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FORCE TOPS SI LIST

FORCE TOPS LIST OF NON-NASCAR DRIVERS AT
SPORTSILLUSTRATED.COM
 
Force, the 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, sits atop the list of America’s
Top 10 active, non-NASCAR drivers as selected by Mark Zeske this month for
sportsillustrated.com.
 
 Force, whose 122 POWERade tour victories include at least three wins every
year since 1989, was one of four drag racers on the list.  The others were Kenny
Bernstein, the only driver to have earned multiple series championships in both
Top Fuel and Funny Car (No. 5), four-time and reigning NHRA Top Fuel Champ Tony
Schumacher (No. 6) and Gary Scelzi, the 2005 NHRA Funny Car Champ and former Top
Fuel champ.

TORCO EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP OF IHRA NORTHERN NATIONALS

northernnats_131_400.jpgIHRA has extended its agreement with the recently renamed Knoll Gas Motorsports
Park at US 131 to host the Torco Racing Fuels Northern Nationals at the facility
south of Grand Rapids, Mich., through the 2011 season.

 

The Nitro Jam™
event has been held at the track since 2002 and this season is scheduled for
August 3 – 5. Knoll
Gas Motorsports
Park at US 131 will celebrate 45
years of operation this season.

 

NEW LIGHTS FOR ROCKINGHAM

New MUSCO lights erected to better illuminate the shutdown area are among
$140,000 in improvements that will greet IHRA sportsman racers competing this
weekend at Rockingham Dragway in a 2007 IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am
Series event.

 The Carolinas’ fastest racetrack will play host to more than
400 IHRA racers competing in seven Pro-Am categories including Top Dragster and
Top Sportsman.

 The track will open
at 11 a.m. Friday for a test-and-tune session restricted to Summit Series
drivers.  Qualifying, time trials and IHRA national record runs are scheduled
Saturday with final eliminations starting at 10 a.m.
Sunday.

DRAG SPECIALTIES RETURNS TO G2 FOR 2007

Motorcycle parts retail powerhouse DRAG Specialties will return as the primary
sponsor for Chip Ellis and the G2 Buell Pro Stock Motorcycle in the 2007 NHRA
POWERade Series. DRAG Specialties will also increase their dealer hospitality
presence this season, pumping up the atmosphere around the G2 pit. "We are very
happy to be sponsoring Chip Ellis and G2 Motorsports for a second year," said
Jeff Fox, president/CEO of DRAG Specialties. "We saw great results last year and
felt it was an excellent opportunity for DRAG Specialties again in
2007."
 
"I'm very proud to represent DRAG Specialties for a second year,"
said Ellis, who finished a strong 4th in the final 2006 point standings. "I
visited their facility in Wisconsin at the end of last year and it was awesome.
I'm really looking forward to seeing all their dealers at the track all season
long."
 
"We're really glad that DRAG Specialties will be more involved at
the events," said Jackie Bryce, G2's vice president of operations. "We think
that NHRA POWERade drag racing is a great venue to bring their dealers in to
experience the excitement of Pro Stock Motorcycles, and they're really gonna
like being in the pits with the team. We also think that it's a great
opportunity to introduce DRAG Specialties to all the potential customers who
follow the NHRA."

ALPHATRADE.COM GETS INVOLVED WITH ADRL

AlphaTrade.com (OTC BB: APTD) and the Flowmaster American Drag Racing
League (ADRL) announced today a three-year, multi-faceted agreement
that will give AlphaTrade the title-rights sponsorship for a number of
prominent ADRL programs.

AlphaTrade will become the title sponsor for the season-long ADRL
points program and the year-end championship eliminators - now
called the AlphaTrade Battle for the Belts - the traditional
season-ending event in Ennis, Texas - now called the AlphaTrade ADRL
World Finals - and the newly established AlphaTrade All-Stars program.
This new program has been designed exclusively for this partnership and
will involve engaging ADRL fans through a variety of text-message
promotions. Fans will be texting to determine the first AlphaTrade ADRL
All-Star teams in each of the organization's professional categories.

EATON REUPS WITH JANIS

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced
that it will be returning as the title sponsor of two-time
International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Pro Modified World Champion
Mike Janis for the 2007 season. Janis will unveil his car and new paint
scheme at Eaton’s display at the 55th Annual Murray’s Autorama held in
Detroit, March 9-11 at Cobo Hall.

“Competitive drag racing is a great venue to highlight our
performance-related product portfolio,” said Tom Nellenbach, marketing
manager for Eaton Performance Products.  “Eaton’s Aeroquip(R) hoses,
connectors, fittings, Detroit Locker(R) differentials and racing engine
valves and lifters have been helping champions like Mike Janis find the
winner’s circle for decades. Mike is a great ambassador for our company
and products.”

IHRA TO RUN SPEC NITRO TIRES

The Goodyear 2420 tire will be the only model accepted for competition in both
of IHRA's Nitro classes for the 2007
season.

BERNSTEIN HIRES JIMMY WALSH

Six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein announced today that Jimmy Walsh
will assume the duties as crew chief of his Monster Energy/Lucas Oil
Dodge Charger Funny Car.  Walsh will be accompanied by right hand man,
Danny DeGennaro.

OKAHARA AND SHULER NOT GOING TO BERNSTEIN CAMP

In a rumor that spread like wildfire, Kenny Bernstein's publicist Suzie Arnold denies any truth to Todd Okahara and Phil Shuler departing the Don Schumacher Racing camp and headed to Kenny Bernstein's Moster Funny Car team. She declined to comment any further citing that an "official" statement is in the works.

U.S. 131 BECOMES KNOLL GAS MOTORSPORTS PARK

Drag racing entrepreneur Evan Knoll’s expanding influence took a new turn with
the announcement this week of a naming rights agreement that will transform US
131 Motorsports Park into Knoll Gas Motorsports Park at US 131. The facility is
home to an IHRA Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series event, the Torco Racing Fuels
Northern Nationals, August 3 – 5.

 

Knoll, whose holdings
include Knoll Gas, Torco Racing Fuels, Seelye Wright Automotive Group, Skull
Shine, Accelerator and Skull Gear, works out of corporate offices in nearby
Decatur,
Mich., a 45-minute drive
from the track.

 

“It made sense to put
our name on our home track,” Knoll said. “It’s a great place to spotlight our
complete product line and showcase our drivers and teams.”

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