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ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY SEEKS GOVERNMENT GRANT TO EXPAND

Richmond County is going to bat for Rockingham Dragway and its
extensive plan for rennovation. The county has applied for a $500,000
grant to assist in the rennovation of the legendary drag strip.

The grant was submitted under the North Carolina Department of Commerce's 2006 Economic Development Reserve program .

“With
the loss of the NASCAR venues at N.C. Motor Speedway, the economic
impact of the Rockingham Dragway on both Richmond and surrounding
counties is becoming increasingly important," County Manager Jim Haynes
said.“With the Economic Development Reserve Grant Funds, we propose to
provide enhancements to the Rockingham Dragway to ensure its continued
success in Richmond County and the region,” he said.

DALE CREASY'S NEW LOOK

If a new look creates the potential for a driver to perform well, then the IHRA Nitro Funny Car contingent had better look out for Dale Creasy, Jr. Creasy will once again carry major backing from Torco Race Fuels, Inc.

R.B. SMITH WINS MAJOR EVENT

R. B. Smith’s ‘name and fame’ have became even more widespread throughout this
area and the nation with the powerful heads-up doorslammers records and titles
that he has achieved for the 2006 racing season.

Early in the season R.
B. and his Mighty Mouse, a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro with a new PAR Racing 706 c.i.
big block with three stages of nitrous oxide backed by a Powerglide transmission
with Coan converter, took the runner-up position in the prestigious Power Jam
Big Dog Shootout at Piedmont Dragway between Burlington and Greensboro, NC.

Smith covered the eighth mile in 4.51 seconds at 159 miles per hour even
though this was one of the first runs with this new engine.

Mighty Mouse
took Smith to the Winners Circle at Roxboro Motorsports Dragway in Timberlake,
NC when competing in a benefit race for a fellow racer who had been seriously
injured in a racing accident earlier in the season. R. B. made the one-eighth
mile trip in 4.48 seconds at 162 miles per hour to become the winner of the
Lorenza Springfield Benefit Race.

NEW LIL NATE FUNNY CAR

Here's a sneak peek of the new Lil Nate Funny Car.

2007 IHRA DIVISIONAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The IHRA Competition Department has announced the 2007 Mr. Gasket Pro-Am Tour
schedule.

 

Expanding upon
the successful double-event format from last season, nearly all of the 2007
races will be doubles. This allows drivers to travel to a scheduled event and
compete and earn points for two races, all in one weekend. In addition, two
venues will host an event where the points can be counted toward multiple
divisions.

 

“Travel costs are not going down anytime soon, so this format,
combined with the sportsman-friendly restructure of the national and Pro-Am
points system will provide incredible value to IHRA sportsman competitors and
host track operators,” said IHRA Vice President of Racing Operations Skooter
Peaco. “Creating innovative solutions to help sportsman competitors compete both
on the national and Pro-Am level is what makes IHRA uniquely different from the
mainstream.

MCKINNEY HEADED TO IRAQ

Lee McKinney,
who was on the IHRA staff during the 2006 season, revealed in a short note that
he is retiring from the Navy and leaving the IHRA to accept a position in Irag.

Mckinney has assisted the IHRA and the track in San Antonio for the last few years while serving with the
US Navy at the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. During 2006, McKinney was able to make use of his leave
time to attend all of the events to assist the staff.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RELEASES GT TONGLET

Harley-Davidson Motor Company announced today that riders GT Tonglet and
Rich King have been released from their Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson race
team contracts.

Veteran AMA Flat Track racer Rich King recently completed
his seventh season with the Screamin' Eagle team, finishing fifth in the
final 2006 AMA point standings. King finished a career-best second in points
in 2001.

FIRST LOOK - JOHN NOBILE'S MUSTANG

John Nobile’s new 2007 Ford Mustang GT will be on display in
the RAM Clutches booth #1791 at this years PRI show December 14-16 in Orlando, Florida.  Nobile’s new mount is in the completion phase
now at Rick Jones’s RJ Race Cars shop.   Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com was able to secure this spy photo of the car fresh out of
the paint shop.

Nobile, the 2004 IHRA Pro Stock champion, is looking to
jump-start his 2007 campaign. 

JOHN FORCE HOLIDAY CAR SHOW ON SUNDAY

The annual John Force Holiday Car Show will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 3, at the team’s race headquarters in Yorba Linda, Calif., to once
again benefit the California Highway Patrol’s "CHiP’s for Kids" toy drive. The
annual activity allows race fans to tour the John Force Race Shop and Museum and
meet top NHRA drivers and take in a great car show.

Co-hosted by the Classic Cruisers of North Orange County, the annual
activity allows race fans and car enthusiasts a chance to not only tour the John
Force Race Shop and Museum and meet top NHRA drivers and racing personalities
such Force, Robert Hight, Gary Scelzi, Cory McClenathan, Del Worsham, Jack
Beckman, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, and Linda Vaughn, as well as Laurie, Ashley,
Brittany, and Courtney Force plus Chip Foose, AJ, and Chris from the hit TV Show
Overhaulin', but also to see hundreds of street rods, muscle cars, antiques,
classics, motorcycles, trucks, racecars, and specialty vehicles on
display.

SEALY DRAG STRIP ANNOUNCES IMPROVEMENTS

Lonestar Motorsports Park - located just 45 minutes west of Houston, Texas, in
Sealy, Texas - has completed its 2006 track expansion projects which
include:
 
**  Lengthen track from 1/8 mile to 1/4 mile.  1/4 mile drag racing events
began in October, 2006.  Other dragstrip improvements include the addition of
concrete walls as well as repaving and recoating the staging lanes, return
roads, etc.

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