Countdown to 1 fields set in Indy, points reset for playoffs
Pedregon cruises to first career Showdown title
Krawiec grabs first title in Ringers Pro Bike Battle final
USA Today, NSSN, RACER: Big ink for The Big Go
NHRA honors Forrest and Charlotte Lucas at Indy
Glidden to be honored as winningest driver at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Smith cranking it up as Countdown regular season ends
Coughlin wants to keep Countdown momentum going with Indy victory
Female rider Thompson will make Pro Stock Motorcycle debut in Indy
New top-end safety system at O’Reilly Raceway Park
NHRA Mopar Hemi Challenge on tap Friday in Indy
KB Racing to field Wilson Manifolds Pro Stocker in Indy
Kalitta knows he needs to do well in Indy to make the Countdown to 1
Force leads Showdown qualifiers in pursuit of $100,000 prize in Indy
Ellis leads competitors in Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle
Ashley Force will field pink rookie-of-the-year car in Indy
Mail from Home program featured on Valvoline/MTS Dodge in Indy
NHRA contingency sponsor treasure hunt at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Treble will ride second Schumacher Racing Suzuki
Fields set for U.S. Smokeless Showdown, Ringers Pro Bike Battle
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  • O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indy

  • Top Fuel

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  • Top Alcohol Dragster

  • Top Alcohol Funny Car

  • Competition

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  • Stock

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    Monday, September 01, 2008

    It's over ... for now

    Well, the 2008 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is complete, joining its 53 predecessors in the record books, and the race certainly lived up to the pre-race billing it gets. The addition of the Countdown to 1 implications only ratcheted up the pressure, even though most of the berths were already locked up.

    Thanks for following along with the staff through these blogs. I hope you've enjoyed them over the last few days and that they added to your U.S. Nationals experience here on NHRA.com. 

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    Monday, September 01, 2008

    Sportsman action on the final day of Indy

    Once pro qualifying ended yesterday and the fields in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle were set, the sportsman racers took over O’Reilly Raceway Park with several rounds of eliminations that ran late into the night. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights.  

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    Monday, September 01, 2008

    Some not-so-well-known Indy traditions

    With more than 50 years of history, there are plenty of traditions at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, and we on the National DRAGSTER staff have some of our own. Though none of those are 50 years old, they are things we make sure we do each year nonetheless. Food is at the center of many of our traditions, but we also have a couple of non-food "traditions" that have started over the last couple of years. 

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    Monday, September 01, 2008

    Race day happenings

    There is nothing like race day at Indy. It’s nonstop with storylines in every class and championship pictures unfolding in the Sportsman categories. Marquee matchups are a dime a dozen. At the U.S. Nationals, even the losers stick around and become fans until the race draws to a conclusion. 

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    Schumacher claims seventh Indy win; Hight, Connolly, S. Johnson also score
    With his seventh Top Fuel victory at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Tony Schumacher also broke two of his own class records – most consecutive victories and most wins in a season – with a sixth straight and 11th overall and tied legendary Top Fuel racer Joe Amato as the class' most prolific winner with 52 career titles. Schumacher defeated Doug Kalitta to bring a dramatic end to the 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Robert Hight in Funny Car, Dave Connolly in Pro Stock, and Steve Johnson in Pro Stock Motorcycle each won drag racing's most prestigious event for the second time in their respective careers. Hight defeated Jack Beckman, Connolly took out Larry Morgan, and Johnson aced Andrew Hines.
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    Dramatic final qualifying sessions set fields for Monday's final eliminations
    Qualifying for the 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals wrapped up in a fury of speed and drama Sunday at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, setting the fields for Monday's final eliminations at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' biggest race of the season. Matt Smith (pictured) took over the qualifying lead in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a strong run Sunday morning and Allen Johnson also improved to hold onto his Saturday top spot in Pro Stock. Larry Dixon in Top Fuel and Tony Pedregon in Funny Car also held onto their Saturday lead as the nitro cars struggled as a group and improvements were few and far between in the heat.
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    Dixon takes Top Fuel lead; Pedregon, A. Johnson, Arana front other fields
    Three-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals winner Larry Dixon (pictured) took control of Top Fuel Saturday, jumping to the head of the field to lead qualifying with two runs remaining Sunday at the 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Reigning NHRA POWERade Funny Car champ Tony Pedregon,who has never won the sport's most prestigious event, leads the fuel coupes, just ahead of his brother, Cruz.

