FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 NORTHWEST NATIONALS PRO STOCK NOTEBOOK *Calling it quits: Unsponsored Pro Stock driver Pete Williams is selling his Pontiac Firebird, the Richard Maskin engine that...
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NORTHWEST NATIONALS PRO STOCK NOTEBOOK *Calling it quits: Unsponsored Pro Stock driver Pete Williams is selling his Pontiac Firebird, the Richard Maskin engine that powered him to seventh in the Winston standings halfway through this season, his 18-wheel transporter, and all the parts and pieces necessary to compete at the top level of NHRA Winston Drag Racing. Williams said that apart from winning a national event, he had accomplished all he had wanted. At one time or another, he beat almost all the heavy hitters of the category, including Warren Johnson, Bob Glidden and Bruce Allen. "I really enjoyed myself," Williams said. "The people at NHRA and Winston were really supportive. I came over here just wanting to be competitive and I think we were, but right now, my business is going through some changes, and I need to concentrate on the business to assure my future and my family's." Williams owns Williams Pallet Service in his hometown of Cottondale, Ala., a multimillion-dollar business that provided funding for his racing program. *Road trip: Jim Yates is continuing a recent family tradition and defusing the stress of the NHRA Winston championship race by traveling between the three stops on the NHRA's Western swing in a motorhome with his family. Yates, his wife, Toni, and their three children drove from Denver to Sonoma, Calif., and then to Seattle, with a few stops along the way. "We're going to stop at Salt Lake City and Park City, and see what the places we ski at in the winter look like in the summer," said Yates, an avid skier. "It gives us time with the kids, and we're not as rushed." *Going roundy-round: The Reher-Morrison Pro Stock team is synonymous with success in drag racing, but R-M recently opened a new chapter after fielding a late-model stock car with crew chief Al Mallory and driver David Starr. The team's first outing was the Firecracker 100 at San Antonio Raceway, a half-mile asphalt track, where Starr won the race after qualifying seventh. The Reher-Morrison team plans to run in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1998 and is seeking sponsorship support for that program. R-M, based in Arlington, Texas, builds engines and fields the Slick 50 Pontiac Firebird Pro Stock driven by Bruce Allen. *Truckin': The exhibition NHRA Pro Stock Truck program will continue at the Northwest Nationals as Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford pickups will race against each other in exhibition passes. Longtime NHRA competitors Jerry Haas and John Lingenfelter will drive two Chevrolet S-10 trucks, Team Mopar Pro Stock drivers Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion will drive two Dodge Dakotas, and Roy Hill and Richie Stevens will drive two Ford Rangers. All six trucks will participate on an exhibition basis at the remaining NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series national events this season. The Pro Stock Truck program started at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals, June 12-15 at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, with Chevrolet exhibition passes by Haas and Lingenfelter. Dodge made its debut at the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, July 17-20 at Denver. Ford is scheduled to unveil its trucks at the Autolite Nationals, July 25-27 at Sonoma, Calif. The Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford trucks each are powered by a 358 cubic-inch, eight-cylinder engine. The minimum weight of the trucks with driver is 2,300 pounds. *Dodge trifecta: All three Dodge Avengers that compete in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series qualified at the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals in mid-July at Denver, only the second time that feat has been recorded this season. Scott Geoffrion was 12th in the Team Mopar Avenger, Allen Johnson was 13th in the Amoco Avenger, and Darrell Alderman was 15th in the Team Mopar Avenger. All three Dodges also qualified at the Mopar Parts Nationals, May 15-18 at Englishtown, N.J. *Performance prediction: There's little doubt that the Pro Stock elapsed-time track record at Seattle International Raceway will fall during this event, Jim Yates said. Warren Johnson set the record, 6.964 seconds, at the 1995 Northwest Nationals. "No. 1 will be 6.93 to 6.95," Yates said. "If the weather cooperates, you could see big elapsed times." *On the lookout: Jim Yates is searching for a primary sponsor for 1998 after McDonald's announced recently that it is withdrawing from NHRA Winston Drag Racing after this season. McDonald's has sponsored Yates' Pontiac Firebird since the start of the 1995 season. "We've got a couple of opportunities but nothing in stone," Yates said. "Without a name on the dotted line, we're sweating a little bit. It's not a position that I want to be in." *Schedule: Pro qualifying starts at 3 p.m. Aug. 1 and continues at 7 p.m. that evening. Qualifying ends with sessions at noon and 4 p.m. Aug.2. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. Aug. 3. Federal-Mogul competition starts at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 1. *Tickets: Tickets are available for the Northwest Nationals. Call Seattle International Raceway at (206) 631-1550. Tickets also are available at Ticketmaster outlets in Washington, Oregon and western Canada. *On TV: ESPN2 will televise two hours of same-day, final-round competition from the Northwest Nationals at 5:30 p.m. (PDT) Aug. 3. ESPN2 also will show two hours of live, Friday-night qualifying at 7 p.m. (PDT) Aug. 1. -30- 7/21/97-SW4-112
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