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BERNSTEIN MAKES THE CHANGE

When Kenny Bernstein's Monster Energy-sponsored Funny Car rolled out of
the trailer this morning it had the widened rollcage nearly identical
to that of John Force. (Photos by marty Reger)

FEEDBACK FRIDAY - APRIL 13

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FEEDBACK FRIDAY - APRIL 13

ORTIZ FEATURED IN LATINA

Horsepower & Heels driver, Erica Ortiz,  is featured in the May
2007 edition of LATINA magazine.  The magazine, which is the Hispanic
woman's version of Cosmo, is written in English but dedicated to
Hispanic American women, and is read by 2.2 million multi-cultural
readers across the United States. 

The article, entitled "Speed Racer", is featured in the Mujer on the
Move column, which spotlights Hispanic women who are taking on
different and challenging activities.  It discusses what its like for
Erica to drive a 200mph racecar, and the way she stumbled onto the
sport of drag racing.

MARK NEILSEN'S NEW PM YENKO

Mark Nielsen’s new Pro Modified may not be ready for the PMRA opener in May, but
when it’s finished, the car will be a top contender.
 
“We’re getting there,” said Nielsen,
who will drive the new 1968 Chevrolet Camaro-bodied car. “We should be ready for
the second race at Cayuga (Toronto Motorsports Park).”
 
Nielsen said he is looking forward to the new car. G-Force
Race Cars in western New York was commissioned to build the car, which is
sporting a Cynergy Composites body from Pro Modified ace Murray Anderson and
Scott Jahren paint.
 
The new car is based on a 1968 Camaro, but as a Yenko
edition. These were semi-custom GM cars built by Don Yenko and the cars were
some of the fastest and most famous muscle cars of the 1960s.

ULTIMATE 64 SHOOTOUT SPOTS AVAILABLE

The 2nd annual Ultimate 64 Shootout presented by Jeg’s Mail Order and Coronet
Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge/Jeep is set for the weekend of July 10 at historic
Mountain Park Dragway in Clay City, KY.  Several of the nations top racers will
converge on the Northern Kentucky facility for their chance to compete for one
of the largest cash purses in central America!
 
The weekend festivities will kick off Thursday, July 7, with a four-man
scramble golf tournament.  Later that evening, competitors are invited to join
the fun with a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament at the track.  Friday, racing
action gets underway with the first of three full days of competition.  Friday
through Sunday, the event will feature Super Pro and No Box classes open to all
entrants: Super Pro will pay $5,000-to-win each day for a $200 weekend entry,
while No Box will pay $2,000-to-win each day for a $150 weekend entry.

THE MIKE EDWARDS MISSION

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his Young Life team developed “A Team on a Mission” and “Sending A Kid To Camp” program
for the 2005 season, none of them knew how far it would reach into the racing
community. Now entering its third year, the program has sent nearly 300 kids to
a Young Life camp, and for 2007 Edwards and his team hopes the program far
exceeds that number.

“We knew the racing
community was a giving bunch that would do almost anything to give those not as
fortunate as us a chance at something better,” Edwards said. “That is why we
started this program and now it is accomplishing just that, giving kids some
hope for the future.”

For 2007, Edwards will
be carrying a special logo on his car that shows his support of the progam. This
will hold true for all the fellow NHRA racers who join forces with Edwards in
“Sending A Kid To Camp” as each will carry the bright green decal.

SOFFSEAL NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR

The 5th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion continues to
grow as SoffSeal has been named as presenting sponsor of the automotive
speed festival, June 15-17 at Columbus, Ohio's National Trail Raceway. 
SoffSeal's new sponsorship is in addition to its previous participation
as presenting sponsor for the street rod "show and shine" contest at
the event."

SoffSeal has been involved with the National Hot Rod
Reunion since its inception," said Tony Thacker, executive director of
the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, which produces and benefits
from the event.  "We're glad the partnership is expanding as this event
continues to grow."

FORCE SATISFIED WITH SAFETY CHANGES

After finally generating tire shake on the last of three test runs Wednesday in
his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang, 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John
Force declared his race team ready to compete in this week’s eighth annual
SummitRacing.com Nationals.

FIRST LOOK - JON CAPPS VEGASFUEL FLOPPER

Here are the first renderings of the new Jon Capps VEGASFUEL entry.
Capps has yet to make the official announcement, but sources indicate
that will come on Thursday, if not earlier.

SPRING NATIONALS BROADCAST SCHEDULE ON SPEED

IHRA has announced more of the broadcast schedule for the Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam™
Drag Racing Series. Next weekend’s Spring Nationals presented by Advance Auto
Parts and Castrol will air on SPEED Saturday, May 5 at 2:30
p.m.
(eastern) with Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car coverage. That show will air again
Wednesday, May 9 at 3 p.m.

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