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Torco's CompetitionPlus.com would like to wish longtime 9.90 racer
Mary Ann Jackson a speedy recovery for breast cancer. According to her
son, longtime statistician Nitro Joe Jackson, she had two lumps removed
and the doctors are confident that got most of it. She is recovering

Well wishes and get well cards can be sent to:

Ann Jackson
Maxwalton Dr
OH 44903


Andy McCoy Race Cars is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Wymore to
the company. Scott joins AMRC as an experienced fabricator. Before joining
Andy McCoy Race Cars, Scott worked with Jerry Bickel Race Cars building
chassis. Prior to that, Scott spent 9 years doing fabrication and hanging
bodies for Jerry Haas Race Cars.  Scott brings 14 years of extensive
knowledge to Andy McCoy Race Cars and will play a significant part in
helping to further build and promote the
capabilities of Andy McCoy Race

Andy said, "I'm extremely excited to have someone as talented and
experienced as Scott  joining our team. For a long time we looked to
find just the right person for this position, and Scott is a perfect


D_Connolly.jpgNHRA's inaugural Countdown to the Championship starts its first leg of the
two-race championship round, the Countdown to 1, at this weekend's ACDelco Las
Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, three of the four drivers
eligible for Pro Stock's Countdown to 1 in Pro Stock will be in GM-branded cars as
Pontiac driver Greg Anderson and Chevrolet drivers Dave Connolly's and Jeg Coughlin begin their championship hunt.

"We're going to continue to test
all the way until we get up to Vegas," Connolly said. "We're going to try to
have the best race car possible when it comes down to that Countdown to 1. If we
have the success we did with the Countdown to 4, we're looking pretty good.
We're going to take it one round at a time just like we have all season. With
the pressure of Las Vegas, there's going to be a little added pressure, but
we're going to deal with it the best we can, and whatever happens, happens. It's
definitely not going to be lack of effort by no means."

The 24-year-old
Connolly enters Las Vegas on a historic winning streak, winning all four races
of the Countdown to 4 first-round playoff races behind the wheel of his Torco
Racing Fuels/Seelye Wright Chevy Cobalt and five straight races overall. The
Ohio native has a class-leading eight race wins on the season and has put his
name on a pretty elite list of drivers to have won five consecutive Pro Stock
races, joining the legendary Bob Glidden (9 consecutive wins), Ronnie Sox (5)
and Greg Anderson (5). Connolly enters the Countdown to 1 as the class leader
with 3,030 points and is looking for the first POWERade championship of his
young career.


Two brand new events and a venue change are just some of the highlights of the
2008 Goodguys Rod & Custom Association event schedule.

The two new events include
the Goodguys Blue Suede Cruise September 5, 6 & 7 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk,
Ohio and the Goodguys Nostalgia Nationals,
October 17, 18 & 19 at Beech
Bend Raceway Park
in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Also new for 2008 is a trip
to Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Goodguys will aim to take
the famed Blue Suede Cruise to new heights in Norwalk, Ohio.
The event, celebrating its 7th year in 2008, will be held the weekend
following Labor Day (September 5-7, 2008) and combines a rod & custom car
show with a full scale vintage drag race on the famed Norwalk quarter mile drag
strip. The award-winning facility is renowned for its pristine grounds and world
class drag strip.


Ah, the California wild fires. You've seen them on TV and in the paper,
unfortunately, Brut Funny Car driver Ron Capps is a getting a
first-hand look.
Let Capps tell it as reported through sponsor Brut.com:
"As most of you have heard about the fires in our area, we cut a photo
shoot a little short because they had ordered a mandatory evacuation of
our area near Carlsbad, Calif.  Shelley (wife) and the kids, my Mom who
was visiting, and Shelley's Mom and Dad who live in Fallbrook -- which
is also burning out of control -- got lucky and scored a room at a
hotel just up the coast along the ocean.
"I want to thank everyone that has called and sent messages. I know
when my teammate Richie Stevens had the devastation in New Orleans, we
all really had no idea just how bad things were until we heard from
Richie himself.
"I was lucky enough to catch one of the last flights home last night
into San Diego and I cannot express how surreal it was seeing all the
fires as we flew into San Diego. It was something straight out of a




Winning sixteen national events
didn’t do it. Reaching 21 final rounds didn’t either. Neither did finishing in
the top ten amongst points earners seven times or being third in all-time wins
in the IHRA Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock division.


