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READ CREATES AUSSIE HISTORY

378.jpgFor the decades of Top Fuel competition in Australia, the Jim Read Racing team
are used to setting new marks and breaking new frontiers. After the first day of
USA Versus Australia Top Fuel Drag Racing action at Western Sydney International
Dragway last night, Phil Read smashed through one of the great marks in the
sport by becoming the first competitor in Australia to produce a Quarter Mile
pass in the magical 4.5 second zone- and it all continues from 5pm
TODAY!

It had the big WSID crowd on its feet as the Auto One/Snap-on
Tools/Fuchs Lubricants 'black mamba' Dragster flew through the speed traps and
registered over 329 miles per hour as well.

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HIGH SPEED MOTORSPORTS TABS TROY GREEN

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High Speed Motorsports has selected Troy Green as the new driver of it's Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster
for the 2007 racing season.

"Everyone at HighSpeed Motorsports, including our
corporate sponsors, SilverThin Bearings and Mastercam Software are very excited
to have Troy at the wheel entering the 2007 season" said HSMS CEO Dale Singh.
"His reputation in the pits is unmatched. He is highly regarded by all who know
him."

DRISCOLL NAMED OPERATIONS MANAGER AT CEDAR FALLS RACEWAY

Dan Driscoll has been named operations manager of Cedar Falls Raceway,
Cedar Falls, IA. Driscoll has previously worked at Cordova Dragway Park
(Cordova, IL), Norwalk Raceway Park (Norwalk, OH) and with the IHRA in a variety
of positions including tech, staging, parking and operations.
 
“Dan will be a tremendous asset to the operation at CFR” said Scott
Gardner. “He knows that the customer is the primary focus and has good
experience and is willing to expand his knowledge even more and will hit the
ground running” he continued.

MIKE COUGHLIN MAKES THE MOST OF A SHORT SEASON

Due to a number of family and business commitments, Mike Coughlin raced a
limited schedule of events in 2006 yet he made the most of those opportunities.
The former Division 3 champ made a major change in 2006 as he parked his JEGS
Mail Order Super Comp dragster for most of the season and entered the exciting
new Top Sportsman class with a Jerry Bickel-built ’06 Chevy Cobalt. It didn't
take long for Coughlin to become comfortable in his new surroundings as he drove
the low 7-second, 192-mph Chevy to a victory at the second annual JEGS NHRA
Northern SPORTSnationals in late July. He also advanced to the late rounds of
the Lucas Oil Series divisional events in Beech Bend, Ky., and the team’s home
track in Columbus and finished seventh in the North Central Division Top
Sportsman standings.
           
“I'd had a lot of success in Super Comp
but I was really ready for a change so that’s why I decided to try Top
Sportsman,” said Coughlin. “Now, the only regret I have is that I didn't build
this car sooner because it’s so much fun to drive. Thankfully, I got some
experience in a fast door car when we were racing in the Pro Stock Truck class
in the late 1990's so my learning curve for this car was pretty short. Jerry
Bickel builds a great car and within a few races, our crew here at JEGS had it
dialed in. After the first few races, I pretty much just had to get in and
drive.”

TOP/SS AND TOP/STK AT DIVISION 3 NAT. OPENS

Dick Butler wanted to remind our readers that TOP/SS and
TOP/STK running at the Div 3 national open events in 07. A sponsor is needed to
donate $500 to the purse for each of the 3 planned events for TOP/STK.

BOXING DAY HAS ARRIVED

The two days of drag racing action that fans have been raving about
over the last 12 months are here. Tonight the classic rivalry between
the Aussies and the Americans will continue.

“Since this event last year I can’t believe the response we have had.
The WSID office has been bombarded with questions regarding the second
running of the event. This is pleasing to see. It goes to show that
this kind of racing is what the fans want to see” exclaimed, WSID CEO,
Jim Read

LYNN NICKERSON NEEDS OUR PRAYERS

NHRA Division 4 announcer
Lynn Nickerson is battling cancer and could use your prayers at this time. His
latest medical bout has been a tough affair for the popular announcer.

FORD FAMILY NAMED PETERSEN AWARD WINNER

The Petersen Automotive Museum and Hotrod & Restoration are pleased to
announce that the Ford family will be honored with the 2007 Robert E. Petersen
Lifetime Achievement Award.

Part of
the ninth annual Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show - held March 1-3, 2007 at
the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana,  the award presentation
will take place during the "Breakfast of Champions" co-sponsored by Meguiar's,
at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2007. The award will be accepted on behalf of the
Ford family by Edsel B. Ford II.

DSR, STEVENS AND JOHNSON TOGETHER IN 2007

Don Schumacher confirmed today that Don Schumacher Racing and Johnson &
Johnson Racing will continue their Pro Stockpartnership into the 2007 NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series, and RichieStevens Jr. will again drive the Team
Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T as teammate to Allen Johnson's Mopar/Johnson
& Johnson Racing Dodge StratusR/T.

Schumacher partnered with
J&J, based in Greeneville, Tenn., at the end of 2006 to move Stevens and
the DSR-owned Pro Stock Dodge to the J&J team.Stevens' performance
improved markedly, as he won two of the five eventsentered under the new
banner, as well as the "Who Got the Light Award" for the closest margin of
victory in 2006 (.003 of a second).

"I am thrilled to be able to continue
this association with Allen Johnsonand J&J Racing with Richie," said
Schumacher. "J&J clearly knows how to build, prepare and set up a Pro
Stock Mopar Dodge. The team's ability to puttogether a winning combination
last year, both for Allen and Richie, was demonstrated race after race. We
look forward to continuing to make stridesand advancements in the overall
Mopar program with J&J.

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