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Shane, who defeated his dad in the semi's in Englishtown, has the better reaction time and turns it into a 6.61 to 6.60 holeshot victory. Johnson Line and Johnson leave the starting line together, but that is the last time they are next to one another because Line is significantly better at every point downtrack, ultimately finishing more than five-hundredths in front.

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									       23rd annual Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals, July 16-18, Sonoma

                                                                      Jeg Coughlin Jr. picked up his third win of 2010 and his 51st in the class when he bested Jason Line in the final.
                                                                      Coughlin led the match start to finish, taking a .036-second lead at the Tree and outrunning Line, 6.59 to 6.60.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Rookie of the year candidate Shane Gray
                                                                                                                                                                                             aided his bids for both that honor and a
                                                                                                                                                                                             spot in the top 10 when he wheeled his
                                                                       For the second straight event, Kurt Johnson was
                                                                                                                                                                                           Tire Kingdom ride to a semifinal showing.
                                                                       around late on Sunday, wheeling his Pietro’s
                                                                                                                                                                                              His efforts moved him up from ninth to
                                                                       Pizza-backed Cobalt to the semifinals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              eighth in the standings.

                                                                        NOTEBOOK                                             Kurt Johnson made strides in his bid
                                                                                                                             to crack the top 10 and earn a spot in
                                                                                                                                                                                  Rookie Shane Gray solidified his spot in
                                                                                                                                                                                  the provisional playoff field with a
                                                                                                                             the Countdown to 1. Johnson advanced                 semifinal showing that moved him up a
                                                                       After back-to-back 6.57s, Jason Line                  to the semifinals for the second                     spot, to eighth. “I think we’re pretty solid
                                                                       appeared primed for a repeat victory at               straight week, which moved him up to                 and are going to be in the Countdown [to
                                                                       the event, but things didn’t come together            11th in the standings. “The car’s been               1], and I think my father’s car is decently
                                                                       for him in the final. “I should have done a           good,” said Johnson, who is 72 points                solid in there, too,” said Gray. “If we can
                                                                       better job of driving, and the car didn’t             behind 10th-place Johnny Gray. “We’re                go and go a round or two in Denver, I
                                                                       make a good run either,” said Line. “You’ll           making better runs, and the fact that                think we’ll be pretty good.”
                                                                       have days like this, I guess. There’s not             the crew over here is working together a
                                                                       much more I can say about it. Getting to a            whole lot better and paying a little more            Gray’s path to the semifinals included
                                                                       final is good, losing it is bad. There’s no           attention to the detail and are more                 facing his father, Johnny, in the
                                                                       reason why we shouldn’t have run a 6.5,               comfortable, that’s all it is. It’s the              opening round. “I can’t deny I wanted
                                                                       too. We just didn’t get it done.”                     whole package, front bumper to back                  to win that one,” said the elder Gray.
                                                                                                                             bumper and all the personnel and                     “The points battle is so tight, and I
                                                                       Though still a pretty big long shot,                  everything.”                                         really could use the points. But if I
(Above) After surrendering nearly three-hundredths on
the starting line, Jeg Coughlin Jr. drove around Shane
Gray in the semifinals to advance to his fourth final of
the season. (Right) Hot off victories in Norwalk and
Seattle, Greg Anderson’s bid
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