2005 NHRA AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals Qualifying

>> WELCOME TO THE STRIP IN LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY THE BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT IS HISTORY ALL AT TENSION CAN BE FOCUSSED ON QUALIFYING TONY SCHUMACHER HAS $400,000 IN HIS HIP POCKET AND THE PRESSURE IS OFF THIS EXCLUSIVE BROADCAST IS AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEFINITION ON ESPN2 HD >> IT’S A SAFE WAGER THAT A SECOND NHRA POWERADE CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE AWARDED TODAY TONY SCHUMACHER CLAIMED HIS ON FRIDAY GREG ANDERSON WILL DO THE SAME IN PRO STOCK IT’S A FULL HOUSE IN THE FUNNY CAR CHASE FIVE DRIVERS ARE STILL IN THE HUNT TURNING TO PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE, THE HARLEYS HAVE THE COMPETITION IT’S TIME TO SPIN THE WHEEL AND PUT UP POINTS NHRA QUALIFYING FROM LAS VEGAS IS NEXT CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY ESPN, INC >> TODAY WE’RE QUALIFYING FOR THE FIFTH RUNNING OF THE ACDELCO NHRA NATIONALS A GOOD CROWD ON HAND THE WEATHERMAN SAYS IT WILL HOLD THROUGH RACE DAY WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE WITH US WE HAVE TWO HOURS OF THIRD AND FOURTH SESSION, FINAL QUALIFYING HERE AT LAS VEGAS I’M MARTY REID ALONGSIDE MIKE DUNN WE’LL TALK TO MORE MEMBERS OF THE TEAM LATER FIRST, LET’S SHIFT GEARS AND TALK ABOUT OUR OTHER CHAMPIONSHIP, PRO STOCK GREG ANDERSON >> FOR ANDERSON TO DO IT, HE HAS TO QUALIFY IN THE TOP HALF OF THE FIELD, EIGHTH OR BETTER COMING IN TO QUALIFYING TODAY, HE’S CURRENTLY NUMBER ONE IN OTHER WORDS, EIGHT DRIVERS WOULD HAVE TO RUN QUICKER THAN HIS ELAPSED TIME YESTERDAY AND ALSO GREG WOULD HAVE TO STUMBLE AND NOT IMPROVE ON HIS QUALIFYING YESTERDAY WE’RE IN LAS VEGAS THE ODDS OF THAT HAPPENING, THIS AIN’T A STRETCH, BUT I’M BETTING THE FARM BY THE END OF TODAY’S QUALIFYING, ANDERSON WILL BE CROWNED >> ON THE THRESHOLD OF A THIRD STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP, WHAT AN AMAZING THREE YEARS IT’S BEEN 35 WINS WITH UP TO THESE FINAL TWO EVENTS OF THIS 2005 POWERADE SEASON I’M CURIOUS ABOUT EARLY THIS YEAR BACK IN FEBRUARY, YOU COME OUT OF PHOENIX, YOU’RE TENTH IN POINTS WHAT IN YOUR MIND HAS BEEN THE CATALYST TO THIS AMAZING TURNAROUND? >> GARY, I CAN SUM IT UP WITH ONE WORD WE REALLY THINK LOOKING BACK ON IT, MAYBE, YOU KNOW, FIRST OFF, MY HATS OFF TO THE REST OF THE CLASS THEY DID A FANTASTIC JOB THEY WORKED SMARTER THAN WE DID OVER THE WINTER AND THEY GAIN ON US WE WERE GETTING YOUR BUTTS HANDED TO US IN THE FIRST COUPLE RACES IT WAS ALMOST EMBARRASSING IT TOOK US THREE, FOUR RACES TO KNOCK IT HOME, YOU KNOW WHAT, WE’RE BEHIND, WE DON’T HAVE THE EDGE, WE’RE NOT EVEN EVEN WE’RE BEHIND WE HAD TO SIT BACK AND REGROUP THEY WERE MAKING MAYBE DUMB MOVES ON THE RACE CAR WE HAD TO GET BACK TO RACING OUR OPERATION WE HAD TO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THE REST OF THE CARS AND RUN OUR OWN GAME FROM THEN ON, WE STARTED GOING BACK FORWARD AGAIN >> IT’S A FORMALITY THAT THE CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE CLINCHED ON THAT DAY ONCE THAT FORMALITY IS OUT OF THE WAY, DO YOU CHANGE YOUR APPROACH TO TOMORROW’S FINALS AND PAMONA TWO WEEKS FROM NOW? >> NO, I DON’T, GARY I COME TO EVERY RACE TO WIN THE RACE THAT’S WHAT WE GET ENJOYMENT OUT OF MAN, WE LIVE FOR THE DAY, WINNING THE RACES AND GETTING THAT WALLY AT THE END OF THE RACETRACK AND HOISTING THAT BABY UP THAT’S WHAT GETS YOU WORKING HARDER WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO WIN AND GO ON TOP THAT’S HOW A CHAMPION SHOULD DO IT HE OULD GO OUT AND PROVE WHY HE’S A CHAMPION >> A CHAMPION ABOUT TO BE CROWNED HERE IN THIS ONE BEFORE THE DAY IS COMPLETE AND, OF COURSE, ONE CHAMPION HAS ALREADY BEEN CROWNED THAT IN TOP FUEL WHAT A WEEKEND FOR TONY SCHUMACHER WHO HAS A $400,000 CHECK TO SHOW FOR IT >> WE GOT THE TEAM TO BE THE WORLD CHAMPS SECOND ONE IN A ROW >> IT’S TONY SCHUMACHER WHAT A DRAG RACE! LOOK AT THE SPEED >> UNBELIEVABLE >> WHEN YOU WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP,

THE ONES WHERE YOU BEAT KALITTAS AND BERNSTEINS AND DIXONS, THAT’S THE ONE YOU WANT TO SHINE UP THE MOST AND LOOK AT I’M WITH A MAN WHO WRITES THE CHECKS FOR SCHUMACHER RACING, DON SCHUMACHER YOUR THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP? TOP FUEL YOU’VE AMASSED ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN DRAG RACING HISTORY WHAT IS THE SATISFACTION LEVEL LIKE WITH THIS CHAMPIONSHIP? IT’S TREMENDOUS FOR THEM TO COME OUT HERE AND HAVE THE U.S. ARMY DO A BACK-TO-BACK AND KEEP THIS TEAM TOGETHER, WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO 2006 AND COMING OUT HERE AND TRYING TO DOT SAME THING AGAIN THE SATISFACTION IS TREMENDOUS THAT THESE GUYS NEVER QUIT WORKING THEY ARE FOCUSSED ON COMING OUT HERE AND WINNING THIS RACE ON SUNDAY AND HEADING OFF TO PAMONA AND TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING THEY’VE BEEN DOING >> HAVING SAID THAT NOW, WHAT IS YOUR FOCUS FOR THE REST OF THIS SEASON? THERE’S STILL SOME THINGS TONY CAN DO YOU’RE LOCKED UP IN A FUNNY CAR CHAMPIONSHIP AS WELL >> MY FOCUS SWITCHES AS EACH TEAM@ COMES TO THE STARTING LINX WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON TONY HE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP WE HAVE A RACE HERE ON SUNDAY TO WIN WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON RON CAPPS @ AND SCEIZI WE HAVE AMTRON IN THE HUNDRED THE IN THE MOTORCYCLES AND WE’RE WORKING REAL, REAL HARD OVER ON THE MOPAR, THE PRO STOCK CARS MY FOCUS CHANGES ALL THE TIME THIS WAS A BIG ONE TO GET DONE BUT WE GOT BIG ONES AHEAD OF US >> CONGRATULATIONS IN TOP FUEL >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT GREATLY >> MARTY STILL HAS SOME THINGS HE CAN DO KEEP IN MIND, THIS TEAM HAS BEEN TO FIVE CONSECUTIVE FINALS IF THEY MAKE A SIXTH ONE, THAT TIES A RECORD IF THEY GET A FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ONE TOMORROW, THAT WOULD MAKE THE ALL-TIME RECORD THERE’S PLENTY OF ICING STILL LEFT FOR TONY SCHUMACHER’S TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP CAKE >> LET’S GET YOU CAUGHT UP ON WHAT HAPPENED IN TOP FUEL QUALIFYING SESSION NUMBER ONE, SCHUMACHER IN THE RIGHT LANE WE’LL TELL YOU THE NUMBERS, 4.57 SECONDS, 3.24 WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN SESSION NUMBER TWO, MELANIE TROXEL, SHE GOES TO NUMBER ONE, 4.52 SECONDS, 328, MORGAN LUCAS A 4.57 AT 321 IT WOULD NOT HOLD UP HER TEAMMATE GOES 4.51 SECONDS, 325 HE’S BACK ON TOP IN THE NUMBER ONE SPOT ROD FULLER GOES TO NUMBER FOUR AT A 4.54 THE LEADERBOARD AS WE COME INTO SESSION NUMBER THREE YOU HAVE TO RUN A 4.56 OR BETTER TO MAKE IT INTO THE TOP HALF OF THE FIELD IF YOU LOOK AT POSITIONS 9 THROUGH 16, ROBERT RHEEL AT 4.73 SECONDS THERE ARE THE GUYS OUTSIDE LOOKING IN INCLUDING SCOTT WEIS AND AS WE COME BACKTRACKSIDE, WE GET READY FOR BECKMAN HE’LL BE IN THE LEFT LANE HE’S IN THE NUMBER NINE SPOT, TRYING TO PUNCH HIS WAY INTO THE TOP HALF OF THE FIELD HE MADE HIS DEBUT HERE IN THE SPRING, WON HIS FIRST ROUND OF COMPETITION, HAS BEEN STRUGGLING SINCE HE WENT BACK TO THE SEMIFINALS OVER IN THE RIGHT LANE, HERBERT SINCE ST. LOUIS, HE’S SCORED THE SECOND MOST POINTS, ONLY TONY SCHUMACHER HAS SCORED MORE POINTS DURING THE SESSION LOOK WHAT IT DOES FOR DOUG IT MOVES HIM INTO FIFTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE THAT’S AMAZING BEST FINISH SO FAR THIS YEAR >> HE HASN’T BEEN WINNING RACES BUT HE’S BEEN WINNING ROUNDS THAT’S THE KEY YOU KEEP WINNING ROUNDS, EVENTUALLY YOU’LL GET THE RACE WIN >> SMOKED THE TIRES WHEN HE HIT ABOUT HALF TRACK, JACK BETMAN GOES 4.60 SECONDS THAT’S NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH TO HELP JACK AS HE STAYS IN THE NUMBER TEN SPOT HERBERT IS IN THE NUMBER SEVEN POSITION >> ALL RIGHT LET’S GO TO COMMERCIAL BREAK TAKE ANOTHER LOOK STAY WITH US WE’RE COMING BACK WITH MORE TOP FUEL AND FUNNY CAR HERE IN LAS VEGAS >> IF YOU HAVE NO FEAR, THAT’S THE STRATOSPHERE

