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Tony Nesbitt Fire, UPDATE

Commerce, GA – Tony Nesbitt got a real scare during the third round of qualifying in Super Street when a fuel line broke as he was clearing the motor.  His was able to get out unharmed and it appears the car was not hurt thanks to the quick reaction of the Atlanta track crew. 

Sunday morning update – the team worked all night and have the car back together.  We will see Team Midnight in round one of Super Street. 

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Track Prep underway for Day 2 of NMCA/NMRA Nitto Tire Nationals

Commerce GA – After rain shortened the second round of qualifying at the 3 rd Annual Nitto Tires All-Star Nationals, the Atlanta Dragway crew is hard at it preparing the track for today’s competition.  Qualifying will resume with the second round after it was was halted around 9 PM last night by rain. 

The rest of the day’s weather forecast calls for clear skies and cool temps in the low 70’s.  Should prove to be a great day for record setting performance.  If you can’t make it to the track, stop by the live feed, galleries or event results to stay up on the latest action at the third Annual Nitto Tire NMCA/NMRA All-Star Nationals.  Sundays forecast is even better!

Martin Leads Pro Extreme after Day 1 of Safety-Kleen Spring Drags II

Courtesy of ADRL

JUPITER, FL – Joey Martin is even quicker than he realized.  The Pro Extreme driver predicted his crowd favorite Lowmad would run between a 3.648 and a 3.659 in the staging lanes leading up to his third qualifying pass during Friday’s American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Safety-Kleen Spring Drags II at Palm Beach International Raceway.

But Martin went even quicker, going an incredible 3.642 at 205.35 miles per hour to stay in the top qualifying spot after one exciting day of action.

“I guess the track is a little better than I anticipated,” Martin joked.

“It just feels good to roll up in here and run as good as we do.”

Martin stole the show in Pro Extreme under the PBIR lights on Friday, but several others helped make it a memorable qualifying night in the ADRL’s first visit to Florida.

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Roy Hill to Debut Coca-Cola Sponsored Cobra Jet at zMax Dragway

Courtesy of Roy Hill

CONCORD, NC – It’s the type of partnership everyone thought would never happen.  Everyone, that is, except Roy Hill.

At this weekend’s 2nd Annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, the venerable drag racing icon will debut a new Super Stock Ford Cobra Jet Mustang featuring the bright red livery of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated.

“I couldn’t be more excited to announce this partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated,” said Hill, the Sophia, NC-based drag racing school owner. “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to be involved with such a well-known and well-respected company both in the Charlotte community and nationwide.”

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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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