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ESTN PRE-ENTRIES - 01-08

The following are the pre-entries received for the 8th annual Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco's CompetitionPlus.com hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. 

NHRA WON'T SANCTION VEGAS TEST

Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com has learned the NHRA will not sanction the upcoming Nitro
Blast Off hosted by The Strip in Las
Vegas
.
We also learned that there is a letter sent
to members and non-members of the Professional Racers Organization [P.R.O.], with
Bernstein quoting Graham Light as pointing to tire safety as one of the leading reasons for the NHRA's decision.

DSR CHANGES BREWING?

Big changes are coming at DSR but nothing is confirmed and contracted.

The largest news will be the addition of a fourth nitro Funny Car by Jerry Toliver and bringing along the Rockstar sponsorship.

"Nothing is signed and finalized," Schumacher said of the Toliver consolidation. "We will see what develops." 

Recent
Bob Gilbertson crew chief Tommy Delago has also been signed along with
Rick Cassell. Both are expected to tune for Beckman.

 

ASHLEY'S TEAM SEEKS SPONSORSHIP FOR 2008

Mike Ashley is no stranger to adversity or crisis in business. This morning,
Ashley received a telephone call from his longtime sponsor Torco Racing Fuels,
indicating that they would be taking the year off of drag racing. That leaves
the opportunity wide open for new sponsors to step in and become a part of
Ashley's winning team.
 
"While I'm shocked and surprised, first I want
to say that Evan Knoll is a friend and a first class guy, I appreciate
everything he's ever done for me, and I maintain the utmost respect for him,"
Ashley said.

DUNN SIGNS NEW SPONSOR

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CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods, a leading manufacturer of super premium dog and
cat foods, has announced that it will be the primary sponsor on Jim Dunn
Racing's Chevrolet Funny Car for the 2008 NHRA POWERade season.

"CANIDAE
Pet Foods was founded on the love of dogs and cats, the importance of family,
and the belief in having fun and enjoying life," said a spokesperson on behalf
of CANIDAE. "We found no better arena to share our philosophy of 'Responsible
Pet Ownership' through proper nutrition and care than with Jim Dunn Racing and
the passionate fans of the NHRA.

"At CANIDAE Pet Foods, www.canidae.com,
we are committed to providing our valued customers and their pets with the
highest standard of excellence for product quality, palatability and customer
satisfaction. We stand behind the guaranteed analysis of each and every one of
our products and invite NHRA fans to discover the benefits of feeding their pets
CANIDAE and FELIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods."

FATHERS FIND BALANCE FOR SONS

Every father on the planet has a dream for his children and every child
has a dream to pursue, hopefully with the full support of their father.

Bob Gilbertson, NHRA Funny Car driver, put his dream for son Jake, 8 at
the time, into motion after attending an elementary school function.

“I was sitting there, the curtain opens and there is my son sitting at
a grand piano,” said Gilbertson. “I didn't even know he was taking
piano lessons. Not that there is anything wrong with someone playing
the piano. I just didn't know.”

Determined to balance the piano lessons, Gilbertson offered his son
alternatives in the world of motor sports. Jake chose to pursue
motocross, dropping the piano altogether. Drag racing was not one of
the options, even though there are classes in drag racing for younger
kids.

CREASY'S BACK IN BLACK TOUR

After winning back to back championships, Dale Creasy will defend his
titles in 2008 with a slight change of scenery. The Evan Knoll
sponsored entry will continue to carry the Torco Racing Fuels branding
- this time in black and on the teams new Chevrolet Impala SS Funny Car
body.

"We're excited about the new look and the new body," Creasy said while
enjoying the off season preparing for the Knoll Gas Nitro Jam season
opener April 4-6 at the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals in San Antonio,
Texas. "It looks fast standing still."

The classic Torco look was created by Mick Snyder and designed by Jef
Caudle Designs. GO Graphix will produce and install the graphics.

AHDRA SCHEDULE FACES MAJOR CHANGES

The All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) has
announced immediate revisions to the 2008 Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts
Championship Series schedule that was originally released in early
December.

The first announcement affects the Phoenix, AZ,
event scheduled on March 29th and 30th. Although those dates will remain the
same, the event location has been changed to Speedworld Dragstrip in Wittman,
AZ.

Located approximately 20 miles from Phoenix, the
facility has undergone notable improvements since AHDRA’s last appearance there
in 2000.

AHDRA President Craig Tharpe explained that the
reason for the move from the previous location (Firebird International Raceway)
was a result of scheduling conflicts and concerns expressed over the track’s
length that is needed for the high-powered Top Fuel bikes. “Ultimately, the
track was not available on our desired dates, and fortunately for everyone
involved, Speedworld was available,” he noted.

CARPENTER'S NEW '55 CHEVY PROGRESSING

When you have become known in some circles as the “titanium man”,
chances are you have somewhat of a healthy obsession with the
ultra-lightweight metal.

That is exactly what has happened with Missouri chassis builder Terry
Murphy as construction continues on Charles Carpenter’s next ’55 Chevy.
The buzz generated from Carpenter’s selection of Murphy as the builder
of his new car created quite a stir around Carpenter’s Charlotte, NC
shop, but created an even bigger one at Murphy’s Blue Springs, MO shop.

“It seems like after we announced I was building Charles’ car and that
the goal was to make it as light as possible, the phone has been
ringing off the hook with racers and builders looking for titanium,”
said Murphy. “We used a lot of it in my car and people took note of
that, but we are using even more in Charles’ car.

ESTN PRE-ENTRIES - 01-07

The following are the pre-entries received for the 8th annual Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco's CompetitionPlus.com hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. 

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