AND — THAT’S RIGHT THEY HAVE RIDES UP THERE ON TOP LOOKING DOWN ON LAS VEGAS WE’RE BACK HERE AT THE ACDELCO LAS VEGAS NATIONALS GLAD YOU’RE WITH US AS WE GET READY FOR FULLER AND TROXEL HERE TROXEL IS, QUALIFIED NUMBER TWO RIGHT NOW LET’S GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT HERBERT’S RUN BEFORE THE BREAK >> HE DROPS A CYLINDER AND RELIGHTS IT THAT GETS THE CLUTCH DROPPING THE ENGINE TOO SOON WHEN THEY TRY TO APPLY IT, IT SMOKES THEX TIRES >> THE DOMINO EFFECT, ONE PROBLEM LEADS TO ANOTHER >> THEY HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER IF THAT DOESN’T HAVE THE RPM GOING UP, IF YOU GRAB IT TOO QUICK, YOU TRY TO SLIP IT IN THE RUN >> THAT’S ROD FULLER’S COCKPIT WE UNDERSTAND THAT’S DEMOLITION MAN HE’S BEEN ON EVERY RIDE AND EVERY COCKPIT ROD’S BEEN IN IN 15 YEARS WONDER IF DEMOLITION MAN HAS EVER HAD A BATH IN THAT TIME? f >> BOTH CARS GO UP IN TIRE SMOKE IF YOU’RE SAYING, WAIT A MINUTE, WE HAVEN’T SEEN LARRY DIXON AND TONY SCHUMACHER AND THOSE GUYS, IF YOU WERE WITH US FOR THE BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT, THEIR FIRST ROUND IN THE SHOOTOUT ALSO WAS THEIR THIRD SESSION OF QUALIFYING THAT’S WHY YOU’RE NOT SEEING THAT ACTION HERE AND THERE WE’VE GOT TO TAKE A COMMERCIAL BREAK THAT MEANS WE’LL SWITCH GEARS AND MOVE OVER TO FUNNY CAR WHERE WE HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE DECIDED JOHN FORCE IS THE POINTS LEADER >> WELCOME BACK TO QUALIFYING AT THE ACDELCO NATIONALS AND THE SANYO LIGHTSHIP HAS FLOWN OVER 10,000 PASSENGERS, JOURNEYED TO THREE COUNTRIES, TOURED 31 CITIES AND TRAVELLED APROXIMATELY 31,000 MILES THEY’RE WITH US TODAY GIVING US THE GREAT AERIAL SHOTS LET’S CHECK IN QUICKLY WITH DAVE RIEFF >> IF YOU MISSED IT EARLIER TODAY, WE TALKED TO DON PERDOME WHO GAVE US SURPRISING NEWS CONCERNING LARRY DIXON THAT IS THE RETIREMENT OF YOUR CREW CHIEF, GUY YOU’VE BEEN WITH SINCE 1999 HOW YOU FEELING? >> FROM A SELFISH SIDE OF THINGS, YEAH, I’M GOING TO MISS HIM WE’VE DONE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT IN THE TIME WE’VE BEEN TOGETHER BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU TAKE ME OUT OF THE EQUATION, I MEAN, THE GUY’S WORKED HIS WHOLE LIFE AND JUST DID NOTHING BUT RACING HE’S GOT A LOT OF THINGS THAT HE COULD DO WITH HIS LIFE THAT HE HASN’T DONE BECAUSE HE’S SPENT ALL HIS TIME RACE YOU WANT TO SEE HIM ENJOY HIS LIFE AND HAVE SOME FUN YOU HAVE THE WOODWORK DREAM CRUISES AND THINGS HE’S WONDERING ABOUT THE CAM SHAFT IN THE CAR I THINK IT’S GREAT THAT HE’S ABLE TO RETIRE ON HIS TERMS AND GO OUT AND ENJOY HIMSELF FOR A CHANGE >> HE TOLD US THE REPLACEMENT, DONNIE BENDER A GUY FROM RIGHT HERE IN YOUR CAMP, A GUY YOU HAVE JUST AS MUCH EXPERIENCE WITH >> I MEAN, I THINK, YOU KNOW, AS TIME HAS SHOWN, THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORKED UNDERNEATH DICK LAHAY, PEOPLE HAVE GONE ON TO BE GREAT TUNERS YOU HAVE JIMMY PROCK YOU HAVE ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT HE’S HELPED EDUCATE AND MOVE ALONG DONNIE’S BEEN WITH THEM AT LEAST A DOZEN YEARS SO NOW, YOU KNOW, DONNIE’S GETTING HIS SHOT I’M EXCITED ABOUT THAT HE’S GOT — HE KNOWS EVERYTHING THAT — HOW DICK WORKS IF HE DON’T KNOW BY NOW, YOU KNOW, IT’S I GUESS YET TO BE DETERMINED I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT IT WILL BE EXCITING YOU KNOW, WE MIGHT HAVE A SURPRISE FOR THE GUYS NEXT SEASON SGLEZ A LEGEND, CERTAINLY WILL BE MISSED DID PLIGHTFULLY DECLINE COMMENTS WANTED TO FOCUS HIS ATTENTION ON THE CAR CARS THIS WEEKEND >> HE’S A HISTORIAN OF THE SPORT HE PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE HOW HE TRAIN ALL THESE GUYS >> JIM AND JOHN OLVERHOFFER ALL LEARNED UNDER LAHAY I THINK IT WILL BE A GOOD MOVE >> HE’S ALSO DAD TO KIM LET’S TALK ABOUT FUNNY CAR HIGHLIGHTS SESSION NUMBER ONE CRUZ PEDREGON

4.80 AND HIS BROTHER HAD A 4.89 SCELZI GOES 4.82 SECONDS INTO THE NUMBER TWO SPOT JOHN STRUGGLES HE WAS NOT IN THE FIELD AFTER THE FIRST SESSION INTO SESSION NUMBER TWO, FORCE AND FRANK PEDREGON SIDE BY SIDE FORCE IN THE LEFT LANE WATCH WHAT HAPPENS HERE YOU WERE WORRIED ABOUT JOHN MAKING THE FIELD >> YOU DON’T ANYMORE >> 4.81 SECONDS LATER, 324 MILES AN HOUR WHO WOULD BE NUMBER ONE AT THE END OF TWO SESSIONS? WOULD IT BE TONY PEDREGON OR TONY JOHNSON IN THE RIGHT LANE? IF YOU ARE PICKED T.J., YOU’RE RIGHT 3.76 AT 325 WE GET READY FOR RON CAPPS IN THE LEFT LANE, CRUZ PEDREGON IN THE RIGHT LANE >> CAPPS IS RUNNING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP, WANTING TO GET IN THE TOP HALF OF THE FIELD TRACK CONDITIONS ARE TOUGH >> CRUZ PEDREGON MADE TWO VERY GOOD, CONSISTENT RUNS ARE HE WANTS TO KEEP THE CAP LIGHT ON THAT THAT CAR HAS BEEN ABLE TO RUN FAST BUT NOT CONSISTENT >>> AS YOU SAW, CONSISTENCY STILL A PROBLEM FOR CRUZ FOR CAPPS, HE GOES 4.84 SECONDS, 323 MILES AN HOUR IN THE HEAT, DO YOU THINK THAT ACE McCOLLOUGH WILL BE HAPPY WITH THE RUN? >> IT WASN’T A BAD RUN, BUT WE SAW HIM RUN A LOW FOR THE SESSION THUS FAR NOT A BAD RUN, OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T IMPROVE HIS POSITION HE’S IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE FIELD WITH THE EARLIER 4.81 WATCH CRUZ PEDREGON THESE ARE THE PROBLEMS THEY’VE BEEN HAVING THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IT HOOKED UP CONSISTENTLY RESPONSIBLE THE TIRES AT THE HEAD OF THE THROTTLE P >> CRUZ IN HIS LAST FOUR EVENTS DID WELL >> A LITTLE BIT OF CLUTCH IN THE MIDDLE, PROBABLY NEEDED TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE BUT IT DIDN’T SMOKE THE TIRES HE WANTS TO MAKE GOOD RUNS HE DOESN’T WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY BY SMOKING THE TIRES >> LET’S TALK ABOUT OUR SCHEDULE TOMORROW HERE IN LAS VEGAS ON ESPN2 AND ESPN2 HD WE HAVE “NHRA2DAY” AT 11:30 EASTERN TIME AND THEN FINAL ELIMINATION AT 8:00 EASTERN, 5:00 PACIFIC IF YOU SEE THE BURNOUTS WITH DALE WORSHAM AND JOHN FORCE, ACDELCO HAS RENEWED SPONSORSHIP IN THIS EVENT FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS LET’S TALK ABOUT JOHN HE’S ONLY QUALIFIED IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE FIELD ONE TIME THIS YEAR THAT WAS BACK IN ST. LOUIS HE’S IN THE NUMBERTEN SPOT RIGHT NOW, COURTESY OF LAST NIGHT’S 4.81 IN THAT SECOND SESSION ONE LAS VEGAS WIN THAT WAS THE FALL RACE BACK IN 2002 NOW, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE POINTS THAT THESE GUYS HAVE EARNED DURING QUALIFYING ROBERT HIGHT LEADS THE WAY JOHN, FOURTH BEST WITH ONLY 96 >> WE SAW LAST WEEK IN DALLAS — OR TWO WEEKS AGO IN DALLAS, HE STRUGGLED TO QUALIFY AND GETTING DOWN THE TRACK IN ONE RUN ON RACE DAY, THEY WERE CONSISTENT GETTING THE WIN N. 16 OF THE 21 PRIOR RACES, JOHN HAS EITHER BEEN OUT IN FIRST ROUND OR IN THE FINALS NINE FIRST ROUND ELIMINATIONS SEVEN FINALS I MEAN, THAT IS NOT TYPICAL JOHN FORCE RACING >> YOU TALK ABOUT FEAST OR FAMINE, THAT’S TAKING IT TO THE EXTREME RIGHT THERE >> OVER IN THE OTHER LANE, DALE WORSHAM HOLDS THE TRACK SPEED RECORD HERE AT 328 MILES AN HOUR >> DEL’S NOT GOING TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP HE DID DOUBLE UP AND GET THE INDY WIN WE ALWAYS SAID, IF YOU CAN’T WIN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP, THE NEXT BEST THING IS TO WIN ANDY HAD HE THE GREAT YEAR THAT HE WANTED TO AS FAR AS WINNINTHE CHAMPIONSHIP >> WELL, JOHN GETS IT DOWN QUARTER MILE, 4.84 SECONDS YOU SAW DEL HE WAS OUT EARLY BUT THEN HAZED THE TIRES AND ABORTED THE RUN THERE YOU SEE DEL WILL STAY IN THE NUMBER SEVEN SPOT JOHN WILL STAY IN THE NUMBER TEN POSITION RIGHT NOW, THAT WOULD BE A FIRST ROUND MATCHUP TOMORROW JUST LIKE RON CAPPS, JOHN FORCE RUNS A 4.84 IN THE LEFT-HAND LANE, RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACETRACK >> HERE ARE THE POINTS RIGHT NOW, COMING INTO QUALIFYING JOHN LEADS SCELZI BY 36, CAPPS BY 57 MATHEMATICALLY, ROBERT, ERIC

