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Some of you know already through word of mouth and some of you happen to have called
  the office today, but for those of you who don't know yet, it breaks my heart and  saddens
  me deeply to convey this news.  Topper Chasse passed away this morning.  Barbara is still
  making arrangements, so we have no details yet on a service. I am at a loss for words right
  now but I know many of you loved him and will miss him.  (Theresa)
*I have the information now for the funeral services for Topper Chasse. Wednesday, September
  14, 2005, 12:45pm.  Calvary Cemetery 4201 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles CA.  In lieu of flowers
  a donation to the following would be appreciated to: Downtown Women’s Center, 325 So. Los
  Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013,  or call 213-680-0600.  (Theresa)
* "Topper Chasse started racing in drag racing at an early age with the typical Ford road-
  ster.  Topper began road racing, a 356 Porsche, in the CalClub and SCCA events beginn-
  ing in 1955 or '56.  He spent the next ten years competing in the Porsche Owner's Club
  time trials that were held at all of the local road race courses.  He held several official
  posts in these clubs.  He drove many types of Porsche racers and crewed for several other
  race drivers.  He eventually spent a couple of years driving in the SCCA TransAm series.
  He then raced in the Willow Springs Raceway Road Racing Stock Car series.  The last few
  years Topper vintage raced 914 Porsches in VARA and HSR-West events.  He kept his his
  SCCA, Porsche Owners Club, Porsche Club of America, VARA and HSR-West drivers
  licenses current right up to the end."  (Ron Cummings)
*Topper Chasse had so many friends, and so many of you have offered to assist Barbara with
  Topper's museum, the memorabilia and cars there. She appreciates everyone's offers of help,
  as many of you are much more knowledgeable with the kinds items that are at the museum.
  However at this time she is overwhelmed with the amount of offers she has had. Right now her
  goal is to just get through the funeral tomorrow. She will not be making any changes or decisions
  regarding the museum or any of the cars for probably months and when she does she will have
  an executor handle all the details.  She does appreciate all the kindness and generosity of the
  offers, it's just more than she can deal with right now and prefers not to deal with it just yet but
  wanted to convey her thanks to all those who have offered.  I also want to thank all of you who
  have called and emailed with their kind words and thoughts and who have shared a little of their
  treasured memories of Topper with me.  I envy those of you who have many years of fond
  memories. I always loved listening to his stories.  Thank you, Theresa
*I can't remember if I told you about Don's (Weaver) heart attack and emergency quadruple by-
  pass surgery. If not let me know and I will fill you in on all the details.  Most important right now
  is to let your readers know he is well and on the mend and that the event is still on for Oct 22,
  and that we hope everyone will support it.  (Belita Weaver)
*http://www.oilstick.com/event/0509.htm, the above is a new link on the www.oilstick.com
  website for events of interest to Racing people.  It ties in with the Bulletin Board and from
  local information.  (Evelyn Roth, www.oilstick.com website owner/operator)
*Orah Mae Millar and Robin Millar are going to distribute Pete Millar's DRAGcartoon
  comics in the goody bag to be given out to everyone at the California Hot Rod Reunion at
  Auto Club Famoso Raceway on Sept 30-Oct 3, 2005.  "We are excited about this. Helping to
  keep the history of Drag racing alive," said Robin Millar.  Go to www.laffyerasphalt.com for
  more details on the work of the late cartoonist, which his family has kept going.  "Pete Millar,
  1929-2003, was a great drag racer, brilliant cartoonist and a best of friends to those who knew
  him. We lost Pete on February 28, 2003 but his work lives on. His loving wife Orah Mae and
  daughter, Robin will continue to offer the works available on this site and more neat stuff Pete
  did that was previously unavailable," said Robin.
