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