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SCOTT WEIS TO DRIVE GRIFFIN DRAGSTER

Veteran driver Scott Weis, who has driven in the nitro ranks since 2000, has
been named the driver of the Scott
Griffin Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster for the
2007 racing season with a major associate sponsorship from Barrett Enterprises.
Serta Mattresses and Isky Cams will continue their involvement in an associate
role. The team is ready to tackle a limited NHRA schedule with two IHRA
crossover races, the Spring Nationals and World Finals at Rockingham
Dragway.

USA VERSUS AUSTRALIA TOP FUEL SHOWDOWN - PHOTO GALLERY

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Australian friend John Baremans (Dragster Australia) was on hand for the USA versus Australia Boxing Day festivities. Take a glimpse at his extensive photo gallery.

 

PHOTO GALLERY  

PITTSBURGH RACEWAY PARK SIGNS THREE-YEAR DEAL

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced it has signed a
three-year sanction extension with Pittsburgh
Raceway
Park. The track,
located southeast of downtown Pittsburgh, hosts a Summit
Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by Mr. Gasket event, and beginning in
2007, will be the new home of the North Star Summit Team
Finals.

 

“We’re thrilled
to see the Tedesco family step up and renew their sanctioning agreement to give
IHRA racers a home in western Pennsylvania,” said IHRA
President Aaron
Polburn. “They continue
to make improvements to their facility and remain one of IHRA’s premier
venues.”

PHIL ESZ WINS PRO TOP OUTLAWS CROWN

In just his first year competing in the Pro Top Outlaw
series Phil Esz captured his first championship.  The series, which is primarily
raced at 1/8 mile tracks, fills the gap between bracket racing and Top Alcohol
or Pro Mod.  It didn’t just happen overnight though, Esz has been in and out of
various racing circuits since he was just 15 years old.  The manufacturers rep
for engine rebuilding equipment went to 9 final rounds and won 6 races during
the 2006 race season.

MIKE COUGHLIN EYES TOP SPORTSMAN CROWN

After finishing a respectable seventh in his first season in the NHRA North
Central Division Top Sportsman standings, Mike Coughlin heads into the 2007
season with a goal of challenging for the series championship. Coughlin debuted
his JEGS Mail Order Chevy Cobalt in late April and found the winner’s circle a
short time later when he claimed his tenth career national event win at the JEGS
NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway.

MMP'S HANGOVER NATIONALS

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Only a promoter like Montgomery (AL) Motorsports Park's George Howard could draw
a field of almost 200  bracket and heads-up cars to a race in December where
weather forecasters were predicting 90 and 100 percent chances of rain. 

The cars came, and day one of the 7th Annual Hangover Nationals went off
without a delay on Saturday (12/30). The rains did come on  New Year's Eve,
shortening the planned two-day bash.

CHANGES AHEAD FOR JOHN COUGHLIN

John Coughlin's so eager to race that he’s already counting the days until the
start of the 2007 drag racing season. After a modestly successful 2006 campaign,
the Team JEGS driver will enter the new season with a renewed vigor and a pair
of new race cars. Coughlin is in the process of replacing his familiar JEGS Mail
Order Chevy Cavalier Super Stock entry with a state-of-the-are 2007 Chevy Cobalt
and he has also ordered a new dragster to compete in the new Top Dragster class,
which is being contested at NHRA Division 3 events this season.
 
“I didn't get to race as much as I wanted to last year, but I'm planning on
a much more hectic schedule in 2007,” said Coughlin. “I'm especially excited
about racing in the new Top Dragster class. I've ordered a new car from Kurt
Damron of Undercover Chassis and Huntsville Engines is going to supply the
power. When we get it finished, I expect to run in the 6’s at over 200
miles-per-hour. I'm pretty pumped up about that because I've never been that
quick before. I've run 7.30s in my dragster at bracket races, but I've never
been in the sixes.”
 

LSX TV ONLINE TV LAUNCHED

LSXTV.com, in partnership with LS1Tech.com and powerTV, serves
up on-demand online video for owners and enthusiasts of LSX-powered GM cars and
trucks

If you’re an
owner or fan of LSX-powered GM vehicles like the Camaro/Firebird, Corvette, SSR,
or Silverado, you know they’re the hottest vehicles in the performance
aftermarket. Now, for the first time ever, there is a video channel dedicated to
these enthusiasts - welcome to LSX TV. Launched in cooperation with LS1Tech.com,
LSX TV is 100% late model GM focused.

GM has done an incredible job with the LSX engine platform. The engines
feature gobs of power, outstanding durability, plus a huge selection of
performance parts to choose from. Since the LSX is one of the hottest segments
on the Internet, powerTV decided to bring LSX TV online to focus content toward
these enthusiasts.

VOTE FOR NSCA SPECIALTY AWARDS

The nominations are in and it's time to choose the winners of the NSCA Specialty
Awards for 2006. These individuals have proven themselves to be the best in
their class demonstrating great dedication, performance, and dedication to the
National Street Car Association Drag Racing Series in 2006. 

NSCA BANQUET INFO - JANUARY 20

The 2007 NSCA Awards Banquet will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton
Ohio. The dinner and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 20th
at 6:00 pm.The dinner menu will feature your choice
of Fillet Mignon or Chicken
Bournise. The children's menu consists
of Chicken Fingers and fries. Also
included is a house salad, herb roasted red skin potatoes, seasonal
vegetables,  fresh coffee or tea (soft
drinks), and dessert. A cash bar will be provided
for those wishing to imbibe in the spirits.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $10.95 for children. You can purchase
tickes until Wednesday, January 17th at 5:30pm EST. Payment can be made by check
or  Credit Card (Visa or Master card
please). 

 
If you are paying
with a check, please make it payable to the
National Street Car Association and mail it to:

NSCA
5325
Springboro Pike
Dayton, OH 45439
Attn: Jennifer DePillo

Please
include:

Your name

Daytime phone
number
Menu Selection(s)
How many in your party (please specify if any
children attending)
Mailing address or if you want them to be held at the
door

If your paying by credit card, please call (937) 293-1188
and ask for Jennifer DePillo (after 9:00 am).

The Crowne Plaza is a
full service Hotel in the heart of Dayton. You can make your reservations by
calling (937) 224-0800 or online at www.crowneplaza.com/day-crowne .

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