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Perhaps as a tribute to the Lone Star State, drivers at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals were barbecuing their tires on Saturday. Matchups turned into pedalfests and cars drifted out of line as drivers tried to find traction on the tarmac at the Texas Motorplex south of Dallas, Texas.

As a result, a lot of Friday times remained unbeaten. In fact, Team Mopar driver Allen Johnson was the only Dodge driver in either Pro Stock or Fuel Funny Car to beat his Friday time, trimming 0.033 seconds off his previous best time and jumping six spots to qualify second. Jonathan Gray cut almost as much and advanced to qualify third. This caused a downward shift that cost Jeg Coughlin Jr. two spots in the final order, moving him down to eighth.

V. Gaines and Matt Hartford, who missed the cut on Friday, made the field on Saturday but their qualifying times were slower.

All of the Dodge drivers in Fuel Funny Car had to stick with their Friday times and none of them changed position in the qualifying order.

TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS: FINAL QUALIFYING
FUEL FUNNY CAR
Psn Driver Sponsor/Team & Car ET Speed Change
1 Courtney Force Traxxas Mustang 4.039 314.90 Unch.
2 Alexis DeJoria Patron XO Cafe Camry 4.041 305.42 Unch.
3 Ron Capps NAPA Auto Parts Charger 4.051 311.92 Unch.
4 Tommy Johnson Jr. Make-A-Wish Charger 4.076 309.42 Unch.
5 John Force Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang 4.081 314.24 Unch.
6 Matt Hagan Mopar/Rocky Boots Charger 4.083 312.86 Unch.
7 Chad Head Head Racing Camry 4.084 309.06 Unch.
8 Jack Beckman Valvoline Max Life/MTS Charger 4.087 312.35 Unch.
9 Robert Hight Auto Club Mustang 4.088 312.13 Unch.
10 Del Worsham DHL Camry 4.088 307.79 Unch.
11 Bob Tasca III Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang 4.096 306.25 Unch.
12 Jeff Arend Grimeboss Charger 4.106 310.55 Unch.
13 Cruz Pedregon Snap-on Tools Camry 4.157 298.27 Unch.
14 Tim Wilkerson Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang 4.269 305.15 +2
15 Jeff Diehl Jeff Diehl Racing Solara 4.537 285.77 +3
16 Tony Pedregon Micro Strategies Camry 4.658 248.57 -2
Did Not Qualify
17 Todd Simpson Simpson Racing Camaro 4.771 285.83 Unch.
18 Terry Haddock Patriot Grading Solara 5.061 291.38 -3
PRO STOCK
Psn Driver Sponsor/Team & Car ET Speed Change
1 Shane Gray Gray Manufacturing Camaro 6.566 210.54 Unch.
2 Allen Johnson Team Mopar Dart 6.574 210.54 +6
3 Jonathan Gray Gray Motorsports Camaro 6.575 210.77 +6
4 Jason Line Summit Racing Equipment Camaro 6.582 210.50 -2
5 Vincent Nobile Mountain View Tire Camaro 6.582 210.64 -2
6 Erica Enders-Stevens Mach 1 Global Services Camaro 6.590 210.64 -1
7 Dave Connolly Charter Camaro 6.592 209.95 -3
8 Jeg Coughlin Jr. JEGS.com/Mopar Dart 6.596 210.47 -2
9 Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment Camaro 6.597 210.57 -2
10 Shane Tucker Auzmet Architectural Camaro 6.606 210.18 +5
11 Rodger Brodgon Owens Corning Camaro 6.615 209.79 -1
12 Aaron Stanfield CTech Camaro 6.616 209.62 -1
13 Chris McGaha Harlow Sammons of Odessa Camaro 6.629 208.49 -1
14 V. Gaines Kendall Oil Avenger 6.650 209.95 -1
15 Matt Hartford The Hose Connection Avenger 6.651 209.23 -1
16 John Gaydosh Jr. Gaydosh Performance GXP 6.657 207.78 Unch.
Did Not Qualify
17 Larry Morgan Lucas Oil Mustang 6.707 206.95 Unch.

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During Saturday’s NHRA FallNationals qualifying sessions at the Texas Motorplex, drivers in the Fuel Funny Car and Pro Stock classes took care of some unfinished business from the rained-out Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals.

In the Funny Car final round, John Force got a little too eager and turned on the red light, handing Matt Hagan his second win of the season. Hagan had a clean pass, posting a 4.200-second ET at 297.17 in the Mopar/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger.

The win bumped Hagan up to third in the Championship standings, past Ron Capps and just four points behind second-place Robert Hight.

“My guys busted their butts today, I’m so proud of them,” Hagan said. “To see my guys sweating and working so hard, it makes me so proud of them. They are a great group. I wouldn’t trade Dickie Venables for any crew chief out here. The guy is smart, he is methodical, and this is only our second year together, and we still have a lot of growing to do.”

