasts around the world and is the perfect place to showcase the inspiring capabilities of Sam Schmidt and Arrow’s SAM car project.”

Last month on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, Schmidt achieved a top speed of 152 mph in the SAM car. As at Indy, Schmidt will have as his co-pilot Robby Unser, the former Indy car driver who has been a four-time “king of the mountain” at Pikes Peak. The iconic hill climb is celebrating its 100th anniversary and 94th running this year.

The SAM project is a collaborative venture among Arrow Electronics, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Schmidt’s nonprofit organization Conquer Paralysis Now and Paravan GmbH, a world leader in innovative automobile conversions for drivers with severe disabilities. For more information on the project, visit http://arrow.com/SAM/.

Veach, Telitz, Martin win Mazda Road to Indy races

Zach Veach won his first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race of the season and fourth of his career in today’s opener of the weekend doubleheader at Road America. Meanwhile, Wisconsin native Aaron Telitz and Australian Anthony Martin swept the two races held today in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, respectively.

Veach, who won three Indy Lights races in 2014 but sat out last season, started from pole and led all 20 laps in winning by nearly 3 seconds over Andretti Autosport’s Dean Stoneman, who retained second place despite being penalized 5 seconds for contact during the race. It also provided a warm homecoming for team owner Brian Belardi, who is from Grafton, Wis.

Telitz led every lap of both Pro Mazda races to collect his second and third wins of the season. He and Team Pelfrey teammate Pato O’Ward have won all nine races this season. O’Ward retains a 28-point lead in the standings after nine of 16 races.

Like Telitz, Martin led every lap of the two USF2000 races. With the double win, Martin pulled into a tie with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Parker Thompson for the points lead after nine of 16 races, but Martin is considered in first place by virtue of his four race wins to Thompson’s three.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

Bob Rahaim led Saturday’s qualifying at Norwalk in NHRA J&A Pro Mod Series

Bob Rahaim (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRAmedia.com)

PORTION OF SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS
NORWALK, Ohio – Bob Rahaim powered to the No. 1 qualifying position and a first round victory Saturday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by The Real Pro Mod Association, at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, is the sixth of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.

Rahaim, who was the No. 1 qualifier in Bristol, Tenn., raced his late model TLC Waste Disposal Services Chevy Corvette to a 5.828-second pass at 247.16 mph in the second session on Friday for his third No. 1 qualifier of the season. He went on to defeat Jim Bell in his ’69 Camaro in the first round of eliminations. Rahaim, who has one victory and two runner-up finishes in his career, will go on to meet Steve Matusek in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Von Smith, who is on the hunt for his first NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series win of his career, qualified No. 2 with his 5.832 pass at 246.35 in his Al-Anabi Performance late model Corvette and raced past Michael Biehle II. Smith will face Bill Glidden in the second round. Glidden defeated Eric Latino in the first round.

Mike Janis qualified third and outlasted Steven Whiteley in the first round of eliminations. Janis will face Doug Winters, who defeated Pete Farber in round one.

Reigning world champion Troy Coughlin and two-time world champ Rickie Smith will face-off in the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinals of the NHRA J&A Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m.

***

NORWALK, Ohio — First round results from the Tenth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the sixth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE — Steve Matusek, Chevy Camaro, 5.977, 245.54 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 6.375, 183.99; Bill Glidden, Camaro, 5.880, 250.83 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.946, 243.72; Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.947, 245.32 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 6.035, 244.78; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.922, 250.00 def. Chuck Little, Corvette, 6.592, 212.43; Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.767, 225.71 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 7.043, 222.95; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.909, 246.21 def. Mike Knowles, Ford Mustang, 6.045, 236.22; Von Smith, Corvette, 5.887, 244.43 def. Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.890, 250.74; Bob Rahaim, Corvette, 5.911, 244.74 def. Jim Bell, Camaro, Foul – Centerline;

NORWALK, Ohio – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the Tenth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the sixh of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Psn—Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type—————Qual-ET–Qual-Spd-Top Spd

1  360 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, ’15 Corvette     5.828  247.16  247.16

2 2377 Von Smith, Kingston TN, ’16 Corvette           5.832  246.35  246.35

3    2 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’13 Camaro           5.838  246.71  246.71

4    4 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’15 Camaro              5.853  247.20  247.20

5    1 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’15 Corvette       5.867  250.00  250.88

