8:40 p.m. – Comments from Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher, who earned his sixth victory of the season and the 67th of his career Sunday at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
“It was a fun car to drive this weekend. It almost brought a little pressure back. I was starting to feel a little bit of relaxation -- we're in Vegas and I'm not actually in the points lead and I'm not actually that close and all of a sudden we've got this fast car. The thing is amazing. We tested a couple of times this year and we've been working on a couple of different things and it was just an excellent combination.
“I'm looking forward to going to Pomona. (The championship) is kind of out of my hands. We had to go out and set the national record and win the race. It's one of those miraculous things but the most fun about it is that we're in this. We haven't been written off, we're a long way out and it's a super-big long shot but we're great at coming from behind, so it's our specialty. If I lose the championship, I'm still a seven-time champ...so it's OK.”
8:25 p.m. – Comments from Funny Car driver John Force, who earned his fifth victory of the season and the 131st of his career Sunday at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
“We had the lead all year and then at Reading we had a clutch pedal fall off and couldn't get the car in reverse and didn't get a chance to race and (Funny Car points leader Matt Hagan) took advantage of it. He's a great racer -- I really love the kid. It's a long shot but we did good and then we got him in the finals.
“I've been 25 years with (primary Sponsor) Castrol. I've got another year left and I'm trying to get a five-year extension. That'll put me over 65 ... but as long as my ol' race car will do the running, I'm not leaving as long as I can do the job. I love it too much. I'm holding my own the young kids. It's all about energy. I won for so many years and after a while, you take it for granted. Then you're lying in a hospital bed (after my crash) and they're telling you you're not going to walk, possibly, or with a cane. But two and a half years go by and I stunk...maybe I should have quit. But I stuck with it and I can race again. That's been my whole life.”
8:05 p.m. – Comments from Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson, who earned his fifth victory of the season and the 65th of his career Sunday at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
“That was pretty cool. We've got a lot of pride, Jason and I, and I think we’ve proved over many, many years now that we don't ever do any team orders or take any dives and we're not going to start now. If you're going to win, you've got to feel good about yourself and there just wasn't going to be any other way. It was a great race – a wonderful race – and I love racing Jason. He's a great competitor and he's a great teammate.”
(On winning the race in team owner Ken Black’s return to the track after a lengthy illness:) “I couldn't have drawn this weekend up on paper if I had asked the Lord for everything in the world. Every wish I could ever (ask for), they all came true today. It was a wonderful, wonderful day and I really hope this goes a long way to Ken's recovery; I can't think of a better medicine for the man. This is the best day I've ever had at a racetrack as far as the KB Racing goes – or any race team I've been with before. This is the coolest thing that's happened to me in a long, long time and what feels the best is that I know it's going to help Ken Black.”
7:50 p.m. – Comments from Pro Stock Motorcycle rider LE Tonglet, who earned his fifth victory of the season and the fifth of his career Sunday at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
“I don't want to wake up. It's just been an awesome year since after Brainerd. We came into the Countdown seventh and after Indy we were number two. We've really been on a roll since Indy and we've just got to keep this momentum going and see what happens. That Harley team (of Andrew Hines) is going to be tough to beat. Andrew's been in this position before. He's a really good rider and we just need to keep our heads straight and if it happens, it happens.
“The pressure is there, I just try not to think about it. We came out here and I had a couple horrible lights in the first couple of rounds but, thankfully, we got the round wins and I was able to step up each round on the tree. That (6.948-second pass) in the semi really came out of nowhere – it was just crazy to see that and it really brought our confidence up.”
6:14 p.m. – Final results from the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher (3.845 at 316.60) def. Dom Lagana (3.987 at 274.39).
Funny Car: John Force (4.232 at 281.36) def. Matt Hagan (6.925 at 110.96).
Pro Stock: Greg Anderson (6.654 at 207.43) def. Jason Line (6.656 at 207.46).
Pro Stock Motorcycle: LE Tonglet (6.957 at 188.86) def. Matt Smith (6.983 at 189.07).
Check back shortly for comments from the winning racers.
4:49 p.m. – Semifinals winners and final-round matchup in Pro Stock Motorcycle:
LE Tonglet (6.948 at 190.22) def. Jim Underdahl (6.988 at 190.78); Matt Smith (7.037 at 187.73) def. Andrew Hines (7.041 at 189.82).
Final: Tonglet vs. Smith.
4:46 p.m. – Semifinals winners and final-round matchup in Pro Stock:
Greg Anderson (6.677 at 207.53) def. Shane Gray (foul); Jason Line (6.652 at 207.11) def. Greg Stanfield (6.664 at 206.32).
Final: Line vs. Anderson.
4:38 p.m. – Semifinals winners and final-round matchup in Funny Car:
John Force (4.130 at 307.72) def. Bob Tasca III (5.962 at 122.71); Matt Hagan (4.097 at 304.80) def. Ashley Force Hood (9.160 at 74.91).
Final: Hagan vs. J. Force.
4:31 p.m. – Semifinals winners and final-round matchup in Top Fuel:
Dom Lagana (3.892 at 312.06) def. Antron Brown (3.951 at 283.13); Tony Schumacher (3.808 at 323.12) def. David Grubnic (3.993 at 238.64).
Final: Schumacher vs. Lagana.
3:30 p.m. – Second-round winners and semifinals matchups in Pro Stock Motorcycle:
Jim Underdahl def. Shawn Gann; Matt Smith def. Karen Stoffer; LE Tonglet def. Hector Arana; Andrew Hines def. Eddie Krawiec (foul).
Semifinals: LE Tonglet vs. Underdahl; Hines vs. Smith.
