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TOBLER RESIGNS FROM KALITTA

Effective immediately, Rahn Tobler has resigned his duties as crew chief of the
Mac Tools dragster driven by perennial championship contender Doug Kalitta in
the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

The Mac Tools team will compete in
this weekend’s, March 30-April 1, NHRA national event, the O’ Reilly NHRA Spring
Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tex., just a few miles east of
downtown Houston. Kalitta Motorsports’ collection of nitro crew chiefs, Jim
Oberhofer, crew chief of the Hillary Will-driven KB Racing LLC Top Fueler, Jon
Oberhofer, crew chief of the Zantrex-3 Top Fueler driven by Dave Grubnic, and
Glenn Mikres, crew chief of the Scott Kalitta-driven Kalitta Air Toyota Solara
Funny Car, will combine their efforts to guide the 8,000-horsepower, bright red
Mac Tools dragster entry until a permanent crew chief replacement is made in the
near future.

MEET AND GREET DSR

On Thursday, March 29, NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series drivers from Don
Schumacher Racing will meet and greet the
public and sign autographs between
6:00-8:00 pm on Main Street in downtown
La Porte, located east of SH
146.

DSR will have its U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster, two U.S. Army Pro
Stock
Motorcycles and the Brut Revolution Dodge Charger Funny Car on
display.
Food, vendors, and entertainment will be available.  Music will be
performed
by the '70s rock group ³JJ Dynomite.² Dynomite is known for its
impressive
covers of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Bad Company, and many other
acts of
that era.

POWERS SIGNS SPONSOR FOR HOUSTON

Rod Fuller has been flying high atop the NHRA Top
Fuel points standings following his victory at Phoenix in late February, now the
four-time NHRA Top Fuel winner will sport the recognizable yellow and black
colors of Caterpillar. David Powers Motorsports, Caterpillar and Houston-based
Mustang Cat have partnered to back the Fuller-driven rail during the
20th annual O’Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, team owner David Powers announced
today.

 

The
relationship between David Powers Motorsports, Caterpillar and the Cat Dealer
Groups is designed as a pilot program to increase technician recruiting.
Caterpillar dealers are experiencing a shortage of technicians, and NHRA drag
racing offers a technician-rich recruiting environment to find qualified
candidates with experienced mechanical backgrounds. Mustang Cat is the southeast Texas authorized sales,
parts and service dealer for Caterpillar construction equipment and
engines.

THE TEXAS NITROUS CONNECTION

The San Antonio weekend marked the national event debut of the connection between Awesome
Motorsports and new engine builders Reher-Morrison. While David Reher has long
been regarded as a dyed-in-the-wool 500-inch Pro Stock racer and anti-Pro
Modified gear-head, it’s clearly evident that he’s jumped in feet first into a
new working relationship with Shannon Jenkins and Mike Castellana.

LOVE AND SACRIFICE FOR RACING

Though Jeff Dobbins recently acquired backing to compete in at least a few IHRA
Pro Stock events this season, it doesn’t mean everything is easy all of a sudden. In an
act of true sacrifice, Jeff’s wife Cindi gave up her plane ticket in exchange for a 24-hour ride in the team
hauler. She didn’t just ride though: she also took shifts driving the rig on the
long trip to central Texas, returning to the same site where Dobbins suffered a
nasty crash in 2005.

SHELBY COBRA OF A SPONSORSHIP

Alcohol Funny
Car driver Tony Bogolo, the 2003 Texas Nationals winner from Hamilton, OH,
struggled in his first two qualifying passes of 2007, but to be out on the track
at all is a positive. Bogolo currently has backing for one race courtesy of
Dynatek Racing, an exclusive OEM-style fuel injection system supplier and
distributor for Superperformance and their Shelby Cobra replicas.

IT’S PRONOUNCED COMMEESO

Raymond Commisso snatched the No. 1 qualifying position away from
Scott Cannon on the last run of the session, registering a 3.962 to Cannon’s
3.963 in the Steelback Beer ’67 Camaro. After extensive off-season testing with
the most recent IHRA rules, Commisso was thrilled with the pole position.

JON CAPPS HAS EXPLOSIVE DEBUT

If
you ask Jon Capps how his national event debut went Friday night in San Antonio,
chances are that he will smile and utter, “Explosive.”

Capps made a straight-as-a-string effort only to have the
engine explode the supercharger in the lights. An investigation revealed a
broken latch cap on an intake valve.

Capps was carrying the remnants of the broken part in his
pocket on Saturday. He’s nicknamed the part his “mojo.”

DRAG RACERS CALL FOR SAFER BARRIERS

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Both
Cory Mac and J R Todd expressed belief the installation of SAFER walls should be
considered at tracks hosting NHRA events.

“I
do think we need to institute some type of SAFER system,” Cory Mac said during a
visit to Bristol Motor Speedway on the morning of the Food City 500. “I don’t
think we would need them all the way down the track. We could do it from about
half track.”

ROUND-BY-ROUND PRO RESULTS FROM SAN ANTONIO 2007

Point standings (top 10) for IHRA professional categories following the Amalie
Oil Texas Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts at San Antonio Raceway, the
first of 12 events in the $19.5 million 2007 Knoll - Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing
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