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IHRA TULSA - FRIDAY QUALIFYING

T.J. Zizzo, of
Lincolnshire,
Ill., took the provisional No. 1 Top Fuel
qualifying spot Friday at Tulsa Raceway Park with a track record-setting 4.649
ET at 314.68 mph pass. Other provisional No. 1 qualifiers for the Skull Shine
Sooner Nationals include Gary Densham (Nitro Funny Car), Shannon Jenkins (Pro
Modified), Larry Dobbs (Alcohol Funny Car) and Robert Patrick (Pro
Stock).

 

Current Knoll
Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel points leader Zizzo covered the
quarter-mile in 4.649 seconds at 314.68 mph. He picked up the provisional No. 1
qualifying spot and the Last Man Standing, earning five bonus points. He’s
followed by Bruce Litton, Scott Palmer and Bobby Lagana Jr. Scotty Cannon sits
on the bump spot.

DAVE CONNOLLY - RACING TO THE TOP

D_Connolly.jpgAfter doubling up in the winner's circle with his dad Ray Connolly at the
recently completed O'Reilly Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, that little dose of
success has breathed fresh air and new life into Dave Connolly's campaign to
capture his first NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship. With three consecutive
top-five points finishes already in tow, and with what may be the best car and
race-team combination he's ever competed with, the Torco Racing Fuels Chevy
Cobalt driver is feeling bullish about his title chances in
2007.

"Without question, I couldn't ask for a better team or group to be
associated with," said Connolly. "Victor (Cagnazzi) has put together all the
right people toward creating a successful program, locating it in Mooresville
(N.C.) in the heart of NASCAR and building a beautiful new shop and now we're
ready to make a run at the championship. Evan Knoll is about the best team owner
a driver could have and Torco Racing Fuels is about the best sponsor a team
could have. Even when we got beat in Las Vegas, Evan said to me, 'I'm not going
to tell you how to drive. You know what to do.' He's very loyal to his drivers
and his teams.

"Tommy Utt, our crew chief, and John Utt, our clutch guy,
do a great job. Tommy's like a second dad to me and John's like a second
brother, and we've all worked together from just about day one. John was with me
when I made my first Pro Stock pass in Chicago in 2003, and other than a small
timeframe, Tommy's also been right there with us. We can talk openly with each
other because the whole team chemistry is there. Our engine program has done
extremely well. We're consistently No. 3 and 4 on the backhalf and with a little
time, we're going to be right up in front. I also have a great teammate to work
with in Jeggie (Coughlin). We were friends long before we were teammates and
none of that has changed. We were both in a slump after Atlanta, but he also
drove extremely well in St. Louis."

WJ AND THE FUZZ

For
one sunny Georgia afternoon a few weeks ago,
the parking lot at Warren Johnson Enterprises resembled the set of a reality
show, swarming with squad cars with their lights flashing and numerous sheriff’s
deputies patrolling the grounds.  Despite the official-looking nature of the
event, including one officer issuing NHRA Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson a
summons, there was no cause for alarm.  With an unexpected break in the
schedule, the GM Performance Parts GTO driver was simply giving back to his
community, taking part in a photo shoot as part of a campaign to help promote
safe driving. 

“The Elbert County Sheriff’s
Department contacted us before the Atlanta race to see if I would be interested in
participating in a campaign to promote safe driving,” said Johnson.  “Naturally,
I jumped at the chance, especially since it was aimed at younger drivers, who
need as much help as they can get, although there are certainly a few older
drivers who could also use some advice. 

CAPPS ON SPEED'S "TRACKSIDE"

Flight delays have cancelled Ron Capps' appearance on tonight's edition of
Speed Channel's "Trackside" at 7 p.m.

The driver of the Brut Revolution
Dodge Charger R/T and NHRA POWERade DragRacing Series Funny Car class points
leader has been re-scheduled to appear on Speed Channel's Coca-Cola 600
pre-race show, "NASCAR Raceday" at 3 p.m.ET on Sunday, May 27.

