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Jim Head has heard the rumors of a 24-race
schedule in 2008 and that doesn’t
particularly make him happy. Head said headDSA_9031.jpgthe
NHRA could do a better job of announcing the schedule in advance so teams could
prepare financially for the extra burden.

“They announce the schedule in September at the
U.S. Nationals after every contract in the pits has been signed,” Head said.
“It’s crazy. They know the schedule now and I’m sure a few of my esteemed
competitors do too. But I don’t and the vast majority of the teams don’t

Rumors suggest a third Pomona event, but two venues
that appear to be gaining steam are a return to Columbus, Ohio, and Epping, NH.

“We don’t need another race,” Head said. “There’s
not enough money to run a 23-race schedule – well, maybe three teams. The rest
of the teams are dying -- all of them to different degrees. You die as a
function of the number of races you run.


While challenging for a position in the NHRA’s
2008 playoffs, Doug Foley
is going to expand his sportsman drag racing school.

Foley, who beat Tony
Schumacher in the first round today, confirmed that he will begin licensing
drivers in an A/Fuel Dragster.


Jeff Arend knows his
role and didn’t see the need to reaffirm it with his boss. His role on the
two-car CSK Auto Parts team was to put the car that had the best chance of
winning a berth in the playoffs into the next round.

Arend was eliminated from contention prior to the
event but teammate Del Worsham had a realistic mathematical shot when Jim Head
was eliminated in the first round.

Arend and their crew decided that Worsham needed to
have the best chance to go the distance. That’s why he waited a full two
seconds to leave the starting line at the green light.

"Personally, I think we'd have to be the
dumbest people in the world to let one Checker, Schuck's, Kragen car, that has
absolutely no

chance of making the post-season, take out the one
that still has a chance," Arend said. "We are one big team here, all
representing CSK

and all of our great sponsors, so we made the
decision on our side of the pit.  Del
never asked, never even brought it up, but Marc Denner,

Chris Cunningham, and I talked about what we
thought was the best thing to do, for the team and for our sponsors. 


If you run Mickey Thompson
Tires and win at Indy, it could be more than worth your while.


Marketing director Don
Sneddon wanted to give Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com readers a heads-up that if
they run Mickey Thompson tires during the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in
Indianapolis next weekend that you can take home a $2,500 bonus. This, of
course, requires you to run the proper decal and Mickey Thompson Drive Tires.


According to Sneddon,
Mickey Thompson Tires has new tires designs available for Stock, Super Stock,
Super Gas, Super Comp, Comp, Alcohol Funny Car, Alcohol Dragster and Pro Stock

Sneddon urges racers to
stop by the Mickey Thompson Trailer at O’Reilly Raceway Park during the event
for more details and promotions.




FAST™ Relocates R&D Center, Expands Engineering & Tech Support Resources

FAST™ (Fuel Air Spark Technology™), a leading manufacturer of high
performance electronic fuel injection and tuning products, plans to
relocate its Brighton, Michigan Research & Development Center to
the Memphis, Tennessee headquarters of its parent company, the COMP
Performance Group™ (CPG), effective immediately. Coinciding with the
move, FAST™
announces it has added key engineering and tech support personnel to
handle ambitious plans for future growth and rapid product development.

The relocation of the FAST™ R&D Center marks the culmination of a
nearly two year effort to centralize all aspects of the company,
including tech support, sales and production in one location. Plans are
to relocate all current employees of the Brighton, Michigan facility to
the Memphis facility and continue their assignments within the FAST™
product line. In anticipation of the move, several key engineering
personnel have recently been hired or reassigned from other CPG
divisions - further strengthening what is already arguably the
strongest engineering team of any performance electronics company. The
newly expanded FAST™ engineering team is currently in place at the
Memphis facility and actively engaged in “fast tracking” new product
development efforts with several breakthrough products scheduled for
debut at this year’s SEMA show.


The new Countdown to the Championship playoff-style system to decide the 2007
POWERade champions is already delivering the big-time thrills NHRA officials
were hoping for when they instituted the plan at the start of the season.

first phase, which will end Tuesday at the conclusion of the rain-plagued 23rd
annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals, has trimmed each Pro class down to eight
racers that will fight for their respective titles. Remarkably, all four Pro
categories have been pushed to the very end with eight racers still alive for
the last four Countdown spots.


From the moment Gary Scelzi said it, he
wanted to reel it back in.
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Scelzi effectively hinted on Saturday’s ESPN2 show
that he could return in 2008. Is the sabbatical off?

“No it isn’t off, but I have had some interesting
offers,” Scelzi said. “I have been offered everything from people offering part
ownership to flying me to the races from California. Then Don Schumacher has
made offers to keep me here another year so we can train someone new.

“I would say the chances of me coming back stand at
10%. I probably shouldn’t have said anything on television but there is a
chance. The logistics play a big role. That part has not been worked out yet.”

So who’s courting Scelzi?

“I can tell you they’re big and it’s not John
Force,” Scelzi said. “Everybody keeps thinking I am going to John Force Racing.
I am not going anywhere. The ultimate thing for me would be to stay here.”


Using the largest and most prestigious race on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series as a backdrop, Hillary Will’s KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta
Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster will debut its new paint scheme at the 53rd
annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. What began as a one-race deal will now extend to the balance of the 2007 season.

KB Racing owner, Ken Black, and
Torco’s owner, Evan Knoll, have joined forces for the Labor Day weekend event
that has Will’s dragster carrying an unique paint scheme, from graphic artist
Greg Ozubko and the graphic design studio of GOS Motorsports, with a special
message that urges all to “Support Our Troops And Their Families.”


Don Schumacher has been in this sport long
enough to know that what is said isn’t always interpreted as intended. Case in
point, when Schumacher said he hopes Force doesn’t hurt Neff; he explained that
he his comments were intended as a means of concern for a longtime employee and

“I care about Mike Neff,’ Schumacher said. “He has
been an employee, a friend and a member of a family. I have a genuine and
caring feeling for Mike Neff.

“If people take that as being someway reflected on
the Force
operation, and their terrible tragedy that took the life of Eric
Medlen, then I apologize for anyone that could put those together. There’s no
correlation into that at all.

“I care about Mike Neff and as much as anything Mike
has been promised an opportunity there. Don’t hurt him by that opportunity not

happening. There are lots of things out there but you can’t put anything
together with these comments.


The pathway to Funny Car has become colorful
lately. If you thought going from crew chief to driver was an interesting
route, try sunglass salesman to flopper pilot.

Donnie Faulkner,
proprietor of the Rolling O Store on the Manufacturer’s Midway, says he’s ready
for the challenge. He said he has inspiration and confidence on his side.

Reportedly, Faulkner has
progressed into the latter stages with at least one major team who is
interested in offering a 12-race gig. He’s declined to identify the team at
this time.

“I didn’t really know I
wanted to drive a Funny Car until my son died,” Faulkner said. “Then I figured
if I was ever going to do I had better do it now that the opportunity presented
itself. The availability of sponsorship and a ride is what is driving me.

“I know there will be a
lot of naysayers and a lot of people will tell you a novice can’t do it. But
look at Mike Neff. He’s going into one of the best rides out there. He never
drove a car.