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       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
				
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Description: The bold preseason goals of Johnny Gray to have top-half power by midseason with his upstart engine program and qualify him and son Shane in the Countdown to 1 appear to be coming to fruition. In addition to horsepower gains, the race car setup by Craig Hankinson, Jim and Jon Yates, and the team has been remarkable. Engine damage will cause Steve Spiess to sit out the Englishtown event and thwart his plan to run the entire 23-race season for the first time, but he didn't have to miss his home race at the track he helped to build due to the generosity of his engine builder, Bob Book, who loaned Spiess the motor from his record-setting A/Dragster to compete at this event.
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