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             f results from a test session at Bandimere Speedway in late June are any indication, fans at
            Ithe 30th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals could witness the first six-second Pro
            Stock runs at the 5,860-foot-altitude facility. Reportedly, Allen Johnson (pictured), who won the
                                                                                                                            Upcoming events
                                                                          2007 event and was the runner-up                                                       National Trail Raceway
                                                                          last year, recorded a 6.996, and Mike                                                 Hebron, Ohio (July 24-26)
                                                                          Edwards posted a 6.998. Greg
                                                                          Anderson followed with a 7.001, and                                                    Houston Raceway Park
                                                                          Ron Krisher recorded a 7.008 during                                                       Houston (July 24-25)
                                                                          a warmer period of the day when
                                                                          everyone else was running in the                                               Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals
                                                                          7.03 range. The track records are                                                       Sonoma (July 24-26)
                                                                          7.010 and 196.39, which Anderson set
                                                                          last year. The speed mark is also in              This week on ESPN2
                                                                          jeopardy; speeds as high as 197.28              NHRA Northwest Nationals
                                                                          mph were reported from the test                 July 18, 7-9 p.m. (qualifying); July 19, 9 p.m.-midnight
                                                                          session.                                        (eliminations); July 22, 3:30-5:30 a.m. (repeat eliminations); all
                                                                                                                          times Eastern; check local listings
Remembering Eric: Infineon Raceway                             other three drag racers on the list. Indy 500 winner
will again honor the memory of Eric Medlen                     Helio Castroneves was the overall winner with 119          NHRA Race Day
with the Eric Medlen Nitro Night Charity Dinner;               points, followed by NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart            July 19, 11 a.m. ET
the 3rd annual event is set for July 23 at the                 (116), Mark Martin (42), and Kyle Busch (30). The Indy
legendary Fior d’Italia restaurant in San Francisco.           Racing League’s Ryan Briscoe was fifth with 20 points,       In next week’s National DRAGSTER
                      Medlen, a native of Oakdale,             and Coughlin scored a respectable 15 points. Top Fuel
                                                                                                                          Pro results from Denver; Sonoma souvenir; Rob Flynn feature
                      Calif., in the San Joaquin               driver Larry Dixon and Funny Car pro Tony Pedregon
                      Valley, won the Funny Car title          tied for 11th with six points each, and Pro Stock racer
                      at Infineon Raceway in 2006.             Mike Edwards was 15th with five points.
                                                                                                                            Upcoming birthdays
                      He succumbed in March 2007                                                                          Bruce Allen (59, July 26); Mike Ashley (44, July 30); Dale
                      to injuries sustained from a             Married: On July                                           Creasy Jr. (50, July 31); Dannielle DePorter (37, July 31)
                      testing accident. Funny Car              4, Top Fuel veteran
                      drivers Ashley Force Hood and            Doug Herbert and                                             This week in history
                      Jack Beckman and Top Fuel                Dr. Ginger Southall tied
                      driver Morgan Lucas are                  the knot at a small                                        On July 16, 1981, Raymond Beadle became the first Funny Car
                      scheduled to attend. Eric’s              ocean-side wedding on                                      driver to venture into the 5.8-second zone when he recorded a
parents, John and Mimi, are also expected. The                 the North Carolina                                         5.868 during qualifying in Englishtown. A short time later, Kenny
event, which was sold out each of the first two                coast. “The whole                                          Bernstein bettered Beadle’s mark with a 5.860. Both drivers were
years, will include a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.,         weekend was so                                             more than a tenth ahead of third-place Don Prudhomme and would
followed by a three-c
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