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BECKMAN ON WIND TUNNEL SUNDAY

"Fast" Jack Beckman, who most recently drove the Mail Terminal Services Dodge
Charger R/T to two back-to-back victories in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series Western Swing in his first full season in the Funny Car class, will guest
live on Speed Channel's "Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain" on Sunday, Aug.
5.

Beckman, 41, joined Don Schumacher Racing for the last five events of
the 2006 NHRA season as a Funny Car rookie, and stunned the world by qualifying
No. 1 once, setting both the elapsed-time and top speed national records, and
winning once in two final-round appearances.

COLLECTIBLES WORTH CHECKING OUT

Our friends at Competition Collectibles have a few neat items on their eBay store and thought we'd share with our readers.

ALTERNATES FOR ALL-TIME IHRA PS 20

On the eve of the initial announcement of the all-time IHRA Mountain Motor Pro
Stock drivers, program sponsor Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com has announced five
alternates for the group.
 
Steve Spiess, Carlton Philips, Billy Ewing, Mike Bell, and
Chris Holbrook are recognized as alternates for the group. Of the four, only
Spiess is an active competitor in the Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock
category.

ASHLEY FORCE VYING FOR HOTTEST ATHLETE TITLE

Ashley Force has reached the second round in AOL's hottest athletes
on-line voting contest which operates just like a drag racing bracket.

FOR McCLENATHAN CHANGE WAS GOOD

It's looking that way for Cory McClenathan, whose first race with new crew chief Tony
Shortall progressed at a positive pace. The veteran, whose team replaced
veteran tuner Wes Cerny with assistant crew chief Shortall, qualified 13th with
a 4.668. Unfortunately for Cory Mac, he met eventual winner Tony Schumacher in the first round.

"In
all reality, Tony Shortall stepped up to be crew chief and Rahn Tobler helped us last weekend," McClenathan said. "Rahn has some other things going
that are really good for his future, and right now he was free for the weekend.
I asked him to come in, and between (team owner) Scott Griffin and myself, I
asked him to help us out, and he was kind enough to come in for the weekend.
Tony Shortall can do this. I really believe Tony is one of the up and comers. We
just decided to switch things around. We just want to get back to what we know
we can do. We're still not out of the hunt yet. We just need to go A-to-B, win
some rounds...that's my biggest focus right now. And between Tony Shortall and
Rahn Tobler, I think they can make that happen.”

INAUGURAL FOOTBRAKE NATIONALS

The inaugural World Footbrake Challenge presented by Jeg’s and BTE was held at
beautiful Bristol Dragway last weekend, July 27-29.  Over three hundred of the
best footbrake competitors in the nation converged on the Northeast Tennessee
facility, despite an unfavorable weather forecast, for their shot at the largest
Footbrake only weekend purse in history.  That purse totaled a whopping
$142,500!
 
Friday’s $10,000-to-win event saw 320 first round entrants vie for the top
prize at Bristol’s Thunder Valley.  After a eight rounds of tough competition,
just three top drivers remained in the ninth and semi-final round.  Legendary
North Carolina bottom bulb competitor Chris Plott, West Virgina standout Jeff
Stewart, and noted professional bracket racer Luke Bogacki earned their trip to
the semi-final round on the strength of stellar reaction times all night. 
Stewart put together an amazing string of three consecutive .00 reaction times
in eliminations.  After earning the bye run with nine cars remaining, he
unleashed another .001 reaction in the quarterfinals.  Bogacki, meanwhile,
varied just .005 on the starting line (.009 to .014) from the fifth round on. 
Likewise Plott had moved just .003 (.010, .011, and .013) in his last three
passes.  Since Stewart and Plott had already received bye runs, it was Bogacki
earning the free pass into the $10,000 final round.
 
Stewart’s mastery of the tree ended in the semi-final round, as he turned
on the red light, handing Plott the win.  Plott’s .029 induced 7.074 run (7.07
dial) put his familiar Beal Racing Engines/Staging Light Graphics Cougar into
the final round with Bogacki’s Mickey Thompson Tires/CSR Performance Products
Vega.

CP'S ALL TIME MOUNTAIN MOTOR PS CLUB

Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com, has compiled a list of the Top 20 Mountain Motor
Pro Stock drivers as a way to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the “run
whatcha brung” style of competition that was first introduced under the IHRA
sanction in 1977. In the weeks leading up to the Torco’s CompetitionPlus Pro
Stock Showdown during Torco Race Fuels President’s Cup Nationals in Budds Creek,
Md., September 28 – 30, a driver will be revealed.

The special feature
began as the extension of research for an article forthcoming in Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com chronicling the early years of the mountain motor
movement.

“I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it was to research this
story,” said Bobby Bennett, Publisher and Executive Editor said. “There are a
lot of individuals who sacrificed time and money to make Pro Stock racing what
it is. When you look back to every major doorslammer division in professional
drag racing, the IHRA’s mountain motor movement was the inspiration.

HAPPY GILMORE MEETS DRAG RACING

ANNOUNCING
THE 1ST ANNUAL TORCO RACE FUELS/SEELYE WRIGHT CELEBRITY GOLF
TOURNAMENT
; Proceeds to
benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.

Some of the best drag racers will be driving
differently on the Thursday preceding the IHRA Torco Race Fuels Northern
Nationals in Martin, Michigan. They will trade in their
8,000-horsepower dragsters for golf clubs for the first annual Torco Race
Fuels/Seelye-Wright Auto Group golf tournament benefiting the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Michigan.

Scheduled
guests include Scotty Cannon, Scott Cannon Jr., Matt Hagan, Clay Millican,
Melanie Troxel, JR Todd, Dale Creasy, Doug Foley as well as Kevin and Rod
Pickett from the CMT television series “Trick My Truck.”

The cost to
participate is $70 per player and the fee includes food, a donation to
Make-A-Wish Foundation, golf fees and the use of cart. Donation bids are
accepted to play with your favorite driver.

The day
promises to be chock full of excitement with raffles, prizes and contests. A
reward of $5,000 (which won't be won by CP.com editor Bobby Bennett) will be presented to the golfer that lands a hole-in-one.

As an added
bonus the Top Fuel dragster of Scotty Cannon will be on display.

EVAN KNOLL ON XM TONIGHT

Evan Knoll, one of drag racing's most active team owners and sponsors in
NHRA and IHRA, will be Joe Castello's guest tonight at 9:25 p.m., EDT, on XM
Satellite Radio's Power Shift program that airs from 8-10 p.m., EDT, Monday
through Friday.
 
Knoll will be attempting to qualify in Top Fuel in the IHRA Torco Racing
Fuels Northern Nationals at Knoll-Gas Motorsports Park 131, Martin, Mich.

FUN FORD WEEKEND NORWALK RESULTS

Throw together a absolutely huge car show, record-setting Outlaw-track
acrobatics and what do you get? Why, Fun Ford’s annual extravaganza at
Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, of course!

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