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NITRO REWIND AT CPTV - 9-23-2011

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The 2011 NHRA Countdown to the Championship has begun and Nitro Rewind continues to talk with the contenders and the spoilers. This week’s episode talks with the Top Fuel and Funny Car winners from the O’Reilly Auto Part Nationals at zMax Dragway and looks to the Lone Star State and the AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The show, an internet based broadcast, is hosted by Bill Stephens and features interviews from Top Fuel and Funny Car NHRA competitors, is available on the NHRA’s YouTube channel after every NHRA national event.

“The Countdown got started in Charlotte and it was a record setting weekend. Viewers will get a great description from Matt Hagan of his record setting 3.995 second pass as well as his thoughts on eventually winning his first race of the season,” said Ashley Force Hood, John Force Entertainment president.

“One thing Nitro Rewind will not do is forget about the drivers not in the Countdown. This week we talk with TJ Zizzo one of the up and coming Top Fuel teams that is running strong against the mega teams. We also check in with fan favorite Antron Brown.”

As The NHRA tour rolls into Texas viewers will get the thoughts of Texan Spencer Massey and 2010 Fall Nationals winner Matt Hagan on getting back to the original super track.

MUST SEE VIDEO - REAL RUN WHATCHA BRUNG

 

MUST SEE VIDEO - REAL RUN WHATCHA BRUNG

 

CPTV VIDEO FLASHBACK - 1974 IHRA SOUTHERN NATS (CHARLOTTE)

The IHRA sanctioned their first and last drag race in Charlotte during the 1974 season. While this video, originally broadcast on Speedvision, which is now Speed TV, showed good footage from the event, the horrific deaths of three people on Saturday of the event was not mentioned. The event was the first eighth-mile sanctioned national event on record and was contested on the pit road at what is now Lowe's Motor Speedway.

CPTV VIDEO FLASHBACK - 1974 IHRA SOUTHERN NATS (CHARLOTTE)

The IHRA sanctioned their first and last drag race in Charlotte during the 1974 season. While this video, originally broadcast on Speedvision, which is now Speed TV, showed good footage from the event, the horrific deaths of three people on Saturday of the event was not mentioned. The event was the first eighth-mile sanctioned national event on record and was contested on the pit road at what is now Lowe's Motor Speedway.

VIDEO: JOHN NOBILE TALKS 9-11

John Nobile has many life experiences. September 11, 2001 is an experience he will never forget.

The past mountain motor Pro Stock champion, who now works as a car chief for his son Vincent Nobile,will always remember the deadly terrorist attacks carried less than 30 miles from his home on New York's Long Island.

Nobile discusses with CompetitionPlus.tv his memories of the day the world turned upside down for America.

VIDEO: JOHN NOBILE TALKS 9-11

John Nobile has many life experiences. September 11, 2001 is an experience he will never forget.

The past mountain motor Pro Stock champion, who now works as a car chief for his son Vincent Nobile,will always remember the deadly terrorist attacks carried less than 30 miles from his home on New York's Long Island.

Nobile discusses with CompetitionPlus.tv his memories of the day the world turned upside down for America.

VIDEO: RICKIE SMITH DISCUSSES NEW CAMARO

He might have had his kneecap nearly removed in a two-car crash months earlier but the injury didn’t prevent this legend from competing at drag racing’s most prestigious event in Indianapolis.

Just one look at the new 2012 Camaro that Jerry Bickel was all the “get-well medicine that “Trickie” Rickie Smith needed to gain medical clearance to race.

Smith was supposed to be out of action for at least three months. This included keeping weight off of his leg, maintaining a strict regimen of physical rehabilitation and remaining incapacitated until the severely damaged cartilage healed itself.

“I wouldn’t be driving if the doctors hadn’t have cleared me to race,” said Smith, who competed recently in the NHRA U.S. Nationals and finished as a quarter-finalist. “Once the doctor told me I could walk on it and go back to work … my job is a drag racer, so I figured I had better get back to work.”

VIDEO: RICKIE SMITH DISCUSSES NEW CAMARO

He might have had his kneecap nearly removed in a two-car crash months earlier but the injury didn’t prevent this legend from competing at drag racing’s most prestigious event in Indianapolis.

Just one look at the new 2012 Camaro that Jerry Bickel was all the “get-well medicine that “Trickie” Rickie Smith needed to gain medical clearance to race.

Smith was supposed to be out of action for at least three months. This included keeping weight off of his leg, maintaining a strict regimen of physical rehabilitation and remaining incapacitated until the severely damaged cartilage healed itself.

“I wouldn’t be driving if the doctors hadn’t have cleared me to race,” said Smith, who competed recently in the NHRA U.S. Nationals and finished as a quarter-finalist. “Once the doctor told me I could walk on it and go back to work … my job is a drag racer, so I figured I had better get back to work.”

VIDEO FEATURE: BOB GLIDDEN: THE INDY LEGEND

glidden_tributeAsk him about his appointment as an NHRA drag racing legend, and Bob Glidden, will just smile. He’ll likely offer, “I feel like a lucky  old fart.”

Call it luck. Call it whatever. But the numbers justify Glidden’s appointment.

Ten world championships, 85 national event victories and nine U.S. Nationals Pro Stock championships comprise only the NHRA portion of his resume.

“[Wife] Etta and I, the kids, have spent our lives drag racing and what we have today is because of our involvement with the NHRA,” Glidden said. “Believe me, I appreciate their recognition.”

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