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Three ways to send in your team news, race results, or other information! Bits from the Pits presented by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • fax: (626) 335-4307 • mail: P.O. Box 5555, Glendora, CA 91740 Countdown update: Fields nearly set TUNE-UP WEEKLYneed to know this week What you even teams clinched playoff berths at the Toyo (Cruz Pedregon, Matt Upcoming events S Tires NHRA Nationals, and three others are virtual cinches, which leaves 13 teams competing Hagan, and Robert Hight) competing for Old Bridge Township for the final seven places in the Countdown to 1, one spot are separated Raceway Park NHRA’s six-race playoff, with one regular-season by less than two rounds. Englishtown (Sept. 11-13) race left, the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals The scenario in Pro Stock is similar, with three presented by Lucas Oil. Doug Kalitta and Mike drivers (Rickie Jones, Warren Johnson, and Atlanta Dragway Neff just need to qualify in Indy to secure their Johnny Gray) separated by just 36 points, but Atlanta (Sept. 11-13) spots in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively, only one will be left at the altar. In Pro Stock and Kurt Johnson just needs to make a qualifying Motorcycle, five riders have a shot. Michael Tri-State Raceway pass to make the Pro Stock field. All of the others Phillips made a monster move in Reading, Earlville, Iowa (Sept. 11-13) in contention for Countdown to 1 playoff berths jumping from 11th to eighth with his runner-up will have to wait for the traditional Labor Day finish. Junior Pippin still has a shot; he’s within NHRA Carolinas Nationals Monday race day for their fates to be determined three rounds of 10th-place Karen Stoffer. Shawn Charlotte (Sept. 17-20) (unless drivers behind them in the standings do Gann and Steve Johnson are the others fighting not qualify). In Funny Car, the three drivers for a spot. This week on ESPN2 Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (qualifying); Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m. New ride: Eighteen-year-old featuring exclusive starting-line seating, meals, (qualifying); Sept. 7, 1-6 p.m. (eliminations); Sept. 11, 3-5 a.m. Pro Stock Motorcycle rookie beverages, a cash bar, and other amenities in a luxury (repeat eliminations); all times Eastern Katie Sullivan plans to atmosphere. Tickets are good only for the day issued. compete at the Mac Tools U.S. No rain checks, substitutions, or exceptions. Winner NHRA Race Day Nationals aboard a Suzuki leased must present valid identification to claim prize. Sept. 6, 11 a.m.; Sept. 7, noon from Karen Stoffer and her husband, Gary. “We weren’t Breakfast: Six of NHRA’s greatest legends will In next week’s National DRAGSTER planning on racing at Indy, but be featured at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas my dad [Charlie] talked to Gary when NHRA highlights the 50th anniversary Sportsman coverage from Reading and Greg Underdahl last week, and they made us an of the Winternationals during its annual offer that was too good to pass up,” said Sullivan, who NHRA Breakfast. The SEMA Show draws the Upcoming birthdays defeated Stoffer in Chicago for her first round-win. industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one Byron Hines (60, Sept. 11); Jack Ostrander (71, Sept. 11); “This bike should be very similar to the one that Jimmy place and is set this year for Nov. 3-6 at the Las Vegas Scott Palmer (46, Sept. 11); Craig Treble (44, Sept. 11); Jim [Underdahl] has been riding, and he’s been running Convention Center. The NHRA Breakfast will be held Epler (52, Sept. 13); Jay Payne (60, Sept. 14) very well lately, so I’m really excited about it.” Sullivan Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 a.m. in Las Vegas Hilton recently tested aboard a new Pro Stock Suzuki owned ballrooms A and B. The NHRA Breakfast is open to This week in history by Dan and Mike Fields and expects to be on that bike all registered SEMA Show attendees. The legendary for the fi
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