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CRUZ PEDREGON'S BOOMER

Things heated up for Cruz Pedregon during Saturday's opening
qualifying session. Ace lensman Marty Reger was there to capture the
carnage.

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GRIFFIN TEAM PARKED INDEFINETLY

Scott Griffin confirmed
that he will sit out the 2007 season despite making an announcement he would
field a car with Scott Weis driving. Griffin
cited the lack of available quality crew chiefs to be the deciding factor in
his decision.

AMERICAN DRAGSTER REMINDER

The second episode of the return season of American Dragster will be cablecast
on ESPN2 Sunday, February 25th, 11:30AM EST, 8:30 PST.

FRIDAY PHOENIX QUALIFYING

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Robert Hight raced to the quickest Funny Car run in
NHRA history Friday at the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird
International Raceway near Phoenix.


Hight's performance of 4.636 seconds at 327.74 mph
in his Auto Club Ford Mustang overshadowed Top Fuel leader Tony Schumacher's
track record time of 4.430 seconds, the fourth-quickest run ever in that
category.

MONOSTRUT A NO-GO AT PHOENIX

Rod Fuller debuted the David Powers Motorsports monostrut wing-equipped Top Fuel Dragster during the National Time Trials test session at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix last month. Rumor had it that the team would run the car at this weekend’s Checker Schuck’s Kragen Nationals, but Fuller and team co-crew chief Rob Flynn have denied that the car will make an appearance during the event or during Monday testing.

HAMMONDS INDUCTED INTO BBALL HALL OF FAME

NHRA Pro Stock driver and team owner Tom Hammonds continues to rack up awards from his previous career.

 

The All Sports Association Hall of Fame of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. inducted Hammonds into the Past
Presidents Hall of Fame on Feb. 14. 
 

 

“We
are excited to have Tom Hammonds join us today, and are honored to have him
enshrined in the Hall of Fame,” said 2006-2007 All Sports President, Dennis
Chavez.  “He is the top of the top, both
professionally and personally.” 

 

Enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Hammonds
joined past inductees, former Major League Baseball’s  Hall Famer and four time all-star Don Sutton,
1996 Heisman
Trophy  winner 
and NFL player Danny Wuerffel, and former NFL player E.G. Green

STROUD SAFETY'S NEW ACQUISITION

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com just received a call
from Stroud Safety's Bob Stroud letting us know that his company now owns
Phoenix Fire Suppression Systems.
 
"We will now take a well respected name and make it
as service oriented and available as our customers know Stroud Safety products
are," Stroud said.

INK IS WHERE YOU FIND IT

In recent years the NHRA and team PR people have worked long and hard to generate exposure for the sport in what’s termed “non-traditional” outlets.  That generally means anything beyond sports-related publications.  The Flexjet Direct division of Bombardier produces a regular 12-page four color newsletter on the company’s jet charter and fractional ownership programs, with the latest issue including a full spread on the Jeg’s Mail Order operation.  The photos accompanying the story include a shot of a Jeg’s Mail Order race car parked next to

BECKMAN TO RUN VALVOLINE BODY IN PHOENIX

beckman.jpgThe Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car that Jack
Beckman races for Don Schumacher Racing in the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series will sport a red-white-and-blue Valvoline paint scheme at
this weekend's CSK NHRA Nationals at Firebird Raceway.

Beckman, who established national elapsed-time and speed records at the
season finale in Pomona, Calif., in 2006, in only his fifth Funny Car
event, will debut the Valvoline/MTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car in the
first of four venues at which a Valvoline-themed DSR car will compete
this season. DSR will also run a special Valvoline-themed car at
Bristol (Tenn.), Dallas and Richmond (Va.).

"I love the looks of the Valvoline/MTS Dodge," said Beckman, of North
Hills, Calif. "It's really cool. The crew guys call it the Captain
America car, because it definitely has a patriotic theme. Our primary
sponsor MTS (Mail Terminal Services) is very large on the side of the
car, and it looks great."

NAPA AUTO PARTS NAMED IHRA PRESENTING SPONSOR

IHRA is proud to welcome NAPA AUTO PARTS as
presenting sponsor of the upcoming Amalie Oil Texas Nationals. The event is the
season opener of the Nitro Jam™ Series and will be held March 23 – 25 at San
Antonio Raceway.

 

“NAPA
AUTO PARTS has a long tradition of supporting
racing at all levels,” said Keith Roland, general manager, NAPA San Antonio. “As
America’s
leading automotive parts supplier,
NAPA is proud to partner with Amalie
and IHRA to bring this exciting event to San
Antonio.”

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