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Team JEG'S drivers Jeg, Troy, Mike,
and John Coughlin are looking for the Ultimate Race Fan. Interested parties need
to convince the famous drag racing brothers that they are the Ultimate Race Fan
by submitting a photograph that proves their point. The top three winners will
receive a spectacular package of race gear from the JEG'S Mail Order catalogue
including Jeg's-branded bar stools, die-cast cars, racing apparel, and much
more. To enter the contest, visit http://www.teamjegs.com/.


Kenny Green passed away Sunday
morning. From what we are told, Green fought colon cancer and a bad heart and
evidently had a heart attack. He is best known for having worked at Sacramento,
Fremont, Irwindale and OCIR over a ten-plus year period. Green was also a
talented race car and sign letterer.


(8-12-2006) - Thirteen-time Funny Car champion
and budding A&E real life television star John Force is the provisional
qualifying leader at the 25th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Force drove his
Castrol GTX Ford Mustang down Brainerd International Raceway in 4.773 seconds at
323.74 mph to take a big step towards his 130th career No. 1 qualifying effort.


(8-11-2006) - Probably more entertaining than the race
itself is the campground at Brainerd International Raceway. Torco's
CompetitionPlus.com photographer Roger Richards and managing editor Brian Wood
survived the atmosphere known as "The Zoo". The dynamic duo reported they
witnessed a few alcoholic beverages consumed during their tour of duty as well
as several potential Best Engineered awards. THE ZOO PHOTO GALLERY.


Services for NHRA Super Comp and
IHRA Quick Rod racer Rockey Keyes will be held Friday August 11th at 7:00 p.m.
at the Crespo Funeral Home located at 4136 Broadway St. Houston, TX 77087. The
phone number to Crespo Funeral Home is 713-644-3831. The website to the funeral
home is crespofunerals.com.


Torco Race Fuels, a major sponsor
on the IHRA eMax Drag racing tour, will expand their marketed brands to included
one of their sponsored properties – major internet drag racing magazine

Torco Race Fuel’s CompetitionPlus.com will be assigned to the
Knoll Gas – Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified and Pro Stock classes as well the
accompanying $102,000 Shootout and Showdown.

Evan Knoll, owner of the Knoll Gas – Torco Race Fuels group, says
the decision was his to make.

“You would have to search long and hard to find a more dedicated
group than the people at CompetitionPlus.com,” Knoll said. “They never stop when
it comes to staying ahead of the program. Before Torco Race Fuels became the
title sponsor, I was a huge fan of the website and I’m even more so now. Bobby
Bennett and his group bring to the table a huge amount of resources that can
only help our special programs.”


(8-7-2006) - Here's a look at Troy Coughlin's new turbocharged Pontiac Grand-am. It is rumored to be headed to the IHRA with the legalization of turbochargers in the Pro Modified class.


(8-7-2006) – Troy Critchley put the Dr. Moon’s Rage AMS ’57 Chevy in the sand, and in the air, at the end of his qualifying attempt on Friday, and in an interview with John Waldie and 1320 TV he explained what happened and how he managed to walk away from the scary crash with no ill effects.

“We seem to be testing the boundaries right now,” he said. “Our other car, the ’70 Cuda, has been 237 miles an hour three times now, but the second time we did it we had problems with the chutes. The chutes went down under the car and wrapped around the rear-end, actually. It’s pretty hard to pull one of these things up – 2700 pounds at 237 miles an hour.

“The Cuda is in the chassis shop, so we put the engine out of it into the ’57. On the pass, I rolled the lights, so I didn’t get a time, but by the computer it did 235 plus, and it had trouble with the chutes again. They crossed over and wrapped themselves around the wheelie bar. It was going too fast and I couldn’t get it stopped. If you had a mile or two you might be able to get it stopped. I thought it was going to slide through the sand, but a header dug in and it flipped once in the air and it landed on all fours again.

I spent the last month getting used to a HANS device. It felt a little awkward to start with but my hat goes off to those guys. I flipped a car yesterday and I’m not sore anywhere. (Check out the entire video at 1320 TV.com)

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(8-7-2006) - For drag racers, it’s burnouts, shifting gears and parachute pops – but this weekend in Martin Funny Car driver Mike Ashley will be moving to a different beat, adding his own creative flair. Along with his Sponsor, Evan Knoll, Ashley and his team were involved in the shooting of a music video with a drag-racing theme.
Having captured the attention of all drag racing fans with their “Go Hard or Go Home” song which is featured on NHRA POWERade drag racing telecasts on ESPN2, The Formula Project will compile drag racing footage for their new rap/hip-hop song “The Choice.”
Ashley was so impressed with the Formula Project the first time he heard their song that he jumped at the opportunity to become one of the band’s sponsors.
“I fell in love with their songs the first time I heard them because the lyrics embrace everything I believe in life  -- whether it’s in racing or whatever you do,” Ashley said. “Our team marches to the beat of those lyrics and I know Evan Knoll and the Torco team does the same. That’s why I got involved in the project.”

Castellana Back in Winner’s Circle; 2005 Knoll Gas-Torco Pro Mod World Champion wins Torco Pro Mod S

8-5-2006) - Mike Castellana flexed his muscles with great regularity last season, winning four of the last six IHRA national events en route to his first career Knoll Gas-Torco Pro Modified World Championship.

This season Castellana has found the going a little tougher as he had not visited the Winner’s Circle before the 25 th Annual Torco Racing Fuels Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park. Things all came together for Castellana during the Torco Pro Modified Shootout, however, as the Westbury, N.Y. resident topped Quain Stott in the final to collect the $20,000 winner’s check. It was the first significant victory for Castellana this season and, he hopes, a springboard toward better things the rest of the season. His 6.141 at 232.31 mph put him in front as Stott posted a 6.161/232.96.

“This feels great,” Castellana said. “We’ve kind of struggled this year and it has nothing to do with nitrous cars or blower cars, we just kind of struggled to find our combination that we had last year. Things really came together at the right time this weekend. We’re thrilled with this. We needed a little shot in the arm to get things going, now we feel like we have things headed in the right direction. Hopefully we can keep it going.”