“It” was validation. Validation was
something Robert Patrick felt his storied driving career was missing until the
final event of the 2007 IHRA season.


As odd as the connotation may seem
what validated Patrick’s career was a second round win last Sunday in Rockingham, NC, during the IHRA World Finals. It wasn’t
necessarily that round victory that did it, but rather what it stood for. By
stopping Frank Gugliotta, Patrick clinched his first world


A world championship, Patrick felt,
was the missing accomplishment needed to make his career legit, at least in his


Hillary Will and her associate marketing partner Jolt Energy Gum, a product of
GumRunners LLC, have teamed up for a promotion that has Will and her KB Racing
LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster featured prominently on
packs of Jolt Energy Gum. (See attached Jolt Energy Gum Pack

Inside every pack is a chance to win one of thousands of racing
prizes and up to 20 lucky people will win a Racing School weekend! What better
way to promote racing!

Jolt Energy Gum contains a blend of caffeine, plus
Guarana and Ginseng for maximum energy.  Two (2) pieces of tasty Icy Mint or
Spearmint Jolt Energy Gum equal one (1) energy drink – the equivalent of 6
energy drinks in every twelve-piece pack!  Jolt, the same Jolt brand as the
famous Jolt Cola, is the number one energy gum in the world.

LLC, makers of Jolt Energy Gum, is headquartered in Jersey City, N.J.  Jolt Gum
is the innovation of former Procter& Gamble & Colgate-Palmolive
executives Kevin Gass and T. Molloy, who left their respective positions to
found what would become “the world’s most useful gum company”


builder Brad Hadman, a long time friend of both Gary Scelzi and his former Top
Fuel boss, Alan Johnson, has confirmed that he is building a completely
Condition N tubing Funny Car chassis for the seven-time NHRA champion (five with
Johnson in Top Fuel, two in Funny Car).
Although the project is
not yet under way, Hadman says, “He will be ready to test with it for next
also confirmed that Scelzi “commissioned this chassis


Hadman went
on to say Scelzi “believes what I say and trusts what I do.
We’ve been friends too
long and doing it together too long.
  He only drives what his owner puts in front of him. 
That’s what he’s paid to
do, but he’s read the information (on chassis construction), and understands
what it says, and he knows how I feel about it.
I told him I didn’t want
to see him (drive his current car), but I knew what his obligation
  He has to
drive the next two races in it.”


We caught
up with Scelzi in his motorcoach on his way to Las Vegas and asked him the same
built all of the dragsters I drove in Top Fuel with Alan Johnson,” he
  “He’s a
personal friend of mine and has been since the 80s.
I’ve got a lot of faith
in him.
  I can
trust him, and I can talk to him the way I can to my brothers.
I can yell and scream at
him, and I think we can come up with something that’s going to be better than
anything than anyone else can make.”


The biggest buzz throughout the IHRA World Finals in Rockingham, NC, was the announcement of the 2008 Knoll Gas
Nitro Jam schedule. The big news coming out of that schedule was that the
Amalie Oil Texas Nationals will be contested as an eighth-mile event in 2008,
and in 2009 the tour’s first stop at Pittsburgh
Raceway Park
will be eighth-mile as well.

“Last season we really
learned something in San Antonio,”
IHRA president Aaron Polburn said. “While the quarter-mile has been the
standard for drag racing for a long time, we learned an eighth-mile national
event is a viable, exciting format. The buzz and excitement the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals
generated caused us to take a good, hard look at this format. We’re very
excited to grow this race and build our eighth-mile national event slate in the

Reaction was mixed among the
drivers. Some favored it while some opposed it, but most were pleased that IHRA
announced the change early, giving teams lots of time to prepare.


SC’s Andy Kelley, a nitro Funny Car driver on the IHRA tour, decided to get a
little creative in his mission to secure sponsorship for the last race of 2007
and possibly beyond. While exploring all the standard avenues, Kelley and his
marketing team listed a one-race sponsorship on eBay that would allow the high
bidder primary signage on Kelley’s Firebird for this weekend’s World Finals.
Unfortunately, no one reached the auction’s reserve price or opted for the
$10,000 “buy it now” option before the auction ended.

“We had a good bit of response
from it, but to be honest, I think a lot of people thought it was a joke,” said
Kelley. “This is the real deal though. We are out here running well and we are
fourth in the points. We’re going for this thing.”

Though their eBay venture
didn’t quite work out as planned, the Kelley team admitted they aren’t scared
to “experiment in public” and plan to try it again.