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Three ways to send in your team news, race results, or other information! Bits from the Pits presented by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • fax: (626) 335-4307 • mail: P.O. Box 5555, Glendora, CA 91740 TUNE-UP WEEKLYneed to know this week What you f results from a test session at Bandimere Speedway in late June are any indication, fans at Ithe 30th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals could witness the first six-second Pro Stock runs at the 5,860-foot-altitude facility. Reportedly, Allen Johnson (pictured), who won the Upcoming events 2007 event and was the runner-up National Trail Raceway last year, recorded a 6.996, and Mike Hebron, Ohio (July 24-26) Edwards posted a 6.998. Greg Anderson followed with a 7.001, and Houston Raceway Park Ron Krisher recorded a 7.008 during Houston (July 24-25) a warmer period of the day when everyone else was running in the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals 7.03 range. The track records are Sonoma (July 24-26) 7.010 and 196.39, which Anderson set last year. The speed mark is also in This week on ESPN2 jeopardy; speeds as high as 197.28 NHRA Northwest Nationals mph were reported from the test July 18, 7-9 p.m. (qualifying); July 19, 9 p.m.-midnight session. (eliminations); July 22, 3:30-5:30 a.m. (repeat eliminations); all times Eastern; check local listings Remembering Eric: Infineon Raceway other three drag racers on the list. Indy 500 winner will again honor the memory of Eric Medlen Helio Castroneves was the overall winner with 119 NHRA Race Day with the Eric Medlen Nitro Night Charity Dinner; points, followed by NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart July 19, 11 a.m. ET the 3rd annual event is set for July 23 at the (116), Mark Martin (42), and Kyle Busch (30). The Indy legendary Fior d’Italia restaurant in San Francisco. Racing League’s Ryan Briscoe was fifth with 20 points, In next week’s National DRAGSTER Medlen, a native of Oakdale, and Coughlin scored a respectable 15 points. Top Fuel Pro results from Denver; Sonoma souvenir; Rob Flynn feature Calif., in the San Joaquin driver Larry Dixon and Funny Car pro Tony Pedregon Valley, won the Funny Car title tied for 11th with six points each, and Pro Stock racer at Infineon Raceway in 2006. Mike Edwards was 15th with five points. Upcoming birthdays He succumbed in March 2007 Bruce Allen (59, July 26); Mike Ashley (44, July 30); Dale to injuries sustained from a Married: On July Creasy Jr. (50, July 31); Dannielle DePorter (37, July 31) testing accident. Funny Car 4, Top Fuel veteran drivers Ashley Force Hood and Doug Herbert and This week in history Jack Beckman and Top Fuel Dr. Ginger Southall tied driver Morgan Lucas are the knot at a small On July 16, 1981, Raymond Beadle became the first Funny Car scheduled to attend. Eric’s ocean-side wedding on driver to venture into the 5.8-second zone when he recorded a parents, John and Mimi, are also expected. The the North Carolina 5.868 during qualifying in Englishtown. A short time later, Kenny event, which was sold out each of the first two coast. “The whole Bernstein bettered Beadle’s mark with a 5.860. Both drivers were years, will include a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., weekend was so more than a tenth ahead of third-place Don Prudhomme and would followed by a three-c
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