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TOMMY JOHNSON JR. AND SKOAL RACING FUNNY CAR TEAM TO BE FEATURED ON MODERN MARVELS

Veteran Funny Car pilot Tommy
Johnson Jr. and Don “the Snake” Prudhomme’s Skoal Racing Funny Car team will be
featured on the popular History Channel series Modern Marvels during a
60-minute episode dedicated to horsepower. Modern Marvels is for an
audience eager to dig a little deeper, explore a little further, and get a
little closer to the knowledge that shapes our everyday lives.

Johnson, a seven-time NHRA winner, will be prominently featured in
the first segment of the hour-long program that will air on Wednesday, June 21
at 10 p.m. (ET). The Modern Marvels production team attended the NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series event at Houston Raceway Park in late March to
gather b-roll footage and interviews for the Modern Marvels: Horsepower
piece. Johnson’s wife and Top Fuel driver Melanie Troxel also will be featured
during the segment.

Scott Cannon, Jr. scores big at Mission Raceway’s Thunder by the River

Sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes
to snap out of a funk. Scott Cannon, Jr., presented his dad six-time Pro
Modified world champion Scotty Cannon his first win as a team owner on Father’s
Day as the duo traveled to Mission Raceway for the Thunder by the River event.
In certain circles, this success certainly lifted the veil of
adversity.

The team had been rapidly sinking in a sea of failure since the untimely
crash of their new Vanishing Point Race Cars Pontiac GTO crashed in San Antonio,
Texas, in March. This weekend there was nothing but smooth sailing as Cannon,
Jr., drove flawlessly to a #2 qualifying position and the eventual
victory.

Holley National Hot Rod Reunion concludes with rain

It’s the clarion call for racing
fans as they listen to the radio, “Sunday, Sunday, Sunday.”  It’s the day for
eliminations at the drag races and this Sunday was no different in that
respect.  The 4th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion finished with a
bang at Beech Bend Raceway Park.


Unfortunately, that "bang" came from a thunderstorm that ended the
racing activities at Bowling Green a bit earlier than expected.  NHRA officials
determined results based on elimination runs that had been completed before the
rains came, and on best qualifying time for those classes that had not yet run
an elimination round.

NITRO CYCLES TO RETURN TO NORWALK'S SKULL SHINE IHRA WORLD NATIONALS WITH SIX-BIKE FIELD

Drawing on the excitement and spectacle
of the former Screamin’ Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidson class the IHRA contested
from 1998 – 2002, the sanctioning body announced the addition of the Nitro
Cycles as an exhibition class during this year’s Skull Shine World Nationals
presented by ACDelco at Norwalk Raceway Park, August 24 – 27.

 

The
Nitro Cycle class will consist of six riders: Steve Stordeur, Jay Turner, Mike
Romine, Mark Cox, Bill Furr and Mike Lehman. All accomplished competitors, the
riders will make one pass Friday night and two passes Saturday.

 

“The
Nitro Cycle class has always been a fan favorite and will be an exciting
addition to one of IHRA’s biggest events,” said IHRA president Aaron Polburn.
“By including Nitro Funny Cars to the eMax Drag Racing Series this year, and now
the motorcycles to the World Nationals, the event will offer a unique mix of
vehicles and one of the strongest nitro-burning fields anywhere.

BARBARA PARKS HONORED POSTHUMOUSLY WITH MILDRED MARCUM PIONEER AWARD AT WOMEN IN WINNER’S CIRCLE LUN

The Lyn St. James Foundation
recognized the late Barbara Parks’ achievements in the world of NHRA drag racing
today by presenting the Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award in her honor during the
fourth annual Women in the Winner’s Circle luncheon at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway.


Mrs. Parks, wife of NHRA founder Wally Parks and a driving force
behind the early successes of the 54-year-old sanctioning body, succumbed to
cancer in late January after a long battle with the devastating illness. In
contrast to the many women who take the much deserved spotlight as a result of
their untiring efforts to contribute to the progress of automotive hobbies and
racing, Mrs. Parks, by her own choice remained in the background. But she was a
force — an important, determined and very creative influence — in the earliest
days of the founding of hot rodding and, of course, the National Hot Rod
Association and championship drag racing.

