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ASHLEY'S TRIBUTE CAR ON DISPLAY

The car that was driven by Mike Ashley over 327 mph to victory at the Mac Tools
NHRA U.S. Nationals will be on display Tuesday and Wednesday, December 11 and 12
at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. Given the title "Purpose
beyond Reason," the car is part of fund-raising efforts of the Eric Blake
Faulkner Foundation, and after its display will be taken to Scottsdale, Ariz. to
be auctioned in mid-January at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Auto Auction with the
funds raised earmarked for the Perinatal Bereavement Program at St. Vincent
Hospital.
 
The tragic death of a child cannot be soon forgotten, and
while parents often struggle to make sense of their grief, they rarely get the
opportunity to change the world as a result of their pain. Little Rock, Ark.
residents Donnie and Hollie Faulkner have found a way to give back in just such
circumstances.
 
The Faulkners are the proprietors of the traveling
Oakley merchandising trailer that supports the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series,
and are an integral part of the family-centric experience of NHRA drag racing.
Their son, Eric Blake Faulkner, was stillborn on May 24, 2007, and the
experience pushed the couple beyond their limits. Were it not for the "angelic
support" of the staff of St. Vincent's, the couple said they would not have
survived with their sanity. Determined to turn tragedy into something positive,
they created the Eric Blake Faulkner Foundation to help others faced with a
similar situation.

JENKINS, ARFONS, SEAGRAVES TO H.O.F.

NHRA Pro Stock legend Bill "Grumpy"
Jenkins headlines the six 2008 inductees to the International
Motorsports Hall of Fame. The list also includes late drag racing
pioneer Art Arfons, and the late Ralph Seagraves, a longtime NHRA
supporter as head of R.J. Reynolds' Special Events Operations.

Robert "Red" Byron, Frank Kurtis, and Everett "Cotton" Owens
round out the list of six inductees. determined by a panel of 125
international motorsports media, who will be enshrined in the Hall in Talladega, Ala., on April 24, 2008 are: Art Arfons,

Jenkins'
innovative use of his mechanical engineering skills in the mid-1950s
produced many of drag racing's most successful vehicles. Considered the
father of pro stock, Jenkins, built engines for 61 NHRA Eliminators,
producing five championships and three ARHA championships. Jenkins also
earned a considerable reputation as a driver, winning a combined total
of 13 NHRA national Pro Stock events from 1965 to 1975 with one
championship as a driver.

AAWRBA NAMES SIX DRAG RACERS TO AUTO RACING TEAM

With voting completed for the 2007 All-America Auto Racing Team, five
drivers emerge as contenders for the Jerry Titus award. Led by Tony
Schumacher, the 2006 Titus winner, nominees include four-time Champ Car
World Series titlist Sébastien Bourdais, Indy Racing League champion
Dario Franchitti, back-to-back NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, and Ron
Hornaday Jr., who won his third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
championship.

Schumacher became a Titus nominee by gaining the most votes in the Drag
Racing category of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters
Association's All-America team, where he was named to the First Team
along with Tony Pedregon. Pro Stock rivals Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Greg
Anderson earned Second Team honors, while Honorable Mention accolades
went to IHRA champs Bruce Litton and Dale Creasy Jr. Top Alcohol Funny
Car legend Frank Manzo was named to the Second Team in the At-Large
category.

DUNN FINISHES RUNNER-UP

Philip Read beats Mike Dunn in exciting Aussie Final Round 

The
American Top Fuel duo of Mike Dunn and Cory McClenathan nearly pulled
off an American sweep during the recently completed International Top
Fuel Challenge at Western Sydney International Dragway in Australia.
Dunn lost a tough final round match against Philip Read.

CORY MAC & DUNN IN TOP HALF

Those 8,000 horsepower Top Fuel beasts lived up to their reputation and
anticipation during qualifying yesterday with the quickest Top Fuel field in
Australian Drag Racing history during the Interanational Top Fuel Challenge in Sydney, Australia.

Martin Stamatis top qualified with a
4.684 ahead of team mate Phil Read's 4.686.

American stars Mike Dunn and
Cory McClenathan also slotted into the top half of the field with their 4-second
efforts.

The unlucky racer was Amanda Shepherd, who drove a superb
pedal effort in the 5.2 range, yet was not quick enough to qualify for race day
today.

PERSONETT TO PM IN 2008

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com received a press release informing us that three time NHRA Sport Compact World Champion Brad
Personett has formed a partnership with his former teammate Ed Marx to race a
’53 Nostalgia Purple ProMod Corvette in the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod
series run at NHRA Powerade events in 2008. Personett is the 3-time NHRA World
Champion in the Pro Rear Wheel drive class driving the Titan Motorsports Scions.

HERNANDEZ TO DRIVE NATIONAL GUARD ENTRY

Joshua Hernandez, the current NHRA AMS Pro Modified Champion and strong running ADRL competitor, will compete in
the 2008 season with sponsorship from the National Guard.

Hernandez will
drive next season as one-half of a two-car team. The driver for the second car
has not yet been announced.

"I'm honored to represent the
citizen-soldiers of the National Guard, and it's a responsibility that I take
very seriously," Hernandez said from the annual PRI show in Orlando. "I'm very
excited to have the opportunity to put a National Guard car into the winner's
circle in 2008."

ADRL RELEASES 2008 SCHEDULE

The Flowmaster American Drag Racing League presented by the National Guard today
announced its 2008 national event schedule, which features nine events and
first-time visits to a number of facilities.

Among the highlights of the
schedule are the Hushpower Dragstock V event in Rockingham, N.C. (the ADRL's
biggest and oldest event),  the AlphaTrade ADRL World Finals in Ennis, Texas
(featuring the ADRL's Battle for the Belts championship eliminators), and the
ADRL's first visits to Oklahoma, Michigan, and Maryland.

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TUCKER STARS IN AD CAMPAIGN

Victor Cagnazzi Racing driver-in-waiting Shane Tucker, the Australian
Pro Stock star who has been signed to a developmental contract while
VCR searches for corporate funding for his car, just might become a
household name before he ever makes a pass in NHRA competition.

Tucker
recently spent a day at the track filming a commercial for Sweet Dreams
Mattress of Mooresville, N.C. The commercial shows a couple sleeping on
the starting line while Tucker executes a burnout and launch just a few
feet away.

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