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smithDSA_4167.JPGThe NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle entry list for the 9th annual CSR Eastern Spring
Test Nationals presented by Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com confirms one thing –
South Georgia Motorsports Park [SGMP] will be buzzing with the leading teams
getting in one last test session before the season begins. As many as 14 top
teams, including the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith,
will take advantage of nearly identical conditions to those expected the
following weekend during the NHRA ACDelco Gatornationals in Gainesville,
Smith expects to put his NitroFish-sponsored Buell through its paces
Thursday through Saturday during this annual event which brings a national event
atmosphere to the Valdosta, Georgia community.
“We’re going to bring in the same tune-up we finished out last season,”
said Smith, who won the 2007 NHRA championship on the final run of the season.
“We have a lot of things we’ll be trying out during ESTN.”
One thing Smith finds particularly exciting is getting to perform in front
of fans when the level of pressure is not as high.


On a partly cloudy day at Firebird Raceway outside of Phoenix, Brittany
Force, the 21-year old daughter of 14-time Funny Car champion John
Force, completed a job that started over six months ago; making the
necessary passes for her A-Fuel license.

The process had its ups and downs for the Santiago Canyon College
senior including a brush with the Las Vegas Speedway guardwall as she
was learning the ropes. Her final licensing pass was a solid 5.59
seconds at 262 mph.

“Today was my first really good clean run. It was just a normal run and
it felt good. I was definitely nervous and sweating it out before I got
in the car,” said the California blond and recognized “problem child”
of the Force racing clan. “My dad is excited now to have us all
licensed. I am excited to have my A-Fuel license since now we can
continue to move forward.”


not, because they’re just two faceless members of the vast John Force
Racing army.  The gentlemen on the left is Troy Allen, a new recruit on
Ashley Force’s team, while on the right is Lew Arrington, who has
worked on Force’s car for the last half dozen years.


The following are the pre-entries received for the 9th annual CSR Eastern Spring Test Nationals presented by Torco's CompetitionPlus.com hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. 


Former NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster Division 4 Champion Lee Callaway will kick off
his sophomore campaign behind the wheel of a Top Alcohol Funny Car during this
weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at No Problem Raceway
Park just outside of New Orleans.  Callaway will receive assistance from James
& Carla Thompson of Pepper Express Racing and Division 4 Hall of Famer
Jackie Stidham will return as the team's tuner.
Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, solidified himself
as a legitimate contender in the Funny Car ranks late last year with a solid
semifinal appearance at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Dallas.  After fighting
through ignition problems at the season closer in Noble, Okla., Callaway hopes
to return to the 5.60 (elapsed time) form he displayed in Dallas, or


In its quest to present the best in Pro Modified drag racing, the Pro Modified
Racing Association Presented by Torco Racing Fuels Ontario is pleased to
announce its inaugural race at New York International Raceway Park in Leicester,
New York.
The PMRA Challenge will be held at New York International
Raceway Park Saturday, June 7.
“This is a real positive step forward,” said PMRA Director
of Operations Bruce Mehlenbacher. “We’re very pleased to be running at a new
track, and providing another quality venue for our teams to
Opened in 1970, New York International Raceway Park is
just south of Rochester, and has been known as Motor City Raceway and Dragway
36. It is an IHRA sanctioned facility and was home to the IHRA’s Empire
Nationals in 1991.


Former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Spencer Massey will attempt
to regain his title with the renewed assistance of associate sponsors Rucker
Performance and Lucas Oil.  Massey has gotten off to a strong start in his brand
new Joe Monden chassis with a runner-up finish at last weekend's Division 2
event in Gainesville, Fla., and will look to follow that up with a win at this
weekend's Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at No Problem Raceway
Park just outside of New Orleans.
Massey, of Ft. Worth, Texas, is looking forward to
getting more laps on the new pipe this weekend and continuing the momentum they
started last weekend.


off their partial season in 2007, Doug Winters will hit the ground running in
2008.  His ’57 Chevy Nitro Coupe / Outlaw
Pro Mod will continue to carry the Torco banner for Mach Series Accelerator
even though he won’t be officially sponsored by Torco Race Fuels.


Tommy Johnson, Jr. admitted the continual references pointing out


he’s one-half of a Funny Car couple hasn’t gotten on his nerves yet. He was expecting the aggravation, though.

“It's not as bad as I expected it to be actually,” Johnson said. “I
guess I was preparing for the worst so anything less would be fine with
me.  It's been alright, it's been good although I wish we could both
get in the show, it might get a little heavier then.”

Johnson raced in Phoenix with his wife Melanie Troxel, driver of the
Gotham City Racing Dodge, serving as his unofficial cheerleader and
supporting cast. Just two weeks earlier, Johnson took up the pom-poms as
Troxel was the second qualifier and he missed the cut in Pomona.



He was patient . . . waiting for his turn to come.  And when it did, Kyle Cultrera grabbed it and
didn’t let go.


The prize was his first NHRA Division 2 Super Comp victory Sunday at
Gainesville, Fla. The fact it came in just his second
series race in his first season of competition in one of the Lucas Oil Series’
toughest categories . . . well, that was much faster then he dared


Cultrera, of Eliot,
Maine, is 17, but he had been
prepping for a day like that to come along for as long as he can remember.  “My dad (Steve, who works on Jeg Coughlin’s
Pro Stock Chevy at Victor Cagnazzi Racing) used to race Competition Eliminator
and I have been going to the races with him since I was old enough to walk, so I
have been around it all my life,” Kyle Cultrera said.


His search ended when he rented his winning ride from Thomas Stalbas for
the full season.