NHRA Pennzoil Nationals Victories Go to Head, Force, and Yates

6 October 1997

The big Top Fuel shootout at the Pennzoil Nationals, Topeka, KS, went 
not to the fastest terminal speed driver, but to the first guy to the 
finish line. Jim Head, Columbus, OH, ran a 4.677 et, 308.53 mph pass to 
beat Cory McLenathan, who had a 4.671, 312.17 run and lost.

Funny Car once again went to John Force, Yorba Linda, CA, in a 
Mustang. Force is now on a roll, points-wise.  Brash John ran a 5.172, 
296.34 mph quarter mile to top Cruz Pedregon who ran/broke  7.002, 127.94.

In Pro Stock, points leader Jim Yates, Firebird, bested Mark Osborne 
with a 6.969 et, 197.28 to Oswald's 7.047, 197.28.

1997 NHRA Points Standings

Top Fuel
1  Gary Scelzi              1546
2  Cory McLenathan          1411
3  Joe Amato                1351
4  Scott Kalitta            1136
5  Kenny Bernstein          1123
Funny Car		    
1  John Force               1603
2  Whit Bazemore            1265
3  Chuck Etchells           1169
4  Tony Pedregon            1120
5  Cruz Pedregon            1048
Pro Stock		    
1  Jim Yates                1753
2  Waren Johnston           1405
3  Kurt Johnson             1371
4  Bruce Allen              1036
5  Steve Schmidt             960

Bill Maloney -- The Auto Channel

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