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NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS AT WHICH FANS CAN REMEMBER ERIC MEDLEN

BP/Castrol, which established a special e-mail address for get well messages
while Eric Medlen was fighting for his life, has set up a new address at which
fans and friends can offer condolences to the family of the professional race
car driver, who succumbed to his injuries last Friday.
 
 Fans can leave their messages at [email protected].  Those
messages will be assembled, printed and placed in a scrapbook that will be
presented to the family.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Scott
Cannon, Jr., was just a pup when his six-time Pro Modified championship-winning
dad was winning everything the class had to offer almost 15 years ago. Today, he
looked like a chip off of the old block. Last night he was trying to steer clear
of his emotional elder who reportedly pump-faked throwing a RacePak. An
observant crew member reminded him it was the team’s only unit.

DRIVERS REACT TO 660

Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com quizzed a few of the leading nitro racers in San Antonio
regarding their feelings of running eighth mile.

SAN ANTONIO - SATURDAY QUALIFYING

DEFENDING CHAMPION TOPS NITRO FUNNY
CAR QUALIFYING

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Gary Densham claims #1
slot in first-ever Knoll – Gas Nitro Jam™ eighth-mile event; Foley (Top Fuel),
Commisso (Pro Modified), Patrick (Pro Stock) and Munroe (Alcohol Funny Car) also
grab top qualifying honors

 

Last season Gary Densham, Bellflower, Calif.,
defeated Paul Lee in the Knoll Gas-Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car final
round to claim the first IHRA Ironman of the season at the Amalie Oil Texas
Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts at San Antonio Raceway. This year the
situation is completely different, but Densham is back on
top.

 

Necessity being the better part of invention, IHRA officials made a
historic decision following Friday qualifying at the Texas Nationals. Problems
with the right lane caused them to create the first-ever eighth-mile Knoll – Gas
Nitro Jam™ national event, even after completely resurfacing the entire final
half of the right lane. All Friday runs were converted to eighth-mile runs using
incremental times.

TIM RICHARDS DISPELS HEALTH RUMORS

In an effort to dispel rumors about the condition of Budweiser/Lucas Oil crew
chief Tim Richards, Kenny Bernstein wants to advise fans, friends and members of
the drag racing fraternity that Tim is fine and is at home
resting.

           
“At our
Indianapolis race shop Friday
afternoon, Tim felt nauseated and dizzy. 
As a precautionary measure, Kim had Tim transported to Methodist Hospital
where tests were run.  The results were negative and Tim was
released.

MEDLEN SERVICES ESTABLISHED

Funeral services for professional race car driver Eric Medlen, 33, will be held
at 10 a.m. Wednesday (March 28) at Connection Pointe Christian Church, 1800 N.
Green Street, Brownsburg.  In addition to Wednesday’s services, there will be a
viewing from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the same church.
 
 Medlen succumbed to complications from a closed head injury four days
after his drag racing Funny Car crashed during routine testing at Gainesville
(Fla.) Raceway.

SEPARATED AT BIRTH?

We found it interesting to compare Shannon Jenkins' new Pontiac GTO with NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow. We see no confusion with the Pro Stocks (which precipitated a future rule change) but we have determined that race fans might all of a sudden think the IHRA is running NASCAR vehicles.

EIGHTH-MILE NATIONAL DRAGGING

For the first time since 1974, the IHRA will stage a full-fledged national
event on an eighth-mile racing surface. The decision was made on safety.
Following an oildown during Friday evening qualifying, IHRA officials noticed
the racing surface was compromised and required repaving to rectify the
situation.
 
Friday's qualifying has been recalculated on eighth-mile elapsed
times. Most of the top qualifiers remained atop their respective fields
except for two classes - Top Fuel and Alcohol Funny Car. The new low
qualifiers are now Bruce Litton and Terry Munroe respectively.
 
An official statement for the IHRA is forthcoming.

QUALIFYING DELAYED IN SAN ANTONIO

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Apparently, the right
lane is being repaved. A asphalt company was called in last night and
crews worked through the night to repair damage. If all works as
planned sportsman racing
will begin at 11 a.m. with time-trials
for all classes. At 1 p.m., the
professional categories will begin the day’s first round of qualifying. The
HOLT CAT
“Night of Fire” and the final professional qualifying session will begin as
scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

SAN ANTONIO - FRIDAY QUALIFYING

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 Scotty Cannon raced to the No. 1 Knoll-Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Top Fuel spot
with a 4.851, 299.00 pass during Friday qualifying at the Amalie Oil Texas
Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts at San Antonio
Raceway. Other No. 1 qualifiers include Gary Densham (Nitro
Funny Car), Ray Commisso (Pro Modified), Mark Thomas (Alcohol Funny Car) and
Robert Patrick (Pro Stock).

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