Issue 15: April 28, 2006
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TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER by Steve Waldron
From 1997 to 2001, Jack O'Bannon's Norm Grimes-tuned blown alcohol dragster was virtually unbeatable. With Rick Santos driving, the team won 28 national events and five consecutive Top Alcohol Dragster championships. Now, five years and five months after their last win, O'Bannon and Grimes are at it again. (page 48)
COMP by Phil Burgess
For the last five years, Tom Mettler had been like a lot of Comp racers who have competed in the class during its 43-year history: He had enough horsepower to win but was missing that little something extra to put him over the top. Not anymore. He tells ND how he got his mind around winning, once and for all. (page 54)
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PLUS:National DRAGSTER Interview: Larry Morgan – "Forget about finding 20 horsepower. We're looking for two horsepower, and we drive ourselves nuts trying to find it." Morgan had that observation and more when he sat down with ND Senior Editor Kevin McKenna for a candid chat.(page 18)
Featured Drivers: Tire-spinning Tennesseeans – From Raymond Godman in 1947 to modern-day star Clay Millican, the Volunteer State has spawned some of the sport's most accomplished and tenacious drag racers. ND's Bruce Dillashaw and Brad Littlefield present a gallery of the greatest. (page 32)
First Person: On The Run with Tony Pedregon – "With two consecutive weekends off, it is commonly perceived that teams put their race cars away and go fishing. In reality, most teams regroup and service the car and their equipment to prepare for the next several events." (page 22)
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