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NMRA Jason
10-04-2009, 06:56 AM
Written By: Jason Reiss

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Itís been a long time coming, but Chris Tuten is finally starting to get his Super Street outlaw program together. The struggle of making the car work with the stock suspension didnít take him long to figure out, but his engine program has been giving him fits all year. He installed a new turbo on Thursday night, and the installation has paid off in spades. He arrived with a grin on his face, as he tested before coming here and went 155mph to the 1/8th mile. He is qualified number one heading into todayís eliminations with a stout 7.39. It will be a tough road for him to win the race because of the stout competition, but he told us heís going to give it his best shot.

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For his first full season in the Steeda Open Comp class, Michiganís Paul Lehman has been kicking butt. He also runs in Milan Dragwayís Open Comp class and runs quite well there. Currently he is sitting third behind former class champion Bruce Parker and Wes Dalrymple, and still has a shot to win the championship if the cards fall his way today. He knows what he has to do to make it happen, and nailed down the #1 qualifier with a .002 reaction time in his badass í31 Model A. Can he pull it off?

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Itís gonna be a dogfight today in the Roush Performance Modular Muscle class. If you can believe it, an .021 reaction time by Roxanne Shepard was only good for the 13th qualifying position. Donnie Bowles, Reggie Burnette Jr., and Susan McClenaghan are currently separated by 120 points with five rounds of racing on the plate for today. As long as Bowles can win more rounds than Reggie or Susan, he will lock up his first-ever championship in any racing series. Bowles has only been racing since 2005, and has honed his skills through tons of testing and research. Bowles blew an engine up in yesterdayís qualifying sessions and was up until 1AM replacing it with the help of his Roush Performance crew. All three have a chance to take the championship, and í08 Champ Tom Motycka also has an outside chance to repeat.

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Yesterday afternoonís final qualifying session was a doozy in the BFGoodrich Tires Drag Radial class. All season long, the racers have been knocking on the 7-second barrier, with Dave Guy, Jason Lee, and Sean Lyon leading the pack through the door. With all the marbles on the table at this race for Pecchini (he has a chance to take out Lee for the championship), he had to turn up the wick to try to gain a higher amount of qualifying points. Lyon, while he hasnít made every race, has a hell of a racecar, and crew chief Mark Biddle has been turning up the wick every chance he gets. The pair screamed down the track, and when the scoreboards lit up, we had an opportunity to witness the first-ever side-by-side 7-second passes, with Lyon coming out on top to seize the top qualifying spot. Will Pecchini be able to hold Lee off for the championship?