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>>> IT’S THE CALM BEFORE THE STOFRM AS FANSZ OF THE NHRA FULL THROTTLE DRAG RACING EXPERIENCE HAVE INVADED THE PEACH STATE IT’S TIME TO GET OUR “NHRA RACE DAY” ON ATLANTA, GEORGIA, AKA HOTLANTA THAT, ATL BIG CITY, BUT FOR BIG SPEEDSS AND FAST TIMES, IT’S ATLANTA DRAGWAY, ABOUT AN HOUR NORTHEAST OF THE CITY A PLACE WHERE ASHLEY FORCE HOOD HAD BIG MOMENTS, SYNONYMOUS FIRST FATHER-DAUGHTER MATCHUP, 2007, ASHLEY WINS FIRST FEMALE TO WIN A NATIONAL EVENT EVER ONE YEAR AGO, THAT WAS A GREAT CELEBRATION AND TODAY SHE’S THE NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER AT THE FIRST RACE IN WHICH A FEMALE HAS EVER BEEN A DEFENDING EVENT CHAMP TOP FUEL ROOKIE SPENCER MASSEY, ALSO NUMBER ONE IT’S HIS FIRST TIME AND SECOND RACE IN A ROW THE ROOKIE HAS SNARED THE TOP SPOT ALL OF THE ROOKIES, LANGDON IN TOP FUEL AND HAGEN, PLAYING BIG FROM HOTLANTA THAT CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY ESPN, INC ♪ EARLY IN THE MORNING ♪ ♪ PACK THE TRUCK AND GET SOME FUEL ♪ ♪ THIS TIME I CAN’T WAIT I’M GOING TO WIN BECAUSE THIS GIRL DON’T LIKE TO LOSE ♪ ♪ GOING TO DRIVE LIKE I STOLE IT ♪ ♪ GOING TO LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND ♪ ♪ I’M GOING TO GRAB THE WIND AND FLY RIDING LIKE I STOLE IT ♪♪ >>> THE U.S. ARMY IS MARCHING ALONG ONCE AGAIN AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY MISS AID STEP BUT TONY SCHUMACHER BACK TO BACK, 58 KA WE’RE WINS, SHOCKER, HE’S THE POINTS LEADER LARRY DIXON, COULD HE BECOME THE SIXTH-EVER PERSON TO AMASS 500 CAN REAR ROUND WINS? TO DO THAT HE’LL HAVE TO GET BY CORY McCLENATHAN OR PERHAPS NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER, SPENCER MASSEY IF IT GOES THAT FAST DIXON LOOKING FOR THE WIN, BECAUSE THAT ROOKIE IS THE NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER TORE DON “THE SNAM” PRUDHOMME, SOME STORIES WE’RE FOLLOWING AT THE SOUTHERN NATIONALS, WE WELCOME TO YOU “NHRA RACE DAY” PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL GOOD MORNING, HOW WE DOING? >> THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT HOME AS WELL I’M DAVE REOF A LONGSIDE MIKE DUNN, WHO WAS WON IN TOP FUEL AND FUNNY CAR HERE AND HE’S THE EXPERT AND I HAVE ZERO CAREER WINS THAT’S GOING TO STAY THAT WAY BIG STORY HAS TO BE ASHLEY FORCE SHE’S GOT ALL KINDS OF MOMENTUM, TWO YEARS AGO YOU SAW WHAT HAPPENED, LAST YEAR FIRST WIN, NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER THIS WEEKEND ARE THEY GOING TO GIVE HER THE KEY TO THE CITY IF SHE KEEPS THIS UP? >> IT LOOKS LIKE BUT ATLANTA, VERY TRICKY RACETRACK HERE YOU LOOK AT HER QUALIFYING RUN, NUMBER ONE SPOT ON FRIDAY A 407, PICTURE PERFECT RIGHT DOWN THE RACETRACK A VERY NARROW GROOVE HERE IN ATLANTA VERY TOUGH FOR THESE DRIVERS TO KEEP IT IN THE MIDDLE TAKE A LOOK AT HER RUNS FROM