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A NIGHT OF AWARDS

The IHRA Nitro Jam professional and sportsman world champions were
crowned Saturday evening in Norwalk, Ohio. Roger Richards was on hand
with this photo gallery.

IHRA AWARDS BANQUET 

DUSTER PM BODY COMING

The new '70 Plymouth Duster promod body
designed by Andy McCoy Race Cars and Burke Designs is near completion
and will debut at the 2007 PRI Show in Orlando, FL.

After months of fabrication, the sculptured body was sent to Jeff
Hoskins and Chris Werner of Lake Road Rod & Custom. Jeff will be
adding his magic touch to finalize the body shape and apply the retro
paint scheme.

TENNESSEE RODDERS REUNION

When you’re
traveling forward at breakneck speed, it’s important to know those who have
traveled before you.

Clay Millican
and Evan Knoll’s Top Fuel team gained that opportunity on Thursday when they
attended the Memphis Rodders Reunion.

This year’s reunion featured Larry
Reyes and the Hawaiian Funny car. This reunion is held every year with all the
proceeds raised going to the Al Chymia Burn Transportation Fund.

WORSHAM TO FIELD SECOND ENTRY

Chuck Worsham has informed Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com that his team
will field a second entry during two NHRA POWERade Series national
events in 2008, although as of this date exactly which races is yet to
be determined. 


The car will carry Shell Oil signage and colors
for those outings, and will undoubtedly be the car that Jeff Arend
drove regularly during the 2007 season.  Arend may remain with the
team, and if he does will certainly be the driver for those two races. 

BRIAN WOOD NAMED NEW DRM EDITOR

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced Brian Wood has
been named Editorial Director of their in-house publication, DRM.

Wood
will report directly to Managing Editor Pam Marchyshyn and be
responsible for the editorial and photo content of DRM and assisting
with the integration of IHRA print, internet and public relations
interests. 

“I’m pleased to announce the addition of Brian to
the DRM team,” stated Marchyshyn. “Brian is well respected in the drag
racing industry and the perfect person to lead DRM’s editorial
direction.   

“His appointment allows me to focus on the
production and financial aspects of DRM, areas that demand my full
attention. Brian’s addition is about growth and expansion,” Marchyshyn
added. 

DRM recently went to full-color printing and changed format to a newsstand size periodical.

“I’m
looking forward to the challenges and rewards of working with the
entire DRM team,” stated Wood. “Editorially and graphically, they have
taken the magazine to new levels and there are big plans ahead.  I’m
proud to be part of the energetic IHRA, DRM and Live Nation team.”

SCREAMIN' EAGLE TEAM POISED FOR 2008

Maybe losing is just the
motivation he needs.

 

Three-time NHRA POWERade
Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines finished in second place this season
and it was the first time he's finished outside the No. 1 position since 2003.
He's certain it will keep him motivated throughout the offseason.

"Going through this
entire situation, starting the season and being as

low as 13th in the points
and working our way up only to lose the championship in the final race of the
season has given me a taste of defeat I have not had for a while," said
Hines, rider of the Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Motorsports
Harley-Davidson. "It makes me even hungrier to go out and win a fourth
championship next year. It would mean so much to me and the team if we can use
this season as the learning experience we need to go out there and do our best
to compete for the championship again next year."

His Screamin' Eagle/Vance
& Hines Motorsports teammate, Eddie Krawiec, shares the sentiment. The team
wants to get ready for the 2008 NHRA season opener in March and they couldn't
be more anxious to get started on the work.

BOB NEWBERRY RETIRES FROM DRIVING

After a tremendously successful
35-plus-year driving career that netted 50 NHRA national event wins and
11 divisional championships, Alcohol Funny Car icon Bob Newberry has
decided its time to turn in his driving gloves.

Considered among Sportsman racing's elite, Newberry is part of
an ever-dwindling fraternity of competitors who still works on the car,
tunes the engine and drives, which ultimately led to his decision to
make a change. Nick Bastiao, owner of Stealth Motorsports, has
purchased Newberry's turnkey race team operation and will not only
retain Newberry as his crew chief and mentor, but also re-signed
Valvoline to a multi-year agreement.

“I have been extremely fortunate throughout my career to have
a strong network of supporters,” said Newberry. “From a number of
tremendous sponsors such as Valvoline, to countless friends and family,
their help has allowed me race at a high level whether in Competition
Eliminator or Alcohol Funny Car.

2007 JOHN FORCE HOLIDAY CAR SHOW

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John Force Racing will
host their 10th annual Holiday Car Show benefiting the CHPS for Kids
program on December 2, 2007 from 10 AM to 4 PM. CHPS is a community program of
the

California Highway

program.

This year’s theme will be Those Fabulous Fifty Sevens -- featuring
1957 Fords and Chevrolets.

Last year’s event
reportedly attracted a considerable contingent of visitors and the 2007 event
promises to be just as popular – considering there will be over 850 cars on
display.

SECOND-GENERATION MILLICAN SHINES

Evan Knoll’s
Torco ATV rider Dalton Millican attended the ATV ITP Moose Racing National Motocross Series Awards Banquet in Pigeon
Forge TN. 

Dalton, son of
multi-time Top Fuel champion Clay Millican, placed 5th in the
Production C class in his first season racing the National Motocross S

HOLLEY NHRR RETURNS TO KENTUCKY

The hot rodders are coming back to Bowling Green. The 6th annual Holley NHRA
National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by SoffSeal, returns to Beech Bend Raceway
on Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15, 2008. Four of the five previous Reunions
had been held at Beech Bend. Upgrades in traffic patterns and infrastructure led
the non-profit Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum to bring the Reunion back to
its original home.

“We’re glad to be back,” said Tony Thacker, executive
director of the Parks Museum. “We listened to our core customers and this is
where they wanted to be. Bowling Green is a historic place for many hot rodders,
and Beech Bend Raceway’s covered grandstands and verdant background make a great
venue for our event.”

The Museum and Beech Bend have signed a five-year
contract to bring long-term stability to the event.

“We are so excited
about it,” said Dallas Jones, owner of Beech Bend Raceway Park. “I’m just
tickled to death that we have the Hot Rod Reunion back, and it’ll be a happy
reunion for us and the community. It’ll be wide open arms and great for
everybody.”

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