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Mike Perry, who has been with IHRA
and Live Nation-Motorsports for three years, has been named IHRA’s new Media
Relations Director.

Perry, a Kent State
University graduate, will be
responsible for facilitating all IHRA’s local and national media coverage as
well as the development and execution of new marketing plans for IHRA’s Knoll
Gas Nitro Jam.

Perry came to IHRA with a background
in print media, having spent 18 years in the daily newspaper business as a
sportswriter. IHRA brought him on board to take on duties as Editorial Director
for Drag Review Magazine. He will now be asked to draw on his experience working
with print and broadcast media to increase the status and perception of IHRA
Drag Racing and the Knoll Gas Nitro Jam.


Here are a few photos of the Murf McKinney chassis fix. These photos are of Tony Pedregon's chassis.



Injured drag racing star John Force confirmed Thursday that daughter Ashley, the
leading contender for the Auto Club’s 2007 Road to the Future Award, won’t
compete this week in the second annual TORCO Racing Fuels Nationals at Richmond,
 Modifications to the 24-year-old’s 320 mile-an-hour Ford Mustang that were
mandated by her father after his Sept. 23 crash at the Texas Motorplex simply
could not be completed in time to send the Castrol GTX team to Virginia
Motorsports Park. 
 Since Ashley is not part of the NHRA’s new Countdown to the Championship,
priority for those upgrades was given to teammate Robert Hight’s Auto Club Ford,
which will be the only John Force Racing entry in the Final 4 and the only one
in competition this weekend.
 “A lot of different decisions had to be made within a short amount of
time,” Ashley said.  “The top priority is safety and the second priority was
getting Robert and his team into the Richmond race because they’re still in the
 “So, we focused on Robert’s Auto Club Mustang.  They’re still working
right now to get it ready and there just wasn’t time to do the other cars like
dad wanted them.  So, I’m staying (in Dallas) with dad and Mike Neff (who’ll
drive a fourth Force Racing entry next season) is going to be in Richmond with



millican_winner_budds_creek.jpgClay Millican hasn’t
won as many races this year as he’d like, in fact he hasn’t won a national event
on the NHRA POWERade Championship Drag Racing tour during the 2007


None of that mattered
last Sunday. He came home and his room was just the way he left it – full of
trophies – plus one.


Millican left Maryland
International Raceway with one more trophy, scoring his 51st
career IHRA national event victory behind the wheel of Evan Knoll's
RATT Back for More dragster, winning the Torco Race Fuels President’s
Cup Nationals.


Millican just wanted to
make his Papa – eh … team owner proud.


“It was
just such a great weekend,” Millican said. “Evan wanted us to come here and
support Torco Race Fuels and all the great people.  He does so much for drag racing. I don’t know
if people even realize what he means to this


understands what Knoll means to the sport. Likewise Knoll knows what Millican
means to the sport. The ever-reaching sponsor has said on several occasions that
he purchased the Top Fuel team Millican drove for “because it didn’t matter how
many teams I put out there to beat him, he beat them



Home of the Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco's CompetitionPlus.com sold


Just as in the Olympics with the torch being passed for each runner to continue
its progression, the time has come to pass along South Georgia Motorsports Park
(SGMP).  On Monday Oct 1, 2007, Larry Dean passed the torch of his dream to
Rowland and Kim Wood who will continue to expand the nationally known racing

Very well known and respected in the drag racing community and
owner of CSR Performance Products, Rowland Wood responded, “I have always wanted
to own a race track.  There is not a single facility anywhere with this much
potential.  And I have been to all of them” 

In 2002, Larry Dean had a
vision for a racing facility in South Georgia.  He did not just want a race
track, but a first class race complex that would bring quality race programs
from all over the country.  There were many obstacles along the way the first
being a proper location.  Cook County stepped to the plate approving a location
just north of Cecil for the facility of what would be South Georgia Motorsports
Park and what a remarkable facility that dream would become.

after only a few events Dean’s son Shad found himself managing the track.  With
limited knowledge of the racing business, Shad brought in numerous events that
exposed the world to South Georgia.  Being modest, Shad gives the credit to
Richard Hall, Thomas Dickerson, Kelly Dasher and many more dedicated folks plus
all the racers who have competed there.


countdown8.jpgThe NHRA POWERade Countdown to One fields in Top Fuel, Funny Car and
Pro Stock will be set during this weekend's Torco Racing Fuels NHRA
Nationals at scenic Virginia Motorsports Park near Richmond, Va. There
are several close battles to keep an eye on. Following the race, only
the top four competitors in each pro category will be eligible to win
world championships during a two-race shootout in Las Vegas and Pomona,

In Top Fuel, Bob Vandergriff Jr. is 21 points behind Brandon Bernstein,
who currently holds down the No. 4 cutoff position. In Funny Car, with
fourth-place driver John Force on the sidelines recovering from
injuries suffered in a high-speed crash at the last event, Jack
Beckman, Ron Capps, Gary Scelzi and Mike Ashley are all battling for
the final two spots in the top four. In Pro Stock, Allen Johnson and
Jeg Coughlin hold the third and fourth place spots, but Jason Line and
Kurt Johnson are looking to crash the party.