*Ernie Nagamatsu will be entering Old Yeller II in the Coronado Speed Festival on October
  8-9, 2005, in San Diego, California.  Legendary driver Bill Krause will be driving the Max
  Balchowsky built car, just as he did back in 1959.  (Ernie Nagamatsu)
*Ermie Immerso Collection to be Auctioned.  Ermie was a 3 time Grand National Roadster
  Show winner, and his award winning cars and hot rods are for sale.  There will be no reserves
  and everything will be sold.  This includes: real estate, a 27,500 square foot building, hot rods,
  cars, engines, trucks, car parts, trailers, motorhome, machinery and more.  The auction will be
  held on October 29, 2005, at 10am.  The address is 2473 E. Rancho Del Amo Place, Rancho
  Dominguez, Ca.  90220.  See www.braunco.com or call 310-798-3123x100.  (Scrub Hansen)
*THE SALT IS HEALING- Much Optimism for World Finals.  Mike Waters, Mike Manghelli 
  and Larry Volk visited the Bub meet on Thursday to assess the salt conditions and the course
  prep. techniques used by the Bub folks. They gave me a preliminary report this morning. The
  condition of the salt overall is much improved. Probably a result of the August rains. Areas that
  were rough in August are now much smoother.  There are significant areas still wet at both ends
  of the BNI courses used at SW in Aug, but the center parts are dry and very smooth. The first
  1.5 to 2 miles of those courses still are rough with pot holes and standing water.  The Bub folks
  ran a 5 mile course in the area between the 2 Speedweek courses, starting at what would be the
  7.5 mile mark and running back toward Wendover. Then for their (2 way) return run, starting at
  about the 2.5 mile point and running back. There is water and wet salt beyond their course in
  both directions.  The area we first staked out for courses in July to the east of the SW courses
  is dry and fairly smooth. The salt driving over to this site is considerably smoother than it was in
  August.  Use of the new drag built and used by Bub has been offered to SCTA/BNI. While the
  drag has lots of adjustments for the blades, we will have to test it and make decisions about what
  to use when the time comes.  It is way too soon for any decisions yet. The meet is on until it is
  cancelled. We will just have to see what cards mother nature deals us or leaves us in early
  October. We have plans to once again send an advance team up to scout the best salt and hope-
  fully find 1 or with luck, 2 good courses.    Roy Creel (forwarded on by George Callaway)
*Could you please do me a big favor and remind people that do not know about Cruisin' For A
  Cure, that as of today, Labor Day, we have 2,246 PRE-registered cars, there is still time to get
  their registrations in by going to www.cruisinforacure.com and getting a registration and mailing it
  in.  ANY MAN OVER 40 years old can come out to the Orange County Fairgrounds, on Sept
  24th, from 7 am to 5:30 p.m., and get a FREE prostate cancer screening.  They can have the full
  exam or just the blood test, but take advantage of it.  They can call me for questions.  714-803-
  9216, or go to the website.  Thanks.  Debie Baker
*Don Weaver has scheduled his Legends of Ascot Reunion for October 22, 2005, at Perris
  Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, California. This year's honorees will be Bob Hogle, Ted Halibrand,
  Alex Morales, Hal Minyard and Danny McKnight.  This event honors the legendary Ascot Track
  that J.C. Agajanian and his family made famous over in Gardena, California.  The last two events
  had over 600 racers in attendance.  Contact Don for tickets at LegendsofAscot@aol.com or call 
*The IAMA rule and entry forms for 2005 contest are now ready as a printable PDF at:
  http://www.aztexcorp.com/expressionengine/index.php/autoawards.  The International
  Automotive Media Awards
updates are also listed on that website.  (Walter Haessner)
*Perris Auto Dragstrip, Lake Perris, CA, racing schedule for 1/8 mile dragstrip. Racing will take
  place every Friday night and is open to anyone 16-years old or over with a valid registration,
  drivers license and a helmet. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are allowed.  Gates will open at 4 PM
  every Friday with racing from 5-10:30 PM.  Tech will close at 9 PM, and you cannot run if you
  do not go through tech inspections.  Admission: spectators $10, competitors $20. (Kim Donner)
  Sept 23, Sept 30, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 18.