MEDLEN MAY STILL HAVE A SHOT BUT IT’S SLIM AT BEST >> RON CAPPS, YOU’VE BEEN STANDING HERE PUZZLING ABOUT LANE CHOICES AND NUMBERS UNDER THE HEAT TODAY WHAT WERE YOU HOPING TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ON YOUR PASS OF 84? >> WE THOUGHT WE’D RUN BETTER I’M GLAD WE’RE DISAPPOINTED WITH RUNS LIKE THAT THAT’S A DARN GOOD RUN WE JUST — FRANKY RAN THAT 70 THAT’S THE RIGHT LANE WE FEEL THAT WILL BE A GOOD LANE WE FELT LIKE WE RAN BETTER HE’S JUST TRYING TO SQUEEZE MORE POWER FORCE IS RUNNING 84 BEHIND US, I GUESS WE AREN’T THAT BAD >> HOW IS YOUR GUT THIS WEEK? >> TODAY I’M OKAY >> JOHN, HOW’S YOUR GUT TODAY? >> THESE ARE MY BUDWEISER ABS YOU’RE LOOKING AT THERE, BUDDY >> ALL RIGHT >> YOU WANT TO TALK TO ME AFTER THIS LATE NIGHT SESSION WHEN THE BOYS ARE GOING TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FOR THAT LOW SPOT WE ARE GOING TO THROW EVERY HUNK OF SOMETHING AT THEM >> HUNK OF BURNING LOVE >> I WANT TO TELL THE FANS LATER TONIGHT, I’LL BE AT THE MONTE CARLO WITH ROBERT, ERIC AND ASHLEY IT’S A PLUG FOR THE PLACE I LOVE TO STAY I DON’T CARE IF YOU PLAY IT OR NOT YES, I DO YOU PROBABLY WON’T THAT’S WHERE WE’LL BE TONIGHT HAVING FUN, DRINKING BEER, GETTING READY FOR FIRST ROUND TOMORROW >> HE DRIVES THE MUSTANG BUT HE HAS MONTE CARLO ON THE SIDE WINDOW OF THE CAR >> CUT, CUT, CUT I FORGOT CUT >> WELL, HE’LL BE HAVING A PHONE CALL FROM DETROIT ON MONDAY ALL RIGHT HERE WE GO WITH ASHLEY AND SCELZI 8 YOU SAW ASHLEY GETS ALL KINDS OF CROSSED UP HE KEPT IT OFF THE WALL GARY GOES 4.82 SECONDS SCELZI, THE SECOND QUICKEST >> I TELL YOU, HE WAS DOING A GOOD JOB AT GIVING SCELZI A CAR THAT GOES DOWN THE RACETRACK HE HAD THAT THING ALL KINDS OF SIDEWAYS SCELZI DRIFTED A LITTLE BIT PROBABLY COST HIM A LITTLE BIT BUT STILL A NICE RUN >> THAT HAS TO BE A GOOD CONFIDENCE BUILDER GARY’S COMING OFF THAT DEVASTATING RED LIGHT BACK AT DALLAS ONLY HIS SECOND IN 469 ROUNDS OF PROFESSIONAL COMPETITION UNBELIEVABLE AND THAT SHOWS YOU THE PRESSURE THAT THESE GUYS ARE UNDER WE’RE GETTING READY FOR A COMMERCIAL BREAK >> IT TAKES A LOT OF GUTS AND HARD WORK TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP >> I’M LOVING THIS I’M SAYING, HEY, BRING, ITKY DO THIS I’VE DONE IT BEFORE I’LL SHOW YOU GUYS I THINK THE EXPERIENCE BEFORE IN TOP FUEL HAS MADE IT EASIER FOR ME >> WELCOME BACK AS WE’RE TRACK SIDE WITH FORCE AND MEDLEN THEY ARE FOURTH AND FIFTH IN THE POINTS THERE’S JOHN MEDLEN HE HAS FOND MEMORIES OF THE RACETRACK HE CLINCHED THE POWERADE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2003 WHEN HIS DRIVER WAS TONY PEDREGON FOR ROBERT HIGHT, IT’S HIS FIRST YEAR HERE >> THEY MADE TWO NICE RUNS YESTERDAY BOTH QUALIFIED IN THE TOP HALF RIGHT NOW >> THE NUMBERS BY THEIR NAME TELL YOU WHERE THEY ARE IN THE QUALIFYING ORDER >> WELL, WE’VE SEEN TIRES SMOKE IN BOTH LANES ROBERT GOES 4.84 SECONDS THIS TIME, ERIC IS THE ONE THAT GOES UP IN SMOKE HE DOES IT OVER IN THE LEFT LANE ARE YOU SEEING ANYTHING IN THE LANES? >> IT’S HARD TO SAY WE’VE SEEN GOOD RUNS AND BAD RUNS IN BOTH LANES ERIC WAS AGGRESSIVE HE WAS QUICKER THAN HIGHT THAT MEANS THEY WERE PRETTY AGGRESSIVE ON THE CLUTCH HE FLAT OVERPOU IRED THE RACETRACK ROBERT HIGHT, HE KEPT IT STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GROOVE ALSO IT WASN’T QUITE AS AGGRESSIVE IT STAID HOOKED UP AND IT MAKES A NICE RUN >> PRETTY MUCH CARRIED TO THE 300-FOOT MARK OR THE 330 MARK

RIGHT ABOUT THERE IS WHEN IT STARTED SPINNING THE TIRES HE FOUND OUT WHAT THE TRACK COULD HOLD AND FOUND OUT IT CAN’T HOLD THAT MUCH >> THAT BRINGS US TO THE FINAL PAIR IN THIS THIRD QUALIFYING SESSION OF FUNNY CAR TONY PEDREGON AND TOMMY JOHNSON JR. WHO SITS ON POLE RIGHT NOW AFTER A WONDERFUL 4.76 YESTERDAY THAT’S TONY IN THE LEFT LANE DOING HIS BURNOUT WE’LL TALK MORE ABOUT THESE GUYS, BUT FIRST, WE WANT TO CATCH THE PREEMINENT TOURNAMENT MONSTER SHARK TOURNAMENT, 8:00 ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT THAT’S ON ESPN AS THEY COME BACK, FOR TOMMY JOHNSON, HE WON HIS FIRST OF TWO CAREER RACES BACK IN THE SPRING OF ’01 HIS LAST POLE WAS THE WINTER NATIONALS FOR 2001 IT’S BEEN A WHILE FOR T.J WE STILL HAVE ONE MORE SESSION AFTER THIS IF THE SUN STAYS UP, HE MAY HOLD ON TO IT >> WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LET’S TALK ABOUT SPOILERS THESE TWO CARS ARE PROBABLY THE TWO BEST SPOILER CATEGORIES RIGHT NOW BASED ON THE LAST FEW RACES THEY’VE TURNED THEIR PROGRAMS AROUND AND THEY ARE MAKING GOOD RUNS >> TONY PEDREGON, REMEMBER, THIS HE’S THE ONLY FUNNY CAR DRIVER TO WIN THE SPRING AND THE FALL LAS VEGAS RACES SO THEY LIKE THIS RACETRACK >> HIS CREW CHIEF FEELS COMFORTABLE, THEY’RE STARTING TO GET A HANDLE ON THIS RACE CAR THEY CAME OUT RUNNING GOOD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON, RAN INTO A SLUMP NOW THEY SEEM TO BE GETTING A MUCH BETTER HANDLE ON THIS RACE CAR >> WELL, BACK TO THE FIRE SMOKE OVER IN THE RIGHT LANE LOOK AT TONY, SECOND QUICKEST FOR THE SESSION, 4.79, RIGHT BEHIND HIS BROTHER’S 4.78 BY FRANKY EARLIER HE’S SHAKING HIS HEAD SAYING, THAT’S OKAY, I LIKE THAT IT WILL LEAVE HIM IN THE NUMBER FOUR SPOT AND T.J. DOES STAY IN THE NUMBER ONE POSITION >> VERY NICE RUN FOR TONY PEDREGON AND THE TEAM HE RAN THE SAME KIND OF NUMBERS TO THE 330-FOOT MARK THAT ERIC MEDLEN DID BEFORE HIM THEY KEPT THAT MONTE CARLO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACETRACK >> HE’S CLIMBING OUT, WE’RE ALWAYS TRYING TO GIVE YOU DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF THE SPORT LET’S CHECK IN WITH DON RIEFF >> FOR MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS, KURT JOHNSON AND HIS ACDELCO SPONSOR HAS DONE SOMETHING COOL THEY GIVE TWO MECHANICS THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME HERE AND WORK AS A PIT CREW YOU GET AUTO TECHNICIANS AND A TV GUIDE THIS WEEK WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE THEM DOING? >> WE GIVE THE TECHNICIAN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO THE 1400 HORSEPOWER COBALT >> THEY’RE CLEAN >> THEY LOOK REAL CLEAN, DON’T THEY? >> DO I GET TO STAY CLEAN AS WELL? >> DAVE, WE’RE GOING TO PUT TO YOU WORK TODAY YOU WERE LATE THIS MORNING WE HAVE THE CLEANER YOU START AT ONE END OF THE TRUCK AND WORK YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT >> IS THIS THE WAY? @ >> DAVE IS GOING TO WORK >> DOWN TO THE BOTTOM? HOW STAR? UP TO THERE? >> AS FAR AS CAN YOU SEE >> THIS WILL BE A GREAT DAY, I CAN TELL >> YES, IT IS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE IS COMING UP NEXT STAY WITH US >> BACK HERE AT THE STRIP AS WE GET READY FOR QUALIFYING IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE STEVE JOHNSON IS IN THE RIGHT LANE CRAIG TREBLE IS IN THE LEFT LANE AND A 7.26 FOR CRAIG TREBLE WILL HELP HIM IN FACT, IT MOVES HIM FROM THE NUMBER EIGHT SPOT IT GOES FROM 16 TO NUMBER EIGHT, WHICH WILL GIVE HIM LANE CHOICE IF HE STAY THERE’S LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE BACK TO SESSION ONE, ELLIS IN THE LEFT LANE, SCHNITZ IN THE LEFT LANE

WATCH RYAN, 7.20 SECONDS, 183 MILES AN HOUR THAT WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR A POINT AFTER SESSION NUMBER ONE IN SESSION TWO, NOT VERY GOOD FOR ANDREW HINES, THE POINTS LEADER HE HAD PROBLEMS AND BROKE AND THEN WE GO TO SESSION NUMBER THREE IT’S HINES COMING BACK WITH LOW E.T. OF THE SESSION 7.21 SECONDS AT 186 HE MOVES INTO THE NUMBER TWO POSITION AND AS WE COME BACKTRACKSIDE, HIS TEAMMATE, TONGLET HAS BEEN BUMPED DOWN TO THE NUMBER 16 POSITION HE’LL BE IN THE LEFT LANE TOM BRADFORD OVER IN THE RIGHT LANE >> TONGLET HAS NOT BEEN MAKING GOOD RUNS ALL WEEKEND ALL THREE RUNS IN THE 7.30 TO 7.36 RANGE OBVIOUSLY THE HARLEY HAS MORE POWER THAN THAT THEY JUST NEED TO GET IT HOOKED UP AND GET IT DOWN TO THE OTHER END >> WELL, G.T. GOES 7.27 SECONDS THAT’S GOING TO HELP HIM AND MOVE HIM INTO THE NUMBER 11 SPOT IT LEAVES HIM IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE FIELD HIS WORST QUALIFYING OF THE SEASON WAS AT MAPLE GROVE HE WAS EIGHTH HERE THEY GO, FIRST TIME G.T WILL START FROM NUMBER 11 WHEN HE CAN LEAST AFFORD TO DO IT >> IT’S A SITUATION WHERE THEY STRUGGLED ALL WEEK AND GOT THEIR BEST RUN BUT STILL WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH TO GET THEM IN THE TOP HALF OF THE FIELD >> SO AS WE COME BACK, WE’RE GETTING READY FOR MIKE BERRY ANZ KAREN STOFFER IN THE LEFT LANE MIKE HAS BEEN BUMPED TO THE 16th POSITION IT’S LIKE LEAP FROG HERE, SEE IF YOU CAN GET A LITTLE HIGHER IN THE STARTING ORDER >> THE AIR CONDITIONS ARE SIMILAR TO WHAT WE HAD YESTERDAY THE ALTITUDE HAS BEEN CHECKING OVER 4,000, 4,200 FEET WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN, THE TRACK GETS TIGHT >> KAREN, THREE-YEAR PACKAGE WITH GEICO STILL LOOKING FOR ASSOCIATE SPONSORS HAS BEEN RUNNING WELL THIS WEEKEND YOU COULD SEE THAT BUMP AT MIDTRACK. MOTORCYCLES IT IS ACCENTUATED WE SEE THE BIKES COMING OFF THE GROUND THERE YOU SEE THAT KAREN WILL STAY IN THE NUMBER SEVEN SPOT, HER EARLIER RUN STILL HOLDING UP MIKE BERRY STAYS 16th >> WE SAW THE TUNNEL THAT GOES UNDERNEATH THE TRACK IT LIFTS THE FRONT WHEEL OFF OF THE GROUND KAREN DID A GOOD JOB >> BETTER THAN ME THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY BECAUSE IT IS A WILD RIDE >> GETTING READY NOW FOR ANGELLE SAMPEY IT’S ROUND 22 OF 23 IN THE SERIES GENO SCALI SAID HE’S LOSING HIS TRIM-TEX SPONSORSHIP HE’S A FORMER POWERADE CHAMPION HE SAID IF HE DOESN’T FIND A SPONSOR, HE WILL NOT BE RACING NEXT YEAR WELL, YOU SEE THAT BOUNCE AGAIN ANGELLE RUNS IT THROUGH AT 7.32 THAT WILL BE NO HELP AND NO HELP EITHER NOR GENO HE’LL STAY 15th, ANGELLE IN THE NUMBER FIVE POSITION LET’S CHECK IN ON THE V-RODS >> HE’S THE GUY IN THE NUMBER ONE SPOT RIGHT NOW YOU TALKED ABOUT THE V-RODS AND HOW THEY’VE BEEN BEHIND THE 8 BALL YOU WERE BEHIND THE 8 BALL AS WELL WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON THIS WEEKEND? >> WE’RE GOING TO MAKE ANOTHER LAP, SEE IF WE CAN GET A SOLID PASS DOWN THE TRACK >> NOTHING HAPPENING TO THE YIPS >> HE DIDN’T GET DOWN THE RACETRACK IN ONE OF THE EARLIER SESSIONS THAT’S THE ONLY TIME HE’S NEVER MADE IT 1320 FEET >> THANKS, DAVE AS WE COME BACK TO TRACKSIDE, THAT’S ANTOINE BROWN, CHECKING OVER HIS SHOULDER, MAKING SURE HE’S ALIGNED PROPERLY CHRIS RIVAS WILL BE IN THE RIGHT LANE RIVAS, THE NUMBER FOUR SPOT LAST TWO RACES HE’S BEEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD HE CARRIES THE FRONT END, ANTRON DOES HE RUNS IT THROUGH AT 183 HE’D HAVE A MATCHUP WITH TREBLE RIGHT NOW IF NOTHING ELSE CHANGES CHRIS RIVAS STAYS IN THE NUMBER FOUR SPOT

