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lucasDSB_3190.JPGMorgan Lucas has learned a valuable lesson this season. No one is above having a disastrous season.

“This year has been lesson that anyone with any budget can have a year
like we did. I thought we had a bad year last year. But I have learned
what a bad year is. We were hurting parts on every run and blowing the
heads off of the car. Now I have come to realize what a bad year really
is. The people who are true friends have really showed themselves this
year. It has been an up and down year, but now it is a little more fun.
We are just going to keep our heads in it and try to win a race this

“Maybe this will be good for next year since they are giving us 90%
back and a couple of other things. We are going to get geared up for
that. This winter we plan to test as much as possible.”


dickersonDSA_4356_350.jpgLynn Nickerson said being able to fill his role
as announcer this weekend was the equivalent of a drag racer crashing and coming
back to win the next race.

Nickerson said in a sense, he had crashed.
He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2004 and last year it returned in his
renal gland and kidneys. This weekend’s event was the first for Nickerson since
fending off cancer for the second time in three years.

“You go through
things for a reason and I believe that God would never put more on us than we
can handle,” Nickerson said. “He’s got something else for me to do.”

“I spent a lot of time in chemotherapy, made trips to the doctor and did
time in the hospital,” Nickerson said. “The one thing that made it possible to
survive was my love for the sport and the love returned back to me from the
racing community.”

Nickerson said the outpouring of the drag racing
community was unbelievable and that his cancer is now in remission.


Needing a strong showing in order to have any chance of claiming the Division 3
Super Stock championship, John Coughlin came through in a big way with a victory
during this weekend’s Lucas Oil Series event at Atco Dragway in Atco, N. J.
Driving his JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt, Coughlin won seven tough rounds of
eliminations including a final round victory against former division champion
Jim Harrington.
“I knew coming into this race that I needed to make it to the final and
thanks to my team, we were able to get the job done,” said Coughlin. “We tested
this car extensively last week and learned a lot. We made a lot of changes
before this race and it responded beautifully. Right now, this car is very easy
to drive and more importantly, it’s very consistent, which was a big help this
As a result of his victory, Coughlin jumped from sixth to first in the
Division 3 Super Stock standings. He is currently 12 points ahead of
second-place Nicholas Morris. Morris can still earn points at one NHRA Lucas Oil
Series event, but he must win four rounds of competition in order to pass


Sunday's final results from the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals
presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th of 23 in
the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:


Top Fuel -- Larry Dixon, 4.629 seconds, 310.91 mph def. Bob Vandergriff,
5.426 seconds, 307.72 mph.


Doctors updated John Force's family and team following a thorough evaluation
of his multiple injuries and the prognosis for a full recovery is very

Force sustained a broken left ankle and severe abrasion on his
right knee. Force's left wrist also was dislocated and broken and he
sustained some severe abrasions and slight fractures on a number of fingers
on his
right hand.


Point standings for the eight drivers in each class who have
qualified for the NHRA playoffs, following the 22nd annual O'Reilly
NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex, the
20th of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series (after 21
races, the top four drivers in each class will advance to the two-race
championship round at Las Vegas and Pomona):


Final round-by-round results from the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals
presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex, the 20th of 23 events in the
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:



Pro Stock Motorcycle newcomer Peggy Llewellyn won her first NHRA national event
at a critical juncture in the season, pushing her way into the Countdown to One
field by the slenderest of margins Sunday evening.

The San Antonio-based rider shared a somber Texas
Motorplex winner's circle with new POWERade points leaders Larry Dixon and Tony
Pedregon, as well as Pro Stock juggernaut Dave Connolly, who collected his
fourth trophy in a row, at the 22nd annual O’Reilly NHRA Fall
Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.

The mood of the day was tempered greatly by an
accident involving John Force, who suffered a broken left ankle and wrist and
numerous abrasions, and Kenny Bernstein. Force was airlifted to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Dixon used his third victory of the season to
take the Top Fuel lead in the Countdown to Four. The driver of the SkyTel
dragster was ready for the final, leaving with a .059-second reaction time.
Final-round foe Bob Vandergriff was close behind in his UPS rail, taking off in
.065 seconds, but his car was soon smoking its tires, allowing Dixon to take the 41st win
of his career in 4.629 at 310.91 mph.



John Force and Kenny Bernstein were involved in a two-car crash during
the second round of Funny Car eliminations at the NHRA Fall Nationals
in Dallas, Texas.

Bernstein was uninjured in the crash. Force, with multiple injuries to
his extremities, was alert and speaking with medical personnel before
transport to Baylor University Medical Center for observation.

NHRA EMS official Dwight Shewchuk said that John Force was alert and
conscious but none of his injuries appeared life threatening.

“From the time we got there until we got him in the helicopter, he was
conscious,” Shewchuk said. “He does have some serious injuries to his
hand and his legs. Those will require extensive work up and treatment.
Nothing appears life-threatening at this time. Those are significant
injuries and they are going to take him to Baylor Hospital in Dallas
where he will be further evaluated and treated.”


The finalists for the Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock Showdown have been
confirmed. The Showdown will take place next weekend at Maryland International
Raceway during the Torco Racing Fuels President’s Cup Nationals.


Heading into this weekend’s race at
Milan Dragway, the only driver with a mathematical chance to get into the
Showdown was Rickie Smith. However, when John Nobile qualified No. 9 for the
Suzuki Motor City Nationals, he shut the door on Smith’s