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Ed Hoover’s experience in
Pro Modified has been full circle since the category was officially launched in
1990. The class has changed a lot, but not Hoover. He’s still the hard-hitting gunner
who captured the first-ever IHRA Pro Modified national event title in 1990.

Hoover became the fifth
winningest driver in Pro Mod history with his recent triumph in San Antonio.
He’s won twice behind the wheel of a supercharged car, and ironically both
victories came at that Texas facility.

A dyed-in-the-wool nitrous
racer, Hoover made the switch to a supercharged entry prior to the 2003 season.
He took baby steps at first, running his new supercharged entry in the Top
Sportsman division during the spring race in Rockingham.


The popular CBS Show 48 Hours will air an episode called "Murder in the
Fast Lane" chronicling the murder of Mickey and Trudi Thompson. It is believed
this segment will take the viewer through a portion of the trial, jury verdict
and sentencing of convicted murderer Michael Goodwin.
Goodwin was found guilty of ordering the
killings of Mickey and Trudy Thompson. Goodwin was found guilty on two charges
of murder in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Goodwin had been in jail
for five years awaiting trail. It took only six days of deliberations for the
guilty verdicts. The expected sentence is life without parole.


Schumacher confirmed today that NAPA AUTO PARTS has entered into an
associate-sponsorship agreement with Don Schumacher Racing to support five of
its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series professional teams. The familiar
blue-and-gold NAPA
logo will be featured on Tony Schumacher’s U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, the
U.S. Army-sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycles of Antron Brown and Angelle Sampey,
the Ron Capps-driven Brut Revolution Dodge Charger Funny Car, and the Mail
Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car of Jack Beckman.


Mike Hill, who last year ended Chevrolet’s dominance of Outlaw 10.5 competition
at Rockingham Dragway, tries to make it three-in-a-row this week when he and his
all-conquering 2006 Ford Mustang return to the Carolinas’ fastest track for the Holcomb Motorsports
Spring Civil Wars.

Although his Ford
overpowered the Chevy Camaro of fellow Georgian Michael Robinson to claim a
$10,000 top prize at last year’s spring race, Hill will be hard-pressed to
repeat in a field that is expected to include track record-holder Ken Rainwater
of Kimberly, Ala.

Rainwater stunned the
field last fall with a barrier-busting 4.484 second eighth-mile time that earned
his 2003 Mustang the No. 1 starting position.  He likely will be joined this
week by Pat Wheatley of Brandenburg, Ky., and the best of the Carolina Outlaws, Stacy McIntyre
of Lawndale, in
another Mustang, and Scott Hartley of Lenoir, in a 1968


Former NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster title contender Sean O'Bannon can now
officially throw his name into the Top Alcohol Funny Car hat after successfully
completing his crossgrade licensing runs during this past weekend's Division 7
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at "The Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 
O'Bannon wheeled the Tequila
Patrón/Forest River RV's Dodge Charger to a 5.860 at 246.44 mph to complete his
Top Alcohol Funny Car license.
28, of Fontana, Calif., is pleased with the outcome of the weekend despite not
getting to compete in the race. 
main goal this weekend was to get my license," said O'Bannon.  "Considering we
just picked the car up from Brad Hadman's shop this week, put it together in a
couple of days, it was good to get this far.  I really have to credit our crew
chief's Sam Shockley, Randy Anderson and our crew; the car went right down the
track the first run."


A great deal of emphasis
has been put on John Medlen’s faith and the inner strength he has drawn upon as
a means of dealing with son Eric’s death. Bruce Litton shares the same spirit
as Medlen – the Holy Spirit.

Litton, IHRA Top Fuel
winner in San Antonio, openly professes his faith in public and private
interviews. For him, it’s not just a lifestyle – it’s his life.

“God is the most important
thing in my life,” Litton said. “He’s the most important thing in a lot of
people’s lives. We all have to have something to fall back on. There’s always a
better day ahead for all of us.”

Litton pointed out that
his testimony requires no coaxing and just like Medlen, the Holy Spirit leads
him to share.

“The more you learn about
Christ, the more you want to share,” Litton said. “It’s an important part of my
life. That’s my main focus in life.”


Alcohol Funny Car driver Bunny Burkett is known as one of the toughest female competitors on the track, but make no mistake, she is one of the toughest you will ever find off of it as well.


Aaron Polburn ascended to
the IHRA Presidency in the latter half of the 2004 season after Bill Bader’s
abrupt resignation. He’s weathered a few storms, but through it all his
confidence in the direction the IHRA has taken under his leadership has never wavered.
That instinct comes with the territory for Polburn. A promoter at heart, he’s
held almost every position possible dating back to his days at Thompson Dragway
in Ohio.

Just last month, even
though it was by default, Polburn was credited as presiding over the first
full-fledged eighth-mile national event since 1974. We caught up with Polburn
recently at Rockingham Dragway.


April 7-9th marked the opening of the
NMCA’s 2007 schedule in Bradenton
Florida. While the inclement
weather might have kept everyone’s sprits a little down, two time Pro Street
World Champion Vinny Budano couldn't have been happier.

Once again the Budano/Shafiroff Team was able to
“run the table” and amass all the points available by qualifing number one  with low et (6.534) ,top mph (218.44) . On
Saturday night in the BMF Top Dog Shootout 
Budano crossed the stripe ahead of Jim Blair with a 6.50 to his 7.29.
for the win.


Star Racing/G2 Motorsports of Americus was one of the top 100 companies from
across Georgia recognized at the 2007 Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week
Manufacturers of the Year Governor’s Award Luncheon in Atlanta, Georgia.
Governor Sonny Perdue was the keynote speaker.
A manufacturer of
motorcycles and motorcycle parts for customers worldwide, Star Racing/G2
Motorsports, was nominated as one of the small Manufacturers of the Year for
2007 by South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Georgia.  A small
manufacturer is classified as a company with 150 or less
George and Jackie Bryce, co-owners of Star Racing/G2
Motorsports, attended the luncheon with South Georgia Technical College
President Sparky Reeves, SGTC Vice President of Economic Development Wally
Summers, SGTC Director of Resource Development Su Ann Bird, and SGTC Business
and Industry Specialist Steven Wright.