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Where The Pavement Ends 13.2 http://www.nitronic.com/research/wtpe.html March 27, 1998--Izzy Wizzy, let's get busy! Although the balkanization of Left Coast nostalgia drag racing has many bleacher bums worried (cf. the Goodguys VRA hosting only...

Where The Pavement Ends 13.2 http://www.nitronic.com/research/wtpe.html

March 27, 1998--Izzy Wizzy, let's get busy! Although the balkanization of Left Coast nostalgia drag racing has many bleacher bums worried (cf. the Goodguys VRA hosting only three West Coast races in '98, the American Nostalgia Racing Assoc in limbo, the wide-eyed Pro Nitro series getting hammered by the weather at the inaugural race at Tucson), some pundits have come to the conclusion that it may work out for the best, after all...To wit, the Goodguys can focus their resources and promotional horsepower on a couple of powerhouse dates (don't miss the Jim Davis race 18-19 at Sears Point); ANRA has a new owner and president, as well as a new schedule posted (lotsa' action in Arizona beginning with their Season Opener May 22-23 at the Speedworld Motorplex in Phoenix--except for a Sepember date at the gloriously podunk Redding drag strip, not so much action in Cali, unfortunately...); Pro Nitro is creating its own rhythm (with any luck we'll have dates for you cyber nitromaniacs posted soon) and now, entering the fray is good ol' LA County Raceway (nee Palmdale, natch) which is bellying up to the bar with its Top Fuel Challenge '98: The 4-race series features free entry fee for the car and driver of the fuelers (always a bone of contention with the nitro crowd--I mean you wouldn't ask Randy Travis Tritt to fork over 40 clams to his won concert, wouldja'? Good God, man, he's the show!!), plus a $1500 purse for the winner of the 8-car show. *AND* the winner of the series claims another 2 g's, g. First race: "The Irwindale Re-Union," April 25-26. Get thee to Palmdale, I say.

One of the pioneers of both dry lakes and salt flat racing has passed on to a place where there is no potash mining: George Radnish, 80, one of the founders of both the Southern California Timing Association and the Bonneville Nat'l Speed Trials died last week at his home in Joshua Tree, CA. Godspeed.

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