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HAGAN HEADED TO NFC

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Matt Hagan Racing will embark on a new mission for the 2008 and 2009
seasons, with a new car, a new teammate, and a whole new level of
competition.

"I've made no secret about wanting to move up," said Matt Hagan
regarding his decision to move up to a Nitro Funny Car in 2008. "I love
Pro Mod, but I've always had a goal of driving a top fuel car." Matt
was recently licensed in Nitro Funny Car in Las, Vegas and is ready to
begin his transition to a new echelon of competitive drag racing. "I
want to thank Tim Wilkerson who treated me great during the licensing
process in Vegas," said Hagan.

Matt will get his chance to drive a Nitro Funny Car in 2008 and plans
are for him to team up with veteran Torco Nitro Funny Car driver Dale
Creasy, Jr., who is a 2-time world champion (2006 and 2007).

MATT SMITH – “WE WERE GOING AFTER WIN”

Sometimes the apple
doesn’t fall far from the tree and Matt Smith proved that last Sunday in
Pomona, Ca. Smith, who turned 35 on Sunday, and is the son of seven-time world
champion Rickie Smith, captured his first career championship in grand style by
winning the final round of the 2007 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season.

For Smith, what seemed
like a mission impossible was very much possible.

“It was a wild day for
us,” Smith said. “I went in knowing that probably the best we could do was
second place in the points. Then I saw Andrew [Hines] red-light in the second
round and all I could say was ‘Wow.’”

The point leader Hines’
foul opened the door for Smith, who didn’t think twice about barging his way
onto the championship stage. Smith had no reservations about laying it on the
line.

OFFSHORE POWERBOATS & IHRA PRO STOCK

The chances are very slim that IHRA mountain motor Pro
Stockers and Offshore Powerboats ever cross paths. This rare occurrence
transpired recently down in the Florida Keys when John Montecalvo loaned his
race rig to offshore powerboat racer Peter Meyer to use as a support vehicle.
Montecalvo also put his Chevrolet Cobalt on display, and that caught the eye of
offshore legend Reggie Fountain.

While Fountain’s name might not be a household one in the
drag racing community, his status in the offshore powerboat world is reportedly
akin to that of  “Big Daddy” Don Garlits
in drag racing.

“I was invited by a friend and the car immediately drew a lot of attention,”
Montecalvo said. “That’s when Reggie noticed our car.”

PMRA RETURNS TO CANADIAN TRACKS

The Pro Modified Racing Association has confirmed four race dates for 2008 as it
enters its fourth year of operation.
 
“We’ve got four events renewed to date,” announced PMRA
Director of Operations Bruce Mehlenbacher today. “We will be returning to
Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario for two events, and we have
confirmed dates for the Grand Bend Motorplex, and Sanair.”
 
The Toronto Motorsports Park dates will be May 17 and 18,
and June 28. The PMRA will race at Sanair August 16, and at the Grand Bend
Motorplex August 30 and 31.
 
“The PMRA has a solid relationship with these tracks,”
Mehlenbacher went on. “We will be returning to some of the finest drag racing
facilities in Canada.”
 
Toronto Motorsports Park and the Grand Bend Motorplex are
situated in Southern Ontario, and Sanair is in Quebec.

KORETSKY - ALLEN CRASH ON HISTORY CHANNEL –

The dramatic crash between Kenny Koretsky and Bruce Allen in
2005 at Dallas will be chronicled soon in a documentary on the History Channel,
according to Koretsky.

NHRA AWARDS BANQUET PHOTOS

The NHRA crowned their four
world-championship winning drivers crowned Monday evening during the 2007
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure
Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The evening
featured two very moving tributes. The first to NHRA founder Wally Parks, who
died Sept. 28 at age 94, after a lifetime dedicated to growing and nurturing
NHRA to position it as a worldwide leader in motorsports; and the other to
Funny Car driver Eric Medlen, who died March 23 from injuries received in a
testing crash at Gainesville Raceway four days earlier. Medlen, 33, a team
driver for John Force Racing, was one of the bright young stars in the NHRA
POWERade Series.

Click here for our extensive AWARDS CEREMONY - LEND-AMERICA PHOTO GALLERY 

MCCLENATHAN SEEKING UPGRADE

C_McClenathan.jpgCould Cory McClenathan soon get an upgrade? He's apparently made it clear to Don Schumacher that he wants to.

McClenathan has lobbied Schumacher
to be more than just a leaser at Don Schumacher Racing. The veteran Top Fuel driver
said he’s got a two year contract on the table to drive for DSR with the
blessings and monetary support from Fram and its related companies.
 

“Basically, what's going to happen is we're going to move the Fram deal all
the way into their deal and have two dragsters,” said McClenathan. “Our sponsors
have been great and understanding considering all of the problems that we’ve had
with different owners and changing teams. It’s nice to have control of your
destiny and I still want to make that control good. 

TONY PEDREGON – CHAMPIONSHIPS VALIDATED


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Tony Pedregon found it
hard to hold back the emotions Sunday when Robert Hight was eliminated from
championship contention. The moment of a lifetime had arrived and he couldn’t
fathom the reality that he was a champion.

One would have thought Pedregon might
have been accustomed to this experience considering he'd won a title in
2003. That was then, in 2003 while racing for John Force Racing. This
was now, racing out of his own wallet.

“The money isn’t the
reason I started doing this,” Pedregon said, as he stood on the championship
stage. “I wanted to do what my dad did and I wanted to go fast. But, it’s
become a lot more about that.

COUGHLIN DISCUSSES POMONA WIN

Jeg Coughlin, Jr. discusses winning his 2007 NHRA Auto Club Finals championship in Pomona, Ca.

CAPPS TAKING NOTES ON COUNTDOWN

Ron Capps said he isn’t the only driver that has taken notes on the championship
format for next year.

"This season was a
learning experience,” Capps said. “I know you learn every year, but being the
first year of the Countdown to the Championship points system, I felt like we
really, really showed a lot of brilliance in the beginning of the year.
Obviously, we learned that we're not going to back off and try to test. We had
such a great points lead (by as much as 154) that we decided to test, and I
think that affected our mindset in a lot of ways.

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