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Scruggs Doubles at World Finals; Radford, Hill,
Clark Also Score

The Flowmaster American Drag Racing League closed the books on its 2007 season
and opened uppx-winnerDSA_7715.jpg its 2008 campaign over the weekend at Texas Motorplex, with Jason
Scruggs (Pro Extreme), Dennis Radford (Pro Nitrous), Mike Hill (Extreme 10.5)
and Ron Clark (Pro Extreme Motorcycle) winning event titles Saturday night at
the AlphaTrade ADRL World Finals.

One night earlier, Scruggs, Jamie
Hancock (Pro Nitrous), Steve Gorman (Extreme 10.5), and Bill Vose (Pro Extreme
Motorcycle) earned the 2007 ADRL world championships in their respective classes
by winning their three-round AlphaTrade Battle for the Belts eliminators.

Scruggs was the only driver to double-up at the World Finals, finishing
his stellar weekend with a 3.870 to 3.933 win Saturday night over Joey Martin in
the Pro Extreme final. His closest call of the day came in the semifinals, where
Frankie Taylor ran a stout 3.81/197.05 but still lost to Scruggs' 3.79/202.88 in
what was the quickest side-by-side pass in ADRL history.


AlphaTrade ADRL World Finals results

Pro Extreme



L-Jason Scruggs, 3.792/202.58
R-Travis Swearingen, 3.917/190.40

L-Frankie Taylor,
3.829/193.38 (**Winner**)
R-Bil Clanton, 4.207/143.47

L-Bubba Stanton,
R-Mike Neal, 4.780/115.60 (**Winner**)

L-Joshua Hernandez,
R-Joey Martin, 3.940/186.92



The American Drag Racing League and the Army National Guard announced today that
they have signed a sponsorship agreement that will make the National Guard the
presenting sponsor for the ADRL's national event series. Beginning with the 2008
season, the series will be officially known as the Flowmaster American Drag
Racing League presented by the National Guard.

"The partnership between
the Guard and the ADRL is a completely natural one. That's because the future of
the Army National Guard, as well as that of the ADRL, rests with the young men
and women across our nation, who are well-educated, excited by emerging
technologies, and highly motivated to do great things for themselves and for the
greater good of our communities," said MAJ Michael Baptista, Chief of
Advertising for the Army National Guard. "The men and women who compete in the
ADRL are incredibly brave and courageous, which are the same traits that embody
a National Guard soldier."



"Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild
him, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the worlds
first Bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was
before. Better. Stronger. Faster."

That was the intro to the legendary television series The Six Million Dollar Man, a story that chronicled the
adventures of Steve Austin, a cybernetically enhanced astronaut turned
secret agent employed by the OSI under the command.

nothing secret about newly crowned ADRL champion Jason Scruggs and his
200 mile per hour exploits in ADRL competition. There's nothing about
him that needs to be rebuilt, either.

His Dodge Stratus -- that was another story.



Hancock is youngest
drag racing champion ever; Scruggs' win caps dominant season

The Flowmaster American Drag Racing League's 2007 season came to a close Friday
night at Texas Motorplex, with Jason Scruggs, Jamie Hancock, Steve Gorman, and
Bill Vose claiming ADRL world championships by winning their respective classes
in the AlphaTrade Battle for the Belts eliminators.

Scruggs capped a
sensational season by beating Joe Baker for the Pro Extreme title, 3.850 to a
troubled 7.79. During the 2007 season, Scruggs won his first career national
event title (Huntsville), continually lowered the ADRL's Pro Extreme performance
records (which now stand at 3.703 and 205.22 mph), and finished third in the
AlphaTrade Battle for the Belts points standings. He was dominant during
Friday's three-round competition, posting runs of 3.781/203.80 and 3.768/203.65
to win his two preliminary rounds before the final.

Hancock, 17, won the
Pro Nitrous title from the eighth and final qualifying position, beating
top-seeded Johnny Pilcher and Terry Housley to reach the final. He had his best
run of the event in that race, posting a 4.029 to turn back 2006 ADRL world
champion Keith Baker's 5-second run and deny Baker consecutive ADRL
championships. With the Belts title, Hancock became the youngest-ever winner of
a major drag racing championship. Ironically, Hancock came dangerously close to
not qualifying for the Belts field at all, needing a semifinal finish at
Dragstock IV in Rockingham to finally clinch his spot.


The York Nostalgia tradition continues with the presentation
of Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion and Nostalgia Nationals for a giant
weekend of racing history on July 11-13, 2008.

 The Seventh Annual
event to be held at the Toyota Arena, York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds will have a
special “Tribute to Oldsmobile” as another trip down memory lane unfolds.  The Oldsmobile Club of America will
provide solid representation of many facets of Oldsmobile history with racing
legends and legendary race cars in attendance.

The show is the only one of its kind in this country and is
visited annually by racing buffs from all over the United States and abroad.  The show is featured in the December issue of
Hot Rod magazine, as well as other national magazines.

