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The latest update as of July 9, 2021

Going into this weekend, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series has seen eight regional and six national events completed. When the tire smoke clears tomorrow night at Woodburn, OR's Western Regional, there will be 13 confirmed and one possible (Mission, BC) regional events left on the schedule. With the cancellation of Seattle's Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, there are nine more national events remaining for the Lucas Oil racers. Topping the agenda at these races are the Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars and that's where our focus is aimed.

The car count at this weekend's race in Oregon is looking a little low, as seven dragsters and five funny cars ran during yesterday's test session. Among them were two of the top contenders for the national championship (Doug Gordon and Brian Hough in Funny Car, and Shawn Cowie and Joey Severance in Dragster. The balance of the fields are all competitive cars, and with the weather forecast sunny and warm (90F +/-), conditions should be good for the three supercharged alky dragsters (Cowie, Severance, and Chris Demke). We'll be following the action via NHRA's "Live Timing" application and post the updated national points standings on Monday.

Further east, the FUNNY CAR CHAOS crew is at Wichita's Kansas International Dragway for their 58th annual Summer Nationals, as qualifying starts this evening and concludes tomorrow afternoon, with eliminations to follow tomorrow night. There's 30 confirmed pre-entries, with nine of the top ten, and 15 of the top 20 cars in the points standings in attendance. The major battle between two-time defending champion Ken Singleton and NHRA "Big Show" Top Alcohol challenger Kirk Williams will continue, with just six points separating the top two racers in the FCC.

This weekend's race will be number six of the eight events on their 2021 calendar, and with the "dropped" race rule in place, where each racer drops their lowest points earning event from the final standings, Singleton and Williams would be tied if the season ended now. There are provisions for tie-breaking but it's not worth exploring all the possible permutations at this time. After this weekend's event, the series takes a summer break before resuming at Mo-Kan Dragway on Labor Day weekend, and wrapping up the season at the Alamo City Motorplex (San Antonio, TX) the first week of October.