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Leverentz and Kulik back with PMRA for the 2011 season

Courtesy of PMRA

ELMA, NY – The Pro Modified team of Oddy’s Automotive, Inc. and Kulik Automotive plans to make a concerted effort on this year’s Pro Modified Racing Association Tour.

“We’re planning on making all the PMRA shows,” said car owner Dave Leverentz. “That’s at the top of our list.”

The team only raced in two PMRA events last season, but is going to participate in the entire 2011 season. Dave Kulik Jr will continue to drive the 1967 Chevy Camaro Pro Modified.

While he wouldn’t mention specifics, Leverentz said “there are lots of changes for the car” this season, and is hoping to be a contender with the G-Force Race Cars product.

A SSI Superchargers 14-71 High Helix supercharger has been added for 2011 and the car will continue with a Lenco three-speed transmission and an Oddy’s Automotive fuel system.

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CVR Inc. renews with K&K Race Team for 2011

Courtesy: Z.I.M.

STRATFORD, ON –  Two-time and defending Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts Champion Kevin Wicke and the K&K Race Team are proud to announce that CVR Inc. has renewed its support for the 2011 season.

The Arnprior, Ontario based CVR will once again be a prominent part of the K&K Race program.

“We have worked with Bruce at CVR for a number of years, and last season he stepped up his support and will continue to be our major partner this season,” said team driver Kevin Wicke.

“We are very proud to be associated with CVR and their great line of products. They make the highest quality parts and are a great company to work with.”

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Manners, Evans locked in epic Pro Fuel battle

Courtesy of IHRA

NORWALK, OH – Same story, different year. It was only five months ago when Bill Evans and the “Black Pearl” crew wrapped up their first Nitro Jam championship to conclude an epic title fight with Mike Manners that wasn’t decided until the final pass of the 2010 season.

This year, already halfway through the schedule, it appears the same great battle will once again dominate the headlines as Evans and Manners are once again locked in an epic struggle in Nitro Jam’s popular 100 percent nitro-powered dragster class heading into Pro Fuel’s biggest race of the year next month in Pittsburgh.

After sweeping the Pro Fuel class in San Antonio Michael Manners has closed within two points of class leader Bill Evans

“It has been a wonderful year so far for our team, especially with the two wins in San Antonio. We were a little disappointed with some of the inconsistency the first half of the year, but the car is running as good as ever at this point in the season,” Manners said. “The crew has done an excellent job keeping us fast and competitive and it looks like this year we might have something for that ‘Black Pearl’ team.”

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From “Pure” HELL and Back!

Courtesy of Goodguys Racing

Pleasanton, CA – The Goodguys Racing Pro Mod ’69 Camaro driven by Marc Meadors has a new look and a whole new attitude heading into the 2011 season.

Following a major setback last fall in Sacramento when a freak accident in the staging lanes destroyed the car and injured Marc’s young son, the team has regrouped, reloaded and repainted the car. Better yet, 8 year old Grant Meadors is doing well, while still recovering from his injuries and is ready to watch his dad kick asphalt this year.

Those familiar with Northern California drag racing history will instantly recognize the Camaro’s new paint scheme. In honor of long time family friend and Drag Racing Hall of Fame inductee Rich Guasco, the Goodguys Racing Camaro sports the famed “Pure Hell” flames and candy burgundy hues that made the Fuel Altered a worldwide sensation. 

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Mickey Thompson to sponsor PMRA, Quick 32 Sportsman Series and PBSS

Courtesy of PMRA 

Stow, OH – One of the premier names in motorsports tires, Mickey Thompson, has returned to provide contingency awards in its support of the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike and Sled Series(PBSS)  for 2011.

“Mickey Thompson is one of the top names in racing tires,” said Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS. “We are pleased to have them return for the upcoming season.”

Founder Mickey Thompson, who began to market racing tires in 1963, is best known for his exploits in off-road racing, but the Californian was an important player in the early years of drag racing, and was one of the first racers in the evolution of the modern dragster.

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BERNSTEIN, DEJORIA, FRANTIC FORD, ALAN REINHART TONIGHT ON WFORADIO

Courtesy of WFO

HOLLYWOOD, FL – Copart Top Fuel dragster driver Brandon Bernstein, Tequila Petron TA/FC standout Alexis DeJoria, and Frantic Ford TA/FC owner Bobby Frey, will join Joe Castello along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart, live at 7 p.m. ET on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen live or on-demand following the show, go to WFORadio.com.

Bernstein, coming off a runner up finish at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, will discuss 4-Wide drag racing at zMax Dragway this weekend, the new NHRA Christmas tree format for the race, and his team’s momentum going into the weekend.

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Nitro Jam’s Harley riders providing best show on two wheels

Courtesy of IHRA 

NORWALK, OH – They are the true daredevils of the sport, modern day masters of the impossible.

 Reaching the fastest speeds in the world among the two-wheeled community with no traditional safety nets to speak of, the riders of the Nitro Harley division are renowned for their death defying 220 mile per hour passes, incredible showmanship and parity among the racers.

And all of that has been on display and then some on the IHRA’s Nitro Jam tour this season.

Through four Nitro Jam events already completed in 2011, all four Nitro Harley riders have tasted victory and all four have taken their turn at the head of the pack. Beginning with Steve Dorn at Palm Beach through Randal Andras’ big win in San Antonio earlier this month, the Nitro Harley riders has proven the most competitive of the quintet of Nitro Jam classes and they are showing no signs of slowing down entering the second wave of races beginning next month.

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