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Six racers clinch Countdown playoff berths in Seattle F ourteen-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force and Top Fuel drivers Doug Kalitta and Antron Brown clinched berths in the Countdown to 1 as the result of qualifying at the NHRA Northwest Nationals. Top Fuel racer Brandon Bernstein and Pro Stock pilots Greg Anderson and Jeg Coughlin Jr. joined them after the results of Sunday eliminations. Those six racers join reigning world champs Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock), presented by and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle), plus Top Fuel racers Larry Dixon and Cory McClenathan and Pro Stock competitor Allen Johnson, in qualifying for the playoffs. Six of the 10 berths in Top Fuel are now locked up. The 17-race Countdown to the Championship regular season concludes with the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd Aug. 12-15 and sets 10-driver fields for the six-race Countdown to 1 that begin at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil Sept. 1-6 and end at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Seattle accident claims Nov. 11-14. Top Alcohol Dragster driver Top Alcohol Dragster racer Mark Niver, What’s in a name? 60, of Phoenix, was involved in a fatal incident when his dragster crashed in The Dexter Tuttle-run, Steve Torrence-driven Top Fuel team underwent a name change before the opening the shutdown area during eliminations race of NHRA’s Western Swing. Torrence unveiled the Capco/Tuttle Motorsports colors, which features black at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at with red and white accents and Capco Racing prominently displayed. “Capco is the name of our family Pacific Raceways. Niver won four pipeline and compressor business,” said Torrence. “We have been funding the team and ran the first half of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season with Dexter Tuttle’s Color Fast business on the car. We will keep Capco on it until the end of the year.” events during his career, the most recent of which was the Tucson, Ariz., event in 2006, but waited until 2008 to earn the crowning achievement of his long Hough wins TAFC title from delayed Mission LODRS event TUNE-UP WEEKLYneed to know this week What you career: winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts Brian Hough defeated John Evanchuk to claim NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka. the Top Alcohol Funny Car title from the rain- Upcoming events He then scored his second national delayed NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event victory in LORDCO Auto Parts BC Nationals, originally Infineon Raceway Seattle later in scheduled for June 1 at Mission Raceway but Sonoma (July 23-25) 2008. NHRA moved due to weather. The victory comes just and Pacific two weeks after Hough won the LODRS event at National Trail Raceway Raceways Woodburn Dragstrip. Hough, the event’s No. 1 Hebron, Ohio (July 23-25) officials extend qualifier, ran three straight 5.6s and was the only their deepest
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