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                                              TUNE-UP
  Fuller set to return in Chicago WEEKLY need to know this week
                                     What you

 R    oute 66 Raceway, where he has been to the Top Fuel final in three of
      the last four seasons, is probably as good of a place as any for Rod
 Fuller to make his first appearance of the 2009 season. Fuller will rejoin the
                                                                                                                                 Upcoming events
                                                                                                                                                                                Route 66 Raceway
 tour after missing the first nine races because his former team dissolved in                                                                                                  Chicago (June 12-14)
 the off-season. Fellow racer and team owner Bob Vandergriff Jr. will turn
 over the reins of his Top Fuel dragster to Fuller for the United Association                                                                                        Spokane County Raceway
 Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago June 4-7 and hopefully many more                                                                                                Spokane, Wash. (June 12-14)
 races. In Chicago, Fuller will be representing one of the marquee Cat dealers
 in the country, Patten Industries Inc. “The fact that I was born in Chicago                                                                                                      Top Gun Raceway
 and now have the opportunity to drive for Patten Cat, a dealer that has been                                                                                               Fallon, Nev. (June 13-14)
 in business in northern Illinois for more than 75 years, has made it worth
 the wait to get back out on the circuit,” said Fuller.                                                                                                                              O’Reilly NHRA
                                                                                                                                                                                 Summer Nationals
                       Returning: Popular                    increase is part of NHRA’s ongoing efforts at                                                                       Topeka (May 29-31)
                       motorcycle drag racer and             maintaining competition and parity within the
                       recent Latina Style cover girl        category. The change is effective June 4, 2009, at the              In next week’s National DRAGSTER
                       Peggy Llewellyn is                    United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals in                      Pro coverage from Bristol; Topeka souvenir issue;
                       aiming to make her return to          Chicago, the next stop on the Full Throttle Drag                   National DRAGSTER 50th-anniversary retrospective
                       the NHRA Full Throttle Drag           Racing Series tour for Pro Stock Motorcycles. Buell
                       Racing Series at the Mac              (160 cid) will remain at 625 pounds, and Suzuki (101                Upcoming birthdays
                       Tools U.S. Nationals presented        cid) will remain at 595 pounds.
                       by Lucas Oil in Indianapolis                                                                             Kenny Delco (56, May 27); Steve Johns (47, May 27); Tommy
                       Sept. 2-7 and compete at the          Debut: Dom Lagana, who has spent many                              Grimes (41, May 29); Grant Lewis (52, June 2)
remaining five Pro Stock Motorcycle events of the            years standing behind his family’s Top Fueler as older
2009 season. Llewellyn ran a limited schedule in             brother Bobby Jr. has driven it down a dragstrip,                   This week in history
2008 and qualified at five of the six events she             earned his Top Fuel license late last year and will get            On May 29, 1983, at the NHRA Cajun Nationals in Baton Rouge,
entered, including for the tough Indy field. “We             his first chance to put it to use when he makes his                La., Larry Minor defeated teammate Gary Beck in one of the
have a championship-contending bike and a top-               debut as a driver at the NHRA Thunder Valley                       most bizarre final rounds in NHRA history. With Beck in
quality team that is ready to go,” said Llewellyn.           Nationals at Bristol Dragway. “I’m a little nervous and            contention for the Top Fuel world championship, Minor lifted
“It's a matter of getting the sponsorship in place           excited and kind of anxious to see what happens,”                  early but was unaware that his teammate had lost a blower
quickly so we have a chance to test.”                        Lagana said. “I honestly just want to make a                       belt just off the starting line. Reluctantly, Minor crossed the
                                                             representative run and try to make as few mistakes as              finish line first; his 8.78 at just 63 mph held off Beck’s coasting
Pro Stock Motorcycle                                         I can. Obviously, I’d be ecstatic if we qualified. I know          8.95, 85. At the same event, David Rampy claimed the first of
adjustment: Following a review of recent                     the car is capable. If we just qualify, that would be              his 69 national event titles when he won in Super Stock, and
performances in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category,           unbelievable.” The team has had added financial help               Roy Johnson, engine builder and crew chief for son Allen’s Pro
NHRA has announced 
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: (June 13-14) O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals Topeka (May 29-31) In next week's National DRAGSTER Pro coverage from Bristol; Topeka souvenir issue; National DRAGSTER 50th-anniversary retrospective Upcoming birthdays Kenny Delco (56, May 27); Steve Johns (47, May 27); Tommy Grimes (41, May 29); Grant Lewis (52, June 2) This week in history On May 29, 1983, at the NHRA Cajun Nationals in Baton Rouge, La., Larry Minor defeated teammate Gary Beck in one of the most bizarre final rounds in NHRA history.
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