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Cycle News 2013 Issue 35 September 4

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ROUND 10/SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK/INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA DRAG RACING P68 NHRA PRO STOCK SERIES A REALLY BIG DE JOHN HALL CLAIMS HIS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AT NHRA'S BIGGEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENT BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT POLITO L ast winter, John Hall nearly gave up his dream of racing in the NHRA Pro Stock class after leaving George Bryce's Sovereign/Star team after just one season. Today, Hall is glad that he changed his mind after winning the biggest drag racing event of the season - the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Hall won the final round by beating his team owner and crew chief Matt Smith, in a final round that featured a pair of Viper Motorcycle Co. Buell entries. Smith was first off the starting line, but Hall made up the difference and then some to take a 7.03 to 7.06 victory. "What happened out here today says a lot about this team," Hall said. "Not only did we have two bikes in the final round, but we raced straight-up. I'm sure Matt wanted to win this just as much as I did. This is Indy; it's our biggest race of the year, but I wasn't afraid to use his tune-up because there is no lack of trust over here. I figured it was going to be a good race, but his bike fell off a little bit and I got the win. "I honestly never thought I would have a chance to win one of these [NHRA Wally trophies], not because I didn't have the talent but because I didn't have the opportunity. Matt and his team gave me that opportunity and now I've got two of them. It's been a great year so far." Hall did not have the quickest bike in Indy. In fact he qualified

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