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Paul Lee qualified last with a 4.50 despite Friday runs of 4.20 and 4.21, neither of which was quick enough to crack the top 12 and carry over to Saturday. 22nd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX, May 21-23, Topeka Round One Lee-Wilkerson Lee is second off the line but makes his careerbest run, 4.16, and earns his second round-win of the season while Wilkerson drops a cylinder early. A broken lifter slows Hight, who still runs a 4.127 but for the first time in 10 rounds doesn't have low e.t. Semi's Arend-Head They're even out of the gate and at 60 feet, but Head is quicker to 330 and pulling away when his engine explodes in a ball of fire and blows the rear three-quarters of his Toyota body sky high.

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									       22nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX, May 21-23, Topeka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Reigning world champ Robert Hight
                                                                                                                                                                                                             celebrated his third straight win, first in
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Topeka, and 17th of his career after his
                                                                                                                                                                                                               final-round victory against Jeff Arend.

                                                                                                           NOTEBOOK                                      This race was the last for the first in-
                                                                                                                                                         house Don Schumacher Racing Funny
                                                                                                                                                                                                     that hadn’t been done since the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                     round in Madison when he ran quicker
                                                                                                                                                         Car chassis that Jack Beckman’s             than Hight, by one-thousandth, before
                                                                                                           Robert Hight’s No. 1 was his fourth at        Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services team       losing to him in the semi’s. “We’re pretty
                                                                                                           Heartland Park Topeka (2005-07) and           debuted in August 2008. Beckman, who        excited,” said Capps. “You’ve got to
                                                                                                           fifth in the last six years for John Force    advanced to eight finals with it and won    remember that we’re still playing with a
                                                                                                           Racing; Ashley Force Hood was the top         five, will have a new one in Chicago.       new setup that ‘Ace’ [crew chief Ed
                                                                                                           qualifier last year. Hight’s Jimmy Prock-     “We’ve done some things to try to take      McCulloch] brought out after Vegas. To be
                                                                                                           tuned Auto Club Mustang has been the          some weight off the car,” he said. “We’re   able to run with those guys when ‘Ace’
                                                                                                           quickest in 10 of the last 11 elimination     about 10 to 20 pounds overweight            isn’t exactly comfortable with the setup
                                                                                                           rounds: the last three in Madison, all four   depending on which body we have on the      yet excites me. When they ran that .07, I
                                                                                                           in Atlanta, and three of four in Topeka,      car. We would love to have the luxury of    think it took the air out of everybody’s
                                                                                                           where Hight broke a lifter and was outrun     moving weight around the car and still be   sails, so for us to actually run quicker
                                                                                                           by one-thousandth in round two. Hight’s       at minimum weight with our heaviest         than them is encouraging. But they’ve got
                                                                                                           e.t.s in the last 11 rounds: 4.165, 4.159,    body.”                                      a hell of a hot rod right now.”
                                                                                                           4.149, 4.182, 4.182, 4.197, 4.185,
                                                                                                           4.074, 4.127, 4.122, and 4.104.               Ron Capps did something in round two        After taking a small step in Atlanta with
Paul Lee, in his first season
behind the wheel of Jim Dunn’s
Canidae/Lucas Oil Chevy, picked up
his second round-win of the
season with a career-best 4.16.

                                                                                                                                Last year’s winner, Ron Capps,
                                                                                                                             drove his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge
                                                                                                                             to a semifinal finish, the fifth time
                                                                                                                                 in nine races this season that
                                                                                                                             Capps has advanced to the semi’s
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