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REICHERT WINS NHRA TITLE

NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Bill Reichert and his team can finally take a
deep breath.  The battle is over.  Reichert and his Rislone Engine
Treatment/Bar's Leaks team clinched their first World Championship with a
semifinal finish during this past weekend's Torco Race Fuels Nationals at
Virginia Motorsports Park outside of Richmond. 
 
Reichert, from Owosso, Mich., qualified his Rislone
backed injected-nitro dragster second in the field with a 5.209 second pass at
276.63 mph.  In round one, he defeated Dave Hedges with a 5.293 at 273.83
mph.
 
Standing in Reichert's way of clinching his first
World Championship was veteran Mike Kosky.  After coming close to winning the
2004 Championship, Reichert would not be denied this time and took the win with
a 5.251 at 275.17 mph to clinch the championship.

PERRY AND RICE ANNOUNCE PLANS

Dwayne Rice and Robert Perry have joined forces for 2007,
and plan to compete for the NHRA Championship title in Pro Stock. Rice and
Perry, with a vast history of racing between the two, have decided to combine
their efforts in order to compete in the upcoming PowerAde series.

“The idea of running NHRA Pro Stock has been a life-long
goal of mine,” stated Rice, who will be driving for the team. “And now with
Robert and his company, Boscoe HVAC, coming alongside as partner we will have
the chance to see if we got what it takes to compete in such a tough category.” 

CLEAN FIRESUIT FOR FORCE

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There was a scary moment in the NHRA Torco Nationals semifinals when 13-time champion John Force
exited his burning car and fell limp onto the racing surface. After a few tense
moments, he rose to his feet with an obvious injury to his leg.

“I have
the greatest firesuit in the world from Simpson…but my old stuff that I
laundered was half the weight,” Force said. “My crew guy kept telling me that if
I had a fire I was going to get burned. When you’re old…you think you’re
Superman. The old heap lit on fire. I thought I had it covered with the fire
bottles. It went up my leg.

PAWUK WEIGHS OPTIONS

For the second consecutive event, Mark Pawuk has posted a career best elapsed
time only to end up the 17th qualifier – first alternate during the NHRA Torco Race Fuels Nationals.

“I can’t
explain it,” Pawuk said after qualifying ended, “and I don’t have a solution for
it either. No matter what we do, things just aren’t clicking for
us.

“There’s no doubt about the fact that I’m facing some very hard
decisions here,” he added.

“I’m seriously debating whether or not we’ll
compete in the year’s last two races. We’re obviously not involved in the points
race, nor are we competitive right now. Add into that some serious problems I’m
having outside of racing and, in all candor, right now I just don’t have a lot
of enthusiasm.

TROXEL SCORES BIG AWARD

NHRA POWERade Series driver Melanie Troxel, who has advanced to a Top
Fuel-best eight final rounds this season, has been honored by Billie
Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation as its “Sportswoman of the Year,”
it was announced today.

Past Sportswoman of the Year Award winners include a who’s who of the
greatest female athletes of all-time, from Annika Sorenstam and Juli
Inkster to Sarah Hughes and Michelle Kwan to Martina Navratilova and
Chris Evert.

Troxel, who drives the Skull Shine/Knoll Gas-Torco Racing Fuels
dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, is the first auto racer to win the
award.

BRAVE SOLDIERS LOVE DRAG RACING

A few of our nation's finest sent us some of these pictures from
Bahrain and Iraq. The drag racing community has been faithful in sending 
souvenir's and gifts to our brave soldiers overseas. These pictures are
from the K9 unit.

If your team would love to support our brave soldiers, email Master Sargeant Lee McKinney. EMAIL - Lee McKinney 

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RUMOR LAND WAS BUZZING

Rickie Smith’s name has probably spun a few
yarns in the rumor mill during the 2006 season and he’s ready for the attention
to move elsewhere.

Smith made a last minute decision to drive the
Humphrey Motorsports Pro Stocker at VMP and that only lasted a day. Rumors
suggested that the locked trailer all day Saturday was the result of a
confrontation with an NHRA official. The scuttlebutt was exactly that –
scuttlebutt.

“We ran our best run and we were still over .05 off the rest
of the field,” Smith said. “We just didn’t see any reason to keep beating the
stuff up. I told Humphrey it was fine because I could go run a Pro Modified
Quick Eight and that’s what I did.”

DESPICABLE

Nothing makes for a sicker feeling within the drag racing community
than the theft of equipment. Kenny Koretsky’s Werner Enterprises team
was hit on Saturday following qualifying. One of the team’s $15,000
clutch units was stolen.

A TRUE ROOKIE EXPERIENCE

J.R.
Todd may be bucking for rookie of the year honors, but he passed on a valuable
bit of information to new teammate Steve Torrence, who was making his Top Fuel
debut this past weekend at VMP. “If you want to be on television, you have to do something
spectacular.”


Torrence took his advice. On the heels of a 4.656 elapsed
time, the defending Top Alcohol Dragster champion pulled the parachute release
lever only to have the ‘chutes blossom and then fly away from the car, sail over
the retaining wall and land in the grass beyond.Torrence stood on the
brakes to slow the car, and it came to a stop just short of the sand. The
interesting part of the scenario is that Torrance had no idea what had
transpired behind him.

ANGRY PRO STOCK DRIVERS FIRE OFF

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The track conditions drew the ire of at least three of
the four Pro Stock drivers in the left lane during the quarterfinals.
The fourth has admittedly had so many problems during weekend that he
couldn’t say if track prep had anything thing to do with his run.

Jim Yates was the first driver down behind the fuel cars and recorded
the only victory with an off-and-on-the-throttle 7.685, 189.63 to
defeat Jeg Coughlin, Jr., who shook the tires in the right lane and
lifted.

Three almost-identical runs resulted in the cars of Larry Morgan, Mike
Edwards, and Dave Connolly each shaking the tires and making abrupt
right turns.

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