THAT GIVES HIM A MATCHUP OF GENO SCALI >> YOU CAN HEAR THE RUMBLE OF MOIBLGS WE GET READY, ANDREW IN THE NUMBER TWO SPOT, MATT IN THE NUMBER FIVE POSITION IF HINES STAYS NUMBER TWO, HE’D HAVE A MATCHUP WITH STEVE JOHNSON WELL, ANDREW GOES 7.25 SECONDS THAT IS GOING TO BE THE QUICKEST RUN OF THIS SESSION SO FOR THE LAST TWO SESSIONS, HAS BEEN THE POINTS LEADER WHO HAS BEEN QUICKEST HE DOES IT HERE AT 185 MILES AN HOUR HE’LL STAY NUMBER TWO, MATT SMITH IS IN THE NUMBER SIX SPOT >> WATCH ANDREW HINES MATT SMITH HAD A GREAT RUN THAT WAS 108 AND 60 FEET HE WAS HAULING ANDREW HINES, LOOKS LIKE THE TEAM IS STILL STRUGGLING MAKES A NICE RUN, BUT NORMALLY WE SEE THE HARLEYS PRODUCE MORE THAN THAT >> LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE FAR END THERE HE IS STILL HAS THE HELMET ON WE COME BACK TO THE STARTING LINE AND GET READY FOR CHIP ELLIS IN THE LEFT LANE, RYAN SCHNITZ HE BEAT ANGELLE IN THE FINAL A COUPLE YEARS AGO HE HAS FOND MEMORIES OF THIS PLACE >> BOY, THAT BUM SUBPOENA WICKED 7.25 FOR CHIP HE’S RIGHT BEHIND ANDREW HE’LL BE ON POLL AS IT’S HIS FIRST EVER IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE THE 23rd DIFFERENT RIDER IN 224 NATIONAL EVENTS TO TAKE THE POINT WHILE HE ROLLS ON OUT, LET’S CHECK IN AND SEE HOW DAVE RIEFF IS DOING, WORKING HARD IN THE ACDELCO PITS >> HE’S STILL WORKING ON ONE SIDE >> WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? YOU HAVE TO USE MAX CLEANER, NOT TIRE CLEANER >> START AT THE BEGINNING >> NO >> YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING >> HE HAS A LOT TO LEARN >> WHEN DO YOU RUN? >> HOPEFULLY TWICE A DAY >> OH, MY GOODNESS >> MORE LIKE TUESDAY AT THIS POINT >> ALL RIGHT DAVE STILL WIPING, WAX ON, WAX OFF >> BACK HERE AT QUALIFYING, YOU’RE ON BOARD WITH MAX NAILER HE DID NOT QUALIFY, UNFORTUNATELY LET’S PUT A PERIOD ON PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE >> FIRST TIME TO BE A NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER IN THIS COMPETITIVE CATEGORY ANY SPECIAL SECRETS? YOU FIND ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOU A BIT QUICKER? >> FOR THIS WEEKEND, I HAVE MY LUCKY DICE IN MY SHOULDER SINCE WE’RE IN VEGAS THE TEAM’S BEEN WORKING REALLY, REALLY HARD I CAN’T TAKE ALL THE CREDIT FOR THIS THE TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING HARD THE LAST FEW WEEKS GETTING IT READY FOR THE LAST TWO EVENTS >> I NEED LUCKY DICE FOR MY SHOULDER >> THE CASINOS WILL SELL THEM TO YOU FOR ABOUT $1,000 OR MORE ROLL YOUR DICE, TAKE YOUR CHANCES HERE ARE THE MATCHUPS BERRY, TREBLE, BROWN RIVAS, SAMPEY, HINES AND TONGLET ARE ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE LADDER THEY COULD MEET IN THE SEMIFINALS IT’S TIME TO CHECK IN ON PRO STOCK >> WE’VE HAD TO GROUND IT OUT THE COMPETITION HAS BEEN STIFFER A LOT OF GUYS STEPPED THEIR PROGRAM UP IF WE CAN CONQUER THIS YEAR, IT WILL BE THE HARDEST EARNED ONE WE’VE HAD >> LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR SESSION NUMBER ONE IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT GREG MAKING IT INTO THE FEEL, YOU DON’T HAVE TO HE RUNS A NICE 6.82, 201 WE JUMP AHEAD TO SESSION NUMBER

3 ENDERS HAS LOOKED GOOD AGAIN SHE MOVES INTO THE NUMBER THREE SPOT AT 201 HERE COMES CRAIG AND K.J. SIDE BY SIDE THEY WOULD GO ONE, TWO, 6.81 AND 201 FOG KURT JOHNSON, A 6.82 MIKE THOMAS WAS A NAME TO PLACE KORETSKY HE’S ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN GRANT WAS NO FACTOR IN THIS DID HE NOT QUALIFY UNFORTUNATELY FOR MIKE THOMAS BY 0.004 HE MISSES MAKING THE PRO STOCK FIELD THERE’S KENNY KORETSKY WITH HIS BROKEN WRIST AND FINGERS HE’S HERE AT THE TRACK THIS IS WHY KENNY’S GOT THAT CAST ON HE’S ON THE LEFT LANE RIGHT LANE IS BRUCE ALLEN THAT HUGE, HUGE COLLISION IT WAS AMAZING THE INJURIES YOU SAW FOR KENNY WERE THE MOST SEVERE AND NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I SEE THIS, I’M AMAZED THAT THAT’S ALL THESE GUYS GOT AWAY WITH NEVER SAW IT COMING DRIVE IN BRUCE ALLEN BRUCE’S CAR GOES UP IN THE AIR LUCKILY IT JUST HANDED ON ITS ROOF WE TALKED TO KURT JOHNSON ABOUT SAFETY >> THIS IS 83, 65 OR 49 WALL, YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY A FUNNY CAR STYLE CAGE YOU HAVE A FIVE-POINT SAFETY HARNESS ON WITH A LAP BELT, CROTCH BELT AND YOUR TWO SIDE SHOULDER BELTS YOU’RE PRETTY TIGHT IN THIS VEHICLE YOU HAVE A WINDOW NET HERE YOU HAVE YOUR HANS DEVICE WITH TETHERS ON IT THAT CLIP INTO THE BACK OF YOUR HELMET I FEEL SAFE IN MY ACDELCO COBALT I’VE DIDN’T IN SWAYING WHERE’S THIS EQUIPMENT HAS COME IN HANDY BRUCE ALLEN’S SITUATION, THAT WAS A RARE SITUATION WHERE KENNY HIT HIM EVERYTHING LEFT THE VEHICLE THERE WAS NO TUBING ON THIS SIDE OF THE CAR THE THING DID I NOTICE, THERE MIGHT BE CHANGES WITH THE TUBE COMING OFF THE BACK HERE THAT GOES TO THE HOUSING TO KEEP YOUR FOOT FROM GOING OUT TO THE SIDE AND MAYBE A COVER, SAY OVER THE PEDALS TO KEEP YOUR FEELT FROM GOING UP ALSO, ANOTHER ISSUE MIGHT BE SOME ARM RESTRAINTS TO KEEP HIS HANDS FROM GOING UP EVERYTHING HELPS YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU’LL BE IN ONE OF THOSE SWAYINGS YOU WANT TO BE PROTECTED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WE GET READY FOR HIS DAD, KURT AND WARREN HAVE NEVER WON HERE AT THE STRIP THEY HAVE SOMEWHAT UNFINISHED BUSINESS THESE ARE THE ADDLERS THIS IS THEIR WEDDING DAY EVERYBODY IS DRESSED UP I WARREN PARAPHERNALIA THERE’S WARREN IN A BRIDAL VEIL >> W.J. RIGHT NOW, IN THE NUMBER TEN SPOT WOULD LIKE TO GET IN THE TOP HALF OF THE FIELD RICHIE STEVENS IS NUMBER 5 6.83, THE ELAPSED TIME FOR RICHIE THAT’S THE QUICKEST RUN OF THIS FINAL SESSION IN PRO STOCK IT KEEPS HIM IN THE NUMBER FIVE SPOT WARREN RUNS A 6.88 NO HELP FOR HIM RIGHT NOW IF NOTHING CHANGES, WARREN WOULD GET A MATCHUP WITH JEDD COUGHLIN IN THE FIRST ROUND AND RICHIE WOULD GET A MATCHUP WITH JEDD STANFIELD JASON KLINE WILL BE IN THE RIGHT LANE >> GO TO YOUR LEFT ABOUT FOUR INCHES >> THAT’S THE CREW TALKING TO JAY GIVING HIM INSTRUCTIONS >> THREE OR FOUR INCHES TO YOUR LEFT STRAIGHTEN HER UP RIGHT THERE GOOD JOB >> YOU NOTICE PRO STOCK DRIVERS DON’T HAVE SOMEBODY OUT FRONT LINING THEM UP THEY DO IT BY THE RADIO FROM BEHIND RUSTY’S BEEN AROUND FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS RACING WITH HIS DAD BACK IN THE OLD DAYS HE’S ALWAYS DONE A GOOD JOB >> HE HAS FOND MEMORIES OF THIS PLACE, BACK IN 2002, HE WON HERE ALSO CLAIMING HIS CHAMPIONSHIP, HIS SECOND IN PRO STOCK

