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Atlantan Speeds
       To SCIR Victory

   Pete Robinson of Atlanta captured top honors in last night's opening round action in the National Hot Rod Association's Southeast Division II points met at Shelby County International Raceway.

   Robinson piloted his Ford dragster to the top spot in Top Fuel Eliminator, turning back David Chenevert of Metairie, La., in the final round of the single-elimination pairing.

   A crowd of 4600 watched as Robinson picked up the $750 top prize and added 1,000 NHRA points to his list.  The points pushed Robinson's Tinker Toy II dragster to second place in the NHRA standings.

   Chenevert, whose speed 189.06 bettered Robinson's winning 169.46 miles per hour pocketed $500.  He also retained his No. 1 position in the NHRA standings with 1,200 points.

   George Cox, who placed third in the six-car field, earned $100 for the night's top speed at 210.76 mph, while the Memphis-based Bo-Weevil, driven by Preston Davis, took home $100 for the best elapse time of :07.21.

   The Bo-Weevil, owned by Memphian Raymond Godman redlighted on its first run in the tournament.  Cox, of Austin, Texas, earned 200 points for his third place finish.

   Today's schedule opens at 2:30 p.m. when two of the nation's finest Funny Car drivers, track record-holder Bobby Wood and on Nicholson, battled in best-of-three series over SCIR's 1,320 drag course.

   The gates will open at 10 a.m. for today's action.  SCIR, which is located off Interstate 40 at the Canada Road exit, is fifth in a series of six in NHRA's Southeast.


The preceding article is Copyright The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN.  
Thanks to David Rubenstein for supplying this article.

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