Countdown Update: Timely wins for Houston champs T hree of the four NHRA Full Throttle winners at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil celebrated their first victories of 2010, and the wins couldn’t have come at a better time. Matt Hagan’s victory in Funny Car, the first of his career, moved the second- year driver around teammates Jack Beckman and Ron Capps and into second place. Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s victory in Pro Stock broke an 11-race winless presented by streak and, after a slow start, moved him up from eighth to fifth place. The biggest move was made by Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Andrew Hines, whose victory moved him up from 10th to fourth place. There was no movement inside or out of the top 10, although it was close in Funny Car, where Jeff Arend, who was the Extended runner-up to Hagan, came up one round-win shy of moving around 10th-place Del Worsham. Two-time NHRA TBC Retail Group agreed to expand its primary sponsorship of Paul Richards Full Throttle world champion Cruz Pedregon sits just 24 points behind Worsham, setting the table for what Racing with its Tire Kingdom and Big O figures to be an entertaining summer of musical chairs in the class. In Pro Stock, youngsters Rickie Jones brands for three more NHRA events, in and Shane Gray are looming just on the outside looking in, and in Pro Stock Motorcycle, four riders are within Houston, Las Vegas, and Pomona. The a round of 10th-place Shawn Gann. announcement expands beyond TBC’s original sponsorship of the team, which covered the Gainesville, Charlotte, and Atlanta events. “We are very happy with the Ready to tackle four wheels Confirming what has been More fast Fords results this team has shown so far, and we one of the worst-kept secrets The latest Cobra Jet Mustang slated to enter the battle for look forward to having Bobby Lagana Jr. Stock supremacy figures to be a good one: Jim of the last few months, three- driving the Paul Richards-owned Tire DeFrank’s latest creation is slated to make its debut at time Pro Stock Motorcycle Kingdom Top Fuel dragster,” said Bob the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals with former Crostarosa, Tire Kingdom’s senior vice champion Andrew Hines will attempt to get his Pro Stock Comp national champion Bo Butner behind the wheel. president of marketing and advertising. “We Cobra Jet entries have logged some of the quickest runs will have a special Big O Tires brand paint car license this summer. Hines, whose only previous four-wheel in the history of the Stock class, including a record 9.51 scheme on the car for Vegas and Pomona,” experience has come at the helm of his street cars, by Don Fezell in Charlotte. said Paul Richards, president of Paul Richards Racing. “We are excited for the will have an opportunity to drive John Gaydosh’s opportunity to race at three additional NHRA Pontiac GTO following the O’Reilly Auto Parts Full Throttle events for the TBC Retail Group. NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka. “Those Being a family operation ourselves, we recognize the importance of this who know me know that I have always wanted to try racing a car,” said Hines, who won this year’s TUNE-UP WEEKLYneed to know this week What you partnership, and we are honored that they Houston event. “In fact, I seriously considered a have shown the confidence in our racing Pro Stock Truck when I was getting started.
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