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NHRA: Points Leaders Hope to Make History With Western Swing Sweep

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POINTS LEADERS HOPE TO MAKE HISTORY WITH WESTERN SWING SWEEP:
Seven drivers. In the 22-year history of the famed Western Swing, the
grueling three-races-in-three-weeks summer stretch that includes stops
in Denver; Sonoma, California; and Seattle, only seven drivers have ever
won all three races. And of those seven, none have ever swept the swing
twice. With the NHRA Full Throttle Series heading to Bandimere Speedway
in Denver, the first of the three stops in the Western Swing, many
drivers are hoping to make history by becoming the eighth name to be
added to the famed list that includes NHRA greats Joe Amato, John Force,
Cory McClenathan, Larry Dixon, Greg Anderson, Tony Schumacher and
Antron Brown. Top Fuel points leader Del Worsham is one of those. Since
making the switch from Funny Car to Top Fuel, Worsham has won an
impressive five races in six final-round appearances, including two
consecutive wins heading into the event this weekend. He currently sits
131 points ahead of his closest competition, Spencer Massey, entering
the summer racing stretch.

Racing News: Subaru Driver David Higgins Wins 2011 Rally America National Championship

Subaru Driver David Higgins Wins 2011 Rally America National Championship
Subaru of America Inc.'s Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins has won the 2011 Rally America National Championship with a 2nd overall finish at the season finale—the New England Forest Rally—this past weekend. In a hotly contested season, Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew piloted their BFGoodrich Tires-shod ’11 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
rally car to three victories and two 2nd overall finishes in the
six-event Rally America National Championship. The 2011 driver’s title
is the third for Higgins in the USA having won the SCCA ProRally Championship in 2002 and 2003. Higgins also won the British Rally Championship in 2004.

NHRA: Neff Gives Ford 200th Funny Car Victory

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NEFF GIVES FORD ITS 200TH FUNNY CAR VICTORY:
Funny Car points leader
Mike Neff raced to victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66
NHRA Nationals, claiming his fourth victory of the season. In the
process, the driver of the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang gave Ford its
milestone 200th Funny Car victory. With the win, Neff increased his
series lead to 172 points over second place Jack Beckman with five races
remaining in the 16-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Regular
Season. Other winners at Route 66 Raceway included Del Worsham (Top
Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Racing News: Cooper Grabs Third 2011 Playboy MX-5 Cup Win at Mazda Raceway

Cooper Grabs Third 2011 Playboy MX-5 Cup Win At Mazda Raceway
After holding off an early battle, Mike Cooper, from Syosset, New York,
ran away with his third SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup win of
2011 on Saturday morning at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Jason Saini, of
Ft. Worth, Texas, and Jeff Mosing, of Austin, Texas, joined Cooper on
the podium.

NHRA: Full Throttle Series Heads to Chicago

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DEFENDING EVENT WINNERS HOPING FOR ADDITIONAL SEASON WINS WHILE ONE
LOOKS FOR FIRST AS NHRA FULL THROTTLE SERIES HEADS TO CHICAGO:
For
Top Fuel pilot Larry Dixon, Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards and Pro Stock
Motorcycle rider LE Tonglet, the path down the 2011 season hasn’t been
what they had hoped. As the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads
to its 11th stop of the season, the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA
Nationals at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago, these defending
event winners hope that a return to a track that brought them so much
success just one year ago might be the push they need in the point
standings with just five races left until the Countdown to the
Championship playoffs. After all, it was here that the road to success
for two of those drivers began last year; Dixon and Tonglet went on to
win world championships at season’s end.

Racing News: NHRA Unleashed and NMCA to Join Forces

NHRA Unleashed and NMCA to Join Forces
The NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals series has announced that the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed program will combine forces with the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA)
to deliver fun and close side-by-side racing for fans and competitors
alike. The NHRA Unleashed program, which was formed in 2010, will be
featured at five NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals events for the
remainder of the 2011 season.
 


NHRA: Career-Changing Seasons Could Bring First Full Throttle World Championships for First-Place Drivers

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CAREER-CHANGING SEASONS COULD BRING FIRST FULL THROTTLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR FIRST-PLACE DRIVERS: When
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing driver Del Worsham got the news from
Al-Anabi team manger Alan Johnson that he would be adding a second
Al-Anabi dragster to the stable and that he wanted the long-time Funny
Car racer to pilot that dragster, Worsham could never have imagined the
change that this move would bring to his life. But 10 races into the
2011 NHRA Full Throttle season, that change has resulted in four race
wins in five final-round appearances as well as the points lead in Top
Fuel.

Racing News: Tanner Foust 
in European Championship Contention After Round 4

Rockstar Energy Drink Driver Tanner Foust 
in European Championship Contention After Round 4
Rockstar Energy Drink Driver Tanner Foust once again put on a spectacular show for fans of the European Rallycross Championship
at Round 4 in Hell, Norway. The American driver set top times and was
the fastest in the third qualifying heat to best hometown favorite—and
defending champion—Sverre Isachsen. The series visited a new track for
this round, Lånkebanen at Hell, near Trondheim. Featuring huge elevation
changes and a turn similar to Laguna Seca's famed "Corkscrew," the
pressure was on for strong, technical driving. But during the A-Main
final race, Foust's throttle stuck open and a bump by another competitor
sent him flying into the wall at 60 mph. Although he was largely
uninjured, the vehicle was damaged and he was unable to finish the race.
He scored sixth-place points for the event.

NHRA: Bristol Winners Ready for Summer Stretch of Full Throttle Series

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BRISTOL WINNERS READY FOR SUMMER STRETCH OF NHRA FULL THROTTLE SERIES:

At the end of a long day of racing Sunday at the Ford NHRA Thunder
Valley Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers, three
drivers stood in the winner’s circle, reflecting on their wins and the
constantly changing weather conditions that they and their teams battled
all weekend. As Top Fuel pilot Larry Dixon, Funny Car driver Robert
Hight and Pro Stock racer Mike Edwards spoke with the media following
the race, one statement was loud and clear—their teams are ready for
summer racing in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Racing News: Hamlin Secures First Win of Season; Racers Against Street Racing True Street Challenge

The NMRA and NMCA will produce the first West Coast Shootout event at
Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, the weekend of July 8–10,
2011. This event will feature all the cars and all the stars from the
West Coast drag-racing scene. PSCA class rules for this event will be
followed.

The Racers Against Street Racing (RASR) True Street Challenge
class, which will run on Saturday, July 9, will feature street-type
racers, media and manufacturers all mixing it up on the quarter-mile for
fun, prizes and a great cause. True Street racers will win cash, awards
and bonus prizes from NMRA and NMCA sponsors. Take a look at the prize
list below. There is upwards of $10,000 in bonus prizes with more to
come.

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