Houston John Myers interview (Pro Stock Bike)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 MYERS CONCENTRATES ON ENTIRE PRO STOCK BIKE FIELD ENTERING HOUSTON BAYTOWN, Texas -- Many observers of NHRA Winston Drag Racing think this could be the first season...

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Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761

MYERS CONCENTRATES ON ENTIRE PRO STOCK BIKE FIELD ENTERING HOUSTON

BAYTOWN, Texas -- Many observers of NHRA Winston Drag Racing think this could be the first season this decade that John Myers and Dave Schultz face serious competition for the championship.

Myers doesn't buy it one bit. This season will be no different than any other, in his mind.

"That's pretty much what everybody says," Myers said of the claim that Matt Hines and Angelle Seeling also have entered the title race. "But you can lose to anybody. In the past, I had to beat everybody I went against, not just Dave. I cut no slack to anybody."

Myers, from Birmingham, Ala., will continue that aggressive approach on the Close Call Phone Card Suzuki at the 10th annual, $1,631,200 Slick 50 Nationals presented by Western Auto, March 20-23 at Houston Raceway Park. The race is the fourth event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997.

If anyone knows about upsets, it's Myers. He entered the season-ending Winston Select Finals last October with a 22-point lead over Schultz and his fourth championship in sight. But Myers was upset in the first round by Stephanie Reaves when the transmission broke on his Suzuki. Schultz finished runner-up at the event and won the championship by 39 points.

"I learned from it, and it's forgotten," Myers said. "That problem was fixed."

So was a chassis problem that plagued Myers at the end of last season. He raced all of last season on the chassis that he used to win the 1995 championship. His team, Star Racing, found more horsepower last season, and the old chassis couldn't handle the new power.

Myers has a new chassis and engine this season, and he produced runs ranging from 7.34 to 7.36 seconds on the new bike during testing. His career-best in NHRA competition is 7.407.

--Schedule: Pro qualifying starts at 3 p.m. March 21 and continues at 7 p.m. that evening. Qualifying ends with sessions at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 22. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. March 23. Federal-Mogul competition starts at 10 a.m. March 20.

--Tickets: Tickets are available for the Slick 50 Nationals. Call Houston Raceway Park at (281) 383-2666 or check the track's World Wide Web site at http://www.houstonraceway.com for ticket information. Tickets also can be purchased from Ticketmaster. To order through Ticketmaster, call (713) 629-3700.

--On TV: ESPN2 will televise two hours of live, final- round competition from the Slick 50 Nationals at 4 p.m. (CST) March 23. ESPN2 also will televise Friday-night qualifying with a two-hour, same-day show starting at 11:30 p.m. (CST) March 21. All-day, live coverage of final eliminations will be shown on pay-per-view from 10:30-6 p.m. (CST) March 23. The telecast costs $14.95. Viewers must order the programming through their satellite or cable provider.

--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-

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