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HAGAN AND JAN-CEN TEAM UP FOR 2007

In 2007, Matt Hagan will have an all-new engine and blower setup courtesy
of
Mike Janis and Jan-Cen Racing Engines.

"Mike and I have decided to
work together in 2007," explains Hagan. We'll be
running all Jan-Cen
motor/blower combos."

"Matt did a phenomenal job in his rookie season and
we are looking forward
to working with his team in 2007," comments Janis. "We
have been doing
countless hours of research and development at Jan-Cen and
the numbers will
show that in 2007. The engine program will stronger than
ever, jaws will
definitely be dropping."

BOB ATCHISON GOING INTO CANADIAN HALL OF FAME

The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) announced the nine
finalists to be inducted into the Hall at an award ceremony at the 14th
annual black tie Gala on Saturday, February 10, 2007 in Toronto.

MULDOWNEY HOSPITALIZED

Four-time World Champion
Shirley Muldowney has been hospitalized in Michigan due to an infected left
ankle.
  The ankle, which was surgically fused following her
devastating 1984 crash, has been strained due to two knee replacement
operations, both of which also ultimately resulted from that earlier
accident.
  The latest of these, on her right knee, apparently
placed additional pressures on her left leg, and may have been the cause of the
infection.
  Muldowney will spend at least the next three days at
Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, where she’s been treated with a veritable cocktail
of antibiotics, which are being administered via an intravenous
drip.

MOROSO RAINED OUT

It was to be the Thanksgiving weekend to remember and a celebration of 25 years
of power and performance.  There were
vehicles that produce 5 G’s of force with over 8,000 horsepower. They could
clear the ¼ mile in just five seconds. The one thing that wasn’t clear was the
weather. 

After battling last night and succumbing to
multiple downpours Sunday morning, the proverbial towel had to be thrown. There
was no end in sight and estimated time to dry a track that kept having rain
dumped on it, exceeded 5 hours. The Murray’s Speed & Custom Mountain Dew
Citrus Nationals would ultimately have the racing postponed until a later
date.

SATURDAY MOROSO QUALIFYING

The Murray’s Mountain Dew Citrus Nationals, presented by the Gater 98.7fm and
Edelbrock, entertained a crowd of racing enthusiasts Saturday.  Nitro Funny Cars and Top Alcohol Dragsters
highlighted the event with 250+mph runs. Jet Funny Cars, Jet Dragsters, the
triple-engine Shockwave Jet Truck and two Wheelstanders thrilled the audience.
NHRA and ET racing classes included Super Gas, the JW Performance Super Street,
Super Comp, Super Pro, Pro, Pro Bike, Street Bike and the Seminole Tribe Quick
16 as well as Jr. Dragsters.

BADER TO RECEIVE FOUNDERS AWARD

The Board of Directors of
the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Ocala, FL have announced that Bill
Bader, Sr. former IHRA owner/president and the major force behind the phenomenal
growth of Norwalk Raceway Park in Ohio, will be the recipient of the Founders
Award during the induction ceremony in March.
  

TORRENCE GRANTED PERMISSION TO SPEAK WITH POWERS

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned that former Top Alcohol
Dragster champion turned Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence, still under
contract with Evan Knoll, was granted permission to discuss a potential
driving job with team owner David Powers.

EVAN KNOLL FEEDS THE TOWN

Evan Knoll may have many irons in the fire when it comes to business and racer sponsorships, but the one thing that grabs his heart the most has nothing to do with either.

COUNTY JUST SAYS NO TO OCALA DRAG STRIP

According to our source close to the negotiations, a proposed drag strip near the Ocala, Florida area was voted down by Marion County commissioners in whose jurisdiction the facility would lie.

GOODGUYS TRANSFER RACE OWNERSHIP

The Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Association will no longer stage nostalgia drag race events at Famoso Raceway. The Goodguys/VRA and the new lease holders of Famoso Raceway reached an agreement in which Famoso Raceway will now conduct the event. Blake and Charles Bowser will buy all of Goodguys’ rights and interests in the March Meet and will stage the March Meet themselves.

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