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									                                                 Countdown Update: Timely wins for Houston champs
                                                       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 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
                                                                                                       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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