She was active to the end, remaining at her husband’s side as he
pursued with painstaking effectiveness the efficient operation of an NHRA
museum, a monument to the sport’s illustrious history and a showcase of the
archival record of NHRA drag racing. Many of the features showcased in the
museum, now named for its founder as The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum,
are the product of Barbara’s vision, creativeness and talents.

ARNIE KARP NEEDS HELP FROM THE RACING COMMUNITY

Famed alcohol Funny Car racer Arnie
Karp, who is best known for his series of “Boston Strangler” and Mountain
Dew-sponsored floppers, had his life saved by a kidney transplant several years
ago. Now his sister Elaine is facing the same procedure, only this time her
outcome may not be as favorable as her brother’s.


In an e-mail recently sent to many friends, fans and family, Karp,
now retired from racing, makes a plea for help in the form of a donation and/or
participation in a 3.3-mile walk for Elaine, to be held on September 17 around
the Charles River near Boston. “Elaine,” he says, “is now faced with the same
health issues I had several years ago. She is in need of a kidney transplant. So
far, she had not been as lucky as I was.”

Karp received a kidney from his long-time friend and former
“bottom end” man Pat Murphy, and is now in good health. “It (the transplant) has
been a life-altering experience for both of us,” Karp writes.

MELANIE TROXEL EARNS THE USAC KARA HENDRICK SPIRIT AWARD

Melanie Troxel, driver of the Skull
Shine/Knoll Gas-Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing,
was awarded The USAC Kara Hendrick Spirit Award today at the fourth annual Women
in the Winner's Circle 2006 luncheon, benefiting the Lyn St. James
Foundation.

At the function held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in
advance of the NASCAR Brickyard 400 this weekend, Lyn St. James presented Troxel
with the fourth annual award which honors a female driver whose spirit,
determination and
driving ability are reminiscent of the excellence
demonstrated by Kara Hendrick during her brief racing career.

AMERICA'S BABY CANCER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SPEEDFREAKS' BOARD APPOINTMENTS AND MARKETING PARTNERSHIP

America’s Baby Cancer
Foundation
(ABCF) and SpeedFreaks have inked a long term
and integral marketing partnership to help raise the awareness of children's
cancer.  In addition, Kenny Sargent and Lugg Nuttz, hosts from the
SpeedFreaks Radio and Television programs, have been elected to its
Board of Directors.


SpeedFreaks finally found a cause we could really grab a
hold of and make a difference," says Sargent.  "Serendipitously, it was a
charity golf tournament that started the Freaks' wheels to roll after we met
Samiya, Matthew and Eddy, three of the many children America’s Baby Cancer
Foundation
's helps from the Kaiser Permanente Hospital ’s Pediatric Cancer
program."

CALLAWAY TO FINISH YEAR IN CONWAY'S A/FUEL DRAGSTER

Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol
Dragster Champion Lee Callaway will be able to take the 'interim' off his title
as the newly announced driver of the Torco Race Fuels/Conway Automotive A/Fuel
Dragster. With two final round appearances in as many outings as the 'interim'
driver for the team, the team will continue their pursuit of both the Divisional
and National Championship during this weekend's Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing
Series event at Gateway International Raceway just outside of St.
Louis.

Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, is excited about the opportunity to
drive for Team Owner/Tuner Tom Conway, who not only won last year's National and
Division 4 Championship as a car owner, but two National Championships and eight
Division 4 Championships as a driver.

CRANE CAMS ACQUIRED BY MIKRONITE TECHNOLOGIES

Crane Technologies Group Inc., of
Daytona Beach, Fla., has been acquired by Mikronite Technologies of Eatontown,
N.J., which provides technology and parts for the aerospace, automotive,
commercial and medical fields, according to a recent press release. The
acquisition will take place within 60 days, subject to shareholder approval.

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