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                                                             bracket racing         Association news:                          Carolina Speed, has been very
                                                             hitters, and to        Georgia’s Atlanta Dragway will host a      supportive of my quest for a
                                                             win any race           new heads-up racing series for street      championship, and I want to do all I
                                                             against these          cars that run in the high-five-second      can to bring a national championship
                                                             guys is a big          zone over an eighth-mile course. The       to his Arena Football team in
                                                             deal to me.            new program, run by the Old Skool          Charlotte,” said McBride. To celebrate
                                                             Getting $10,000        Outlaw Racing Association,                 the new partnership, McBride will be
                                                             isn’t bad              features six events and will be held in    signing autographs, and her Nitro
                                                             either.” Other         conjunction with the track’s Insane        Fish/Carolina Speed Buell will be on
                                                             winners at the         Saturdays races, which are contested       display, before the Speed game April 4
                                                             event were             once a month. The events will feature      at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in
                                                             former Super           a four-tenths Pro Tree with no             Charlotte.
                                                             Gas national           breakouts for the 16-car field. Rules
                                                             champion               are minimal: Each entry must use a         Honored: Infineon
Going retro: “Fast Jack”                 Bryan Robinson, Hal Mandy, Luke            29.5-inch-by-10.5-inch slick or drag       Raceway’s drag racing team will be
Beckman, driver of the                   Bogacki, and Chris Bear.                   radial tire and must weigh 2,900           honored with the Drag Racers of the
Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services                                                    pounds when equipped with a small-         Year award by the Motor Sports Press
Dodge Charger Funny Car for Don          Ended: Anheuser-Busch’s                    block engine or 3,100 pounds with a        Association. The team, which
Schumacher Racing in the 2009 NHRA       decision to end its relationships with     big-block model. One stage of nitrous      comprises 68 drag racers from
Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, will   Kenny Bernstein Racing and NHRA            is allowed, and each car must have a       Northern California, beat 13 teams
change pace on one of his off            at year’s end after a 30-year              full dashboard and side panels with        from across the western United States
weekends and drive Lee Jennings’         partnership was met with mixed             two front seats. The cost to participate   to win the Pacific Division NHRA
nostalgia American Revolution Camaro     emotions from the team and NHRA.           is $50, and event winners are awarded      Summit Racing Series title at Top Gun
at the 28th annual Funny Car Fever at    The decision was not unexpected,           $500. Tracy Simmons won the first          Raceway in Fallon, Nev., last
Sacramento Raceway in California         given the recent acquisition of            event March 21 by beating Dwayne           September. This marked Infineon
April 24-25. Beckman recently had a      Anheuser-Busch by InBev, a Belgian         Stiles in the final, 5.87 to 6.07.         Raceway’s second Summit Racing
chance to familiarize himself with the   beer company, which brought                    The Super Gas Association              Series championship in three years.
Jennings-owned Funny                                  speculation about how         Southeast has released its schedule        The award will be presented at the
Car at a test session at                              the sale would affect         for 2009. The series will consist of       facility during the Fram Autolite
Auto Club Famoso                                      Budweiser’s sponsorship       eight events — three of which are          NHRA Nationals July 24-26 or the
Raceway in Bakersfield,                               programs in all of sports.    doubleheaders — contested at two           Division 7 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Calif., where he ran an                               NHRA is aggressively          NHRA member tracks: South Georgia          Racing Series event July 31-Aug 2.
on-and-off-the-throttle                               pursuing opportunities        Motorsports Park (April 3, June 27-28,
6.07, 224.                                            within the official beer      and Sept. 5) and Silver Dollar Raceway     Quarter-milestones:
                                                      category, and Kenny           (July 25-26 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1). The       Died: Division 3 E.T. racer and
Big score: Back-                     
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