YESTERDAY SEE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN, OFF TO THE RIGHT A BIT AND GETS BIG TIME SIDEWAYS TO WHERE SHES THAT TO LIFT OUT THE THROTTLE FINAL SESSION YESTERDAY SHE CAME BACK, MADE A NICE RUN, 4.11, THIS LOOKED VERY GOOD, HALF TRACK BUT AFTER HALF TRACK SHE HAD HER HANDS FULL SO KEY IS TODAY, GOING TO BE FOR ALL OF THE DRIVERS, NOT JUST ASHLEY THAT NARROW GROOVE AND KEEPING IT DOWN THE CENTER >> I WONDER IF THEY LIKE ASHLEY FORCE HERE IN ATLANTA DRAGWAY? DO THEY? WEIRD GO FIGURE LUCAS OIL RAPID FIRE TIME AND AS WE HIT RACE NUMBER SIX, THAT MEANS AT THE END OF THE TODAY, QUARTER WAY THROUGH THE SEASON SO IT’S THIS TIMEF THE SEASON WE START TALKING ABOUT SOME SURPRISE, WHO DO YOU GOT? >> I THINK FOR THIS SEASON SO FAR IS THE ROOKIE CROP THAT WE HAVE WHAT A GREAT AMOUNT OF ROOKIES AND AMOUNT OF TALENT THAT WE HAVE I MEAN, JUST TAKE A LOOK AT MATT HAGAN, NUMBER TWO IN THE POINTS, FINAL ROUND IN LAS VEGAS, RUNNER-UP AND DOUG HORNE IN PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE, LIKE THIS KING, HE WENT TO THE FINAL IN HIS SECOND CAREER START SHAWN LANGDON, NUMBER ONE QUALIFYING POSITION IN VEGAS A COUPLE OF RACES AGO, I MEAN, I’VE NEVER SEEN SUCH A TOTAL AMOUNT OF QUALITY ROOKIES IN THIS YEAR AND FUN TO WATCH TO SEE WHO GETS IT AT THE END OF THE SEASON

>> CAN’T FORGET ABOUT SPENCER MASSEY, WE’LL HEAR FROM ALL OF THE ROOKIES IN A BIT LET’S ALSO TALK ABOUT WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT THIS SEASON >> WE HAVE TO LOOK TO FUNNY CAR GREAT BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST YEAR BETWEEN RUZ PEDREGON AND KIM WILKERSON, BOTH TEAMS 11th AND 12th, STRUGGLING, NOT EVEN IN THE TOP TEN CRUZ PEDREGON WON LAST THREE RACE OF LAST SEASON TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, ONLY HAS THREE ROUND WINS UP TO POINT BOTH TEERMS GOOD, I DON’T EXPECT THEM TO KEEP STRUGGLE BECAUSE THERE IS A TON OF TALENT IT’S A BIG SURPRISE THEY’VE STRUGGLED THIS MUCH EARLY IN THE SEASON >> MARK MARTIN, LAST NIGHT, GOT RID OF THE WINLESS STREAK, BUT WE HAVE PEOPLE IN OUR SPORT, LONG TIME SINCE THEY’VE WON AS WELL >> BIG NAMES, BRANDON BERNSTEIN, 36 RACES SINCE HE’S WON, SO IT’S A BIG SURPRISE, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW HE HAS A VERY GOOD RACE CAR, A GOOD JOB DRIVING HOW ABOUT JOHN FORCE? 20 RACES SINCE HE WON, 20 RACES SINCE HE’S BEEN INTO A FINAL ROUND HE REALLY NEEDS A WIN AND HOW ABOUT THE PROFESSORS, WARREN JOHNSON, ’06 IN PHOENIX, SINCE HE’S WON A RACE AND HE’S GOT SOME BIG-TIME HORSEPOWER BUT ALL THREE, BIG NAMES NEED A RACE WIN >> PROFESSOR’S LOOKING FOR A GET HEALTHY PLACE COULD BE HERE, NOBODY’S WON PRO STOCK MORE 1993, HE TOOK ON A ROOKIE, HIS SON, KURT JOHNSON, ONE OF HIS FIVE WINS HERE AND HE’S STANDING BY WITH GARY GEROULD >> UGLY DAY THUS FAR BY WARREN IS TELLING ME AND HE LIVES 40 MILES