QUAKER CITY DRAGWAY RESCUED

Mark and Tammy Mazzant are the newest owners of Quaker City
Raceway according to the track’s website.

The newly sanctioned NHRA sanctioned track had been on the
auctioneers block early in 2007 and one of the oldest drag racing facilities in
the world appeared headed for permanent closure.

Mazzant got together with track owner Dan Swindell and put together
a deal that would keep the track (that is ready to celebrate its fiftieth
anniversary this year) as a motorsports facility.

“I am over the moon that the track will not be lost to
racing. I put a lot into it but could not continue to put all my efforts into
the facility and I had to give it up,” Swindell said. “I wish Mark and Tammy
every success and will help them in any capacity they need.”

NED JET WARS NEW SPONSOR

Paul
Athey and his company, Red Eagle Racing are the presenting sponsors of this
upcoming event. The New England Dodge Dealers Jet Wars presented by Mohegan Sun
and Sterling Homes is coming up soon on Saturday, June 9th at New England
Dragway in Epping, NH. The event is going to consist of numerous
jet powered vehicles, Pro Mods, Pro Comp, Top Sportsman as well as other
exhibition and race vehicles. The Pro Comp class consists of dragsters and
altereds running various combinations of blown/nitrous and small/big block combinations.
The Pro Mod class is going to be run in a Chicago
style shootout format with open rules.

RIVAS TO RIDE NEW KNOLL BIKE

If the NHRA POWERade Pro
Stock Motorcycle community experienced enough headaches with Matt Smith in St. Louis, they’d better
get some more aspirin. The points leading Pro Stock Motorcycle rider from King,
NC, will have a teammate courtesy of Evan Knoll starting at the Torco Race
Fuels NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet,
Ill.

Chris Rivas, formerly of the
Brian Bozsum and Jessey Fenton’s Mohegan Sun team, left that team earlier in
the week. He is aligned with the first-year Smith team seeking one of the best
chances he’s ever had of pursuing a world championship.

Rivas is currently ranked
sixth in the championship point standings.

“I am excited to be given
the opportunity to be included in Evan Knoll’s growing family of race teams,”
Rivas, of Fresno, CA, said. “To me this is an incredible
opportunity. I am a very competitive person by nature. I am very driven and I
have very large goals for my Pro Stock Motorcycle career.

ANDREACCHI TO RUN PMRA

Ralph Andreacchi may not be driving his Skull Motorsports 1953
Studebaker Pro Modified at all upcoming Pro Modified Racing Association
events this year, but the team owner will certainly have his car at the
races.
 
Andreacchi plans to compete in the PMRA tour, but is also planning on having Toronto's Raymond Commisso drive the car.
 
Commisso has been pursing the NHRA Pro Modified series, but with a
large gap in events during the summer, he will be driving the Skull
Motorsports car.

NEW AMS/RAGE WEBSITE

It’s Alive!  Fans and followers of Troy Critchley and the entire AMS/Rage team
have a new portal to the latest happenings about the world’s fastest Pro Mod and
crew.

Read features about the tuner who has eclipsed the competition,
Howard Moon, and learn about Chad Wilson behind the wheel of the 10.5 ‘57 Chevy.
And, gear up with all the coolest fashions from your favorite team in the
all-new online store. Watch videos, see photos, videos, and behind-the-scenes
shots of the Jack Hammer and more!

SPOTS OPEN FOR ULTIMATE 64 FOOTBRAKE EVENT

There are still a handful of spots available in the Ultimate 64 Footbrake
Shootout, to be contested June 9, 2007 at Mountain Park Dragway in Clay City,
KY.  The Footbrake shootout, a small portion of the 2nd annual Ultimate 64
Shootout that will take place all weekend, features a 64-car single elimination
field (no buybacks) for $12,000-to-win ($500 entry fee).  The runner-up will
earn $4,000, with each semi-finalist taking home $2,000.  Quarterfinalists will
earn $1,000, with 3rd round losers taking $500.

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