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MOROSO RAINED OUT

It was to be the Thanksgiving weekend to remember and a celebration of 25 years
of power and performance.  There were
vehicles that produce 5 G’s of force with over 8,000 horsepower. They could
clear the ¼ mile in just five seconds. The one thing that wasn’t clear was the
weather. 

After battling last night and succumbing to
multiple downpours Sunday morning, the proverbial towel had to be thrown. There
was no end in sight and estimated time to dry a track that kept having rain
dumped on it, exceeded 5 hours. The Murray’s Speed & Custom Mountain Dew
Citrus Nationals would ultimately have the racing postponed until a later
date.

SATURDAY MOROSO QUALIFYING

The Murray’s Mountain Dew Citrus Nationals, presented by the Gater 98.7fm and
Edelbrock, entertained a crowd of racing enthusiasts Saturday.  Nitro Funny Cars and Top Alcohol Dragsters
highlighted the event with 250+mph runs. Jet Funny Cars, Jet Dragsters, the
triple-engine Shockwave Jet Truck and two Wheelstanders thrilled the audience.
NHRA and ET racing classes included Super Gas, the JW Performance Super Street,
Super Comp, Super Pro, Pro, Pro Bike, Street Bike and the Seminole Tribe Quick
16 as well as Jr. Dragsters.

BADER TO RECEIVE FOUNDERS AWARD

The Board of Directors of
the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Ocala, FL have announced that Bill
Bader, Sr. former IHRA owner/president and the major force behind the phenomenal
growth of Norwalk Raceway Park in Ohio, will be the recipient of the Founders
Award during the induction ceremony in March.
  

TORRENCE GRANTED PERMISSION TO SPEAK WITH POWERS

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned that former Top Alcohol
Dragster champion turned Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence, still under
contract with Evan Knoll, was granted permission to discuss a potential
driving job with team owner David Powers.

EVAN KNOLL FEEDS THE TOWN

Evan Knoll may have many irons in the fire when it comes to business and racer sponsorships, but the one thing that grabs his heart the most has nothing to do with either.

COUNTY JUST SAYS NO TO OCALA DRAG STRIP

According to our source close to the negotiations, a proposed drag strip near the Ocala, Florida area was voted down by Marion County commissioners in whose jurisdiction the facility would lie.

GOODGUYS TRANSFER RACE OWNERSHIP

The Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Association will no longer stage nostalgia drag race events at Famoso Raceway. The Goodguys/VRA and the new lease holders of Famoso Raceway reached an agreement in which Famoso Raceway will now conduct the event. Blake and Charles Bowser will buy all of Goodguys’ rights and interests in the March Meet and will stage the March Meet themselves.

PRO MODS AT GRAND BEND IN 2007

The Pro Modified Racing Association will be returning to Grand Bend in 2007.

The PMRA is pleased to be heading back to the Grand Bend Motorplex on the Labor Day weekend as part of the track’s big two-day event.

“We were very pleased with the PMRA this year, it’s going to be great to have them back to our annual Labor Day Weekend show,” said Grand Bend’s Track Manager Ron Biekx. “We had a good car count and our fans will be looking forward to their return.”

JEANNINE JOHNSON REVEALS WINDOWS VISTA DRAG RACING SPONSORSHIP

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Marking her official foray into the realm of Super Comp drag racing, Puyallup,
Washington resident, Jeannine Johnson, recently announced her intent to run the
NHRA Lucas Oil Series backed by Windows Vista, Microsoft Corporation’s newest
operating software.
 
Johnson was recently hosted by Bill Gates and
several other company executives at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash.,
where they revealed newly-built Brad Hadman dragster.
 
“The people on the
Windows Vista team are amazing, and they have worked so hard on putting this all
together,” Johnson said. “They have made a dream of mine come
true."
 

KNOLL WILL KEEP PRO STOCK TEAM IN 2007

Amidst rumors that he was looking
to unload his Pro Stock operation and the contract of driver Dave Connolly,
team owner Evan Knoll confirmed the team will return in 2007 to contend for the
NHRA Pro Stock World Championship.


“I did a lot of soul
searching and quite a bit of thinking since Pomona,” Knoll said. “I came to the
conclusion that with the new points structure that a top three team can have as
good of a chance to win this thing as one that has led all season long. I won’t
apologize for the comments I made earlier in the year suggesting that Ken Black’s
team was on another level because they were and still are.

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