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For our first 2010 Full Throttle Series NHRA same-day coverage we take you to Atlanta as the NHRA closes in on the half way mark of the season. In addition, we will be bringing you event coverage from the Get Screened Pro Mod Series as well.

Special thanks to our event coverage sponsor Mickey Thompson. Check their wheel and tire offerings at www.mickeythompsontires.com

Well folks, they don’t call it Hotlanta for nothin’. The sun is bearing down on Atlanta Dragway, but it certainly hasn’t dampened the excitement for this weekends Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals. The temperature here is currently 83 degrees with a track temperature of 121 degrees. The professional qualifing action is set to get underway in just a couple hours, with the Get Screen America Pro Mod Challenge getting things started at 3:45 PM EST. There are a multitude of part-time, but very strong contending nitro teams here this weekend that are sure to cause some trouble for the tour regulars.



Fan favorite Melanie Troxel is here competing in both Funny Car and in Pro Modified. Despite being a part-time team, the In-N-Burger flopper is as tough as any car in the field on race day.



Bobby Lagana Jr. and team made the trek down from Scarsdale, NY to compete in Top Fuel this weekend. Lagana has run rather well on the IHRA trail in 2010 under the new Chicago style format, and with the backing of Tire Kingdom, is running a limited schedule of NHRA national events in addition to the full IHRA schedule.



Jay Payne will debut his brand new Sinned Customs-built 2010 Mustang that we reported on earlier this week in the GSA Pro Mod Challenge here in Atlanta. Testing after the St. Louis race netted mid 5.80 numbers, and if its any indication, Jay should be tough this weekend.
 

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TONS OF UPDATES FROM ROUND 1 ON THE SITE AND ROUND 2 GOING UP AS WE SPEAK. HERE ARE A FEW



Tim Tindle made a nice and clean 6.055 pass to place solidly in the Pro Mod field going into the late afternoon session.



Michael Gullqvist powered his way into the fourth spot during a tough first session at the wheel of the R2B2 Camaro with a 6.033 lap.



Pro Stock kingpin Mike Edwards lost an engine on the top end of his opening qualifying lap, slowing to a 7.099 at 152.45 miles per hour.



John Force legged his Castrol Mustang through the finish after hazing the tires early to a 4.51 at 259 miles per hour.
 

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Round 2 Qualifying Notes



Antron Brown stepped up like so many others in the better evening conditions to carry the 5th spot in Top Fuel into tomorrows qualifying with a 3.940 at a slowing 275.84 miles per hour.



Tony Schumacher lost traction early in his run during the second qualifying session and goes into tomorrow near the bottom of the order with a 4.862 best.



Mike Janis held onto the top spot in Pro Modified with his earlier 5.919 that the competition was unable to eclipse in the later session.



Brad Personett, as has become customary, had top speed of the first two sessions with his twin turbocharged ride, holding onto the 14th spot at 6.054 250.00 miles per hour.

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Coverage of Saturday's qualifying is up!



Bob Yonke made a great run, a 6.693 at 205.66 miles per hour to make his way into the Pro Stock field.



Tony Schumacher finally made a full run down the racetrack to move way up the ladder with a 3.927 at 310.41 miles per hour, good for the 4th spot.



John force's Castrol Mustang made a big move at the top end but still recorded his best run of the weekend at 4.303 at 288.70 miles per hour.



In the final Pro Modified session, veteran Chip Kings's parachutes failed to deploy following a 6.111 lap and went way off the end of the race course. Luckily for Chip the sand trap here at Atlanta is massively long and he was able to keep out of the net. Chip is qualified in the 15th spot and his crew is thrashing to get the car repaired for eliminations.

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Sunday Morning Update



Ashley Force Hood is undeniably a favorite amongst fans at any stop on the tour, and with her great success here at Atlanta - including her first professional win in 2008 - is a favorite to win here today she leads the field into eliminations as the top qualifier.



Troy Coughlin has run very well here this weekend, laying down a 5.99 in the heat of the final qualifying session and sitting down Dennis Radford in the opening stanza. The JEG's Camaro will face #1 qualifier Mike Janis in todays second round.



The always popular Jack Beckman will face Matt Hagan in the opening round of Funny Car today.

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Round 1 Eliminations Update



In a big upset, independent racer Pat Dakin took down Antron Brown on a holeshot at the stripe by a mere .002 second.



Greg Anderson sent Steve Speiss home early with a stellar 6.66 to 6.70 count.



Hector Arana went low for the round in defeating Wesley Wells with a 6.956 at 192.03



Michael Gullqvist will race in the semifinals on the heels of 5.97 lap. Scott Ray was .055 red and lifted.

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Final Round Updates



Michael Gullqvist, who came all the way from Europe to drive the R2Bs Camaro for the very fist time this weekend, finished up an amazing weekend for that team by defeating Mike Janis in the final. 6.00 to 6.08.



Andrew Hines defeated Hector Arana in a great final round matchup, running a 6.96 to Hector's slowing 7.04.



Jeg Coughlin ended Rickie Jones' amazing run to the final, besting the kid with a 6.65 to 6.68 count after two nearly identical lights.

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