6 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, ’69 Chevelle 5.867  244.52  244.52

7   11 Eric Latino, Whitby ON, ’69 Camaro             5.891  242.32  242.32

8 5450 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro           5.894  246.75  246.75

9  327 Khalid alBalooshi, Marina Del Ray QA, ’68 Cam  5.896  245.85  245.85

10    6 Bill Glidden, Whiteland IN, ’14 Camaro         5.899  249.67  249.67

11   10 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, ’69 Daytona      5.899  247.25  247.25

12 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH, ’63 Corvette        5.954  227.96  233.72

13 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, ’67 Mustang   5.965  241.32  241.32

14 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’14 CTS-V  5.972  244.65  244.65

15  318 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, ’67 Mustang   5.977  249.16  249.16

16 6967 Jim Bell, Edmonton AB, ’69 Camaro              5.984  226.13  226.13

———— Not Qualified ————

17   44 Mike Castellana, Muttontown NY, ’15 Corvette   5.987  209.88  244.25

18 1109 Gerry Capano, Greenville DE, ’63 Corvette      6.014  238.34  238.34

19    7 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’15 Corvette      6.015  243.37  243.37

20 5012 Kenny Lang, Grande Pointe MB, ’69 Camaro       6.043  244.69  244.69

21  377 Harold Martin, New Hudson MI, ’16 Corvette     6.111  236.80  236.80

22 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, West Chapel FL, ’70 Camaro  6.188  237.09  237.09

23  303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’16 Camaro      6.293  185.33  185.33

24  567 Chris Juliano, Iberia MO, ’67 Mustang          6.551  223.95  223.95

25  213 Chip King, Roxboro NC, ’69 Daytona             6.612  158.76  158.76

26  701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebi  6.768  152.93  168.79

27 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’69 Chevelle  7.503  131.11  131.11


RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY Scott Smith; COURTESY NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

NHRA Saturday qualifying leaders at Norwalk: Anderson, Kalitta, Krawiec & Worsham

 

AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS

NORWALK, Ohio – Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Del Worsham (Funny Car) swept the No. 1 qualifying positions in the nitro categories at their home track of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. This is the third time the team based in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich., has swept both categories.

Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) will also lead their respective categories into eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the 12th race of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

For Worsham, this is the first No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the 46th of his 540 race career. His elapsed time track record run of 3.875 seconds at 328.70 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry from Friday earned him the top position. Worsham’s Camry suffered minor damage when the parachutes failed to deploy in the final qualifying session and he went through the sand trap at the end of the track.

“The car made a great run but we came in with a new Toyota DHL Camry body on our car,” Worsham said. “We had a malfunction in the routing of the wiring of the cables from the levers to the parachutes and they failed. I swatted for them twice and when they didn’t deploy it was all I could do to get it stopped. Luckily the damage was minimal for what it could have been.”

Funny Car points leader Ron Capps qualified second and will face Jeff Diehl and Robert Hight, who qualified third, will race Brandon Welch when eliminations begin.

In Top Fuel, Kalitta, racing his Mac Tools dragster, retained the No. 1 qualifying position with the 3.719 at 327.51. This is the third No. 1 qualifying position of the season for Kalitta, he has four wins and is the category points leader.

“It will be interesting for tomorrow as it will get a little warmer so we will work that into our program,” Kalitta said. “Getting into the top half is real important and that is our goal every time, to get lane choice. Just real proud of my guys on this thing.”

Also in Top Fuel Antron Brown retained his No. 2 qualifying position and will face Luigi Novelli in the first round. Brittany Force will face Chris Karamesines as she aims for her third win of the season and Richie Crampton looks to improve on his season when he will battle Leah Pritchett.

Anderson powered to the Pro Stock No. 1 qualifying position on Friday in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro with a run of 6.565 at 211.26 and retained the top spot through the last two sessions. This is the fifth No. 1 qualifying position of the season for him and the 85th of his career. He will face Charlie Wescott, Jr. in the first round of eliminations.

“We are having a ball right now, having fun racing,” Anderson said. “I love every individual race we come to, I love to have a chance to win each race we come to. It means more to me than anything to hoist that Wally on a Sunday at any racetrack we go to.”

