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ROUND-BY-ROUND PRO RESULTS FROM MEMPHIS

Final round-by-round results from the 20th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals
presented by Pennzoil at
Memphis Motorsports Park, the 19th of 23 events in the 
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

FINAL ROUND RESULTS FROM MEMPHIS

Sunday's final results from the 20th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals
presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park.  The  race is the 19th of 23
in the  NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

NHRA POINTS AFTER MEMPHIS

Point standings for the eight drivers in each class who have qualified for the
NHRA playoffs, following the 20th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented
by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park, the 19th of 23 events in the NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series (after 21 races, the top four drivers in each class
will advance to the two-race championship round at Las Vegas and Pomona):

THE JASON SCRUGGS SHOW

Let the record reflect
that Jason Scruggs has forced all the statisticians to wear out their pencil
erasers.

Yes, it was that kind of event for him.

In one day of racing, the
Saltilla, Mississippi-based Scruggs drove his way to the No. 1 qualifying
position, broke the 200 mph barrier, dipped low into the 3.70s twice and
established both ends of the class record with a 3.703 elapsed time at 205.13
miles per hour.

Scruggs opened the day
with a 200.86 blast that also netted a $10,000 bounty from series sponsor
Flowmaster Mufflers for becoming the first to exceed 200.

SATURDAY NIGHT SHOCK & AWE

Houston Dial grenaded an intake during the ADRL Dragstock semi-finals of the Extreme 10.5 division. (Roger Richards Photos)

MEMPHIS SATURDAY QUALIFYING

On a day when five of eight Memphis Motor Park records fell by the wayside,
three year professional Funny Car driver Robert Hight denied rookie driver and
teammate Ashley Force her first low qualifier award running a track-record 4.762
seconds at 320.36 mph at the 20th annual O'Reilly Mid-South NHRA Nationals
presented by Pennzoil.

 

Almost as shocking was Pro Stock Motorcycle leader
Chip Ellis' jaw-dropping 6.892, the second quickest pass in class history. Max
Naylor earned more respect in the Pro Stock class with his second pole in as
many races, while Top Fuel points leader Tony Schumacher got a wake-up call from
several of his rivals, who all posted big numbers in Saturday's cooler
temperatures.

200.86 - SCRUGGS NAILS DOORSLAMMER BARRIER

Twenty years ago Bill Kuhlman ran the first quarter-mile 200 mile per
hour lap. Today another Pro Modified driver did the same thing in half
the distance.

Jason Scruggs ran 200.86 during the first qualifying session at the ADRL Dragstock event in  Rockingham, NC.

For Scruggs, the assault on the 200-mph promised land was sometimes a hit and miss adventure. 

“We’re like most all of
these racers out here in that we can struggle at times,” Scruggs said. “Here
lately we’ve struggled onto making the car mile per hour a little better. We’ve
been doing a lot better since we got some of the tire shake out of it."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

It was eight years ago today
that an aspiring group of drag racing journalists, photographers and web
designers launched the first ever issue of Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com.

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com began on September 15, 1999 at 8:30 PM, EST. 

Maybe the words of our first editorial were prophetic considering today's state of drag racing media.

"We are on the verge of the 21st Century and if you're not already
there, you're on the losing end of a holeshot. This is the future thus
signaling the beginning of the end for the standard print media
magazine. Those of us in the media should have read the writing on the
wall with the demise of such magazines as Petersen's Drag Racing and
the once unbreakable Super Stock & Drag Illustrated. There are some
out there but the industry is no-where as strong as it used to be."

Welcome to the Internet ezine age. 

Thanks for sticking with
us through those growing years and we’re not done yet.

90% IS BACK - UPDATED

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has obtained a copy of the memo issued
today to all nitro racers regarding the 2008 rules in terms of nitro
percentage allowed in competition. 

 

 

 

FRIDAY MEMPHIS QUALIFYING

ASHLEY FORCE SITTING NO. 1 AFTER FIRST 2 ROUNDS OF QUALIFYING AT MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK

 

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0737-01446.jpgAt a track known for it’s domination by John Force, it’s was his daughter, rookie sensation Ashley
Force, who was is in prime position to add
a No.1 qualifier to her fathers stellar seven No.1 qualifiers, five win career
at Memphis Motorsports Park at the 20th annual O'Reilly Mid-South
NHRA Nationals with a steady 4.810 at 316.38 mph.

 

Force shares her 4.810 second at 316.38 mph
provisional low qualifier podium with points leaders Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel)
and Dave Connolly (Pro Stock) as well as red-hot Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Chip
Ellis.

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