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FINAL ROUND RESULTS FROM HOUSTON

Sunday's final results from the 20th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals
presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park. The race is the fourth of 23 in
the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING HOUSTON

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 20th
annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway
Park, the fourth of
23
events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series -

ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS FROM HOUSTON

Final round-by-round results from the 20th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals
presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park, the fourth of 23 events in the
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:

FIRSTS FOR BAZEMORE

Whit Bazemore’s vault to the top of the Top Fuel
qualifying order, was his 30th career and first in Top Fuel. Bazemore
wasn't optimistic about Friday’s best run holding through Saturday’s
qualifying.


When Saturday's qualifying never happened, Bazemore didn't mind being wrong. 

TOLIVER "I'M STILL A ROCKSTAR"

Jerry Toliver didn't get to Gainesville, as he had
hoped. And he appeared in Houston,
with the Toyota Solara Funny Car that Jeff Diehl will drive for sponsor
Rockstar Energy Drink in International Hot Rod Association competition. But he
said Saturday he wanted to correct any rumors about his deal.


"Rockstar is extremely happy. We have a great relationship.
It's a three-year contract. We're just excited to get going," Toliver
said.

OCEAN43.COM TEAMS WITH POWERS

Ocean43.com, a new secure and private online
system to both store documents and connect with friends, family and business
associates, has joined David Powers Motorsports as an associate sponsor, team
owner David Powers announced today. The Ocean43.com logos will fly on the rear
wing of NHRA point’s leader Rod Fuller’s dragster.

Ocean43.com, developed by SBT Marketing, LLC, offers
both the private community and data storage on one site in three key sections.
“Community” allows O43 members to privately connect with others in several ways
such as e-mailing, scheduling calendar events, sharing pictures, documents and
movie clips, and adding to the community blog. Only invited guests can be part
of a community and can be assigned varying levels of access. “Vaults” allows
members to store personal and business documents, such as financial records,
pictures, recipes and movie clips. The final section no Ocean43.com is
“Contacts,” where members can store personal and business contact
information.

NEW PRO MODIFIED COMBINATION

Two PMRA champions are teaming up for what could be a strong offensive for the
upcoming Pro Modified Racing Association tour.
 
One of last year’s co-winners, Kasey
Janzen of St. Catharines, ON, will be handing over the driving duties to 2005
PMRA champ Joe Lilienthal of Kenmore, NY.
 
“I’m stepping down this year,” said Janzen, who has raced
the KC Motorsports Chevy Lumina Pro Modified for several seasons. “I’m more
interested in the back side of racing,” he added. “I want to get more into the
clutch management and the computer side of things.”

SEVERE TIRE VIBRATION BLAMED IN DEATH

Severe tire vibration, and not the impact of the low angle crash against a
retaining wall, is being blamed in the death of Funny Car driver Eric Medlen,
according to the Houston Chronicle. The report says that is what was told to
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers and crew chiefs in a meeting Friday
morning. The report also claimed that the accident was blamed initially on a
tire blowout, but investigative findings point to the extreme tire vibration
caused by an unknown source or sources led to Medlen's head trauma and the tire
blowout.

FRIDAY HOUSTON QUALIFYING

MEDLEN RECEIVES
TRIBUTE AS NHRA RETURNS TO COMPETITION AT O'REILLY SPRING
NATIONALS
 
Bazemore, Cruz
Pedregon, Coughlin and Matt Smith earn provisional No. 1 qualifying
positions
 
bazemoreDSB_7036.JPGNineteen-year Funny Car veteran Whit Bazemore is turning out to be a quick
study in Top Fuel as he raced to the provisional No. 1 spot in just his fourth
race in the class, posting a 4.514 at 326.87 mph to lead Friday qualifying at
the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
 
Racing
stopped momentarily during the first round of Funny Car qualifying when the spot
that would have been reserved for Eric Medlen, the popular driver who died one
week earlier after a crash in testing, came up.
 
Track
announcer Bob Frey spoke for a couple of minutes before a tribute video was
shown on Motel 6 Vision and a moment of silence was
observed.

BRAND NEW IHRA NITRO JAM™ DVD RELEASED

The 2006 racing season provided some of the closest championship points races in
IHRA history. Now you can relive all the thrills, spills and chills of the ’06
season as well as other action-packed IHRA events from previous years, with
Nitro Jam—Warning: Contents Under Pressure, the new
DVD
highlighting all 11 Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam events from last
season.

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