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       14th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, April 30-May 2, Madison

                                                                                   To the surprise of nearly everyone in attendance, Warren Johnson, near lane, collected his first
                                                                                   NHRA title in four years after Jeg Coughlin Jr. broke in the final. Johnson, who was appearing in
                                                                                   his 151st career final, earned win No. 97 with a 6.670.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Allen Johnson claims that he has gained ground against
                                                                                   Moments after winning the Top Dragster title, Jeg Coughlin Jr. returned with a shot for an elusive   class leader Mike Edwards, and after his performance at
                                                                                   double. He had to settle for a win and a runner-up after breaking a rocker arm.                      this event, where he qualified No. 4, few would doubt him.

                                                                                     NOTEBOOK                                            have taken Top Dragster because I love
                                                                                                                                         bracket racing. Nothing against Pro Stock,
                                                                                                                                                                                             track, and we can’t seem to do that
                                                                                                                                                                                             without shaking the tires. I’m not sure
                                                                                                                                         but it is so hard to win in any of the Lucas        what the answer is, but we’ll find it.”
                                                                                    With an in-car camera mounted in the                 Oil categories.”
                                                                                    cockpit of his Cobalt, it was                                                                   The scariest moment of the weekend
                                                                                    impossible for Jeg Coughlin Jr. to hide              Pro Stock’s longest active qualifying               occurred in round one of Pro Stock
                                                                                    the disappointment of his final-round loss           streak ended at the event when Jason                when Rodger Brogdon’s Attitude
                                                                                    at this event, but the five-time NHRA                Line missed the cut for the first time in           Apparel Pontiac made heavy contact
                                                                                    champ did his best to look on the bright             his career, a span of 151 events. Line’s            with the retaining wall, turned upside
                                                                                    side. After posting a nearly perfect run in          best run was a 6.70, well off the 6.68              down, and caught fire. The NHRA
                                                                                    the Top Dragster final, Coughlin was                 bump spot held by V. Gaines. “Obviously,            Safety Safari presented by AAA was on
                                                                                    heavily favored to win the Pro Stock final           something is not right,” said Line. “I’m            the scene immediately and helped
                                                                                    until he broke against Warren Johnson.               afraid we’ve been building towards this             Brogdon get out of the car. He was
                                                                                    “I’m not going to say I’m disappointed               for a while because qualifying has been a           checked out by medical personnel at
                                                                                    because winning [in Top Dragster] was                problem at the last few races. I don’t              the track and released. “I’m a little
                                                                                    pretty darn awesome. In fact, if I had the           think power is our problem. We’ve just got          sore, and I did inhale some smoke, and
                                                                                    choice to win just one, I think I would              to figure out how to get this car down the          my eyebrows got singed, but otherwise,
                                                   (Left) After reaching the final in Las Vegas, Greg Stanfield turned in another late-rounds finish at this event when
                                                   he drove Ken Koretsky’s Nitro Fish Pontiac to the semifinals. Stanfield defeated Shane Gray and Justin Humphreys
                                                   before losing a close match against Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the semi’s. (Below) Runaway points leader Mike Edwards
                                                   appeared headed for another final until a backfire ended his day in the semi’s. Edwards’ crew worked frantically
                                                   to repair the team’s Penhall Pontiac, but he was unable to answer the call against W.J.

                                                                                      (Above) Another program that appears to be on the uptick is Johnny Gray’s in-
                                                                                      house effort. Gray qualified ninth, his highest ranking of the season, and scored
                                                                                      his first round-win by stopping Rickie Jones. (Left) Erica Enders and the
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