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									Top Fuel, Funny Car race to 1,000 feet
F ollowing the tragicofworld
   that took the life two-
time NHRA Top Fuel
                                                                                      that, as an interim
                                                                                      measure and in collabora-
                                                                                      tion with Professional
                                                                                                                    the honor of lighting the scoreboards with the first
                                                                                                                    300-mph run at 302 mph.
                                                                                                                       Six-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony
champion Scott Kalitta during                                                         race teams, beginning at      Schumacher and legendary tuner Alan Johnson
qualifying in Englishtown,                                                            the Mopar Mile-High           dominated at 1,000 feet throughout the season,
NHRA launched an                                                                      NHRA Nationals in             and although national records were temporarily
investigation and identified                                                          Denver, both the Top          suspended, Schumacher’s 3.77 at the Virginia
several areas to analyze and                                                          Fuel and Funny Car            NHRA Nationals in Richmond and 318 mph at the
determine whether changes                                                             classes would race to         ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals were the
should be made to build upon                                                          1,000 feet instead of the     quickest and fastest laps of the class. Robert
the sport’s long-standing                                                             traditional quarter-mile.     Hight laid down the quickest Funny Car e.t. with a
safety record given the                                                                  Through the end of         4.00 in Richmond, and Ashley Force clocked the
inherent risks and ever-                                                              the year, 1,000-foot racing   fastest run of the year, 310 mph, at the ACDelco
present dangers associated with the sport.               continued, and despite the shortened track, fans still     Las Vegas NHRA Nationals.
   The technical issues determined for further           enjoyed the sights, sounds, and thrill                                    The 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag
investigation were: what might be done to reduce         of nitro racing that they’d come to                                   Racing Series season will begin with the
engine failures; parachute mounting techniques and       expect at NHRA national events.                                       nitro categories continuing to race to
materials, as well as identifying a parachute material      At the conclusion of the first day                                 1,000 feet while NHRA tests various
that could be more fire resistant; exploring whether     of qualifyi
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