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SWEDEN'S VEIDEC FESTIVAL

The Swedish round of the FIA
European Drag Racing Championship managed to get in the only complete non
washed out event of the tour so far this season and even this suffered rain and
thunder storms making hard work for the track crews. But cool air helped the
event secure a new European Top Fuel record and numerous track bests. On the
woeful side there was one Pro Stock crash and two Pro bikes managed to scrape
the guard rail all with, thankfully, no casualties.

In FIA Top Fuel, Britain’s
Andy Carter in the Lucas Oil machine recorded a new European record with his
4.732 that also led the field of ten entries by almost a tenth. Of the eight
qualifiers only two remained outside the four second zone with Sweden’s Jöran
Persåker sitting on the bump with a 5.074, a fact that made it Europe’ quickest
ever bump spot.

Round one pitted Norway against Sweden with Thomas Nataas
experiencing a small fire in the lights on his winning 4.916/303 as Micke
Kǻgered pitched the blower belt off at three quarter track slowing to a
6.244/139. Finland’s Tommi
Haapanen ran his best ever with a winning 4.890/294 as Switzerland’s
Urs Erbacher lost the blower belt at one hundred feet out. Finland’s ski jumping Champion Janne Ahonen ran
a great 4.881 in qualifying but experienced problems starting and came to stage
too late after ignoring short burnout instructions and was told to shut off
allowing Holland’s
Lex Joon to record an easy solo of 6.445/131 to take the win. Andy Carter also
had problems starting but did manage in time then zipped off a 4.740/308 to
oust any chance from Jöran Persǻker’s 5.057/263 to end the round.

IHRA TORCO NORTHERN NATIONALS - EVENT NOTEBOOK

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Keep up with this weekend's IHRA Torco Northern Nationals by reading our
behind-the-scenes event notebook. We bring you the stories behind the numbers
and win-lights throughout the course of the weekend. Tune in daily for the
latest news from the pits.

NHRA FRAM AUTOLITE NATIONALS - SAME DAY COVERAGE

 
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In the heart of Northern California’s high-tech region and sponsored by
Infineon Technologies, the facility annually plays host to some of the tour’s
most dramatic moments. A $70 million modernization project was completed in 2002.

NHRA FRAM AUTOLITE NATIONALS - EVENT NOTEBOOK

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Keep up with this weekend's FRAM AUTOLITE NHRA Nationals by reading our
behind-the-scenes event notebook. We bring you the stories behind the numbers
and win-lights throughout the course of the weekend. Tune in daily for the
latest news from the pits.

IHRA MOPAR CANADIAN NATIONALS - EVENT NOTEBOOK

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Keep up with this weekend's IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals
by reading our behind-the-scenes event notebook. We bring you the stories behind
the numbers and win-lights throughout the course of the weekend. Tune in daily
for the latest news from the pits.

IHRA MOPAR CANADIAN NATIONALS - SAME DAY COVERAGE

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First introduced to the IHRA Knoll Gas Nitro Jam tour in 2000, this annual visit to the Luke Huron region represents one of two visits to the beautiful province of Ontario. The Mopar Canadian Nationals provided the foundation for an IHRA Canadian tour that has now increased to three.

NHRA SCHUCK'S NATIONALS - SAME DAY COVERAGE

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In one of the tour’s most breathtaking environments, venerable Pacific
Raceways is surrounded by towering pine trees and parked in the shadow
of majestic Mount Rainier and represents the middle stop on NHRA’s
long-running and much-publicized Western Swing. The trees add more than
beauty: They emit tons of power-enhancing oxygen to feed the appetite
of the high-horsepower machines, resulting in prime performances.

 

NHRA SCHUCK'S NATIONALS - EVENT NOTEBOOK

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Keep up with this weekend's Schuck's NHRA Nationals
by reading our behind-the-scenes event notebook. We bring you the stories behind
the numbers and win-lights throughout the course of the weekend. Tune in daily
for the latest news from the pits.

NHRA MILE HIGH NATIONALS - EVENT NOTEBOOK

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Keep up with this weekend's NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals in Denver, Colorado, by reading our
behind-the-scenes event notebook. We bring you the stories behind the numbers
and win-lights throughout the course of the weekend. Tune in daily for the
latest news from the pits.

NHRA MILE HIGH NATIONALS - SAME DAY COVERAGE

 
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The second half of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season kicks
off with the first of three consecutive weekends of racing and one of
its greatest challenges. Teams travel high and deep into the Rocky
Mountains to more than 5,800 feet, where the altitude plays havoc with
everything. 

 

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