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NOTEBOOK Doug Kalitta qualified No. 1 for the first time since the 2006 Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, the race at which he lost the season title when Tony Schumacher performed "The Run." Steve Torrence unveiled a new look on Dexter Tuttle's dragster that prominently displays Capco Contractors, his family's business, which is involved in the construction and maintenance of pipelines used to gather oil and natural gas from production wells.

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									       23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, July 9-11, Seattle
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                                                                                                                                  (Above) Cory McClenathan and the Fram team celebrated their third
                                                                                                                                 victory of 2010. McClenathan is one of only three drivers to win in Top
                                                                                                                                 Fuel this season. (Left) Don Schumacher Racing teammates Cory
                                                                                                                                 McClenathan and Antron Brown congratulated each other on a hard-fought
                                                                                                                                 final round. (Below) Antron Brown got the best of teammate Tony
                                                                                                                                 Schumacher in the second round, hazing the tires later in the run and
                                                                                                                                 holding on to get the win light.




                                                                  NOTEBOOK                                  the weekend to begin the Western
                                                                                                            Swing on an upswing.
                                                                                                                                                         Antron Brown and the Matco Tools
                                                                                                                                                         team have had no trouble getting to the
                                                                                                                                                         late rounds lately, but they are a
                                                                  Doug Kalitta qualified No. 1 for the      Steve Torrence unveiled a new look           frustrating 0-6 in finals this year. They
                                                                  first time since the 2006 Automobile      on Dexter Tuttle’s dragster that             put forth a game effort against Cory
                                                                  Club of Southern California NHRA          prominently displays Capco                   McClenathan but came up short. “The
                                                                  Finals, the race at which he lost the     Contractors, his family’s business,          car ran pretty much what we put in it,”
                                                                  season title when Tony Schumacher         which is involved in the construction        said crew chief Brian Corradi. “We just
                                                                  performed “The Run.” Crew chief Jim       and maintenance of pipelines used to         didn’t make as much power as they did
                                                                  Oberhofer had been chasing gremlins       gather oil and natural gas from              on the top end.”
                                                                  in the car since the Englishtown event,   production wells. “The guys at work are
                                                                  and the team came out swinging after      pretty excited about it,” said Torrence,     Though Larry Dixon’s engine fell off a
                                                                  having a week off to address issues       who is traveling the Western Swing in        bit in a second-round loss to Shawn
                                                                  that could have resulted in the car’s     an RV with girlfriend Cheyenne. “We’ve       Langdon, it was easy for the Al-Anabi
                                                                  loss of power. In addition to getting     been funding the race car, so we             team to shrug off a close 3.89 to 3.89
                                                                  blowers freshened by Alan Johnson, the    figured we’d put a design on it that         loss in such a manner. “We haven’t been
                                                                  team made the right calls throughout      showcases the company.”                      smoking the tires,” explained crew chief
                                                                                     (Above) Steve Torrence unveiled a new scheme on Dexter Tuttle’s dragster that
                                                                                     prominently features Torrence’s family’s company, Capco Contractors. (Left) Doug
                                                                                     Kalitta got back in the groove, qualifying No. 1 for the first time since the end of
                                                                                     the 2006 season and looking solid in eliminations with a semifinal finish.




                                                                                                 (Above) Shawn Langdon upset points leader Larry Dixon in the second
                                                                                                 round. Langdon got off the starting line first, and the dragsters ran
                                                                                      
								
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