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GAINESVILLE TV TIME CHANGED

ESPN2’s qualifying
coverage of the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals has been moved up a half-hour, and
the two hour show will now begin at 1 a.m. (ET) on Sunday, March
18.

DOBBINS SIDELINED FOR 2007

With only one week before the season-opening Amalie Oil Texas
Nationals, IHRA Pro Stock Standout Jeff Dobbins received the
unfortunate news that the team owners were unable to acquire financial
backing for the 2007 season.

RACER APPRECIATION SERIES SET

After a five-year hiatus, the famous Racer Appreciation
Series returns to Huntsville Dragway and Montgomery Motorsports Park in
Alabama. Officially called TCI/Comp Cams presents the original Racer
Appreciation Series, the series, along with another series for heads-up racers,
promises low entries fees and high payouts, and will be played out at both
tracks throughout the 2007 racing season.

Famed racing promoter George Howard, of Birmingham, will
present bracket and heads-up action at both tracks through the year. “After
personal struggles in my life with losing my wife, I have decided to go back to
work,” he says. “The original Racer Appreciation Series put me on the map as a
drag racing promoter, and it was built as a way to support the ‘little guy’
racer. I want to see this (2007) series grow.” Howard started the original
series in 1994, at Rockingham Dragway.

JW'S R&D SESSION IN GAINESVILLE

J.W. Performance Transmissions, R & D specialists Ken Frederick will be
available on Friday, March 16, 2007 along with Tracy Winters, VP of
Sales/Marketing to meet with racers and J.W. Performance warehouse distributors
at the NHRA AC Delco Gatornationals held in Gainesville, Florida.

MARCH MEET WRAP-UP

Stephen Romanazzi won Sunday's Nostalgia Funny Car Final when Chris
Krabill left early, turning on the red light at Auto Club Famoso
Raceway during the 49th anniversary of the March Meet.  The three-day
festival of speed attracted a crowd estimated between 35,000 and 40,000
nostalgia racing, street rod and hot rod fans. More than 500 racers
competed in ten classes at the traditional Bakersfield event produced
by the track's operators, John and Blake Bowser.

BAE RENEWS PRO MOD SUPPORT

Brad Anderson Enterprises, Inc. (BAE), purveyor of racing engines and
cylinder heads heavily used in sportsman and professional drag racing,
has renewed its commitment to the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Modified
Challenge presented by Tindle Enterprises, Inc., and will fund the
$50,000 BAE Championship Cup for the 2007 season series points chase.

JOHN COUGHLIN EARNS TOP DRAGSTER VICTORY

John Coughlin claimed his first victory of the young 2007 season when
he drove his brand new JEGS.com entry to the Top Dragster title at the
Southeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Orlando Speed
World Dragway this weekend. Coughlin, who made just a handful of test
passes in the new racer before the start of the event, turned in a
nearly flawless performance in the final round against former IHRA
champion and Million Dollar Race winner Troy Williams Jr. Coughlin
began the run with a nearly perfect reaction time and finished with a
7.287 elapsed time on his dial in of 7.28-seconds.

VALVOLINE BACKS FULLER IN GAINESVILLE

Current NHRA Top Fuel points leader Rod Fuller
will continue to fly the familiar red, white and blue colors of longtime sponsor
Valvoline at the 38th annual ACDelco Gatornationals at Gainesville
(Fla.) Raceway. Valvoline will remain as an associate sponsor for David Powers
Motorsports on Fuller’s rail and the Matco Tools dragster of Whit Bazemore.

 

“We’re very appreciative of Valvoline stepping up to the
plate to remain as Rod Fuller’s primary sponsor at the Gainesville race,” team
owner Powers said. “This helps as we continue to hunt for a primary backer.
Valvoline and Rod Fuller are synonymous, and Valvoline will continue to play a
vital role in the success of our team this season.”

DUNN AND BARTONE RUNNING FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

dunn.jpgThe beginning of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season has been a
frustrating one for legendary Lucas Oil Funny Car crew chief and car owner 'Big'
Jim Dunn and his championship caliber driver, Tony Bartone.

 

The pair just missed qualifying for the quickest Funny Car field in
history at the season opener in
Pomona when their 4.816 elapsed time
fell just short of the outrageous 4.79 bump spot. At the next race in
Phoenix, Bartone ran 323-mph but
missed the show by one spot when he qualified 17th. But despite their
early set backs, the Lucas Oil team is primed and ready to rebound at the
Gatornationals, the first race of the season on the East coast.

 

TORCO COALITION RESULTS - ROCKINGHAM

Allen Britt of Rowland and Mark Arthur of Sandy Level, Va., both won $5,000
during the first TORCO Carolina Coalition Series of the season at Rockingham
Dragway. The total two-day purse exceeded $30,000.

Britt, driving the Raven Rock Racing's Chevy Beretta,
won Saturday's program defeating Bobby Hardee of Mullins, S.C.,
driving a Chevy Nova.  Britt won with an elasped time of 5.551 seconds at 108.52
m.p.h. on a dial-in of 5.42.  Hardee ran too quick under his 6.60 dial-in by six
one-thousands of a second with a 6.594 time at 104.27 m.p.h.

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