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A SPONSORSHIP LESSON

 

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Keep
in mind that the next energetic fan you might meet could very well be a
potential sponsor.

 

NHRA
Top Fuel driver Troy Buff took a few minutes in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel
during the Dallas
event to talk to young fan Cole Runyan. Buff invited the youngster and his
father to come out to the races.

Ty
Runyan was so impressed by the gesture that he agreed to become a sponsor for
the upcoming event in Pomona.

 

 

MILLER'S NEW SUPERCHARGER

Bill Miller's Top Fuel team is working hard at being on the cutting edge of technology. 

The BME team is continuing development of its proprietary blower, the

Gibson-Miller Mk II supercharger. The Mk II designation is a reminder of

Miller's days as a Navy submariner when he worked with Mk II
torpedoes.

COUGHLIN'S NINE-DAY JOURNEY

Three-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin will try to fill his need for speed in the
days to come with a nine-day, coast-to-coast jaunt that encompasses two of the
biggest drag races of the year. Coughlin is entered in both the 42nd annual Auto
Club NHRA Finals in Pomona and the S&W Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championships at
Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.
 
"This might be an extreme case of chasing my passion for the sport but both
of these races mean a great deal to me and in my estimation, epitomize drag
racing on both the professional and the sportsman levels," Coughlin said. "These
two tracks are on opposite coasts but a red-eye flight Sunday night should get
me to Florida just in time for Round 1 Monday morning."
 
First things first; Coughlin is the defending champion of the fall race in
Pomona and he arrives at the final event of the POWERade season with just two
pro-level races in the books this year. Since he hoisted the trophy in Auto Club
Raceway's winner's circle last November, Coughlin left the pro tour and went
sportsman racing until recently joining Victor Cagnazzi's team as pilot of the
Slammers Ultimate Milk/Jegs.com Cobalt.
 

GOODGUYS CHAMPIONSHIPS DECIDED

PHOTO GALLERY

 

Goodguys Close Out VRA Racing Season
on a High Note at Famoso Raceway

 

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Raceway, Bakersfield, CA - An abbreviated 2006
Goodguys/VRA Nostalgia Drag Racing Series came to a picture perfect end today at
Auto Club Famoso Raceway, just north of Bakersfield as all 14 class finals were run at
sunset. It was almost as if Mother Nature was in sync with the drag racing gods
– timing the whole thing just right.

The Nostalgia Top Fuel race outcome and the championship
points battle hung in the balance of the final which featured 2005 Goodguys
champion Rick White against 25 year old hard charger Sean Bellemeur. At stake in
the final for Bellemeur was his first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel event win and his
first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel Championship. His bid fell short just after he left
the line as his Plaza Hotel & Casino entry went up in smoke. White, who had
struggled all season, found the winning combination here at the ‘Finals streaked
away to win the event in 5.873 seconds. Utah’s Brett Harris, who had gone out in
today’s second round, won the Goodguys Top Fuel  Championship as his second
round finish here and big win earlier in the season at Pomona gave him the
needed points for his first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel title. Harris also set a new
Goodguys Top Fuel class speed record this weekend at
261.24.

 

GOODGUYS - BAKERSFIELD PHOTOS

Let us take you behind the scenes at the Bakersfield Fuel and Gas Championships. Roger Richards has provided us with this photo gallery. 

 

PHOTO GALLERY

CAPPS UNINJURED IN BAKERSFIELD MISHAP

capps_wheelie.jpgRon Capps was trying to
qualify at the Goodguys 8th annual Fuel and Gas Finals and instead
placed first in the wheelstand contest. He also grazed both Bakersfield retaining walls. The end result
was an uninjured Capps, a wounded race car and one for the highlight reel.

At the hit, Capps experienced
exceptional traction in Jeff Gaynor’s classic Mopar flopper and put the car on
the bumper. The car landed hard (with apparent steering damage) and scraped the
left wall before slowing and eventually crossing over to make contact with the
right. (Photo captured from video)

CRASH VIDEO

BIG DADDY'S SPIN OUT VIDEO

THE VIDEO

 

Don Garlits has experienced some wild rides
in his day but few like the one he took during the Southern Nostalgia Shootout
recently at South Georgia Motorsports Park. “Big Daddy” did a 180-degree spin in
a front engine dragster.

Garlits brought his Swamp Rat VIII recreation to put on
a show for the fans. He made a short blast on Saturday and another on Sunday,
and participated in the Cacklefest on Saturday night. He spent hours talking
with his fans and signing autographs.

DID YOU MISS SEMA?

Check out our extensive photo gally by Roger Richards.

 

SEMA PHOTOS 

NHRA AND ESPN2 RETHINK LIVE TV

NHRA and ESPN officials announced late yesterday that next Saturday's qualifying
coverage of the Auto Club NHRAFinals will return to its original timeslot,
starting at 10 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 HD.

"ESPN decided it was best to
provide our fans of the NHRA with primetime coverage of qualifying from
Pomona in the heat of this year'schampionship battle," said Frantz Cayo,
ESPN director of motorsportsprogramming. "Therefore, we are keeping the
telecast at 10 p.m. (ET) on
Saturday."

POMONA LIVE TELECAST

NHRA officials announced today that next Saturday's qualifying coverage of
the Auto Club NHRA Finals willnow be presented during a two-hour live
telecast, starting at 5 p.m.(ET) on ESPN2 HD.

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