AND ON THE OTHER LANE, JASON LIKES THIS PLACE HE HOLDS THE TRACK RECORD RIGHT NOW BOTH DRIVERS ARE ALREADY QUALIFIED IN THE TOP HALF, BUT THEY WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE THEIR POSITION AND GET A GOOD IDEA WHAT THIS TRACK WILL HOLD RIGHT NOW >> IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE JEDD’S BEEN IN THE TOP HALF OF THE FIELD JEG WAS PRACTICING FOR TOMORROW HE CUT A 006 LIGHT HE PRACTICES QUICKEST RUN OF THE SESSION OVER IN THE RIGHT LANE FOR JASON LINE THAT LEADS US TO THE ISSUE THAT LARRY DIXON BROUGHT UP LAST WEEK, AS PART OF CHANGING THE RULES, AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE RUN, INCLUDE REACTION TIME IN QUALIFYING WHAT DO YOU THINK? >> YEAH WHAT HE’S BASICALLY SAYING IS HAVE THE CLOCK START WHEN THE GREEN LIGHT COMES ON THAT WOULD FACTOR IN YOUR ELAPSED TIME PLUS YOUR REACTION TIME TO GIVE YOU A TOTAL TIME I DON’T KNOW I’M KIND OF OLD SCHOOL I KIND OF LIKE THE WAY IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THIS IS THE ONLY SPORT REALLY THAT STARTS THE CLOCKS WHEN THE CAR LEAVES AND NOT WHEN THE GREEN LIGHT GOES OR THE GUN SOUNDS >> THAT’S RIGHT IT WOULD BRING THE DRIVER BACK INTO THE EQUATION I THINK IT WOULD BE >> BACK HERE, FINAL QUALIFYING IN PRO STOCK ERICA ENDERS, IF SHE STAY THERE’S, SHE’LL HAVE HER BEST STARTING POSITION OF THE YEAR SHE’S ONE OF FOUR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS THAT WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN TWO MORE WEEKS WHO WOULD YOU VOTE FOR? I THINK 70% WERE GOING FOR ROBERT HIGHT THAT’S NOT TO SAY IF IRAQ KA COULD WIN THE NEXT TWO RACES, THAT WOULD PUT HER IN THE RUNNING FOR THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS SHE’S DOING A GOOD JOB DRIVING RON KRISHER, HE’S THE NUMBER SIX QUALIFIER RIGHT NOW YOU LOOK DOWN AT THE LIGHT SHIFT SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ERICA’S CAR RON RUNS IT THROUGH AT 6.86 SECONDS AT 200 MILES AN HOUR, WILL BE NO HELP FOR HIM THE QUESTION WILL BE, DID THEY DO ANY DAMAGE TO THE SLAMMER’S COBALT OF ERICA ENDERS? REMEMBER, THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO HER A COUPLEP OF RACES AGO THEY HAD TO PULL OUT A SPARE MOTOR AND IT HURT HER BADLY IT LOOKED LIKE IT GOT TOO MANY WHEEL SPEED EARLY THE CAR WENT SIDEWAYS, KNEW IT WASN’T GOING TO IMPROVE AND I THINK SHE SHUT IT OFF >> YOU COULD SEE THE SHAKE I HOPE YOU’RE RIGHT, MIKE IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THERE ARE PROBLEMS UNDERNEATH NOTHING LEAKING AND WE SAW NO PUFF OF SMOKE LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW ON ESPN2 AND ESPN2 HD WE HAVE “NHRA2DAY.” THREE HOURS OF FINAL ELLS, 8:00 EASTERN AND 5:00 PACIFIC THAT FUNNY CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, WHO IS GOING TO TAKE THE POINTS LEAD INTO THE FINAL RACE AT PAMONA? YOU’LL HAVE TO TUNE IN TO FIND OUT WE GET READY FOR GREG ANDERSON AS YOU RIDE ONBOARD GREG LOOKING FOR HIS 40th POLE I THINK WE BETTER GET READY FOR A CEREMONY AT THE FAR END OF THE RACETRACK HE’S GOING TO CLAIM THE CHAMPIONSHIP WHEN HE CROSSES THE FINISH LINE AND THERE ARE THE GUYS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, THE WINNERS THAT WORK WITH KURT JOHNSON DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO DAVE RIEFF HE’S PROBABLY STILL POLISHING THE TRUCK THEY DIDN’T LET HIM COME OUT FOR THE RUN KURT’S BEEN CLOSE TO GREG IN THE PERFORMANCE LEVEL THIS WEEK, BUT GREG’S STILL THE BEST >> BOY, A GOOD SIDE-BY-SIDE RUN HERE AGAIN, KURT IS RIGHT THERE WITH HIM, BUT BY A FEW THOUSANDTHS OF A SECOND, GREG DOES IT HE’S TO A 6.828 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GREG ANDERSON RIGHT THERE WITH THAT RUN CLINCHES ANOTHER POWERADE CHAMPIONSHIP >> YOU TALK ABOUT REACTION TIME GREG PICKED THAT UP AT 300 FEET KURT RAN BETTER ON THE OTHER END, HAD MORE SPEED, WHICH IS UNUSUAL

USUALLY GREG ANDERSON HAS THAT BIG SPEED KURT JOHNSON, WARREN JOHNSON, THEY MAKE AS MUCH HORSEPOWER AS THE ANDERSON TEAM >> I’M DONE HERE CONGRATULATING KEN BLACK ON YET ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP HOW DOES THIS ONE RANK? >> IT’S RIGHT AT THE TOP, ESPECIALLY WITH THE WAY WE STARTED OUT, SLOW AND CLAWED OUR WAY BACK I THINK THIS IS THE MOST SATISFYING ONE OF ALL THE FIRST ONE WAS GREAT, BUT I THINK THIS ONE TOPS THAT ONE >> OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, DOING IT IN YOUR HOMETOWN >> THANK YOU APPRECIATE IT >> THERE HIS WIFE KIM, SHE’S TAKING PICTURES BECAUSE THIS IS HISTORY, THE LAST PRO STOCK GUY TO WIN THREE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A ROW, BOB GLIDDEN BACK IN THE ’80s WE’LL TALK TO THE CHAMP THERE HE IS >> THE WIN LIGHT GOES TO GREG >> THAT’S A HAT TRICK IN HOCKEY TERMS I COULDN’T IMAGINE IT COULD GET ANY BETTER >> HE MOVES INTO THIRD PLACE WITH HIS 34th CAREER WIN BIG DAY THIS IS WHY HE’S YOUR POWERADE CHAMPION HE RISES TO THE OCCASION >> HE HOISTS THE TROPHY ANOTHER TIME THIS GUY AND THIS TEAM HAVE BEEN AWESOME A >> BACK HERE AT THE NHRA POWERADE DRAG RACING THAT’S A C-17 GLOBEMASTER ON FINAL APPROACH A COUPLE DAYS AGO THE THUNDERBIRDS WERE OUT PRACTICING WE WERE HERE AND IT WAS A SHOW IT WAS FANTASTIC THANKS, GUYS I KNOW YOU WEREN’T DOING IT JUST FOR US, BUT WE ENJOYED IT >> THERE’S CHECKS, POWERADES, TROPHIES ANDé SMILES WE TALKED EARLIER ABOUT THE TURNAROUND AT WHAT POINT DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE@@ BACK AND HAD THINGS HAND AND THAT THE THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY COULD BE YOURS? >> TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I THINK IT WAS THE ATLANTA RACE. 0 I DON’T KNOW HOW, BUT IT HAPPENS TO BE SPONSORED BY A GREAT SPONSOR HERE WE WERE MAKING SMALL MISTAKES YOU CAN’T MAKE MISTAKES IN THIS CLASS, NOT IF YOU WANT TO BE A CHAMPION WE HADN’T DONE THAT THE LAST COUPLE, THREE YEARS WE CAME OUT THE FIRST PART OF THE YEAR AND REACTED BY WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DID WE WERE GETTI SHOWED THE WAY TO THE FINISH LINE WE WEREN’T MAKING SMART MOVES WE CAME TO ATLANTA, SPOTTED CARS A COUPLE TIMES AND MADE GROUND UP, GOT BACK IN THE HUNT AND BROUGHT OUT THIS BRAND NEW GTO @ MIDSEASON EVER SINCE WE DEBUTED THIS, IT’S BEEN STRAIGHT TO THE TOP. 8 SUMMITT AND PONTIAC AND MAC o TOOLS, POWERADE TROPHY, THREE YEARS IN A ROW THAT, SOUNDS SO GOOD IT FEELS SO GREAT I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT >> STORY BOOK STUFF CONGRATULATIONS >> WIFE, KIM, HAPPY >> NUMBER THREE! >> THREE MEANS WE CAN GO SHOPPING GET OUT THAT BANK ROLL, BUDDY WE HAVE A FEW EXTRA BUCKS >> NUMBER ONE, THREE TIMES >> CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEAM LET’S TALK ABOUT THREE OR MORE PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIPS BOD GLIDDEN HAS TEN, W.J. WITH SIX, LEE SHEPHERD WITH FOUR, ALDERMAN AND ANDERSON THAT’S ELITE COMPANY >> THE PAST TWO YEARS HAD HE A DOMINANT RACE CAR, THIS YEAR, HE HAD TO FIGHT AND SCRAPE TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP IT MAKES HIM A TRUE POWERADE CHAMPION >> WELCOME BACK HERE WE ARE AT THE ACDELCO LAS VEGAS NATIONALS THIS IS THE SCENE THAT HAPPENED A FEW MOMENTS AGO THAT’S GREG ANDERSON, WIFE KING AND THE NEW PONTIAC SOLSTICE THEY GET A NICE RIDE BACK TO THE CELEBRATION AREA FOR THE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF THE $200,000 CHECK IN FRONT OF THE CROWDS WILL BE MADE GREG GETTING CONGRATULATIONS FROM EVERYBODY THOSE ARE HIS TEAMMATES NEXT YEAR KEN BLACK OWNS THAT TEAM THERE IS KEN AS THEY MAKE THE CELEBRATION SPECIAL

A FEW MOMENTS AGO, OUR DAVE RIEFF HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH TWO OF THE GUYS THAT HELPED GREG WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS >> I’M JOINED BY TWO OF THE GUYS RESPONSIBLE FOR GREG ANDERSON AND HIS CHAMPIONSHIP, CO-CREW CHIEFS ROB DOWNING AND JEFF PEARLING WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THIS THAT ATRACKED YOU TO IT? >> IT’S A GREAT GROUP OF GUYS GREG’S A GREAT LEADER, ROLE MODEL A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE A BUNCH OF GUYS HAVING FUN AND WINNING RACES HAS BEEN A GREAT BYPRODUCT >> WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT AT THIS SEASON? WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE GETTING THE FIRE BACK? >> ATLANTA WAS A GOOD WIN TWO MORE RIGHT AFTER THAT SO, KIND OF THREE IN A ROW FOR US REALLY PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE BUT I WOULD THINK ABOUT TWO RACES PREVIOUS TO THAT, ALTHOUGH OUR PERFORMANCE DIDN’T SHOW ON THE RACETRACK, WE STARTED TO GEL A LOT BETTER AS A TEAM WE STARTED TO COMMUNICATE AGAIN LIKE WE DID IN YEARS PAST >> OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TWO OF YOU THREE-TIME CHAMPIONS >> GREG ANDERSON AND JOHNSON IN THE FIRST ROUND GAINES AND PAWUK, LINE AND STEVENS HAVE LANE CHOICES AWELL ON THE OTHER SIDE, COUGHLIN AND W.J THAT WILL BE A GOOD ONE AND ENDERS OVER YATES AND KRISHER OVER CONNOLLY >> ESPN REELS IN THE 19th ANNUAL MONSTER SHARK TOURNAMENT FROM OAKS BLUFF, MASSACHUSETTS THAT COMES YOUR WAY WEDNESDAY AT 8:00 EASTERN, ESPN THERE’S NO SHARKS IN THE DESERT BUT YOU MIGHT FIND A FEW IN THE CASINOS AS WE COME BACKTRACKSIDE AS YOU GET READY FROM THE SANYO LIGHTSHIP WE GET READY FOR DAVID BACA AND FOLEY HE’S IN THE FIELD, THE NUMBER 14th SPOT BACA IS THE LAST CAR THAT CAN BUMP HIS WAY INTO THE FIELD >> WITH THE COOLER TRACK CONDITIONS, THAT PLAYS IN HIS FAVOR HE CAN GET MORE AGGRESSIVE IN THE SETUP IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO STICK AND RUN THE KIND OF NUMBER HE NEEDS TO STAY IN THE SHOW WHETHER HE HAS THAT TUNEUP ON THE CAR REMAINS TO BE SEEN >> FOR DOUG FOLEY, THIS WILL BE HIS SECOND EVENT HE QUALIFIES FOR TRACK TEMPERATURE DOWN TO 89 >> HIS FIRST RACE WAS IN READING, PENNSYLVANIA, WHERE HE MADE GOOD RUNS IN QUALIFYING HE CAME UP AND RAN A HIGH 4.50 LAP TIME BUT GOT BEAT BUT STILL DIDN’T EMBARRASS HIMSELF HE STRUGGLED HERE, RAN A 4.65, BUT HE HASN’T GONE DOWN THE TRACK IN THE LAST TWO RUNS WELL, YOU SAW BACA’S CAR, NOSE OVER HE WAS ON A DECENT RUN DOUG FOLEY GOES 4.70 THAT’S NOT GOING TO IMPROVE HIM HE’LL STAY IN THE NUMBER 14 SPOT >> TOUGH BREAK FOR DAVID BACA HAD HE DECENT NUMBERS EARLY WEREN’T GREAT NUMBERS BUT GOOD ENOUGH TO GET HIM IN THE SHOW YOU SAW THAT THING STARTED EATING ITSELF UP NOT ENOUGH FUEL IN THE MOTEER TO KEEP THEM CYLINDERS HAPPY, BURNING THEM UP, COASTING ACROSS THE FINISH LINE >> HIS THIRD DNQ THIS YEAR STAY WITH US >> IT’S TIME FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF 100 PHILLIPS HD TVs WITH DIRECTV SERVICE FOR A YEAR THE CODE WORD IS HORSEPOWER >> AND THE CONTEST IS FOR REAL REMEMBER TO LOGON, LOGON TO 100YARDBLITZ.COM ENENTER HORSEPOWER, TONIGHT’S CODE WORD, FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN HD TV LET’S SEE IF WE CAN FIND DAVE RIEFF DAVE? THERE HE IS >> FINALLY THIS TRAILER’S ALL DONE I TELL YOU, THIS HONORARY PIT CREW THING IS KIND OF TOUGH WELL, NOBODY’S HERE IT GIVES ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO TELL YOU WHAT THE REAL MEMBERS OF KURT JOHNSON’S CREW DO CAR COMES BACK TO THE PITS, GOES UP ON A JACK STAND, THE HOOD IS REMOVED, THE DOORS ARE REMOVED AND THIS TEAM GOES TO WORK YOU CAN BREAK THE CAR DOWN INTO THREE PARTS IT STARTS IN THE BACK HALF, THE TIRES WILL BE TAKEN OFF, SWAP THEM HE LOOKS AT THE FOUR-LINK SUSPENSION, THINGS LIKE THAT IF THIS THAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED, THAT CAN EAT UP MOST OF THE 75 MINUTES THEY TAKE APART THE TRANSMISSION AND MAKE GEAR ADJUSTMENTS

