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NOTHING BUT POSITIVES FOR HIGHT

12-18-06-hight.jpgIt would have been easy
for second-year NHRA competitor Robert Hight to be disappointed about the recently completed POWERade Series season.

But rather than pout about coming up short in his quest to score his first
Funny Car title, Hight chose to look at the
positive. And when you look at what Hight
accomplished during his sophomore campaign, he had reason to be smiling.

Hight
, driving one of three
Ford Mustangs for his father-in-law and NHRA icon
John Force, certainly had a season to remember after scoring three wins in six
final rounds and finishing second only to Force in the final Funny Car
standings.

SALUTING THE IHRA NON NITRO CHAMPIONS

12-14-06-nonnitro.jpgOver the course of the next two weeks, Torco's CompetitionPlus.com will
feature the world champions of both the NHRA and IHRA. Senior writer
Susan Wade delves into the behind-the-scenes stories that made each one
of these champions the best in the their respective games during the
2006 season. This installment features the IHRA nitro champions - Quain Stott, Mark Thomas and Pete Berner

PRI PHOTO GALLERY

12-15-06-pri.jpgThe Torco's CompetitionPlus.com staff covered the Performance Racing Industry trade show. We are proud to bring you an extensive photo gallery from our staff photographer Roger Richards.

 

PRI PHOTO GALLERY 

PHIL BURKART'S 11TH HOUR DISMISSAL

12-15-06-11thhour.jpgRacing ignites
his competition passion. Business squeezed him out of a ride.

Such is Phil Burkart’s dilemma as he looks to get back into the Funny Car
saddle again.

“I’ve been burning up the phone lines,” said Burkart, who unexpectedly was
dropped from Worsham Racing after three productive seasons on the NHRA Powerade
Drag Racing Series. “I’ve been calling other people, other teams to see if
there’s anything new or available … wherever I can fit in. I’m trying to find a
home, I guess.”

FEEDBACK FRIDAY - December 15

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FEEDBACK FRIDAY - December 15 

SIDEBAR - HOW TO BUY THE DVD AND INFO

LIONSDVDCOVERcropped.jpgInformation pertaining to the DVD's availability
can be obtained on the Internet at: www.lionsvideo.com , via email:
[email protected] , phone: 276-386-9120, or by writing to: Lions DVD, 111 Charleston Street, Weber City, VA 24290.

The nearly two-hour (1-HR, 54-MINS) video “Lions
– The Greatest Drag Strip”, explores the landmark facility, which was located
in west Long Beach.
It is packed with many vintage photos, novice and professional films, and
interwoven with more than 30 interview segments by leading era racers and
significant figures.

WHEN THE LIONS ROARED

12-12-06-whenlions.jpg
When considering the fact that more than
12-hundred drag strips have been built in the United States since 1949, perhaps
no single track has ever captured the imagination, created more legendary
figures, or held as many noteworthy events than a stretch of real estate
sitting quietly off the San Diego freeway in Wilmington, California, just south
of Los Angeles.

But
don't bother to grab your jacket and camera and set sail for this holy grail of
quarter-mile landmarks, as Lions Drag Strip's 18-year reign ended with
"The Last Drag Race" event in the wee hours of December 2, 1972.

SALUTING THE IHRA NITRO CHAMPIONS

12-11-06-nitroihra.jpgOver the course of the next two weeks, Torco's CompetitionPlus.com will
feature the world champions of both the NHRA and IHRA. Senior writer
Susan Wade delves into the behind-the-scenes stories that made each one
of these champions the best in the their respective games during the
2006 season. This installment features the IHRA nitro champions - Clay Millican and Dale Creasy, Jr.

A CAMPAIGN OF FRUSTRATION FOR MORGAN LUCAS

12-10-06-morgan.jpgMorgan Lucas, by most
standards, enjoyed a steady season during the just completed NHRA POWERade Drag
Racing Series tour.

The Southern
California native was a modest 17-22 during eliminations and while
he failed to win a race or advance to a final round, his Lucas Oil Dragster did
manage five semi-final finishes. But when you consider what he accomplished
while competing in Top Alcohol Dragster class from 2002-04 (10 national event
victories) and the past two-plus seasons in Top Fuel (a five-time finalist),
those numbers didn't quite match up to his expectations.

FEEDBACK FRIDAY - December 8

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 - December 8 

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