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May 19, 2013

Gray regains NHRA Funny Car points lead

TOPEKA, Kan. — Johnny Gray raced to his third victory of the season Sunday at the NHRA Kansas Nationals to regain the Funny Car points lead.

Gray beat Robert Hight in the final round at Heartland Park Topeka for his sixth career victory, finishing in 4.067 seconds at 314.90 mph in a Dodge Avenger. Hight lost traction in his Ford Mustang.

"Rob (Wendland, crew chief) gave me a great race car that ran real hard all day," said Gray, who also beat Alexis DeJoria, Del Worsham and defending event winner Jack Beckman. "Sometimes you can win races on an intimidation factor and Rob had her tuned up to where she was a little intimidating today.

"Robert had a great race car, too, but they just missed it a little bit. They have a great team over there. Our car went right on down through there. My guys are giving me a car I can't screw up in right now."

Shawn Langdon won the Top Fuel division, and Jeg Coughlin topped the Pro Stock field.

Langdon used the quickest time of the weekend to beat rival Tony Schumacher in the final for his second victory of the season. Langdon had a run of 3.750 at 324.20, and Schumacher followed at 3.781 at 327.27. All three of Langdon's career victories have come in finals against seven-time world champ Schumacher.

Coughlin broke a winless drought of more than two years, beating teammate Allen Johnson. In a battle of Dodge Avengers, Coughlin won in 6.680 at 206.20. Johnson finished in 6.698 at 206.57.

 

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