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Mon, 11 Oct 1999, 05:29 PM

NHRA Special Awards
By Rick Green

12th annual AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Best Appearing Car - Dawson Family Motorsports '34 Ford Roadster, Super Gas entry. Driver: Billy Dawson, Dexter, Mo..

Best Appearing Crew - Second Wind, Federal-Mogul Dragster entry. Driver: Billy Bybee, McLean, Texas.

Best Engineered - Folk Race Cars dragster, Super Comp entry. Driver: Nick Folk, Durand, Ill..

Winston No Bull Challenge (The Winston No Bull Challenge is worth $100,000 to Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors; $50,000 to Pro Stock competitors; and $25,000 to Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors. Contestants are determined through lottery-style pre-race drawings) -- No winners at this event.

BIG BUD Shootout At Pomona Award ($4,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel) - David Grubnic, Ennis, Mont., Montana Express Dragster, 4.570 seconds, 306.67 mph.

BIG BUD Shootout At Indy Award ($4,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car) - Tony Pedregon, Gardena, Calif., Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang, 4.939 seconds, 308.43 mph.

Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel Award ($3,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock) - Warren Johnson, Buford, Ga., GM Goodwrench Pontiac Firebird, 6.917 seconds, 199.70 mph. Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel Award ($1,000 to the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle) - Matt Hines, Trinidad, Colo., Vance & Hines/Eagle One Suzuki, 7.243 seconds, 183.97 mph.

Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel Award ($1,500 to the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Truck) - Bob Panella, Stockton, Calif., Panella Trucking Chevrolet S-10, 7.549 seconds, 178.80 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) - Dave Settles for Terry Mullins' Mullins Motorsports dragster; Wes Cerny for Tommy Johnson's Interstate Batteries Pontiac Firebird; and Tommy Utt for Richie Stevens' Valspar Pontiac Firebird in Pro Stock.

Auto Ventshade "Cool Stuff" Move of the Race ($2,500 bonus available for the driver who performs the coolest under pressure) - Kenny Bernstein driver of the Budweiser King Top Fuel dragster for defeating the points leader and walking away from a spectacular finish line accident.

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

Estimated four-day attendance: 65,500.

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