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It’s often been said that drag racing is a bug, and once you
get it in your system, it’s extremely difficult if not impossible to get out.

That theory definitely applies to Jeff Perley, former
co-crew chief for multi-time NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Greg Anderson and
last year’s champ Jason Line. After a much-publicized exit from the dominant
Pro Stock operation to take ownership of a Goodyear service center in Charlotte, NC,
Perley was back at the track for the first time in months.

There is a big difference this time around, however. Perley
was at Rockingham making his debut as crew chief for the Wilson Manifolds
machine driven by Rob Mansfield.

Though he is dealing with a lot more horsepower with the
IHRA mountain motor Pro Stocker, Perley has found the transition to be
virtually seamless.


Debut scheduled for this weekend's NHRA Summit Southern

Drag racing team owner Evan Knoll has hired
noted clutch specialist John Stewart to serve a multitude of duties for his
Knoll Gas & Energy Motorsports teams. His primary focus will be in assisting
Mike Kloeber with the Clay Millican-driven entry and is expected to see action
with the Scotty Cannon team as well.
When Stewart became available recently, Knoll decided that he
was the perfect fit for his teams.
“I have a lot of respect for the guy,” Knoll, also the owner
of Torco Race Fuels said. “I certainly see the level of talent that he brings to
the table. That is talent we can definitely use.


the beginning of the year, Team YNOT had very high hopes for the 2007 season.
Norm Grimes had been hired to be the crew chief and a new team had been put together.
Grimes had put a great deal of time into getting the Chip Nielsen dragster up to
speed with his combination. Preseason testing had gone well, and expectations
were high as the team went to
Pomona. Going into the final
qualifying session at the season opening Carquest Auto Parts NHRA
Winternationals, things were going according to plan; the car was qualified very
solidly in the field and conditions, though somewhat cool, showed the potential
for a very strong pass and moving back to the top half of the field.


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.