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					                                                      Countdown update: Going to new Hights
                                                               hen the calendar turned from April to May, defending

                                                      W        Funny Car champion Robert Hight was in ninth place, 238
                                                               points behind teammate and team owner John Force.
                                                      Fast-forward three races and four weeks later, and Hight has
                                                      moved up all the way to second place and is just 49 points behind Force. That’s what three
                                                      straight wins will do for you. It’s reminiscent of the move Hight made in last year’s Countdown
                     presented by                     to 1, when he rode the hottest car in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series to the
                                                      championship after beginning the Countdown to 1 in 10th place. At the other end of the Funny
                                                      Car standings, Jeff Arend and the DHL team shaved 43 points off of their deficit and are now
                                                      only three rounds shy of passing Del Worsham for the 10th and final playoff berth in Funny Car,
                                                      which would put them in position to repeat Hight’s impossible run to the 2009 championship.
NHRA signs marketing partnership                      There was very little movement in Top Fuel in Topeka. In Pro Stock, Rickie Jones strung together
NHRA has signed a marketing                           another impressive weekend, winning on a pair of holeshots to move around Bob Yonke and
partnership with Honda Power                          into ninth place. Just two races ago, Jones was in 13th place, and now he’s within eight points
Equipment, a division of American                     of eighth-place Rodger Brogdon and 62 points of seventh-place Jason Line, a former NHRA Full
Honda Motor Co. Inc. As part of the                   Throttle Series world champion.
agreement, Honda Power
Equipment will provide        Indy tickets on sale now using feature-added software
NHRA with portable
generators for use at NHRA
Full Throttle Drag Racing     Tickets for the
Series events as well as at
each of its seven geographic
                              2010 Mac Tools
                              U.S. Nationals
                              presented by Lucas
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                                                                                                     What you need to know this week
division offices and all of
its owned and operated        Oil are now on
racing facilities throughout  sale to the general                                             Upcoming events
the U.S. In return, NHRA      public. The 2010 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals marks the first
                              O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis event to utilize                                    Route 66 Raceway
will provide Honda Power                                                                                               Chicago (June 11-13)
Equipment with multiple       NHRATix.com to sell race tickets. Utilizing ExtremeTix
exposure platforms,           software, NHRATix.com provides a number of benefits
                              previously unavailable for Mac Tools U.S. Nationals                                  Houston Raceway Park
including an on-site display
                              customers, including the ability to select specific seats                               Houston (June 11-13)
at NHRA Full Throttle Drag
Racing Series events as well  online, the ability to print tickets at home at no expense, and
as a presence on              the ability to e-mail tickets to friends attending an event.                               Top Gun Raceway
NHRA.com, the official        Instead of paying a per-ticket service fee, customers will pay                       Fallon, Nev. (June 11-13)
website of NHRA.              a single, low fee for each order placed.
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Description: (June 11-13) NHRA SuperNationals Englishtown (June 10-13) This week on ESPN2 United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals June 5, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (qualifying); June 6, 4-7 p.m. (eliminations); June 8, 2-4 a.m. (repeat eliminations); June 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (Sportsman) NHRA Race Day June 6, 10 a.m. ET In next week's National DRAGSTER Extended coverage from Topeka; Englishtown preview; countdown analysis; Eddie Krawiec interview; New Jersey's racing heroes Upcoming birthdays Tony Bartone (54, June 9); V. Gaines (63, June 12); Joe Amato (66, June 13) This week in history At the prestigious Pennsylvania Dutch Classic at Maple Grove Raceway, which was held in late May 1979, Don Garlits won Top Fuel, and touring racer Gary Burgin, of Stanton, Calif., won Funny Car.
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