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Rick Santos enters the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind., for the fifth time in his 14-year career. He won the event in 1993 driving the S & S Automotive entry. "They towed us back to the pits on the spectator side and everyone was cheering....

Rick Santos enters the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind., for the fifth time in his 14-year career. He won the event in 1993 driving the S & S Automotive entry. "They towed us back to the pits on the spectator side and everyone was cheering. I had goose bumps all over me and a shiver down my spine. It was one of my greatest racing moments," said Santos after the win.

He also ran the event in 1986, 1994 and 1997.

Santos, along with several other drivers, will try to be the first driver in 14 years of alcohol dragster competition to be a two time winner of the U.S. Nationals.

"There is so much history and prestige surrounding the U.S. Nationals," said Santos. "It's probably not the best event to choose when you are going for a national championship. There will be a lot of tough competition and we'll be lucky to make it to the finals. But we have been on a roll, and I think we have as good a chance as anybody this year."

Santos took over the Federal-Mogul points lead after his win at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Wash. He has won three of the four national events he has entered this year. Santos captured the 1997 Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series National Championship with three wins, but has never won four national events in one season during his career.

Last year in the Jack O'Bannon entry, Santos was beat in the third round on a hole-shot.

Rick Santos has been nominated by Car Craft magazine as an all-star drag racing team finalist in the alcohol dragster category. He will attend the banquet at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, September 5.

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