13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders, June 3-6, Chicago
(Left) Mike Edwards scored his sixth win of the season and fifth from the No. 1
qualifying position. (Above) Jason Line couldn’t break into the top half during qualifying
but had a fast hot rod Sunday en route to a runner-up finish.
(Above) A round-one electrical malfunction caused Jeg Coughlin Jr. to have to be pushed back from
the starting line. In 10 races, the all-or-nothing driver has five first-round exits and three final-
round appearances. (Right) Second-round finisher V. Gaines is happy with the strides his engine
builders have made since he began his engine-development program a year ago.
NOTEBOOK performance level he showed before his
first-round accident in Madison. “The
coming to fruition. In addition to
horsepower gains, the race car setup by
Pistonator” gave reigning world champ Craig Hankinson, Jim and Jon Yates, and
Greg Stanfield and Rickie Jones, the Mike Edwards a run for his money in the the team has been remarkable. Shane
Nos. 5 and 9 drivers in the top 10 semifinals, coming up just short by .003- posted an unreal .955 60-foot clocking in
entering the event, failed to qualify. second. “We’re close,” said Brogdon. “Our the semifinals. “I’m real proud of the guys
Stanfield didn’t make the show for the car’s only weakness right now is the 60-foot at the shop and the car guys,” said Gray.
first time since the Houston race more times, and we’re working on that. The way “I hired good people, asked them to
than a year ago, and Jones’ miss was his things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if respond, and got it done even after they
first since the 2010 season opener. we got a couple of wins this season.” told me I was crazy. The challenge now is
Jones was on pace to get in during the to keep moving forward and get both
The bold preseason goals of Johnny
first qualifying session Saturday when he these cars into the playoffs.”
Gray to have top-half power by
broke a piston in 3rd gear and still
midseason with his upstart engine Engine damage will cause Steve Spiess
managed a 6.71.
program and qualify him and son Shane to sit out the Englishtown event and
Rodger Brogdon was back at the in the Countdown to 1 appear to be thwart his plan to run the entire 2