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UPDATE: BRITTANY FORCE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

YORBA LINDA, CA — Reigning Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force was released from the hospital today after a precautionary overnight stay. She shows no lingering effects from injury except for some upper body soreness. Force will continue to recuperate at home.

BRITTANY FORCE ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY FROM POMONA, CALIF. INCIDENT

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2018) — NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racer Brittany Force escaped serious injury after a racing incident in the first round of Sunday’s eliminations at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Force’s Monster Energy dragster went out of control during the pass, made contact with the guard wall and came to rest past the finish line. She was responsive, speaking with medical personnel, and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Force suffered no major internal injuries but does have some bruising of the lungs. A CT Scan was negative and the MRI showed subtle findings likely from previous injuries. She was admitted overnight for observation simply as a precaution.

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COWIE, WESTERFIELD LEAD WINNERS AT LUCAS OIL SEASON OPENER

POMONA, CA – Shawn Cowie and Shane Westerfield each took home big wins at the season-opening 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Cowie and Westerfield were joined by a pair of first time winners in Steve Will and Paul Mitsos, and six other champions who took home the NHRA Wally trophy.

Cowie took out reigning NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster World Champion Joey Severance and former world champion Chris Demke in rounds one and two, then faced off with Garrett Bateman, Albany, Ore., in the final.  Bateman had the early lead but smoked the tires early in the run and could only watch as Cowie, Surrey, B.C., shot passed to a 5.333 second, 277.03 mph run for his 11th NHRA national event win.

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Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Rolls Out New Website

Mobile-friendly updates include the M/T Fast Finder and convenient Buy Now features

STOW, OH –  Finding and purchasing the perfect set of tires and wheels—any time, any place—has never been easier, thanks to the user-friendly changes made to the Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels website.

“We’ve freshened up our website with the auto enthusiast in mind,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “Whether you’re searching for light truck and Jeep, street tires, race tires or wheels, our mobile-friendly changes to mickeythompsontires.com allow you to find just what you need.”

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Flatout Gaskets Takes Nitrous Wars Into Third Straight Season

PITTSBORO, NC – It’s been one of the most popular racing programs to hit the stage in recent years, in no small part because of the incredible entertainment and competition it births. The Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars have been known by no other name as Flatout has retained unmatched support of the program since its inception. Flatout Gaskets now takes the Nitrous Wars into its third season.

The program, which gives a platform to Pro Nitrous engine builders and their drivers, both showcases these companies and gives way to friendly competition. Birthed out of unofficial smack talk, the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars boasts a larger-than-life nitrous bottle that is continuously handed off to the latest Pro Nitrous Low Qualifier who adorns the bottle as he or she wishes. At season’s end the engine builder whose customers hold the most Low Qualifier Awards gets ultimate bragging rights. So far, Musi Racing Engines has dominated the program.

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NMRA Kicks Off 2018 in Florida

The NMRA is kicking off the 2018 season at Bradenton Motorsports Park March 1-4. The 24th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout presented by Steeda Autosports will be jammed with wall-to-wall action as the World’s Fastest Fords descend upon the Gulf Coast of Florida.

From the ear-piercing revs of turbo, supercharged and nitrous-fed Street Outlaws to the high-winding RPM coming from Ford’s Coyote engine, this kicks off the 20th Anniversary of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals.

While the end of this season is still months away, it’s this race which sets the pace of the rest of the year, so while shaking off the winter doldrums may be on some racers minds, there are also championship runs to be considered. Whoever ends up in the Aerospace Components Winners’ Circle on Sunday, will get that out-of-the-gate boost needed to chase this year’s class title.

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Gilley Scores Stock Eliminator win in 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340

Pomona, CA – Just like in the professional ranks, a Mopar-powered NHRA Sportsman competitor visited the winner’s circle at Pomona. Larry Gilley marched through six rounds of intense competition and reached the finish line first in a heads-up final to claim the Stock Eliminator crown at Pomona in his 1968 Dodge Dart GTS 340.

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to win the Winternationals my whole life, since I was a kid and came her with my father,” said Gilley, 54, who also earned the $500 Dodge Top Finisher award with his victory. Winner of the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals event last year, Gilley has been competing for more than 15 years in nothing but Mopar-powered Dodge and Plymouth muscle cars.

“NHRA Sportsman racers are the most dedicated and passionate competitors, and we congratulate Larry Gilley on his victory today,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “Through our long-running Mopar Contingency Program, we are able to recognize and reward racers like Larry who compete and win with Mopar products. We hope this victory is the first of many in 2018 for our Mopar-powered Sportsman competitors.”

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Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Driver Hagan Triumphs at Season-opening NHRA Winternationals

Pomona, CA – Matt Hagan started the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series the same way he began his 2017 season — driving the Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands to victory at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California.

The two-time NHRA Funny Car champion wrapped up a dominant weekend in which he also claimed the pole in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car by outgunning Robert Hight in the final round at Auto Club Raceway. The victory was Hagan’s second straight at the NHRA Winternationals and the 27th of his career in 48 final rounds.

Adding to the Mopar and Dodge//SRT Sunday celebration was a runner-up showing by Hagan’s Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel and an NHRA Stock Eliminator win by Larry Gilley in a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 340. Hagan was also joined in the Funny Car semifinals by two of his Mopar-powered DSR Dodge teammates, Jack Beckman and Ron Capps.

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