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Team JEGS chef Nicky Morse got a huge boost in the lead-up to his new
reality-style TV show -- The Racing Chef -- with some big-time exposure at the
crossroads of the world, Times Square in New York City. Snippets of The Racing
Chef were repeatedly shown on one of the giant high-definition televisions that
have made the area so famous, along with information about the show and the
pilot times and dates of its premiere.


Cannister could only smile as she walked into the pressroom at Maryland
International Raceway. Her day had finally arrived. She was prepared for the
moment and it didn’t matter if she only had two weeks to prepare for it.

Kevin and
Wendy Sims had purchased her former alcohol Funny Car and needed a driver.
Cannister was available. After all, she’d been waiting on a call since parking
her operation in 2002.

Sunday’s victory
over Mark Thomas validated Cannister’s patience.

“It was a
storybook weekend, absolutely storybook,” Cannister said.  “Kevin and Wendy called and said we’d like to
get back out there would you like to drive the car.  I’m like yeah, twist my, arm it’s the phone
call I’ve been waiting for since 2002.”

During the
weekend, the Sims announced a full tour in 2008 and ensured Cannister a driving
job. That leads one to ask, “How fortunate can a girl get in a weekend?”

Maybe it was
the magic of racing at MIR. Her last and only other IHRA AFC victory came in
2002 at this event when she defeated Jimmy Rector, who has since retired from
driving and now works as a Pro Modified tuner.


Englishtown will be
honoring one of their homebuilt legends next weekend during their 5th
annual Shakedown at Englishtown event. The two-time Pro Mod Champion
current NHRA Funny Car driver/owner has been named the Grand

Ashley's career, which began at Etown as a sportsman racer, led to the
2004 and 2005
NHRA AMS Pro Modified Championships along with numerous Pro Mod event
wins. Currently competing with
his Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels Nitro Funny Car in the NHRA Funny Car
division, Ashley is ranked number 7 in the Countdown to the
Championship, just 15 points
away from the coveted number 4 spot.


Ashley is expected to spend the day at Englishtown with his family and friends,
rekindling friendships from years past.

"All of us at Raceway Park
couldn’t be happier as we welcome Mike back to his home track for this once a
year, record setting, heads up extravaganza," said Michelle Marchese, event co-ordinator.


Ron Capps will run a special Valvoline paint scheme on the Dodge Charger Funny
Car he will race at this weekend's Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Virginia
Motorsports Park.

For the second time this season, the Brut Dodge Charger
will sport the red, white and blue theme of the team's sponsor, representing
Valvoline's longtime association with the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing

"We are once again proud to feature Valvoline on one of the Don
Schumacher Racing Funny Cars," said team owner Don Schumacher. "Valvoline is
such an icon of the sport, and their products are unsurpassed. Our crew chiefs
swear by their quality and attribute longer parts wear to these


Next Generation Racing team hopes to make a real statement in their debut at
Richmond, VA - site of the NHRA Torco Racing Fuels Nationals October 5-7. Driver
George Landis is no stranger to going fast, he's just been doing it at other
events. The team car, a blown Hemi Stratus is no stranger to going fast either.
Last year, while the car was still owned by Jim Oddy, the Dodge smashed the IHRA
speed record with a 238 mph blast. The record stood up until two races ago.

This weekend's Richmond event will mark the team's first participation
in NHRA Pro Modified racing, via the AMS series. In fact, driver George Landis
has never so much as laid eyes on the track in northern Virginia. "We're excited
about competing in this event", stated Landis, adding that if sponsorship could
be secured, the team would like to run the full schedule of AMS events in 2008.
"We're diving into this race to basically see where we are and what we need to
work on over the winter", explained Landis.


