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2008 NOSTALGIA PRO COMP ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE

The
Nostalgia Pro Comp Association returns for their third season of bringing
nostalgia racing to the Midwest.  The
NPCA has partnered with Goodguys for three of their four points meets. The
other being,The Muscle Car Reunion and Nostalgia Drags in Kansas City, MO.
Also on tap are some good old Saturday night match races at the new Muncie
Dragway and Route 66 Raceway. Full NPCA schedule for 2008 is as follows:

UPDATED - JOHNNY WEST SHOCKWAVE

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COMING FRIDAY, 9:00 PM, EST. ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL. 

 

The images still flicker across the mind’s DVD.  A
Funny Car is nose first against the right guardrail, bouncing off the concrete
as the car makes its way down Englishtown Raceway Park’s 1320-foot racing
surface – and every inch of remaining asphalt before finally bouncing into the
trees.


img_5950.jpgJohnny West would have had the best view of anyone in the
large crowd if he hadn’t been knocked out when his Banzai Chevy Beretta Funny
Car turned into a battering ram and whacked the wall not far from the starting
line in the final round.

BENDER'S CONFIDENCE SOARS

Tuner
Donnie Bender came of age in 2007, and is now on the verge of making a
serious championship run with driver Larry Dixon, Jr. and the U.S.
Smokeless Tobacco Special.  Thanks to team owner Don “The Snake”
Prudhomme, the team has the tools with which to win.  Now it’s up to
them.

Bender had a teammate last year in tuner Mike Green and Funny Car
driver Tommy Johnson, Jr., but both are now with other operations. 
Bender is not, however, going it alone because of the tuning
arrangement Prudhomme made with independent Funny Car racer Tim
Wilkerson.  Thus far the new arrangement is working well.

ESTN PRE-ENTRIES - 02-14

The following are the pre-entries received for the 9th annual CSR Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco's CompetitionPlus.com hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. 

ESTN ENTRIES TOP 100

Premiere pre-Gatornationals test at South Georgia Motorsports Park expected to yield national event atmosphere
 
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multitude of professional and sportsman racers will converge on South
Georgia Motorsports Park [SGMP], March 6 – 8, 2008, for the 9th annual
CSR Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com. This traditional event has become a staple of high
performance which caters to a race-hungry southern Georgia drag racing
demographic. The event traditionally opened only one day for spectators
and attracted thousands of spectators.
 
The 2008 version of ESTN promises to be the largest ever. Instead of
fans being allowed entry only for the traditional “Chicago Style”
eliminations on Saturday, the gates will be open for Friday night
testing under the lights.

WILKERSON'S TURNAROUND

Tim
Wilkerson had an abysmal 2007 season, finishing a distant 15th in the
points and only making four semifinal round appearances in 23 races. 
That’s all behind him now, and if his Winternationals performance is
any indication, this highly motivated and very popular independent
driver could be a serious contender this season.

Okay, so he lost in the first round at Pomona, just as he did last
year.  But, not only did he run harder this year, last year his season
went decidedly downhill after the Winternationals, but this year it
could be heading in the other direction.

“The (switch) to 90% is going to help us,” Wilkerson said.  “The parts
look a lot better, and thanks to NHRA for that.  That was a needed
change for this team, I can tell you that right now.”

THE BRAY FAMILY - AUSSIE HITTERS

Whether there are 9 - or 19 Top Doorslammers like there will be at Western
Sydney International Dragway this Friday and Saturday for the Summernationals,
one can always be rest assured that Ben and Victor Bray will be right in the
thick of it, in the world's fastest Sedan based vehicles.

Add an imposing
black Funny Car into the Top Alcohol mix, team Bray are ready to have at Sydney
in a big way this weekend!

"This will be the second outing at WSID for
ANDRA Top Doorslammer, and with only eight cars out of 19 going through to day 2
eliminations everyone will be trying to get a handle on the Sydney racing
surface early during qualifying," said Victor.

HAWLEY RENEWS LICENSE

There's a belief that driving a Funny Car can be like riding a
bicycle. Frank Hawley proved just that by completing his Funny Car
licensing renewal.
 
During a
special test session Wednesday in Las Vegas, Hawley ran a 4.87 elapsed time with a
speed of 317 miles per hour. He made this run in the prototype Funny Car that
Mike Ashley drove in Pomona.

FORCE IN MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA

Open-wheel racing champion Michael Andretti, NASCAR legend Buddy Baker and
perennial drag-racing king John Force will lead a class of seven racing greats
into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America when the organization stages its
annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at the Fillmore
Detroit.

These three, along with sports-car ace Richie Ginther,
motorcycle hero Wayne Rainey, versatile competitor Paul Goldsmith and pioneering
aerobatic pilot Betty Skelton will join 167 racers already enshrined in the
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

"On land and in the sky, the Class
of 2008 represents race wins and championships in every series in America and
beyond," says Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of
America.

10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON BUSY FOR WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM

Wally Parks must be looking down, proud of the Museum that bears his name.  With
one of the most ambitious schedules of events and exhibits in its history, the
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of
Southern California, expands on its mission of preserving and protecting the
history of the performance car movement in Southern California. Among the
highlights during its 10th anniversary year are:

-- Sat., Mar. 1: Museum
board member Steve Gibbs and Dusty McWilliams will host a special seminar,
"Rebuilding the Rattler." Gibbs and McWilliams will work on the legendary Top
Fuel dragster in the "Wally's Garage" section of the Museum while Mike Kuhl of
the Kuhl & Olson team will provide commentary.  Sponsored by
A&EDesign.com, American Shine Products, Classic Industries, Pyrotec E3,
GoJaks (Zendex Tool Corp.), Grand Products and Injen Technologies, the $20
seminar provides a unique look inside the world of automotive restorations.  The
ticket price includes Museum admission and refreshments.

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