EVENT PREVIEW






Publication: National Dragster
Date published: September 3, 2010

56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil

Television Schedule exclusively on

Qualifying

10-11 a.m., Sept. 5

NHRA Race Day

11-11:30 a.m., Sept. 5

Qualifying

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 5

Qualifying

5-7 p.m., Sept. 5

Eliminations

1-6 p.m., Sept. 6

Repeat Eliminations

3-5 a.m., Sept. 8

Sportsman Eliminations

10-11 a.m., Sept. 12

Pro Mod Eliminations

10:30-11 a.m., Sept. 19

All times Eastern. Schedule subject to change; check local listings. NHRA's complete television schedule can be found on NHRA.com.

Sept. 1-6 Indianapolis

Each Labor Day weekend, NHRA racers and fans descend on O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis for the biggest, oldest, richest, and most prestigious drag race in the world. They say that no career is truly complete without a win at drag racing's grandest event. The fabled strip is regarded by many as one of the smoothest on the circuit, and the stakes are indeed high. As it did two years ago, this event now serves as the kickoff for the Countdown playoffs and the six-race run to the Full Throttle championships. In 2009, the facility improved the fan experience with the debut of more permanent grandstands.

2009 recap: Tony Schumacher bested decade-long rival Larry Dixon to win Top Fuel for a class-record-tying eighth time, and Ashley Force Hood became just the third female Full Throttle winner in Indy by scoring in Funny Car, defeating teammate Robert Hight. Hight won a crucial but controversial semifinal race with his boss, John Force, to lock up a Countdown berth because the event also decided the eight-driver playoff fields for the dramatic six-race championship battles. Pro Stock victor Jeg Coughlin won the Big Go for the fourth time with a final-round conquest of Greg Stanfield, and Hector Arana scored his first Indy win by capturing Pro Stock Motorcycle over Michael Phillips.

Foose and Cannon are event dignitaries

Chip Foose and Jim Cannon are the grand marshal and honorary starter, respectively, of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.

In a relatively short career, Foose has created a legacy of designs and accomplishments that are well beyond his years. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Calif., Foose has automobiles in his blood. His first job was working for his father's company, where he specialized in project design. By age 12, Foose already had five years of design experience. He attended the Art Center College of Design, where he majored in automotive product design and graduated in 1990 with honors. In 1998, he and his wife, Lynne, started their now well-known Huntington Beach, Calif., company, Foose Design, an automotive and product design development company. Foose had an exciting year in 2002, which closed with a bang for him and his staff at Foose Design when the Discovery Channel filmed a documentary that aired on TLC in March 2003. In 2004, Foose began the series Overhaulin', which also aired on TLC. During that time, Mac Tools began sponsoring Foose. Today, Foose continues his success in vehicle design, and Mac Tools is proud to be one of his partnerships.

Cannon serves as the president of Stanley Black & Decker's Industrial and Automotive Repair Group in North America. He is accountable for Mac Tools, Stanley Vidmar, Stanley Proto Tools, Stanley Supply and Services, and the DeWalt Power Tools business units. Cannon was appointed to his current role in February 2009. He previously was president of Stanley Engineered Storage Solutions, a global provider of custom storage solutions serving military, industrial, and specialty medical storage markets. Prior to joining Stanley Black & Decker in 2001, Cannon proudly served for more than a decade in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and armor officer in a wide range of assignments.

For a complete event racing schedule, driver entry list, and more, get your event program for only $5 trackside at the NitroMall, any NHRA Official Licensed Merchandise trailer, or the National DRAGSTER trailer!

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