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DICKEY COMPLETES TAFC LICENSING

Dan Dickey, owner of Dickey Petroleum/T3 Race Fuels completed the licensing
process on Monday, October 29, with a 5.97 at 247 miles per hour in the TORCO
Race Fuels/T3 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Top Alcohol Funny Car owned by Randy
Goodwin.

"It's always been my dream to drive TA/FC," said Dan. "When the
opportunity presented itself I was thrilled. We plan on using this team to
enhance our marketing goals for TORCO Race Fuels in 2008 and beyond."

"We
will be making several runs before the season opening WINTERNATIONAL's in
Pomona, California," said Randy. "Dan is a very focused person and determined to
do well. We are excited to have him in the driver's seat."

RICH BAILEY DOCUMENTARY

CLS Productions has released a documentary on race car driver Rich Bailey of Salem Oregon.

The one hour film covers Bailey’s ten year career in drag racing
starting with his first nostalgic “front engine” dragster to his new
“Capitol Auto Group Rocketeer Dragster”.  
    
The documentary features interviews with people that have helped Bailey
throughout the years, still images and video clips of Rich Bailey
racing in action.

FULLER'S SURGERY

Top Fuel runner-up “Hot Rod” Fuller underwent successful surgery last Friday to
repair a damaged knee that he hurt in Norwalk, Ohio, when he attempted to jump
over a fence in the staging lanes. Dr. Vern Prochaska, a noted orthopedic
surgeon in Henderson,
Nev., performed a total
reconstruction of the knee that took nearly three hours to complete.

BRUT LEAVES DRAG RACING

A source within the National Hot Rod Association has confirmed that
Brut will no longer be involved in NHRA Championship Drag Racing beyond
the 2007 season. Reportedly, the company's motorsports budget took a
hit and that negated all programs involving the sanctiuoning body as
well as the multi-car operation of Don Schumacher Racing.

THE RIGHT THING TO DO

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There are times in our lives when we do good things simply because it’s right to do them.

Turn back the clock to a time when the next season of drag racing was
just around the corner. Evan Knoll, ensconced in a gliding chair,
mulled over the various possible ways in which Melanie Troxel’s new
dragster could be used to benefit various charities. Somewhere around 3
am, it came to us, Knoll and myself, how we could both help and honor a
huge group of people who in a time long past felt more spit upon than
welcomed.

 

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THE UNHERALDED R.O.T.Y. CANDIDATE

Okay, we stole that line from the late Yul Brynner in the 60s western
“The Magnificent Seven,” but it also applies to Pro Stock driver Craig
Hankinson, one of the nominees for this year’s Rookie of the Year award.

MOUNTAIN MOTOR PS SEMINAR

Mountain Motors, once just a
small fraction of the drag racing scene, are now found in nearly every
sportsman class and within every sanctioning body in the sport. They’re also over
50% larger and dominate in heads up and fast bracket racing.

In recognition of the impact
mountain motors have had upon drag racing,

Sonny’s Racing Engines and
the IHRA will host a special seminar titled: “Mountain Motors: Past, Present
& Future”. This special event will take place on Friday, Dec. 7th
at 2:00 PM at the PRI Show in Orlando,
FL.

WYOTECH STUDENT LIFETIME EXPERIENCE

Just imagine sitting in class one day at school, daydreaming about working in
the big leagues of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Then, out of the blue,
you have a chance to be picked at random as the one student out of nine WyoTech
schools to be flown to the races and hang out with a professional race team.

 

That's exactly what happened to 24-year-old
San Jose,
California resident, Timothy Higbee, who
attends the WyoTech
School in
Fremont,
California. 

 

Higbee had no idea he was headed to the fabled quarter-mile at
Pomona on Saturday. "I was picked at
random by Carl Blevins," said a grateful Higbee, "he's one of the WyoTech
administrators."

 

Snap-on Tools/WyoTech Pro Stock Suzuki rider Steve Johnson eagerly picked
up his special guest and the pair went to dinner at a local In & Out Burger
restaurant before retiring for the night. On Saturday Johnson introduce Higbee
to the sights and sounds of the prestigious 43rd annual Automobile
Club of Southern California NHRA Finals as a full crewmember of the Snap-on
team.

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.

THE COUGHLIN CHAMPIONS

Jeg Coughlin received a hero's welcome from 350 enthusiastic employees
when he returned to Jegs Mail Order headquarters in Delaware, Ohio,
earlier this week. Coughlin wrapped up his third Pro Stock title in
dramatic fashion Sunday by rallying from third place in the standings
to the number 1 spot in two short rounds of the 43rd annual Auto Club
of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. He went on to win
the race in his Jegs.com Chevrolet Cobalt, the 51st national event win
of his career.

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