“Dickie was able to put a car under me that went down the track every lap,” Hagan continued. “We wanted those bonus points; you’d love to see yourself go out there and scoop up all the points that you can, but you have to be smart, and what Dickie did today was smart. He went out there and raced.”

In the Pro Stock Class, both Jeg Coughlin and V. Gaines lost in their semifinal round races.

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It all came down to three points. J.R. Fitzpatrick did everything he could, winning the pole and the season-ending Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway. To secure the Canadian Tire Series Championship, Fitzpatrick needed for L.P. Dumoulin to finish no better than 11th.

Dumoulin finished ninth, giving him a season total of 453 points to Fitzpatrick’s 450 tally and securing the Championship.

Dodge won its sixth (and fifth consecutive) season title as Marc-Andre Bergeron, owner of the 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge Challenger, retained the owner points leadership.

Dumoulin is the fourth person to win the championship. Since the series was established in 2007, only three drivers, Andrew Ranger, Scott Steckly and D.J. Kennington have won the title.

The Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, native got his start in open-wheel racing: he didn’t make his NASCAR debut until 2009, didn’t run a full season until 2012, and didn’t win a race until 2013. His first NASCAR oval race victory came this season.

Dumoulin will be among those honored on Saturday, December 12 at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards at the Charlotte, North Carolina, Convention Center.

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Cameron Lawrence padded his Trans AM points leadership as he drove to the CTEK/Northstar Miller Racing Dodge Challenger to victory in the TA2 class in the Trans Am Weekend race at Lime Rock Park.

This is the first TA2 win for the Challenger and it comes just three races after SRT Motorsports returned to Trans Am racing.

“It has been great working with Dodge and putting a new make and model into the mix,” said Lawrence. “Together with Dodge we’ve completed the pony car trio with the Camaro, Challenger and Mustang. It’s been a lot of work; the guys have spent probably a week or two of all-nighters just thrashing on the car, trying to get it where we wanted it to be. And based off of our performance today, I’d say the car is getting close and we’re going to be fine-tuning from now on. But if Adam (Andretti) hadn’t run out of fuel, it could have been a completely different race.”

“Adding to the points lead was probably the biggest victory today. We need to get that gap back up to where it was. It’s been great getting Dodge onboard, but it has been a work in progress; and we’re under pressure to bring this Championship home. This is a huge win for us, Dodge, the team and our Championship chase. Getting Dodge its first win is a monumental accomplishment, and I’m happy for the whole Miller Racing team and all of SRT Motorsports.”

As was the case in the GT Le Mans victory in Austin, Dodge drivers chalked up a 1-2 finish in today’s Trans Am race with a provisional runner-up finish by Tommy Archer and the No. 11 CTEK/Northstar Miller Racing Dodge Challenger.

Photo: Cameron Lawrence, in the center, gave Dodge its first Trans Am TA2 win. Tommy Archer, on the left, brought the other Miller Engineering Dodge to a runner-up finish. On the right is Adam Andretti, driver of the No. 44 Engineered Components/Chevrolet Camaro, who finished third.

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It was a 1-2 finish for the SRT GT Le Mans teams today as Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer drove the No. 93 Dodge SRT Viper GTR-S from pole to victory in the Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. They beat teammates Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher in the No. 91 Viper SRT GTS-R to the checkered flag.

This second win gives Bomarito and Wittmer the unofficial GTLM points lead, seven points ahead of Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia with only the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 4 left in the 2014 GT Le Mans calendar.

Speaking to reporters after the race, Bomarito said, “Everything went according to plan. What else can I say? One and two for our Dodge Viper GTS-Rs with amazing strategy and amazing pit stops. It was an awesome job by the crew today. Marc was my wingman there and I’m just so excited. We’re leading the championship going into the last race and I’m just absolutely in shock. We’re so focused and so motivated and so excited to get to the next race.”

“It’s just mind blowing right now. I don’t have the words to describe it,” said Wittmer. I’m still in total shock. I guess when you’re in Texas you win big, right? Finishing one and two is important and it was a great team effort. The pit stops were incredible all day long. The pace of the car was right there. We did everything flawlessly – no mistakes on course, no contact and the least amount of time in pit lane. We’ve got the points lead going into Atlanta and I’m just getting goose bumps as I talk about it.”

With the second-place finish, Farnbacher and Goossens took sole possession of third place, ten points behind the second-place Porsche team and seven points ahead of BMW.

Asked about the performance of the teams today, SRT Motorsports CEO Ralph Gilles said, “”This has been a successful, winning weekend for SRT Motorsports. In the TUDOR Championship points standings, we’ve gone from second to first place, not only in the driver’s championship but also in the manufacturer’s championship. It’s an incredible achievement for our second full season in the sport. Ben Keating and the Viper Exchange team also won in the GTD class. We’re also very happy about Miller Racing’s effort in Trans Am and the TA2 class with Cameron Lawrence taking the podium and winning his first race in the Dodge Challenger SRT and Tommy Archer, a fixture in motorsports, finishing second at Lime Rock.”

