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									                                                 Countdown update: More moves, more clinches
                                                           ith Tim Wilkerson reaching back-to-back Funny Car finals — and winning at the Summit Racing

                                                 W         Equipment NHRA Nationals — he has set his sights on the top five as opposed to just worrying
                                                           about making the playoffs. Del Worsham hasn’t been quite that hot, but he has been going
                                                 rounds consistently and gotten himself off of the Funny Car bubble. Unless something crazy happens at
                                                 the four races remaining in the regular season, the final spot will
                                                 probably be a two-driver race between Tony Pedregon and
                    presented by                 Jeff Arend. Meanwhile, Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel), Allen
                                                 Johnson (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana (Pro Stock
                                                 Motorcycle) locked up their berths in the Countdown to 1,
Grubnic good to go                               joining Larry Dixon and Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel and Mike
                                                 Edwards in Pro Stock. Edwards can clinch the top seed in Seattle
Connie Kalitta has announced that his Dave       if he leaves with a 450-point lead; he is ahead of Johnson by 392.
Grubnic-driven Kalitta Air Top Fuel
dragster will continue to vie for a coveted
spot in the Countdown to 1. Initially, the
team was only expected to compete for
about half of the 23-event schedule. After
                                                 Anderson wins K&N Horsepower Challenge
13 events, Grubnic is in 11th place, six         Greg Anderson
points from the top 10. “I’m having a lot of     drove his Summit-
fun tuning the car,” said Kalitta. “We’ve got
a great shot at getting in the top 10 and
                                                 sponsored Pontiac
                                                 to victory at the
                                                                                                       WEEKLYneed to know this week
                                                                                                          What you
competing for the championship, so that’s        26th annual K&N
what we’re going to do. It’s a no-brainer.”      Horsepower Challenge, held
                                                 Saturday of the Summit Racing
                                                                                                        Upcoming events
                                                 Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit                                                      Mid-Michigan Motorplex
 Repeat ESPY nominee                             Motorsports Park. Anderson, appearing in his                                           Stanton, Mich. (July 10-11)
                           For the fourth        sixth Challenge final, earned his third bonus-race
                           straight year,        payday with a holeshot victory against Mike                                               National Trail Raceway
                           U.S. Army Top         Edwards, 6.68 to 6.67. Anderson’s victory was                                            Hebron, Ohio (July 23-25)
                           Fuel driver           worth $50,000, and he added a $25,000 windfall
                           Tony                  the following day when he won the national event                                               Infineon Raceway
                           Schumacher            Pro Stock title to earn the NHRA double-up
                                                                                                                                               Sonoma (July 23-25)
                           has been              bonus. Look for Challenge coverage next week.
                           nominated for                                                            
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