Fans will remember the last race of the regular season, the Toyo Tires
NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., for the amazing Cinderella run turned
in by Top Fueler Doug Herbert, who leapfrogged three drivers -- Cory
McClenathan, Melanie Troxel, and Dave Grubnic -- to clinch the eighth
and final Top Fuel playoff berth with his first win in more than two

Also at that last regular season race, Craig Treble survived as the
last man in the Pro Stock Motorcycle field when Matt Guidera and the
Mohegan Sun team ended the playoff bid of Chris Rivas one round short
of bumping Treble. But Treble didn't survive a second bout with fate
when his playoff life was again out of his hands at the final Countdown
to Four race for the bikes in Dallas. There, he could only watch
helplessly as upstart Peggy Llewellyn beat No. 1 qualifier Chip Ellis
in the semis and three-time defending champ Andrew Hines in the finals
en route to her first career win to earn the fourth and final Countdown
to One berth.


C_McClenathan.jpgCory McClenathan’s next Top Fuel round win will be his 400th, a milestone
reserved for NHRA racers in the sport for the long haul. 
44, has 29 victories in 50 final rounds in his 16th full season on tour.  His
last win came a year ago at Virginia Motorsports Park, site of this weekend’s
Torco Racing Fuels Nationals and, he hopes, his 400th round win and more.

“That is quite an accomplishment – 400 rounds wins,” said McClenathan,
“but my FRAM Top Fuel team is focusing on winning this race again.  By doing
that, I will have 403 round wins by Sunday night.  I believe we are capable of
winning the race.
“Keith Adams, our new crew chief, and Tony Shortall,
the assistant crew chief, have been working together for a short time, but they
found a combination our car likes.  In reality, if I had been on my game at the
starting line at our last race in Dallas, I already would have 400 wins.  I let
team down and myself down because I was left at the starting line in the second


hernandezDSA_4173.JPGWith Josh Hernandez already crowned the run-away 2007 AMS Pro Mod World
Champion, drivers in the AMS Pro Mod Challenge presented by Tindle Enterprises,
Inc. shift their focus to qualifying for the $50,000 ProCare Rx Pro Mod Clash
and taking home a part of the more than $30,000 purse to be awarded as the
series makes a stop at the hallowed grounds of Virginia Motorsports Park for the
Torco Race Fuels NHRA Nationals.
The top five drivers in the ProCare Rx
Clash points (Josh Hernandez, Tim Tindle, Tony Pontieri, Jay Payne, and Steve
Engel) have all clinched their spot to compete in the eight-car shootout to be
contested in Las Vegas, October 25-28, leaving seven drivers within 230 points
fighting to break through. Currently, Shelly Payne, John Russo, and Mike Janis
are above the bump spot, with Raymond Commisso, Scott Ray, Harold Laird and Rick
Stivers vying to get in.
Points for the ProCare Rx Clash are earned two
ways: qualifying order and consistency, with the top qualifier earning 160
points, No. 2 - 150, on down to ten. Consistency is determined by taking the
variance between a driver's best and worst qualifying runs and awarding 160
points to the most consistent, incrementally down to ten points. Conceivably, a
driver can earn 320 points in a weekend.



Team JEGS chef Nicky Morse got a huge boost in the lead-up to his new
reality-style TV show -- The Racing Chef -- with some big-time exposure at the
crossroads of the world, Times Square in New York City. Snippets of The Racing
Chef were repeatedly shown on one of the giant high-definition televisions that
have made the area so famous, along with information about the show and the
pilot times and dates of its premiere.


Cannister could only smile as she walked into the pressroom at Maryland
International Raceway. Her day had finally arrived. She was prepared for the
moment and it didn’t matter if she only had two weeks to prepare for it.

Kevin and
Wendy Sims had purchased her former alcohol Funny Car and needed a driver.
Cannister was available. After all, she’d been waiting on a call since parking
her operation in 2002.

Sunday’s victory
over Mark Thomas validated Cannister’s patience.

“It was a
storybook weekend, absolutely storybook,” Cannister said.  “Kevin and Wendy called and said we’d like to
get back out there would you like to drive the car.  I’m like yeah, twist my, arm it’s the phone
call I’ve been waiting for since 2002.”

During the
weekend, the Sims announced a full tour in 2008 and ensured Cannister a driving
job. That leads one to ask, “How fortunate can a girl get in a weekend?”

Maybe it was
the magic of racing at MIR. Her last and only other IHRA AFC victory came in
2002 at this event when she defeated Jimmy Rector, who has since retired from
driving and now works as a Pro Modified tuner.