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  Jegs Allstars rosters begin to take shape                                                                                       TUNE-UP
                                                                                                                      WEEKLYneed to know this week
                                                                                                                         What you
         ith the completion of the Southeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at
 W       South Georgia Motorsports Park, the first of seven teams                                                       Upcoming events
 is set for the Jegs Allstars event, to be held during the United                                                                                       Virginia Motorsports Park
 Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago June 4-7. The                                                                                                  Richmond (May 1-2)
 2009 Southeast Division team drivers are Bill Evans (Top Alcohol
 Dragster), Mark Billington (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Glen                                                                                                         Firebird Raceway
                                                                                                                                                              Boise, Idaho (May 1-3)
 Treadwell (Comp), Anthony Bertozzi (Super Stock), Robbie Shaw
 (Stock), Jim Perry (Super Comp), John Taylor (Super Gas), and Mike                                                                             O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals
 DeSio (Super Street). The teams from Divisions 3, 4, 5, and 7 will be set following the April Lucas Oil                                                       Madison (May 1-3)
 Series events, and the Division 1 and 6 teams will be set following the LODRS events the first weekend
 in May. Each team will meet in Chicago to compete for individual and team honors. The winning team                     In next week’s National DRAGSTER
 will pocket a $20,000 bonus from Jegs.                                                                               Pro results from Atlanta; first report from Jegs NHRA Pacific
                                                                                                                      SPORTSnationals; Madison souvenir issue; Rickie Jones
                      Signed: Speedco, which                Comp index adjustments: As the                            interview
                      already is a sponsor of               result of competition at the SummitRacing.com
                      reigning NHRA Full Throttle           NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas and the Lucas Oil               Upcoming birthdays
                      Pro Stock world champ Jeg             Drag Racing Series event in Cecil, Ga., the               Bob Newberry (60, May 3); John Force (60, May 4); Bill
                      Coughlin, the NHRA                    following Comp index adjustments have been made:          Reichert (58, May 4)
                      Contingency program, and              G/ED, 8.56 (quarter-mile) and 5.44 (eighth-mile);
                      numerous Sportsman racing             A/AA, 7.15 and 4.56; I/A, 8.70 and 5.52; A/SM,              This week in history
                      entries, will increase its            8.36 and 5.31; C/EA, 8.63 and 5.48.
                      presence with a title                                                                           Following the success of “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ rear-engine
                      sponsorship of Top Fuel racer         Rumor mill: Jim Head has stated that vet-                 dragster, which won the 1971 NHRA Winternationals shortly
                      Bob Vandergriff Jr. at                eran Funny Car racer Tommy Johnson Jr. will not           after its debut, chassis shops across the country began working
the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern                   drive his car at the Summit Racing Equipment              overtime to churn out similar designs. By April 1971, Mark
Nationals and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals                  NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta as was                 Williams, Woody Gilmore, Roy Fjastad, Frank Huszar, and Don
presented by Lucas Oil. “Our long relationship with         reported after the SummitRacing.com NHRA                  Long were reportedly building rear-engine cars.
Speedco was the key to this program, and it would           Nationals in Las Vegas, where Johnson said he was
benefit both of us if we could put a full sponsor           close to a possible return to competition. Head said     car unless there’s money involved, and right now there
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