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WILL THE IHRA RACE IN MANSFIELD HAPPEN?

According to a report in the Mansfield News Journal, construction for
the forthcoming Mansfield Motorsports Park has been delayed due to an
EPA permit snag. The facility has been delayed, but not abandoned.

MMP President Chris Mize says the project is still a go and the county
agreed to a land deal for 90 acres on Thursday afternoon. The Ohio
Environmental Protection Agency is not allowing further construction.

"We're waiting for the EPA permitting to come through, which has shut
us down," Mize said in the article. "The standard process is 150 to 280
days. Why it takes that long, I don't have the answers.

FRIDAY VEGAS QUALIFYING

ASHLEY LEADS FUNNY CAR FIELD AT LAS VEGAS WITH FASTEST SPEED IN HISTORY

 

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Schumacher and Coughlin also are early race leaders in their categories

Mike Ashley raced to the fastest Funny Car speed in drag racing
history Friday night at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.

 Tony Schumacher and Jeg Coughlin also were leaders in their respective
categories at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

KAREN STOFFER CLOTHING LINE

NHRA PowerAde Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Karen Stoffer and Speed Dawg
Performance Apparel are pleased to announce the launch of Karen's new clothing
line. The Karen Stoffer Signature Series line of ladies active wear is comprised
of items that Karen has selected to fit her active lifestyle both on and off of
the track. The first two items, a ladies long sleeve v-neck t-shirt and a super
soft tank top both feature the Genuine Karen Stoffer Signature logo on the front
while a small Speed Dawg image and the NHRA PowerAde logo adorn the back just
below the neckline. Watch for more items to follow. Karen's new line will be
available in the Nitro Fish trailer during her events as well as through http://www.speeddawg.com.

NPCA SET TO KICK OFF 2007 CAMPAIGN

O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis is hosting the Nostalgia Pro Comp
Association’s season-opening Spring Nationals the weekend of April 28th
& 29th.  The NPCA will launch their 2007 sophomore season with over
150 members traveling from all over the Midwest and the East Coast for
their first event of the season long, five race championship series. 
NPCA President, Troy Coker declares 2007 as the “break out” year for
nostalgia drag racing that is located east of the Rocky Mountains. The
NPCA will invade the legendary ORP quarter mile with hundreds of racers
competing in 7 different classes of competition. Expect to see some of
the best that vintage drag racing has to offer, featuring Nostalgia
Fuel Funny Cars! Justin Grant will debut his brand new Don Schumacher’s
Stardust Cuda and compete along side Troy Martin in the famous Chi–Town
Hustler!  See one of drag racing’s living legends, Larry Dixon Sr.
driving his blown Altered at over 200mph! Also on tap are, Nitro
Burning Front Engine Dragsters, Blown Alcohol Funny Cars, Supercharged
Gassers, and much more ground pounding action!

BERNSTEIN MAKES THE CHANGE

When Kenny Bernstein's Monster Energy-sponsored Funny Car rolled out of
the trailer this morning it had the widened rollcage nearly identical
to that of John Force. (Photos by marty Reger)

FEEDBACK FRIDAY - APRIL 13

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ORTIZ FEATURED IN LATINA

Horsepower & Heels driver, Erica Ortiz,  is featured in the May
2007 edition of LATINA magazine.  The magazine, which is the Hispanic
woman's version of Cosmo, is written in English but dedicated to
Hispanic American women, and is read by 2.2 million multi-cultural
readers across the United States. 

The article, entitled "Speed Racer", is featured in the Mujer on the
Move column, which spotlights Hispanic women who are taking on
different and challenging activities.  It discusses what its like for
Erica to drive a 200mph racecar, and the way she stumbled onto the
sport of drag racing.

MARK NEILSEN'S NEW PM YENKO

Mark Nielsen’s new Pro Modified may not be ready for the PMRA opener in May, but
when it’s finished, the car will be a top contender.
 
“We’re getting there,” said Nielsen,
who will drive the new 1968 Chevrolet Camaro-bodied car. “We should be ready for
the second race at Cayuga (Toronto Motorsports Park).”
 
Nielsen said he is looking forward to the new car. G-Force
Race Cars in western New York was commissioned to build the car, which is
sporting a Cynergy Composites body from Pro Modified ace Murray Anderson and
Scott Jahren paint.
 
The new car is based on a 1968 Camaro, but as a Yenko
edition. These were semi-custom GM cars built by Don Yenko and the cars were
some of the fastest and most famous muscle cars of the 1960s.

ULTIMATE 64 SHOOTOUT SPOTS AVAILABLE

The 2nd annual Ultimate 64 Shootout presented by Jeg’s Mail Order and Coronet
Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge/Jeep is set for the weekend of July 10 at historic
Mountain Park Dragway in Clay City, KY.  Several of the nations top racers will
converge on the Northern Kentucky facility for their chance to compete for one
of the largest cash purses in central America!
 
The weekend festivities will kick off Thursday, July 7, with a four-man
scramble golf tournament.  Later that evening, competitors are invited to join
the fun with a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament at the track.  Friday, racing
action gets underway with the first of three full days of competition.  Friday
through Sunday, the event will feature Super Pro and No Box classes open to all
entrants: Super Pro will pay $5,000-to-win each day for a $200 weekend entry,
while No Box will pay $2,000-to-win each day for a $150 weekend entry.

THE MIKE EDWARDS MISSION

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his Young Life team developed “A Team on a Mission” and “Sending A Kid To Camp” program
for the 2005 season, none of them knew how far it would reach into the racing
community. Now entering its third year, the program has sent nearly 300 kids to
a Young Life camp, and for 2007 Edwards and his team hopes the program far
exceeds that number.

“We knew the racing
community was a giving bunch that would do almost anything to give those not as
fortunate as us a chance at something better,” Edwards said. “That is why we
started this program and now it is accomplishing just that, giving kids some
hope for the future.”

For 2007, Edwards will
be carrying a special logo on his car that shows his support of the progam. This
will hold true for all the fellow NHRA racers who join forces with Edwards in
“Sending A Kid To Camp” as each will carry the bright green decal.

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