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                                                                                      has also entered the Conway                day. The National DRAGSTER

   Bernstein, Force to join                                                           Automotive dragster in the Mac Tools
                                                                                      U.S. Nationals.
                                                                                                                                 Challenge will be held Sunday,
                                                                                                                                 awarding Wallys to the champions in
                                                                                                                                 Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Bike.

  Maple Grove’s Walk of Fame                                                          Hope helps: Pro Stock
                                                                                      Motorcycle racer David Hope has
                                                                                      formed an alliance with the Breast
                                                                                                                                 Quick 8-Open Wheel and Quick 8-Full
                                                                                                                                 Body categories will be contested with
                                                                                                                                 the winners facing off for a Wally. For


  W
         ith Maple Grove Raceway celebrating its 25th year with the Toyo Tires        Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks            information, call Ron Veach,
         NHRA Nationals, it’s appropriate that two of NHRA’s legendary drivers        (BCFO) and will use team owner John        217-348-1000 or 217-232-7970, or log on
         are immortalized at the track’s Walk of Fame. Kenny Bernstein and John       Hammock’s Vroom Racing Buell to            to www.colescountydragwayusa.com.
  Force are part of the six-member class of 2009 who will have their names            spread the word about the foundation’s
  inscribed on bricks and displayed permanently along the Alfred S. Stauffer          work. More recently, Hope created a        Department of
  Memorial Walkway, located behind the pit-side stands in the Manufacturers           special promo-                                  corrections: The
  Midway. Also being inducted are track announcer Bob Frey, Top Alcohol Funny         tion with the                                   NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
  Car king Frank Manzo, retired Funny Car driver Joe Jacono, and local engine         help of his fam-                                Racing Series event at No
  builder Lee Crupi. A formal presentation will be made during the national event.    ily-owned and                                   Problem Raceway
     Bernstein (pictured) won three times at Maple Grove Raceway, once in             -operated auto                                  Park will be held Sept. 18-
  Funny Car (1988) and twice in Top Fuel (1992 and 1996). Force shares the            dealership,                                     19. It was incorrectly listed
  distinction of having scored the most national wins in track history. His six       Nevada Auto                                     in a recent installment of
  victories — 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1997, and 2001 — ties him with Pro Stock        Mall in Nevada,                                 Division 4 News.  
  Motorcycle rider Angelle Sampey for the top spot.                                   Mo., where he is
     Frey, who began announcing at New Jersey’s Atco Raceway in the 1960s, has        the service                                          Farewell: Veteran
  been a fixture at NHRA national events for decades and is known to many as the      manager. In                                          NHRA Division 7 Sportsman
  voice of drag racing. Manzo has won 12 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series            August, the                                          racer Ronnie Marcum
  national championships in Top Alcohol Funny                                         dealership will                                      died Aug. 8 as the result of
  Car, including the last three and 10 of the last                                    donate to BCFO                                       injuries suffered in a pit-area
  12. Jacono is best known for driving the                                            $5 for every oil                                     accident at Auto Club
  Rollin’ Stoned Funny Car in the 1970s and                                           change                                               Dragway at Auto Club
  always challenging legends, such as the late                                        performed. In                                        Speedway in Fontana, Calif.,
  “Jungle Jim” Liberman.                                                              addition, the                                        where he was competing at a
     Crupi was part of a group that helped                                            dealership will                                      Southern California Drag
  convince the Stauffer family to open a field on                                     sale custom breast cancer awareness        Racing Association event. He was 53.
  their property that became Maple Grove Race-                                        wristbands with profits benefiting the     Marcum was one of a group of
  way. After it was opened in 1962, Crupi used                                        
								
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