:::::: News ::::::


Brian Gahm Shocks Pro
Stock World at Maryland International Raceway

Sets both
ends of the world record in moving to the top of the qualifying sheet; Scott
Cannon also claims both ends of the Pro Mod record in Saturday evening

gahm.jpgWhile the Nitro classes usually headline the Knoll Gas Nitro Jam, Saturday
evening at Maryland International Raceway the door-slammers took center
Brian Gahm (Lucasville, Ohio)
claimed both ends of the IHRA world record in the Torco’s CompetionPlus.com Pro
Stock class, clocking an astounding 6.281 at 223.95 mph, both records that were
already backed up earlier in the event, break the e.t. record set by Pete Berner
(Crete, Ill.) earlier in the Saturday session. The speed record was held by
Steve Spiess (Manhattan, Ill.) at 223.84 mph, also set earlier in Saturday’s
evening qualifying session.
Gahm ended up on top of the
qualifying list, heading the quickest Pro Stock qualifying field in IHRA
history. Daniel Seamon (Bellevue, Ohio) ended up on the bump spot with a



There was a reason that most every drag racing fan wanted a Lee Edwards t-shirt
in the 1970s – he was the driver to beat. Edwards dominated the class with an
iron fist in the formative years of the mountain motor

was considered one of the more prolific runners in those formative days of the
movement. He earned a living Pro Stock racing under both the NHRA and IHRA
banners throughout the 1970s.

suited me well because I already had some big motors,” Edwards said. “I just
kind of fell into running the new style. Most of us had those big motors sitting
around for match races and it played right into our hands.”

new format fell into Edwards’ hands more than any other driver. He claimed the
first two world championships in convincing fashion, winning the 1977 title by
905 points and following up the next year winning by a whopping 3,111 points.

is credited with 17 career finals, fourteen of which came after the mountain
motors were implemented. He only ran three years in the mountain motor


PSshowdown_logo_edited-1.jpgThe heat will be on Saturday evening as eight of the baddest Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stockers battle it out for $50,000 in posted purse in
the Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock Showdown.
The first round pairings include defending event champion
Robert Patrick versus John Nobile; Defending class world champion and Pete
Berner versus Rob Mansfield; Steve Spiess versus Frank Gugliotta and John
Montecalvo versus Brian Gahm.
Patrick recorded the quickest elapsed time in the history of
the class en route to his 2007 Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Showdown victory
with a 6.312 elapsed time at 220.94 miles per hour.
Patrick enters this season’s event at the top-seeded entry
amongst the top point earners based on qualifying.


The third edition of the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals kicked off Friday at
National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. The event, which features hundreds of
the best amateur drag racers from across the country, will continue through
Sunday, Sept. 30.
After one day of qualifying, Pro Stock racer Larry
Morgan is the surprise leader in Competition Eliminator. Morgan, a resident of
nearby Newark, Ohio, entered his Lucas Oil Dodge in the B/Altered class and
posted a run of 6.998, .672-seconds under the index. Morgan, who is one of the
eight Pro Stock qualifiers in NHRA’s  leads a field that includes former NHRA
champions Jeff Taylor, Bo Butner, David Rampy, and Sal Biondo. Other qualifying
leaders are Jeff Gilman (Super Stock), Rob Lloyd (Stock), Tommy Turner (Top
Sportsman) and Tom Elliott (Top Dragster).
Gillman, of Marne, Mich.,
posted a run of 8.82-seconds in his Pontiac Sunfire to lead the Super Stock
field. Team JEGS driver John Coughlin is currently seeded second in Super Stock
with his Chevy Cobalt. John Coughlin is also racing in Top Dragster and is
qualified 20th after one qualifying round.



Millican claims provisional
Top Fuel speed record in Budds Creek; Gilbertson (Nitro Funny Car), Cannon (Pro
Mod), Brand (Alcohol Funny Car) and Patrick (Pro Stock) also claim provisional
top qualifying honors


Clay Millican may not have run the entire Knoll Gas Nitro Jam series this
season, but Friday at Maryland International Raceway he felt right at
The six-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion, driving in just his
second Knoll Gas Nitro Jam national event of the season, jumped straight to the
top of the Friday qualifying sheet and provisionally broke Melanie Troxel’s mph
world in the process, clocking a 4.642 at 328.14 mph.


Roger Richards, Director of Photography for Torco's
CompetitionPlus.com, is under the weather this weekend. The tireless
lensman for this publication since 1999, suffered a stroke earlier in
the week and has been hospitalized for the past few days.

Roger is itching to get back to the races and refuses to set his laptop aside as long as a race is going on.

With that said, get well wishes can be sent to GET WELL ROGER .


There is going to be a special town council meeting, open to the public,
regarding the new drag strip Bruton is building on Monday, October 1st at 5:30
pm at the Concord (NC) Municipal Building, 26 Union St. So.,
Concord, NC 28025
The public is invited to speak regarding the new facility which is expected to provide the 24th event on the NHRA POWERade tour.
Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has learned the project has come under opposition from local residents.
The Charlotte Observer has an article regarding this meeting.


J_Beckman.jpg"Fast" Jack Beckman, who so far this season in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series has driven the Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to two
victories in three final rounds and is third in the Countdown to Four
championship playoffs, will be honored this Saturday in downtown Cumberland,

En route to the Oct. 5-7 weekend's final event of the Countdown
to Four - the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals outside of Richmond, Va. -
Beckman, with wife Jenna and son Jason Russell, will visit his father Bob's
hometown, where he is expected to receive a proclamation from Mayor Lee Fiedler.
He will also be appointed an honorary citizen of Cumberland.

"'Fast' Jack
Beckman Recognition Day" will be held at the City's Town Center from 4-8 p.m. on
Oct. 6 and will include a display of competition and specialty automotive

"My uncle Ted (Beckman) must have been the hub in this whole
thing," said Beckman. "I think it was supposed to be a surprise initially, but
because our travel plans had changed, he had to make sure that I would be


Torco Racing Fuels will be among
the more than 2,000 manufacturers showcasing new and innovative products at the
upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada,
October 30 – November 2, 2007.

The SEMA show is the only one of
its kind, featuring thousands of products that make it possible for drivers to
personalize and enhance their vehicle’s appearance, performance, comfort,
convenience, safety and fun. 

“The SEMA Show is a virtual
playground for industry enthusiasts,” said Janna Beebe-Price, Chief Marketing
Officer of Torco Racing Fuels.  “We’re
certainly no stranger to the marketplace, it seemed only natural for Torco to
get involved this year.”


mmps_30_logo_220.jpgRoy Hill epitomized the spirit of the Southern born and bred Pro Stock driver to the point he carried the nickname “Hillbilly.”

Hill, of Sophia, NC, was proud of his heritage and most of his
background was closely tied to the NASCAR community, before the
roundy-round sanctioning body became the 800-pound gorilla. It wasn’t
hard to see a Hill Mopar in those early days – they sported Petty Blue
and orange paint schemes.

Hill never won a world championship drag racing, but came close on many occasions. He raced IHRA Pro Stock from Day One in 1971.

Hill is credited with 33 final round appearances, 26 of which came
after the IHRA converted to the mountain motor format in 1977. He was a
player in the new format from the first race reaching the finals four
times and winning twice.