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DOUG FOLEY'S TOP FUEL REHAB

1-13-07-foley.jpgDoug Foley doesn't plan on
failing.

The New Jersey native, just a few months removed
from a horrifying crash during an elimination run at the IHRA Canadian
Nationals in September, is back and ready to attack another drag racing season.
This is one horse that Foley is truly looking to get back on.

"You have to chalk it
up to that when you get into one of these cars, crashes happen," said
Foley, whose injuries included several broken bones, a separated shoulder and a
concussion. "You have to chalk it up to that and realize it is what it is.
You just have to get back in the car and do you're job."

AL BILLES AND HIS YELLOW BRICK ROAD

1-11-07-albilles.jpgWhat makes Al Billes so popular in Pro Modified? Well, for one thing,
he’s Canadian, with a genetic predisposition toward politeness. For another,
out of nine NHRA Pro Mod Challenges he attended in 2004, he won four. But most
importantly, he’s one of the pioneers of the Pro Modified class, having played
with nitrous oxide back when it was part of IHRA’s Top Sportsman class. Those
years of experience are currently being put to great use as Billes has become a
sought-after engine builder/tuner/consultant after a pair of crashes sidelined
him last year.


You can’t argue with the results. Thanks to Billes, Raymond Commisso and
John Russo attained career-best performances during the 2006 season. Commisso,
a fellow Canadian, roared out of the North Country to post some of the lowest
elapsed times of the season in both IHRA and NHRA competition, including
6.01-second efforts at Indianapolis
and Rockingham.

FEEDBACK FRIDAY - January 12

11-30-06-feedbackfriday.jpgEvery
Friday, Torco's CompetitionPlus.com brings you our Feedback letters.
Read what our readers have to say about our feature articles and you
can even offer your opinions.

FEEDBACK FRIDAY - January 12 

THE RESULTS ARE IN - 8TH ANNUAL DOT COM AWARDS

1-10-07-dotcom.jpgSince 1999, Torco's CompetitionPlus.com has offered the spirit of friendly
competition amongst the racing community in a "Best of" competition. Our readers
have assisted us in voting on everything from the best drag racers to their
favorite journalists to the prestigious
Mike Aiello Memorial Person of the Year.


The nearly 10,000 votes have been tabulated for the 8th annual Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Dot Com Awards. 

THE LEGEND OF LEE SHEPHERD

1-11-07-lee.jpgFew drivers make an impact on drag racing like a soft-spoken, determined
individual named Lee Shepherd of Arlington,
Texas did. When teamed with the
formidable duo of fellow Texans David Reher and the late Buddy Morrison,
Shepherd became a dominant force in a short span of time. His talent behind the
wheel, combined with a non-confrontational personality and a sincere dedication
to the Chevrolet brand, soon earned Shepherd the admiration of race fans young
and old. He gained a huge amount of respect from fellow racers as well.

It's pretty safe to say that many
teams underestimated the triumvirate from the Lone Star State, which formed under unusual
circumstances. Shepherd first joined Reher-Morrison through necessity, and the
relationship blossomed from there. The talented driver headed up a team that
had developed a reputation in Division 4, and when Shepherd blew the engine in
his ride and Reher and Morrison found themselves with an engine and no car, the
forces morphed into one. They found success with a few national event wins, and
in 1976 they made the huge leap into Pro Stock. The foundation had actually
been laid many years before, however.

JUST ABOUT DUNN

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Mike Dunn's NHRA driving career has reached the point of no return.

The
Southern California native, who recently signed a five-year contract
with ESPN that will keep him as a television analyst for the POWER Drag
Racing Series through the 2011 season, hasn't ruled out a return to the
23-race circuit, but for all intents and purposes, he believes he's
made his final competitive pass down a quarter-mile drag strip at a
NHRA national event.

"I haven't officially announced my retirement, but at least for five
more years I'll be doing TV," said Dunn, who name is often the first to
be mentioned when there is news about an open Top Fuel ride on the
POWERade Series tour. "I'm not going to retire, yet. I'll wait to see
how (Kenny) Bernstein (who recently announced his return to Funny Car
at the tender age of 62) does. I'll only be 55 then, so if he can do it
at (62), who knows?"

FEEDBACK FRIDAY - January 12

11-30-06-feedbackfriday.jpgEvery
Friday, Torco's CompetitionPlus.com brings you our Feedback letters.
Read what our readers have to say about our feature articles and you
can even offer your opinions.

FEEDBACK FRIDAY - January 12 

2006 IN PICTURES

1-4-07-pictures.jpgTorco's CompetitionPlus.com features one of drag racing's most extensive databases of drag racing photos. Staff Director of Photography Roger Richards and the talented lensmen of this publication criss-crossed the country to regularly bring you graphic illustration featuring one of the finest seasons ever. Spend the day reliving the memories of 2006.

2006 - PHOTO GALLERY  

REMEMBERING MIKE AIELLO

1-2-07-mikecover.jpgDuring the early morning hours of December 29, drag racing lost a friend with the death of Mike Aiello. Mike was a kind-hearted individual who never met a stranger. His positive attitude, despite such a bleak personal situation, was infectious. His knowledge of the stats and history of the sport was unparalelled. 

"Big Mike" as we all referred to him, was a behind-the-scenes team player when it came to the success of Torco's CompetitionPlus.com. He made many friends in the sport and after reading a few of these tributes from his close friends and associates, you'll end up with a piece of Mike in your heart as well. 

DO WE HAVE A VOICE? by Jeff Wolf

11-19-06-jeffwolf_2.jpgAs
members of the National Hot Rod Association we need to wrest control of the
organization from the fat cats now running it.

Or is that just my opinion?

We have as much input into its decisions as we do with how our government is
run. But at least we can vote as Americans.

The cry to unite should be loudest now as NHRA is a month away from
instituting its new points system, which is intended to fix something that isn’t
broken.

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