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OCEAN43.COM TEAMS WITH POWERS

Ocean43.com, a new secure and private online
system to both store documents and connect with friends, family and business
associates, has joined David Powers Motorsports as an associate sponsor, team
owner David Powers announced today. The Ocean43.com logos will fly on the rear
wing of NHRA point’s leader Rod Fuller’s dragster.

Ocean43.com, developed by SBT Marketing, LLC, offers
both the private community and data storage on one site in three key sections.
“Community” allows O43 members to privately connect with others in several ways
such as e-mailing, scheduling calendar events, sharing pictures, documents and
movie clips, and adding to the community blog. Only invited guests can be part
of a community and can be assigned varying levels of access. “Vaults” allows
members to store personal and business documents, such as financial records,
pictures, recipes and movie clips. The final section no Ocean43.com is
“Contacts,” where members can store personal and business contact
information.

NEW PRO MODIFIED COMBINATION

Two PMRA champions are teaming up for what could be a strong offensive for the
upcoming Pro Modified Racing Association tour.
 
One of last year’s co-winners, Kasey
Janzen of St. Catharines, ON, will be handing over the driving duties to 2005
PMRA champ Joe Lilienthal of Kenmore, NY.
 
“I’m stepping down this year,” said Janzen, who has raced
the KC Motorsports Chevy Lumina Pro Modified for several seasons. “I’m more
interested in the back side of racing,” he added. “I want to get more into the
clutch management and the computer side of things.”

SEVERE TIRE VIBRATION BLAMED IN DEATH

Severe tire vibration, and not the impact of the low angle crash against a
retaining wall, is being blamed in the death of Funny Car driver Eric Medlen,
according to the Houston Chronicle. The report says that is what was told to
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers and crew chiefs in a meeting Friday
morning. The report also claimed that the accident was blamed initially on a
tire blowout, but investigative findings point to the extreme tire vibration
caused by an unknown source or sources led to Medlen's head trauma and the tire
blowout.

FRIDAY HOUSTON QUALIFYING

MEDLEN RECEIVES
TRIBUTE AS NHRA RETURNS TO COMPETITION AT O'REILLY SPRING
NATIONALS
 
Bazemore, Cruz
Pedregon, Coughlin and Matt Smith earn provisional No. 1 qualifying
positions
 
bazemoreDSB_7036.JPGNineteen-year Funny Car veteran Whit Bazemore is turning out to be a quick
study in Top Fuel as he raced to the provisional No. 1 spot in just his fourth
race in the class, posting a 4.514 at 326.87 mph to lead Friday qualifying at
the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil.
 
Racing
stopped momentarily during the first round of Funny Car qualifying when the spot
that would have been reserved for Eric Medlen, the popular driver who died one
week earlier after a crash in testing, came up.
 
Track
announcer Bob Frey spoke for a couple of minutes before a tribute video was
shown on Motel 6 Vision and a moment of silence was
observed.

BRAND NEW IHRA NITRO JAM™ DVD RELEASED

The 2006 racing season provided some of the closest championship points races in
IHRA history. Now you can relive all the thrills, spills and chills of the ’06
season as well as other action-packed IHRA events from previous years, with
Nitro Jam—Warning: Contents Under Pressure, the new
DVD
highlighting all 11 Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam events from last
season.

TWO CHAMPIONS GONE

It’s quite possible that
Eric Medlen and Robert E. Petersen had never heard of each other, yet their
untimely deaths – both last Friday – will send ripples through the world of
motorsports for a long time to come.
  Separated by miles – Medlen
passed away in Florida, Petersen in Los Angeles – and years --
  Petersen, at 80, was 47 years older than Medlen – they
were both dedicated to the sport of drag racing.
  Each, in his own special way, played an important role
in the sport, one largely historical, the other as current as today’s
headlines.

In some small sense Petersen’s involvement in the
quarter mile sport literally decades ago may have played a role in Medlen’s
having been able to compete today.
  In 1948 Petersen began peddling
a hastily put together, black & white “magazine” out of the back of an old
panel wagon for a whopping twenty-five cents.
  Eagerly snapped up by participants at car shows and
dry lakes speed contests in Southern California, copies of those first issues of
Hot Rod Magazine
now command top dollar from
collectors.
  With
Hot Rod as its lynchpin, Petersen Publishing Company soon
spun off a whole series of automotive-related titles, including the likes of
Car
Craft, Motor Trend
and numerous
others.

RACING WITH HEAVY HEARTS

As the Powerade Drag Racing Series headed to Houston Raceway
Park for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals, the fourth of 23 races, competitors in
all four pro classes shared their memories of Eric Medlen and how they plan to
honor the late Funny Car driver from John Force Racing by carrying on:

COUGHLIN'S FIRST WIN

You never forget your first win and for three-time world champion Pro Stock racer Jeg Coughlin Jr., his first professional-level
victory came deep in the heart of Texas in 1997 at Houston Raceway
Park, the site of this weekend's 20th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring
Nationalspresented by Pennzoil.

Racing in just his second national event behind the wheel of a Pro
Stock car, Coughlin beat a bevy of veteran racers, including Mike
Thomas, Steve Schmidt, Mike Bell, and Mark Osborne in the final to
become the first racer in NHRA history to win titles in four different
classes in the same year, a record that holds to this day. Aside from
his Pro Stockwin, Coughlin had already won in Super Stock, Comp, and
Super Gas.

TEAM FORCE WON'T COMPETE IN HOUSTON

John Force Racing, Inc., still is evaluating what occurred in the accident that
caused the severe closed head injury which resulted in driver Eric Medlen’s
death.
 
 The JFR crew chiefs, headed by Eric's father, John Medlen, will be working
closely with the NHRA, the PRO and the team’s vendors to evaluate the series of
events that caused the tire blow-out and an extreme vibration beyond anything
previously recorded in the sport.
 
 “It is our sincere desire to provide a summary of the information taken
from this accident to all parties,” said John Medlen.  “That is what Eric would
have wanted.”
 

PINKS AT ROCKINGHAM

PINKS: All
Out, the popular spin off show to SPEED
hit reality series, PINKS, will
be shooting episode five at Rockingham (N.C.) Dragway on Saturday, April 7.
Hosted by Rich Christensen, PINKS: All
Out is an all-day, open competition where more than 300 grassroots
drag racers will be competing for a $10,000 grand
prize.

Called ‘the hottest car
show on television,’ by Hot Rod
magazine, the PINKS: All Out
production begins with time trials in the morning, selection of finalists in the
afternoon and PINKS: All Out 16
eliminations beginning at dusk. More than 20,000 people attended the two most
recent PINKS: All Out shoots at
Houston Raceway Park
in Texas and Moroso Motorsports Park in southern Florida. Pullin Television, out of Los Angeles, produces both
this show and the original PINKS,
which as a brand, made its debut in February of
2005.

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