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The details of the Julie Russell lawsuit versus the NHRA and Goodyear was
settled last week, but details of the settlement will likely never be known
outside of the litigation circle.

Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com confirmed with a member of the NHRA’s
management team that the case had been settled before the court case was
scheduled to begin on Monday.
We spoke with Julie Russell’s trial attorney, Judd Waltman, who spoke to
us on her behalf. He confirmed a settlement was reached, but declined to discuss
the details.
“We were supposed to go to trial on Monday and didn’t go,” Waltman said.
“The case was resolved.”
Waltman said he could speak in a limited manner on the NHRA’s side but
was unable to comment at all on the Goodyear portion of the suit.
Was there a financial settlement from the


The premiere Pro Stock and Pro Modified programs in drag racing just got a whole
lot better.

IHRA and Torco Racing Fuels, the
Evan Knoll-owned fuel company based in Decatur, Mich., have entered into a
three-year agreement that will turn the Torco Racing Fuels Pro Modified Shootout
and the Torco Racing Fuels Pro Stock Showdown into $100,000 contests that will
pit the eight top drivers in each respective class against each other with
$50,000 first prizes on the line. The runner-up will take home $20,000 while
each semifinalist will pocket $9,000. Quarterfinalists will claim $3,000

The Pro Modified Shootout, which is
a point-based eight-car qualified field, will be run off at the Torco Racing
Fuels Northern Nationals held at Knoll
Gas Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich.
next August. The Pro Stock Showdown, with the same qualifying points structure,
will be run off at the Torco President’s Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md. Next October.

Drivers in both classes accumulate
points through qualifying position at each Knoll Gas Nitro Jam event. The
drivers must display the proper decals on their car to accumulate points. The
new Shootout and Showdown structures will be in place through the 2010 Knoll Gas
Nitro Jam season.

IHRA president Aaron Polburn is
thrilled with Torco’s increased commitment to these



After three days of
exciting racing and memories, the California Hot Rod Reunion wrapped up as the
sun set on Sunday evening.

Brad Thompson claimed the
Nostalgia Top Fuel crown by stopping Pete Kaiser in the final round. Thompson
ran a 5.721 elapsed time at 261.62 miles per hour to easily cover Kaiser’s 5.924,



The Ford Motor Company will add some flair to this year's Warriors in
Pink campaign by enlisting celebrities to join them in the fight
against cancer by decorating and signing mini Warriors in Pink
Mustangs. These 1/18th-scale models of the recently-launched 2008
Mustang with Warriors in Pink packaging will be auctioned off on
eBay.com from October 15 -25 with all proceeds benefiting Susan G.
Komen for the Cure.

The Force family has joined the fight
against this deadly disease by adding their own personal mark on the
mini-Mustangs. For more information on the auction, please go to
www.ebay.com/warriorsinpink. John Force's wife Laurie and daughters
Ashley, Brittany, and Courtney have added their touch to each of the
cars available in this special auction.


Scruggs Doubles at World Finals; Radford, Hill,
Clark Also Score

The Flowmaster American Drag Racing League closed the books on its 2007 season
and opened uppx-winnerDSA_7715.jpg its 2008 campaign over the weekend at Texas Motorplex, with Jason
Scruggs (Pro Extreme), Dennis Radford (Pro Nitrous), Mike Hill (Extreme 10.5)
and Ron Clark (Pro Extreme Motorcycle) winning event titles Saturday night at
the AlphaTrade ADRL World Finals.

One night earlier, Scruggs, Jamie
Hancock (Pro Nitrous), Steve Gorman (Extreme 10.5), and Bill Vose (Pro Extreme
Motorcycle) earned the 2007 ADRL world championships in their respective classes
by winning their three-round AlphaTrade Battle for the Belts eliminators.

Scruggs was the only driver to double-up at the World Finals, finishing
his stellar weekend with a 3.870 to 3.933 win Saturday night over Joey Martin in
the Pro Extreme final. His closest call of the day came in the semifinals, where
Frankie Taylor ran a stout 3.81/197.05 but still lost to Scruggs' 3.79/202.88 in
what was the quickest side-by-side pass in ADRL history.


