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BUD TF SHOOTOUT DRAW PARTY

The eight starting positions for the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout will be
finalized Oct. 26 during the Budweiser Shootout Draw Party at “The Joint,” a
multi-purpose entertainment venue inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. NHRA
announced today the 15 Top Fuel drivers who will participate in the Budweiser
Shootout Draw Party, which starts at 7 p.m. (PT) and will be hosted by NHRA
announcer Bob Frey and Budweiser personality Katie Daryl.

During the Budweiser
Shootout Draw Party, first round pairings for the Shootout will be determined
during a series of random drawings. Top qualifier Tony Schumacher, who earned
the event’s only automatic starting position by claiming 13 No. 1 qualifying
positions during the Shootout season, will face the driver who wins the wild
card spot for the No. 8 position in the first round of the Budweiser Shootout.

FORCE FAMILY HEADLINES SEMA BREAKFAST

John Force, daughter
Ashley, Eric Medlen and Robert Hight, will be among family and team members on
stage during the annual NHRA breakfast at the SEMA Show, Wednesday, Nov. 1, to
offer a behind the scenes look at the popular A&E reality series “Driving
Force.” The NHRA breakfast, which begins at 7:30 a.m. (PT) at the Las Vegas
Hilton Ballroom A/B, is traditionally one of the biggest attended events during
the SEMA Show. The NHRA breakfast is free to all registered SEMA Show
attendees.

CHUCK BEAL'S NEW DRIVER

brandon_welch.jpgChuck Beal is developing his 23-year-old grandson Brandon Welch to drive the Beal Racing Nitro Funny Car in NHRA
competition in 2007.  Welch will also spearhead all future marketing efforts as
the team's Vice President of Marketing.

Beal chose Welch, a graduate of
Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School, to drive his 7,000 horsepower racecar as an
investment in the future growth of his organization.

"I have always been
impressed with Brandon's work ethic, intelligence, and drive to succeed at
whatever he does.  Brandon grew up racing with me and has proven over and over
again that he has the 'fire in his belly' to drive one of these things and be a
winner.  For the last six years Brandon has been a major part of the team,
learning not only the nuts and bolts, but the business side of racing" said
Beal.

KALITTA AND VON DUTCH

 

OLD BLUE RIDES AGAIN

A 1975
Cadillac Eldorado sporting a two-tone (LeeBoy sponsor for one son and
Radiac for the other divided down the middle) paint scheme and carrying
nine passengers rolled to the line at 9 PM on Sunday evening, long
after racing had been postponed for the day. It was a tribute to a man
who gave so much heart, soul and inspiration to the Pro Modified class
through not only himself but also his sons Quain and Mitch stott.

This weekend Quain became a world
champion.

ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS FROM ROCKINGHAM

Final round-by-round results from the Universal Technical Institute World Finals
at Rockingham Dragway, the 11th of 11 events in the  2006 eMax Drag Racing
Series:


TOP FUEL:


ROUND ONE --
Jim Cavalieri, 4.735, 299.00 def. Bruce Litton, 4.716,
302.21; Rick Cooper, 4.634, 318.02 def. Scott Weis, 7.601, 111.74; Clay
Millican, 4.657, 312.21 def. T.J. Zizzo, 4.784, 314.83; Bobby Lagana
Jr., 5.052, 262.33 def. Andrew Cowin, 7.031, 139.16;

SEMIFINALS --
Millican, 13.730, 65.92 def. Cavalieri, broke; Cooper, 4.680, 310.63 def. Lagana Jr., 4.704, 312.21;

FINAL -- Millican, 4.642, 312.13 def. Cooper, 4.655, 315.64.

FINAL ROUND RESULTS FROM ROCKINGHAM

Monday's final results from the Universal Technical Institute World Finals at
Rockingham Dragway. The race is the final of 11 in the 2006 eMax Drag Racing
Series: 

PM LEGEND JIM ODDY RETIRES

oddy.jpgJim Oddy has
decided it’s time to settle down for a long winter’s nap and then some. The
veteran team owner/tuner called it quits on the tour after Rockingham.

“We’ve had a great run and a lot of people have helped us along
the way,” Oddy said. “We’ve won a lot of championships and won a lot of races.
We’ve had a lot of fun doing this. I think it is time to sit back and do some
other things.”

IT'S A FIVE FINALLY!

dsc_0165.jpgAs the temperature began to plummet and the
dew point began to rise, Josh Hernandez dumped the clutch on his car and made
history. Hernandez drove his way to the first five-second run in the history of
the Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified division with a 5.990, 236.80. The
run will be an official record at the conclusion of the event thanks to the
6.030 he posted in qualifying.

WE'VE SEEN IT ALL NOW

The world of
Rockingham Dragway can yield just about anything and chances are we’ve witnessed
it. That changed on Saturday afternoon when Neil Smith piloted a JCB backhoe to
a 17-second run at 85 miles per hour.

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