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THE SCELZI ALL-STARS

G_Scelzi.jpgFour-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series champion Gary Scelzi and driver of
the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing is all
heart when it comes to helping out a local race track in Visalia, Calif., near
his Fresno, Calif., home.

He has put together the Gary Scelzi &
Friends All-Star Challenge this Saturday, June 16, at Plaza Park Raceway in
Visalia, Calif., to raise money for the raceway and has invited NHRA drivers
J.R. Todd, Del Worsham, Morgan Lucas, teammate Ron Capps, and Cory McClenathan
to join him in 600cc Mini-Sprints on the one-fifth-mile clay oval where his
10-year-old son Dominic competes regularly in a Restricted 600cc
Mini-Sprint.

Fourteen-time Funny Car champion John Force will be honorary
flagman and Brandon Bernstein will also be on hand.

ASHLEY FORCE AT GIANTS STADIUM

Drag racing icon John Force and his 24-year-old daughter Ashley, a leading
candidate for Rookie-of-the-Year honors in NHRA Pro Racing, will be the focus of
a Father’s Day weekend “Celebration of Speed” Friday at Giants Stadium
 
 Castrol’s father-and-daughter team will sign autographs, pose for photos
and help introduce consumers to Crest Whitestrips Daily Multicare, a first of
its kind five-minute-a-day tooth whitener.
 
 In celebration of the latest breakthrough in tooth whitening technology,
Crest Whitestrips Daily Multicare has transformed a Giants Stadium parking lot
into a custom raceway on which visitors will be offered five-minute rides in
luxury cars including a Bentley Flying Spur, Lamborghini and Aston Martin
Vanquish.
 
 The Castrol GTX® Funny Cars driven by John and Ashley Force in the NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series are symbols of speed and quickness, the qualities
that make Crest Whitestrips Daily Multicare unique among tooth whiteners.

KNOLL ON KINGS OF THE STRIP

For racing fans, the names Evan Knoll and Torco Racing Fuels have become
synonymous with racing fuel and high-tech octane solutions. Viewers of the
upcoming ESPN2 reality show "King of the Strip" will feature Knoll as the Chief
Fuel Officer, the head technical resource for participants in the
"winner-take-all" drag racing competition.


As competitors square off against one another, each will have at their
disposal the expert advice of Knoll and other pundits from the record-setting
crew of Mike Ashley's Gotham City Racing team, including engine specialist Tom
Abbett and Mike Ashley himself. The series will be hosted by the
husband-and-wife-team of Tommy Johnson, Jr. and Melanie Troxell.

COUGHLIN TAKING TURNS

J_Coughlin.jpgFresh off his 35th career Pro Stock victory at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago,
Jeg Coughlin Jr. spent an off day making high-speed turns around the
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the back seat of Indy racer
Stephan Gregorie's
IRL test racer.

"What a rush!" the two-time Pro Stock champion said
after three laps around the 13-turn circuit, where he reached estimated top
speeds of 160-plus mph. "The concentration these guys and girls need to get
around a course like this at those speeds is just incredible. We need
several minutes of intense concentration to make a quarter-mile pass. These
guys stay at that level for two hours or more. It's just
phenomenal."

ADRL SUSPENDS RICKIE SMITH

The Flowmaster American Drag Racing League announced today that driver Rickie Smith has been suspended for the remainder of the 2007 season for "conduct detrimental to the ADRL."

CHANGES IN THE TUNING WORLD

Numerous and usually very credible sources have informed Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com that Rahn Tobler will be leaving Morgan Lucas Racing by the
end of the week.  Expect an official announcement by Friday.  With Tobler’s
departure – apparently due to the lack of performance demonstrated by Morgan
Lucas’s car since his arrival just prior to the Las Vegas race – Richard Hogan
will take over the tuning responsibilities. 

HOT ROD TV SHOW FEATURES PEDREGON BROTHERS

NHRA Nitro Top Fuel Funny Car stars and sons of the legendary drag racer from the 60’s era, Flamin’ Frank Pedregon, Cruz and Tony Pedregon will be featured in a Hot Rod TV episode entitled, “Pedregon” slated to air July 7th at 10:00 a.m. EST on Hot Rod TV, the longest running automotive show on television. It will be shown exclusively on ESPN2, the broadcast partner of the NHRA. Hot Rod TV follows Cruz, the pilot of the Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nitro Funny Car and his brother Tony, who drives the Q Power NHRA Nitro Funny Car.
 

AUSSIE WINTERNATIONALS PICS

Drag racing legends are made at the Castrol EDGE Winternationals and
this weekend’s motorsport package at Queensland’s Willowbank Raceway
has again bestowed an elite group with such a title.

10.5 CARS JOIN PMRA

Racing in its own series, the wild and ferocious Super Street Outlaw 10.5 cars
will be part of the action when the Pro Modified Racing Association returns to
Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario Saturday, June 16, in the second in
the five-race 2007 PMRA tour.

 
The Kohler Road drag strip will be host to the Third
Annual KC Auto Family Day Spectacular - PMRA Challenge presented by Paul Wolf
Electric & Lighting Supply Inc., Sylvania and Independent Electrical
Distributors.
 
Since its inception about 12 years ago, Super Street
Outlaw class drag racing, also known as 10.5 -inch tire racing, has grown
tremendously. With a basic platform revolving around a stock- bodied muscle car
and stock-style front suspension, the class is restricted to a 10.5-inch wide
rear slick, and all entries must run mufflers to maintain some roots to their
street driven origin.
 
But after that, all bets are off.
 

TALE OF TWO SCELZIS

Two Scelzis were
interviewed on Sunday. Can you correctly distinguish which is the adult
and which is the ten-year old?

During Sunday’s race, a
Scelzi was interviewed over the public address system.

“Boxers or briefs?” he was
asked.

“Thongs, because that’s
what my boxers became after that run,” he answered.

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