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KALITTA TO CARRY RED LINE OIL AND TECHNICOAT

NHRA drag racing veteran Scott Kalitta and his Toyota Solara Funny Car team will display major sponsorship decals on their 7,000-horsepower race car from both Red Line Oil and Technicoat Companies at this weekend’s, Nov. 9-12, Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the final event of the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

 “It’s awesome to have Red Line Oil and Technicoat sharing the primary sponsorship on our Toyota this weekend,” Kalitta said. “It just goes to show you how our entire Kalitta Motorsports team has such loyal and dedicated backers.
 “Our Toyota Solara Funny Car has been making vast improvements in the past few events, and we want that to continue in Pomona for Red Line Oil, Technicoat, and all of our other sponsors and fans who have stuck with us through a very rough season.”

Both Red Line Oil and Technicoat Companies are longtime associate supporters of all Kalitta Motorsports’ drag racing endeavors. Kalitta, a 43-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., and 25-year drag racing veteran, made the switch from Top Fuel to Funny Car this season. Scott has one NHRA national event win in his career in nitro Funny Car and that was at the Houston event in 1989 while driving with a broken left foot. In Top Fuel, Scott scored two world championships (1994-1995) and 17 NHRA national event wins.

FIVE HOURS OF POMONA COVERAGE

ESPN2 will capture all the drama of the season-ending NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event this weekend with more than five hours of coverage from Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

Championships in three of the NHRA’s POWERade Series categories will be decided, including Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

“Some of the best drivers and personalities in the sport are involved in the championship battles,” said Marty Reid, ESPN2 anchor. “It’s really neat that it’s going down to the wire this way.”

LEE SHERMAN MEMORIAL SUPER STOCK RACE PHOTOS

RACING IN "GLITTER GULCH"

A Drag Race At The Strip At Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Is A
Very Singular Affair 

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Every race has a distinct
personality, none more so than the two NHRA POWERade events at The Strip at
LVMS.  In fact, there’s really a
considerable difference between the spring Summitracing.com Nationals and the
fall ACDelco Nationals.  But, just as
those events seem to have their own personalities, which in some respects seems
surprising because it is, after all, the same facility, there are also very
distinct differences between the two Pomona
events.  Beyond those duplications,
anyone who has attended or competed in the Gatornationals will tell you it’s
nothing like racing at Houston Raceway Park,
or in Atlanta
or at any other venue on the schedule.

PRO MODS RETURN TO DARLINGTON

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On Saturday, November
4th, some of the baddest Pro Modified competitors on the East Coast descended
upon South Carolina’s Darlington Dragway for an eighth-mile, open Pro Mod
event.

 

The legendary facility,
which is undergoing a re-birth thanks to new owners Ronnie Siders and Bill
Wilson, saw “name” racers such as Tommy Mauney, Annette Summer, John Lynam,
Ronnie Hood, Todd Tutterow, Sonny Tindal, and more, 20 in all, take to the newly
paved track for a shot at the $5,000 purse.

 

Blue sky and sunshine
notwithstanding, temperatures struggled to climb into the upper 40s, but
die-hard fans didn’t seem to mind. Wrapped in warm winter garb, they enjoyed the
action in the pits and out on the track well into the night.

 

The most impressive
shot of the day was fired by Tutterow, who paced his supercharged ’41 Willys
coupe to a blast of 3.898, 190.88 during qualifying. The run didn’t count,
however, as Tutterow experienced tire shake on his first launch, backed up, and
launched a second time, voiding his outstanding effort. To add insult to injury,
the throttle hung open on the run, and the engine suffered severe
damage.

 

In the end it was the
nitrous cars prevailing as Randy Weatherford’s Corvette outlasted Brian
Williams’ Mustang in a classic Ford versus Chevy final round.

A SPONSORSHIP LESSON

 

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Keep
in mind that the next energetic fan you might meet could very well be a
potential sponsor.

 

NHRA
Top Fuel driver Troy Buff took a few minutes in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel
during the Dallas
event to talk to young fan Cole Runyan. Buff invited the youngster and his
father to come out to the races.

Ty
Runyan was so impressed by the gesture that he agreed to become a sponsor for
the upcoming event in Pomona.

 

 

MILLER'S NEW SUPERCHARGER

Bill Miller's Top Fuel team is working hard at being on the cutting edge of technology. 

The BME team is continuing development of its proprietary blower, the

Gibson-Miller Mk II supercharger. The Mk II designation is a reminder of

Miller's days as a Navy submariner when he worked with Mk II
torpedoes.

COUGHLIN'S NINE-DAY JOURNEY

Three-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin will try to fill his need for speed in the
days to come with a nine-day, coast-to-coast jaunt that encompasses two of the
biggest drag races of the year. Coughlin is entered in both the 42nd annual Auto
Club NHRA Finals in Pomona and the S&W Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championships at
Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.
 
"This might be an extreme case of chasing my passion for the sport but both
of these races mean a great deal to me and in my estimation, epitomize drag
racing on both the professional and the sportsman levels," Coughlin said. "These
two tracks are on opposite coasts but a red-eye flight Sunday night should get
me to Florida just in time for Round 1 Monday morning."
 
First things first; Coughlin is the defending champion of the fall race in
Pomona and he arrives at the final event of the POWERade season with just two
pro-level races in the books this year. Since he hoisted the trophy in Auto Club
Raceway's winner's circle last November, Coughlin left the pro tour and went
sportsman racing until recently joining Victor Cagnazzi's team as pilot of the
Slammers Ultimate Milk/Jegs.com Cobalt.
 

GOODGUYS CHAMPIONSHIPS DECIDED

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Goodguys Close Out VRA Racing Season
on a High Note at Famoso Raceway

 

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Raceway, Bakersfield, CA - An abbreviated 2006
Goodguys/VRA Nostalgia Drag Racing Series came to a picture perfect end today at
Auto Club Famoso Raceway, just north of Bakersfield as all 14 class finals were run at
sunset. It was almost as if Mother Nature was in sync with the drag racing gods
– timing the whole thing just right.

The Nostalgia Top Fuel race outcome and the championship
points battle hung in the balance of the final which featured 2005 Goodguys
champion Rick White against 25 year old hard charger Sean Bellemeur. At stake in
the final for Bellemeur was his first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel event win and his
first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel Championship. His bid fell short just after he left
the line as his Plaza Hotel & Casino entry went up in smoke. White, who had
struggled all season, found the winning combination here at the ‘Finals streaked
away to win the event in 5.873 seconds. Utah’s Brett Harris, who had gone out in
today’s second round, won the Goodguys Top Fuel  Championship as his second
round finish here and big win earlier in the season at Pomona gave him the
needed points for his first-ever Goodguys Top Fuel title. Harris also set a new
Goodguys Top Fuel class speed record this weekend at
261.24.

 

GOODGUYS - BAKERSFIELD PHOTOS

Let us take you behind the scenes at the Bakersfield Fuel and Gas Championships. Roger Richards has provided us with this photo gallery. 

 

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