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  NHRA stars visit Coca-Cola 600                                                                                                 TUNE-UP
                                                                                                                     WEEKLYneed to know this week
                                                                                                                        What you
       HRA drivers Del Worsham, Eddie                       NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event                Upcoming events
  N    Krawiec, Brandon Bernstein, Jason Line,
  Jack Beckman, and Greg Anderson attended
                                                            at zMax Dragway, across the street from
                                                            Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Sept. 17-20.                                                                 Route 66 Raceway
  the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR event as guests of                   Of last year’s inaugural event at zMax                                                         Chicago (June 12-14)
  Full Throttle and Coca-Cola. The drivers made             Dragway, Anderson raved, “It was big; it was a
  a guest appearance on the Coca-Cola Stage at              grand slam in its first time out, [and I expect                                             Spokane County Raceway
  Speed Street, participated in an autograph                it] to do nothing but get better this year and                                             Spokane, Wash. (June 12-14)
  session, and conducted a fan meet-and-greet               the following year. … It’s just the perfect place
  Saturday, May 23, as part of Lowe’s Motor                 to have an NHRA drag race. There are so                                                               Top Gun Raceway
  Speedway’s Speed Street in downtown                       many racing people in this town already with                                                    Fallon, Nev. (June 13-14)
  Charlotte.                                                all the NASCAR fans and employees and
     In addition, the group participated in the             workers and families. You don’t really have to                                                       United Association
  pre-race drivers meeting prior to the 50th                go out 150 miles, 250 miles to find your fans                                                    NHRA SuperNationals
  running of the Coca-Cola 600 and visited the              because they’re already here. Most of them                                                     Englishtown (June 11-14)
  Lowe’s Motor Speedway media center. As part               already work in the industry, so it’s a simple
  of their visit, the drivers were promoting the            deal and a simple sale.”                                   This week on ESPN2
                                                                                                                     United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals
                                                                                                                     June 6, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (qualifying); June 7, 4-7 p.m.
                                                                                                                     (eliminations); June 10, 2-4 a.m. (repeat eliminations); all times
                                                                                                                     Eastern; check local listings

                                                                                                                     NHRA Race Day
                                                                                                                     June 7, 11 a.m. ET

                                                                                                                       In next week’s National DRAGSTER
                                                                                                                     Pro results from Topeka; Terry McMillen feature; National
Recovering: Doctors at Hoag Hospital in                     in drag racing history at the time. In April 1990,       DRAGSTER 50th-anniversary retrospective
Newport Beach, Calif., performed back surgery May           his career was cut short by a tragic crash at Santa
26 on six-time NHRA world champion Kenny                    Pod Raceway in England, which left him paralyzed           Upcoming birthdays
Bernstein to relieve stenosis, or narrowing of the          from the chest down. Through the Darrell Gwynn           Tony Bartone (53, June 9); V. Gaines (62, June 12); Joe
spinal canal. The Budweiser/Lucas Oil team owner            Foundation, he now is dedicated to raising               Amato (65, June 13)
had been suffering from pain in his lower back and          awareness and money to help children and young
                      numbness in his legs. “It             adults who are living with spinal-cord injuries and        This week in history
                      seems that the years of               debilitating disease. His group spearheads spinal-
                      driving race cars have taken a        cord-injury education programs, donates custom           In 1974, the Gapp & Roush team debuted its unique and
                      bit of a toll on my back,
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