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Neff gets another Funny Car win

July 10, 2011

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JOLIET, Ill.—Mike Neff raced to his fourth Funny Car victory of the season at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Sunday.

With the win, Neff gave Ford its 200th NHRA Funny Car victory as he powered his Ford Mustang to a performance of 4.246 seconds at 293.22 mph to defeat Jeff Arend, who posted a 5.168 at 186.54 in his Funny Car.

"The heat is what was hard for everyone out there today," Neff said. "It was a challenge. With the conditions it was one of those races where you have to get your car down the racetrack if you want to win. It's a tribute to our Ford Mustang body. It's a great car and we have great preparation by the team because the car is so consistent right now."

Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Worsham raced to his fifth victory of the season in Top Fuel, powering his dragster past David Grubnic in the final round.

A three-time Funny Car winner here, Worsham joined Gary Scelzi as the only drivers to win in both nitro categories at Route 66 Raceway when he posted a 3.978 at 299.40 to hold off Grubnic's machine, which trailed with a 4.055 at 294.50.

Anderson earned his second victory of the season and 67th of his career, denying Erica Enders her first win in her fourth career final round.

Anderson took his first Route 66 Raceway victory with a holeshot victory as he drove his Pontiac GXP to a 6.670 at 207.18 to cross the finish line in front of Enders, who had a quicker, but losing, 6.659 at 206.89 in a Chevy Cobalt.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Tonglet rebounded from a DNQ at the previous event to claim his second victory of the season. He pulled away from Chip Ellis in the final with a 7.047 at 188.46 on a Suzuki. Ellis, whose last final round was in 2008 at Englishtown, N.J., finished in 7.153 at 185.49 on a Buell.

(This version CORRECTS Corrects stats for Neff, Arend in 2nd paragraph. Restores previous.)