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Top Fuel driver J.R. Todd and crew chief Kevin
Poynter were friends long before they joined forces at Dexter Tuttle
Motorsports. They met several years ago, when Todd was working on Bob
Gilbertson’s Funny Car and Poynter was a crew member for Top Fuel
driver David Baca.

“He got to drive every now and then on Mondays,” Todd said, referring
to the fact that Poynter -- who is licensed in both the Top Fuel and
Pro Stock classes -- was a test driver for Baca. “He was driving before
I was.”


Drag Ltd has today announced that they have secured the largest a nd
most comprehensive television deal in the history of Australian Drag
Racing, with the coverage shared across three broadcasters, including
Channel 9, SBS and the Foxsports Channels.

DRAG Ltd, which holds the commercial rights for Group 1 Drag Racing,
will provide national administration for the new TV package, which
promises consistent, high quality media show casing all levels of drag

Coverage will include all major ANDRA Group One rounds, from tracks all
over the country. The new coverage will make it much easier for fans to
keep up to date with the latest results from all the events, no matter
where they are run.

The content will differ significantly from previous drag racing
coverage, with a real focus on the people and stories behind the
performances. As the drag racing road show makes its way around the
country, there will be tales of inspiration, stories of heartbreak and
celebrations of triumph.



In a sponsorship 'reunion' of sorts, Bar's Leaks recently announced the signing
of a two-year primary sponsorship agreement with the Bohr Racing NHRA Top
Alcohol Dragster team.  After debuting their new Bar's Leaks corporate scheme,
which garnered Best Appearing Car honors two weeks ago at the Summit Racing
Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, the team will hit this weekend's Division
3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at O'Reilly Raceway Park at

Team co-owner/driver Jeff Bohr, of Plymouth, Mich.,
is excited to be reunited with Bar's Leaks as team sponsor.
"We're excited about working with Bar's Leaks
again," said Bohr.  "We've had a great relationship with them in the past, and
they are a first class company.  We're looking forward to the rest of the season
with Bar's Leaks and our associate sponsors Goodson, Magnaflux and Rislone
Engine Treatment on board."


With the announcement of the High Velocity Impact Race slated for
October 20-21, Houston Raceway Park is eager host the Outlaw 10.5, True
10.5, and Pro Mod classes. Effective immediately, HRP will offer FREE
Friday Night Tech cards to all three classes for the remainder of the
2007 racing season.

In addition HRP is extending FREE High Velocity Impact Race Event Tech
Cards for the three quickest recorded 1/8th mile E.T.'s in Outlaw 10.5
and the three quickest recorded 1/8th mile E.T.'s in True 10.5 during a
Friday Night Test/Tune only. The deadline to qualify for the FREE event
tech card is Friday, October 12th. Don't miss the exciting racing
action every Friday Night at Houston Raceway Park.

Friday Night Safe Street Night at the Dragstrip


Meter Products, Inc., a Harbour Group company, completed the acquisition of
Stack Limited, Jeff King, President of Auto Meter, announced.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Limited, based in Bicester,
United Kingdom,
is a leading global developer and supplier of professional-quality data
acquisition systems and instrumentation for automotive racing and other rugged
applications.  Stack’s products include
sophisticated modular data and video-logging solutions, integrated driver
displays, tachometers, and other gauges. 
Alan Rock, Managing Director, and Trevor Tapping, Technical Director,
lead Stack Limited and will continue in their respective roles after the

King commented, “The product development capabilities of the Stack team are
renowned in the racing industry, and their brand is incredibly
well-regarded.  The combination of their
products and ours creates a powerful force in the critical function of
information management for race teams. 
Alan and Trevor built a great business, and we look forward to providing
them the resources they need so they can focus on what they most enjoy –
building great products and growing their worldwide customer base by servicing
their customers beyond expectations.”


The Team Transit Mix Cavalier of Pro Street Champion Steve Paulauskis,
tuned by Kelly Bluebaugh of WFO Racing and Machine, set an outrageous
new Pro Street record of 6.333 @ 221.78 mph this past weekend in
Bakersfield, California.

The record was backed up during the exciting final round of the make up
race of the West Coast Hot Rod Associations (WCHRA), Team Transit
Mix-Spring Nationals, which was rained out after one round of
qualifying earlier this year. It was a long wait of anticipation for
Paulauskis, Bluebaugh, and the Team to return to Bakersfield to back
the record after the rainout. Bluebaugh said the weather conditions
earlier in the year were just simply better and it was tough to try and
back the record in the summer heat.

