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                                                                                                                                                                neither Finland’s Risto Poutiainen nor
  Hospitality Center welcomes NHRA                                                                                                                              Denmark’s Stig Neergaard, who are
                                                                                                                                                                ranked second and third, respectively,
 members at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals                                                                                                                            have a chance to claim the top spot at the
                                                                                                                                                                European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway in
                                                                                                                                                                September. Carter came into the season
     he NHRA Membership Hospitality Center will be open Thursday through
 T   Monday of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, offering a friendly atmosphere with
 conveniences such as dining tables, live television of the racing action, and a
                                                                                                                                                                as the defending FIA champion and has
                                                                                                                                                                already set a record with 11 round-wins
                                                                                                                 more scheduled this year. Surprise Mayor       this season. Having won at Santa Pod
 private concession stand carrying light snacks and cold drinks. Prize drawings                                  Lyn Truitt was named honorary starter          Raceway (England) and Alastaro (Finland)
 are also featured, including the grand-prize drawing for the VIP Member of the                                  for the night’s activities along with City     and been a frustrated finalist at the
 Event Monday morning.                                                                                           Council Member John Williams and Chief         rained-out meeting at Mantorp Park
     The VIP package includes a pair of Top Eliminator Club tickets for the                                      of Police Daniel Hughes. Truitt raced          (Sweden), the Anglo-Swedish-Danish
 day, a tour of the starting line, and the opportunity to stand between the                                      against several teenage participants as        Lucas Oil team will now look to go
 first pair of Top Fuel cars as they leave the line. The winner must be present                                  well as Speedworld owner Dave Matthews.        through the season undefeated, something
 at the drawing, which will take place at 9 a.m. sharp Monday, Sept. 7.                                          Several Surprise programs were also on         never achieved in FIA Top Fuel
     Bring your NHRA membership card or receipt for a recent membership                                          hand to support the event, including           competition.
 purchase for admission for yourself and your guests. The Membership                                             SADD (Students Against Drunk Drivers),
 Hospitality Center at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis is located outside                                  UTI (Universal Technical Institute), and       Free entry: Orlando Speed World
 the main entrance to the grandstand concourse. In addition to Indianapolis,                                     the National Guard. Speedworld’s               Dragway operator Carl Weisinger,
 the Membership Hospitality Center and VIP Member of the Event drawing                                           program runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and             promoter of the upcoming World
 are available in Pomona (two events), Gainesville, and Atlanta. NHRA Jr.                                        features fun grudge racing in street-legal     Street Nationals, has announced
 Drag Racing League members are also welcome.                                                                    cars. No eliminations are held, so             that racers who entered the 2007 or 2008
                                                                                                                 everyone can race their friends, family,       editions of the World Street Nationals will
          NHRA Membership Hospitality Center                                                                     and even a police car all night long for       be granted free entry into this year’s
                 Hours of Operation                                                                              just $10. For more information, log on to      event, which is scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov.
       Wednesday, Sept. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed     www.speedworlddragstrip.com or                 1. “We want to say thank you to the
       Thursday, Sept. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.-4 p.m.     www.nhra.com/streetlegal/default.aspx.         racers in a way that isn’t just words on a
       Friday, Sept. 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.-8 p.m.                                                  piece of paper or a post on a message
                                                                                                                 New shoe: Race car builder and                 board,” said Weisinger. “Free entry could
       Saturday, Sept. 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
                                                                                                                 fabricator Larry Larson will drive             make the difference for a racer who
       Sunday, Sept. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
                                                                                                                 Aeromotive Fuel Systems’ twin-turbo Ford       otherwise might have to sit out the race.
       Monday, Sept. 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
                                                                                                                 Mustang in AA/AT at the Mac Tools U.S.         The World Street Nationals really is the
                                                                                                
								
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