EMPA convention notes

Notes from the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Convention PHILADELPHIA (January 20, 2002) - The Eastern Motorsport Press Association held their annual convention at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia N.E. this weekend. The National Hot Rod ...

Notes from the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Convention

PHILADELPHIA (January 20, 2002) - The Eastern Motorsport Press Association held their annual convention at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia N.E. this weekend. The National Hot Rod Association, Indy Racing League, NASCAR and representatives from several regional series made presentations to members of the media on Saturday afternoon. Following are notes from the presentations:

In a five year agreement recently announced, Powerade will become the title sponsor of the NHRA starting in 2002. The agreement, which has several five year options, will see Coca Cola become the official soft drink of the NHRAMike Dunn, who was recently released as the pilot of the Darrel Gwynn Yankee-sponsored top fuel dragster, will team with Marty Reid in the ESPN broadcast booth for 2002. Dunn replaces Cruz Pedregon who will return to on track competition this seasonKenny Bernstein will drive the Budweiser top fuel car for the last time in 2002. In 2003, the reins of the famous Budweiser top fueler go to Kenny's son Brandon. Brandon has been driving top alcohol dragster. A highlight of the 2001 season was the father and son duo each winning their respective class at Las Vegas.

Hayne Dominick of the National Grand Prix displayed the layout of the 1.7-mile circuit at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., which will host the ALMS this summer. Race organizers have in place a ten year agreement with the District of Columbia to hold the race at this site. The agreement also provides an additional five year option to be exercised by race organizers. More information is available at www.nationalgrandprix.com. The website will be upgraded in February with the multimedia design work being performed by Cinemagic.

Dr. Joe Mattioli of Pocono Raceway reported that federal funding has been gained to provide an additional exit on I-80 to serve the speedway. While the new exit still has to clear several more hurdles before work can begin, the Mattioli's are hopeful the project will soon come to fruition. Mattioli also plans to have a motorsports museum on the grounds. The building to house the museum has been completed, but it will take another year before the museum becomes operational.

The United Racing Club will be officially known as the Advance Auto Parts URC Sprint Car Series sponsored by Bars Leaks in 2002. The URC enters its 55th season of competition ion 2002 making it the oldest traveling sprint car series in the country. Curt Michael and Dave Ely will both compete in the entire series this year.

DIRT Modifieds will travel west to Eldora Speedway in 2002. The 100-lap event is scheduled for September 28, 2002. The American Late Model Series will be the support event Jack Hewitt will compete in the DIRT event.Tony Stewart will compete in at least one DIRT event at Volusia during Speedweeks in Florida next month.

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Series Automotive
Drivers Tony Stewart , Mike Dunn , Kenny Bernstein , Cruz Pedregon , Jack Hewitt