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“HOT” ROD FULLER EAGER TO BEGIN 2007 NHRA SEASON

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel winner “Hot” Rod Fuller will pilot a Top Fuel
dragster for David Powers Motorsports, team owner David Powers
announced today. Fuller will hit the track for preseason testing with
new teammate Whit Bazemore at the National Time Trials near Phoenix on
January 26.
 
“David Powers Motorsports will run two race cars, one driven by “Hot”
Rod Fuller, which will be sponsored by Valvoline for the first two
races of the 2007 season as previously committed to by the team,”
Powers said. “The other car will be driven by Whit Bazemore and
sponsored by Matco Tools. We’ll have a new modern hospitality area
flanked by both race teams that will house up to 300 guests, along with
a new tech trailer. We couldn’t be more excited about our team heading
into the season.”

CAGNAZZI RACING HIRES BRAUN SMITH

Cagnazzi Racing is pleased to announce that Braun Smith has joined the team as the new director of business development. Smith takes over the role previously held for the
past three years by Dan Pikarsky who has been promoted to senior vice
president of business development. 

In his role, Smith will be responsible for identifying new partnership
opportunities for the Slammers Ultimate Milk and Torco Race fuels
teams, as well as developing new sponsor partners for Cagnazzi Racing.

FIRST LOOK - MIKE ASHLEY'S TORCO/LUCAS FLOPPER

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com just received this Rod Burke rendering of the new Mike Ashley Torco Race Fuels/Lucas Oil Dodge Charger Funny Car.

YORK REUNION AND NOSTALGIA NATIONALS

Musclecar Madness of the
60's and 70’s comes alive for the sixth straight year at York Reunion and
Nostalgia Nationals  presented at the Toyota
Arena, York Expo Center, York 
Fairgrounds on July 13-14th and the 
Nostalgia Nationals drag race at Beaver Springs Dragway on Sunday, July
15th presented by Toyota trucks.

The Sixth Annual show will
feature a Gasser Reunion that will be attended by the best of the best of the
gas coupe and sedan category of the NHRA. 
Gene Altizer will debut his newly restored Anglia, while Vinnie
Musiciaro of New York
will debut the recently completed

DRAG RACING TAKES CENTER STAGE

The Blackhawk helicopter was circling over Baghdad.
 
And one of the U.S. Army’s finest pilots was
on the cell phone in those dangerous skies, connected to his National Hot Rod
Association pals in Pomona, Calif. He wanted to know the outcome of Top Fuel
driver Tony Schumacher’s final-round run.
 
The championship was hanging in the balance.
Doug Kalitta, who had led the standings for the entire second half of the
season, had the Powerade Series title locked up – unless Schumacher could win
the final round against Melanie Troxel with
a national record-setting elapsed time.
 
In 4.428 seconds, Schumacher did it to clinch
his fourth championship in the Army Dragster. The Run will live in legend. The
miracles of modern technology will stay in Schumacher’s memory.

CARPENTER/DOHERTY PREPARE FOR 2007 SEASON

The 2007 season promises to be an exciting one for both Charles Carpenter and
Pat Doherty.
 
Charles Carpenter Racing and Doherty Motorsports are back
and ready to field Pro Modified’s only two-car Shoebox Chevy team. Carpenter,
widely regarded as the “Father of Pro Mod”, will team up once again with New
England excavator Pat Doherty in his menacing 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.
 
“I think 2007 has the potential to be our best season to
date,” said Carpenter. “Both cars will be starting the season with the best
equipment we have ever had, and the ADRL is shaping up to become
the place to be for Pro Mod this season.”

CLASSIC GEAR JAMMERS TV SHOW

The television coverage from the Classic Gear Jammers Memorial Day outing from
Bristol International Dragway is complete.

SCHUMACHER NAMED AARWBA TITUS AWARD WINNER

Tony Schumacher received his first Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy Saturday
evening at the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters
Association (AARWBA) awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in downtown
Indianapolis. The Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy, named for the late
journalist and racer, is given annually to honor the driver who earns
the most total votes in balloting for auto racing's official
All-America Team as selected by the membership of AARWBA.

Schumacher, 37, from Chicago, became the 37th winner of the prestigious
trophy, which has been awarded to many of auto racing’s greats. Other
NHRA stars to be honored with the coveted prize include Don Prudhomme
(1976), Shirley Muldowney (1982) and John Force (1996, 1999, 2000 and
2002), the only four-time winner of the Titus award. A.J. Foyt (1975),
Mario Andretti (1977, ’78 and ’84), Darrell Waltrip (1981), Dale
Earnhardt (1987), Nigel Mansell (1993) and Jeff Gordon (1995, ’98 and
’01) also have received the honor.

MMP EXTREME MAKEOVER IS UNDERWAY

Work began Friday on a big-time makeover at Montgomery Motorsports
Park.
First on the agenda was cutting out both water boxes.  MMP Track
Manager Bob
Carney and Maintenance Director Robert Griffin directed the
effort which
began Friday and ended today (1/13).  The new water boxes will
be placed
early next week, paving the way (pardon the pun) for a major
track
grinding/resurfacing.

V. GAINES NEW LOOK FOR 2007

V. Gaines
and his Colorado
based Pro Stock are getting ready for another great year.

We have pics of his new scheme for 2007. 

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