"Reaction Time"

Lunch buddies Dixon, McClenathan both hungry for title

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REACTION TIME By Susan Wade What kind of a guy wants to have to pick up the check at the restaurant — and does it with glee? Larry Dixon does — at least when he’s treating Cory McClenathan, his closest rival in the Countdown for the National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel crown. The trouble [...]

Michael Beard receives 2010 Mike Aiello Award

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REACTION TIME COLUMN By Susan Wade Since March, IHRA and NHRA sportsman racer Michael Beard has battled Bell’s palsy, a non-life-threatening, temporary facial paralysis that has no known cause or cure. He shoehorned food into his uncooperative mouth. He functioned in and out of his race car with his right eye taped shut and covered [...]

Dixon, Spoiler Pedregon Among Happy Ones At Reading

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REACTION TIME By Susan Wade National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel drivers Larry Dixon and Cory McClenathan were on the same flight last month from Charlotte back home to Indianapolis. Dixon had beaten McClenathan in the semifinals of the Carolinas Nationals there at zMAX Dragway en route to his victory. Sitting in different parts of [...]

SHAKEDOWN AT E-TOWN DELIVERS DRAMA AGAIN

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REACTION TIME By Susan Wade Delayed by overnight vandalism and make-up qualifying runs, then forced into hurry-up mode by an approaching storm, Dave Hance’s ADRL.us Shakedown at E-Town VIII packed plenty of drama into a shrinking window of opportunity this past Sunday. Tim Lynch (Outlaw 10.5), Chip King (Blown Pro Modified), Khalid Al Balooshi (Nitrous [...]

Schumacher Lassoes Victory, Takes Texas-Sized Leap Forward

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REACTION TIME By Susan Wade The eyes of Texas were upon drag racers Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) — all the livelong cool, foggy, muggy, eventually decent day Sunday. They were O’Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals winners at the Texas Motorplex, [...]