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DOUG FOLEY STILL SIDELINED

foleyDSA_5400.jpgTorco Racing Fuels POWERade Top Fuel driver Doug Foley will not be able to compete at this weekend’s Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals in Virginia due to a crash last week that has temporarily sidelined the team.

The eventual outcome of the accident after a two day stay in the hospital is a broken ankle and leg, four cracked ribs, a separated shoulder and a concussion, but as Foley puts it, “Except for a leg in a cast, I can still walk and that’s all that matters. But in the mean time, my family and I are extremely grateful for all the prayers and thoughts that have poured in from phone calls and e-mails. And I could never thank Torco’s Evan Knoll enough for the undeniable support for my wife Shelagh, my sons Douglas and Joseph, and our entire team.”

MAKING THE OLD MAN MAD

One of the more
unconventional T-shirts for sale at the race track is found in Top Fuel driver
Bobby Lagana's "Twilight Zone" Dragster pit. The "Don't make me mad!" warning
printed on the back is credited to the driver's father, Bobby Lagana Sr. --
whose likeness appears on the front of the shirt. In the photo, Lagana Sr.
appears to be seething with rage.

He was -- when the photo was
taken.

LIONS DRAG STRIP VIDEO DOCUMENTARY COMPLETED

The long awaited
release of an in-depth video documentary covering one of the sport’s more famous
racetracks will occur this weekend, when “LIONS – THE GREATEST DRAG STRIP” is
made available (on
DVD) during the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield,
California (October 6-8).

Part One chronicles the first half of the
legendary Long Beach, California facility, from its inception with speed king,
Mickey Thompson, as first manager in 1955, through mid-1962, after lifting of
the infamous “fuel ban”
– and a return to nitro drag racing.

Nearly
two hours in length (1-HR., 55-MINS.), the documentary was created and produced
by Don Gillespie, a 30-plus year drag racing photojournalist who got his start
at the infamous quarter-mile facility.

INFINEON RACEWAY ISSUES CHALLENGE TO MAPLE GROVE

Infineon Raceway in
Sonoma, Calif. is known for offering ideal conditions for NHRA’s best in Pro
Stock Motorcycle.

CHUCK PHELPS PASSES

Chuck Phelps, former Alcohol Funny Car owner and driver of The Bad Moon Rising
entry, passed away this morning at Parkland Hospital in Dallas of a brain tumor.
He was 59. Phelps had been in the and out of the hospital with health concerns
recently and was admitted to Parkland Oct. 3 and passed away the following day.
Phelps scored two national event wins in his NHRA racing career, at the 1986
Chief Nationals at Texas Motorplex and the ’87 Winternationals at Pomona
Raceway. The popular team, led by crew chief Mickey Winters, won over fans with
their style, which included werewolf masks sometimes worn on the starting line
and other novel activities.

DAVE NORTHROP CRASH SEQUENCE

Dave Northrop was unhurt after flipping the Nitro Fish
Wear Dodge Stratus R/T in the second round of qualifying for the 22nd annual
Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals. Northrop's car came to stop on its roof and was on
fire, but he quickly escaped.

 

Northrop was 800
feet into his pass when his car made a sudden move to the right. He successfully
turned away from the wall and avoided contact, but the out-of-balance machine
caught some air and flipped onto its roof. He then slid across the track and
tapped the left-side wall before grinding to a halt.

TORRENCE READY FOR TOP FUEL

img_4811_edited-1.jpgIn less than two years, Steve Torrence has
gone from Super Comp racing to NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman Series Top Alcohol
Dragster champion to aspiring Top Fuel driver. 
 
And Friday Torrence
will make his first professional start in a Dexter Tuttle-owned, Evan Knoll
sponsored SKULL Shine/Torco Racing Fuels Top Fuel dragster.  The occasion is the
inaugural Torco Racing Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park at
Dinwiddie, near Richmond.
 
Torrence, who took one test ride in the new,
Brad Hadman-built dragster Monday afternoon, is excited to open a new chapter in
his racing career, one that has him teamed with rookie sensation J.R. Todd.

KORETSKY AND HILL MERGE EFFORTS, HOWARD RELEASED

Pro Stock owners Kenny Koretsky and Greg Hill are
combining their racing operations, creating a two-car team they believe will be
a solid contender for the 2007 NHRA POWERade Series
championship.

“We are blending the teams,” said Hill, owner of the
Indicom Electric Chevrolet Cobalt team and Fast Boyz Racing, “and Kenny will be
driving my Cobalt for the final three races of 2006 and the full 23-race 2007
season. Kenny will begin driving the car in
Richmond
this weekend.”

Koretsky, meanwhile, will keep his Nitro Fish Dodge
team intact until the end of the season. Dave Northrop will drive the car and
Larry Morgan will supply the engines at races in
Richmond,
Las Vegas,
and
Pomona,
Calif.

CACKLEFEST AT CHRR

Snap, cackle, pop: yes, it's Cacklefest
time again at the 15th annual NHRA
California Hot Rod Reunion (CHRR), Oct. 6-
8. Cacklefest, held on Saturday
night, Oct. 7, is one of the many highlights
for fans during the 3-day,
fun-fest of nostalgic dragsters and hot rods at
Bakersfield's historic Auto
Club Famoso raceway.

Cacklefest will feature more than 40 historic
dragsters, push-start old-school,
front engine dragsters at the center of
the drag strip and firing them up,
creating a 'cackling sound'. "At the last
Cacklefest, the event was surreal,"
said, Greg Sharp, Reunion director and
curator of the Wally Parks NHRA
Motorsports Museum, producers of the event.
"Seeing these retired cars firing
up together brought the crowd to tears of
joy."

KNOLL CONFIRMS PARTNERSHIP WITH LUCAS

Evan Knoll has confirmed with Torco's CompetitionPlus.com that he will run a Top Fuel car in partnership with Forrest Lucas during the 2007 season. The driver has yet to be named but in all liklihood will be Melanie Troxel as Knoll has confirmed on several occasions that Troxel will have a ride.

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