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*Larry Beck of www.HotRodCruises.com passed away this morning, Tuesday, March 21, 2006,
  at 5:30am at UCLA from a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He and his wife Paula have
  been producing car cruises throughout Southern California for several years including the John
  Force RaceStation Cruise Nights, Million $ Breakfast Cruises and several others.  There will be a
  memorial service/cruise this Sunday, March 26, at 9am in Irvine; just down the street from John
  Wayne Airport, at the following location that is at the site of the weekly “Million $ Breakfast
  Cruise.”  There is parking for 800 vehicles, so please bring your street rod, muscle car, antique
  or classic and be apart of this day to celebrate Larry Beck’s life.  Taleo Mexican Grill, 3309
  Michelson Drive, Irvine 92612.  405 Freeway - Exit Jamboree South – LT Michelson Drive –
  LT Carlson into parking lot.  In lieu of flowers, Larry’s wife Paula has requested donations be
  sent to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) Donation.  See the following website  
  https://www.pancan.org/Donate/donateonline.html     (Deb Baker & Craig Hoelzel) See Illness & Obit
*The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is undergoing yet another major improvement as it
  gets set to resume the 2006 drag racing season.  The timing system’s old copper cables have
  been replaced with a new fiber optics system.  This is the first track in the country to have the
  fiber optic system installed. The Strip has been on a one-month hiatus as LVMS prepared for its
  annual NASCAR Weekend (March 10-12).  Drag racing resumes next week at The Strip at
  LVMS with Wednesday Night Street Wars on March 22.  The third annual Mopars at the Strip
  (www.moparsatthestrip.com) all-Chrysler event will take place March 24-26, and BFGoodrich
  Midnight Mayhem returns Friday, March 31 at 10 p.m. The Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag
  Racing Series for bracket racers resumes April 1. The Jerry’s Nugget Championship Drag Racing
  Series resumes April 1 and the first of two NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events –
  the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals–is scheduled for April 6-9.  Call 702-632-8213 or see
  www.LVMS.com.   (John Bisci)
*A bill (SB 184) to provide for a one-time registration fee of $50 for vehicles at least 60 years old
  was passed by the Maryland State Senate.  Under the measure, the one-time registration is not
  transferable to a subsequent owner.  SB 184 was substantially amended from previous versions. 
  The bill now moves to the House Environmental Matters Committee.  (Jason Tolleson-SEMA)
*Tony Thacker has joined NHRA as executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports
  Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California.  He joins NHRA with nearly
  20 years of experience with marketing, public relations and communications. He most recently
  served as the vice president of marketing for SO-CAL Speed Shop, a world-renowned builder
  of street rods and race car parts manufacturer.  (www.hotrodhotline.com)
*SEMA model legislation, that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and
  custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was approved by the
  Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee.  H.B. 2212 defines a street rod as an alter-
  ed vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and
  manufactured after 1948.  The bill allows kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate
  of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely re-
  semble.  H.B. 2212 will now be considered by the full Massachusetts House of Representatives.
*NASCAR's Jeremy Mayfield, 2-time NHRA Top Fuel Champ Larry Dixon & Funny Car
  Teammate Tommy Johnson Jr appeared on last Saturday's SpeedFreaks TV show.  Seen
  every Saturday night at 9pm PST/12midnight EST or see www.speedtv.com/programs/219/  
  SpeedFreaks can also be heard Sundays on Radio at 10pm EST/7pm PST, and on Saturday's
  at 4pm EST/1pm PST.  Or go to www.SportsByline.com
*2006 O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series April Schedule:
  Apr 7  Ponderosa Speedway, Junction City, KY.  3rd Annual Spring 40
  Apr 8  Ponderosa Speedway, Junction City, KY.  1st Annual Ponderosa 50
  Apr 14  Florence Speedway, Union, KY.  Spring 50 Tune-Up
  Apr 15  Florence Speedway, Union, KY.  Spring 50
  Apr 22  Brownstown Speedway, Brownstown, IN.  23rd Annual Hoosier Dirt Classic
  Apr 28  Richmond Raceway, Richmond, KY.  Spring Shootout
  Apr 29  Bluegrass Speedway, Bardstown, KY.  9th Annual Spring Sizzler  (Dustin Jarrett)
*USAC CRA POINT STANDINGS- Damion Gardner – Concord, CA - 274, Cory Kruseman
  Ventura, CA - 267, Mike Spencer – Temecula, CA - 207, Danny Sheridan – Santa Maria, CA
  153, Rip Williams – Yorba Linda, CA - 138, Rickie Gaunt – Torrance, CA - 135, Tony Jones
  Norco, CA - 135, David Cardey – Riverside, CA - 129, Josh Ford –Camarillo, CA - 128,
  Mike Kirby – Torrance, CA -128.  (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*8th Annual K&N FILTERS SHOW AND GO Car Show and Street Race for Charity,
  downtown Riverside, and the Perris Auto Speedway, May 5-7.  Drag strip entry fee of $20 will
  get you and your car, truck or motorcycle on the track for the drag racing portion of the event.