FROM HERE IN SUGAR HILL, GEORGIA THAT IT’S GOING TO GET BETTER SINCE THAT RACE IN ’93 KURT HAS WON 39 NATIONAL EVENTS, WARREN ALL-TIME LEADER WITH 96 WE’VE SEEN YOU STRUGGLE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS BUT WE’VE SEEN PROGRESS, LAST COUPLE OF VEENLTS, WINNING SOME ROUND ANXIOUS OF COURSE A SPEED RECORD BETTER THAN 211 MILE PERCENT HOUR HERE IN QUALIFYING HOW CLOSE DO YOU FEEL YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE TO BEING ABLE TO STRING TOGETHER SOME CONSISTENT SUCCESS ONCE AGAIN? >> WELL, WE’RE RELATIVELY CLOSE BUT YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION RIGHT NOW EVERYBODY IS RELATIVELY CLOSE WE’RE LOOKING AT PROBABLY FIELDS THAT ARE SEPARATED BY MAYBE TWO OR THREE HUNDREDTHS IN THE FUTURE IT’S AWFUL TOUGH OUT THERE, WE MADE PROGRESS, STILL HAVE A BIT TO GO >> FIRST 60 FEET HAS BEEN THE CRITICAL PART FOR THIS TEAM, ONCE THEY GET IT UP TO SPEED, WATCH OUT, THEY’RE HAULING THE MAIL >> THEY LOVE W.J. HERE, TOO, RIGHT? PRO STOCK NEWS AND NOTES, GREG ANDERSON, NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER, 71st TIME, AND THOSE GUYS HAVE QUALIFIED AT ONE OUT OF EVERY TWO SPOTS ON POLE, THAT’S GREAT NUMBERS GREG ANDERSON DID IT DESPITE NOT RUNNING THE NEW CARBURETOR >> A BIT OF CONTROVERSY WITH OTHER TEAMS BASED ON THE ECONOMIC TIMES WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW, A LOT OF TEAMS FEEL THEY DON’T WANT THE EXPENSE OF HAVING TO CONVERT TO THE NEW CARBURETOR IF IT PROVES TO BE A PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGE >> RODGER BROGDON WITH CAGNAZZI RACING, THEIR SPONSOR CHARTER COMMUNICATIONSS AND BIG NEWS — >> CREW CHIEF THERE OVER THERE, FULL-TIME, WATCH OUT TO THIS TEAM >> WE NEED TO TAKE A BREATH AND STEP AWAY WHEN WE RETURN ON “NHRA RACE DAY” PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL, THE ROOKIES, RED HOT ROOKIES, SHAWN LONG DON, NUMBER ONE IN VEGAS, EXPERIENCE MASSEY, NUMBER ONE HERE THIS WEEKEND PLUS CATCH UP WITH THE TEACHER AND THE STUDENT AS RON CAPPS SHAKES THINGS UP WITH MATT HAGAN WHEN WE COME BACK TO ATLANTA OA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? PUT… THE JUG… DOWN PUT IT DOWN THIS ONE’S CHEAPER LISTEN, YOUR ENGINE IS THE LAST PLACE YOU WANT TO SKIMP. RIGHT? YOU WANT TO GO WITH THE LEADER THE ONE AMERICA HAS COUNTED ON FOR OVER 80 YEARS THE KIND YOU CAN PUT IN ANY MAKE OR MODEL >>>ORIGINALLY GRADE AS AN AIRPORT, WE WELCOME FWUK ATLANTA DRAGWAY, NORTHEAST OF ATLANTA, DOWNTOWN ATLANTA, GEORGIA FOR NHRA RACE DAY PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL DON’T WORRY IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT HERE, WE GOT YOU COVERED TONIGHT CONCLUSION OF THE SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT SOUTHERN NATIONALS AND FINALS 7:00 P.M FUNNY CAR DRIVER RON CAPPS LEADS THE POINTS RACE CAN HE RID HIMSELF OF THE BRIDESMAIDS’ CURSE AND BECOME A CHAMPION IF HE GOES THE DISTANCE TODAY HE CAN HELP HIMSELF OUT WE TALKED ABOUT OUR TAL ENTDED GROUP OF ROOKIES, JOINING US NOW, SHAWN LANGDON, TOP FUEL, EQUAL NIER LAS VEGAS TEAMED UP WITH MGAN LUCAS, THIS WEEKEND ANOTHER GOOD START NUMBER EIGHT

