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DSR DRIVERS TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AT TI IN VEGAS OCT. 26

All nine Don Schumacher Racing drivers willparticipate in a special
fan autograph session on Thursday, Oct. 26, at theTI (Treasure Island) hotel
in Las Vegas in advance of the Las Vegas NHRA
Nationals at The Strip at Las
Vegas that weekend.

U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher and Skull
Shine/Knoll Gas-Torco
Race Fuels Top Fuel pilot Melanie Troxel - both
involved in a fierce battle
for the 2006 Top Fuel championship - will sign
from 5:30-6:00 p.m.

U.S. Army Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Angelle Sampey
and Antron Brown - also
in a fight for the class championship - will sign for
one hour between 6-8
p.m.

NEW SPONSOR FOR IHRA WORLD FINALS

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF IHRA WORLD FINALS

IHRA has announced Universal Technical Institute, Inc., (UTI) will sponsor the upcoming World Finals at Rockingham (N.C.) Dragway, October 20 – 22. With nine campuses and 22 dedicated training centers in the United States, Universal Technical Institute is a provider of technical education training for automotive, motorcycle and marine applications.

“Universal Technical Institute is proud to serve as title sponsor of the 2006 IHRA Nitro Jam™ World Finals, and like motorsport enthusiasts across North America, we’re looking forward to seeing the IHRA crown five world champions at this landmark event,” said Terry Emig, UTI’s Director of Event Marketing. “UTI’s commitment to turn our students’ passion for automobiles into rewarding careers as professional technicians has driven us to build a strong, mutually beneficial partnership with the IHRA.”

TROY COUGHLIN NOT GIVING UP YET

In all likelihood, Troy Coughlin's inaugural season in the Edelbrock Drag Racing
Series will end with a very respectable runner-up finish in the Denso Pro Street
championship standings. But there is still one event left on the seven-race
schedule and until it's mathematically impossible for Coughlin to catch points
leader Vinny Budano, he'll be racing as hard as he can in his JEGS Mail Order
Chevrolet Cavalier.
 
"We'll approach this race like we have a chance to
win the title because we still do," Coughlin said. "Vinny and that group have
done a great job but I'm very proud of the way we've pushed them to be better,
especially considering this was our first full year racing in the NMCA.
 

CARL ROBINSON PROMOTED AT MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES

Mickey
Thompson promoted Carl Robinson to the position of Motorsports Manager. Carl is
a native of Smithtown, NY
and has previously been employed by Weld Wheel Industries, Inc. in Kansas City, MO
as the Director of Motorsports. Carl has over 20 years experience in motorsports
marketing and is the former President of Race Wheel Enterprises Inc. in Dania, FL. 

 

MAPLE GROVE ACCEPTS CHALLENGE

George Case, vice president and general manager at Maple
Grove Raceway, has accepted the Pro Stock Motorcycle challenge issued by
Infineon Raceway in Sonoma with open
arms.

Maple Grove Raceway and Infineon Raceway are considered the
two fastest quarter-mile dragstrips in the country for the Pro Stock Motorcycle
class in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

2007 IHRA SCHEDULE RELEASED

The International Hot Rod Association announced today
the 2007 eMax Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series schedule. After 11 races in
2006, next year’s schedule creates a 12-event series throughout the
U.S. and Canada.

Including new markets in Tulsa, Okla. and Mansfield,
Ohio, the series will again kick-off March 23 – 25 at San Antonio
Raceway with the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals and conclude October 19 –
21 at Rockingham (North Carolina) Dragway with the World Finals.
Mansfield Motorsports Park will become the new host of the World
Nationals on June 15 – 17, keeping the event in Ohio and in close
proximity to the sanctioning body’s headquarters in Norwalk. The new
event at Tulsa Raceway Park, the Skull Shine Sooner Nationals, will be
held Memorial Day weekend, May 25 – 27.

ASHLEY FORCE PULLS DOUBLE DUTY IN RICHMOND

The last time the NHRA tour made a stop at Virginia Motorsports Park, site of
this week's inaugural Torco Race Fuels Nationals, Ashley Force was a student at
California State University-Fullerton majoring in communications. 
 
Although she was the daughter of drag racing icon John Force, her competitive
aspirations at the time were very modest and involved driving an entry-level,
170 mile-an-hour Super Comp dragster on selected weekends.
 
What a difference six years can make.
 

REYNALD ARGENTA PASSES

Reynald Argenta, one third of the successful Ambrose-Argenta-Huettman Comp
eliminator team, died of an apparent heart attack Oct. 4. He was
56.

RICK JONES TO SIT OUT ROCKINGHAM

 IHRA Pro Stock driver Rick Jones will sit out Rockingham in order to tend to his chassis business.

“It has been so busy lately with all of the things that I have going on at work and racing. And with more and more new customers in IHRA and NHRA, it is in my best interest that I sit out right now and have Mike drive the car” says team owner Rick Jones. “We have been really close to Mike and his family for many years and I think he is a really good driver and deserves this shot. Mike has driven Top Sportsman, Comp Eliminator and NHRA Pro Stock Truck & Pro Stock cars over the years.”

CACKLEFEST AT SGMP

Cackle Event to be part of the Southern Nostalgia Shootout.

In the
tradition of the Cacklefest events held at the California Hot Rod
Reunion
and the National Hot Rod Reunion formerly in Kentucky, South
Georgia
Motorsports Park will present a Saturday night Cackle Event as part
of the
Southern Nostalgia Shootout, October 28, 2006.  Cackle events are a
way to
honor Drag Racing's past.  Restored cars are started and lined up to
idle
until they run out of fuel.  Early dragsters are push-started as they
were
in the 1950s and 1960s.  Flames explode out of the headers in a very
special
type of fireworks that stirs the imagination and recounts racing as
it was
in the past.  Grown men have been known to shed tears at these
events, and
it is not because of the nitromethane fumes. The "cackle" in
Cacklefest
comes from the staccato sound the engine makes.

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