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ashley.jpgRookie NHRA POWERade Series Funny Car driver Ashley Force was voted “Hottest Female
Athlete” by AOL users and now faces NFL Quarterback Tom Brady, of the New England Patriots, for the overall title of
“Hottest Athlete in Sports.”

Force defeated IRL’s Danica Patrick en route to the
title. Voting continues through Monday, with the winner to be revealed

The surprising part of
it all is that Force had no idea she was even in the contest.

“I actually
didn’t find out until I had already gone to the second round, and a girlfriend
of mine that I had grown up with, sent me a text and she said, ‘I voted for
you,’ and I didn’t know what she was talking about,” Force said. “And then a
couple of other people sent me phone messages and texts and finally I asked the
people at work – because we’re on the road a lot and I’m not able to get online
very often when we’re traveling – and they looked it up and they found out. It
was kind of a surprise.

“I didn’t know
that they were even doing the contest, so I had to get online and check out all
the different people that were in it – and I’m sponsored by Oakley and there
were a couple of other athletes sponsored by Oakley, so it was cool to be in
that contest with them. The fans at the races, once they caught on and were
hearing about it, they were pumped up as well to have a drag racer in the mix.”


David Powers Motorsports will locate its new team
headquarters, garage and testing facility in Brownsburg, Indiana, creating 42 new jobs.

The award-winning race team will
invest more than $3 million to locate its new 30,000 square-foot facility here
and will begin hiring engineers, technicians and logisticians later this


“Motorsports has a rich history
and a bright future in Indiana," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "We'll continue to
encourage motorsports companies from across the country and around the globe to
locate and expand here as we build Indiana's reputation as the motorsports
capital of the world.”


David Powers Motorsports fields
the two-car Top Fuel operation of drivers Whit Bazemore and Rod Fuller. Fuller
leads the NHRA Top Fuel points standings heading into this weekend’s NHRA U.S.
Nationals at Indianapolis’ O’Reilly Raceway Park, while Bazemore, a 20-time NHRA
winner, ranks seventh in the class.


2.jpgFollowing the
NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals, Jerry Toliver claims to have left a damaged Toyota body (complete
with titanium bracing) for a trucking company to pick up and transport for

Members of
Warren Johnson’s crew reportedly mistook the body for abandoned and began to
dissect parts of the body, removing the titanium and cutting off the nose and
roof sections.

When notified
of the incident, Toliver immediately contacted local law enforcement
authorities. He was then informed that members of Warren Johnson’s crew had
done the damage to the Toyota Solara body.


DSA_5202.jpgLast season Frank Manzo captured his 10th NHRA Lucas Oil Alcohol
Funny Car championship after driving the Lucas Oil Chevrolet to six
national-event victories (including his eighth U.S. Nationals title) and seven
final-round appearances. On the eve of trying to defend his crown at this year's
53rd U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, the
Morganville, N.J., resident finds himself in the thick of another championship
battle and in a virtual dead heat with fellow Alcohol Funny Car standout Jay
Payne. So far in 2007, Manzo has captured national-event victories at Atlanta, Brainerd (Minn.)
and Reading (Pa.), and this past weekend at Cecil County Dragway
(Md.) he
scored a much-needed divisional-meet victory to keep his Lucas Oil title hopes
firmly alive. Manzo's national-event win at Reading was his
70th all time and only four other drivers in the history of the sport
(John Force, Warren Johnson, Bob Glidden and Pat Austin) have reached that

Manzo currently holds both ends of
the national record for the Alcohol Funny Car category setting an elapsed-time
mark of 5.454 seconds last October at Virginia Motorsports Park, and a speed record of 265.74 mph earlier this
year at the ACDelco Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. While driving down to Cecil County
Dragway (Md.) last Thursday from his home in
New Jersey,
Manzo talked about his run at an 11th NHRA Lucas Oil Funny Car
championship and the upcoming U.S. Nationals.


The GM Performance Parts LSX Shootout (held as a part of the Nitto Tire NMCA
World Finals in Memphis, TN, at Memphis Motorsport Park - Oct. 11-14, 2007) is
still seven weeks away, but the momentum is building fast.  As the time closes
in on this inaugural event, more and more heads-up, index and True Street racers
-- all relying on LS power -- are finalizing plans to attend this first-ever
event.  Hundreds of LS-powered auto show enthusiasts will also descend on the
Memphis area this weekend to compete for special LSX Shootout car show awards
and winners jackets both days - Saturday and Sunday.  Many of these competitors
are planning to join the LSX Shootout Tours (2) that depart from Chicago and
Dallas on Oct. 11th and head to Memphis for the BIG event!