TWO-TIME SUPER COMP, YOU LEARNED A LOT OF SKIS ABOUT RACING FROM THEM >> YEAH I GREW UP AROUND RACING, MY DAD RACED IN THE ’80S AND ’90s AND THIS IS MY DREAM AND PASSION, I LOVE TO DO THIS AND GROWING UP THROUGH THE JUNE I CAN’T REMEMBER DRAGSTER AND SUPER COMP AND RACING IN TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER CLASS AND NOW I LIVE MY DREAM RUNNING TOP FUEL CAR >> I GREW UP AROUND THE SPORT I CAN RELATE TO THAT, BUT I REMEMBER MY FIRST DREAM WAS TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE ONE OF THESE AND AFTER THAT YOU START FIGURING WHO YOUR GOALS WERE WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS NOW THAT YOU’RE FINALLY IN A TOP FUEL DRAGSTER? >> THE BIG THING TO ME, I’VE ALWAYS BEEN BIG ON REACTION TIMES MY GOAL AS A DRIVER IS TO TRY TO SHOOT FOR TOP THREE THIS YEAR IN THE REACTION TIME CATEGORY, THAT’S A BIG THING THAT I FEEL LIKE I CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE TEAM OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE GOALS OF BEING IN THE TOP TEN, MAKE THE COUNTDOWN AND GOING FROM THERE, SO WE GOT TO TAKE A COUPLE STEPS BACK, GET ROOKIE DRIVER IN THERE AND GO BACK TO THE BASICSS AND HOPEFULLY I’M NOT HOLDING ANYBODY BACK WE’VE DONE PRETTY WELL IS YEAR FOR OUR STANDARDS AND WHAT WE’VE SET GOALS FOR WE’RE EIGHTH IN POINTS RIGHT NOW SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN CARRY THAT ON AND MAKE THE COUNTDOWN AND GO FROM THERE >> YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED VERY WELL LOOK AT SOME NUMBERS, MORGAN LAST THREE TEAMMATES, THROUGH FIVE RACES AND YOU CAN SEE HE’S ON PAR WITH EVERYONE OF THEM >> ABSOLUTE LIVE QUALIFYING AVERAGE IS UP, WON/LOSS, PRETTY GOOD RECORD FOR A ROOKIE >> HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS HIS DRIVING? >> I LIKE IT I WATCHED, VERY CONSISTENT, VERY SMOOTH, THAT’S THE KEY I LOOK FOR IS THE CONSISTENCY AND SMOOTHNESS >> YEAH, YOU AGREE? >> YEAH THAT’S A BIG THING AND SOMETHING I’VE GROWN UP TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH, ESPECIALLY IN THE SUPER COMP CATEGORY, SUCH TIGHT RACING AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE GOOD LIGHTS AND YOU HAVE TO BE THERE AND THAT’S WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN THE TOP FUEL CLASS AS WELL SO COMPETITIVE AND E.T.s GOING TOWN DO THE THOUSAND-FOOT, BRINGS EVERYTHING IN A BIT MORE TO WHERE A LOT MORE IS DEPENDENT ON THE DRIVERS AND REACTION TIME AND THE CONSIST ENSIFT DRIVER >> WHAT ELSE IS COOL ABOUT TOOP TOP FUEL, NEVER HAD ROOKIES BACK TO