NORMALLY DOESN’T TAKE A LOT OF TIME THAT LEAVES BOTH OF THOSE GUYS TO HELP KURT JOHNSON UP HERE IN THE FRONT OF THE MOTOR THEY DON’T CHANGE THEM A LOT, BUT THEY CHANGE VALVE SPRINGS EVERY TWO TO THREE RUNS, CHANGE THE OIL ABOUT EVERY FOUR RUNS KURT JOHNSON WILL GO BACK INSIDE AND START TO KIND OF FIGURE OUT, FINE TUNE HIS FINAL TUNEUPS HAD A LITTLE BIT THE TUNEUP DOESN’T TAKE VERY LONG AT ALL >> ANYTHING ELLE FOR YOU, JOE? >> DAVE, YOU FORGOT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAILER >> EXCUSE ME? >> THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAILER NEEDS CLEANED ALSO >> WHERE ARE THE OTHER HONORARY GUYS? >> THEY’RE HAVING FUN >> THE OTHER SIDE? >> ALL RIGHT LET’S GO TRACK SIDE, GET READY FOR BRANDON BERNSTEIN RIGHT HERE HE’S THE NUMBER 11 QUALIFIER RIGHT NOW AND HE WILL DO IT, 4.54 AT 325 WILL MOVE HIM INTO THE NUMBER FIVE POSITION SO BERNSTEIN STEPS IT UP HERE IN THE FINAL SESSION OF QUALIFYING WELL, BRANDON BERNSTEIN’S BEST RUN OF THE WEEK THE THING WAS SOFT THE FIRST 60 FEET 879 THEN AFTER THAT, THEY STARTED APLYING THE POWER AND THE CLUTCH TO IT STARTED MAKING A GOOD MOVE THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE RACETRACK THAT’S WHAT BROUGHT THE E.T DOWN HAD HE BEEN ABLE TO GET BETWEEN THE LINES BETTER, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN QUICKER THAN THAT HE’LL BE HAPPY WITH THAT RUN >> AND THERE’S CONRAD LOOKING AT THE NEXT PAIR WHAT IS HE GIGGLING ABOUT? HE’S GETTING READY TO TAKE OUR CAMERA AND GIVE IT A TIME WARP OF ITS OWN ALL RIGHT LET’S GO BACK TO THE STARTING LINE DOUG KALITTA WILL BE IN THE LEFT LANE, GRUBNIC IN THE RIGHT LANE BOTH OF THESE GUYS ELIMINATED EARLIER FROM THE $100,000 BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT >> NEITHER OF THE TEAM DRIVERS ARE IN THE TOP HALF OF THE FIELD OBVIOUSLY THAT’S WHAT THEY’LL BE TRYING TO DO RIGHT HERE TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER, THE CONDITIONS ARE RIPE FOR IT, THE TRACK IS TIGHT THE CLOUD COVER, SUN STARTING TO SET GETS VERY GOOD RUBBER THEY SAW BRANDON RUN A 43954 THEY’LL TRY TO GET BOTH THESE CARS TO STEP UP RIGHT NOW >> IF HE STAYS TENTH, IT TIES HIS LOWEST STARTING POSITION OF THE YEAR YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHY THESE GUYS AREN’T IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP? SINCE INDY, 16 POSSIBLE ROUND WINS, GRUBNIC LEADS WITH FOUR ROUND WINS DOUG HAS HAD THREE, SCOTT HAS HAD TWO YOU CAN’T WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS WHEN YOU’RE NOT GOING ROUNDS >> THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT, NOT JUST WINNING RACES YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO WIN THE ROUNDS WHEN YOU DON’T WIN THE RACES THAT’S THE KEY THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT SINCE INDY >> DOUG GETS DOWN THE QUARTER MILE, 5.47 SECONDS SOMETHING HAPPENS TO GRUBNIC’S CAR HE COASTS IT ON THROUGH THEY WILL STAY IN THE NUMBER NINE AND TEN POSITIONS SO DOUG KALITTA TIES HIS SEASON LOW FOR TENTH CONNIE AND JOHN OBERHOFFER TALKING IS OVER >> THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN, GRUBNIC STARTS TO HAZE THE TIRES DOUG KALITTA DID NOT HAVE THE POWER THEY WERE LOOKING FOR DIDN’T HAVE THE SETUP AWE THEY THEY MADE A NICE RUN, I’M SURE THAT’S NOT WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR >> GRUBNIC, YOU SEE RIGHT THERE, HE STARTS SPINNING THE TIRES HE FEELS IT HE KNOWS IT’S NOT GOING TO GO ANYWHERE AFTER THAT >> SO WHILE WE GET READY FOR THE NEXT PAIR, WE HAVE TO TAKE A COMMERCIAL BREAK >> WELCOME BACK TO FINAL QUALIFYING HERE AT ACDELCOS NATIONALS THE SANYO BLIMP ALONGSIDE WITH US THE AIRSHIP HAS BEEN FLYING OVER NORTH AMERICA FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS FOR CHARITABLE EVENTS, OUTDOOR EVENTS AND TRADE SHOWS THANKS, GUYS YOU ALWAYS GIVE US A GREAT PERSPECTIVE ON THE RACING ACTION AS WE GET READY DOWN TRACKSIDE, WE HAVE McCLENATHAN OVER IN THE RIGHT LANE, HERBERT IN THE LEFT LANE DWAYNE DUPUIS IS NOT UPSET ABOUT ANYTHING THAT’S WHAT METHANE DOES WHEN IT GETS IN YOUR EYES >> THERE’S NO CRYING IN DRAG RACING WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

>> WELL, DOUG HERBERT GOES 4.52 SECONDS THAT WILL MOVE HIM INTO THE NUMBER FIVE POSITION BUMP BERNSTEIN AND EVERYBODY ELSE DOWN A 4.57 IS NOT GOING TO HELP COREY McCLENATHAN HE’S NOW IN THE NUMBER EIGHT POSITION BUT COREY’S BEEN MAKING CONSISTENT RUNS, BUT WAYNE DUPUIS, HE WAS TRYING TO GET THE BIG NUMBER HE’S NUMBER FIVE IN THE POSITION, BUT NUMBER ONE RIGHT NOW IS A 4.51 REMEMBER, YOU CAN’T COUNT THE 4.49 THAT TONY SCHUMACHER RAN IN THE SEMIFINALS >> THERE YOU GET ANOTHER LOOK AT IT THERE IS DICK LAHAY HE’S RETIRING AT THE END OF THE YEAR THERE’S THE MAN THAT WILL TAKE OVER, DONNIE BENDER LARRY DIXON WILL BE IN THE LEFT LANE, ROD FULLER IN HIS HOMETOWN OF LAS VEGAS WILL BE IN THE RIGHT LANE THERE’S ROD SPEAKING OF LAS VEGAS, AND IT BEING ROD’S TOWN, OF COURSE, WE HAVE GOT THE ODDS THERE ARE CASINOS IN TOWN WHERE YOU CAN PLACE WAGERS ON THE RACE THE ONE I LIKE THE BEST IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN MELANIE TROXEL, $25-1, SHE’S RUNNING GOOD >> I HAVE TO AGREE WITH YOU THERE, MARTY >> WE’LL KEEP TABS ON THAT FOR YOU SCHUMACHER, THE ODDS ON FAVORITE, 2-1 AS SOON AS WE GET READY FOR THIS, ROD FULLER SAID THIS HAS BEEN AN EXPENSIVE WEEKEND FOR HIM 40 OF HIS FRIENDS AND RELATIVES HAVE COME OUT TO THE RACETRACK THAT’S 40 EXTRA TICKETS YOU HAVE TO FIND >> WHEN YOU’RE RACING IN YOUR HOMETOWN, YOU FIND COUSINS AND FRIENDS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD BEFORE >> LARRY DIXON, FIRST ROUND OF THE BUD SHOOTOUT, HE SPUN THE TIRES HAD HE A GOOD RACE CAR BUT THE BACK END WASHED OUT AND SMOKED THE TIRES WHICH IS KIND OF SURPRISING WE SEE THAT EVERY NOW AND THEN WE WATCH FULLER THERE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, THE CAR IS LEADING, THE BACK END WASHES OUT THAT WAS RON FULLER’S WIFE, TAMMY AS WE GET READY FOR THIS RUN LARRY DIXON HAS FOND MEMORIES OF THIS PLACE LACK A COUPLE GUYS TODAY, HE CLINCHED A CHAMPIONSHIP HIMSELF HERE IN ’02 >> BOY, DID YOU SEA THAT FROM THE AIRSHIP? ROD FULLER GOES 4.52 YOU CAN SEE THE DEFERENCE THAT WAS THE QUICKEST RUN OF THE SESSION LARRY DIXON WILL BE DISAPPOINTED WITH A 4.67 THAT SHOWS YOU JUST HOW MUCH DIFFERENCE THERE IS IN THOSE TWO ELAPSED TIMES >> THAT WAS A SITUATION, I COULDN’T TELL, IT WAS ALMOST LIKE LARRY HAD A CYLINDER OUT WHEN HE HIT THE THROTTLE THAT CAR NEVER WENT ANYWHERE FROM THE GET- FULLER PULLS AWAY NICELY HAD HE ALL EIGHT CYLINDERS >> CYLINDER OUT ON THAT SIDE WHEN HE HIT THE THROTTLE, NEVER PICKED IT UP, ALL THE WAY DOWN THE RACETRACK STILL RUNS A 4.67 ON SEVEN CYLINDERS >> AS YOU GET A LOOK AT THE RUN, THERE IT IS, IT NEVER DID COME BACK YOU CAN’T RUN ON SEVEN OF THESE THINGS THAT MEANS YOU’RE SHORT FULLER, 4.52 WITH A FIVE DOUG HERBERT, BRANDON, COREY AND DOUG KALITTA LET’S GO TO GARY >> YOUR HOMETOWN, RUN A 4.52 PRETTY GOOD WHAT’S IT LIKE RUNNING HERE IN FRONT OF THE FAMILY, THE FRIENDS AND THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO BOOST YOU AND THIS TEAM >> IT’S AMAZING, WE WERE HERE LAST APRIL NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW ME NOW THIS TIME COMING BACK, YOU KNOW, AN EVENT CHAMPION, THE TOP FUEL, MAN, WE HAVE SO MANY NEW FANS AND FAMILY HERE IT’S UNBELIEVABLE I’VE TALKED TO SO MUCH, I LOST MY VOICE GREAT PEOPLE HELPING US, VALVOLINE, 84 LUMBER >> DID YOU BET ON YOURSELF? >> NO I DON’T DO THAT KIND OF STUFF BUT I SURE LIKE THEM ODDS >> GO GET THEM >> THANK YOU >> HERE IS THE CROWD AT LAS VEGAS THERE’S MELANIE TROXEL SHE’S OVER IN THAT LEFT LANE MELANIE, EQUALLING HER CAREER BEST QUALIFYING EFFORT FROM HER LAST RACE IN DALLAS SHE’S IN THE NUMBER TWO SPOT AND DOES HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF GOING TO NUMBER ONE >> SHE QUALIFIED NUMBER TWO IN TEXAS, SHE RAN A 4.45 THE CAR HAS THE HORSE POWER, A LITTLE BIT OF ALTITUDE HERE,