mmps_30_logo_220.jpgRickie Smith thought he was in big time trouble. He had just made what he thought was a strong run when an IHRA official walked up to his car and told him “they want to see you on the starting line.”
“What for?” Smith asked.
The official said nothing as he attached a towrope to Smith’s 1978 Mustang II and proceeded to tow him to the starting line. Every conceivable thought ran through his head as the ATV slowly churned its way up the return road in front of the crowd.
Smith gradually noticed the cheers of the crowd gathered at Rockingham Dragway for the 1980 IHRA U.S. Open Nationals. He surmised that he had done something “pretty good.”
What Smith didn’t know immediately is that he’d performed a feat that no other Pro Stock driver had been able to accomplish in national event-legal trim. Not even Bob Glidden, Bill Jenkins, Ronnie Sox, or Warren Johnson had pulled off what he did.


yatesDSB_0365.jpgPontiac's Jim Yates is hoping some midyear performance improvements in his Wiley
X Eyewear GTO will be just what the doctor ordered to secure a 15th career
top-10 finish. The veteran driver needs to get around a pair of pretty
formidable opponents with only three races remaining on the NHRA schedule, and
putting together a string of round wins at this weekend's 2nd annual Torco
Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals would go a long way in securing the desired outcome
for the resident of nearby Occoquan, Va.

"Right now we're excited," said
Yates. "We've come down to the end of the year, and we're in position to get a
top-10 finish and maybe get a race win. It's the same excitement you get at the
beginning of the season. It's so close that we feel like we can achieve it, and
we're going to do our best at the next three races to get there. 

of the exciting things for us is to be a player in the Countdown. Not that we
are actually competing for the championship, but if we perform to our potential
we can have a lot of fun, and make or break it for some of the racers in the
Countdown. Being a spoiler is certainly a good reason to get out of bed and go
to work everyday. It makes it kind of fun. They put these Countdown cars up on a
pedestal, and we want to knock the legs off those pedestals and bring them back
down to earth a little bit. The last six or seven races we've had a pretty
strong showing. Bill Jenkins is working up there in Malvern, Pa., rebuilding
engines and giving us a good strong horse to ride." 

Since late June,
the Wiley X Eyewear Pontiac has run markedly better than it did during the first
half of the season and the results have put Yates in position for a strong
finish to 2007. Currently 11th in the standings, Yates has advanced beyond the
first round in five of his last six starts including a semifinal round run at
Memphis and a No. 2 qualifying effort, his best of the year, at Indianapolis.
That has moved him to within 10 points of 10th-place V. Gaines and to within 52
points of ninth-place Richie Stevens Jr.



UPDATE 10 - 2  10:30 PM, CST - John Force got a reality check Tuesday and the 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion
found he didn’t have a leg to stand on.

 Faced with the knowledge that he can’t put weight on a badly broken left
ankle for at least 60 days and the realization that his severely damaged right
knee and foot simply won’t hold him up, Force finally acquiesced to the wishes
of orthopedic surgeons treating him at Baylor University Medical Center.
 The upshot is that the injured icon will remain at Baylor for an
undermined amount of time under the supervision of trauma specialist Dr. Michael
Foreman, orthopedic traumatologist Dr. Alan Jones and orthopedic surgeon Dr.
David Zehr and immediately will embark on a more intense physical therapy
 Although, with assistance, he has been up on his feet since the Sept. 23rd
accident at the Texas Motorplex that left him seriously injured for the first
time in his 30-year career, reports that the 125-time tour winner has been
walking have been greatly exaggerated. 


Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has been
named the “Official Welding Equipment supplier of Cagnazzi Racing”.

"With our in
house chassis fabrication department it is important to have the best welding
equipment in the industry," Dan Pikarsky, Team marketing Manager said. "Our Chassis department takes pride in the workmanship
as well as the craftsmanship on each race car chassis we build. We don’t have an
assembly line operation here at Cagnazzi Racing, we hand fabricate each part of
our race cars in house. When it comes time to secure the pieces with smooth
welds and proper heating for maximum strength and safety we choose Miller
Welders. "


mwscscHAMP.jpgAs the twentieth season draws to a close for the Midwest Super Comp
Series, with one race left remaining, Dave Livesey clinched the 2007
championship. Livesey led the points standings from the first of the
season by winning four of the first five races.