BACK AS NUMBER ONE QUALIFIERS, EXPERIENCE MASSEY DID IT THIS WEEKEND, HE’S WITH GARY GEROULD >> HOW ABOUT SPENCER, SIG SIX THE RACE AND HAD SUCCESS AT THIS TRACK IN THE ALCOHOL DRAGSTER HAVING WON HERE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS THAT CONFIDENCE LIFT FROM BEING NUMBER ONE HOW SIGNIFICANT FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR NEW TEAM? >> IT’S SIGNIFICANT IT’S GOOD CONFIDENCE BOOSTER COMING IN HERE I’M USED TO SEEING THE WIN LIGHTS COME ON WHEN I COME HERE WHICH IS NICE AND GETTING NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER THIS TEAM EDED WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A I ROUGH START OF THE SEASON AND WE’RE READY TO DIG OURSELF OUT OF THE HOLE AND 82 IS GOOD NUMBER INNED HEEST THE DAY AND TROY BUFF, GOOD TEXAS NATIVE, I’VE KNOWN TROY FOREVER, I’M FROM DALLAS, HE’S FROM HOUSTON, WE’RE READY TO GET IT ON FIRST ROUND AND WERE FRIENDS BACK IN THE PITS BUT FGS ONCE WE STAGE, GAME’S ON >> THIS TEAM RIGHT HERE TRYING TO PARLAY RAW SPEED INTO ROUND WINS THAT’S THE CHALLENGE TODAY >> SEE HOW THE ROOKIES FARE IN TOP FUEL POINTS YOU SEE SPENCER IN AT THE NUMBER TEN SPOT LOOK HIGHER IN NUMBER EIGHT, THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL FIND SHAWN LANGDON BUT EVERYBODY IS CHASING THAT TONY SCHUMACHER HE LOST THE WINNING TEAM TO ALAN JOHNSON AND AL ANABI RACING BEFORE THE SEASON AND THIS WEEK’S HARLEY DAVIDSON QUARTER MILE PROFILE WE MEET THE NEW TROOPS BEHIND THE SARGE >> I’M TONY SCHUMACHER, DRIVER OF THE U.S. ARMY TOP FUEL DRAGSTER AND THESE ARE MY GUYS >> NEAL, MILLSBORO ILLINOIS >> RYAN McGILVRY H >> TYLER, BOTTOM END AND RAX >> TOM, SILL ENDER HEADS >> BRAD, LEFT SIDE OF THE ENGINE >> MIKE, NAUPS, WHEELS, TIRES, CLUTCH >> RON FREEDMAN, SUPER CHARGERS AND IGNITION >> JOE, PITTSBORO INDIANA CLUTCH AND DRIVE LINE SPECIALIST >> MIKE GREEN, CREW CHIEF OF THE U.S. ARMY TOP FUEL DRAGSTER >> DOING A GOOD JOB INDEED WE TALKED SUPER COMP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, YOU GOT TO GO THROUGH A LOT OF RACES EVERY NATIONAL EVENT TO GET THAT TODAY, YOU RACE DOUG KALITTA, ONE OF THE VETERANS IN THIS SPORT HOW DOES RACING IN SUPER COMP PREPARED TO RACE THE BIG NAMES? THE DOUG KALITTAS, THE TONY SCHUMACHERS? >> ONE ROUND AT A TIME, NOT TO GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF YOURSELF, ONE ROUND AT A TIME AND T TASK AT HAND AND DOUG KALITTA, GOOD DRIVER, BEEN AROUND AT SPORT A LONG TIME, ICON OF THE SPORT AND WE’LL DO THE BEST WE CAN SURREAL FEELING RUNNING GUYS LIKE DOUG KALITTA AND TONY SCHUMACHER AND GUYS LIKE THAT

