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IHRA POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING CAYUGA

Point standings (top 10) for IHRA professional categories following
the IHRA Canadian Nationals presented by PartSource at Toronto
Motorsports Park, the ninth of 11 events in the $19.5 million 2007
Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series -

SUPER BOWL OF BRACKETS

superbowl-07-logo.jpgThis year's Super Bowl of Bracket Racing, to
be held on September 22 and 23, will feature an extra Super Bonus provided by
Ohio Crankshaft.  The Saturday winner in
Super Pro and the Sunday Super Pro winner will square off in a one round
shoot-out to run for an additional $1500.00. 
And, the Pro winner from Saturday will face off against Sunday's Pro
winner for an additional $1000.00.  Ohio
Crankshaft will also provide a unique rosewood acrylic trophy for the shoot-out
winners.  The Super Bowl starts off on
Friday with a test and tune and early parking, with gates opening at 4:00
p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, the gates open
at 8:00 a.m. with cars on the track at 9:00 a.m.  Go to www.dragnews.com for more information. 

IHRA CANADIAN NATS SHORTENED TO 1/8 MILE

IHRA officials have announced the Canadian Nationals presented by PartSource
will be completed as an 1/8th-mile competition.

 

Following a full day of rain on Sunday, the racing surface
at Toronto
Motorsports
Park during
round one of eliminations on Monday began to release moisture near the outside
guardwalls. While that round was completed without problems, the situation began
to worsen as the day went on, therefore forcing race officials to make the call
to finish on the 1/8th-mile.

 

“Safety is always our No. 1 concern and we are again making the call to
run 1/8th-mile with that in mind,” said IHRA vice president of racing
operations Skooter Peaco. “The water was controllable during first round, but by
the end it was to a point where it is more than we can keep up with now. With
impending rain moving in, we didn’t want to take a chance to not finish
today.”

WJ-TA INTERVIEW

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One
of the more prominent storylines entering the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing season was Warren Johnson’s hiring of veteran tuner Terry Adams
as the crew chief on the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Pro Stocker.  The
initial public reaction acknowledged that their combined experience
would provide a wealth of knowledge, while questioning how their two
vastly different approaches would work together.

Seventeen races later, drag racing’s self-proclaimed “Mutt and Jeff”
team have established a sound working relationship, which has resulted
in a solid performance on the race track, capturing the seventh spot
for the second phase of the POWERade championship tussle, the Countdown
to Four.  Entering the second race of the NHRA’s version of the
playoffs in Memphis, TN, the two veterans took time to talk about their
season, their relationship and their outlook moving forward.

THE REAL WORLD

There’s a real world out there completely unlike the fantasyland
that is drag racing.  It’s a world in which people have bills to pay,
jobs to go to and concerns often far more important that the next four
second run or round of eliminations.  We visit that world when we’re
away from the track, but some of us are so wrapped up in what we’re
doing that what’s taking place in homes all across America sometimes
escapes our notice. 

Let’s find out what some of or friends think about other than drag racing.

IHRA CAYUGA POSTPONED

IHRA Canadian Nationals Finals Pushed to
Monday

 

Sunday eliminations for the IHRA Canadian Nationals presented by PartSource have
been postponed and will be completed Monday.
 
Rain began early Sunday morning and continued to saturate
the track throughout the day. At 3:30 p.m., IHRA and Toronto Motorsports Park
officials cancelled racing for the day, rescheduling eliminations for
Monday.
 
After near-perfect conditions Saturday drew a
standing-room-only crowd for the Chevrolet “Night of Fire,” race officials opted
to run three full rounds of sportsman eliminations in anticipation of Sunday’s
rain. That tough call was preceded by Friday’s decision to bump the professional
qualifier up an hour to avoid impending rain. When it began raining Friday night
at 7:25 p.m., only two cars hadn’t been down the track.
 
“We’ve made two tough decisions already this weekend and
thankfully both have been correct,” said IHRA vice president of racing
operations Skooter Peaco. “The only good thing about bumping Sunday to Monday is
that it was an easy call to make because the temperature is rapidly dropping and
the rain just wouldn’t stop.”

CAYUGA QUALIFYING

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T.J. Zizzo jumped to the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifying position with a track
record-setting 4.576 elapsed time during the IHRA Canadian Nationals presented
by PartSource at Toronto Motorsports Park.

Other professional No. 1 qualifiers include Dale Creasy
Jr. (Nitro Funny Car), Scott Cannon Jr. (Pro Modified), Rob Atchison (Alcohol
Funny Car) and Robert Patrick (Pro Stock).


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In Knoll Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel,
while points leader Zizzo took the top position and Last Man Standing, Bruce
Litton, who trails Zizzo by 28 points, qualified second and set the track speed
record at 324.20 mph. Scotty Cannon is third, followed by Terry McMillen,
Canadian Todd Paton, Jeff O’Neill and Bobby Lagana Jr. Mitch King sits on the
bump spot at No. 8.

RAY ALLEY RETURNING?

A usually reliable source reports overhearing a conversation between
Tom Compton and Graham Light in the Parks Tower during the running of
the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals concerning former employee Ray Alley,
which prompted us to track him down.  Prior to his departure from NHRA
late last year Alley was in charge of the three core professional
categories of competition, a position now held by Dan Olson.

GAINESVILLE RACEWAY UPGRADES

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Phase
two of the multi-million-dollar, multi-phase renovation project at
Gainesville Raceway is underway, with the new race control tower and
media center quickly taking shape.

FRIDAY IHRA CAYUGA QUALIFYING

McMillen Provisional No. 1 Top Fuel Qualifier At Canadian Nationals
presented by PartSource

 

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Terry McMillen,
Elkhart,
Ind., drove to the provisional No. 1 Top Fuel
qualifying position Friday evening during the IHRA Canadian Nationals presented
by PartSource. McMillen covered the quarter-mile at
Toronto
Motorsports
Park in 4.659 seconds at 311.92 mph
to take the top spot and Last Man Standing.

 

Other
provisional No. 1 qualifiers include Jack Wyatt (Nitro Funny Car), Scott Cannon
Jr. (Pro Modified), Terry Munroe (Alcohol Funny Car) and John Montecalvo (Pro
Stock).

 

In Knoll Gas
Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel, McMillen is trailed by Bruce Litton,
4.664, Scotty Cannon, 4.736, Jeff O’Neill, 4.762, and Bobby Lagana Jr., 4.915.
Paris, Ontario-native Todd Paton is currently not in the field.

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