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PRUDHOMME ANNOUNCES SKYTEL PROGRAM

SkyTel, a nationwide wireless service provider and division of Bell Industries,
Inc. (AMEX:  BI)
announced today that it is a primary sponsor of the SkyTel/Don Prudhomme Racing
Top Fuel dragster, driven by two-time NHRA top fuel champion Larry
Dixon.

 

SkyTel
is the only wireless brand sponsoring an NHRA POWERade Series team in 2007,
replacing long-time sponsor Miller Lite on
Dixon’s
car.  The alliance with Don Prudhomme
“Snake”
Racing is designed to fuel rapid growth of SkyTel’s SkyGuard™ vehicle
reassurance system.

 

“We
see the NHRA as a tremendous platform for building SkyTel’s brand awareness and
sales,” said Brad Richards, executive vice president of sales and marketing for
SkyTel.  “By partnering with Don
Prudhomme, we have associated our brand with not only the best team owner in the
business, but one of its finest drivers – Larry Dixon.  I have every confidence that the SkyTel
dragster will be competing for a Top Fuel championship from the very first
race.

CARRIER BOYZ PARTNERS WITH SCOTT GRIFFIN

Scott Griffin, a longtime friend of Mark and Andy Carrier, has become a partner
in Carrier Boyz Racing. 
 
The Carriers, owners of the FRAM/Torco Top
Fuel team featuring driver Cory McClenathan, have expanded their presence at
NHRA POWERade Series races this season with the addition of a hospitality area
that will be in use at all 23 events.  Griffin, of Wilmington, N.C., will
oversee hospitality in addition to working with sponsors.

EDDIE KRAWIEC NAMED SECOND SCREAMIN' EAGLE RACING RIDER

Eddie Krawiec has been named as the second rider on the Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson factory supported NHRA team, it was announced today.

Krawiec, 30, will join Andrew Hines, 23, on the team that is coming off
a third consecutive NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle
championship-winning season.

NHRA POWERade DRAG RACING SERIES ENTERS SIXTH YEAR ON TSN

NHRA announced today that The Sports
Network (TSN) in Canada will televise the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series' entire 23-event schedule in 2007, dedicating nearly 60 hours of
programming to NHRA, the fastest and most exciting motorsport in the
world. It is the sixth consecutive year that TSN has featured NHRA
POWERade Series programming.

Highlighting TSN's 23-event, 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
telecast schedule will be coverage of the final round of eliminations
from each event.

WOLVERINE PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR TULSA

IHRA has announced outdoor footwear and apparel company Wolverine and sporting
good retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors will be the presenting sponsor of the
Tulsa, Okla., Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series event. The inaugural event, the
Skull Shine Sooner Nationals presented by Wolverine and Academy Sports +
Outdoors, will be held May 25 – 27 at
Tulsa
Raceway
Park.

 

“We at Wolverine
are very excited about being a first-time sponsor of the Skull Shine Sooner
Nationals,” said Christina Vernon, marketing manager for Wolverine. “Wolverine’s
footwear and apparel lines are made for those who live relentless, full-out
lives, and that category certainly includes drag racing enthusiasts.”

AMERICA DRAGSTER RETURNS

ad_logo.gifThe popular NHRA professional drag-racing behind-the-scenes show, "American
Dragster," will begin airing10 episodes of its second season on ESPN2
starting with Episode 1 on Feb.11, at 11:30 a.m. ET. Episode 2 will air on
Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m.
Subsequent Episodes 3 through 7 will air on March 3,
March 18, April 1, April 29 and June 2. Air dates for the final three are to
be determined. The entire schedule is listed below.

The show, which
featured Brut Revolution Dodge Funny Car driver Ron Capps and U.S. Army Top
Fuel pilot Tony Schumacher in its first season, adds Jagermeister Pro Stock
Driver Max Naylor and Pro Stock Driver Erica Endersto its lineup for the
second season.

PARTS PRO SIGNS DEAL WITH PMRA

Parts Pro Performance Centers will be sponsoring
the Crew Chief of the Race Award at each Pro Modified Racing Association series
event for 2007.

 

“The
Parts Pro Performance
Centers
Crew Chief of the Race Award was specifically designed to reward
the Crew Chief and the team of individuals that supports them,” explained Kevin
Dundas, General Manager of Karbelt Speed & Custom, the Eastern Canadian
Parts Pro Distribution center. “We will present the award at
each of the PMRA drag
racing series events in 2007.”

SNYDER SIGNS POWERSOURCE

The Snyder Motorsports Race Team is thrilled to announce
they have signed Powersource Transportation Inc. as a major associate sponsor
for the 2007 race season.  Powersource Transportation Inc. can haul a variety of
different products and pride themselves on the being able to meet the individual
shipment needs of their customers.  Driver, Mick Snyder, will also be sporting a
brand new, self-designed paint scheme when the season opens in March.

“We are very excited to be teaming up with Powersource
Transportation, Inc. this year.  They have a great company that excels in every
aspect of the transportation industry; hopefully, this will turn out to be a
successful venture for the both of us,” said the back-to-back-to-back Division 3
champion.

RACING AT FONTANA - PHOTO GALLERY

Photog Tim Marshall made a stop at Fontana on the way to Pomona. He sent us this PHOTO GALLERY .

GILBERTSON'S NEW SCHEME FOR IHRA

Nitro Funny Car racer Bob Gilbertson released an artist's conception of the new
paint scheme that will adorn his race car at all 12 of the IHRA Nitro Jam drag
racing series races for the 2007 season. 
 
Gilbertson, who will once again race both the
NHRA and IHRA circuits this year, wanted to do something a little different for
the IHRA races and commissioned John Bell, who designed his popular "Jungle Jim"
tribute car that he campaigned last year, to come up with a wild new scheme that
will feature his company Trick Tank and the many associate sponsors who support
his Terminator Motorsports team.

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