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Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday preview

It's raceday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals and the end of the Western Swing. Can Greg Anderson complete his second Swing sweep? Can Torrence Racing win all three? Can John Force get his 150th win? We'll find out today.
04 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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All eyes today will be focused on Pro Stock's Greg Anderson, who will attempt to become the first driver to sweep the Western Swing twice. He did it last in 2004 but after winning in Denver two weeks ago and in Sonoma last weekend, he's poised to make some history today, Anderson's Summit Chevy has been struggling a bit in qualifying and "only" qualified sixth, but his side of the ladder does look pretty favorable: a first-round match with rookie Fernando Cuadra Jr., followed by the winner of the battle between Erica Enders, whose Camaro did not made it down the track on its final three qualifying passes and another class rookie in Steve Matusek. 

No one else can technically sweep the Swing although Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence and his team could claim a Swing sweep of sorts with Steve-o having won in Denver and his dad, Billy, winning last weekend in Seattle, so a Torrence Racing sweep could be in the cards. Torrence qualified a solid third w=and will face Steve Chrisman in round one then has a potential second-round date with good pal Antron Brown, who's won this race the last three years. Low qualifier Mike Salinas has a first-round bye then will face either Doug Kalitta or the event sponsor's car in Scott Palmer.

This is event is the 777th of John Force's hall of fame career, and if you;re a believer in numerology, it might be his lucky race and the one at which he finally captures his elusive 150th career victory. Force is positioned nicely in the No. 4 spot with a first-round date with Jim Campbell but a victory then will only get him a second-round date with his points-leading teammate Robert Hight or resilient Blake Alexander, who broke into the threes on his final qualifying attempt. Low qualifier Bob Tasca III bounced back after a Q3 blower explosion to chart a nice three-second pass in Q4 and will take on Terry Haddock in round one,

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