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       29th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 12-15, Brainerd

                                                                                                                  Jeg Coughlin Jr. will head into the Countdown to 1 playoffs with plenty of momentum after beating Shane
                                                                                                                  Gray for his second win in three straight finals.

                                                                                                                  (Above) Kurt Johnson, driving the same Pontiac GXP that his father, Warren, last drove in 2008, had
                                                                                                                  his Countdown to 1 playoff hopes dashed in round one. (Left) Coming off an impressive victory in Denver,
                                                                                                                  Allen Johnson was understandably disappointed after losing on a holeshot in round two.

                                                                    NOTEBOOK                                      Despite a decent shot at making the
                                                                                                                  Countdown to 1, Rickie Jones sat out
                                                                                                                                                                      for those trophies, and we’re still looking
                                                                                                                                                                      for our first one.”
                                                                                                                  the Western Swing after mixed results
                                                                    Automobile Club of Southern California        that included a couple of finals, five first-       Kurt Johnson battled for the final spot
                                                                    Road to the Future Award contender            round losses, and four nonqualifying                in the Countdown to 1 with the trusty
                                                                    Shane Gray, the runner-up in                  efforts. Back on the tour, Jones earned a           Jerry Haas-built GXP formerly driven by
                                                                    Englishtown, jumped two spots to sixth in     start from the No. 11 spot. “It was                 his dad, 97-time national event winner
                                                                    the standings following his final-round       difficult to be at home watching,” said             Warren Johnson. Unfortunately for K.J.,
                                                                    finish. Gray beat dad Johnny en route to      Jones. “You’re definitely sitting there on          the trade of his Chevy Cobalt didn’t
                                                                    the second final of his young career. “I      the couch letting the clutch out with every         happen soon enough, and a first-round
                                                                    feel blessed to be where we’re at. I wish     pair. We needed to take some time off to            loss paired with the first-round win of
                                                                    we could have gotten our first win today,     work on the engine program and see if we            fellow challenger Rodger Brogdon locked
                                                                    but we’ll have to wait until the U.S.         could step up and run better. Now we’re             him out. “We were looking for everything
                                                                    Nationals. I’m lucky to have the chance to    building toward next year. I would rather           we could come up with,” said K.J. “The
                                                                    race in the playoffs, and we’ll try to make   at least give ourselves a better chance of          GXP has better aerodynamics, and I think
                                                                    the most of it.”                              winning races. There is no replacement              it’s definitely worth something; we just
                                                                                                                        (Left) Driving his Attitude Apparel
                                                                                                                        Pontiac GXP, Rodger Brogdon upset
                                                                                                                        No. 1 qualifier Mike Edwards in round
                                                                                                                        one to clinch the 10th and final spot in
                                                                                                                        the Countdown to 1. (Below) Jeg
                                                                                                                        Coughlin Jr. used a better light and
                                                                                                                        the second-quickest run of the
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