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Andrew Hines' Pro Stock Motorcycle win on the Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley- Davidson pulled him to within 106 points of defending world champ Hector Arana and provided some salve for the former world champ's first-round loss in Madison and pushed him to 20 career wins.

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                              Hot-lanta, Where the Season Really Begins to Heat Up
                                        tlanta       qualifier this year but fell just short of her third   NHRA Unleashed event, which will take

                              A         didn’t get
                                        its
                               nickname, Hot-
                                                     Atlanta crown against Hight in the final.
                                                        Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s mighty yellow and black
                                                     armada was reduced because brothers John and
                                                                                                            place at their track over Father’s Day
                                                                                                            weekend, June 11-13. Everyone at NHRA and
                                                                                                            Distrupt/ive Studios has high hopes and
                               lanta, without        Mike, nephew T.J., and fiancée Samantha                expectations for this unique series, which
                               reason, and the       Kenny were competing at the NHRA Lucas Oil             later this year will travel to O’Reilly Raceway
                               weather for the       Drag Racing Series event in Norwalk. Brother           Park at Indianapolis (Aug. 6-8), National
                               30th annual           Troy, who was competing in the NHRA Get                Trail Raceway (Sept. 10-12), and Gainesville
                               Summit Racing         Screened America Pro Mod Series, and family            Raceway (Nov. 5-7). Atlanta Dragway has
                               Equipment NHRA        leader Jeg Sr. were the only ones with the             had successful Pinks events recently, and
Southern Nationals lived up to that sizzling         champ in the Deep South and watched as Jeg             everyone is hoping to build on those
sobriquet in spades, with three days of hot and      deep-sixed the Pro Stock field for his milestone       successes with this new breed of door-car
muggy weather adding to the challenges that          50th Pro Stock win. He’s only the fourth driver        entertainment. To learn more, visit
competitors faced at Atlanta Dragway.                in NHRA history to get 50 wins in the factory          www.nhraunleashed.com.
   On the heels of warmish events in Las Vegas       hot rod class and just the ninth to do so in the
and Madison, teams are getting an early look at      Full Throttle classes, adding yet another gold                               ❏
just where they stand with their hot-weather         star to his already impressive résumé.
tune-up even if, as Top Fuel winner Larry                                                                      On the same weekend when the action was




                                                     “
Dixon noted, “it’s not really summer yet.”                  Even though it doesn’t                          hot and heavy in Atlanta, NHRA’s West
   Even though it doesn’t officially click over                                                             Coast Lucas Oil heroes were duking it out at
to summer until June 21 — right after the                   officially click over to                        Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway
completion of the NHRA Thunder Valley                                                                       in Fontana, Calif., at the JEGS NHRA Pacific
Nationals in Bristol — I can unequivocally say       summer until June 21, I can                            SPORTSnationals. You can find a recap of
that things are plenty hot already, and not just                                                            the event on page 10, and we’ll have




                                                                                               ”
                                                     unequivocally say that things
on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series,                                                               complete coverage of
								
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