  There are three classes of racing fun, Pre 1956, Quick Street and Quickest 16. Trophies will be
  awarded in all three classes. Gates open 6:30 AM, tech inspection 7 AM-10 AM. Qualifying 8
  AM to 11:30 AM, followed by a lunch break, the national anthem, interviews with special guests,
  then drag racing eliminations until the winners are crowned. See www.perrisautospeedway.com 
  (Bruce Flanders and Doug Stokes) 
*Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series April Race Schedule- (Spencer Wilson)
  Apr 1    Brownstown Speedway, Brownstown, IN, 9th Annual Indiana Icebreaker
               See www.brownstownspeedway.com
  Apr 8    Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA, Jimmy Mosteller Classic www.dixiespeedway.com,
  Apr 9    Cherokee Speedway, Gaffney, SC, www.cherokeesuperspeedway.com,
  Apr 21-22 The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, NC, Inaugural Colossal 100
               See www.lowesmotorspeedway.com
  Apr 29  Hagerstown Speedway, Hagerstown, MD, 25th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Memorial
               See www.hagerstownspeedway.com   (Spencer Wilson)
*NARA Battle of the Bluegrass Open Wheel Modified Series 2006 Schedule
  April 22  Lake Cumberland Speedway Burnside, KY
  May 19  Ponderosa Speedway Junction City, KY 
  May 20  Richmond Raceway Richmond, KY 
  May 27  Bluegrass Speedway 6th Annual Mod Squad Bash Bardstown, KY
  June 3    201 Speedway Sitka, KY 
  July 1     Lake Cumberland Speedway Burnside, KY 
  Aug 5    201 Speedway Sitka, KY 
  Aug 11  Ponderosa Speedway Junction City, KY
  Aug 12  Bluegrass Speedway 6th Annual Bluegrass Rumble Bardstown, KY
  Aug 19  Richmond Raceway Richmond, KY 
  Sept 16 Lake Cumberland Speedway Burnside, KY (Dustin Jarrett)
*Barbara Hamilton was the first woman to receive a license to drive a supercharged car in NHRA
  Championship Drag Racing.  She will be honored as Grand Marshall of the 4th annual Holley
  NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by DuPont Automotive Finishes, on June 16-18,
  at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. Hamilton talked about her experiences.
  "My partner Nancy Leonello and I had some great experiences. Two gals in their early 20s,
  racing a blown Willys in supercharged gas coupe and sedan class traveling the midwest; it
  doesn't get any better than that. Our trip out west to Malformation in 1967, flat-towing the
  Willys (we never owned a trailer), racing at Long Beach and Irwindale was unbelievable. 
  One of the funniest stories I can remember was a race at Quaker City (my home track). We
  had run there Friday night and had blown a head gasket. We had to take off the blower,
  injectors, manifold and one cylinder head. I fixed the o-ring in the block, put on a new had
  gasket, and finished putting the motor back together. We finished late on Saturday night.
  We left for the track about noon on Sunday. Got there and tried several times to fire the
  car, without success. Pulled the line off the injectors and cranked the motor over to see if
  we were getting fuel from the pump and we were. By that time, we had quite a large crowd
  gathering to watch us. Pulled a plug out and it was totally dry. As I was standing there, I
  spotted a tiny piece of duct tape and new immediately what I had done. I always put tape
  across the bottom of the blower when I removed it. In our tired haste Saturday night, I had
  forgotten to remove it. I didn't want to be embarrassed in front of everyone; so we just
  walked away and went up to the stands until the crowd went away.  I can recall another
  time, when I put the hydro back in without the big o-ring; and had automatic transmission
  fluid running out everywhere when I was warming up the trans on the jack stands at the
  track. What I miss the most is the challenge. Yes, I do see the racers. Every October in
  Cleveland we have a reunion for all the racers from northeast Ohio who raced during the
  late '50s and '60s. We have had as many as 140 people, with such names as Joe Shubeck,
  Joe Hrudka, Ron Hassel, Eddie Schartman, Big Wilson, Lou Novotny, Glen and Gene
  Swartz, the Nosse brothers, Micky Hart, Chuck Finders, Dave Meal, Larry Sikora and so
  many more. It's a truly great gathering of geezers. There always has been a lot of interest
  in racing from the '60s, especially in gas coupe and sedan classes.  I think that most people
  interested in drag racing today want to know how and where it originated. I think in many
  ways that we were pioneers. I think most of us owned, built, tuned and drove our own cars.
  We didn't have crate motors, fully assembled cylinder heads, electronics and computers. We
  bought parts from junk yards and built short blocks in our backyard garages. It didn't cost
  us a whole lot of money and most anyone could do it. I sometimes feel sad that some young
  person today couldn't compete as I did back then.  I still follow drag racing. I wait every
  week for National Dragster to come and Dick and I attend several major events each year:
  always the Gators and always Indy. Today's racing is AWESOME. Horsepower has always
  tripped my trigger; and they sure know how to make it today. It is different today than it
  was years ago and though I love it today, I am glad that I raced when I did. It was simple
  and fun back then. It is very much a job today.  My favorite driver is John Force. I love his
  enthusiasm. I can feel how much he loves the sport. I am also in awe of the gals driving
  today; Shelly Anderson, Melanie Troxel, Hillary Will, Erica Enders, Ashley Force, Angelle
  Sampey, Karen Stoffer and others. I also have great respect for Kim Richards and her
  great mechanical ability. They are living their dreams been there; done that. I know their
  frustration, joy and satisfaction.  They are building their memories now as we did 45 years
  ago. I hope they enjoy the moment."   This year's honorees are Malcolm Durham, Bobby
  Langley, Gene and Ron Logghe, Jim Farr and Bill Roell known as "Short Round and Dauber" and
  Mike Spitzer.  The Justice Brothers Reunion Spotlight award will shine on Top Fuel Pioneer
  Motorcycles.  Those honored will be feted at a reception open at no charge to the general public.
  See http://museum.nhra.com    (Mike Hollander)