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                                                                                                                        WEEKLYneed to know this week
    Countdown update: Big changes in Charlotte                                                                             What you

        obert Hight earned a spot in the Funny Car Countdown to 1 with his
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    R   runner-up at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, and he earned a spot in the
    championship conversation with his win at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals. With his first win since
                                                                                                                                                               Silver Dollar Raceway
                                                                                                                                                             Reynolds, Ga. (Oct. 16-18)
    the 2008 U.S. Nationals, Hight moved into third place. He now trails first-place Tony Pedregon by
    just 28 points. Hight wasn’t the only driver to make a big move in the first race in the six-race                                                  Thunder Valley Raceway Park
    NHRA playoffs. With his first Top Fuel win since the first Las Vegas event in 2008, Cory                                                                Noble, Okla. (Oct. 23-25)
    McClenathan jumped from fifth to first. Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle also have new leaders
    after Mike Edwards and Hector Arana delivered convincing performances. Edwards leads in Pro                                                              NHRA Virginia Nationals
    Stock for the first time in his career, and Arana is back atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings                                                           Richmond (Oct. 9-11)
    for the first time since his season-opening win in Gainesville.
                                                                                                                          This week on ESPN2
Renewed: Motorcraft and Ford’s growing                       events. Brown raced the DirecTV/Matco Tools                O’Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals
national network of Quick Lane Tire & Auto                   dragster to the win in Madison. The team’s                 Oct. 3, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (qualifying); Oct. 4, 7-10 p.m.
Centers have extended their sponsorship of Bob               customary bright blue and silver pinstriped Matco          (eliminations); Oct. 8, 3:30-5:30 a.m. (repeat eliminations); all
Tasca III and Tasca Racing’s Shelby Mustang                  Tools Iron Eagle dragster theme will return for the        times Eastern
Funny Car.                                                   final three races on the 2009 NHRA schedule.
This multiyear                                               “Toyota has been a loyal supporter of our MAR              NHRA Race Day
extension                                                    team, and we thank them for that,” Brown said.             Oct. 4, 11 a.m. ET
ensures that                                                 “We’re fired up about racing this Toyota/Matco Tools
the two                                                      car at Memphis during the Countdown. The red and             In next week’s National DRAGSTER
primary                                                      white paint scheme looks great, and I know that the
                                                             fans will really dig the car. There are a lot of Toyota    Pro results from Dallas; Sportsman coverage from Charlotte;
brands will
                                                             dealers with technicians that use Matco Tools, so this     Month in Review; ND 50th Anniversary salute; Divisions 4, 7
remain on the
                                                             is a great partnership for all of us.” The Matco Tools     Lucas Oil Series coverage
car for years
to come. “We                                                 logo will be prominently displayed on the side of
are proud to extend our relationship with Bob                Brown’s dragster. Brown will wear a new Impact!              Upcoming birthdays
Tasca and everyone at Tasca Racing,” said Ken                Racing Toyota firesuit, and MAR crewmembers will           Randy Anderson (45, Oct. 19); John Mafaro (60, Oct. 19);
Czubay, vice president, Ford U.S. Marketing, Sales           sport red and white Toyota crew shirts. The team           Michael Phillips (42, Oct. 19); Gary Densham (63, Oct. 20)
and Service. “Our sponsorship with the Motorcraft            also will offer a special Toyota-themed autograph
and Quick Lane Shelby Mustang fits with our                  card that features a $10 coupon for a Toyota parts           This week in history
business plan and performance of solid products              and labor purchase of $50 or more. “Antron and the
and results. From a start-up operation just over a           entire Mike Ashley Racing team have been                   On Oct. 1, 1983, Gary Beck became the first Top Fuel driver
year ago to winning races and being in position to           outstanding representatives for Toyota both on and         into the 5.3s with a 5.39 blast at the Golden Gate Nationals in
contend for the NHRA Funny Car title is a credit to          off track during 2009. We wish them continued              Fremont, Calif. At the time, few Top Fuel drivers had even been
the hard work this team has put in.”              
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