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Three ways to send in your team news, race results, or other information! Bits from the Pits presented by e-mail: email@example.com • fax: (626) 335-4307 • mail: P.O. Box 5555, Glendora, CA 91740 Countdown update: ‘Wilk,’ Morgan enter top 10 TUNE-UP WEEKLYneed to know this week What you Upcoming events A 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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