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FYI WIRZ: NHRA Contenders Blast Midway into Countdown Playoffs at Reading

The NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs have been six races long since 2007 and are now halfway over for the 2013 season. The powerful NHRA show will shift east to the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. The area is known for big speed owing to elevation and an abundance of trees. NHRA engines like plenty of oxygen and get that from this Pennsylvania area. NHRA’s four professional classes—Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle—have been very competitive this year, and two continue to be tightly contested. A meager six points separates 2011 champion Matt Hagan from 15-time Funny Car champion and drag racing icon John Force. Hagan has excelled and struggled in...

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