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Following the Virginia event the new points system would have reduced the championship contender ranks to just four drivers in each of the professional categories, again with a fixed point split going into the last two events . In this week’s points breakdown comparison we will look at what effect that would have on various driver’s title hopes as well as the fact that now only four drivers have even a mathematical hope for the big prize.


NHRA announcer blamed it on the world spinning backwards and then his
crewchief called him an idiot. After running a career best 6.59 in
Virginia, "Captain Choas" Kenny Koretsky was the first to admit he was
a little confused and caught off guard. BGW_3265.jpg

“[crewchief] Eddie [Guarnccia] came on the radio and said what I
thought was a 6.659. He said, ‘No, you idiot…I said a 6.594. I was excited and I
knew we had to have run fast because all of the cameras came over to speak with


NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver Bill Reichert and his team can finally take a
deep breath.  The battle is over.  Reichert and his Rislone Engine
Treatment/Bar's Leaks team clinched their first World Championship with a
semifinal finish during this past weekend's Torco Race Fuels Nationals at
Virginia Motorsports Park outside of Richmond. 
Reichert, from Owosso, Mich., qualified his Rislone
backed injected-nitro dragster second in the field with a 5.209 second pass at
276.63 mph.  In round one, he defeated Dave Hedges with a 5.293 at 273.83
Standing in Reichert's way of clinching his first
World Championship was veteran Mike Kosky.  After coming close to winning the
2004 Championship, Reichert would not be denied this time and took the win with
a 5.251 at 275.17 mph to clinch the championship.


Dwayne Rice and Robert Perry have joined forces for 2007,
and plan to compete for the NHRA Championship title in Pro Stock. Rice and
Perry, with a vast history of racing between the two, have decided to combine
their efforts in order to compete in the upcoming PowerAde series.

“The idea of running NHRA Pro Stock has been a life-long
goal of mine,” stated Rice, who will be driving for the team. “And now with
Robert and his company, Boscoe HVAC, coming alongside as partner we will have
the chance to see if we got what it takes to compete in such a tough category.” 


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There was a scary moment in the NHRA Torco Nationals semifinals when 13-time champion John Force
exited his burning car and fell limp onto the racing surface. After a few tense
moments, he rose to his feet with an obvious injury to his leg.

“I have
the greatest firesuit in the world from Simpson…but my old stuff that I
laundered was half the weight,” Force said. “My crew guy kept telling me that if
I had a fire I was going to get burned. When you’re old…you think you’re
Superman. The old heap lit on fire. I thought I had it covered with the fire
bottles. It went up my leg.


For the second consecutive event, Mark Pawuk has posted a career best elapsed
time only to end up the 17th qualifier – first alternate during the NHRA Torco Race Fuels Nationals.

“I can’t
explain it,” Pawuk said after qualifying ended, “and I don’t have a solution for
it either. No matter what we do, things just aren’t clicking for

“There’s no doubt about the fact that I’m facing some very hard
decisions here,” he added.

“I’m seriously debating whether or not we’ll
compete in the year’s last two races. We’re obviously not involved in the points
race, nor are we competitive right now. Add into that some serious problems I’m
having outside of racing and, in all candor, right now I just don’t have a lot
of enthusiasm.


NHRA POWERade Series driver Melanie Troxel, who has advanced to a Top
Fuel-best eight final rounds this season, has been honored by Billie
Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation as its “Sportswoman of the Year,”
it was announced today.

Past Sportswoman of the Year Award winners include a who’s who of the
greatest female athletes of all-time, from Annika Sorenstam and Juli
Inkster to Sarah Hughes and Michelle Kwan to Martina Navratilova and
Chris Evert.

Troxel, who drives the Skull Shine/Knoll Gas-Torco Racing Fuels
dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, is the first auto racer to win the


A few of our nation's finest sent us some of these pictures from
Bahrain and Iraq. The drag racing community has been faithful in sending 
souvenir's and gifts to our brave soldiers overseas. These pictures are
from the K9 unit.

If your team would love to support our brave soldiers, email Master Sargeant Lee McKinney. EMAIL - Lee McKinney 




Rickie Smith’s name has probably spun a few
yarns in the rumor mill during the 2006 season and he’s ready for the attention
to move elsewhere.

Smith made a last minute decision to drive the
Humphrey Motorsports Pro Stocker at VMP and that only lasted a day. Rumors
suggested that the locked trailer all day Saturday was the result of a
confrontation with an NHRA official. The scuttlebutt was exactly that –

“We ran our best run and we were still over .05 off the rest
of the field,” Smith said. “We just didn’t see any reason to keep beating the
stuff up. I told Humphrey it was fine because I could go run a Pro Modified
Quick Eight and that’s what I did.”


Nothing makes for a sicker feeling within the drag racing community
than the theft of equipment. Kenny Koretsky’s Werner Enterprises team
was hit on Saturday following qualifying. One of the team’s $15,000
clutch units was stolen.