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                                                  NHRA Tech Department announces Rulebook amendments
                                                                                                                                   Combustion Technologies USA
                                                  As part of its continuing efforts to                                             employees have created a Mark Niver
                                                  enhance safety, NHRA has announced                                               tribute decal that they are selling at
                                                  that rear carbon-fiber brake rotors and                                 Friends and
                                                  pads will be mandatory for Top Fuel                                              fans of Niver can have a decal shipped
                                                  dragsters, Funny Cars, Top Alcohol                                               to their address for a donation of $5
                                                  Dragsters, and Top Alcohol Funny Cars                                            per sticker; all proceeds will be
                                                  effective July 21, and front carbon-fiber brakes will be mandatory for           donated to Racers For Christ
                    presented by                  Funny Cars and Top Alcohol Funny Cars beginning Aug. 11. The vast                ( on behalf of the
                                                  majority of vehicles in these classes already use this equipment. As an          Niver family in his memory. “We were
                                                  additional safety enhancement, NHRA is also working with                         lifelong fans of NHRA Top Alcohol
Just a bit outside                                manufacturers on a secondary tethering device for parachutes in the Top          Dragster racer Mark Niver,” the
Matt Hagan, who                                   Fuel, Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, and Top Alcohol Funny Car                 organization said in a press release.
admits he’s better at                             classes. This is in addition to an enhanced specification for parachute          “His dedication to the sport and his
racing the DieHard                                mounting for the same four classes that was introduced earlier this year.        creative, quality-driven craftsmanship
Dodge Charger Funny                                   A radio-frequency-activated shutoff device, which shuts off the fuel         is an instrumental part of our business
Car than he is pitching                           supply, cuts ignition, and deploys the parachutes if the driver has not done     philosophy. As NHRA Sportsman
baseballs, threw out                              so after passing the finish line, will be mandatory beginning in 2011 for        racers ourselves, we believe Niver, a
the ceremonial first                              the Top Alcohol classes. This device has been mandatory in Top Fuel and          machinist by trade, was one of the best
pitch prior to a recent                           Funny Car since earlier this year. Top Alcohol drivers may install the           examples of ingenuity in action, a
San Francisco Giants                              receiving device on their vehicles and use it immediately at all of the          fundamental
vs. New York Mets                                 national events remaining on the 2010 schedule.                                  principle that
game at AT&T Park in                                  NHRA’s investigations continue into the tragedies that have struck           created the
San Francisco. Hagan made a valiant               the sport this year, and NHRA and the entire racing community again              National Hot Rod
attempt in the single pitch offered him, after    extend their deepest condolences to the families of those involved.              Association. He
saying he had practiced with his father,          NHRA continues to actively address safety issues and work to enhance             was also a
David, and wife Rachel on the 500-acre            safety in the sport.                                                             gentleman.”
Angus cattle farm he manages in
Christiansburg, Va., but fell just inches        Association news
short of a perfect strike. “It was a great       Greg Martin won his first Southern California Pro Gas Association
opportunity,” said Hagan, 27, who was            event during the Fourth of July weekend at Auto Club Dragway at
presented with an official Giants jacket and     Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. A day later, Paul Giacalone
cap. “It was so exciting because I got to        picked up his second win of the season and has posted notice that
walk through the tunnel right onto the field     he’ll be a major factor in the series championship, which concludes
like the Major League players do. It was         Aug. 28-29. Martin won th
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