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CHIP KING'S MOPAR TO FLY AGAIN

We had a sickening feeling in July when Chip King crashed his sleek 1969 Daytona - the result of a parachute malfunction. These spy shots from Vanishing Point Race Cars reveal the new car is almost ready to go again. The Daytona is expected to be back in action by Rockingham next week.

NHRA FUNNY CAR CONTENDERS TELECONFERENCE

Transcript of the NHRA POWERade Series teleconference Wednesday, Oct. 11.


JOHN FORCE
RON CAPPS
ROBERT HIGHT
GREG ANDERSON

ASHLEY FORCE NOT LIKELY TO DRIVE THIS SEASON

notes_aforce_edited-1.jpgJohn Force hinted earlier this year that he might put (daughter)
Ashley Force in a Nitro car possibly (in Las Vegas) or Pomona. In
yesterday's NHRA teleconference, Force said that is not happening now.

"No, that will not happen," Force said. "She's testing at
Richmond this week on Monday. She's flying in to test. She'll be
testing at Vegas. She'll be testing -- that will be the end of it till
we start testing the beginning of the season.

CONNOLLY TESTS NEW COBALT

With Mother Nature providing a few extra days to test their new
SKULL Gear Chevrolet Cobalt, Dave Connolly, crew chief Tommy Utt and the crew
took full advantage at Rockingham, N.C. Raceway. 
 
The decision was made
to run the new Cobalt the when the rain-delayed Torco Racing Fuels Nationals
resumes at Virginia Motorsports Park, Friday through Sunday.

“We are going to
give it a try,” Connolly said after completing test runs Wednesday evening. 
“The car ran 6.66 (seconds) but made a couple of bad runs, too. I think we got a
handle on the car down the back half of the track.  The car ran good down low.” 

TULSA EVENT SPONSOR ANNOUNCED

sooner_nats_lg.jpgThe International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and
Tulsa Raceway Park announced Tuesday during a press conference that the
track will host the Skull Shine Sooner Nationals, an IHRA national
event, May 25 – 27, 2007.

The Sooner
Nationals, which will continue annually through 2011, is the third race
of the 12-event 2007 eMax Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series.“When this drag
strip opened in 1965, it was host to many national events, including
the World Finals and the Spring Nationals,” Tulsa Raceway Park owner
Dan Guterman said.

“After extensive
renovation, Tulsa Raceway Park is again a premier drag racing facility,
and I’d like to thank the Tulsa Sports Commission in helping bring this
event to Tulsa.”

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED

Four National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) rookie drivers,
representative of two pro categories, have been selected as nominees
for the 2006 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future
Award, it was announced today by officials from the NHRA and Automobile
Club of Southern California.           

Alan Bradshaw (Top
Fuel), Max Naylor (Pro Stock), J.R. Todd (Top Fuel) and Hillary Will
(Top Fuel) are nominated for the prestigious award, which annually
recognizes the top rookie competitor in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series and offers a $20,000 prize and traditional trophy to the
winner. 

The Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future
Award will be presented during the NHRA's annual championship awards
ceremony on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in
Rancho Mirage, Calif.

FRANK PEDREGON TO DRIVE FOR GILBERTSON IN VIRGINIA

When the Torco Racing Fuels
NHRA Nationals were rained out and re-scheduled for this weekend, nitro Funny
Car racer Bob Gilbertson had a big decision to make.
 
Gilbertson was scheduled to fly to Las Vegas with
his family for this weekend's U.S. Open of SuperCross to support his son Jake
and the rest of the Trick Tank Moto-X team at their biggest race of the year. 
He desperately wanted to be there for his son but also had to be across the
country at Virginia Motorsports Park to race his Autolite XP Spark Plugs Funny
Car to fulfill sponsor commitments.
 

SGMP NOSTALGIA EVENT

If Bakersfield
is too long a trip, or if you were rained out at Bowling
Green or Indy, come on down to South
GeorgiaMotorsports Park, Cecil, Georgia!  Entries continue to pour in from as far away
as Colorado
for the Southern Nostalgia Shootout to be held the weekend of October
27-29.  The event is billed as the
largest gathering of nostalgia cars in the Deep South.  Don’t miss these exciting cars on the only
full concrete quarter mile east of Texas.
  Famed announcer Marvin Noel will be
calling the action.

BUDANO AND SHAFIROFF WIN AGAIN

When the Budano/Shafiroff
trailer rolled into Memphis Motorsports Park

for the NMCA World Street
Finals the championship was all but locked up.

Driver Vinny Budano
readjusted his sights on winning his third consecutive race,
no small feat given the
level of competition in the NMCAPro Street ranks.

DRAG RACER ILL

A
member of our drag racing family is ailing at this time. IHRA Hot Rod (10.90)
racer Steve Corker is in a Raleigh,
North Carolina hospital suffering
from what doctors call as a bacteria infection in his lungs. The preliminary
diagnosis was pneumonia.

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