With only 26 points separating the top four teams in this year’s Pro Modified
Racing Association tour, each one of the teams has a chance at capturing the
2007 Championship when they roll into Grand Bend this weekend.
This will be the fifth and
final event of the season.
Leading the race with 1004 points is the Guenther Racing
team from Livonia, New York with its 1941 nitrous-powered Willys.
“The car is ready and we are very confident in Matt,” said
team owner Mike Guenther earlier this week. “We’ve been doing some testing and
we need to win rounds.”
With Matt Guenther driving, the team has a win at
Lancaster Raceway Park, and took runner-up at the recent Sanair race in
“We’ve got a few things to do,” said Matt Guenther. “I’m
ready for the challenge. It’s going to be fun. It should be an exciting


Tulsa Raceway Park will host the Miss Torco Shootout presented by Babextreme
Entertainment Group on September 7 – 8, 2007. 
The entertainment extravaganza will feature a full drag race, concert
featuring national recording artists Modern Day Zero, the Skull Shine Show and
Shine car show, VIP racers lounge and of course the Miss Torco Model Search
competition.  In addition to the
festivities that will take place at Tulsa Raceway Park, the event will host a
racer appreciation V.I.P party in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Friday, September 7th at the
Gray Snail Saloon in Lincoln Center, located at 1334 E. 15th ST. in
Tulsa.  All members of the Torco race
teams, friends, fans, and fellow racers are invited to join us for a night of
fun.  Skull Shine and Torco Racing Fuels
will kick off the party and host happy hour from 8:00 pm-11:00 PM on Friday night in the V.I.P room.  We will be giving away some great prizes from
Torco and Skull Gear, and event tickets during the night.  Discount tickets for the race will also be
available for purchase on Friday at the Gray Snail Saloon.
The Miss Torco Shootout will
begin with the gates opening at 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 8, 2007.  Qualifying will begin at 6:00 PM with
eliminations beginning at 8:30 PM. 


Caterpillar Inc., its dealers and David Powers
Motorsports (DPM) have reached an agreement in principle for the 2008 racing
season that brings the worldwide construction equipment industry leader to NHRA
POWERade drag racing. The partnership follows a successful technician recruiting
pilot program started this season by Caterpillar, some of its dealers, DPM and
the National Hot Rod Association.

The agreement would benefit Caterpillar and its
participating dealers by providing an innovative recruiting approach to find new
dealer service technicians. Many Cat dealers are experiencing a shortage of
service technicians, and the NHRA drag racing
format offers a rich recruiting environment of qualified candidates with
experienced mechanical backgrounds.

DPM has already worked with Mustang Cat (Houston),
Fabick Cat (Fenton, Mo.), Wagner Cat (Aurora,
Colo.), Peterson Cat (San
Leandro, Calif.), Ransome Cat
(Bensalem, Pa.) and will next partner with MacAllister
Cat. The Cat dragster will sport the classic Cat yellow and black colors and the
MacAllister Cat logo during the 53rd annual U.S. Nationals in
Aug. 31-Sept. 3.


Doug Foley owns a two-car
team that competes on the IHRA Knoll Gas Nitro Jam tour. A recent incident has
him concerned following the IHRA Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ont., and he
wants to give his fellow racers a heads up. The source of his concern is a
possible change in border-crossing procedure.

Nothing appears on the
IHRA website announcing a change in policy.

“Our drivers were told
that from now on we were going to have to be bonded,” Foley said. “We were told
that a broker was going to be necessary for the paperwork required. You will
need to be bonded and all of that will need to be done before you get to Canada. We are
going to have to do that and it is certain to be costly to the teams.”

The IHRA’s Skooter Peaco
confirmed that a few teams and racers had been stopped before and after the
Grand Bend event. He even added he was one of them.

Foley, who owns the
dragster driven by Terry McMillen, said the IHRA always provided the teams with
a letter that was intended to make the border crossing as easy as possible.

“It was the understanding
that we were coming in to put on a show and once we were done, we were
leaving,” Foley said. ‘We could get out without paperwork or permits or any of
that. They told us that was no longer allowed.”


mmps_30_logo_220.jpg"Dyno Don" Nicholson might be fifteenth on our "Top 20" Mountain Motor
Pro Stock list, but that's only because he ran the big engines for a
relatively short time during a celebrated career that spanned five
decades. In the annals of drag racing history, and in the hearts of
drag-racing fans around the world, no matter what he drove, “Dyno” was
at the top of the mountain, pun absolutely intended.

Nicholson’s drag racing roots extended back to the colorful,
no-holds-barred days of Super Stock and Factory Experimental
competition of the 1960s and 1970s. At that time there were very few
national events of the calendar, so most of the top guns of the day
made their reputations, and livings, on the match-racing circuit.

In 1961, Nicholson won the Stock title at the first running of the
Winternationals at Pomona, California. That began a string of victories
that soon led to Nicholson becoming a staple on the lucrative
match-racing trail.