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                                                                                         (Mickey Thompson No Electronics), and     Dever won the class for the open-
 DRAW announces annual awards                                                            Brittany Johnson (McGee Cams Jr.
                                                                                         Dragster). Sunday’s winners were
                                                                                                                                   wheel fraternity with a 7.73 (7.46) and
                                                                                                                                   stopped Jake Neibauer’s ’63 Corvette,
                                                                                         Robert Strong (Meziere Pro                which got crossed up and slowed.

            uring the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall
            Nationals in Dallas, the Drag Racing Association of Women                    Electronics), Scott Joines (Mickey
            held its annual auction hosted by Billy and Deborah Meyer                    Thompson No Electronics), and Clay        Donation: Dust Devils Auto
            and the Texas Motorplex staff. During the evening, members                   Criner (McGee Cams Jr. Dragster). The     Club, which staged the Inyokern
 of the DRAW Board of Trustees presented DRAW’s Person of the                            final event of the season also featured   Drags at the Inyokern Airport in
 Year, Company of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year awards.                            the KD Kanopy Race of
    The 2008 DRAW Person of the Year award was presented to the                          Champions, which was won by
 NHRA Media Relations staff, which worked hard to promote DRAW                           Ryan Priddy (Electronics/No
 by involving both the drag racing community and the fans in NHRA                        Electronics Combo) and
 Softball Classic fundraising activity. Lachelle Seymour accepted on                     Brianna Blinzler (Jr. Dragster).
 behalf of the staff.                                                                       Tom Dufur drove his
    The 2008 DRAW Company of the Year award was presented to                             dragster to victory over Mark
 Mopar. To help make Mopar racers more aware of                                          Engle in the final round of the
 DRAW’s efforts, Mopar included DRAW in the auto-                                        ninth K&N Southern
 graph session held during the Block Party at the                                        California Super
 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver.                                               Eliminator Series event
    This year’s DRAW Volunteer of the Year was                                           of the season, which was
 John Cole, who, with the help of his wife, has                                          sponsored by Hahn
 raised $80,000 for DRAW in the last 10 years                                            International, at Auto Club
 through 50/50 raffles. The raffle in Dallas was                                         Dragway at Auto Club Speed-
 the 53rd in which he has participated. He walks                                         way in Fontana, Calif., Oct. 11. In       California from 1954 to 2005, recently
 an average of 25 miles during an event to sell                                          addition to the winner’s purse, Dufur     donated its remaining assets to
 raffle tickets.                                                                         received the Clay Smith Engineering       Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. In
                                                                                         bonus and contingency awards from         2005, the Federal Aviation
                                                                                         Edelbrock, Mike’s Transmission, and       Administration imposed new safety
                                            to why I was there, to meet more             Continental Converters. Lennie Diyco      requirements on the Inyokern
                                            people and, hopefully, bring some            earned the Clay Smith Engineering         Airport, and the Dust Devils was
                                            sponsorship to NHRA.”                        Low Qualifier award. With one race        forced to shut down the longest-
                                                                                         remaining on the schedule, Dufur and      running NHRA member track.
                                            He’s back: Four-time European                Engle share the top spot in the points    Present at the ceremony from the
                                            drag racing champion Urs                     chase with 433 points each, followed      Dust Devils Auto Club were David
                                            Erbacher has returned to the Uni
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