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NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville, FL
(March 17-20)

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NHRA Gatornationals

Team Reports
News and notes from NHRA's Pro teams at the NHRA Gatornationals. These reports will be updated and new ones added as they become available.

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Sunday
Brandon Bernstein: Disappointing outing for Bud team
Clay Millican: Millican makes first semifinal appearance of season
Cory McClenathan: Cory Mac advances to semifinals
Dave Grubnic: Polesitter falls in second round
Doug Herbert: Herbert stays busy in Gainesville
Doug Kalitta: Kalitta scores first 2005 win
Larry Dixon: Dixon races to runner-up finish
Morgan Lucas: Lucas advances to second position in points
Rod Fuller: Gatornationals a learning experience for Fuller
Scott Kalitta: Scott out in the first round
Scott Weis: Weis has a close call in round one
Tony Schumacher: Schumacher drops second round race, retains points lead

Saturday
Clay Millican: Millican qualifies 8th
Cory McClenathan: Cory Mac first car to break 330-mph barrier at Gainesville
Dave Grubnic: Grubnic qualifies No. 1
David Baca: Baca's 4.669-second run puts him 12th
Doug Kalitta: Event sponsor's flagship will start second
Larry Dixon: Dixon uses consistent tune-up for strong qualifying effort
Morgan Lucas: Lucas qualifies sixth for special guest
Scott Kalitta: Former national champ will start ninth
Scott Weis: Team rallies to qualify 10th
Tony Schumacher: Schumacher sprints into field on last run

Friday
Doug Herbert: Herbert has No. 9 spot; looking to move up Saturday
Larry Dixon: Dixon powers to No. 4 spot
Scott Weis: Weis struggles under unseasonably cool temperatures.
Tony Schumacher: Schumacher 12th after day one

Pre-race
Brandon Bernstein: Bernstein and Gainesville synonymous in drag racing history
Clay Millican: Millican preps for G-ville
Cory McClenathan: Cory Mac hopes to jump start Fram dragster
Dave Grubnic: Grubnic hoping for one more round at Gators
David Baca: Running consistently quicker is Baca's goal
Doug Herbert: Herbert ready for blazing E.T.s and speeds
Doug Kalitta: Kalitta pimped out and ready
Larry Dixon: Dixon recalls early memories of Gainesville Raceway
Morgan Lucas: Lucas just seven points from championship lead
Rod Fuller: David Powers Motorsports makes its way to Gainesville
Scott Kalitta: Revenge on Kalitta's mind in Gainesville
Scott Weis: Weis looks to improve on last year’s stellar performance
Tony Schumacher: Schumacher looks for two in a row

Sunday
Bob Gilbertson: Gilbertson scores runner-up, moves into 4th
Cruz Pedregon: First-round knockout does not curb enthusiasm
Del Worsham: Worsham gets better, back into top 10
Eric Medlen: Second-round finish keeps Medlen in sixth
Gary Scelzi: Scelzi ramps it up, goes to semifinal round
Jeff Arend: Arend gets first round-win of season
John Force: Broken input shaft halts Force in semi's
Robert Hight: Low qualifier goes out in second round
Ron Capps: Capps eliminated by teammate Scelzi in first round
Tim Wilkerson: Wilkerson sees promise
Tommy Johnson: Johnson Jr. drives to first-round finish
Tony Bartone: Bartone drops close first-round race
Tony Pedregon: Tire problem cuts ‘Q’ Racing’s day short
Whit Bazemore: Bazemore wins first Gators, moves into points lead

Saturday
Cruz Pedregon: Cruz takes aggressive approach, winds up ninth
Del Worsham: Worsham lands solidly in the No. 4 spot
Gary Densham: Densham squad making strides after Gainesville lessons
Gary Scelzi: Scelzi claims fifth
Jeff Arend: Arend qualifies in the 15th spot
Phil Burkart: Burkart surprisingly DNQs
Ron Capps: Capps qualifies 12th
Tim Wilkerson: Wilkerson qualified No. 15
Tommy Johnson: Johnson Jr. completes qualifying in No. 6 spot
Tony Bartone: Bartone’s good fortune continues
Tony Pedregon: Pedregon in top half of field for third straight race
Whit Bazemore: Bazemore picks up No. 8 spot

Friday
Cruz Pedregon: Cruz Pedregon qualifies in top half of the field
Del Worsham: Worsham lands No. 3 after two
Phil Burkart: Burkart shakes, rattles, and rolls to 13th spot
Tim Wilkerson: Cold weather affects Wilkerson
Tommy Johnson: Johnson Jr. sits 11th after Friday qualifying
Tony Pedregon: Tony Pedregon qualifies eighth in chilly Gainesville

Pre-race
Bob Gilbertson: Gilbertson can't wait to get back on track
Cruz Pedregon: Art and character come together at Gainesville
Del Worsham: Defending champ heads to gator country on a mission
Eric Medlen: Medlen looking for less drama as series moves to Gainesville
Gary Densham: Densham teaching Racebricks team about the Gatornationals
Gary Scelzi: Scelzi seeks one of his career goals
Jeff Arend: Arend returns to track where he made his debut
John Force: Force focuses on getting points lead
Phil Burkart: Points leader living in the moment, looking to the future
Robert Hight: Hight an unknown quantity in Auto Club Ford
Ron Capps: Capps looking for first win in Gainesville
Tim Wilkerson: Wilkerson looks for a return of the old
Tommy Johnson: Johnson Jr. hopes to return to winning ways
Tony Pedregon: Past victories are good, but the goal is to win ‘today’
Whit Bazemore: Bazemore thinks his Gainesville record is safe

Sunday
Erica Enders: Enders ready for homecoming in Houston
Greg Anderson: Anderson pleased with rebound, Line's win
Jason Line: Line collects fifth career win
Jeg Coughlin: Fast car doesn't carry Coughlin to victory
Jim Yates: Yates runs career-best numbers, reaches semifinals, third in points
Ken Koretsky: Koretsky runs quickest elapsed time
Richie Stevens: Stevens goes to second round
Warren Johnson: WJ powers to the semifinals

Saturday
Greg Anderson: Anderson grabs No. 1, national records
Jeg Coughlin: Jeg adds anxiety to Gatornationals equation
Jim Yates: Yates runs quickest time of career, qualifies seventh
Ken Koretsky: Ideal conditions help put Nitro Fish Dodge third
Kurt Johnson: K.J. qualifies fifth
Richie Stevens: In a squeaker, Stevens makes it into field in final session
Warren Johnson: WJ picks up the pace, starts ninth

Friday
Erica Enders: Enders enjoying first pro visit to Gainesville
Jeg Coughlin: Jeg in the mix, but wants to improve
Kurt Johnson: KJ rides career bests to fourth position

Pre-race
Allen Johnson: Mopar's Johnson ready to roll
Erica Enders: Enders ready to take next step at historic Gatornationals
Jeg Coughlin: Gatornationals a special race for Coughlin
Jim Yates: Yates' impressive performances make him title contender
Ken Koretsky: Koretsky looking for reversal of fortunes
Kurt Johnson: Johnson preps for perfect performance
Larry Morgan: Team 'fine tunes' with engine treatment, clutch work
Mark Pawuk: Pawuk will have new power in Gainesville
Richie Stevens: Stevens on a high heading to Gainesville
Warren Johnson: W.J. and the Gators have come a long way together


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