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Tim Matherly's passion for the Real Street class is undeniable. Not only did he voluntarily surrender his deadly consistent Bullitt for a brand-new '10 Mustang, he also made the move to the newly legal Three-Valve engine-temporarily. After fighting his way through a broken transmission and struggling to run with the hitters with a sixth-place qualifier (11.970/121.68), Tim switched back to his proven Two-Valve combo for eliminations. It was too little, too late as he fell to longtime teammate Jim Breese in the second round, 9.60 to 9.49. Getting a new car in the groove is always a challenge, but it wouldn't be wise to write off the multi-time champion just yet.