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TECH CHANGES TO NHRA PSM

 

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The NHRA has released additional changes to Pro Stock Motorcycle for
2007 that affect four-valve applications. Following is a summary of new rules
for a 101-cid, 4-valve, 4-cylinder engine combination in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
With these changes, all existing 4-valve engine combinations (i.e., 1994 and
newer at 87.2 cid, and older 4 valve engines at 79 cid) in the NHRA Rulebook are
deleted, and all engines must be 2000 model year or newer, and NHRA accepted.
These changes are effective Jan. 1,
2007.

 


BEAL, HOLLIDAY WIN ROCKINGHAM EVENT; PLOTT TORCO COALITION CHAMP AGAIN

Thomasville’s Andy Beal and West Virginia invader Taz Holliday II won
the battles but Winston-Salem’s Tommy Plott won the war Sunday, sewing
up his second Torco Race Fuels Carolina Coalition points
championship during the 2006 season finale at Steve Earwood’s
Rockingham Dragway.

Beal used an almost perfect package – a .002 of a second reaction time
and a 4.836 eighth-mile time on a 4.830 dial-in – to turn back W.G.
Lankas of Sneads Ferry in the Saturday final before Holliday coasted to
the Sunday title when Kip Maddox of Piedmont, S.C., was guilty of a
final round breakout foul.

DRAG RACERS VISIT GERMANY

Five goodwill ambassadors from the NHRA will once again take part in a USO-sponsored trip to Germany to visit wounded American troops and Air Force/Army personnel stationed at the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC). Six-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson, two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jim Yates, Top Fuel drivers Melanie Troxel and Cory McClenathan, and Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. will represent NHRA during a post-Thanksgiving support mission to the KMC and the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC).

This tour continues the USO tradition of bringing professional athletes and sports-related events to troops serving far from home. Past USO tours this year include a visit to Iraq and Kuwait by college football coaching legend Lou Holtz and Louisiana State University head football coach Les Miles. NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul were among the NBA stars that recently completed a stateside USO tour of military bases.

COUGHLIN FINISHES RUNNER-UP

After five grueling yet fun-filled days of E.T. bracket racing action, Jeg
Coughlin earned a runner-up finish in the overall points competition at the 25th
annual Moroso 5-Day E.T. Championships. Coughlin turned in a strong performance,
but ultimately finished a close second to Gary Williams of Bradenton, Fla.
 
On the final day of the competition, Coughlin needed to win the race to
pass Williams for the overall championship and the $5,000 bonus that accompanies
it, but came up three rounds short, finishing in the quarterfinal round.
 

NOTHSTEIN REPLACES TOWNSEND AS DRIVER

Frank Parker, owner of ParkerTech Racing Services, and his co-crew chief father,
Dan Parker, announced that Marty Nothstein has signed a two-year agreement
to drive their Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Nothstein replaces
Danny Townsend, the multi-time NHRA TAFC champion who successfully piloted the
ParkerTech Dodge for three seasons.  Townsend elected to sit out the 2007 season
after a final-round accident in September. 
He will remain with the team as a valued and highly skilled
advisor.

VANCE & HINES OPENS SHOP

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On Tuesday, Vance & Hines celebrated their third straight POWERade 
Pro Stock Motorcycle championship with Andrew Hines, rider of the 
Screaming Eagle V-Rod, together with Craig Treble, winner at the Auto 
Club Finals at Pomona, Karen Stoffer, Geno Scali and Michael 
Phillips, among many others.  The shop was open for tours, great 
barbecue was served and Hines received his own personal conveyance as 
a prize for winning the title, matching brother Matt and Angelle 
Sampey as the sole riders to accomplish a three-peat.

Hines was presented with the beautiful H-D bike that has its demure 
paint scheme in an Aston Martin factory mint green.  The team also 
presented Terry Vance with a huge new, rolling toolbox, complete with 
requisite flames.

ELLEN WATTS PROMOTED AT IHRA

IHRA, a division of Live Nation Motor Sports, has promoted Ellen Watts to
Marketing Manager – Norwalk Properties. She will be responsible for establishing
and executing programs to increase ticket sales for all Norwalk Properties,
including the eMax Nitro Jam™ National Event Series and the Kumho Street Warriorz and Thunder Jam events.

 

"Ellen's
promotion is well deserved and I look forward to working with her to grow the
IHRA properties," stated vice president of marketing Jim Marchyshyn. "Her
passion, energy, positive attitude and competitive spirit is exactly what we
need to reach our goal of selling more tickets.”

 

DONNIE CROWDER UPDATE

Please keep IHRA parking Director Donnie Crowder in your
prayers.  He is recovering from surgery that removed a nodule from his vocal
cords.  He came through the surgery this morning fine and is recovering. 
We're praying for a clean biopsy.

NORM GRIMES TO TUNE WHITELEY IN 2007

normgrimesprphoto.jpgJim Whiteley, owner and driver of the YNOT Racing Team Top
Alcohol Dragster, announced that championship tuner Norm
Grimes has agreed to come aboard the YNOT Top Alcohol Dragster Team.

 

Grimes, of Burbank, California, has previously guided Rick
Santos to five consecutive World Championships with the Jack O’Bannon-owned
Oakwood Homes TAD, and has also had a very large hand in the development of
rising top fuel star Morgan Lucas, while Lucas was in the alcohol ranks, along
with current sensation, Sean O’Bannon who finished number two in the nation for
2006.  Grimes has also had experience in
the fuel ranks, most notably with Jerry Toliver, in the Toyota Funny
Car.

 

PERLEY LEAVES KB RACING

At Monday's NHRA POWERade Awards Ceremony, Ken Black, team owner of the KB
Racing LLC team, made official the resignation of Jeff Perley, co-crew chief for
the two Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTOs driven by Greg Anderson
and Jason Line.

Perley, who joined KB Racing LLC prior to the 2003
season, will enter the business world as owner of an 8-bay Goodyear Tire and
Service Center, in downtown Charlotte (N.C.), on Eastway at Central, which will
handle light and medium (cooling systems, transmissions, brakes, suspensions,
etc.) duty repairs and, of course, tires.

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