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TOP FUEL AT BRISTOL NASCAR

Team JEGS Top Fuel veteran Cory McClenathan and reigning Auto Club Rookie of the
Year J.R. Todd will provide NASCAR fans attending this Sunday's Food City 500 at
Bristol Motor Speedway a whopping 14,000 horsepower in surround sound when they
simultaneously fire up their dragsters during prerace ceremonies.

The
display of NHRA firepower is designed to generate interest for the upcoming
seventh annual O’Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, which runs from May 18-20
at Bristol Dragway.

SPEED COVERAGE OF AMALIE OIL TEXAS NATIONALS SLATED FOR APRIL 7 AND APRIL 14

Drag racing fans who
are unable to make it to the season-opening Nitro Jam™ event of the year, the
Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts, will not have to wait
long to see for themselves what happened on the track at San Antonio
Raceway.

 

SPEED’s television coverage of the event is scheduled
for Saturday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. (Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car and Torco
Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel) and Saturday, April 14 at 5:00
p.m. (Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com Pro Mod, Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock and Alcohol
Funny Car).

MR. GASKET SPONSORS HOT ROD POWER TOUR

Known for its long-standing dedication to hot rod enthusiasts, Mr. Gasket
Performance Group continues to show its support as an Event Level Sponsor of the
2007
HOT ROD Power Tour
.

The seven-day, seven-city HOT ROD Power Tour kicks off its 2007 event in Mr.
Gasket’s hometown of Cleveland, OH on June 2. Going into its 12th year, the HOT
ROD Power Tour is expected to draw more than 55,500 spectators to view nearly
3,200 participating hot rods.

ASHLEY AND TORCO SIGNS A&R TRANSPORT

Mike Ashley, driver of the Torco Race Fuels, Inc. nitro Funny Car, announced a
Major Associate Sponsorship agreement with A&R Transport, Inc., a leader in
the trucking and transportation industry. In addition, the Joliet, Ill.-based
company has been designated the Official Trucking Company of Torco Race Fuels,
Inc. and will be featured on several other cars in the Torco/Knoll Gas
stable.
 
"A&R is a very impressive company that focuses on high
quality and customer service, just like Torco - so it is a great fit for all of
us. I'm really excited to have them on our team and am looking forward to a
long, rewarding relationship," Ashley said.

THRILL SEEKING? FLY IN AND OUT OF GAINESVILLE

Joining the “mile high
club” may be a flying club some seek to join, but two clubs were created this
weekend for members of the drag racing community headed to the NHRA
Gatornationals didn’t particularly care to join. The common denominator was
flying in and out of Gainesville Regional airport with Delta Airlines.

Thursday marked the inauguration
of the “Delta Hot Lap” club while Monday morning marked the first flight of the
“Delta One-Prop” clan.

Delta Flight 4790 from Atlanta opened with a jovial group of racers and
crewmembers coaxing a flight attendant into welcoming Pro Stock engine builder
Roy Johnson back after a heart attack in Phoenix.
The regional jet also featured the likes of Mike Sullivan of Wayne County Speed
Shop fame, painter extra-ordinaire and all-around do-everything Brian Olson and
Hoosier Tire’s Faron Lubbers just to name a few.

ESPN2'S NEW SHOWS

Six new automotive and
motorcycle-themed programs will premiere on ESPN2 the weekend of March 31-April
1.

All part of the ESPN2
Garage block of programming, The Bidding Wars, Funkmaster Flex’s
Car Wars, Hot Rod Television, Metric Revolution, P.I.P.E.S and
Stacey David’s GearZ will debut on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday,
April 1, with replays to air later in the week.

Designed to complement ESPN’s extensive coverage of
NASCAR, IndyCar, Champ Car and NHRA racing in 2007, ESPN2 Garage
is dedicated to the automotive, motorcycle and motorsports
world. ESPN2 will air more than
1,100 hours of motorsports programming in 2007.

MONDAY TESTING AFTER GATORS

The devil is in the details.

Many NHRA POWERade teams decided to stick around at
Gainesville Raceway following the 38th annual ACDelco
Gatornationals, to get some testing under their belts without having to pack up
the trailers and head to other circuits.

After all, the Gatornationals had yielded some
record-breaking speeds and times over the past weekend.  At the same time, there had been some fairly
violent wall smacks, particularly in eliminations, that affected the outcome of
races on Sunday.

SO EASY A CAVEWOMAN COULD DO IT

Gatornationals Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Karen Stoffer achieved one
of the hardest feats in drag racing by winning the race from the No. 16
qualifying position. What made the victory even more impressive are her three
holeshot victories, which included beating the No. 1 qualifier and new national
record holder Angelle Sampey in round one. She also strapped a holeshot on
runner-up Matt Smith, who was racing a woman for the fourth time in six career
final round appearances. Stoffer admitted that qualifying didn't go well.

LEWIS DONATES TO VIETNAM VETS/POW DRAGSTER

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Tim Lewis knew from the moment Evan Knoll announced his Melanie Troxel-driven,
Vietnam Veterans/POW-MIA Tribute dragster that he wanted to be involved. The
62-year old partner in the Foley & Lewis Top Fueler driven by Doug Foley was
a Vietnam-era veteran and knew first-hand the plight the brave servicemen and
women encountered upon returning to country after their tour of
duty.
 
Today, Lewis gave back in memory of his friends who served our
country during the tumultuous years of 1965 – 1975. His donation will make
possible a special gift to each Vietnam Veteran and POW-MIA Family member who
attends each NHRA POWERade event as a guest of the Troxel team.
 
The National Hot Rod Association has likewise donated eight
tickets for each event to support the cause. This program began in Pomona during
the NHRA CARQUEST Winternationals.

WELL MOMMA SAYS...

Angelle Sampey has been racing for 11 years, has three Pro Stock
Motorcycle championships in her trophy case but still confesses “I haven’t had a
perfect run yet.” 

That would include Saturday’s national record caliber
6.911.

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