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GAINESVILLE - SATURDAY QUALIFYING

ANDERSON AND SAMPEY SPEED TO NATIONAL RECORD PERFORMANCES TO CLAIM TOP
QUALIFYING SPOTS AT ACDELCO GATORNATIONALS


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Greg Anderson and Angelle Sampey used world record
performances to qualify on top in their respective categories in front of a
standing-room only crowd Saturday at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at historic
Gainesville Raceway.

Larry Dixon and Robert Hight also earned No. 1 qualifying positions at the
third of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Countdown to the
Championship. Sunday's eliminations start at 11 a.m.

Anderson posted the first Pro Stock run in excess of 210 mph when he blasted
to 211.20 mph in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO, while Sampey claimed the Pro
Stock Motorcycle national record with her 6.911-second elapsed time on her U.S.
Army Suzuki.

Anderson thrilled the fans with his track record 6.566 at a national record
speed of 211.20 mph, but the Summit Racing Pontiac GTO pilot wasn't exactly
pleased with his own performance, which netted him his 53rd career No. 1
qualifying award.

PRAYERS FOR CANNON FAMILY

Please remember Scotty Cannon and his family in your prayers. Scotty's
mother, Ann Holtzclaw, passed away on Thursday evening after a lengthy
illness. The staff of Torco's CompetitionPlus.com extends their deepest
condolences.

CRITCHLEY SETS PRO MOD SPEED RECORD

More than two weeks before a single Pro Mod traveled the quarter mile at the AMS
Pro Mod Challenge season-opening ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, Howard Moon, crew
chief for Aussie Troy Critchley said "I just want to run 240's" -- and that’s
exactly what he did.

GAINESVILLE - FRIDAY QUALIFYING

PEDREGON, FULLER, COUGHLIN AND ELLIS LEAD ACDELCO GATORNATIONALS QUALIFYING

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Following a race in which he failed to qualify, former Funny Car world champion
Cruz Pedregon raced to the top of the 16-car starting order Friday at the
ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals.

Rod Fuller, two-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin and Chip Ellis were the
leaders in their respective categories at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
event at historic Gainesville Raceway.

Pedregon hired crew chief Wayne Dupuy in the offseason to make his hot rod
quicker. In just three races, it appears the decision was a good one as Pedregon
moved to the top position on the Funny Car ladder with a 4.792 at 295.21 mph in
his Advance Auto Parts Chevy Monte Carlo.

MIKE ASHLEY'S NEW LOOK

Mike Ashley debuted a new paint scheme on Friday in Gainesville
honoring the man who made his dream of driving a Funny Car a reality.
The eye-catching paint scheme was applied by Mark Brown and Illusions
Paint & Body.

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NO GAINESVILLE MONOSTRUT

The highly anticipated debut of the David
Powers Motorsports monostrut wing-equipped Top Fuel dragster has been put on
hold for Gainesville.

MUSI MAKES BIG HIT

Nothing builds confidence
in a new project more than a successful first outing. Pat Musi is feeling
extremely confident after his initial outing behind the wheel of Khalil Toorani’s
new Jerry Bickel GTO.

During the recently
completed Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com
at South Georgia Motorsports Park,
Musi drove the Middle Eastern-based entry to a 6.31, 219 and later a 6.28, 225.

MOSER HOOKS UP WITH WATERS

Officials at Moser Engineering, one of the sport of drag
racing’s leaders in the manufacturing of performance axles and rear end
components, proudly announced today the addition of Danny Waters, Jr. to its’
successful stable of sportsman thoroughbreds.

Waters, Jr., a long-time IHRA favorite hailing from
Lagrange, North Carolina joins the illustrious sportsman class champions, the
Cummings family from Hammond, Louisiana to help carry the Moser torch and
compete for an IHRA World Championship.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Danny on our team
representing Moser in the IHRA arena for 2007,” Rob Moser, company owner and
president, stated. “He has already had a great racing career with a lot more
wins in the future.

210 PS IN GAINESVILLE?

NHRA Pro Stock Champion Jason Line thinks that if conditions are right the first 210 mph pass in NHRA
Pro Stock national event competition will be run at the 38th running of the NHRA
ACDelco Gatornationals this weekend.

“The Gatornationals has a lot of
tradition and it’s a special place to win,” said Line, who won here in 2005 over
Dave Connolly.  “It should be fast there and the possibility of seeing the first
210 mph run should excite the fans.  I feel our cars are capable of that type of
number, but so are a few others.  Hopefully, it will be one of the two Summit
Pontiacs that does it first – mine or Greg’s (Anderson, teammate).”

INTERNATIONAL DRAG RACING HOF INDUCTEES

The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame will induct 11 new members. The
induction ceremony, hosted by the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and
sponsored by Mopar® Performance Parts, will be held on March 15 at the Paramount
Plaza Resort in Gainesville, Fla. This is the 16th year that Mopar has sponsored
the ceremony.

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