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									      Staging Light                                                                                                                                           NATIONAL HOT ROD
                                                                                                                                                                ASSOCIATION
A    lthough we’re elbows deep in the Western
     Swing, a seasonal ritual as fun and anticipated
as summer camp, all around NHRA, we’re also
                                                      loss of his young son. McEwen and Prudhomme
                                                      reunited on stage when the No. 1 moment was
                                                      unveiled, and McEwen was presented with a special
                                                                                                                Founder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wally Parks

                                                                                                                Board Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas Gardner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1913-2007


                                                                                                                                                                    Board of Directors
having all sorts of wintry thoughts. Even though it’s plaque commemorating his top ranking.                                                           Dallas Gardner Dick Wells
mid-July, our thoughts already are partially on next      If any race could give the U.S. Nationals a run for                                  Tom Compton Peter Clifford Graham Light
February.                                             its money in the great-moments category, it’s the         President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Compton
   As racers hit the high-altitude Mopar Mile-High    Winternationals. You don’t have to think very long        Executive Vice President/General Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Clifford
NHRA Nationals and teams move on to bask in           or hard to conjure up images of Prudhomme winning         Senior Vice President-Racing Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graham Light
                                                                                                                      Director of Racing Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh Peterson
Northern California’s wine country for the annual     his first race, in Roland Leong’s Hawaiian in 1965,       Vice President-Technical Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Gray
Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals, just past the           or Leong’s Funny Car of the same name taking                    Director of Top Fuel & Funny Car Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Olson
halfway point of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag     flight at the top end in 1969, then winning the next            National Technical Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danny Gracia
Racing Series schedule, we’re dreamily looking        year. Or what about Shirley Shahan winning Stock          Senior Vice President-Sales & Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Darcy
forward to Pomona 2010.                               at the 1966 event to become the first female national           Senior Director of Sales & Business Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Siragusa
                                                                                                                      Director of Licensing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tony Thacker
   Next year’s Kragen O’Reilly NHRA                   event winner in drag racing history? Or Don Garlits             Marketing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Raasch
Winternationals, Feb. 11-14, will mark the 50th       winning the 1971 event, the first for a rear-engine       Vice President-National Event Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Cromwell
anniversary of the                                                                    dragster, just a year           Director of Field Marketing & Contingency Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Lotz
annual NHRA season                                                                    after a catastrophic,           Director of Advertising & Promotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Pesetski
                              “If any race could give the                                                       Vice President-National Event Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Kraushar
opener, and it’s a                                                                    nearly career-ending      Vice President-Public Relations & Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Archambeault
celebration to which          U.S. Nationals a run for its                            accident in his front-          Director of Media Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony Vestal
we’re all eagerly and
excitedly looking
                            money in the great-moments engine car? Or Bill            Jenkins revolutionizing
                                                                                                                      Director of Public Relations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michael Padian
                                                                                                                      Director of Broadcasting & Video Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Trace
                                                                                                                Vice President-Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adriane Ridder
forward.                                category, it’s the                            Pro Stock with his
                                                                                                                     Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Burgess
   Five years ago, we                                                                 small-block, tube-frame
saluted the golden                      Winternationals.”                             Vega? All of that
                                                                                                                     Director of Advertising Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Morton
                                                                                                                Vice President & General Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Louie
anniversary of the                                                                    happened in the first     Director of Customer & Ticket Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Boudreau
Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil       10 years of an event rich in tradition, and any of        Director of Human Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marleen Gurrola
                                                                                                                Director of Information Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jared Robison
with a celebration worthy of NHRA’s oldest, richest,  those could — and probably will be — among the
and most storied and prestigious event. We had one    moments fans can vote on. And we still have 40                                                       NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
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of the world’s greatest drag racing car shows, tons   years to draw from. Man, this may end up being a                                                     626-914-4761; fax, 626-963-5360
of former event winners, a special Web site           vote of the 50 greatest moments!
                                                                                                                                                                    OFFICE HOURS
(www.50th-usnationals.com), and more; we truly went       In addition to another dedicated Web site that                                            Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
big for the Big Go.                                   will launch later this year to relive — in words,                                        For additional contacts, see NHRA Directory on page 76.
   And we learned from it. We learned what worked     photos, and video — the great history, moments, and
and are striving to make that better. We looked at    past champions, NHRA Publications will produce a                                               NORTHEAST DIVISION OFFICE
                        
								
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