THAT I GREW UP IDOLIZING AND GREW UP WALKING UP AND DOWN EACH OF THESE ROWS GETTING THEIR AUTOGRAPH DIFFERENT FEELING >> MAKE THE ROOKIE FEEL GOOD, RACES DOUG KALITTA IN ROUND NUMBER ONE SHAWN LANGDON, THANKS FOR JOINING US >> WE’RE ABOUT READY FIRE UP NITRO CARS, WE’LL FIRE UP TOP TWO IN >>> WE’RE ALL GETTING FIRED UP FOR FINAL ELIMINATIONS HERE AT THE NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS, JUST A MOMENT AGO, CORY MAC’S ALARM CLOCK WENT OFF THERE’S NITRO IN THE AIR WE’RE GETTING FIRED UP FOR RACE DAY HOW ABOUT MATT HAGAN? THE ROOKIE, FIRST FULL SEASON, THIS ROOKIE IS SECOND IN POINTS, VERY AGGRESSIVE AND HE WAS THE RUNNER-UP TO RON CAPPS ONE RACE AGO IN LAS VEGAS WE GOT THE LAS VEGAS WINNER, WE GOT THE LAS VEGAS RUNNER-UP ON THE “NHRA RACE DAY” SET SINCE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ROOKIES, WE’LL START WITH YOU, FIRST FULL SEASON, RAN A FEW RACES LAST YEAR, BOY, YOU’VE BEEN REAL IMPRESSIVE HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO BE SO GOOD? >> I TELL YOU WHAT, ALL OF OUR SUCCESS, THE SUCCESS WE’VE HAD THIS YEAR HAS BEEN FROM TOMMY DELAGO, GOOD HANDLE ON THIS CAR AND WE GO OUT THERE AND HE MAKES ALL OF US SHINE I OWE EVERY TO TOMMY >> RON CAPPS, WE TALKBOUT THE PERENNIAL BRIDESMAID, YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD CAR THIS YEAR SO FAR, YOU ATTRIBUTE IT TO THE CHANGE IN ATTITUDE, HOW WILL YOU KEEP THAT MOMENTUM INTO THE COUNTDOWN TO GET THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP? >> YUS WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS YEAR, APPROACHING IT RUN BY RUN AND I READ WHAT YOU WROTE AND YOU WERE RIGHT GAINESVILLE I ROLLED IN THERE TARGET ON OUR BACK, CHANCE TO WIN THREE A ROW AND I GOT COMPLACENT, SO WORRIED ABOUT THE CAR, THE CAR BEING THAT GOOD, HOW GOOD A CARE I HAD TO WIN ANOTHER RACE AND THREE IN A ROW, THAT I FOCUSED MORE ON GETTING THE CAR STAGED THE RIGHT WAY AND JUST EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CAR AND DIDN’T FOCUS ON TRYING TO GET UP THERE AND CUT THE LIGHT LIKE I WANTED TO CUT, OTHERWISE I THINK WE COULD HAVE WON THREE IN A ROW I THINK KEEPING THE MOMENTUM UP APPROACHING ONE RUN AT A TIME LIKE ACE TAUGHT US THIS YEAR >> COMING INTO AN ORG GAGS LIKE DON SCHUMACHER, BECKMAN, CAPPS, HAS TO BE INTIMIDATED TOO? >> IT’S A LITTLE INTIMIDATING BUT HUGE TO HAVE THEM IN YOUR CORNER WHEN YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU CAN GO TO THESE GUYS AND ASK THEM AND THEY’RE RIGHT ON THE BALL AND ANSWER WHAT YOU NEED, THAT MAKES YOU MORE CONFIDENT ON RACE DAY THAT GOES SO MUCH FARTHER IN OUR ORGANIZATION JUST BEING ABLE TO GO TO THOSE GUYS AND ASK THOSE CRITICAL CAN QUESTIONS TO MAKE SURE WE’RE CONFIDENT ON RACE DAY >> I LOVE THIS STORY, TOO, FUNNY CAR SO EXTREME, GO BACK TO WHAT YOU DO AT HOME YOU GUYS GOT A CATTLE RANCH, HAS TO BE SUCH A POLAR OPPOSITE >> IT IS SO INTENSE ON RACE DAY HERE AND DURING THE WEEKEND YOU’RE SO FOCUSED ON KEEPING THE CAR IN THE GROOVE AND MAKING SURE IT GOES DOWN THE RACETRACK YOU GO BACK HOME AND STILL A LOT OF WORK BUT SOME WAY THAT I GET TO RELEASE