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NHRA: 1998 Revell Nationals Preview #7

18 August 1998

13th annual NHRA Revell Nationals Weekly Preview
Vol. 1 Issue 7 August 17, 1998

Looking Ahead:
Prior to the 13th annual NHRA Revell Nationals the Texas Motorplex will host the Sears Craftsman E.T. Bracket Finals on October 2-4. This event will feature the top 45 bracket racers representing the tracks that comprise the South Central Division of the NHRA. Many of these drivers will return to the Motorplex for the Revell Nationals and compete in the Super Gas, Super Comp, Stock, Super Stock or Competition Eliminator classes, October 22-25, 1998.

Revell Nationals Moment:
In 1992 Cruz Pedregon won his only Winston Funny Car Championship but it was the NHRA Revell Nationals final round versus John Force that many fans remember as Cruz's highlight. Both drivers flew off of the starting line and then each driver lost traction. In a classic foot-peddling contest Cruz took the win when Force was disqualified for hitting the guardwall. Cruz's winning time of 7.760 seconds at 202.97 mph still stands as the slowest winning Funny Car final round.

"I've always enjoyed racing at the Motorplex and now, to return as a driver who's won at the track is special. It is still one of the top tracks and capable of producing national-record times and speeds. The people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area show their support for our Copenhagen Racing Camaro Funny Car team and we like to return the favor by winning the race." - Copenhagen Funny Car Driver Ron Capps

Fast Facts:
15/100ths The number of seconds it takes all 5,500 horsepower of a Top Fuel Dragster engine to reach the rear wheels.

100 ft. Optimal distance for a Top Fuel Dragster to race with its front wheels off of the ground in order the have a good launch and quick run.

For the Fans/Sponsors:
Part of any title sponsors participation in an NHRA Winston National event is the sponsor race. In 1998 the Revell-Monogram sponsor race will be held at the Texas Motorplex on Wednesday, October 21, select employees and customers will have the opportunity to race down the all concrete quarter mile in performance Pontiacs provided by Buz Post GMC of Arlington. Novice racers will receive coaching from two NHRA professional drivers throughout the afternoon long event.