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ASHER'S POMONA NOTEBOOK

SATURDAY'S EDITION

 

DOUBLE A DALE RETURNS!  - Okay, you read the news item that Jerry Tolliver’s
crew chief for his new Rockstar-backed Funny Car will be Dale Armstrong, but
have you really considered its meaning?  Armstrong is one of the most talented
tuner/innovators in the sport’s history.  The winner of the first dual Ollie
Award ever presented in the history of the All-Star Drag Racing Team (an honor
shared with his then driver, Kenny Bernstein), Armstrong’s contributions include
now-taken-for-granted things like onboard computers, sophisticated fuel delivery
systems and much, much more.  Apparently refreshed from his recent years spent
restoring Muscle Cars and the like, if Armstrong returns with the same desire
he’s previously demonstrated, he’s capable of making Tolliver not only a winner,
but a champion.  And his tuning “junior partner” isn’t exactly shabby either. 
That job will be handled by part-time Funny Car and Fuel Altered competitor Jeff
Diehl.  This is likely to be one heck of a competitive team, and in short
order.

CARQUEST NHRA WINTERNATIONALS - EVENT NOTEBOOK

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Keep up with this weekend's CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals
by reading our behind-the-scenes event notebook. We bring you the
stories behind the numbers and win-lights throughout the course of the
weekend. Tune in daily for the latest news from the pits.

LAS VEGAS - LAST CHANCE & PS SUPER BOWL

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The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is hosting the Last-Chance Test Session
for professional NHRA teams, including POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel
Dragster, Funny Car and Pro Stocks Friday through Sunday.  The NHRA POWERade
Drag Racing Series teams will use this as a last-chance thrash to tune up their
cars before the 2007 season begins in Pomona, Calif. The Torco's CompetitionPlus.com team will be on hand to bring you the same day notes.

PHOENIX - NHRA NATIONAL TIME TRIALS

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PHOENIX PHOTO GALLERY 

The
second stop on the professional testing tour rolls into Firebird
Raceway in Phoenix, AZ., for the NHRA National Time Trials/Test &
Tune. The biggest names in professional drag racing will be on hand in
preparation for the grueling 2007 NHRA POWERade schedule.
Stay tuned as Torco's CompetitionPlus.com brings you the latest in
news, notes and photos throughout the three-day event.

LAS VEGAS - NITRO BLAST OFF

The biggest names in professional drag racing will converge on The Strip at Las
Vegas Motor Speedway for the sixth annual Nitro Blast-off preseason test session
for NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams.  The list of participants will read
like a who's-who of drag racing - including John Force Racing, Kenny Bernstein
and Don Schumacher Racing - as Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro
Stock Motorcycle teams fine-tune their entries in preparation for the grueling
2007 NHRA POWERade schedule.

Stay tuned as Torco's CompetitionPlus.com brings you the latest in news, notes and photos throughout the three-day event. 


AAA AUTO CLUB FINALS, Pomona, Ca.

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With Southern California’s foothills serving as a dramatic
backdrop, the season concludes where it began nine months earlier with an event
traditionally laced with championship drama and last-chance bids for teams to
accomplish goals for the year. 

AAA AUTO CLUB FINALS - Event Notebook

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Keep up with this weekend's NHRA AAA Auto Club World Finals by reading our behind-the-scenes event notebook. We bring you the stories behind the numbers and win-lights throughout the course of the weekend. 
 

GOODGUYS CHAMPIONSHIPS DECIDED

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Goodguys Close Out VRA Racing Season
on a High Note at Famoso Raceway

 

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Raceway, Bakersfield, CA - An abbreviated 2006
Goodguys/VRA Nostalgia Drag Racing Series came to a picture perfect end today at
Auto Club Famoso Raceway, just north of Bakersfield as all 14 class finals were run at
sunset. It was almost as if Mother Nature was in sync with the drag racing gods
– timing the whole thing just right.

The Nostalgia Top Fuel race outcome and the championship
points battle hung in the balance of the final which featured 2005 Goodguys
champion Rick White against 25 year old hard charger Sean Bellemeur. At stake in
the final for Bellemeur was his first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel event win and his
first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel Championship. His bid fell short just after he left
the line as his Plaza Hotel & Casino entry went up in smoke. White, who had
struggled all season, found the winning combination here at the ‘Finals streaked
away to win the event in 5.873 seconds. Utah’s Brett Harris, who had gone out in
today’s second round, won the Goodguys Top Fuel  Championship as his second
round finish here and big win earlier in the season at Pomona gave him the
needed points for his first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel title. Harris also set a new
Goodguys Top Fuel class speed record this weekend at
261.24.

 

SGMP'S SOUTHERN NOSTALGIA SHOOTOUT

South Georgia Motorsports Park hosted their first annual Southern Nostalgia Shootout and the results provided a blast from the past. Everything from classic Gassers to "Big Daddy" Don Garlits in a front-engined dragster thundered down the SGMP quarter-mile to the cheers of fans.  

ACDELCO NHRA LAS VEGAS NATIONALS

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Many a season title has been decided at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway and many a world championship bid boosted by a crucial win. Last year,
reigning POWERade Top Fuel world champ Tony Schumacher enjoyed a $600,000 payday
by locking up the season title and winning Saturday’s Shootout and Sunday’s
event to earn a double-up bonus from NHRA.

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