LONE STAR LE MANS GTLM CLASS RESULTS
Overall Class Drivers Car No. Brand & Model Status
12 1 Bomarito/Wittmer* 93 Dodge SRT Viper GTS-R Running
13 2 Farnbacher*/Goossens 91 Dodge SRT Viper GTS-R Running
14 3 P.Long/Christensen* 912 Porsche 911 RSR Running
15 4 Fisichella/Kaffer* 62 Ferrari F458 Italia Running
16 5 Makowiecki*/Pilet 910 Porsche 911 RSR Running
17 6 Auberlen/Priaulx* 55 BMW Z4 GTE Running
19 7 Müller/J.Edwards* 56 BMW Z4 GTE Running
20 8 Henzler*/Sellers/Holzer 17 Porsche 911 RSR Running
21 9 Magnussen/Garcia* 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Running
22 10 Gavin/Milner* 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Running
45 11 Tandy/Bergmeister* 911 Porsche 911 RSR Not Running
*Starting Driver

There was another Viper victory to celebrate in Austin: Jeroen Bleekemolen and Texas native Ben Keating were first across the finish line in the No. 33 Viperexchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, chalking up another win for Dodge in the GT Daytona class.

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Friday kicked off a busy weekend for fans of Mopar and motorsports.

ARCA presented by Menard’sTom Hessert and the No. 77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge Challenger finished tenth in Friday night’s ZLOOP 150. Austin Wayne Self brought the AM Technical Solutions Dodge to a twelfth-place finish. Devin Steele finish No. 14 in the No. 56 Crosley Radio-Glad Industries Dodge, just ahead of Brandon Gdovic and the No. 72 American Messaging-Windstax Dodge.

Bo LeMastus was eighteenth in No. 42 Crosley-H&O Contracting-Glad Performance Dodge

All five Dodges that finished the race finished on the lead lap.

Roger Carter’s No. 97 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge went out early with suspension problems while Mark Meunier was able to get just six lpas out of the No. 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge’s engine.

Canadian Tires Series: Saturday’s Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway is going to be for all the marbles. Dodge driver L.P. Dumoulin can claim the series championship outright by finishing eleventh or better. Other than that, J.R. Fitzpatrick has to score 17 more points than Dumoulin to claim a victory for Chevrolet.

Formula 1: Fernando Alonso drove his Ferrari to a first-place finish in Friday’s first practice session for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix then followed it up with a second-place finish in the second.

“As always, Friday in Singapore is a bit different to what it is at other tracks, as its characteristics mean it is one of a kind and driving here at night is always exciting,” Alonso said. “The feeling is more or less the same as usual on a first day of practice, as we were reasonably competitive in both sessions and we got through the programme without any problems. The two compounds we have for this race behaved as expected and of the two, the Supersoft produced more grip. The restrictions on radio communication did not affect our work much and it was a regular day from that point of view and everything went off as normal.”

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh in the first session and moved up to fourth in the second session.

GT Le Mans: A strong runner-up position turned into a pole for Jonathan Bomarito and the No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-Rs at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on Friday.

Bomarito posted the second-fastest timne of 2:03.539 (99.078 mph) that was originally the second-fastest lap in qualifying for tomorrow’s Lone Star Le Mans, but provisional pole-winning No. 910 Porsche 911 RSR failed its technical inspection.

This is Bomarito’s second pole of the year, the other came at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

The shift also moved Marc Goossens and No. 91 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R the from fifth up to fourth on the starting grid with a time of 2:04.003 (98.707 mph).

NHRA: Tommy Johnson Jr. took the top spot in the Fuel Funny Car order in the first round of qualifying for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals running this weekend at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. But he went up in smoke and it turned into ladies’ day in Round Two as Courtney Force set new track ET and speed records and Alexis DeJoria was just 0.002 seconds behind. Johnson dropped to the No. 4 position.

Ron Capps qualified third in the opener, then cut 0.044 seconds from his first ET on his time and remained in the No. 3 spot, 0.010 seconds behind DeJoria.

Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman both advanced in the second round. Hagan moved up from the No. 9 position to qualify sixth while Beckman went from eleventh to eighth.

Jeff Arend didn’t make a pass in Round One, but had a good run in Round Two, qualifying twelfth.

In Pro Stock, Allen Johnson qualified sixth with his first pass but couldn’t beat his ET the next time out and qualified eighth. Jeg Coughlin Jr., in the No. 9 spot at the end of the first round was able to improve and took over Johnson’s No. 6 position.

V. Gaines and Matt Hartford didn’t make the cut and will try again tomorrow.

Trans Am: Cameron Lawrence qualified second in the No. 1 CTEK/Northstar Miller Racing Dodge Challenger at Lime Rock Park while Tommy Archer finished fourth in the No. 11 Challenger. Both will run in Saturday’s Trans Am Weekend race at Lime Rock Park in Grattan, Connecticut. Lawrence is currently first in the driver standings in the 2014 Trans Am Series TA2 Drivers’ Championship.

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