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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (626) 914-4761 REVELL NATIONALS PRO STOCK NOTEBOOK *All but done: Jim Yates has all but wrapped up his second consecutive NHRA Winston championship in the McDonald's Pontiac...

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REVELL NATIONALS PRO STOCK NOTEBOOK *All but done: Jim Yates has all but wrapped up his second consecutive NHRA Winston championship in the McDonald's Pontiac Firebird, as he leads second-place Warren Johnson by 347 points. Johnson knows that consecutive first-round losses at the Sears Craftsman Nationals last month at Topeka, Kan., and the Pennzoil Nationals presented by AutoZone earlier this month at Memphis, Tenn., ended any chance he had of catching Yates. "Realistically, this is a done deal," Johnson said. "It was a done deal four months ago. We did something a while ago to screw this thing up -- it couldn't be that everybody has stepped up that much -- but we don't know what." Johnson hasn't won or been in a final since the first half of the season ended with his defeat of Yates in the final round of the other Sears Craftsman Nationals, in Madison, Ill. "I look at it this way: The sun isn't going to shine on the same dog's rear every day," Johnson said. "It's the same thing with Bob Glidden and some of his streaks. All you can do is enjoy your success when it's there because when it goes away, there's nothing you can do. "In the end, it all evens out anyway." *No surprise: Many NHRA followers were surprised that Jim Yates continued his strong performance after renowned crew chief and engine builder Richard Maskin left the team in late February. Maskin built the powerful engines that powered Yates to his first NHRA Winston championship last season in the McDonald's Pontiac Firebird. But Yates' archrival, Warren Johnson, isn't surprised by Yates' continued success with new engine builder Bob Ingles. "I figured they'd keep the same performance level," Johnson said. "Bob Ingles is an extremely competent machinist. I'm sure he's uncovered something in Maskin's philosophy that might have been erroneous. He's probably found ways to add four or five horsepower." Yates has been inspired by the doubters. "A lot of the reason we're getting better every race that is that people said we couldn't do it," Yates said. "We're just the kind of team you don't say that to. If people said we couldn't fly, we'd probably be on the top of this building trying to fly without an airplane." *Mr. Consistency: Bruce Allen is quietly enjoying a strong comeback season in the Slick 50 Pontiac Firebird fielded by the Reher-Morrison team, based in Arlington, Texas. Allen is a firm fourth in the NHRA Winston Pro Stock point standings, one year after finishing 18th. Consistency has been crucial to Allen's success. He is one of only five NHRA Pro Stock drivers to qualify for all 19 races this season. The others are first-place Jim Yates, second-place Warren Johnson, third-place Kurt Johnson and fifth-place Steve Schmidt. Allen, also from Arlington, also has advanced to at least the quarterfinals at the last four events. He was runner-up at the Slick 50 Nationals presented by Western Auto in March at Houston and the Mopar Parts Nationals in May at Englishtown, N.J. *Sudden impact: Mark Osborne has raised a few eyebrows with a powerful return to NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series competition in the Dick Sherman Racing Pontiac Firebird. Osborne came back at the Pioneer Electronics Keystone Nationals last month at Reading, Pa., qualifying 15th and losing in the first round. Two weeks later, he qualified No. 1 at the Sears Craftsman Nationals in Topeka, Kan., and advanced to the semifinals. Osborne, from Abingdon, Va., finished runner-up at the Pennzoil Nationals presented by AutoZone earlier this month at Memphis, Tenn. The finishes were impressive considering that Osborne hadn't raced since late September 1996. But Osborne is no stranger to success, as he finished a career-best ninth in the NHRA Winston point standings in 1994 and won the Fram Nationals in 1995. Car owner Dick Sherman bought all of his equipment except engines this summer from Bill Orndorff, who fielded cars for Jerry Eckman until this June. NHRA suspended Orndorff and Eckman in June for using nitrous oxide, an illegal performance additive, in their engines. Sherman uses engines built by Finish Line, the company started by Pro Stock driver Mike Thomas. *Schedule: Pro qualifying starts at 3 p.m. Oct. 17 and continues at 7 p.m. that evening. Qualifying ends with sessions at noon and 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. Oct. 19. Federal-Mogul competition starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 16. *Tickets: Tickets are available for the Revell Nationals. Call Texas Motorplex at (800) 668-6775. Tickets also are available at Ticketmaster outlets. Call Ticketmaster Dallas at (214) 373-8000. *On TV: The Nashville Network (TNN) will televise 90 minutes of live, final-round competition from the Revell Nationals at 4:30 p.m. (CDT) Oct. 19. TNN also will show one hour of live, first-round racing during its "NHRA Today" show at 11 a.m. (CDT) Oct. 19. *On the Web: The NHRA home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.goracing.com/nhra/ offers more information about NHRA Winston Drag Racing, including qualifying and eliminations results, news, point standings, statistics and driver biographies. -30- 10/8/97-DT4-162

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Bob Glidden , Bruce Allen , Steve Schmidt