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DIXON MAKES 2007 DEBUT WITH SKYTEL

Larry Dixon said he was so used to a blue car that he nearly walked right past
his new Firebird-test-20.jpgeye-popping-orange SkyTel Dragster that
made its debut at the National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway.

It's no longer a secret that the business pagers company has stepped up
to sponsor the two-time Top Fuel champion, who saw longtime sponsor Miller Lite
drop from the sport last year. However, Don Prudhomme Racing hasn't made any
formal announcement heralding the deal that drew so much
speculation.

BAZEMORE LIKES TOP FUEL CHALLENGE


Firebird-test-68.jpgThe anticipation is over. Whit Bazemore
has satisfied his curiosity. He knows what it feels like to drive a Top
Fuel dragster, and by the smile on his face alone it was clear the
newest driver in the David Powers Motorsports stable liked it -- and
the challenge before him to master it.  

"It's really quite a bit different than a Funny Car. I knew it would be, but I didn't really know how or why," he said.

"The first thing that really hit me was the speed. We only went to the
330-foot [mark] the first run. The sensation of speed was much, much
greater than it was in the Funny Car. And that's because of the
peripheral vision you have in a dragster that you don't have in a Funny
Car," Bazemore said. "In a Funny Car, you look way, way down the
windshield -- out, way downtrack. This car, because it's so much more
open,  you see things a lot closer to your peripheral vision. So the
sensation of speed is pretty tremendous, actually. So I'm excited about
that.  It's such a different animal.

"It's a new challenge, for sure."

ASHLEY FORCE ON HANNITY'S AMERICA

An in-studio interview with Funny Car rookie-to-be Ashley
Force augmented by Team Castrol video images from last week's pre-season testing
at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will compose one of the segments of
this week’s edition of “Hannity’s America.” Hosted by Sean Hannity, who
conducted the interview via satellite, the show airs on Fox News Network at 8
p.m., Eastern time, Sunday, Jan. 28.

RISLONE SIGNS IHRA PS RACER BERTSCH

After rejoining the IHRA Torco Pro Nitro Funny Car ranks last year, Rislone
Engine Treatment will add IHRA Torco CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock racer Bob
Bertsch to the Rislone/Bar's Leak's team in 2007.  Bertsch will campaign a Rick
Jones built 2007 Ford Mustang with championship-winning engine builder Jon Kaase
supplying the power for the entire 12 race IHRA eMax Drag Racing
Series.
 
Bertsch, of Willis, Mich., is looking forward to
the 2007 season with the backing of Rislone Engine Treatment behind him. 
Rislone, along with parent company Bar's Leak's, joins existing sponsors Share
Capital Wealth Management and Ram Clutches.

BAZEMORE MAKES TOP FUEL DEBUT DURING NATIONAL TIME TRIALS

Whit
Bazemore, who amassed 20
career NHRA Funny Car victories, took his first steps towards becoming just the
14th NHRA racer to collect victories in both nitro categories Friday
at Firebird International Raceway when he made two passes in his Matco Tools
Iron Eagle dragster during the National Time Trials. Bazemore and teammate “Hot”
Rod Fuller will continue preparing for the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
season at the Phoenix track through January
31.

Baze returned to the cockpit of an 8,000 horsepower
nitromethane-powered car for the first time since racing to a runner-up finish
at the prestigious U.S. Nationals last September. On his first attempt of the
annual preseason testing bash, the veteran racer powered to the 330-foot mark
before lifting off the throttle. It was a planned shutoff. On Friday’s second
attempt, Bazemore’s Matco-backed rail lost traction early. Overall, the
Indianapolis
resident is thrilled to have his first Top Fuel laps under his
belt.

FIRST LOOK - SHANNON JENKINS GTO & NEW SPONSOR

Here's a sneak peek of the new Shannon Jenkins-driven Awesome Motorsports GTO. Sponsorship will come from Torco Race Fuels 118NOS blend.

ENDERS TO RIDE WITH USAF THUNDERBIRDS

Pro Stock star Erica Enders will be a special guest of the United States Air
Force Thunderbirds during the elite flying group's 60th anniversary season in
2007. Enders is tentatively scheduled for a ride-along in a Thunderbirds F-16C
with one of the world's best pilots in the day's following the first Las Vegas
race in April.

When not traveling the world on behalf of the USAF, the
Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron is stationed out of Nellis Air Force
Base in Las Vegas, which is adjacent to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the desert
north of town.

"I'm so excited about this opportunity that I find it
really hard to explain," Enders said. "My dad was in the Air Force so it's the
branch of the military we know the best. Growing up, we never missed an Air
Show, especially when the Thunderbirds were performing. You never even dream
that one day you'll get to ride in one of their planes."

DSR TO FIELD SEVEN PRO TEAMS IN 2007

Don Schumacher Racing will field seven race
teams in all four pro classes of
the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series:
one in Top Fuel, three in Funny
Car, one in Pro Stock and two in Pro Stock
Motorcycle.

Former Funny
Car driver Don Schumacher became a team owner in 1998 with son
Tony
Schumacher driving in Top Fuel, then became a multi-team owner in 2001
with
the addition of a Funny Car. With seven teams in 2007, DSR now employs
80
team members, administrative personnel, fabrication and machine
shop
engineers and hospitality staff. DSR will take 11 or 12 transporters to
NHRA
races (12 to events where the Pro Stock Motorcycles race) plus two to
four
additional trucks and trailers with show cars and supplies.

JUSTIN GRANT'S STARDUST TRIBUTE SHOWS

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has acquired some photos of the Justin Grant Stardust nostalgia tribute on display at the Drag
Expo this past weekend in Chicago.

A YEAR OF CHANGE FOR SOROKIN

Nostalgia Top Fuel pilot Adam Sorokin is excited for the coming 2007
season
which will bring a few changes.  The driver of Brian Van Dyke’s
“RB
Entertainment” Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster will drive the same car
in which
he ran the quickest pass ever recorded for a front engine
dragster (5.703
ET) last November at the Bakersfield Fuel and Gas
Finals, however, with
Goodguys getting out of the nostalgia drag racing
scene, the future of the
class is evolving and Adam is excited about
the change.

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