IT’S HARDER TO RUN THE BIG NUMBERS BECAUSE YOU DON’T QUITE MAKE THE HORSE POWER THE SUPERCHARGER CAN COMPENSATE FOR SOME OF THAT, BUT IT TAKES THE HORSE POWER TO RUN THE SUPERCHARGER HARDER TO PRODUCE THATCH AIR >> WAYNE DUPUIS WAS HELPING BROTHER JIM LET’S SEE HOW THINGS ARE GOING >> AND A 4.50 ELAPSED TIME FOR MORGAN 322 MILES AN HOUR THAT’S THE QUICKEST RUN OF THIS FINAL SESSION YOU SAW MELANIE HAVE TO GET OUT TV SHE’LL STAY MORGAN GOES TO POINT AT 4.50 SECONDS I FORGOT ABOUT THAT 4.49 DID NOT COUNT FROM THE EARLIER SESSION >> THEY ONLY COUNT TWO RUNS IN THE BUD SHOOTOUT, THE FIRST ROUNDANT FINAL ROUND TOWARDS QUALIFYING THE SEMIFINAL DOES NOT COUNT MORGAN LUCAS RUNS THE 4.50 FOR THE TIME BEING, HE’S YOUR NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER >> SO NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT CLEARED UP FOR YOU, EVEN WE CAN GET CONFUSED úp@ >> WELCOME BACK TO THE ACDELCO LAS VEGAS NATIONALS IF YOU’RE JUST TUNING IN, WE WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO MOMENTS THAT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO SHOW YOU OR MAYBE YOU MISSED THIS IS THE PARADE AS TONY SCHUMACHER COMES DOWN TRACKSIDE AFTER WINNING THE $100,000 BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT HE HAD NEVER DONE IT BEFORE AND FOR TONY, HE HAS ALREADY PICKED UP $500,000 THIS WEEKEND HERE WAS THE RUN WHERE HE HAD TO PEDAL, MIKE >> HE GETS TO THE FINISH LINE, JUST AHEAD OF SCOTT KALITTA >> IT PROBABLY COST HIM THE POLE POSITION THIS DID COUNT TOWARD QUALIFYING TAKE A LOOK MORGAN LUCAS HAS HIS SECOND CAREER POLE THERE’S TONY IN THE NUMBER TWO SPOT BRANDON BERNSTEIN, TROXEL AND DOUG HERBERT IN THE NUMBER SIX LET’S CHECK IN WITH DAVE RIEFF >> THE NHRA VERSION OF THE HAIL MARRY PASS, DAVE DUPUIS YOU’VE ACTUALLY BLOCKED TONY SCHUMACHER FROM TAKING ALL THE MONEY SO FAR HOW DOES IT FEEL? >> WELL, WE PRETTY MUCH HELD OFF A SHUTOUT, SO WE’RE DOING PRETTY GOOD WE HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR FOR TOMORROW ON THE RED LIGHT THIS MORNING, THAT’S ACTUALLY THE RUN IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE ON THE CAR’S GREAT IT REALLY IS THE GUYS, THEY CAN’T STOP WORKING CAN’T BE MORE PROUD OF HIM >> JIMMY, HAS ANYTHING COME TO LIGHT AS FAR AS YOUR FUTURE? YOU’RE IN THE HOME OF DOUG DAVENPORT, THE TIES TAKING OVER THE TEAM PLANS? >> NOT REALLY WE’RE STILL KEEPING OUR OPTIONS OPEN WE’RE DOING GOOD WE WANT TO STAY TOGETHER AS A GROUP OBVIOUSLY I CAN’T MAKE IT WITHOUT THEM WE ARE KEEPING OUR OPTIONS OPEN AND SEE WHAT COMES ACROSS OUR WAY >> NOW LET YOU GUYS CELEBRATE NICE JOB, GUYS >> IT WAS A NICE JOB CONGRATULATIONS AS WELL AS WE COME BACKTRACKSIDE THE SUN CONTINUES TO SET, THE TRACK TEMPERATURES CONTINUES TO GO DOWN WE HAVE OUR QUICKEST FUNNY CAR FIELD EVER THE BUMP SPOT IS 4.834 THERE’S THE TRACK TEMPERATURE AND ONE GUY WHO’S NOT IN IS BOB BILL GERTSON HE’S IN THE LEFT LANE HE’LL BE ALONGSIDE TIM WILKERSON >> SO THE BURNOUTS ARE COMPLETE LET’S TAKE YOU BACK TO A FEW MOMENTS AGO LET’S CHECK IN WITH TONY BARITONE BARTONE BUMPS HIS WAY IN, 4.9 SECONDS PHIL BURKART COMES CAN UP HE RUNS 4.80 TWO GUYS THAT MOVE INTO THE FIELD, BUMP OUT A COUPLE NAMED BOB GILBERTSON, JIM HEAD HERE’S THE WEATHER >> IT’S COOLING OFF AS THE SUN GOES DOWN HERE’S THE KEY, THE TRACK TEMPERATURE THE TRACK WILL BE TIGHT AND IT

WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE MUCH MORE HORSEPOWER AND CLUTCH APPLICATION TO GET THE CARS DOWN THE TRACK TRICKER >> THE FAR END THE RACETRACK, LAS VEGAS, THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS I’D LIKE TO BE THE GUY THAT OWNS THE LIGHTBULB CONCESSION IN THIS TOWN WHAT DO YOU THINK, MAKE A FEW BUCKS? >> ONE OR TWO, PROBABLY >> OKAY WILKERSON, GILBERTSON, THERE YOU SEE TIM’S BEST NUMBERS HE’S HAD TWO RUNS AT 4.8 AND HE ALSO HAD A 5.31 WHERE HE HAD SOME PROBLEMS >> BOB GILBERTSON RAN A 4.83, BUT DID THAT IN THE FIRST SESSION HE STRUGGLED THE PREVIOUS TWO SESSIONS HE NEEDS TO GET THIS HOOKED UP AND TRY TO GET THIS THING IN THE SHOW HE’S HAD SOME GOOD RUNS, GOOD EARLY NUMBERS BUT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO PUT IT TOGETHER TO GET THAT RUN RIGHT NOW HE’S HOPING HE CAN DO THAT OH! HUGE EXPLOSION FOR GILBERTSON HE GETS THE CHUTES OUT AND THE FIRE QUICKLY EXTINGUISHES YOU SAW THE BURST PANEL BOB LOOKS TO BE OKAY, BUT, BOY, IT JUST ERUPTED AND THAT’S A SHAME BECAUSE I THINK HE WOULD HAVE GOT IN THE SHOW ON THAT RUN HE HAD SOME GOOD EARLY NUMBERS THIS IS THE THING THEY HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THEY’VE BEEN ABLE TO GET THE CAR TO LAUNCH WELL BUT THEY’VE HAD TROUBLE GETTING IT TO GO THE ENTIRE QUARTER MILE THIS ONE PROBABLY MORE DIFFICULT THAN MOST BECAUSE THEY BLOW IT UP YOU SAW TIM WILKERSON ALSO THAT GOT OUT OF THE GROOVE THE TIRES WENT UP IN SMOKE HE WILL STAY IN THE NUMBER 15 SPOT >> YES, TIM WILKERSON DROVE THROUGH THE CENTER LANE GILBERTSON STARTED TO GO TOWARDS THE CENTER LINE AS SOON AS IT DID, THAT THING DID EXPLODE HE WAS STUCK IN THE DRIVE HE’S RUN 260, THE CAR MOVES OVER RIGHT THERE I DON’T KNOW IF IT STARTED SPINNING THE TIRES IT LOOKED LIKE THE HEADER PIPES WHEN THE DOWN BEFORE IT ERUPTED TOUGH BREAK HE WAS GOING 260 MILES AN HOUR AND HAD GOOD EARLY NUMBERS HAD HE BEEN ABLE TO CARRY THAT TOWARD THE OTHER END, HE MIGHT HAVE GOT IN THE SHOW >> THERE IT IS IS RIGHT THERE AS YOU SEE THE BURST PANEL COME OFF, THE FLAMES QUICKLY EXTINGUISH, THOUGH >> I THINK WHAT HELPED, BOB FELT THAT THING, SAW THE HEADER FLAMES GO DOWN BEFORE THE BIG EXPLOSION SO, YOU KNOW, HE MIGHT HAVE FELT THAT THING GOING AND KEPT IT FROM REALLY BEING BIGGER THAN IT WAS >> ALL RIGHT LET’S CHECK IN WITH GARY HE’S WITH BOB GILBERTSON >> HE TAKES A COUPLE OF DEEP BREATHS HOW HOT DID IT GOT IN THERE? >> IT WHACKED MY AIR THERE, I PULLED THE FIRE BOTTLES I WAS TRUCKING ALONG REALLY FAST AND BLEW UP THESE THINGS ARE TEMPERAMENTAL BUT PRESTONE, ALL OF MY BACKERS HAVE TO SEND US MORE MONEY TO GET HER FIXED AND GO ON TO PAMONA >> GLAD YOU’RE ALL RIGHT IN THIS SITUATION >> APPRECIATE IT THANKS A LOT >> RON CAPPS WILL BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU, THE BOTTOM HALF IS NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO GET UP THERE? >> IT’S HUGE RIGHT NOW WE’RE LOVING THIS IT’S PUSHED EVERYTHING BACK TO END IN ALMOST A NIGHT SESSION THIS IS IDEAL WEATHER RIGHT NOW IT’S COOLING DOWN ACE HAS AUR QUALIFIER AND 69 TUNEUP IN IT, WHICH SHOULD RUN BETWEEN A 72 TO 75 IT’S COMING TO US IS WHAT’S HAPPENING WE’RE CHECKING ON THIS, WE HAVE THE LADDER ON THE BACK WE’RE HOPING EVERY ROUND THAT GOES BY, WE KEEP SEEING THE LADDER YOU LIKE TO SEE THE NIGHT COMING ALONG BECAUSE WE’RE NOT QUALIFYING WE NEED TO MOVE UP >> READ THROUGH THE LINES, HE’S COUNTING EVERY POINT >> ALL RIGHT LET’S GO BACK ONE MORE TIME YOU NOTICE SOMETHING >> YOU HEARD BOB MENTION IT WAS A FLASH FIRE THAT TELLS ME THAT PROBABLY THERE WAS A PROBLEM, EITHER IT DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH FUEL DELIVERY, RAN OUT OF FUEL OR AN IGNITION PROBLEM TOUGH BREAK BECAUSE THE CAR WAS ON A DECENT PASS >> WELL, AS YOU SEE, THE SUN CONTINUES TO SET OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET IT IS IT WAS SPECTACULAR LAST NIGHT AS WELL THEY’RE WORKING ON CLEANING UP THE TRACK THAT’S THE BIG MILE AND A HALF SPEEDWAY OVER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR RACETRACK >> WE HAVE 14 CHAMPIONSHIPS