In addition to setting a stout record, the Team Transit Mix Cavalier
took the win for the make up of the Spring Nationals and the win for
the concurrently scheduled WCHRA Team Racing Enterprises Midsummer
Shootout, which ran at the Famoso Dragway, July 13-14, 2007. It was a
fantastic double-header weekend for Team Transit Mix Sponsor Tom
Nelson, Paulauskis and Team WFO as the Cavalier worked through rounds
with precision.



ps-winnerDSA_6934.JPGAllen Johnson's victory marked the fifth of his career out of 11 final
rounds. The last time he visited the winner's circle was Seattle of

No other win has meant as much to Johnson as this one did.

"It's just a fairy tale weekend," said Johnson, seated beside his dad
and team engine builder Roy, who had suffered a heart attack earlier
this year, and has recovered fully. "I'm sure Dad will second that. For
this being a Mopar event, we were the fastest car, No. 1 qualifier:
everything you can do we did this weekend and it feels really good."

What could have been a tragedy provided a reprieve from fate for the Johnsons.

"We were lucky we were in the right spot at the right time," Johnson
said of Roy's attack in Phoenix. "It worked out that he's more healthy
now than he was before then. So, you can tell he's smarter (because of
the way the car's running.)

"That one race was a setback for him and the team. We've just come back
even stronger and everybody's bound together and we tested our butts
off and they put in long hours at the shop on the engines and it's just
all starting to come together.

"We've been a win waiting to happen since the first of the year and
just hadn't gotten a break. In the finals we got a break. We probably
wounded our motor in the finals because we only ran 192 mph.
Fortunately, Ron broke a transmission, so there's the break we were
looking for.



Sometimes you know it is your day, even when you feel like the weakest link in the chain.

Beckman is winning races like a seasoned veteran but he's the first to
admit that he still has a lot of learning to do following yesterday's
win in Denver.

"I think our car and our team would have won three races by now," said
an elated Beckman. "I replaced Whit Bazemore (last year for the last
five events). Tomorrow he can get back in and be one of the top three
Funny Car drivers. And I'm on a steep learning curve. I've definitely
been the weakest link on the team. So, to get that first win of the
season, especially with the momentum that we've had over the last four
or five races, I don't know that it would have come at a better time.

"We were lingering down there around 10th or 11th (in points) and with
this [Countdown] format, I think it's three separate seasons: until
Indy, four races after Indy, the last two. So, you do look at it
slightly different, but the purpose is still the same. We want to win
every race we come to.

"I am so spoiled that I drive a car that could win every race we go to.
When I won Las Vegas last year I knew I was going to win that race. I
felt confident all weekend. [We] struggled a little bit this year."

Beckman added another chapter to his growing driver's manual. He learned what it takes to win on the mountain.


Gerould may do some very interesting finish line interviews with the
winners of NHRA POWERade Series races for espn2, but what happens after
the cameras are turned off is often even better. Case in point: This
weekend’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

After Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Matt Smith had his face time with
Gerould, runner-up Angelle Sampey could be heard in the background
saying in a loud voice, “I’m getting’ sick of you, Matt.”

That was nothing compared to the tirade Top Fuel runner-up Whit
Bazemore launched into, with all of his venom aimed at teammate and
event winner Hot Rod Fuller. Bazemore climbed from his car and stated
in no uncertain terms to team PR man Ted Yerzyk, “This relationship is
over,” meaning whatever relationship he may have once had with
Fuller. Bazemore’s ire was based on Fuller’s having quickly lit both
staging lights at once.


There can be little doubt that the current qualifying
process of two runs on Friday and another pair on Saturday needs some
adjustment. In Pro Stock, for example, during the hotter summer months the
Friday evening session has become all important. Simply put, make a bad

Friday and the odds are that you’re going home Saturday
afternoon rather than Sunday.

In an effort to even out running conditions between the
Friday evening and Saturday sessions a number of plans have been put
forth. One that’s alleged to be a favorite of PRO president Kenny
Bernstein is to lock in the top 8 runners after Friday evening, and fill the
field with the final 8 from the best times on Saturday.

In other words, even if conditions prevent the kind of
elapsed times that might come up on the clocks on Friday evening from being
repeated on Saturday, the eight quickest runners in the third and fourth
sessions would still have a chance of racing on Sunday.