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Countdown update: Big leads abound

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Dixon faced the man ahead of him in the standings, Cory McClenathan, in the final round at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals and flew past the tirespinning Fram dragster in his Al-Anabi entry to return to the top spot for the first time since his season-opening win at the Kragen OReilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline.

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                                                   Countdown update: Bigthird of the season, Larry
                                                   A
                                                     fter winning his second straight race and
                                                         Dixon moved back to the head of the class in Top Fuel. Dixon faced the
                                                         man ahead of him in the standings, Cory McClenathan, in the final
                                                   round at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals and flew past the tire-
                                                   spinning Fram dragster in his Al-Anabi entry to return to the top spot for the first time since his
                                                   season-opening win at the Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline. The two
                                                   have a 100-point cushion on a threesome of drivers, Doug Kalitta, Antron Brown, and Tony Schumacher. In
                     presented by
                                                   Funny Car, the resurgent John Force won for the third time in 2010 to extend his points lead to 120 over
                                                   sophomore sensation Matt Hagan. Also in Funny Car, Del Worsham got off the bubble spot with his run to the
                                                   semifinals. He had a 17-point cushion entering the race and exited in eighth place, 67 points clear of 11th-
Beckman’s cause                                    place Jeff Arend. In Pro Stock, Auto Club Road to the Future Award candidate Shane Gray navigated his way
NHRA Funny Car racer Jack Beckman,                 back into the top 10 for the first time since the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals.
himself a cancer survivor, has been working
tirelessly to raise awareness of and funds for    Black update
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 10-             Approaching five months                                     New Goodyear fuel tire
week fundraiser, which runs through June 2.       after suffering a stroke, Pro                               debuts in Vegas
Beckman recently devoted a couple of              Stock team owner Ken Black
entries in his NHRA.com Driver Blog to the                                                                    Goodyear debuted a new drive tire for the NHRA Top
                                                  is on the road to recovery. He
subject, and at the SummitRacing.com                                                                          Fuel and Funny Car categories during the
                                                  spent his first day at home,
NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, he oversaw                                                                       SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. The new tire,
                                                  for a few hours, the Thursday
                         an auction in the Don                                                                designated the D2681, employs a new tread
                                                  of the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, but he
                         Schumacher Racing                                                                    compound but no other changes to the existing tire.
                                                  may soon make a full-time return to the comforts of
                         hospitality area of a    his own home. “He’s probably got another week left
                         number of great          in the rehab center, and then he’s going home,
                         items, including
                         firesuits, helmets,
                         and team shirts. For a
                                                  which is wonderful,” said KB Racing driver Greg
                                                  Anderson. “It will be four and a half months that
                                                  he’s been there and finally able to go home, so I
                                                                                                              WEEKLYneed to know this week
                                                                                                                 What you
                                                                                                                          TUNE-UP
                         $100 donation, fans      think that’s going to be a major step forward. He’s
                         could ride in the race   still got a lot of rehab work to do to get his left arm      Upcoming events
                         teams’ tow vehicles      and leg to work, but he’s fighting hard every day,
                         during qualifying                                                                                                     Summit Motorsports Park
                                                  and he’s staying positive. He wants to get back out
                         Friday and Saturday.                                                                 
								
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