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New for this year was the Drag Radial class that had three competitors show up to duke it out on treaded tires. Alex Vrettos of Columbus, Ohio, captured the win over Buck Wooley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Vrettos, with help from "Big Daddy" Dwayne Gutridge, ran a 9.01 at 155 mph to defeat the close 9.57 at 151 mph of Wooley. During qualifying, Vrettos ran in the 8.90s.