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Antron, Match team bolt to No. 2 seed with last qualifying run heading to Sunday’s Gatornationals championship eliminations

GAINESVILLE, FL – Antron Brown and his Matco Tools team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald could pull off a Antron Brown - Roger Richards - Comp Plusunique double on Sunday during championship eliminations of the 45th annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla.

The 2012 Top Fuel world champions that finished second in the championship running last season, won at the last Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event two weeks ago near Phoenix and a year ago in the Gatornationals.

“We’re going to race hard and go out there to win,” he said after earning the No. 2 qualifying spot on his fourth and final qualifying pass. “It doesn’t matter what we did at the last race or here a year ago. We’re not worrying about what we did. We just want to go out Sunday and take it one round at a time and continue with our work ethic and hopefully it pays off.”

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Defending event champ Coughlin bracing for repeat at Street Car Super Nationals

LAS VEGAS, NV – Two-time world champion drag racer Troy Coughlin has returned to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to defend the title of the Pacific Street Car Association Street Car Super Nationals. The ninth annual running of the event, which pays $20,000 to the winner, runs Thursday through Sunday.

Aside from carrying the momentum of last year’s victory into the prestigious PSCA race, Coughlin also will benefit from having won the NHRA Pro Mod season finale on Oct 27 during the Toyota NHRA Nationals.

“We’ve always done well in Vegas so it’s definitely become one of our favorite racetracks,” Coughlin said. “We’ve won the last three races we’ve contested there so I guess you could say we’re on a roll in Las Vegas. That’s always a good thing, right?

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Customized and Performance Vehicle Program to Select Second Winner at Upcoming ‘Carlisle Chrysler Nationals’

Mopar® Reveals First 2013 ‘Top Eliminator’ Winner

Auburn Hills, MI – Chosen from over a thousand customized Chrysler brand vehicles on display at last month’s 29th Annual “Mopars in the Park” car show in Farmington, Minn., the first Mopar 2013 “Top Eliminator” program winner was announced as Miles Watsko of Manitoba, Canada, for his 1964 Plymouth Savoy.  In recognition for being named a Mopar “Top Eliminator”, Watsko will have his winning entry showcased in the Mopar display area at the world’s largest one-day classic car event; the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 17, 2013.

“The passion Miles (Watsko) has for his car is to be commended and recognized, and we are happy to give him the honor of the first Mopar “Top Eliminator” of 2013,” Tricia Hecker, Mopar Marketing Director said.  “We are thrilled to host his amazing 1964 Savoy at the Woodward Dream Cruise, one of the best places to be for true heritage, muscle and dream vehicles.”

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With Strong Start To 2013 Season, Lethal Threat Racing Adds Champion Lifts and Williams Performance As Sponsors

MUSTANG, OK – The Lethal Threat Racing team of Pro X-treme standouts Todd Martin and Brandon Pesz are off to a fine start in the 2013 X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) season, as Pesz is first in points through three races while Martin is just three points behind in second.

That success has carried over off the track as well, as the Lethal Threat racing team is pleased to announce new sponsorship deals with Champion Lifts and Williams Performance.

The two-car Pro X-treme team started the 2013 campaign by announcing associate sponsorships with LAT Racing Oils, Kryptonite Kustomz and Trick Titanium, and both Martin and Pesz’s success on the track has yielded more opportunities.

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AUTO CLUB’S HIGHT RUNNER-UP AT KANSAS NATIONALS

TOPEKA, KS – For the third time in four years Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang team were running for the money on Robert Hight - TopekaSunday afternoon at the NHRA Kansas Nationals. Facing veteran Johnny Gray and his Pitch Energy Dodge Charger in the final round Hight had lane choice but for the first time in four final round meetings Gray took the win. Gray posted a solid 4.067 second pass as Hight’s Mustang smoked the tires for the first time this weekend.

“I really believed we were going to get this one today. Not to take anything away from Johnny Gray. If this thing would have made a run like it had been all day we would have given Johnny a better race,” said Hight, the 2010 and 2011 Kansas Nationals winner. “It is hard to explain why we do well here. I don’t really know why. We have had some team members through the years that have been from this part of the country. This is just a great race track. (Crew chief) Jimmy Prock has won here in Top Fuel and Funny Car.”

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Gray, Wendland put Pitch Energy in first place; Schumacher takes Army to fifth championship round in ’13

TOPEKA, KS – Johnny Gray moved into sole possession of first place in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for the first time in his Johnny Gray - Topekacareer Sunday after winning for the second consecutive weekend.

Gray, 60, with crew chief Rob Wendland, a Lawrence, Kan. native, and assistant Rip Reynolds won for the third time in eight Mello Yello events when the Pitch Energy Dodge Charger R/T produced four runs in the elimination rounds at Heartland Park Topeka that included the last three that ranged 4.047 to 4.067 seconds.

It almost was the fifth time that Don Schumacher Racing left an event this year with both titles in NHRA’s premier categories, but Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army team was stopped by Al-Anabi Racing’s Shawn Langdon for the Top Fuel title 3.750 to 3.781.

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MJJ Racing Returns to Defend Modified Championship in 2013

CAYUGA, ON – Jarrod Kolne and the MJJ Racing Team will be returning to the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series with the help Jarrod Kolneof some new sponsors and a upgraded Moser Engineering Read End, in an attempt to defend their 2012 Modified Eliminator Championship.

Joining MJJ Racing this season is Tim Orser Residential Lift Services, who provide consulting, installing and repair services for various types of stairs, decks, and residential elevators.

Also joining MJJ Racing is Mike O Automotive in the Niagara Region and returning for their 6th season RJ’s Service & Performance in Hamilton.

With the new sponsorship, MJJ Racing’s schedule for 2013 will include all twelve DSE Sportsman Racing Series events, the entire Ontario Street Car Association (OSCA), and a few select other specialty events during the course of the season.

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