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NHRA: Force Grasps Slim Lead With Three Races Left Before Championship

CHALLENGERS HOPE TO KEEP MOMENTUM GOING AT TOYO TIRES NHRA NATIONALS:
With three races to go in the Full Throttle Countdown to the
Championship, the regular season leaders remain at the top of the
standings; however, in each of the four categories, a bit of momentum
seems to have been picked up by a few drivers who started the playoffs
back in the pack. With less than a few rounds of racing separating
first, second, third and, in some cases, fourth place in each category,
expect the intensity level to be at an all-time high at the Toyo Tires
NHRA Nationals at scenic Maple Grove Raceway, October 7–10. Larry Dixon
(Top Fuel), Bob Tasca (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Eddie
Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are the defending winners of the NHRA
Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event, which will be televised on
ESPN2 HD.

NHRA: Schumacher Gets Fifth Win of Season, Hagan Grabs Third Win of Season at Dallas

SCHUMACHER GETS FIFTH WIN OF SEASON; HAGAN GRABS THIRD WIN OF SEASON AT DALLAS:
Defending Top Fuel world champion Tony Schumacher moved even closer to
Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon when he drove his U.S. Army dragster
past Shawn Langdon in the final round of the O’Reilly Super Start
Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Dallas Sunday to
pick up his fifth win of the season and 66th of his career. Schumacher
held off teammate and second-place driver Cory McClenathan in the
semifinal round, then drove past Langdon in the final to give “The
Sarge” his fifth victory at Texas Motorplex.

NHRA: Dixon Gets 11th Win of the Season in North Carolina

DIXON GETS 11TH WIN OF THE SEASON; PEDREGON GRABS FIRST WIN AT CHARLOTTE:
Larry Dixon continued his domination over the Top Fuel class as he
powered his Al-Anabi Racing dragster past Dave Grubnic, Tony
Schumacher, Cory McClenathan and Doug Kalitta to grab the win Sunday at
the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord,
North Carolina. It was Dixon’s 11th win of the season in 11 final round
appearances, the most in the category for the year.

NHRA: Drag Racing Heads to NASCAR Country for Second Countdown to the Championship Race

DRIVERS PREPARE FOR CHARLOTTE AND SECOND STOP IN NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
With just one event complete in the six-race 2010 NHRA Countdown to the
Championship playoffs and the recently completed Mac Tools U.S.
Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the excitement and tension couldn’t
be bigger in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Now the series
heads to Charlotte, North Carolina, and zMAX Dragway for the second
stop of the Countdown to the Championship—the third annual O’Reilly
Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

Racing News: Paul Tracy Returns to IndyCar for Kentucky and Japan Races

WRAPPED UP: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas clinched their second-straight Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype championship Saturday with their Grand Am single-season record eighth victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

GRANTED: Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway has received a $1.5 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, which the track will match, making the total grant $3 million. The money will be used to improve track infrastructure. The International Speedway Corp., the track’s parent company, also pledged to do everything possible to keep two races at the track for the next five years.

STICKING AROUND: Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year Regan Smith has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Furniture Row Racing through the 2012 season.

NHRA: Hight, Coughlin and Brown Chase Title Bids Heading Into Indy

DRIVERS KNOW IT’S MORE THAN JUST A RACE; IT’S “THE BIG GO!”:
As the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series descends on historic
O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis this Labor Day weekend, drivers
and teams alike need very little to pump them up for this year’s Mac
Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.

“If you’re a drag
racer, you don’t need anything to pump you up for Indy,” said
three-time and defending event winner Jeg Coughlin. “This is the
granddaddy of them all and has been since the start. Now that the NHRA
has added the start of the Countdown into the mix it’s going to be
all-time. I’m getting excited just talking about it.”

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