OVERALL BOTTOM LINE, THE COMPETITION IS THE BEST I’VE EVER SEEN AND WE’RE GOING TO GIVE IT A RUN FOR OUR MONEY >> IT MEANS A LOT, ANY TIME YOU CAN SHOW UP AND BATTLE FOR ASHIPSHIP IN FUNNY CAR, IT MEANS A LOT >> AND AS THE SUN CONTINUES TO SET HERE IN LAS VEGAS, WE’RE INTO FINAL QUALIFYING FOR FUNNY CAR AS CRUZ PEDREGON AND BAZEMORE IS DOWN THERE ALSO HE WAS NUMBER ONE AT THE END OF THE FIRST SESSION, NOW DOWN TO NUMBER 11 IN OUR QUICKEST FUNNY CAR FIELD EVER BACK TO 2003 LAS VEGAS, LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN, WATCH WHAT HAPPENED TO CRUZ YOU THOUGHT BILL BERT SON HAD A PROBLEM >> THIS WAS A BIG EXPLOSION RIGHT ABOUT HERE YOU’RE WISHING YOU WERE IN A TOP FUEL DRAG TER THAT THING BLOWING UP IS NOT A GOOD THING CRUZ WAS SHOOK UP, A FRIGHTENING MOMENT, BUT A LOT MORE THAN WHAT BOB GILBERTSON WENT THROUGH A FEW MOMENTS AGO BOB HAD THE BURST PANEL DO ITS JOB THE WHOLE BODY STAYED INTACT WHIT BAZEMORE HAS QUALIFIED NUMBER 14 HIS BEST IS ONLY A 4.82 >> HE WANTS A STEP UP FROM THAT PERFORMANCE AND TRYING TO GET THE HORSEPOWER TO HOOK UP AND MAKE A GOOD RUN >> I REALIZED WHAT I SAID, 4.82 AND IT’S ONLY GOOD FOR 14th >> OH, TWO GOOD SIDE-BY-SIDE RUNS CRUZ GOES 4.76 SECONDS, RETAKES THE POLE POSITION IT’S BEEN FEAST OR FAMINE FOR THIS TEAM THEY HAVE EITHER BEEN ON POLE OR FAILED TO QUALIFY IN THE LAST FIVE RACES RIGHT NOW, IF THIS HOLES UP BAZEMORE RUNS AGAIN, ANOTHER 4.82 >> CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE TEAM HAVE BEEN GOOD IN THE NIGHTTIME CONDITIONS WHEN THE TRACK’S TIGHT IF IT STICKS, IT RUNS A NUMBER THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED HERE NICE JOB, 4.76 RIGHT NOW, IT’S NUMBER ONE POSITION BAZEMORE, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY WITH THIS, A NICE RUN, 4.82, BUT THEY’RE 14th WITH A 4.82 THEY WERE TRYING TO STEP THIS UP, BUT THE CHANGES THEY MADE DID NOT ACCOMPLISH THAT THEY’LL LOOK EVERYTHING OVER >> ONE THING IS, IT PUTS WHIT BAZEMORE, IF NOTHING CHANGES, UP ALONGSIDE ROBERT HIGHT IN FIRST ROUND, WHICH COULD POTENTIALLY HELP HIS TEAMMATES BACKTRACKSIDE, DOWN ON THE STARTING LINE GET READY FOR WORSHAM AND CAPPS BURNOUTS COMPLETE RON CAPPS, IN THE NUMBER 13 SPOT AGAIN, A 4.81 IS ONLY GOOD ENOUGH FOR NUMBER 13 >> HE TALKED ABOUT NOT CUTTING THIS HAIR UNTIL HE WAS A WINNER AGAIN YOU’RE GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER WHY SO ERRATIC? >> WE’RE TRYING TO GET A CAR THAT WILL WIN I JUST — IT TAKES TIME, YOU KNOW, I REALLY WOULD — IT’S BEEN FRUSTRATING FOR SURE, BUT I’M LEARNING HOW TO BE POSITIVE AND, EVEN THOUGH IT’S HARD, I WANT TO DO SO GOOD AND WIN SO BAD FOR ADVANCE AUTO PARTED, PURELATER, SNAP-ON JUST A CREDIT TO MY TEAM, WE’RE TRYING TO COME OUT SWINGING SORRY ABOUT THE DNQs, BUT ADVANCED AUTO PARTS IS BEHIND ME 100% >> CERTAINLY WAS IF WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE ODDS HERE IN LAS VEGAS OF WHO WILL WIN THE RACE, THERE HAD HE ARE FORCE, 3-1, WORSHAM, 10-1, RON CAPPS, 4-1 >> WHICH ONE DO YOU LIKE? >> I LIKE TONY PEDREGON AT 12-1 >> YOU’RE GOING FOR THE CASH RETURN >> THE BIG MONEY >> HERE WE GO >> OH, MY, CAPPS GOES 4.75 SECONDS LOOK AT ACE HE WANTED THAT ONE HE WANTED THAT ONE SO BADLY HE MOVES INTO THE NUMBER ONE SPOT HE’S GOING TO BE GUARANTEED OF A TOP HALF POSITION, EVEN IF THAT DOES NOT HOLD UP THAT’S WHAT HE WANTED TO SLAP DOWN RIGHT NOW IN A CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE >> YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT UNLIKE HIS TEAMMATE BEFORE, WHO WAS TRYING TO STEP UP, McCOLLOUGH WAS ABLE TO DO IT THEY PUT THE POWER AND CLUTCH TO

IT THAT THING CARRIED IT ON TO A 4.75, 323 MILES AN HOUR CURRENTLY YOUR NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER >> THERE YOU ARE RIDING ON BOARD THAT’S HOW DARK IT IS WATCH THE REACTION AT THE OTHER END THEY’RE SAYING NOT ENOUGH DALE WORSHAM, A 4.80 FLAT AND YOU’RE ONLY GOOD ENOUGH FOR NUMBER TEN LOOK AT RON TOP HALF OF THE FIELD, YOU HAVE TO RUN A 4.78 FOLKS, YOU’RE SEEING AMAZING PERFORMANCE JOHN FORCE COMING TO THE LINE RIGHT NOW AND AS HE COMPLETES THE BURNOUT, IT WILL TAKE HIM A WHILE TO GET BACK LET’S COMPLETE OUR FINAL REPORT FROM THE ACDELCO PITS DAVE RIEFF? >> CLEAN THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAILER HEY, GUYS, I’M DONE CLEANING THE TRAILER >> DAVE, IS THAT A NOTE THEY LEFT FOR YOU? SEE IT RIGHT THERE >> LET ME CHECK IT OUT YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME >> WHAT NOW? >> DO THE TIRES NOW >> AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHICH CAN YOU HAVE TO USE >> I DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY WANT I HOPE THE MAX CLEAN WORKS FOR THEM THIS HONORARY STUFF’S TOUGH JEEZ >> WE’RE PROUD OF YOU, THOUGH YOU HAVEN’T CALLED IT QUITS >> WAP WAX ON, WAX OFF >> YOU’RE DOING GOOD, MR. MIOGY >> JOHN FORCE IN THE NUMBER 13 POSITION THIS IS THE QUICKEST SPLIT WE’VE EVER SEEN AT 4.73 RIGHT NOW THE SPLIT IS AT 4.78 BUT THIS IS BY FAR OUR QUICKEST FIELD AND JOHN WANTS TO MOVE INTO THE TOP YOU BETTER BELIEVE AUSTIN’S GOING FOR IT HE WANTS TO HAVE LANE CHOICE FIRST ROUND >> NO QUESTION ABOUT IT LANE CHOICE, IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE A BIG DEAL BUT YOU WANT TO HAVE IT IN CASE THERE IS SOMETHING TO SEE THEY’RE GOING TO GO FOR IT RIGHT NOW >> FRANK PEDREGON WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE OTHER LANE HE DECIDED NOT TO RUN 4.76 JOHN IS IN THE TOP HALF HE’S IN THE NUMBER FOUR POSITION SO RIGHT NOW, IT WOULD BE PHIL BURKHART UP AGAINST JOHN FORCE OH, IF YOU HAD FOLLOWED THE SPORT, BURKHART HAS BEEN THE GIANT KILLER THIS YEAR IN FIRST ROUND COMPETITION AND HE HAS BEATEN FORCE THIS YEAR WE HAVE TO TAKE A COMMERCIAL BREAK >> BACK HERE AT FINAL QUALIFYING IN FUNNY CAR GET READY, GARY SCELZI, NUMBER SIX IN THE ORDER, MIKE ASHLEY IN THE RIGHT LANE WE’VE ALREADY SEEN WHAT RON CAPPS AND JOHN FORCE HAVE DONE HERE WE GO AND SCELZI GOES 4.74 AND A 4.78 FOR ASHLEY TRACK RECORD, ELAPSED TIME FOR GARY SCELZI 325 MILES AN HOUR HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE POOR ASHLEY? HE’S RUNS A 4 PTD 78 AND HE’S STILL NUMBER TEN >> THAT WAS A GREAT RUN BY THE TEAM WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT NEFF AND SCELZI THAT THING IS RUNNING GOOD THEY SEEM TO BE ABLE TO STEP UP WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT AND THE TIME WAS EXCELLENT, THE CONDITIONS WERE GREAT THEY THREW EVERYTHING AT IT, MADE A GREAT RUN CURRENTLY, THEY’RE THE NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER >> TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT IT >> THIS LOOKS PRETTY ALL EIGHT CYLINDERS LIT GARY DID HIS JOB OF KEEPING THAT THING IN THE CENTER OF THE RACETRACK HE KEPT IT STUCK DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE LANE AND DID HIS JOB >> TAKE A LOOK AT AT REACTION JOHN FORCEAND SCELZI ARE ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE LADDER LET’S GO TO THE FAR END >> AT THE MOMENT YOU’RE ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE LADDER GOOD OREGON BAD FOR YOU? >> NOTHING’S BAD FOR ME TOMORROW THE FIRST ROUND COULD BE BAD FOR ME TONIGHT, NOTHING MATTERS RAIN WILL COME TOMORROW, HEAT WAVE, EARTHQUAKE, CAP SI I AIN’T THINKING ABOUT NOTHING TILL TOMORROW >> WAIT A MINUTE WAIT A MINUTE >> I’VE BEEN AN ANGEL LATELY >> WE NEED YOU TO BE AN ANGEL ALL THE TIME YOU’RE ALL RIGHT, JOHNNY >> AGAIN? >> RON CAPPS >> I’M PAYING YOUR FINE RIGHT NOW THAT WAS ME

I GOT IT COVERED >> THAT AIN’T A BAD WORD! >> WHEN YOU THROW DOWN A GOOD ROUND LIKE THAT, WAS THAT A STATEMENT FOR YOU OR THE REST OF YOUR TEAM? >> IT WAS ACE MAKING A STATEMENT WE’RE IN A HIGH DESERT WE KNEW IT WOULD BE SLOWER THAN 69 EVERYBODY’S TRYING TO BUILD POWER LIKE FORCE SAID, IT RATTLED HARD AND IT TOOK OFF SCELZI GOT AROUND US FOR NUMBER ONE THAT’S OKAY IT WILL BE FUN, MAN, ALL THE WAY TO THE END >> HERE COMES SCELZI WE’RE GOING TO TALK TO HIM WHEN WE GET BACK AFTER THE BREAK >> WE’RE GETTING READY FOR MEDLEN IN THE RIGHT LANE AND ROBERT HIGHT NEITHER ONE WILL BE HAPPY THEY’LL STAY SIXTH AND EIGHTH RESPECTIVELY AND THEIR LONG-SHOT TITLE HOPES GET EVEN LONGER LET’S GO TO THE FAR END AND TALK TO GARY SCELZI YOU GUYS HAVE SO MUCH FUN CONSEQUENTLY WE HAVE SO MUCH FUN WITH TELEVISION I KNOW, THIS IS CUT YOUR THROAT TIME IN TERMS OF COMPETITION IS THIS ALL A CHARADE? >> MY CREW CHIEF, I LOVE HIM TO DEATH HE MODE THE MOPAR RUN ON MEAN HE’S NORMALLY FIDDLING WITH THE VALVES IT HAD EVERYTHING IN IT BUT THE KITCHEN SINK I THINK THERE’S A SINK IN THIS THING RIGHT NOW OAKLEY, DODGE, MOPAR, WE LOVE YOU JEEZ LOUISE, THIS IS SERIOUS TONIGHT >> A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME TOMORROW PLEASE STAY TUNED >> THE QUESTION STILL REMAINS, WHO GETS THE POLE HERE’S TONY PEDREGON, JOHNSON OVER IN THE LEFT LANE FINAL RUN OF THE DAY OR SHOULD I SAY NIGHT? >> 4.76 WILL NOT DO IT AND A 4.78 WON’T DO IT AS WELL GARY SCELZI WILL HAVE HIS POLE IT BREAKS HIS TIE WITH GREG ANDERSON GREG GOT HIS POLE EARLIER, TYING GARY GARY’S BACK AND AHEAD OF GREG WITH HIS 41st CAREER POLE AND CONGRATULATIONS AS WE TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THIS FINAL RUN >> I DON’T THINK ANYBODY WILL BE DISAPPOINTED WITH THESE RUNS TONY PEDREGON DOES A NICE JOB THAT THING WAS RUN AT 326 MILES AN HOUR >> TAKE A LOOK AT THE MATCHUP, SCELZI AND FORCE CAN MEET IN THE SEMIFINALS THAT’S THE ONLY TWO YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ON THE OTHER SIDE, RON CAPPS, HE HAS A DATE WITH HIGHT POTENTIALLY IN ROUND NUMBER TWO IT WILL BE A FANTASTIC RACE DAY AS WE’LL BE WITH YOU AGAIN TOMORROW AT 8:00 EASTERN Captions by VITAC