During qualifying at the 12th race of the season Anderson, who is second in the points, and teammate Jason Line, who is first, became the first racers to secure their berths into the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

“I didn’t think it could be done this early, job number-one is done, we are in the big show,” said Anderson, a four-time Pro Stock world champion. “The good news is we can try a few things and experiment, we can test a few thigs some of the other teams can’t.”

Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Krawiec, on his Vance & Hines Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson, secured his fourth No. 1 qualifying position in the first five races of the season with his run of 6.822 at 195.31 that he posted during the second round of qualifying on Friday evening. This is his 31st No. 1 qualifying position of his career, third at the event that he won in 2011. He will face Chip Ellis on Sunday.

“I think I have a very good bike going into tomorrow,” said Krawiec. “The biggest thing I have been struggling with here is, myself and my teammate, is just keeping up on the wind direction. It has been changing and for our motorcycles we really need to be on top of that, to make the proper chassis adjustments to go straight down the track. The knowledge and the data we have from today is going to help us tomorrow.”

His teammate Andrew Hines qualified second and will face Michael Phillips and Matt Smith who qualified third will face Michael Ray.

Eliminations begin for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on Sunday at 11 a.m.

***

NORWALK, Ohio — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the Tenth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.719 seconds, 327.51 mph  vs. Bye; 2. Antron Brown, 3.733, 320.51  vs. 15. Luigi Novelli, 13.639, 190.54; 3. Brittany Force, 3.735, 324.28  vs. 14. Chris Karamesines, 4.341, 210.77; 4. Richie Crampton, 3.735, 317.79  vs. 13. Leah Pritchett, 4.309, 200.17; 5. J.R. Todd, 3.759, 324.44  vs. 12. Terry McMillen, 3.968, 249.86; 6. Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 321.12  vs. 11. Tripp Tatum, 3.948, 303.03; 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.795, 322.73  vs. 10. Troy Buff, 3.832, 310.48; 8. Pat Dakin, 3.820, 308.14  vs. 9. Clay Millican, 3.821, 319.60.

Funny Car — 1. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 3.875, 328.70  vs. Bye; 2. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.882, 324.90  vs. 15. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 7.204, 182.62; 3. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.886, 327.03  vs. 14. Brandon Welch, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.519, 210.67; 4. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.889, 326.63  vs. 13. John Hale, Charger, 4.066, 313.22; 5. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.891, 326.63  vs. 12. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.002, 314.61; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.909, 320.74  vs. 11. John Force, Camaro, 3.979, 324.12; 7. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.955, 315.49  vs. 10. Chad Head, Camry, 3.970, 310.70; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.959, 321.96  vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.968, 323.74.

Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.565, 211.26  vs. 16. Charlie Westcott Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.818, 204.11; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.569, 211.00  vs. 15. Curt Steinbach, Camaro, 6.762, 204.94; 3. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.593, 209.30  vs. 14. V. Gaines, Dodge Dart, 6.750, 205.72; 4. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.597, 210.08  vs. 13. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.743, 207.34; 5. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.603, 209.43  vs. 12. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.686, 206.13; 6. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.606, 209.65  vs. 11. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.672, 206.29; 7. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.624, 209.04  vs. 10. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.656, 207.37; 8. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.640, 209.36  vs. 9. Jeg Coughlin, Dart, 6.653, 206.99.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Mark Hogan, 6.830, 201.01; 18. Dave River, 11.931, 73.50.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.822, 195.31  vs. 16. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.977, 191.92; 2. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.853, 194.69  vs. 15. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 6.972, 194.77; 3. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.854, 194.58  vs. 14. Michael Ray, Buell, 6.969, 194.16; 4. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.861, 195.48  vs. 13. Jim Underdahl, Suzuki, 6.965, 192.49; 5. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.875, 195.22  vs. 12. Angie Smith, Victory, 6.955, 189.31; 6. Angelle Sampey, Buell, 6.876, 195.08  vs. 11. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.932, 191.97; 7. Cory Reed, Buell, 6.884, 192.99  vs. 10. Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, 6.918, 193.27; 8. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.890, 193.65  vs. 9. Hector Arana, Buell, 6.897, 194.97.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Karen Stoffer, 6.978, 194.35; 18. Brian Pretzel, 7.003, 190.75; 19. Melissa Surber, 7.005, 190.78; 20. Joe DeSantis, 7.077, 188.78.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY Scott Smith; COURTESY NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

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