The Legends of Drag Racing will converge on the show for
their traditional visit to the show for their annual reunion celebrating the
many historic moments that occurred at the York Dragway one of the nation’s
greatest facilities in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and site of the largest one day drag
race in 1965.


ACDelco officials today announced that they would be adding some extra muscle to
an already high-powered event, naming professional wrestling icon and reality TV
star Hulk Hogan as the Grand Marshal of this year’s ACDelco NHRA Las Vegas
Nationals.  Kurt Johnson’s ACDelco Cobalt will commemorate Hogan’s participation
by carrying a special paint scheme that will be unveiled on Thursday, October 25
as part of the NHRA FanFest, which will held at the Fremont Street Experience in
downtown Las
Vegas.  The addition of the flamboyant Hogan to the
ACDelco line-up continues the automotive replacement parts leader’s
long-standing tradition of having race dignitaries worthy of the Entertainment
Capital of the World.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hulk
Hogan as the Grand Marshal of the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals,” said Paul
Johnson, General Director for General Motors Service and Parts Operations’
Global Independent Aftermarket.  “We believe that the Hulkster’s
larger-than-life persona embodies two of the key elements of this weekend’s
event, namely the tremendous horsepower seen on the quarter-mile along with the
star quality of the world famous Strip, making him a perfect candidate for this
honor.  We’re certainly looking forward to seeing him pump up the crowd, and
having Hulkamania run wild on race day.”

Since first appearing on the public
scene in the 1970’s, Hogan has become one of the most popular and recognizable
figures in the world of sports and entertainment.  Starting as a professional
wrestler, this native Floridian captured the public’s imagination with his
high-energy and fast-paced style.  Appearing in countless marquee matches around
the world, the multi-time WWE champion developed a huge fan following that he
dubbed the “Hulkamaniacs.”


the leaves of fall turning a golden yellow, Scotty Cannon couldn’t believe his
own good fortunes. In just his first year of driving an IHRA Top Fuel dragster,
he had already won a second national event.

most recent victory came in Milan, Michigan during the IHRA Motor City
Nationals. And, just to think, this ultimate party all started in a restroom, in
January, during a Motley Crue concert in St. Louis.


when Cannon, a six-time Pro Modified world champion and one-time NHRA Funny Car
finalist, was offered a chance to drive a nitro car once again. Cannon said this
was the only proposition that he’d ever accept in a restroom.


said the offer wasn’t the first time Evan Knoll, one of drag racing’s largest
sponsors, had provided an incredible opportunity for him.


weekend Cannon would love to win an elusive nitro world championship during the
IHRA World Finals in Rockingham, NC. He's one of three Top Fuel drivers in
contention for the title.


Powers discussed his decision further regarding the dismissal of Top Fuel driver
Whit Bazemore yesterday with Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com.


released Bazemore through a phone call yesterday


said the dismissal was largely a change in business direction but there were
other factors that affected the decision.


read in September in an article where he [Bazemore] had indicated that he
thought he had a good program with David Powers Motorsports but was also taking
a serious look at the vacant seat of Gary Scelzi and that would be a very good
ride and that no driver wants to limit his options,” Powers said. “Then he went
on to say – as I recall – that I keep my options open. Who knows what might
happen in the future I had a great relationship with Don Schumacher for the last
couple of years.


creates a lot of insecurities with the team and our


10-10-07rickiemmps.jpgOn Saturday, September 29, Rickie Smith stood at the starting line at Maryland International Raceway and wiped away a tear as thousands of appreciate IHRA fans acknowledged his selection as Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com’s No. 1 All Time Mountain Motor Pro Stock Driver.

It was the second of two major honors bestowed upon the King, North Carolina, resident in 2007, and significant because it coincided with the 30th anniversary of the class Smith helped pioneer.

In July, Smith was named to the inaugural Legends of Thunder Valley class at Bristol Dragway in recognition of his being the driver with the most wins in the history of the venerable facility. He was in impressive company that summer day, joining “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, IHRA founder Larry Carrier, and NHRA founder Wally Parks. It was high praise indeed.

“I’ve had some really big honors laid out on my plate this year,” Smith said. “It’s been over 35 years of hard work – I don’t know how to explain it – I’m just so thrilled over it. The good thing is that I’m still racing and I’m still able to enjoy it. Thank God Evan Knoll is helping me right now. He loves drag racing and he’s helped a lot of people. I’m just glad he’s not a NASCAR freak.”

When asked about his inclusion in the legends of Thunder Valley class, Smith said, “Wally Parks started this stuff. If it wasn’t for him waking up one day and having a vision for all of us to go racing I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I’ve had. Wally and Larry carrier, who started the IHRA, are both gone now. Me and Don Garlits are the only two left from the four who were honored at Bristol. I hope this isn’t a sign. I’m going to watch Garlits because if he goes away I’m going to stay by my doctor’s office. Seriously, though, I really appreciate all the honors.”