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RODGER BROGDON RACING HIRES RICKIE SMITH

Rodger Brogdon Racing announced this afternoon that noted crew chief
and tuner Rickie Smith will join the team this weekend in Pomona CA for
the opening race of the 2007 NHRA POWERade season.

Initial
early season testing in Houston showed that Brogdon’s new Pro Stock
team had the horsepower to compete in the very competitive Pro Stock
category, but during the Pro Stock Showdown event in Las Vegas this
past weekend the new car showed that the team would need to rein in the
new chassis to match up with the available horsepower. “Being able to
compare our car to everyone else during the showdown really got us
excited,” said Brogdon. “We struggled with the chassis set-up on
Saturday and ended up not making the cut for the Showdown.” “But we
kept after it and of the twenty cars that stayed and tested on Sunday
we were the seventh fastest and saw the elapsed times continue to
improve as well.”

BOGACKI WINS THE CASH

Noted bracket campaigner Luke Bogacki picked up his first win of the 2007 season
at his first event Saturday at the Footbrake Nationals at Mobile Dragway. 
There, Bogacki wheeled his familiar Mickey Thompson Tires backed Vega to a
$5,000 victory over Rick Ament.  Both drivers ran dead-on their dial-ins in the
final round, with Bogacki’s 5.693 (5.69 target) besting Ament’s 5.802 (5.80
dial) by a mere .006 by virtue of his .028 to .036 reaction advantage.

ZIZZO SIGNS NEW SPONSOR; COMMITS TO IHRA

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Zizzo
Racing and Wordsmith Media, Inc. announced that Race News Magazine has
signed an agreement to become the major sponsor of the Zizzo Racing Top
Fuel Dragster, driven by TJ Zizzo. The team will compete for the
championship in the entire 2007 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series and
select NHRA POWERade events.

FAST FIVE WITH TED HARBIT

Teacher. Coach. Builder. Racer.

Winner. Studebaker lover. That's Ted Harbit,
an Honoree at the Holley NHRA
National Hot Rod Reunion, June 15-17 at
National Trail Raceway near
Columbus, Ohio.

Harbit raced his
"Chicken Hawk" 1951 Studebaker and won the Stock class
at the NHRA Nationals
an incredible seven times in 11 tries.  A retired
teacher and basketball
coach in the Frankton, Ind. school system, he has
raced continuously in cars
he's built himself for more than 50 years. Ted
retired from class racing
after the '72 U.S. Nationals and drove the
Studebaker occasionally until
1987 when he decided to see how fast it would
really go. With twin
turbochargers and twin four barrel carbs, he's turned a
best of 10.07 at
137.8 mph.  In the Studebaker Drivers Club publication,
Turning Wheels,
Harbit explained why he still uses a Studebaker engine. "My
own experience
has been that it is not necessary to go to expensive
extremes to develop
over 500 HP in a Studebaker V-8. . . and that the
engine is so basically
sturdy that one need not fear immediate disintegration
when higher
horsepowers (sic) have been developed."

WALKER WINS WCHRA EVENT

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Randy
Walker slipped the monkey off his back at the West Coast Hot Rod Association’s
first ever event at Speedworld Motorplex in Surprise, AZ this past weekend. It
was not an easy weekend because he had to fight tooth and nail throughout qualifying
with Steve Paulauskis who had the noted distinction of recording the first Pro Street pass in
the 6.3 zone by a West Coast racer during the final qualifier.

WILL RETURNS TO TESTING; JIM O COMMENTS

Just one day after a horrific crash during testing in Las Vegas, Top Fuel driver Hillary Will returned to testing.

GOODYEAR STATEMENT REGARDING WILL INCIDENT

In response to Hillary Will's crash during a test pass Saturday afternoon
at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Company issued the following statement to nitro-class teams:

PONTIAC PS SUPER BOWL TO BE TELEVISED

A source has revealed that the Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown on Saturday
was shot by Masters Entertainment and will be seen on the Outdoor
Channel on Friday, February 9th.

A JOHN FORCE RACING OPEN HOUSE

To accommodate the many race fans attending the season-opening, 47th
annual CARQUEST Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the
race shop and museum at John Force Racing, Inc., will be open from 10
a.m.-1 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8-9.

In addition to the shop and museum, the John Force RaceStation store
will bey open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on both days to accommodate
those interested in purchasing team souvenirs and collectibles.

TEAM HUSKY STEPS UP PROGRAM FOR 2007

kopp-motorsports-logo.jpgVeteran drag racer Rick Kopp will be turning up the wick in dramatic
fashion this year with the Team Husky Top Dragster. The Burlington,
Ontario resident and owner of Kopp Motorsports will be fielding an
entirely new race car in the Top Dragster class.

“We’ve got a new chassis,” said Kopp recently. “We’re in the process of
getting a new engine built. When we hit the track this year, we’re
going to be in a 200-mph car. I can’t wait.”

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