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The 2007 Masters Auto Expo, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, will held
at the Motor Mile Speedway and Dragway, in Radford, VA, and will run
Friday, July 6 and Saturday July, 7, 2007. 
This event will feature a custom automotive awards program and the
nitro-charged racing of the Flowmaster American Drag Racing League. Gates open
each day at 9:00 pm.


There will be
eight classes of car show competition with the Grand Champion in each class
taking home $1,000 cash, awards and television feature on their winning ride.
The eight classes are: Motorcycles, TCI Trucks, Wild Custom, Street Rods,


Many auto racing shops in the Northfield Drive-South Point Circle area of
Brownsburg will open their doors from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 26,
for race fans who may be in town for the weekend's events at O'Reilly Raceway
Park and the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

businessman Mike Green, of Brownsburg, is organizing the event and expects a
great turnout from race fans and the local community. "Brownsburg has always
had a rich history in racing, and recently we have added to the types of
racing and racing entities in our town. This event is to showcase to the
citizens of Brownsburg and race fans everywhere the racing industry
that we
are home to."


Byrd has understandably had better days in the office than the one he had on

the General Manager of Bristol Dragway, along with NHRA Senior Vice President,
Racing Operations Graham Light, was forced to make the unpopular decision to postpone
this weekend’s O’Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

concrete launching pad area of the track had been replaced, and for reasons
still unclear, the concrete just didn’t set the way it was supposed to. A top crew chief was brought in to check the track at the middle of last week, and at
that time he gave it his blessing. It wasn’t until the NHRA crew began to make serious
track preparations that the scope of the situation became evident.


saturday_stlouis0078.jpgMike Ashley has
plenty to be thankful for these days. The former Pro Modified
champion-turned-Funny Car driver has had the car to beat at the last three
events on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing schedule, and for him having that title
is sufficient for now. He just hasn’t reached the winner’s circle yet.


In the antithesis of his real job, NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican is the
host of “Blow It Up,” a new program for SPEEDTV from the fertile mind of creator
Rich Christensen. 
Christensen, the man behind the successful “Pinks”
drag racing program, also on SPEEDTV, selected the exuberant, quick-talking
Millican for this new project.  The program features Millican devising a number
of ways to blow up engines in cars from an assortment of engine shops.  The
debut of “Blow It Up” is scheduled July 21.
“Clay is the minister of
destruction. It’s his show and his rules,” said Ray Iddings, brand manager of
Launch Hour and producer of “Blow It Up.”  “The shops bring out their finished
motors (in their cars) and Clay just punishes these cars.  We made it basically
the shop against Clay.  He’d tell them what he wanted done – from 30-second
burnouts, to launches, hot-lapping, or whatever until the engine fails.


soonernats07.jpgThe Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series will host it’s inaugural event in
Tulsa, Okla., May 25 – 27. The event, the Skull Shine Sooner Nationals presented
by Wolverine and Academy Sports + Outdoors, marks the first national event drag
race to be hosted at Tulsa Raceway Park in the modern era. (Buy Tickets: http://www.ihra.com/results/2007/nitrojam.html).

“This is an opportunity for
Oklahoma fans to see the fastest and
quickest drag racing vehicles on the planet, including 330 mph Top Fuel
dragsters and Nitro Funny Cars,” said IHRA vice president of marketing Jim
Marchyshyn. “The event brings a great package of entertainment for hardcore
motor sport fans and the casual fan. Parents will discover the Sooner Nationals
is a great place to bring the kids and enjoy an affordable day of family


COMP Cams® and
powerTV are teaming up in 2007 to bring thousands of enthusiasts extensive video
coverage of the Hot Rod Pump Gas Drags, presented by COMP Cams®. The Hot Rod
Pump Gas drags is one of the most innovative drag racing events of the year
brainstormed by the editorial staff at Hot Rod and sponsored by COMP. The drama
will unfold on Saturday, May 12, 2007, and COMP Cams® will be broadcasting
online video coverage on www.powerperformanceTV.com throughout the weekend.

The setting at
Memphis Motorsports Park will provide a perfect background for COMP Cams® first
online video broadcast on their new powerTV-supported video channel, Power &
Performance TV. As approximately 75 street racers look to end the day as the
baddest pump gas street cars in the country, Power & Performance TV will be
there to capture all of the action and to deliver that racing footage as quickly
as possible to the thousands of online enthusiasts who crave to follow along
from their home computers.

“Hot Rod Pump Gas
Drags is a great event, and COMP Cams® is really proud to be so involved with
it”, said Chris Douglas, Marketing Director of COMP. “We appreciate Hot Rods
support of the event, and the great editorial they have created around it, and
we look to help grow it by increasing the exposure of the event even more by
providing same-day online video coverage with powerTV”.


Following the sale of much of the Clack Motorsports Top Alcohol Funny Car
equipment, team driver Will Hanna enters the remainder of the season as a 'free
agent' driver.  After breaking into the 5.60's at the recent ACDelco
Gatornationals, Hanna plans to diligently pursue another ride for the 2008
season or sooner.
Hanna, 27, of Richwood, Texas, received news
earlier in the week that Team Owner Harry Clack had made the decision to sell
the race team to focus on his new business venture, a sports bar/resturaunt, The
Big Easy Daiquiri Factory in Orange Beach, Ala. 
"I completely understand and respect Harry's
decision to focus on his new business," said Hanna.  "There is no ill will on
either side, it was just a business decision on Harry's part.  I wish him the
best and hope to see him back on the scene when his business allows.  He took a
big chance on a rookie and stuck with me while I was developing.  We made great
strides the past two races, but business trumps racing in the absence of a major
sponsor.  I really enjoyed the two years we raced together and I'll always be
grateful of the opportunity Harry gave me."


Pro Modified veteran Larry Sinke of Welland, ON, will
be competing in the upcoming Pro Modified Racing Association Series, which
takes place at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario May 19 and 20.

We’re glad to see Larry back with the PMRA,” said
Series Director Bruce F. Mehlenbacher. “He’s seasoned veteran, a good runner,
and he’s always a crowd-pleaser.”

The Hammer Racing 1967 Chevy Nova SS Pro Modified owned
and driven by Sinke is powered by a 526-cubic inch supercharged Hemi engine.
Sinke, who started racing about 10 years ago, competed in the inaugural PMRA
season, winning the Skyview Drags event in New York State.


NHRA and Bristol Dragway officials announced today that the O’Reilly
NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q has been rescheduled for
July 6-8, 2007.