Brogdon earned his spot in the Countdown to 1 with a holeshot win in the opening round over points leader and reigning NHRA Full Throttle world champ Mike Edwards. Gray Father and son pull to the starting line side by side for the third time this season, and this time, son beats dad on a holeshot by fivehundredths and moves into sixth in the standings.
PRO STOCK 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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