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AMATO: ‘THINGS ARE GOOD. NO COMPLAINTS’

 

Joe Amato can’t sit still. The five-time Top Fuel champion says, “The glass is half full for me.” And every day brings a fresh idea or challenge or adventure. “I’m retired – but I can’t be retired,” he said. “I need to get up in the morning and have something to think about. You can play only so much golf.

“I’ve got a couple of land-development projects,” Amato said. “I’ve got seven shopping centers that I bought and rebuilt. I like to buy old stuff that’s beat up and fix it up and rent it. It’s fun.” The first property he took on is a 200,000-square-foot, 25-acre strip mall at Edwardsville, Pa. “Right in town. It was a total dump,” Amato remembers. “Now it’s 95-percent filled.” He says, “It’s just something to do.”

‘PIPELINE ALWAYS GETS REFILLED WITH NEW TALENT, LEGENDS SAY

FC RACER CAMPBELL RACING WITH WOUNDED HAND

 

The fact Jim Campbell qualified No. 13 in the Funny Car order at the recently completed NHRA Gatornationals was a genuine accomplishment. His left hand still is mending from a stab wound he incurred in his hometown of Huntington Beach, Calif., just after the Phoenix race.

Campbell was reluctant to talk about the incident in which he and other patrons chased a wild attacker who had stabbed fellow diners then bolted from the restaurant. But he did say he was going to be fine and was just glad to help and do what was right.

MAKE-A-WISH: JOHNSON, CREW WANT EXPLOSIONS TO STOP

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Caption: Mark Rebilas Photo

In just three weeks, Funny Car racer Tommy Johnson’s situation went from rough-to-take to tough-to-beat.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS WAS FINISHED IN IMPRESSIVE FASHION

 

The NHRA’s “Unfinished Business” promotion seemed like anything but unfinished business by the time Saturday was over, thanks to the shenanigans of Funny Car pioneer Ed “The Ace” McCulloch and “Professor of Pro Stock” Warren Johnson.

The eight-car field of legends racing in identically prepared Toyota Camrys at the 50th edition of the storied Gatornationals was supposed to cap a year-long celebration of drag racing’s pioneers, heroes, champions, and tough guys. Maybe that should be wise-guys.

GAINESVILLE FC WINNER ROBERT HIGHT: 'I THINK I GOT AWAY WITH ONE'

Robert Hight was this close to throwing away a victory in the 50th-annual Amelie Oil NHRA Gatornationals on Sunday at Gainesville Raceway.

The two-time champion had a bracket car this weekend, running 3.86 after 3.86 in rolling to the final round.

CRAMPTON CARVES TOP FUEL HISTORY OF HIS OWN AT 50TH GATORNATIONALS

Florida’s Gainesville Raceway is a Kalitta Motorsports kind of dragstrip.

It still is after Sunday’s Top Fuel final round of the Amalie Oil Gatornationals.

BO BUTNER WINS A CRAZY PS RACE, JOINS FIANCE RANDY LYN SHIPP AS GATORNATIONALS WINNER

The 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals on Sunday at Gainesville Raceway will go down as one of the weirdest races in Pro Stock.

The last driver standing – or, sitting, as it were, as he was the only driver in the final round – was Bo Butner, and, boy, was he appreciative of winning the 50th Gatornationals.

TUTTEROW WINS PRO MOD SEASON OPENER AT GAINESVILLE RACEWAY

It was a final round for the record books today at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals between E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing series presented by Hoosier Tire and Jerry Bickel Race Cars racers Todd Tutterow and Steve Jackson.

CRAMPTON, HIGHT, BUTNER AND HINES VICTORIOUS AT THE 50TH ANNUAL NHRA GATORNATIONALS

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