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DUNN AND BARTONE RUNNING FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

dunn.jpgThe beginning of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season has been a
frustrating one for legendary Lucas Oil Funny Car crew chief and car owner 'Big'
Jim Dunn and his championship caliber driver, Tony Bartone.

 

The pair just missed qualifying for the quickest Funny Car field in
history at the season opener in
Pomona when their 4.816 elapsed time
fell just short of the outrageous 4.79 bump spot. At the next race in
Phoenix, Bartone ran 323-mph but
missed the show by one spot when he qualified 17th. But despite their
early set backs, the Lucas Oil team is primed and ready to rebound at the
Gatornationals, the first race of the season on the East coast.

 

TORCO COALITION RESULTS - ROCKINGHAM

Allen Britt of Rowland and Mark Arthur of Sandy Level, Va., both won $5,000
during the first TORCO Carolina Coalition Series of the season at Rockingham
Dragway. The total two-day purse exceeded $30,000.

Britt, driving the Raven Rock Racing's Chevy Beretta,
won Saturday's program defeating Bobby Hardee of Mullins, S.C.,
driving a Chevy Nova.  Britt won with an elasped time of 5.551 seconds at 108.52
m.p.h. on a dial-in of 5.42.  Hardee ran too quick under his 6.60 dial-in by six
one-thousands of a second with a 6.594 time at 104.27 m.p.h.

GET WELL SOON, DAVE

Dave Densmore, veteran journalist and public relations guru for John Force Racing, is resting comfortably following heart bypass surgery performed late last week. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Dave. We’re looking forward to seeing him back at the track real soon!

BAKERSFIELD MARCH MEET

NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series driver Ron Capps took advantage of an
off-week for that series to join the Nostalgia Funny Car "Five-Second
Club" during qualifying for Sunday's eliminations at the 49th
anniversary of the Bakersfield March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

ALAN PITTMAN'S NEW WEAPON

Out·law (out lô ) - A person who refuses to be governed by the established rules or practices of any group.

Jesse James was one. Willie Nelson still is. And Alan Pittman will soon
be joining this infamous fraternity of nonconformists known
collectively as outlaws. The racer and chassis builder from South
Carolina won’t be robbing banks or belting out country songs, but he
will be flaunting the established rules of Pro Modified competition
when he joins the battle for Pro Extreme supremacy in American Drag
Racing League (ADRL) action.

ESTN - SATURDAY RESULTS

JOHNSON AND ELLIS REPEAT AS ESTN CHAMPIONS; CANNON
RUNS 4.75, 309.13 IN FIRST FULL TOP FUEL RUN
 
estn.jpgThousands of race fans jammed into South
Georgia Motorsports Park for the special “Chicago Style” Shootout portion of the
Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com, Saturday
afternoon in Valdosta, Ga. The fans were treated to an excellent of day of
racing that concluded with NHRA stalwarts Allen Johnson and Chip Ellis joining
other class winners in post-race celebration.
 
“I have so much fun out here testing with these fans,” said
Johnson after he defeated teammate Richie Stevens in the final round. “The race
fans get to see us in a relaxed atmosphere and I think that is very important.
It is great that we are off to a good start in testing with these Mopar
cars.”
 
Prior to the final round, Johnson and Stevens poked fun at one
another via the PA system while sitting in the staging lanes.

BILL WINDHAM EARNS PRO STOCK LICENSE

Bill Windham is tantalizingly close to competing in his first NHRA Pro Stock event. 
 
The newly-licensed Pro Stock driver is attempting to complete the
paperwork following his licensing runs at Roy Hill’s Driving School at
Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.  If NHRA officials grant
approval, Windham hopes to make his first professional appearance at
the ACDelco Gatornationals, March 16-18, at Gainesville, Fla.

D.R.A.W. GAINESVILLE GOLF TOURNEY

The Drag Racing Association
of Women, (D.R.A.W.), will host their annual Florida golf tournament on
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 prior to the NHRA AC Delco Gatornationals.  The tournament will take place at Ironwood
Golf Course in Gainesville, Florida with a tee time of 1:00 p.m. and lunch
served at 12:00 p.m.

THURSDAY - ESTN TESTING

Tom Hammonds (6.790, 204.66) and
Karen Stoffer (7.108, 187.21) led the NHRA Pro Stock Car and Pro Stock
Motorcycle divisions on the first day of the Eastern Spring Test Nationals
presented by Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com at South Georgia Motorsports
Park.
 
Sixty-five professional teams rolled through the
gates of the Valdosta, Georgia-based facility. Many teams performed maintenance
on their cars and plan to take advantage of the extended testing hours (9 AM –
10 PM) available on Friday. Temperatures hovered in the mid-seventy degree range
for much of the day.

JD RACER ADKINS MAKES THE LEAP

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Kalee Adkins is probably one of the most determined girls you will
ever meet.  This sixteen-year-old
Tennessean has set some major goals she wants to achieve.  Kalee is a junior at Sullivan East High
School, and maintains a 3.5 GPA.  After
high school Kalee would like to attend the University of Tennessee, and major in
Business Management and minor in Accounting.

 

She has just recently landed a major sponsorship with Mike Ashley’s
Lend America. Before Lend America, Torco's CompetitionPlus.com was her major sponsor for 2
years. "While I had Competition Plus as my major sponsor I got quite a bit of
attention," she said, "because you don't see many young drivers out there with
such a big name/company on the side of their car. This year will be all about
learning and understanding the car, we are going to start out doing bracket
races at Thunder Valley (Bristol Dragway, located in Bristol, TN), after we have
a couple of those under our belt we are going to start running many division two
races."

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