    Allen Johnson and Hector Arana, two other competitors looking not only for their first U.S. Nationals wins but also their first Indy poles, are three-fifths of the way to accomplishing half their goals after finishing Saturday atop the Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle fields, respectively.
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    McClenathan, Hight, A.J., and Krawiec lead opening-day fields in Indianapolis
    A pair of former Mac Tools U.S. Nationals winners jumped to the head of the pack in Top Fuel and Funny Car with two-time Top Fuel winner Cory McClenathan and 2006 Funny Car winner Robert Hight fronting their fields after Friday’s single qualifying session at the 54th annual Big Go at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Hight (pictured) and the other low qualifiers will have to survive four more qualifying runs over the next two days to claim the pole.

    In the Pro Stock classes, Allen Johnson pushed his Dodge Stratus to the top of the car field while Eddie Krawiec leads all challengers in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
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    MONDAY, August 25, 2008
    Pit Parking (all categories) 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
     
    TUESDAY, August 26, 2008
    Registration and Tech Inspection (all categories) 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
     
    WEDNESDAY, August 27, 2008
    Spectator Gates Open 9:00 AM
    Registration and Tech Inspection continues (all categories) 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sportsman Qualifying (SS, STOCK, SG & SC only) 9:00 AM
    Secure Track 6:00 PM
     
    THURSDAY, August 28, 2008
    Spectator Gates Open 7:30 AM
    Registration and Tech Inspection continues (all categories) 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sportsman Qualifying/Eliminations 8:00 AM
    Comp Eliminator Qualifying Sessions (2) 1:30 PM & 4:00 PM
    Secure Track 7:00 PM
     
    FRIDAY, August 29, 2008
    Spectator Gates Open 7:00 AM
    Final Registration and Tech Inspection (Pro's, TAD/TAFC & Comp only) 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Sportsman Eliminations 7:30 AM
    Mopar HEMI Challenge  
    Comp Eliminator Qualifying Sessions (2) 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
    TAD/TAFC Qualifying Sessions (2) 12:00 PM & 3:30 PM
    Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Motorcycle / PS Car) 5:15 PM
    Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car / Top Fuel Dragster) 6:30 PM
    Pro Mod Qualifying 8:00 PM
    Secure Track 8:30 PM
     
    SATURDAY, August 30, 2008
    Spectator Gates Open 7:00 AM
    Sportsman Eliminations 7:30 AM
    Comp Eliminator - Round 1 10:00 AM
    TAD/TAFC Qualifying Session 11:00 AM
    Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Car) 12:00 PM
    Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle Introductions 12:45 PM
    Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle - Round 1 1:15 PM
    Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Motorcycle) 1:25 PM
    Nitro Qualifying Session (Top Fuel Dragster / Funny Car) 1:45 PM
    Pro Mod Qualifying Sessions (2) 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
    Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle - Round 2 5:00 PM
    Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Motorcycle / PS Car) 5:05 PM
    Nitro Qualifying Session (Top Fuel Dragster) 6:30 PM
    Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle - Final 7:10 PM
    Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car) 7:15 PM
    Secure Track 8:30 PM
     
    SUNDAY, August 31, 2008
    Spectator Gates Open 7:00 AM
    Sportsman Eliminations 7:30 AM
    Comp Eliminator - Round 2 9:15 AM
    TAD/TAFC Qualifying Session 9:30 AM
    Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Motorcycle / PS Car) 11:00 AM
    U.S. Smokeless Funny Car Showdown Introductions 12:00 PM
    U.S. Smokeless Funny Car Showdown - Round 1 12:30 PM
    Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car / Top Fuel Dragster) 12:45 PM
    Pro Mod Qualifying 2:00 PM
    Pro Stock Qualifying Session (PS Motorcycle / PS Car) 2:30 PM
    U.S. Smokeless Funny Car Showdown - Round 2 3:30 PM
    Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car / Top Fuel Dragster) 3:40 PM
    U.S. Smokeless Funny Car Showdown - Final 5:00 PM
    Pro Mod - Round 1 5:10 PM
    TAD/TAFC - Round 1 5:30 PM
    Secure Track 7:00 PM
     
    MONDAY, September 1, 2008
    Spectator Gates Open 7:30 AM
    Pre-Race Ceremonies 9:30 AM
    Final Eliminations 11:00 AM
    Secure Event 4:30 PM