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  Countdown update: ‘Wilk,’ Morgan enter top 10
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      fter chasing the world championship in 2008, Tim Wilkerson has spent the early part of 2009
      simply chasing a spot in the top 10. Though the popular Funny Car driver has not regained                                                              Brainerd Int’l Raceway
      the magic touch that gave him a career-high six wins in 2008, he has strung together steady                                                              Brainerd (May 22-24)
 outings to move into the top 10 for the first time this season. Del Worsham made the other big
 move in Funny Car; his first win flying the Al-Anabi                                                                                                           Mission Raceway
                                                                                                                                                         Mission, B.C. (May 22-24)
 colors propelled him from sixth place to second. In
 Pro Stock, Warren Johnson’s DNQ in Madison allowed                                                                                                                 O’Reilly NHRA
 Larry Morgan to move around him and take over 10th                                                                                                             Summer Nationals
 place. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Eddie Krawiec won for the                                                                                                      Topeka (May 29-31)
 second straight race to move into the points lead. The                                                              This week on ESPN2
 other new points leader coming out of Madison was Antron
                                                                                                                   NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
 Brown, the longtime Pro Stock Motorcycle rider who has four wins in 31 Top Fuel races.
                                                                                                                   May 16, 6-8 p.m. (qualifying); May 17, 7-10:30 p.m. (eliminations);
                                                                                                                   May 20, 2-4 a.m. (repeat eliminations); all times Eastern

                                                          Troxel crashes:                                          NHRA Race Day
                                                          Funny Car driver                                         May 17, 11 a.m. ET
DRAW prepares                                             Melanie Troxel was
                                                          not injured after crashing                                 In next week’s National DRAGSTER
for annual major                                          in Ray Commisso’s Pro
                                                          Mod car during a test
                                                                                                                   Sportsman coverage from Madison; Doug Horne feature;
                                                                                                                   Divisions 1 and 6 Lucas Oil Series coverage
fundraising                                               session at Gateway Int’l
                                                          Raceway in Madison.                                        Upcoming birthdays
auction                                                   Troxel, a multi-time
                                                          winner in Top Fuel and                                   Rickie Jones (22, May 17); Matt Hines (37, May 21); David
                                                          Funny Car as well as Top                                 Rampy (54, May 21); Andrew Hines (26, May 25)
T    he Drag Racing
     Association of Women
will hold its annual
                                                          Alcohol Dragster, was
                                                          looking to gain additional                                 This week in history
                                                          driving experience behind the wheel of a Pro Mod         On May 20, 1961, Jack Chrisman recorded what is generally
auction Saturday, June
                                                          car. According to reports, the car spun and rolled       regarded as the sport’s first eight-second elapsed time with an
6, during the United
                                                          but did not impact either retaining wall. Troxel         8.97 in Emporia, Va. Chrisman toured extensiv
								
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