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SOFFSEAL NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR

The 5th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion continues to
grow as SoffSeal has been named as presenting sponsor of the automotive
speed festival, June 15-17 at Columbus, Ohio's National Trail Raceway. 
SoffSeal's new sponsorship is in addition to its previous participation
as presenting sponsor for the street rod "show and shine" contest at
the event."

SoffSeal has been involved with the National Hot Rod
Reunion since its inception," said Tony Thacker, executive director of
the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, which produces and benefits
from the event.  "We're glad the partnership is expanding as this event
continues to grow."

FORCE SATISFIED WITH SAFETY CHANGES

After finally generating tire shake on the last of three test runs Wednesday in
his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang, 14-time NHRA Funny Car Champion John
Force declared his race team ready to compete in this week’s eighth annual
SummitRacing.com Nationals.

FIRST LOOK - JON CAPPS VEGASFUEL FLOPPER

Here are the first renderings of the new Jon Capps VEGASFUEL entry.
Capps has yet to make the official announcement, but sources indicate
that will come on Thursday, if not earlier.

SPRING NATIONALS BROADCAST SCHEDULE ON SPEED

IHRA has announced more of the broadcast schedule for the Knoll-Gas Nitro Jam™
Drag Racing Series. Next weekend’s Spring Nationals presented by Advance Auto
Parts and Castrol will air on SPEED Saturday, May 5 at 2:30
p.m.
(eastern) with Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car coverage. That show will air again
Wednesday, May 9 at 3 p.m.

NEW SGMP ADRL EVENT SPONSOR

The Flowmaster American Drag
Racing League and Camp Motorsport, a racing-based educational program
located at VIRginia International Raceway, today announced a multi-year partnership
that includes Camp
Motorsport becoming the
title-rights sponsor for the ADRL's annual Georgia Drags event. That event, scheduled for May 4 and 5 this year at Valdosta,
Ga., is now officially known as
the Camp Motorsport Georgia Drags.

"Camp Motorsport
is thrilled about this new partnership," said Camp Motorsport
founder Ken Martin, who formerly was Director of Camps for the U.S. Space Camp,
an educational experience for youngsters interested in space travel and
exploration. "We are looking forward to introducing Camp Motorsport
to the millions of fans that ADRL reaches each year."

JR. DRAGSTER RACER NEEDS OUR HELP

8-year-old Kaylee Greer suffered life threatening injuries while making her very first pass in a Jr. Dragster at Ohio Valley Dragstrip near Louisville, Kentucky last week. According to reports, after turning off the track her car veered left and hit a retaining wall head-on. Kaylee either tore or broke the muscles and tendons in her neck which holds the head in place. The only thing keeping her head attached was her skin and spine. When help arrived, Kaylee was unconsious and not breathing, and the paramedic at the scene is credited with saving her life.

NHRA STARS IN THE BULLRING

NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series stars Ron Capps,
Gary Scelzi, Cruz Pedregon and Tommy Johnson Jr. will race in Thunder Roadsters
at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night.  The four Funny Car
drivers will compete against each other in a special “grudge match” and also
will attempt to qualify for the regular Thunder Roadster feature.  The drivers
are in town for the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at LVMS Friday
through Sunday.  There will be no increase in admission for this special
attraction.

COUGHLIN'S NEW APPROACH TO TOP SPORTSMAN

After winning the Top Sportsman title at the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals
last season, Mike Coughlin probably didn’t need to make wholesale changes to his
JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt, this winter, but he just couldn’t help himself. Armed
with a new engine that he hopes will put the car deep into the six-second range,
Coughlin is hoping to be among the top qualifiers in the 32-car Dart Top
Sportsman class as he heads to O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis for this
week’s NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Series opener.
 
“Last year was my first year in Top Sportsman and we had a lot of fun and
we also learned a lot,” said Coughlin. “My car was certainly competitive, but we
really thought that we could become even more competitive by making the car
quicker so that’s why we decided on a new engine program. In this class, you
just can’t sit still. You have to keep moving forward so hopefully this move
will help move us to the head of the class.”

ONCE UPON A WHEEL

Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Tom “The Mongoose”
McEwen and Wildlife Racing, Inc., offer a unique and rare look back at the sport
of drag racing with the DVD release of “Once Upon A Wheel” – featuring short
films, guest interviews, historical footage and classic TV commercials from the
glory days of the widely popular “Mongoose vs. Snake” match race
era.

 

Before reality shows became the norm and Corporate America realized the
value in motorsports sponsorship, Prudhomme and McEwen granted all-access to
camera crews as they barnstormed the country in search of trophies, prize money
and bragging rights on the match race circuit. 
The short film “Match Race” features unscripted, behind-the-scenes
footage from the early 1970s of both legendary drivers as they travel from
Indiana to Michigan, tune their cars in the pits and compete on the drag
strip.

PAULAUSKIS INKS NEW DEAL

2006 PSCA Pro Street Champion Steve Paulauskis, is pleased
to announce he has entered into an innovative marketing agreement with Tom and
Yvonne Nelson of Team Transit Mix Inc. of Bakersfield,
CA for the remainder of the 2007
racing season. The WFO Motorsport Cavalier will debut as the Team Transit Mix
Cavalier at the upcoming West Coast Hot Rod Association (WCHRA) Team Transit
Mix Inc. Spring Nationals at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield on April 13-15. The Nelson’s
intend to use their association with Paulauskis to promote their new plant in Bakersfield and introduce
their employees and customers to the sport of drag racing and the ‘Team’ philosophy.

Tom
Nelson had this to say about Paulauskis “I have toyed with the idea of getting
involved with Steve for quite a while. He and his team are great
representatives of a team going out and being successful. Our whole business
philosophy is about being a ‘Team’ and the WFO crew is a great example of that.
With our new facility in Bakersfield
I needed an innovative way to showcase what we do, the WCHRA came along and I
had the solution to my two problems solved. I get to partner with Steve and I
get to showcase Team Transit Mix on the quickest Pro Street car on the West Coast. Steve
is the ideal guy for the job. The big plus for me is signing this deal with
Steve before the first WCHRA event at Bakersfield.
We are now going to use the event as a customer/employee Appreciation Day with
Steve and his team being the focus. We will have a hospitality area for our
guests and look forward to making their drag racing experience one to remember.
It will be great for my customers and employees to have their own car to cheer
for!”

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