Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA Show attendees are invited to join in the final countdown of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The Final Four Championship contenders in each of the four POWERade Series categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) will come together at the NHRA Press Conference, open to all SEMA Show attendees, on Tuesday, 1:10 p.m., in the Continental Tire Media Experience in Room S219 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)

During SEMA Show week, all HRIA members are invited to celebrate and honor exceptional industry individuals during the HRIA Industry Awards Reception, Wednesday, October 31, 5:30 p.m., in the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Ballrooms A & B.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

CSK Auto Corp. reported that it completed all of its previously delinquent periodic SEC filings and is now current in its financial reporting. In addition, CSK Auto entered into a third amendment to its term credit agreement, increasing the leverage ratios for the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2007, as well as the first and second quarters of fiscal 2008, in order to minimize the possibility that it will be unable to comply with the leverage ratio covenants for these periods.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

NEW JOB: French Canadian open-wheel racer Patrick Carpentier will be a full-time stock-car driver next season. Carpentier will drive for Gillette Evernham Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series.

RETIRING: Dale Jarrett will retire after running seven races in the UPS Toyota during the 2008 season. His Michael Waltrip Racing teammate, David Reutimann, will take over his seat in the No. 44 after Jarrett runs the first four races of the season. The 1999 Cup champion will also race in the Bud Shootout and All-Star race.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

NEWS NUGGETS

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to change the way a manufacturer assigns the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to make sure there is a nearly endless number of possible combinations. The VIN is a grouping of 17 digits and letters unique to every car and truck in the United States but the current supply is shrinking (VIN positions: 1–3 identify manufacturer, 4–8 vehicle attributes, 9 accuracy code, 10 model year, 11 manufacturing plant, 12–17 sequential production numbers).

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA appointed Petra Smeltzer as the association's new director of congressional affairs. Ms.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

Early this morning, not far from Honda's U.S. facilities, we were lucky enough to get a quick glance at the next-generation Acura TSX. The new TSX will take on a more aggressive look, taking design cues from the Sports 4 concept car shown at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

Companies in the restoration industry are invited to participate in SEMA’s Automotive Restoration Market Organization’s (ARMO) 2007 ARMO Restoration Industry Roundtable.

Purpose: To provide a forum for ARMO-member restoration shops to network and discuss issues important to their businesses.

When & Where: Thursday, November 1, during the SEMA Show, 10 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in Room N237 of the Las Vegas Convention Center

Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 12:00am

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