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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 

NHRA SEASON IN REVIEW, PART 2

12-6-06-nhrainreview.jpgTorco's
CompetitionPlus.com traveled the 23-race NHRA POWERade tour to bring
you the inside stories that transpire in the pits as well as complete
coverage of the high-powered events. We have compiled our coverage of
these events into a two-part series. This is the second part of the series.

NHRA SEASON IN REVIEW, PART 1

11-28-06-collage_2.jpgTorco's CompetitionPlus.com traveled the 23-race NHRA POWERade tour to bring you the inside stories that transpire in the pits as well as complete coverage of the high-powered events. We have compiled our coverage of these events into a two-part series.

CHANGES ARE A-COMIN’

12-4-06-changesarecomin.jpgThe more things stay the same, the more they change. Huh? Isn’t that
supposed to be the other way around? No matter, we’ll explain. When the
2007 NHRA POWERade Series season begins in February, many, but not all,
of the venues in which the circus appears will feature significant
changes for the better. Some of those changes will be visible to fans
and competitors alike, while other, more subtle alterations will be
evident through quicker elapsed times and faster speeds, largely
achieved through changes to the racing surfaces themselves.

The 2006 season ended with a tension-filled Finals that featured
considerable controversy, record-setting elapsed times and a packed
house to see it all. With the coming season’s major alteration in the
points system it’s likely that all four pro category championships
won’t be decided until the later rounds of the ’07 Finals, but whether
or not the event itself can match the 2006 version remains to be
seen. One thing that does appear to be on tap is a season loaded with
better racing, and that’s going to be the result of several factors,
not the least of which will be some of the facility improvements we’ll
outline here.

WHAT IF? with DALE WILSON

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Okay, so I’m king of drag racing, and I can make up whatever
rules I want. Here are some more “what-ifs” that I would recommend to the
association rules makers.

What if…NHRA introduced Top Dragster to the divisional
eliminators? Well, they’ve actually done it in Division 2 recently. Top
Dragster, the fast dragster eliminator that has been contested in IHRA country
for years, now comes to the NHRA, to go along with Division 2’s Top Sportsman
Eliminator. Division director Bill Holt made the announcement in the first part
of November, and Top Dragster will be a go for all 2007 divisional races.

FEEDBACK FRIDAY

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 1 

SALUTING THE NHRA PRO STOCK CHAMPIONS

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Over 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.

Our second installment features the NHRA Pro Stock champions - Jason Line and Andrew Hines. 

FINDING THE MISSING PEACE by Ken Owen

sm_faithinthefastlane480x240.jpgRegardless
of religious background or affiliation (or lack thereof), people
usually view the Christmas holidays as a season of peace. But I wonder
at times if peace is as common a condition as it once was in our
society. Sociologists tell us that peacefulness is something that all
mankind seeks and is willing to go to great lengths to find.
Unfortunately, it appears to me that more and more people every year
seem to be in a constant search for what I call the missing peace.

I imagine that one of the most distressing experiences a racer can
endure is to finally complete an engine rebuild—only to discover that a
few extra pieces still remain. (And, yes, I speak from personal
experience, but please don’t ask.)

SALUTING THE NHRA NITRO CHAMPIONS

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Over 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.

Our first installment features the NHRA nitro champions - Tony Schumacher and John Force. 

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