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Mon, Nov 2, 10:05 PM

BAYTOWN - NHRA Special Awards

BAYTOWN, Texas - Special awards at the 2nd annual NHRA Matco Tools Supernationals:

Best Appearing Car -- Swindoll Brothers Racing Super Comp and Super Gas entries. Drivers Alan and Joe Swindoll, La Porte, Texas.

Best Appearing Crew -- PMC Pro Stock Motorcycle team. Driver: Fumiki Tanaka, Tokyo, Japan.

Best Engineered Car -- Spartan Tool Supply 1963 Corvette Super Gas entry. Driver: Richard Bateman, Columbus, Ohio.

BIG BUD Shootout At Pomona Award ($4,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel) -- Gary Scelzi, Fresno, Calif., Team Winston Dragster, 4.549 seconds, 322.23 mph.

BIG BUD Shootout At Indy Award ($4,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car) -- Cruz Pedregon, Camarillo, Calif., Interstate Batteries Pontiac Firebird, 4.807 seconds, 319.60 mph.

NHRA Pro Stock Challenge Award ($3,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock) -- Kurt Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga., AC Delco Chevrolet Camaro, 6.920 seconds, 199.46 mph.

NHRA Pro Stock Bike Dash Award ($1,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle) -- Matt Hines, Trinidad, Colo., 7.261 seconds, 184.99 mph.

Sears Craftsman Crew Chief Of The Race Awards ($1,000 to the Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock crew chiefs of the race) -- Alan Johnson for the Team Winston Top Fuel Dragster driven by Gary Scelzi; Wes Cerny for the Interstate Batteries Pontiac Firebird Funny Car driven by Cruz Pedregon; and Tom Kling for the Jesel Valve Train Pontiac Firebird Pro Stock Car driven by Tom Martino.

MBNA World Record Club ($50,000 bonus available for Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors who set NHRA elapsed time national records) -- Funny Car, $50,000, Cruz Pedregon, Interstate Batteries Pontiac Firebird, 4.807 seconds.

Speed-Pro 200 MPH Pro Stock Club ($1,000 bonus available for Pro Stock drivers who post a speed of 200 mph. Twelve of 16 spots remain in the program) -- No winners at this event.

Estimated four-day event attendance: 78,500

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