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Racing News: Line Wins at Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

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Jason Line
Jason Line won a race for an NHRA-record 16th straight season last Sunday, racing to the wire-to-wire victory at his home track during the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Line Wins at Home Track, Don Schumacher Racing Doubles Up as Pritchett, Capps Also Win Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Jason Line won a race for an NHRA-record 16th straight season last Sunday, racing to the wire-to-wire victory at his home track during the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. In other racing, it was a double-up victory for Don Schumacher Racing for the first time in 2019, as Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Ron Capps (Funny Car) won in their respective categories at the 17th of 24 events on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Line, the No. 1 qualifier, used a run of 6.597 seconds at 209.10 mph in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro to beat Erica Enders’ 6.604 at 207.59 in the final round. In Top Fuel, Pritchett picked up her first win of the season and eighth in her career thanks to a 3.732 at 321.04 in her MOPAR Dodge dragster, sending her past Mike Salinas in the final round. Funny Car’s Capps won for the sixth time in Brainerd, going 3.946 at 324.28 in the final round in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to beat DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr.’s 3.947 at 319.98. The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues August 28–September 2, with the last race of the regular season—the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

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In Sportsman, polesitter Sean Milburn traded the lead with points leader Edgar Lau, who edged his ARG Motorsports BMW 330i about a hood length ahead of the Acura at the finish line.

Lau and Milburn Battle at Laguna Seca in BMW vs. Acura Showdown

Swedish driver Carl Rydquist won the GT class at Laguna Seca Raceway in the Champion/Myraceshop.com FFR GTM. Doug Makishima scored yet another victory in the MCS BMW M3 and behind him Larry Bani managed second place in the KW Suspension/Garagistic BMW M3. Finishing in third place was Viktor Czalpa in the Wob-cars Audi R8. Art Nersisyan made it two in a row in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis beating his teammate Gary Sheehan in the other GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis. Finishing in third was Brad Austin in the TNI Racing Mazdaspeed 3. In Sportsman, polesitter Sean Milburn traded the lead with points leader Edgar Lau, who edged his ARG Motorsports BMW 330i about a hood length ahead of the Acura at the finish line. Finishing about two car lengths behind and actually turning the quickest lap of the race was the Idemitsu/Raybestos Mazda RX8 of Michael McColligan. Milburn’s second place was more than enough to earn himself the Plastex top rookie honors, while for the third event in a row, team ARG Motorsports earned the top team award.

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