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 Capps is Dreamin’ again
  F   unny Car points leader Ron Capps
      has accepted an invitation to drive
  in Tony Stewart’s fifth annual Prelude
                                               phone call from Tony Stewart to be
                                               invited to run in the Prelude to the
                                               Dream is an honor,” said Capps.
  to the Dream at Eldora Speedway in           “And to watch it unfold the last four
  Rossubrg, Ohio, June 3. The event,           years into a high-profile racing event
  held on the half-mile clay oval, will air    is incredible. What’s also neat is
  nationwide on HBO Pay-Per-View.              Tony’s writing that million-dollar
  Having finished ninth, fourth, 24th,         check last year to Victory Junction
  and 17th, respectively, in the first four    Gang Camp II. This year, four
  events, Capps is ready to improve on         military-themed charities will benefit
  his 2006 fourth-place finish and will        from the proceeds. It’s a privilege for     featuring 25 world-renowned drivers            Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey
  take to California’s Santa Maria             me to compete in support of our             battling for dirt supremacy. The               Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin,
  Speedway in a Super Late Model to            injured and fallen heroes.”                 event will feature such racing icons           Clint Bowyer, Capps and fellow
  prepare for the race.                            The Prelude to the Dream is an          as Stewart, Ryan Newman, Kyle                  NHRA drag racer Cruz Pedregon,
     “Honestly, every year, to get the         all-star Late Model dirt race               Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson,            and others.

Open house: The Brownsburg                    currently ranked fourth in the NHRA          over. The thing goes 50 mph. It is not         Hired: Callies Performance
Motorsports Network will host the third       Full Throttle points standings. Cruz, who    like it is just putting along.”                Products has announced that Jack
annual Brownsburg                             won the Funny Car series title in 1992                                                      Sparks has joined the company in the
Motorsports Open House                        and 2008, currently sits 12th. Cruz’s        Member track news:                             production of high-performance
Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 2           sponsor, Advance Auto Parts, sells           Woodburn Dragstrip recently                    connecting rods. Recognized worldwide,
p.m. Numerous NHRA Full Throttle              Mechanix Wear gloves in all of its stores.   hosted its seventh annual Tulip Festival       Sparks is an expert in the design, process
Drag Racing Series teams, including                                                        Drags. The first event of the season for       development, and manufacture of
Don Schumacher Racing, John Force             On hold: Pro Stock racer Tom                 Pro Nostalgia racers provided exciting         connecting rods intended for severe-duty
Racing, Mike Ashley Racing, Pedregon          Hammonds will park his Chevy                 side-by-side racing for the fans. Saturday     applications. Sparks brings with him an
Racing, Vance & Hines Motorsports, and        Cobalt for the next few races, beginning     qualifying was led by Matt Mahoney, of         extensive 30-year background in
Morgan Lucas Racing, will attend the          with the NHRA Thunder Valley                 Puyallup, Wash., who ran a 6.865 in            metallurgy and heat treatment of high-
event, interacting with fans, providing a     Nationals. Hammonds is confident that        Bucky Austin’s entry. On race day,             alloy steels. Sparks’ new responsibilities
behind-the-scenes view of the race shops,     the situation is temporary, and he hopes     Mahoney was beaten in the final by             will be to consult and oversee the design
and more. Many other race shops and           to return to racing as soon as the team      No. 4 qualifier Todd Miller, of Fairview,      through manufacture development phases.
businesses will be also open. Race fans       can secure sufficient sponsorship to run     Ore. Mahoney red-lighted in the final and
are encouraged to spend the evening at        competitively. “We have a terrific race      ran a 6.90 on his 6.81 dial; Miller took       Farewell: Don Arivett, who,
O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis         team and a great program to offer a          the win with a 6.98 on a 6.88 dial. On         with his brother, Gerald, was a leader in
for the 64th annual Night Before the          potential sponsor partner,” Hammonds         the road to the final, Mahoney beat Mike       race car technology, died May 5. The
500 USAC Midget Series race.                  said. “We don’t want to just go out and      O’Connor and Dewayne Sanders. Miller’s         Arivett brothers are probably best
                                              qualify; we want to be competitive, win      path to the final included wins against        remembered by drag racing fans for an
Generation next: North Texas                  races, and challenge for the Full Throttle   Mike Peck, who posted a perfect light,         innovative, streamlined dragster they
real estate agent Rick Lewelling will         championship.”                               and Rick New, who ran low e.t. and top         built in the late 1980s during 
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