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Larry Dixon, Ashley Force Hood win at US Nationals

Nick Bromberg
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Larry Dixon won in Top Fuel at the NHRA US Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis and Ashley Force Hood beat her father John Force for the Funny Car title on Monday.

Dixon defeated Cory McClenathan -- the last driver not named Tony Schumacher or Larry Dixon to win the Top Fuel title at the US Nationals -- in the finals to extend his points lead in the first race of the NHRA's Countdown to One.

(McClenathan defeated Schumacher in the semifinals. Schumacher is sponsored by the US Army and Tony Stewart was at ORP supporting Schumacher just hours after winning Sunday night's Sprint Cup race at Atlanta)

Force Hood beat her dad after something broke in his car about a quarter of the way down the track. Force Hood also beat her dad off the line, a rarity, given his usually excellent reaction times and her so-so ones.

Just last year at the US Nationals, Tony Pedregon claimed that team orders were the name of the game at John Force Racing when he was a driver there. Pedregon's brother Cruz was battling with JFR driver Robert Hight for the final spot in the Countdown and Hight got into the Countdown after beating John Force when Force smoked the tires, something that Tony Pedregon believed was intentional.

However, there was no reason to believe that what happened Sunday was anything but a mechanical failure. If Force was faking his frustration after climbing out of the car, he did a damn good job, and besides, he entered the weekend as the top seed in the Funny Car Countdown.

Greg Stanfield was the winner in Pro Stock and LE Tonglet took the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.

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