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Pat Dakin, driver for the legendary Rupp & Dakin team that tore up
the drag racing circuit in the early 1970s, can't wait to reunite with
old pals at the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by
SoffSeal, June 15-17 at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio.
Dakin wants to tell stories about his old partner, Gary Rupp,
especially the ones that are not suitable for publication. Rupp &
Dakin – named among the Honorees of the Reunion – ran one of the nicest
looking dragsters of its day. Dakin drove and Rupp was the car owner.
The team began racing in 1970 in a gas car and then made the switch to
a front-engine fuel dragster in 1971. They switched to a rear engine
Woody Gilmore car in 1972 and bought another one in '74-'75 and kept
that one until '77 when they quit. Dakin said, "We came back in '89 and
won an IHRA World Championship and then bought a Don Long car and
stayed together through the 1993 season." Then Rupp moved to Florida,
effectively ending the team. Dakin found a new partner in Tom Kattelman
and continued to race, but he never went further west than Texas. The
team was victorious in Canada in '71 and '73. Dakin still has the '89
car and is attempting to put it back together in time for the Reunion.
Here are some of his thoughts on the upcoming Reunion:


AlphaTrade Battle for the Belts points standings

May 6, 2007; through 3 of 8 events; all points pending ADRL approval)

top eight points-earners in each class at the completion of the ADRL Eastern
Race Fuels DRAGSTOCK IV event, Sept. 14-15, qualify for the AlphaTrade Battle
for the Belts championship eliminators, Oct. 12 at the AlphaTrade ADRL World


Birthday presents come in all shapes and sizes but none compare to the one Team
Torco delivered to their sponsor Evan Knoll during the NHRA O'Reilly Midwest
Nationals in St. Louis, MO. Knoll celebrated his birthday over the course of the
race weekend.

The tally for those weekend gifts included three national
event victories, two runner-ups, two semi-final finishes, two #1 qualifiers, an
elapsed time world record and a handful of track records.
“I am so proud of our teams,” Knoll said. “I wish I would have
been there, but this was a real treat. This is a birthday I will always
remember. My teams deliver a lot … week in and week out … but this race was
really special.”
Melanie Troxel culminated the incredible weekend by capturing
the Top Fuel crown behind the wheel of a car that Knoll unselfishly donated to
honor the Vietnam Veterans and POW-MIA families and servicemen. Her weekend
began from the bottom half of the ladder but when it was all said and done, she
was the Queen of the Hill topping Cory McClenathan, who also carries the Torco
Race Fuels logo emblazoned alongside primary sponsor Fram-Bendix.
“Evan is a special guy and we wanted to reach down deep and
pull off something special for him,” Troxel said. “He’s given so much to us, it
just feels great to be able to give back.”
This marked Troxel’s first 2007 victory in two finals. The
weekend thrust her into the fifth spot for the championship
Mike Ashley drove his Fuel Doctor-nicknamed, Knoll tribute
Dodge Charger to a third consecutive #1 qualifying effort as well as a new
Gateway International Raceway speed track record. His weekend delivered a strong
semi-final finish.


Clay Millican will soon drive Evan Knoll's forthcoming Top Fuel dragster promoting the
legendary Eighties hair band Ratt. Expect an official release coming
soon, but for now here's a sneak peak of the dragster's electrifying


Shawn Gann’s misfortune provided an excellent opportunity for
aspiring Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie McBride. Gann was injured in
a non-racing pit bike accident where he suffered a cracked skull and
three blood clots on his spine.

The doctor’s prognosis will enable him to return following Sonoma. Until then, McBride is on the job.


superstar Top Fuel pilot Melanie Troxel won her first race of the 2007
season and the third of her career Sunday at the 11th annual O'Reilly
NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis.
Troxel outlasted veteran Cory McClenathan, 4.741 to 5.355, in the money
round to become just the second female winner in track history.

Ron Capps extended his lead in the POWERade Funny Car points to 121
with his third victory of the year, this one over Del Worsham. Dave
Connolly topped teammate Jeg Coughlin by .016 seconds to move into
second place overall in Pro Stock, while Matt Smith used a stunning
national record elapsed time of 6.901 seconds to earn the Pro stock
Motorcycle hardware over three-time Gateway winner Angelle Sampey.


Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following
the 11th annual O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Castrol at
Gateway International Raceway, the seventh of 23 events in the NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series -


Final round-by-round results from the 11th annual O'Reilly NHRA
Midwest Nationals presented by Castrol at Gateway International
Raceway, the seventh of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing


Sunday's final results from the 11th annual O'Reilly NHRA Midwest
Nationals presented by Castrol at Gateway International Raceway. The
race is the seventh of 23 in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:


Pilcher Back on Top in Pro Nitrous; Baker, Hill, and Drake Score First Wins

It took more than two years, but Johnny Pilcher can finally say that he is back on top of the Pro Nitrous ranks.
a rematch of the first Pro Nitrous final round in Flowmaster American
Drag Racing history, Pilcher edged Rickie Smith, 4.029 to4.045,
Saturday night in the final of the Camp Motorsport ADRL Georgia Drags
to claim his first ADRL event title since he beat Smith in February of
2005 for the Pro Nitrous title in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Georgia Drags
win also vaulted Pilcher to the top spot of the AlphaTrade Battle for
the Belts points standings.