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MUNCIE DRAGWAY HEADED TO NHRA

Sources indicated that yet another IHRA track has defected over to the NHRA. Muncie Dragway in Muncie, Indiana, is now an NHRA LODRS Division 3 track as confirmed by their official website. Once an official statement is made we will post it.

JEGGIE CAN'T WAIT TO GET STARTED

With 47 national event victories and three world championships to his credit,
veteran Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin brings a level of confidence and
expectation into the 2007 season. As driver of Victor Cagnazzi's Slammers
Ultimate Milk/Jegs.com Chevrolet Cobalt, Coughlin looks at the pending season as
a clean canvas, one he hopes to paint with a vivid and memorable return trip to
the top of the sport.
 
"I have every reason to think we'll contend for
the POWERade championship from the onset," said the 36-year-old from Delaware,
Ohio. "Having been fortunate enough in the past to have won it all, we know what
it takes to get there. It's a long journey and one that will undoubtedly be
filled with highs and lows. But if you believe in yourself and your team, which
I do, then I know from experience your dreams can come true."

HERZOG RE-SIGNS PEDREGON RACING

Pedregon Racing today announced that Herzog has re-signed as a major associate
sponsor with both Cruz and Tony Pedregon’s NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
Nitro Funny Car teams for 2007.

 

"I am extremely excited to have
the Herzog Companies back with our team heading into the 2007 season," Cruz
Pedregon said. "Herzog has been an integral part of our team’s growth since they
came on board. It’s always important to have proper funding, but more than that,
it’s important to have the right people behind your team – and Stan, Randy and
Bill Herzog and their staff have been great to work with. They have become true
friends of ours, and we value their personal support. I hope we can bring them
continued success and represent them well in the coming season, which hopefully
will allow us to continue this relationship for many more years."

LUCAS AND TODD SHARE BOBSLEDDING OPTIMISM

The scenic countryside and picturesque surroundings of Lake Placid,
site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, has offered the NHRA Top Fuel aces
Morgan Lucas and J.R. Todd an Olympic sensation unlike any have ever felt before
– riding in a competitive Olympic bobsled.

They are among the drivers featured in Geoff Bodine’s Bobsled
Challenge.  The event, run in conjunction with U.S. National Bobsledding
Championships, also features NASCAR drivers and is a fundraiser for Bodine’s
Bo-Dyn Bob Sled Project and the U.S. Bobsled Team as they prepare for the 2010
XXI Olympic Winter games in Vancouver, B.C.

“It’s a great feeling and the whole thing is that I want to make it from A
to B without wrecking and ending up on my head,” said a laughing Lucas after his
first runs Frida.  “So far we’re seven for seven.  It’s just a blast and you
can’t keep the smile off my face when you reach the bottom.  It would be a great
second job outside of drag racing.  I have never had to turn before in a race
car and you feel a great sense of accomplishment and pray that your skis are
down.  It’s fun and I’ve been enjoying myself.  It’s been neat hanging out with
J.R. and meeting all the NASCAR guys. 

ZANTRAX3 RETURNS WITH GRUBNIC/KALITTA

Zantrex-3, the nation’s number-one-selling high-energy “Super Pill,” announced
today it that it will return as the primary sponsor Kalitta Motorsports’ Top
Fuel Dragster driven by "Aussie Dave" Grubnic for the complete 2007 NHRA
POWERade Drag Racing Series. The Zantrex-3 sponsorship returns to Grubnic’s
330-mph entry due to popular demand.

“We didn’t realize what a huge impact this partnership
was making until we took a year off from sponsorship and started hearing from
thousands of fans, retailers, and customers who wanted Zantrex-3 back in NHRA,”
said Gina
Gay, Marketing Director of Zoller® Laboratories, maker of
Zantrex-3. “We’re really excited to bring Zantrex-3 back to the NHRA track. The
alignment of Zantrex-3 with Top Fuel racing is a perfect fit – Top Fuel racing
is all about energy and rapid results, just like Zantrex-3,” “Top Fuel racing
has so much energy and excitement, we foresee it as the next ‘big thing’ in the
world of racing. We’re proud to be a part of this rapidly growing sport.”

JIM MEISER PASSES

Jim Meiser, an icon in the race fuel
industry and a close friend to many, succumbed to cancer on Thursday afternoon.
Meiser had been a part of the Torco Race Fuels family since
1996.

 

“He was like a big brother to me,”
said Evan Knoll, President of Torco Race Fuels, Inc. “We were able to talk about
anything and everything whether it was business or personal business. This is a
huge loss to our team. I have lost someone that was instrumental in the growth
and success of this company.”

CALLING JIM CULP!

To whom this may concern,
 
My name is Jon Walters, and I am in search of 8mm home videos of drag
racing in the 50's, 60's, and 70's.  This is for a friend of mine that would
SINCERELY appreciate them.  He is a HUGE nostalgia drag racing fan, and asked me
if I would search for some.
 
In my search, I came across a Feedback Friday article from 22DEC06 written
by Jim Culp where he offers a PS containing "I still have four little
reels of 8mm movies I shot at Lions, Fontana, Half Moon Bay and Riverside in the
early 60s.  Haven't looked at them in many years, don't know if there is
anything worth while, but I'd like them to go to someone who might appreciate
them.  Let me know.
"
 
Well...I would like to let him know there is someone out there that would
cherish those like his children.
 
I would appreciate it if you could please contact Mr. Culp or provide
me with his contact information (with his permission, of course) at:
 
Jon Walters
 
Contact CompetitionPlus,.com with your information Jim and we will pass it on to Jon. 

TERRY ADAMS JOINS WJ & KJ

Renowned Pro Stock clutch specialist Terry Adams has been hired to work with
Warren Johnson's GM Performance Parts Pontiac GTO and son Kurt Johnson's ACDelco
Chevrolet Cobalt for the upcoming 2007 NHRA POWERade season.

GOODWIN FOUND GUILTY IN MICKEY THOMPSON MURDER

After a lengthy
prosecution, Michael Goodwin was found guilty of ordering the killings of
Mickey and Trudy Thompson. Goodwin was found guilty on two charges of murder in
a Los Angeles
courtroom.

Goodwin had been in jail
for five years awaiting trail. It took only six days of deliberations for the
guilty verdicts. The expected sentence is life without parole.

GOODGUYS ANNOUNCE NEW PRESIDENT

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has announced Marc Meadors as its new
company President. Meadors, 39, assumed his new role January 2nd. He
replaces his father, company founder Gary Meadors, who will now serve as
Goodguys Chairman. In his new role as Goodguys President, Marc Meadors will
manage and oversee all phases and the future direction of Goodguys.

A “car guy” since his very early
childhood, Meadors has been around the rod & custom culture his entire life.
He was one of the first-ever Goodguys staff employees, starting his tenure with
the family business back in 1985 as soon as he graduated from San Ramon Valley
high school in Danville, CA. He’s been with the company ever since, but stepped
away briefly in 1993 to start “Goodtimes Enterprises” – a highly successful
import car show circuit. He returned to Goodguys in 1995 as Chief Operating
Officer – a position he held until his recent promotion to the Goodguys
Presidency.

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