AND REALLY RELAX OUT THERE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT I NEED FOR THE NEXT WEEK COMING UP >> WE LOOK FORWARD TO ROUND NUMBER ONE OF FUNNY CAR MATT HAGAN HAS CRUZ PEDREGON, RON CAPPS, MIKE SMITH, OTHER GREAT MATCHUPS, TEAMMATE, WILKERSON AND TASCA ROUND NUMBER ONE BUT NOT OUR UPSET ALERT YOU HAVE SOMETHING BETTER >> WE DO IN FUNNY, I HAVE TO GO FOR ASHLEY FORCE AND DEL WORSHAM, HE’S BEEN STRUGGLING BUT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HORSEPOWER I DON’T THINK THEY’LL BACK IT DOWNING TOO MUCH FOR FIRST ROUND MATCHUP WITH ASHLEY, THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO, IF THAT THING HOOKS UP, WATCH OUT >> KEEP IN MIND, NO BETTER RACER FROM THE NUMBER 16 SPOT PROBABLY IN FUNNY CAR THAN DEL WORSHAM WHOSE WON THERE A COUPLE OF TIMES PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE, MATT SMITH LEADS ON THE DON SCHUMACHER SUZUKI, ANDREW HINES NUMBER ONE THIS WEEKEND, THIRD, EDDIE KRAWIEC IS SIX BUT DOUG HORNE, ROOKIE AND HE’S ABOVE THE CHAMP, GARY, GREAT STORY >> GREAT STORY, THIS YOUNG MAN IS NEW TO THIS TYPE OF RACING, A NITRO BRIEK RACER LAST COUPLE OF RACERS BUT COMES IN HERE, QUALIFIES FOURTH IN THE LAST EVENT, GOES TO THE FINALS, LOST TO CRAIG, QUALIFIED FOURTH AGAIN THIS WEEKEND, TURNED A LOT OF HEADS YOU HAVE SURPRISED YOURSELF WITH THIS EARLY SEASON SUCCESS? >> OH, YEAH SURPRISED MYSELF, SURPRISED A BUNCH OF PEOPLE, IT’S NICE TO GO DO GOOD >> WHAT’S THE GOAL AS YOU BECOME MORE AND MORE,FOR THEABLE WITH THESE COMPETITORS IN THIS CATEGORY OF COMPETITION? >> IN HOUSTON I STEPPED IT UP TOO MUCH, JUMPED UP THE LADDER FIVE STEPS, NEXT GOAL IS TO GET A WALLY >> EXPECTATIONS HAVE TAKEN A LEAP UPWARD MICHAEL PHILLIPS IN FIRST ROUND

OF ELIMINATIONS LATER TODAY >> I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT A TOP FUEL HARLEY RIDE WOULD BE LIKE ASK A QUESTION OF THE GUYS FROM A FAN JOHN MILLER, WHERE YOU AT, ATLANTA, GEORGIA, YOU GOT A QUESTION FIRE IT AWAY >> RON CAPPS, WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE THAT YOU RECEIVED AS A ROOKIE DRIVER? >> I TRY TO PASS THIS ON TO MATT BUT BEST ADVICE I HAD WAS, I WAS A FAN SO I WATCHED MIKE DUNN AND THESE GUYS GET DRESSED IN STAGING LANES AND EVERYTHING THEY DID FROM THERE ON I WOULD TELL MATT, MOUTH SHUT, EARS OPEN, THAT HELPED ME EVERY TIME YOUR MOUTH IS OPEN YOUR EARS ARE SHUT AND GETTING AD SFRIES ACE McCULLOUGH AND MIKE DUNN, IT HELPED ME >> YOU WATCHED ME GET DRESSED IN THE STAGING LANES? >> YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN YOURSELF GET DRESSED >> I’M NERVOUS >> HE WAS FUN TO WATCH >> I TOLD YOU THE SAME THING WHEN YOU GOT INTO TV >> WELL, YOU KNOW >> THANK YOU GUYS FOR JOINING US ON “NHRA RACE DAY.” HAVE A GREAT DAY, HAVE A SAFE DAY THANKS FOR JOINING US WE’LL STEP AWAY, WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL