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CANNISTER PREPARED FOR CHALLENGE

Late in the 2007 season, Kevin and Wendy Sims of Kalbones Racing, Inc.
found themselves with a desire to return to the IHRA Alcohol Funny Car
ranks, if for no other reason than to have a little fun. Now mind you,
to the Sims having fun is a very serious business and something they
don’t take lightly.

After assembling what would turn into one top notch team on very short
notice, they set out to test the waters during the final two races of
the IHRA season. The hopes were to get a head start on a possible full
run at the championship in 2008. Driver Laurie Cannister, along with
her husband Dale Cannister as tuner, joined crew chief Mike Couch and
other members already in place on the Kalbones Grill’n Sauce AFC team. 

The proof was in the “sauce” that this newly merged group meant
business. During their first outing, the team won the event at Budds
Creek and qualified #1 at their second event during the World Finals at
Rockingham Dragway.

Now that’s exactly the kind of fun Kevin and Wendy were looking for and
immediately began to make plans for a full season charge in 2008.

LAGANA'S RAFTER CAR

Sometimes a drag racer can find a race car in a peculiar place. Bobby Lagana, Jr. found the car he’s

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driving this weekend suspended 50 feet in the air.

“Clay, Lance, Johnny and my brother made this happen,” Lagana said.
“Four weeks ago, we brought all of our equipment to Clay’s shop and had
no idea what was going on. We had parts of our own and they had some
parts there – and had a car with us that we didn’t really want to use.”

So what’s a man to do? Take a look at the shop ceiling if you’re Lagana.

THE TYREE BAKERSFIELD TRADITION

One of the most hyped stats by
the Bakersfield March Meet historians are the five Top Fuel wins by Don Garlits, the
most by any Top Fuel driver.  However, legendary Super Stock and Funny
Car driver Jess Tyree stands tall with six wins in Super Stock, dating
back to the inaugural event.  Tyree then added five consecutive wins
from 1961-1965.

ADRL HOUSTON - FINAL RESULTS

A record-setting crowd of more than 40,000 witnessed the stars of the
Flowmaster American Drag Racing League (ADRL) presented by the National
Guard go after a $100,000 purse Mar. 8, in the ADRL’s season-opening
Drag Illustrated Dragpalooza IV at Houston Raceway Park. Joshua
Hernandez of nearby Conroe, TX, won the ADRL’s marquee Pro Extreme
class, while Jim Halsey prevailed in Pro Nitrous, reigning class champ
Steve Gorman won in Extreme 10.5, and Ron Procopio won his career-first
Pro Extreme Motorcycle event.

“I knew he left first, but then I caught him pretty fast,” Hernandez
said after going 3.96 seconds at 191.57 miles per hour over the
eighth-mile course to defeat fellow Texan Steve Wiley. “I think he had
some trouble about half-track and that’s when I passed him.”

NHRA DRIVERS RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY

Forty lucky race fans not only got to mingle with top stars from the
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series on Saturday, but they also supported a
great cause at the sold-out 6th annual NHRA Tour de Charity at the
Infineon Raceway Karting Center.

The event, which coupled race fans with top NHRA drivers for a day of
karting on the raceway’s challenging course, raised $14,000 for
Speedway Children’s Charities, bringing the six-year total for the
event to more than $64,000. More than 200 people overall attended the
event.

Speedway Children’s Charities is the charitable arm of Infineon
Raceway, with all proceeds raised during the year benefiting qualified
youth organizations in Sonoma County.  The charity has distributed more
than $2.6 million since 2002.

ESTN SATURDAY POSTPONED

estn_logo-2008_500.jpgThe third day at the 9th annual Eastern Spring
Test Nationals presented by Torco's CompetitionPlus.com brings another
good news -bad news situation.

Good news, the rain stopped and the track is dry. Several
more rigs rolled in yesterday and the Schumacher and Gotham City Racing trailers are among the recent arrivals. 

The bad news - it is chilly and there are strong, gusty
winds blowing across the track today. Just driving up I-75 was sporty and there's no way to safely race at 200 mph-plus with these
crosswinds and a cold race track.

All Saturday activities have been cancelled. However, the
weather forecast for Sunday is great - sunny and mid-sixties.

TODAY'S CLASSIC VIDEO MOMENT

Today's classic You Tube video moment features Sportsman final rounds from the 1979 NHRA World Finals at the now defunct Ontario Motor Speedway. Check out some of the winning names like Amy Faulk, Bob Newberry and Billy Williams.

FLORIDA TRUCK/TRAILER REMINDER

All competitors attending the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals should be
aware that Florida is requiring anyone
with semitrailers longer than 53 feet and/or those with a kingpin measurement
longer than 46 feet to purchase a Special Road Use Permit to enter and to leave
Florida.

BLUEMEDIA NAMED JEGS PRO MODIFIED GRAPHICS PROVIDER

Due to an impressive track record and lengthy client list that includes numerous
Fortune 500 customers, organizers of the JEGS ProMod Challenge have selected
Tempe, Ariz.-based bluemedia as the Official Graphics Supplier of the 10-race
drag racing series.
 
Under terms of the agreement, bluemedia will provide racers with the vinyl
stickers they'll need to identify their racecars as participants in the series.
 
"In the last four or five years we've endeavored to get more involved in
motorsports," said bluemedia's Andy Salcido. "Our business base is really
building and we see the new JEGS ProMod Challenge as yet another avenue for
getting our name in front of more people. The contacts Scott Woodruff and Paul
LaSage have in the motorsports world are incredible and we thoroughly enjoy
working with them. This whole thing is really picking up speed lately and we're
excited."

FAMILIAR RESULTS FOR WOOD

lwood_ds.jpgTwenty-three year old phenom Lindsey Wood added to her impressive
racing resume last weekend with a Super Comp victory at the NHRA LODRS
event at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, LA. For Wood, it was her
second consecutive LODRS win at the Louisiana facility, as she captured
the event title last season in Top Alcohol Dragster. A final round
triumph over former NHRA World Champion Tommy Costales marked Wood’s
ninth consecutive round win at the facility between the two classes.

Lindsey Wood, a young woman from McAlpin, FL, started her racing career
in the Junior Dragster ranks thirteen years ago. In her tenure in
junior dragster competition, she amassed one of the most impressive
records in the history of the class, including 57 bracket and index
wins and 17 heads-up triumphs. In 2003 she made the move to Super Comp
competition, and continued her success and growth as a competitor over
the next three seasons. In the 8.90 class, she captured a Gator
Nationals title, a handful of divisional victories, and earned a top
ten national finish in the ultra-competitive NHRA Super Comp ranks.
Last season, Wood jumped at the opportunity to team with the Darien
& Meadows A/Fuel Dragster team and ran a full Top Alcohol Dragster
schedule. While Lindsey and the team enjoyed flashes of brilliance,
including the ‘07 No Problem LODRS victory, the team struggled for much
of the season, and the partnership dissolved.

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