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Countdown update: Four drivers clinch playoff berths
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eg Coughlin became the first to clinch his playoff berth in Norwalk, and three more drivers
joined him after the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Mike Edwards punched his ticket when Cordova Dragway Park
he qualified in the top half of the Pro Stock field, and Antron Brown and Eddie Krawiec Cordova, Ill. (Aug. 7-8)
became the first drivers in Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle, respectively, to clinch playoff
berths. Funny Car is the lone category without a driver who has clinched, but that’s not to say Infineon Raceway
plenty of attention won’t be on the floppers in the final six weeks of the NHRA Full Throttle Sonoma (July 31-Aug. 2)
Series regular season. The race for the No. 1 position — and the 20-point bonus — is fascinating,
and the battle for 10th place is just as intriguing. With Robert Hight’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
run to the semi’s in Denver, just 71 points separate the drivers in Brainerd (Aug. 13-16)
eighth through 12th — that’s five drivers for three playoff berths.
Larry Dixon and Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel and Jason Line in Pro This week on ESPN2
Stock appear to be cinches to clinch playoff berths soon.
Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals
July 25, 6-8 p.m. (qualifying); July 26, 9 p.m.-midnight
(eliminations); July 29, 3-5 a.m. (repeat eliminations); all times
Force Hood’s new ride: Funny Car Postponed: The July 10-12 NHRA Eastern; check local listings
points leader Ashley Force Hood will race a specially Northwest Division Lucas Oil Drag
designed Ronald McDonald House Racing Series race at Woodburn Dragstrip was NHRA Race Day
Charities Castrol GTX Ford Mustang at the NHRA called prematurely due to rain. After meeting with all July 26, 11 a.m. ET
Northwest Nationals in Seattle and a week later at the of the finalists, it was determined that the remaining
Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma. The final rounds will be completed at a divisional or In next week’s National DRAGSTER
Mustang was recently unveiled to the media at the national event. Brandon Johnson did beat Dale
famed Space Needle in Seattle during the pre-event Carlson in the Top Alcohol Dragster final. The rest of Seattle Pro results; Denver Sportsman coverage
press conference. “I am thrilled to be helping raise the title rounds, including the Top Alcohol Funny Car
awareness and donations for Ronald McDonald House bout between Jay Payne and Brian Thiel, have been Upcoming birthdays
Charities. BrandSource, one of our major sponsors, is delayed. The next Northwest Division Lucas Oil Drag
Brandon Bernstein (38, Aug. 2); Matt Scranton (37, Aug. 2);
very involved with this organization, and their Racing Series event is slated for Yellowstone Dragstrip
Dave Grubnic (46, Aug. 6); Angelle Sampey (38, Aug. 7)
president, Bob Lawrence, started talking with us in Acton, Mont., Aug. 21-23.
involved earlier Heritage news: The 20th Fremont
This week in history
this year. We got Reunion at Sacra- Following his Funny Car win at the Division 6 event at
really excited mento Raceway July Woodburn Dragstrip in 1977, Gordie Bonin took over the points
about all the 10-11, part of the lead from Don Prudhomme, who had held it for 30 months.