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Defending NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster World Champion Bill Reichert reset both ends
of the national record in a dominating win at this past weekend's O'Reilly
Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.  Reichert, in his Rislone Engine
Treatment sponsored A/Fuel Dragster ran the quickest pass in the history of the
class with a 5.103 second pass in the semifinals, then followed that with the
fastest pass in class history with a 284.75 mph blast in the final.

Reichert, from Owosso, Mich., qualified No. 1 with
a 5.230 at 278.17 mph.  In round one, he took out Vitali Kazakevich wit ha 5.258
at 282.01 mph, which reset the national speed record at the time.  He then
avenged a recent final round loss to Randy Meyer in Gainesville by taking him
out in the second round with a 5.258 at 268.01 mph.  He then fired a shot heard
around the Top Alcohol Dragster world with a stunning 5.103 at 281.54 mph in
defeating Duane Shields in the semifinals. 
Reichert's final round opponent would be Spencer
Massey, who finished third in the nation last season.  In what was a rematch of
last year's season-closing final in Pomona turned the same result as Reichert
thundered to a 5.153 at 284.75 mph to defeat Massey's 5.330 at 264.13 mph. 
Reichert also won this event last season.


The Silverton Casino and Lodge in Las Vegas will
serve as team headquarters for NHRA Top Fuel powerhouse David Powers Motorsports
during the spring event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it was
announced today.


David Powers Motorsports operation, which includes Las Vegas racer and four-time
NHRA Top Fuel winner Rod Fuller and 20-time NHRA winner and longtime Matco Tools
driver Whit Bazemore, will call the
Silverton home during the eighth annual Summit Racing.com Nationals, April
12-15, at The Strip at LVMS. Fuller, who won the Phoenix race in February, currently leads the
NHRA Top Fuel standings, while Bazemore is ranked fourth.


“We’re excited to have a local casino partner with our
team,” Fuller said. “The Silverton is my local hangout. I live close to there
and spend a lot of time at The Silverton. The Twin Creek’s Steakhouse is
fantastic. It’s a casino that appeals to all crowds. I’m excited for our team.
It’s a really nice place.”


Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr.,
still waiting for his first round-win of the season, had an exciting time at
Houston even before the race began.

He and wife Melanie Troxel, a Top
Fuel dragster driver, toured NASA for an ESPN reality show and tried out the
facility’s flight simulators.


G-Force Race Cars will once again be sponsoring the Pro Modified Racing
Association as the series enters its third season.

“There is a talented group of teams in the PMRA and
Western New York has always been a hot-bed of some of the most talented drag
racers in the sport,” said Jim Salemi of G-Force Race Cars Inc. “The PMRA has
been great for our sport, great for our business and most importantly great for
the teams that we will continue to support.”


Get your fix of the Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam™ this Saturday, April 7, with three
different shows. The 2006 Season Recap shows will air 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(eastern), followed later that same day with show 1 from the Amalie Oil Texas
Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts at 5 p.m


It was a long journey, but a worthwhile one as Jim Read Racing headed to the
Perth Motorplex last weekend for a Top Fuel showdown with local ace Alan Dobson
and Victorian newcomer Phil Lamattina that lived up to the Top Fuel 'Challenge'
event title in more ways than one!

The event was scaled back to a
round-robin event, yet a still excellent crow d attended the world-class Perth
Motorplex venue over two nights of Nitro madness.

It was an event of
contrasts for team Read, as its chauffeur Phil Read on night one scorched down
the quarter mile in the sort of consistent numbers that has seen the Auto
One/Snap-on/Fuchs Lubricants missile streak to a dominant lead in the ANDRA
Australian Top Fuel Championship pointscore.



World-renowned custom hot rod builder and TV personality Chip Foose, Mac Tools
and Kalitta Motorsports will once again bring their high-horsepower partnership
to the NHRA POWERade Drag racing Series. The partnership will come together
April 12-15, during the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, at one of the NHRA’s
premier quarter-mile facilities, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor

For the third time in the past two
NHRA seasons, Foose and Foose Designs will team up with Mac Tools and Team
Kalitta to renovate the body design of the 8,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster.
Driven by Doug Kalitta, the exclusively-designed Foose paint scheme will cover
the 330-mph, nitro-fueled rocket on wheels that normally displays the Mac Tools
branded “Big Red” design. In the automotive industry, the name Chip Foose is well known for his legendary one off
automobiles like the Foose Coup and the Grandmaster. Chip is well on his way to
being a legend on and off the track. “Chip is a great friend and partner”
proclaims Tony Merritt, Sports Marketing Manager of Mac Tools, “and we are proud
to have him as a part of our team.”  


Ozarks Technical Community
College will welcome the National Hot Rod Association’s Tony Pedregon and Scott
Palmer to Springfield on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held
in room 100 of Information Commons West, on the Ozarks Technical Community
College main campus in Springfield. The public is invited to
Pedregon, the Q Power Funny Car
driver and speaker for the NHRA, and Palmer, an Ozarks native and current
Branson resident now involved with the drag racing circuit, will both speak to
guests at the event. Their cars will be on display, and guests will have the
opportunity to meet the speakers. The event, which is sponsored by O’Reilly Auto
Parts, Quaker State Oil, and Grand Crowne Travel in Branson, will also include
dinner, door prizes, and a hat for every ticket holder.


NHRA announced today that ESPN Classic will extend its daily airings of
NHRA Drag Racing through at least the end of May.   The show airs
weekdays, Monday through Friday, at 11 a.m. (ET).

The extended schedule includes a special NHRA Drag Racing Marathon on
Saturday, April 7 from noon to 8 p.m. (ET).  Airing that day will be
two-hour presentations of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in 2002, 2004,
2005 and 2006.  The 2003 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals aired last month,
Feb. 7.


NHRA veteran Top Fuel racer and pioneer Eddie Hill will be inducted into the
Texas Motor Sports Hall of Fame April 11 at The Speedway Club at Texas Motor
Speedway. In addition, Texas Motor Speedway and Happy Hill Farm Academy
announced that legendary car owner Roger Penske and NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart
and Jeff Burton will be honored during the awards ceremony.

The 1993 NHRA champion, Hill joins previous inductees A.J. Foyt, Johnny
Rutherford, Terry Labonte, Lee Shepherd, Kenny Bernstein, and Jim Hall. Hill,
inducted into the NHRA Division 4 Hall of Fame in 1978, is credited with
numerous milestones during his storied career. The record books show Hill to be
the first driver to cover a quarter-mile in less than five seconds as well as
the first to break the 200-mph barrier in a gas-powered car when he attained a
speed of 202.07 mph in Hobbs, N.M., in 1962.