AlphaTrade ADRL World Finals results

Pro Extreme



L-Jason Scruggs, 3.792/202.58
R-Travis Swearingen, 3.917/190.40

L-Frankie Taylor,
3.829/193.38 (**Winner**)
R-Bil Clanton, 4.207/143.47

L-Bubba Stanton,
R-Mike Neal, 4.780/115.60 (**Winner**)

L-Joshua Hernandez,
R-Joey Martin, 3.940/186.92



The American Drag Racing League and the Army National Guard announced today that
they have signed a sponsorship agreement that will make the National Guard the
presenting sponsor for the ADRL's national event series. Beginning with the 2008
season, the series will be officially known as the Flowmaster American Drag
Racing League presented by the National Guard.

"The partnership between
the Guard and the ADRL is a completely natural one. That's because the future of
the Army National Guard, as well as that of the ADRL, rests with the young men
and women across our nation, who are well-educated, excited by emerging
technologies, and highly motivated to do great things for themselves and for the
greater good of our communities," said MAJ Michael Baptista, Chief of
Advertising for the Army National Guard. "The men and women who compete in the
ADRL are incredibly brave and courageous, which are the same traits that embody
a National Guard soldier."



"Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild
him, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the worlds
first Bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was
before. Better. Stronger. Faster."

That was the intro to the legendary television series The Six Million Dollar Man, a story that chronicled the
adventures of Steve Austin, a cybernetically enhanced astronaut turned
secret agent employed by the OSI under the command.

nothing secret about newly crowned ADRL champion Jason Scruggs and his
200 mile per hour exploits in ADRL competition. There's nothing about
him that needs to be rebuilt, either.

His Dodge Stratus -- that was another story.



Hancock is youngest
drag racing champion ever; Scruggs' win caps dominant season

The Flowmaster American Drag Racing League's 2007 season came to a close Friday
night at Texas Motorplex, with Jason Scruggs, Jamie Hancock, Steve Gorman, and
Bill Vose claiming ADRL world championships by winning their respective classes
in the AlphaTrade Battle for the Belts eliminators.

Scruggs capped a
sensational season by beating Joe Baker for the Pro Extreme title, 3.850 to a
troubled 7.79. During the 2007 season, Scruggs won his first career national
event title (Huntsville), continually lowered the ADRL's Pro Extreme performance
records (which now stand at 3.703 and 205.22 mph), and finished third in the
AlphaTrade Battle for the Belts points standings. He was dominant during
Friday's three-round competition, posting runs of 3.781/203.80 and 3.768/203.65
to win his two preliminary rounds before the final.

Hancock, 17, won the
Pro Nitrous title from the eighth and final qualifying position, beating
top-seeded Johnny Pilcher and Terry Housley to reach the final. He had his best
run of the event in that race, posting a 4.029 to turn back 2006 ADRL world
champion Keith Baker's 5-second run and deny Baker consecutive ADRL
championships. With the Belts title, Hancock became the youngest-ever winner of
a major drag racing championship. Ironically, Hancock came dangerously close to
not qualifying for the Belts field at all, needing a semifinal finish at
Dragstock IV in Rockingham to finally clinch his spot.


The York Nostalgia tradition continues with the presentation
of Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion and Nostalgia Nationals for a giant
weekend of racing history on July 11-13, 2008.

 The Seventh Annual
event to be held at the Toyota Arena, York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds will have a
special “Tribute to Oldsmobile” as another trip down memory lane unfolds.  The Oldsmobile Club of America will
provide solid representation of many facets of Oldsmobile history with racing
legends and legendary race cars in attendance.

The show is the only one of its kind in this country and is
visited annually by racing buffs from all over the United States and abroad.  The show is featured in the December issue of
Hot Rod magazine, as well as other national magazines.

The Legends of Drag Racing will converge on the show for
their traditional visit to the show for their annual reunion celebrating the
many historic moments that occurred at the York Dragway one of the nation’s
greatest facilities in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and site of the largest one day drag
race in 1965.