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IHRA Returns to Milan Dragway September 21 – 23


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IHRA Returns to Milan Dragway September 21 – 23




NORWALK, Ohio (September 13, 2007) – The Knoll Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will return to Milan Dragway September 21 – 23 for the rain-delayed Suzuki Motor City Nationals presented by GM Performance Division and Heritage Newspapers. As the first of three races left on the series, Milan Dragway has become a very important stop for competitors chasing world championships.




Of the five professional categories, four remain very tight, with only a few rounds of competition separating the drivers. In Knoll Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel, T.J. Zizzo leads veteran racer Bruce Litton by 54 points. The two have battled all season for the top spot since they met in the final round at the first race.




Current Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified points leader Scott Cannon Jr. leads Ed Hoover by 46 points. Pat Stoken and Quain Stott are both within 90 points of the lead. The title is still up for grabs as Cannon tries to follow in his father’s footsteps as an IHRA Pro Modified world champion.




With two wins each in the Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock class, Robert Patrick and Frank Gugliotta are No. one and two in the point standings. Gugliotta has been hot of late, having defeated Patrick last month in New Hampshire, but Patrick still holds a 35 point advantage. In addition, defending world champion Pete Berner still has a mathematical chance to take his second consecutive title. Patrick won at Milan in 2006.




Of all the professional categories, Alcohol Funny Car competitors are in the closest points chase. Mark Thomas, who has been to five of eight final rounds this season, leads Terry Munroe by a mere 18 points. Thomas, a six-time world champion, lost first round two weeks ago in Ontario and Munroe went on to win the event, and brings that momentum to Milan Dragway. Also still in the hunt is three-time former world champion Rob Atchison, 52 points back from Thomas.




The only class that is nearly locked up is Knoll Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car. Defending world champion Dale Creasy Jr. leads Jack Wyatt and the rest of the field, including Terry Haddock, Bob Gilbertson and Andy Kelley, by 280 points. Creasy has won five events this season.




Fans can witness all the racing during the Suzuki Motor City Nationals with special discounts available through the Heritage Newspapers. Adult tickets are $30 Friday or Sunday, $40 Saturday. Kid’s tickets are just $5 each day. However, with a coupon from the Heritage Newspapers, fans can receive $15 off a Friday or Sunday ticket, plus a free kids ticket. For more ticket information, log onto www.milandragway.com or www.nitrojam.com.




The Suzuki Motor City Nationals presented by GM Performance Division and Heritage Newspapers will be held at Milan Dragway south of Detroit September 21 – 23.




About IHRA


Headquartered in Norwalk, Ohio, the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), a division of Live Nation, promotes professional, semi-professional and local level racing opportunities for drivers at all levels. The $19.5 million Knoll Gas Nitro Jam™ Drag Racing Series is an 11-event North American professional drag racing circuit. In 2007, the series will be comprised of eight events in major cities throughout the United States and three in Canada. The Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Championship presented by Mr. Gasket consists of competition at national events and 40 events in six regional divisions, while IHRA’s Summit SuperSeries is conducted nearly every weekend at over 70 IHRA-sanctioned tracks. Providing a safe environment to develop future stars, IHRA offers the Junior Dragster Racing Series for youths ages 8-17. Stand-alone events include Live Nation’s entertainment-filled “Thunder Jam” shows and the street legal racing and lifestyle event series Kumho Street Warriorz. More information can be found at www.ihra.com.




About Live Nation


Live Nation is the world's largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We strive to create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues® music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.”





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