3:23 p.m. – Second-round winners and semifinals matchups in Pro Stock:
Greg Stanfield def. Allen Johnson; Shane Gray def. Bob Yonke (foul); Greg Anderson def. Jeg Coughlin; Jason Line def. Ronnie Humphrey (foul).
Semifinals: Stanfield vs. Line; S. Gray vs. Anderson.
3:10 p.m. – Second-round winners and semifinals matchups in Funny Car:
Bob Tasca III def. Ron Capps; Ashley Force Hood def. Jack Beckman; Matt Hagan def. Jim Head; John Force def. Melanie Troxel.
Semifinals: Force Hood vs. Hagan; J. Force vs. Tasca III.
2:58 p.m. – Second-round winners and semifinals matchups in Top Fuel:
Dom Lagana def. Larry Dixon; David Grubnic def. Steve Torrence; Antron Brown def. Mark Mariani; Tony Schumacher def. Shawn Langdon.
Semifinals: Schumacher vs. Grubnic; Brown vs. Lagana.
1:38 p.m. – First-round winners and second-round matchups in Pro Stock Motorcycle:
LE Tonglet def. Bailey Whitaker; Eddie Krawiec def. Matt Guidera; Andrew Hines def. Craig Treble; Matt Smith def. Michael Phillips; Jim Underdahl def. David Hope; Shawn Gann def. Angie Smith; Karen Stoffer def. Steve Johnson; Hector Arana def. Scotty Pollacheck.
Second round: Arana vs. Tonglet; Underdahl vs. Gann; Krawiec vs. Hines; Stoffer vs. Smith.
1:27 p.m. – First-round winners and second-round matchups in Pro Stock:
Greg Stanfield def. Mike Edwards; Shane Gray def. Kurt Johnson; Greg Anderson def. Rodger Brogdon; Bob Yonke def. V Gaines (foul); Jeg Coughlin def. Dave Connolly; Jason Line def. Larry Morgan; Allen Johnson def. Johnny Gray; Ronnie Humphrey def. Ron Krisher (foul).
Second round: A. Johnson vs. Stanfield; Humphrey vs. Line; Yonke vs. S. Gray; Coughlin vs. Anderson.
12:56 p.m. – First-round winners and second-round matchups in Funny Car:
Melanie Troxel def. Tim Wilkerson; Jim Head def. Cruz Pedregon; Ashley Force Hood def. Paul Lee; Ron Capps def. Del Worsham; John Force def. Jeff Arend; Matt Hagan def. Tony Pedregon; Bob Tasca III def. Gary Densham; Jack Beckman def. Bob Bode.
Second-round: Force Hood vs. Beckman; Head vs. Hagan; J. Force vs. Troxel; Capps vs. Tasca III.
11:38 a.m. – First-round winners and second-round matchups in Top Fuel:
Shawn Langdon def. Brandon Bernstein; Antron Brown def. T.J. Zizzo; Dom Lagana def. Clay Millican; Steve Torrence def. Chris Karamesines; David Grubnic def. Scott Palmer; Larry Dixon def. Troy Buff; Tony Schumacher def. Bob Vandergriff; Mark Mariani def. Cory McClenathan.
Second round: Schumacher vs. Langdon; Grubnic vs. Torrence; Mariani vs. Brown; Dixon vs. Lagana.
9:55 a.m. – Here are the first-round pairings for today’s professional eliminations:
TOP FUEL: 1. Tony Schumacher vs. 16. Bob Vandergriff; 2. Cory McClenathan vs. 15. Mark Mariani; 3. Larry Dixon vs. 14. Troy Buff; 4. David Grubnic vs. 13. Scott Palmer; 5. Steve Torrence vs. 12. Chris Karamesines; 6. Clay Millican vs. 11. Dom Lagana; 7. T.J. Zizzo vs. 10. Antron Brown; 8. Brandon Bernstein vs. 9. Shawn Langdon.
FUNNY CAR: 1. Ashley Force Hood vs. 16. Paul Lee; 2. John Force vs. 15. Jeff Arend; 3. Ron Capps vs. 14. Del Worsham; 4. Cruz Pedregon vs. 13. Jim Head; 5. Matt Hagan vs. 12. Tony Pedregon; 6. Bob Tasca III vs. 11. Gary Densham; 7. Tim Wilkerson vs. 10. Melanie Troxel; 8. Bob Bode vs. 9. Jack Beckman.
PRO STOCK: 1. Allen Johnson vs. 16. Johnny Gray; 2. V Gaines vs. 15. Bob Yonke; 3. Jeg Coughlin vs. 14. Dave Connolly; 4. Ron Krisher vs. 13. Ronnie Humphrey; 5. Jason Line vs. 12. Larry Morgan; 6. Rodger Brogdon vs. 11. Greg Anderson; 7. Shane Gray vs. 10. Kurt Johnson; 8. Greg Stanfield vs. 9. Mike Edwards.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Hector Arana vs. 16. Scotty Pollacheck; 2. Eddie Krawiec vs. 15. Matt Guidera; 3. Karen Stoffer vs. 14. Steve Johnson; 4. Jim Underdahl vs. 13. David Hope; 5. Shawn Gann vs. 12. Angie Smith; 6. Matt Smith vs. 11. Michael Phillips; 7. Andrew Hines vs. 10. Craig Treble; 8. Bailey Whitaker vs. 9. LE Tonglet.
9:35 a.m. – Good morning from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and final eliminations for the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. After a blustery day yesterday, today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, a high of 74 degrees and a light breeze not expected to exceed 5 mph.
Pre-race ceremonies for the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals get underway at 10 a.m. and pro eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
Make sure to check back here throughout the day for the latest news, results and driver interviews.