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ADRL Adds Ford Safety Truck and Staff For 2011 Season

Courtesy of ADRL

O’FALLON, MO – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is excited to  announce the development of a new track safety program that includes a fully-customized, state-of-the-art safety truck, a full contingent of emergency equipment and the addition of two new safety technicians for the 2011 season.

Working closely with Ford, The Official Vehicle of the ADRL, the world’s top eighth-mile drag racing league will innovatively utilize a new Ford F-150 two-wheel drive extended cab with a short bed (6-foot), all powered by the new award-wining EcoBoost engine, for use during the 2011 ADRL Tour, which begins March 25-26 at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

The high-tech Ford truck will be equipped with a full array of track safety gear, ensuring that the ADRL will have the top and latest safety equipment available in order to provide the utmost security to the ADRL’s drivers and teams.

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FORCE, HIGHT, FORCE HOOD, NEFF, REINHART TONIGHT ON WFO RADIO

Courtesy of WFO

HOLLYWOOD, FL – John Force, Robert Hight, Ashley Force Hood, and Mike Neff with all make appearances tonight on WFO Radio following major announcements about the future of John Force Racing. In addition, the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart will join host Joe Castello, live tonight at 7 p.m. ET on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen live or on-demand following the show, go to WFORadio.com.

On tonight’s WFO Radio, John Force will discuss major announcements made at the John Force Racing press conference, his family’s new addition, and the formation of a new John Force Racing entertainment subsidiary.

Robert Hight, the 2009 NHRA Funny Car Champion will discuss his promotion to President of John Force Racing, his sister in law’s big announcement, and the 2011 season.

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Bankston Boyz Racing Adds Janes As New Member

Courtesy of ADRL

TERRY, MS – Bankston Boyz Racing has been busier than ever during the off-season and that leaves the team more excited than ever for the 2011 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season.

They are thrilled to announce the addition of David Janes to the team, as well as the debut of a new Pro Nitrous car for Bankston Racing veteran Stan Allen.

Janes, a longtime standout both as a chassis builder and a driver, will drive the ’68 Speedtech Camaro Allen drove to a top-8 finish in PN a year ago. Allen, meanwhile will now be behind the wheel of a brand-new lightweight ’69 Camaro, courtesy of David Janes Race Cars. That car is scheduled to go into the paint shop this week.

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NASCAR’s Busch to make NHRA Pro debut at Gatornationals

Courtesy of NHRA

Gainesville, FL – Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has announced that he will be making his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut at the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, March 11-13, at historic Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway.

The 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion will be competing for one of the 16 qualifying spots in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class in the Shell Dodge Avenger for Allen Johnson and J & J Racing.

“Pro Stock is the tightest pro category as far as the elapsed time is concerned and it’s not going to be an easy task,’ Busch said.  “I feel me teaming up with Allen Johnson and the Mopar folks, we’ve given ourselves the best opportunity to make the show.”

Busch spent a good part of his busy offseason testing with Allen Johnson and he earned his NHRA Pro Stock license with an impressive best-pass of 6.576 seconds at 210.43 mph at Bradenton, Fla.

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An online history lesson (IHRA/JEGS)

Courtesy of Jegs

Delaware, OH – Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. will soon strap on his helmet and begin his 2011 campaign at the IHRA’s season-opening Palm Beach Nitro Jam, which runs from Jan. 28-29 at Palm Beach International Raceway in southeast Florida.

The son of Troy Coughlin, grandson of Hall of Famer Jeg Coughlin Sr., and nephew of John, Mike, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. — all drag racing champions in their own right — Troy Jr. knows it’s a big deal to carry his family name into any event.  

Click here and enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTrbgRtl81k

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NHRA CREATES NEW PROGRAM FOR 2011 SUPER STOCK AND STOCK CLASS ELIMINATIONS

Courtesy of NHRA

GLENDORA, Calif. – After reviewing feedback from the Performance Aftermarket Advisory Council (PAAC) and a majority of NHRA contingency sponsors, NHRA officials announced today the creation of an innovative program for Super Stock and Stock class eliminations, which will be introduced at select NHRA national events during the 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Series season.

The new program will feature a 12-race class-eliminations schedule for Super Stock and Stock that will offer double contingency payouts at four of those events. A new bonus-points program will be instituted for the eight non-paying class-eliminations events, and season-ending contingency payouts will be awarded to two National Class Performers (stick and automatic divisions) in each category. Finally, to enhance competition in class eliminations, new stick and automatic combo classes will be created in Super Stock and Stock to group those classes that are represented by only one car.    

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