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NEW IHRA SOONER NATS NOF SPONSOR

IHRA has announced Warren CAT Power Systems
will sponsor the Saturday “Night of Fire” during the Skull Shine Sooner
Nationals presented by Wolverine and Academy Sports + Outdoors held Memorial Day
weekend at Tulsa Raceway Park.

 

The Warren
CAT “Night of Fire,” which occurs Saturday,
May 26 at 6:30 p.m. during the event,
features the final round of professional qualifying – including two
flame-burning Nitro-fueled classes – and a ground-pounding jet-powered Super
Shockwave ’57 truck.

 

"Warren
CAT is excited to be a part of the inaugural
IHRA Sooner Nationals event in
Tulsa,” Warren
CAT Power Systems general manager Charley
Pollock said. “We look forward to being at the race and utilizing this event to
recruit new technical staff for our growing
Tulsa facilities and to display our
products and services."

HUGE PAYDAY FOR 18-YEAR OLD

18-year old Rustin Mayse added to his remarkable racing resume in a huge way
Saturday night as the Frost, TX high school student earned a $50,000 payday at
the Big Bucks Bonanza at Farmington Dragway.  Mayse, who earned a complete
turn-key dragster last season for winning the DragRaceResults.com/Goodyear
Bracket Racing Series national championship, drove his American Race Cars
dragster thru a ten round field of the most talented sportsman drivers in the
nation to claim the top prize with a final round defeat of Ken Sullivan.
 
“How about that?” Laughed a humble Mayse.  “I mean, I didn’t do anything
out of the ordinary.  I had a good day on the tree, and my car was right there
all day long--but that doesn’t always mean you should win.  Things just fell
into place, I made good runs when I had to, but I also got a couple breaks when
I needed them.  I think that’s true about any time you come away with a
victory.”

KALIVODA'S TRIBUTE

Top Fuel racer Brady Kalivoda is sporting
one of the coolest helmets we've seen in a long time. The paint scheme, which
was designed by Mike at Razors Image out of Chicago, is a combination of old school and
new school helmets.


"My dad, Dick Kalivoda, used to race back in the 1960s
before I was born," said Kalivoda. "He raced a lot of classes up to
and including Top Fuel. He's most well known for driving 'The Joker' Top Fueler
in the late 60s. Even though he quit driving before I was born he has a trophy
room with all the old helmets and breather masks and things. I used to go
around wearing his helmet. I actually have photos of myself running around the
house wearing the thing. That's when men were men, wearing open face helmets
and breather masks. So I called my dad and said 'I need you to send me your
helmet.' And he's really protective of that,

QUAKER CITY REVIVAL?

This word comes to us from our friend Ian Rae of HeadsUpRacer.com:

NHRA IMPLEMENTS NEW SAFETY RULES

NHRA has announced several rule changes in the Top Fuel and Funny Car
categories to enhance current safety measures as a result of initial evaluations
from the tragic incident involving Eric Medlen during a test session on March 19
in Gainesville, Fla.

MEDLEN CARCHIEF JOINS TODD

The bond between J.R. Todd and the late Eric Medlen grew a little tighter
Wednesday with the announcement that Kevin Poynter is joining Todd’s SKULL Shine
Top Fuel team as car chief.
Poynter, who served as Medlen’s Funny Car car
chief at John Force Racing, was released so he could work with Todd and Tuttle
Motorsports. 

DRAG RACING'S TF COUPLE

At the recent IHRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway,
two of the busiest individuals in the professional pits were South Carolina’s
John “Bodie” Smith and his wife, Rhonda Hartman-Smith. While Smith spent much
of his time running between Michael Gunderson’s Top Fuel area and Jon Capps’
Nitro Funny Car pit, Hartman-Smith expended nearly as much energy entertaining
eight-year-old daughter Megan and chasing toddler son Dylan.

CRITCHLEY, HERNANDEZ GOING FOR DOUBLE DOUBLE

In 1999, circle track standout Tony Stewart attempted to race 1,100 miles on Memorial Day weekend by competing in the Indianapolis 500 during the day and the Coca-Cola 600 at North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway at night. His attempt at the “double” was fairly successful as he finished in the top 10 at both races.

NPCA OPENER

The 2007 NPCA season got off the ground under sunny skies at
O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis
this past weekend and as always a good time was had by all involved. Having an
especially good weekend was the Stardust team of Justin Grant as the stunning
Barracuda consistently made strong runs with Joe Haas at the wheel. Tom Motry
was handling the tuning and the best run of the day was a 6.599 at 216.27 mph
in a final round solo after Anthony Bronge’s altered broke.

Mike Schuenke had
entered his stunning blown big block Bantam in Pro Comp 2 but out of the
trailer he carded a 7.092 that put him at the head of the Pro Comp 1 pack.
After matching that number in the second qualifying session and carding a
consistent 7.109 in the opening round of eliminations Schuenke fell off to a
7.154 in the final as 2006 season champion Richard Edwards trophied again with
a 7.090.   

LAHAIE JOINS KALITTA

Legendary NHRA drag racing driver and crew chief Dick LaHaie, a 65-year old
resident of Lansing, Mich., has decided to return after a brief retirement to
the world’s quickest and fastest motorsport as a tuning consultant for Kalitta
Motorsports effective immediately it was announced today by the Ypsilanti,
Michigan-based team. LaHaie will begin his new responsibilities with drag racing
patriarch Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta’s team of four nitro-fueled race
cars this weekend, May 4-6, at the O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway
Int’l Raceway, just outside of St. Louis. LaHaie’s newly created position will
encompass his guidance on all Team Kalitta entries.

LaHaie’s last stint in the NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series was with Don Prudhomme Racing where he guided Top
Fuel ace Larry Dixon to consecutive Top Fuel World Championships in 2003 and
2004. LaHaie retired as Dixon’s crew chief following the 2005 NHRA
season. In his legendary drag racing career, LaHaie amassed 15 event wins as a
driver and 46 wins as a crew chief, which helped place him in the No. 31
position on the list of the NHRA’s top 50 drivers of all time. He won the NHRA
Top Fuel championship as a driver in 1987.

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