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  Palms Casino to honor NHRA drivers again with chips
       eigning NHRA world champions Tony                   greet party that will be attended by at least 20

 R     Schumacher, Cruz Pedregon, and Jeg
       Coughlin will be honored in a uniquely Las
 Vegas manner when the NHRA Full Throttle Drag
                                                           other Professional drivers on the NHRA tour.
                                                              As associate sponsors of Funny Car champions
                                                           Tony and Cruz Pedregon, the Palms Casino Resort is
 Racing Series returns to Las Vegas April 2-5 for          offering a special Pedregon Racing room deal for race
 the first of two annual visits to The Strip at Las        teams, sponsors, and fans for the April race. Palms
 Vegas Motor Speedway. For the third time, the             Tower Deluxe rooms are $89 a night on April 1-2 and
 Palms Casino Resort will put into circulation a           5-6 and $159 a night April 3-4. Fantasy Tower rooms
 limited number of special-edition $5 and $25              are only $119 and $189, respectively.
 gaming chips that feature the three reigning world           To book one of these special rooms, contact
 champs. The chips will be made available April 2 in       the Palms Casino Resort, 866-725-6773, and
 advance of a pre-race party taking place from 6 to        mention the Pedregon Racing special. A limited
 8 p.m. in the Key West Room at the popular hotel          number of rooms are available, and rates are
 at 4321 W. Flamingo Road. Schumacher, Pedregon,           subject to availability. Reservations should be
 and Coughlin will headline the special meet-and-          booked ASAP to take advantage of this offer.

Saluted: Lawmakers and                    race shop should allow us to refine our       at the same levels where Lee has           expanded beyond the dragstrip to
motorsports executives came together      setup even more. With the power that          excelled — weekend bracket races, outlaw   include land-speed-record cars. Deist
March 10 for Indiana                      they’ve shown in the Jegs car this year,      events, and the Sportsman level of         was a founding member of SEMA and
Motorsports Day, celebrating the          this should be interesting.”                  NHRA and IHRA competition. Why not         helped initiate the Meets SFI Specs
achievements of Indiana’s motorsports                                                   learn from the best?”                      program and was inducted into the
champions. Representatives of five                                                                                                 SEMA Hall of Fame. He received
Indiana-based racing series champions                                                   Pro Mod bonus: Matco                       numerous honors because of his
and executives from NHRA,                                                               Tools plans to fill a lucky Get            contributions to racing safety, including
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the                                                    Screened America Pro Mod                   being named Most Valuable Man of the
Indy Racing League gathered for the                                                     Challenge driver’s toolbox with a          Year at Bonneville in 1981 and the 200-
celebration. “Hoosiers can be proud of                                                  $25,000 check as part of the newly         MPH Club’s Man of the Year in 1982.
Indiana race teams for their                                                            created Matco Tools Pro Mod Clash.         He was inducted into the Dry Lakes
performances on the track,” said Gov.                                                   Beginning with the ACDelco NHRA            Racing Hall of Fame in 1995 and was
Mitch Daniels. “But of equal                                                            Gatornationals, Pro Mod Challenge          named an honoree at the 1997 NHRA
importance is the impact these teams                                                    drivers will earn points toward the        California Hot Rod Reunion. Deist is
are having as contributors to the                                                       $35,000 Matco Tools Pro Mod Clash,         survived by his wife, Marian; son,
Indiana economy.” The motorsports         Title defense: Three-time and                 a race-within-a-race program that pits     Donald; and daughter, Dee.
industry in Indiana includes more than    defending NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster           the top Get Screened America Pro
1,400 motorsports-specific businesses     world champion Bill Reichert and              Mod racers against each other with         Comp index
that employ thousands of Hoosiers. In     his Rislone Engine Treatment team will        the chance to race for a $25,000 top       adjustments: As the result of
2008 alone, motorsports companies         begin their 2009 title defense at the         prize. The $35,000 Matco Tools Pro         competition at the NHRA Lucas Oil
committed more than 250 jobs and          ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals. “We              Mod Clash will be contested at the         Drag Racing Series event in Tucson,
$17.6 million to expand their           
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