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ALAN PITTMAN'S NEW WEAPON

Out·law (out lô ) - A person who refuses to be governed by the established rules or practices of any group.

Jesse James was one. Willie Nelson still is. And Alan Pittman will soon
be joining this infamous fraternity of nonconformists known
collectively as outlaws. The racer and chassis builder from South
Carolina won’t be robbing banks or belting out country songs, but he
will be flaunting the established rules of Pro Modified competition
when he joins the battle for Pro Extreme supremacy in American Drag
Racing League (ADRL) action.

ESTN - SATURDAY RESULTS

JOHNSON AND ELLIS REPEAT AS ESTN CHAMPIONS; CANNON
RUNS 4.75, 309.13 IN FIRST FULL TOP FUEL RUN
 
estn.jpgThousands of race fans jammed into South
Georgia Motorsports Park for the special “Chicago Style” Shootout portion of the
Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com, Saturday
afternoon in Valdosta, Ga. The fans were treated to an excellent of day of
racing that concluded with NHRA stalwarts Allen Johnson and Chip Ellis joining
other class winners in post-race celebration.
 
“I have so much fun out here testing with these fans,” said
Johnson after he defeated teammate Richie Stevens in the final round. “The race
fans get to see us in a relaxed atmosphere and I think that is very important.
It is great that we are off to a good start in testing with these Mopar
cars.”
 
Prior to the final round, Johnson and Stevens poked fun at one
another via the PA system while sitting in the staging lanes.

BILL WINDHAM EARNS PRO STOCK LICENSE

Bill Windham is tantalizingly close to competing in his first NHRA Pro Stock event. 
 
The newly-licensed Pro Stock driver is attempting to complete the
paperwork following his licensing runs at Roy Hill’s Driving School at
Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.  If NHRA officials grant
approval, Windham hopes to make his first professional appearance at
the ACDelco Gatornationals, March 16-18, at Gainesville, Fla.

D.R.A.W. GAINESVILLE GOLF TOURNEY

The Drag Racing Association
of Women, (D.R.A.W.), will host their annual Florida golf tournament on
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 prior to the NHRA AC Delco Gatornationals.  The tournament will take place at Ironwood
Golf Course in Gainesville, Florida with a tee time of 1:00 p.m. and lunch
served at 12:00 p.m.

THURSDAY - ESTN TESTING

Tom Hammonds (6.790, 204.66) and
Karen Stoffer (7.108, 187.21) led the NHRA Pro Stock Car and Pro Stock
Motorcycle divisions on the first day of the Eastern Spring Test Nationals
presented by Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com at South Georgia Motorsports
Park.
 
Sixty-five professional teams rolled through the
gates of the Valdosta, Georgia-based facility. Many teams performed maintenance
on their cars and plan to take advantage of the extended testing hours (9 AM –
10 PM) available on Friday. Temperatures hovered in the mid-seventy degree range
for much of the day.

JD RACER ADKINS MAKES THE LEAP

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Kalee Adkins is probably one of the most determined girls you will
ever meet.  This sixteen-year-old
Tennessean has set some major goals she wants to achieve.  Kalee is a junior at Sullivan East High
School, and maintains a 3.5 GPA.  After
high school Kalee would like to attend the University of Tennessee, and major in
Business Management and minor in Accounting.

 

She has just recently landed a major sponsorship with Mike Ashley’s
Lend America. Before Lend America, Torco's CompetitionPlus.com was her major sponsor for 2
years. "While I had Competition Plus as my major sponsor I got quite a bit of
attention," she said, "because you don't see many young drivers out there with
such a big name/company on the side of their car. This year will be all about
learning and understanding the car, we are going to start out doing bracket
races at Thunder Valley (Bristol Dragway, located in Bristol, TN), after we have
a couple of those under our belt we are going to start running many division two
races."

NHRA EXTENDS OIL DOWN PENALTIES

Given the significant increase in oil downs by both professional and
sportsman competitors, NHRA announced it will expand the oil down
policy to include all competitors attending each NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series national event.  The policy will be effective beginning
with the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 15-18.

Until this year, only professional competitors in Top Fuel and Funny
Car and sportsman racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny
Car in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, have been assessed oil
down penalties at national events.  Starting next week, an oil down
policy will be extended to professionals in Pro Stock and Pro Stock
Motorcycle, as well as sportsman racers in Competition Eliminator,
Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

Oil downs, and more importantly down time associated with clean-up
efforts, affect everyone at an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event,
including spectators, competitors, sponsors and television viewers. 
With curfews and schedules, the recent problem of oil downs in both
professional and sportsman categories, has caused in some cases
cancellation of qualifying sessions, early start times and very late
conclusions to the respective sessions.  

ANOTHER ROUSH AT IT

Though it has been nearly five months that the ROUSH Performance drag team has
been sidelined, the drivers are more than anxious to return to action with the
March 8-11 running of the 6th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Ford Nationals. This
event will take place at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park and is the first of
the seven race NMRA Ford Nationals season.

But don't make the mistake
that the offseason has been a leisurely time for the ROUSH team. In fact, it has
been anything but that.

Susan Roush-McCleneghan, daughter of motorsports
legend Jack Roush, will be competing in the ROUSH Modular Muscle class this
season, moving up from the Open Comp ladder. Her car, a 2003 Ford Mustang, has
been repainted over the winter and now sports a blue and silver scheme with
flames across the base.

BLOOD DID IT

The official 2007 March Meet poster and T-shirt will be a work of
art…literally. That's because renowned motorsports painter Kenny
Youngblood will create the artwork. Youngblood  will be on hand to sign
the poster and shirts at Auto Club Famoso Raceway during the famous
Mar. 9-11 event. Youngblood will also sell the original artwork, with
part of the proceeds going to the nonprofit Wally Parks NHRA
Motorsports Museum in Pomona, Calif.

ESTN PRE-ENTRIES - UPDATED

estn.jpgThe following are the pre-entries received for the 7th annual Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco's CompetitionPlus.com hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. Pre-enter today. Information about pre-entry can be found HERE .

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