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paul_lee_funny_car.jpgFunny Car veteran Paul Lee had two crews last weekend at the AAA Texas FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, south of Dallas. He has the one he usually works with for his McLeod Dodge Charger and a film crew from WebMD.com, which is spotlighting the Orange, Calif., businessman in a documentary.

“They found out that I was a heart-attack survivor and not just a heart attack survivor. They saw my story online somewhere and contacted NHRA, and [National Dragster editor] Phil Burgess gave them my contact information. They contacted me and asked me if I'd be interested in being in a documentary about heart-attack survival and life after a heart attack,” Lee said.

“A lot of people apparently get depressed after a heart attack and they feel like their life is over. I never felt that way after my heart attack. All I wanted to do is get back in good condition and live my life,” he said. “Honestly, I didn't think about racing. I mean, I was lucky to be alive. I had a massive heart attack. I didn't have just a little heart attack. I had what's called a Widowmaker heart attack. That's one that less than 10 percent of people survive. And I happened to survive it. Racing was not even anywhere in my mind. I was just lucky to be here, live the rest of my life.

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Left Paul Lee 8 .073 .862 2.245 3.198 271.52 3.957 323.97
Right Tommy Johnson JrWIN 9 .080 .887 2.260 3.183 279.85 3.932 324.05

Johnson Jr. is 2 - 0 against Paul in prior events. Paul gets a little holeshot and extends his lead to the sixty foot mark. Johnson starts gaining ground after that, goes around Paul at the sixty foot mark, then he pulls away for the win. 


Qualified: No. 8 (lane choice)

The Competition: No. 9 Tommy Johnson Jr

The Results:

Q4: 4.015 E.T. at 315.93 MPH
Q2: 3.912 E.T. at 316.08 MPH
Q3: 3.920 E.T. at 325.14 MPH
Q4: 4.228 E.T. at 224.28 MPH

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And with a tire smoking Q5 effort, stayed in the #9 spot for race day. We’ll take on Bob Tasca tomorrow morning. Ready to have a long Monday in Indy 💯 #McLeodEquipped#FTIPerformance #LucasOil #USNats #BigGo#SpeedForAll #PLR