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Sportsman Savant (Issue 22, 2014)

With final-round appearances in four classes at national events plus a few division championships, Thomas Bayer has more than proven his mettle behind the wheel. The skills he has nurtured and the knowledge he has gained at dragstrips all along the West Coast are being passed on to a whole new crop of drivers. After spending more than a decade working at Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School, he has branched out to offer one-on-one mentoring at the track, often sharing a pit area with his students. In this collection, we look at a handful of the cars in which he has gained some of his experience.

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More Than Wishful Thinking (Issue 22, 2014)

National Dragster feature subject Tommy Johnson Jr. is one of 15 drivers who has earned wins in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. Beginning with Don Prudhomme through the most recent driver to achieve the feat, Del Worsham, following is a look at the drivers who have wins in both nitro categories, including the events at which they scored their first victory in each class.

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Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals race coverage (Issue 22, 2014)

Sportsman racers have finally completed their rain-delayed portions of the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals, which featured competition in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas. Following are some of the racers from the event.

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Furr Flies at Division 2 Final; Barker Still Top Dog (Issue 22, 2014)

Division 2 wrapped up its 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Ga., and although the outcome of the penultimate event on the nationwide Lucas Oil Series schedule didn’t have widespread implications in the battles for world championships, it did decide the Division 2 crowns in dramatic fashion.

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Shields, Gill Grab Late-Season Wins in Gainesville (Issue 22, 2014)

Duane Shields won his 24th divisional event in Top Alcohol Dragster, and second-generation racer Mathew Gill claimed his first in Top Alcohol Funny Car during the penultimate NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional event of the 2014 season at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

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Tulsa Ekes Out Team Title in Closest Finish Ever (Issue 22, 2014)

Led by an all-team final round between winner Martin Brown and Parker DeVore in No Electronics-Street, Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park eked out the team championship by one point in one of the closest finishes in Division 4 NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals history.

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Home Team Makes Dramatic Comeback for 16th Team Title (Issue 22, 2014)

The winningest team in the country was backed into a corner before the racers representing Woodburn Dragstrip rallied to help Team Woodburn score an unprecedented 16th championship. Pro winner “Dynamite Dave” Bronec and Sportsman winner Karl Hart led the charge that brought the team back at the event it was hosting. Following are photo highlights from the event.

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Dutch Classic Titles Go to Miller, Chiles, Hochrun (Issue 22)

Since 1971, the P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic presented by Penske Leasing has been a staple of racing at historic Maple Grove Raceway as drivers throughout the Northeast Division take one more shot at wins and records before a winter break. The event annually attracts huge fields of Super Stock and Stock racers, and this year was no different. Following are final-round and special-awards photos from the event.

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Lindseys, Gandee, Harkema Earn Double Wallys in Walla Walla (Issue 22, 2014)

Walla Walla Drag Strip hosted the final event of the Northwest National Open Series, where racers from throughout the Great Northwest headed to the southeast corner of Washington to race for victories and points at the eighth-mile track.

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NHRA Nationals race coverage (Issue 21, 2014)

Sportsman racers from throughout the eastern half of the United States made the trek to Maple Grove Raceway for the NHRA Nationals, which featured competition in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas. Following are some of the racers from the event.

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