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Partnership: Tim Buckley, owner of 3B
Pending announcements will keep off-season at high speed Racing, and David Powers, owner of David Powers
Motorsports, have announced an agreement in which
S everal announcements are yet to be made as of press time, the highest-profile of which regards the
driver of Alan Johnson’s Top Fuel dragster. Many names have been floated around, including Larry
Dixon, Doug Kalitta, and Tommy Johnson Jr., but nothing has been finalized as of this writing. … An
3B Racing will become the sole owner of the Matco
Tools Top Fuel team. The transition was
completed in an effort to align the financial estates of
announcement from Don Schumacher Racing regarding changes in team personnel is forthcoming, but it
Buckley and Powers. Powers remains the owner of
has become known in the racing world that Mike Green will be the new crew chief for Tony Schumacher
“Hot Rod” Fuller’s Caterpillar team. The Matco Tools
and the U.S. Army dragster in 2009. Green and assistant crew chief Neal Strasbaugh will move from the
and Caterpillar teams will continue to operate from
Cory McClenathan-driven Fram dragster, and existing DSR personnel will become McClenathan’s new
the team’s Brownsburg, Ind., race shop in the
tuners. … “Hot Rod” Fuller and the Caterpillar team will have a new leader after crew chief Rob Flynn
heartland of NHRA Drag Racing near Indianapolis.
departs to the Budweiser/Lucas Oil team. Candidates for the position include Mike Kloeber and Doug
The structure of the team remains intact with Lee
Kuch. … Tony Bartone and Steve Boggs are expected to reunite in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class in
Beard as the crew chief and Antron Brown, an 18-time
2009. Stay tuned to NHRA.com this winter for information on these and other important updates.
NHRA winner, as the driver of the Matco-backed rail.
The Matco Tools and Caterpillar teams will continue
On the move: Three-time NHRA POWERade Honored: Although his
to operate on a shared-technology basis.
Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Angelle efforts to win the 2008 NHRA
Sampey has confirmed that she will not be racing POWERade Funny Car world
with team owner Karl Klement in 2009. Sampey is championship came up short, Honored: NHRA POWERade champions
currently seeking a ride for 2009 and is exploring all Tim Wilkerson was feted Tony Schumacher and Cruz Pedregon
avenues, including the possibility of racing with George during a massive gathering of were named to the 2008 All-America Auto Racing
Bryce, who worked as her crew chief last season and his most loyal fans at the First Team by the voting members of the American
was her team owner during all three championship Northfield Civic Center in Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association.
seasons. “So now I find myself in an all-too-familiar Wilkerson’s hometown of Schumacher (pictured), winner in the drag racing
place,” Sampey wrote in her blog on NHRA.com. “I am Springfield, Ill. In an event category, will be looking to win his second straight
hoping to find a ride for next year so that I can produced by the famed Jerry Titus Award as the team’s Driver of the Year.
continue my quest for five more wins. At the moment, Wilkerson’s Warriors, a group Pro Stock world champ Jeg Coughlin and Funny
I don’t have a deal lined up. With today’s economy and comprising the driver’s friends and fans from across Car’s Tim Wilkerson
the increasing difficulty of finding a sponsor, it doesn’t the nation, Wilkerson was honored by the drag racing earned Second Team
look very promising. I am praying that something community and Springfield Mayor Timothy J. Davlin, status, and 12-time
comes my way, but I have to