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					                                                 C&L signs Johnson
                                                Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson has signed an associate
                                                marketing/sponsorship agreement with C&L Companies of Urbandale, Iowa, and its
                                                consortium of motorcycle aftermarket parts companies. Hotcams, Hotrods, Pivot
                                                Works, Cylinder Works, and Vertex Pistons, all of which build parts primarily for use
                                                on dirt bikes and quads, are listed under the C&L Cos. umbrella.
                                                    “Steve brings the kind of experience and enthusiasm to C&L Cos. that will
                                                ultimately provide our products and services with the national exposure we’ve been
                                                seeking,” said C&L CEO Curt Leaverton. “For all of Steve’s successes on the track,
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                                                which includes things like winning the NHRA U.S. Nationals and all of those top 10 points finishes, it’s the
                                                professionalism that he brings to his marketing work that really got our attention.”
                                                    C&L and Johnson will work together to target motorcycle dealerships and aftermarket outlets in the
                                                marketing area of future NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series races that would benefit from hosting a
Making European History                         personal appearance by Johnson’s Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle team.
Racing in the opening round of the
FIA European Drag Racing Series at             Breaking in a Mopar
England’s Santa Pod Raceway,                   Roy Johnson has finally had a chance to play with the present that his son, NHRA Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger
Melanie Troxel lost in the opening             driver Allen Johnson, bought for him for Christmas last year: an ’09 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Roy
round of Pro Mod, but she didn’t               Johnson, who builds the Mopar Hemi engines for his son’s J&J Racing Pro Stock team, took his first runs in his
leave the fans disappointed. After             Mopar Drag Pak Tuesday, May 25, at the team’s home track of Bristol Dragway. Johnson’s best passes were 10.65,
losing in the first round of                   125.95 and 10.73, 125.35 — not bad for a 68-year-old who hasn’t raced in
eliminations, Troxel returned for an           almost 30 years. “Everybody says it’s like riding a bike. Well, it is, but they’ve
                        exhibition run         moved all the pedals because the car is so different,” said Johnson with a
                        and recorded           chuckle. “I’ve been watching everybody else for so many years, and now I’m trying
                        the fastest Pro        my hand again. I think it’s pretty cool.” Johnson will see how he stacks up to the
                        Mod pass in            competition following his long layoff at his first post-retirement race, the NHRA
                        European drag          Thunder Valley Nationals June 18-20 in Bristol. Johnson will race in Stock with his
                        racing history, a      5.7-liter Hemi-powered entry.
                        stunning 5.937
                        at 242.42 mph,          Challenge winner
                        with her R2B2
                        Racing Camaro.
                                                Paul Romine and his crew, led by tuner Mike Cavalieri, began the 2010 season by winning the
                                                DragRacingOnline AA/FC Challenge presented by Lucas Oil event held May 28-30 at Gatewa
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