CATCH UP WITH RED-HOT ASHLEY FORCE HOOD AND ANSWER >> FIRED UP NITRO CARS EVERYWHERE, GETTING EXCITED AT THE SUMMIT RACING SOUTHERN NATIONALS FOR FINAL ELIMINATIONS, YOU CAN’T COME TO SLAENT ATLANTIC WITHOUT RUNS INTO THE THREE NHRA AMIGOS, THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT THIS MORNING THEY HAVE THEIR DVR SET FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT SOUTHERN NATIONALS, 7:00 EASTERN, THAT’S 4:00 ON THE WEST COAST WE’VE GOT GREAT STORIES WE’RE FOLLOWING LIKE RON CAPPS, TONY SCHUMACHER, THE LEADER IN THEIR CATEGORIES BUT THEY’VE NEVER WON HERE IN ATLANTA FIND OUT IF THEY CAN GET THAT HURDLE CLEARED TONIGHT AT 7:00 >>> TIME FOR FRAM E-MAIL REPORT, HERE’S GARY GEROULD >> GREAT MEMORIES FOR ASHLEY FORCE HOOD AT THIS PARTICULAR RACETRACK, REMEMBER TWO YEARS AGO, FIRST TIME SHE LINED UP SIDE BY SIDE AGAINST HER DAD, SHE GOT THE ROUND WIN THEN LAST YEAR, AGAINST HER DAD IN THE FINALS AND SHE GETS HER FIRST PRO VICTORY AT THIS RACETRACK AND OF COURSE, THIS WEEKEND WHAT’S SHE DONE THUS FAR? NUMBER ONE QUALIFIER IN THE FUNNY CAR RANKS, WE TURNED TO ASHLEY AND WE HAVE AN E-MAIL QUESTION POSED BY BOB BRUNEAU OF BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT YOU HAD SO MUCH SUCCESS IN ATLANTA TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR SUCCESS? >> WELL, I’VE NEVER BEEN ONE TO REALLY BELIEVE IN SUPERSTITIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT SEEMS THAT CERTAIN TRACTION ARE NICER TO CERTAIN DRIVERS THAN OTHER TRACKS AND FOR REASON ATLANTA WE’VE ALWAYS SEEMED TO DO WELL MY CREW CHIEFS SEEM TO HAVE THE TUNE-UP FOR THESE CONDITIONS AND THIS WEATHER AND HAVE IT DOWN HERE IN ATLANTA I SEEM TO BE DRIEFRMING GOOD ON THIS TRACK AND WHATEVER, EACH TRACK HAS THERE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES AND I SEEM TO BE GOOD AT THE CHALGS HERE IN ATLANTA, SO, IT IS STRANGE TO LOOK BACK AND SEE WE HAD A PATTERN AND DONE WELL WE’RE NOT GOING TO COMPLAIN BUT TRY TO DO EVERYTHING THE SAME CRACKER BARREL FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT, WENT TO CHURCH THIS MORNING, DOING OUR EXACT SAME ROUTINE AND HOPING WE CAN RECAPTURE AND REPLAY LAST YEAR BUT I DON’T KNOW IF IT WORKS LIKE THAT BUT WE’RE HAVING A LOT OF FUN AND LOVE BEING HERE THE FANS HAVE BEEN GREAT IN ATLANTA WE’LL GIVE THEM A GREAT SHOW TODAY >> THANKS SO MUCH >> THANK YOU >> DO THEY LOVE ASHLEY HERE IN ATLANTA? OF COURSE THEY DO LET’S LOOK FORWARD THIS AFTERNOON SFEEG LARRY DIXON CAN GET HIS 500th ROUND WIN >> TONE SCHUMACHER, IF HE CAN GET 32 RACES WITHOUT GETTING A FIRST-ROUND LOSS, 31 LAST TIME HOW ABOUT BOB VANDERGRIFF AND MORGAN LUCAS LOOKING FOR FIRST WINS, VERY GOOD CARS IN QUALIFYING >> 7:00 FINALS DID WE HAVE A GOOD TIME TODAY? I WOULD SAY YES, WE DID Captions by VITAC

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