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NHRA: Memorial Day Weekend Racing Boosts Excitement in Topeka

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND RACING ADDS BOOST OF EXCITEMENT IN TOPEKA: Already home to some of the most historic runs in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history, Heartland Park Topeka created an added incentive for fans by hosting the 26th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals over Memorial Day weekend, May 23–25. It marks the eighth of 24 events during the 2014 NHRA season, and all of the stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock are already anticipating the added excitement of racing on a holiday weekend.

Movers & Shakers: Martin & Co. Promotes Holly Krozel to VP; Steve Filipiak Named Midwest Truck & Auto Parts’ Marketing Director

Here is a brief look at some of news and updates from around the specialty-equipment industry. Companies featured this week: Martin & Co., Midwest Truck & Auto Parts, Northwood University, Larte Design and more.

Racing News: Trans Am Series Heads to Canada, Ron Fellows Set for Return

Ron Fellows will return for his 100th Trans Am start as an entrant and part track owner next week at Round 4 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship—a part of the Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend. Competing in the TA class in the No. 6 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, Fellows will race alongside Doug Peterson—driver of the No. 87 Chevrolet Corvette and defending TA Champion. Peterson currently leads the TA class in points with 94. Joining Peterson will be Tony Ave, Amy Ruman, Cliff Ebben, Simon Gregg, Allan Lewis, Andrew Romocki and Marc Steenbakkers.

Memorial Services Announced for Cindy DeLoach

Cindy DeLoach, 66, passed away, Wednesday April 9, 2014, following a two-month battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis and pneumonia. She was married to automotive journalist and SEMA ambassador Dick DeLoach.

NHRA: Chevrolet Named Official Truck

CHEVROLET NAMED OFFICIAL TRUCK OF THE NHRA: The NHRA has signed a multiyear agreement with Chevrolet, designating the U.S. vehicle manufacturer as the Official Truck of the NHRA. As the Official Truck of the NHRA, Chevrolet will have a major on-site presence at all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. Most notably, the all-new Chevrolet Silverados and Suburbans will be used by the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA for emergency response and track preparation.

Ralph Panico Passes Away

On Friday, May 5, Ralph Panico celebrated his 75th birthday with family and friends. Two days later at 6:30 a.m., while sleeping comfortably next to his wife Judy, he succumbed to complications resulting from his long battle with diabetes.

Movers & Shakers: Jason Bruce Named Holley’s VP of Business Development; Scott Holst Joins Wes-Coast Marketing

Here is a brief look at some of news and updates from around the specialty-equipment industry. Companies featured this week: MAHLE Aftermarket, The Marx Group, Brenton Productions and more.
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