Mike Neff Wins NHRA Funny Car at Route 66 Raceway

-Joliet, Illinois July 10, 2011- Mike Neff raced to his fourth Funny Car victory of the season driving on Weld Racing wheels Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago. With the win, Neff gave Ford its milestone 200th NHRA Funny Car victory by powering his Castrol GTX 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 mph in his DHL 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.” “I’m feeling pretty good right now,” said Neff, who increased his series lead to 172 points over second-place Beckman. “We’ve been going to a lot of finals, and that’s like training. You get in a groove and now, everybody is feeling good.”