NHRA Members Frank and Trudy Johengen at the 2006 NHRA Spring Nationals

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Click images below for: Trudy encouraging then points losing Tony Schumacher to keep his chin up "You're still the champion!"

Patient fans were not disappointed when waiting for Tony to make an appearance after going down to an early round defeat in Sundays finals. pThanks Tony!  Remember - You're still the Champ! pGood to see him smile after that verbal encouragement! p He can do it - he's the Champ! pTony's HRP Pit in 2006. pTony's HRP Pit in 2004.  Notice the subtle differences in the car? pTony's HRP Pit in 2004.  Notice the subtle differences in the car from the NHRA photo below? p

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Finally here! Let the races begin!! pEarly activity in the staging lanes. pA Kalitta "Silver Bullet" in the pits. pBetween rounds rebuild and tuning. pIt was good to relax at home and watch the replay on ESPN2.p New HRP Drag Strip track surface. p

Force Fans come in all shapes and sizes! pJohn Force Racing Inc. Pits pJohn Force Racing Inc. Pits p"Driving Force" Notice of Filming on the back of the tractor-trailer rig.p Driving Force Special Ad in NHRA's National Dragster magazine. pThey call him "Mr. Force" after winning his 14th NHRA Championship! p

Staging lanes from the pedestrian bridge at HRP. pStriping the old HRP Drag Strip track surface. pLaying on the new HRP Drag Strip track surface. pDon Prudhomme's Snake Racing Larry Dixon driven Top Fuel Dragster pLarry Dixon  with his fans. pSnake Racing Crew spinning the Top Fuel engine over by hand. pThe understated Larry Dixon with more of his fans. p

Scelzi's Funny Car pEagle Slick pScelzi's crew hard at it. pWhit Bazemores Funny Car. pWhit Bazemores Funny Car rear. pAnd they called him "Flopper" Funny Car that is. p

SCHUMACHER WINS FOURTH QUARTER DRIVER OF THE YEAR: NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher, who made the greatest comeback in NHRA history to win his third consecutive and fourth overall NHRA POWERade Series world championship, was named the fourth quarter winner of the prestigious Driver of the Year award. Schumacher, who won the final race of the season with a national record time of 4.428 seconds to complete a 12-race, 336 point comeback and defeat Doug Kalitta for the season championship by 14 points, received 11 of 16 first place votes from an elite panel of motorsports journalists who decide the Driver of the Year. Others who received first place votes included Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart of NASCAR. The seasonís other Driver of the Year quarterly winners included Melanie Troxel, NHRA Top Fuel, first quarter; Sebastian Bourdais, Champ Car, second quarter; and Sam Hornish Jr., Indy Racing League, third quarter. National Hot Rod Association: NHRA Drag Racing - Join Today! NHRA Drag Racing

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