*The Annual Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame put on by the Gold Coast Roadster
  and Racing Club in Santa Barbara County, will be held the last Saturday in September at Jack
  Mendenhall's Gas Pump Museum in Buellton, California.  For reservations and further info see
  http://www.oilstick.com/event/gasupcost.htm  This event honors the Dry Lake and Bonneville
  land speed racers who have dedicated their lives to go as fast as their ingenuity and mechanical
  skills would take them.  It is also an opportunity to see the fabulous Gas Pump Museum.  Mark
  and Vickie Mendenhall and their family and friends will serve the best Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip
  Steak and Beans Bar-B-Cue that you will ever eat.  (From Evelyn Roth)                
*SCTA/BNI World Finals October 12-15 (Vehicle Inspections begin on Oct 11)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule: 
  October 23, November 12-13.
*NHRA Street Legal sanctioned drag racing every Thursday night at Irwindale Speedway,
  January to November.  See www.Irwindalespeedway.com for Summit schedule and Junior
  Dragster program.  (Doug Stokes) 
*2005 Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA schedule of upcoming races.  For more information
  on the 2005 Perris Auto Speedway schedule, please call (951) 940-0134.  (Scott Daloisio)
  Sept 17, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
  Sept 24, PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Hornets, IMCA Modifieds/Lightning Sprints
*Jack and Mary Ann Lawford have a great e-Zine for hot rodders in Www.Hotrodhotline.com
  and another website for Trucks at Www.HotRodTrucks.com.
*2005 California Dragway schedule at the dragstrip, California Speedway, Fontana, CA. 
  Contact Dave Danish at 909-429-5060 or go online at www.Californiaspeedway.com.  All
  dates and times are subject to change:
  Sept 15-18, 7am, NHRA Lucas Oil Series (9am on the 15th)
  Sept 24, Noon, Street legals
  Oct 1-2, 8am, Fun Ford Weekend
*Irwindale Speedway programs, see www.Irwindalespeedway.com for schedules and updates.
  2005 Irwindale oval track racing schedule:  Gates open 4:30, races start at 6pm.
  September 17  Late Models, Mini Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks, Dodge Super Trucks, 
            Legend Cars.
  September 24  Super Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks,
            Pure Stocks-Women, Pick Your Part Figure 8s. 
  October 1  Super Late Models, Late Models, Speed Trucks Challenge.
*Irwindale Speedway offers Thursday night drag racing.  Pros and street legal racing welcome. 
  1/8 mile track.  Entrance fee $20. Spectators are $10.   See Dragstrip track manager Bob Klein
  626-358-1100 x 211.  (Doug Stokes)
*2005 ASA Speed Truck Challenge racing/television schedule (Pacific Standard Time):
  Sept 17 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to air Nov 12, 8PM, Repeat Broadcast TBA
  Oct 1 race at Irwindale Speedway to air Nov 19, 8PM, Repeat Broadcast TBA    
*2005 Southern California Top Comp Schedule:   (From Gregg Suyenaga)
  Race 7 October 15 Las Vegas Mike's Transmission
  Race 8 October 16 Las Vegas Mike's Transmission
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
  Sept 16-18, 14th Annual East Coast Nationals, Rhinebeck, NY
  Sept 23-25, 4th Annual Mid-Western Nationals, Kansas City, KS
  Sept 30-Oct 1-2, 13th Annual Lone Star Nationals, Ft Worth, TX
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions.  Call 909-622-8562
  Sept 30-Oct 2, Automobile Club of Southern California, California Hot Rod Reunion,
     Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
  Sept 15-18, 21st Annual NHRA Nationals, Reading, PA
  Sept 22-25, 20th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Dallas, TX
  Sept 29-Oct 2, 5th Annual Carquest Auto Parts Nationals, Chicago, ILL
*2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule: For info call Mike OLeary 812-825-9614 
*SEMA Club Newsletter is at www.semasan.com
  Unable to access SEMA Newsletter
*Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule:                                                    
  Sept 17, Virginia Motor Speedway, 50 laps                                            
  Sept 23, Lernerville Speedway, 50 laps                                             
  Oct 7-9 Challenger Raceway,  TBA
  Raindate Oct 21-23 See macs1@verizon.net and  http://www.macsracing.com  (Andy Geesey)  
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:
  Oct 29, Atlanta Motor Speedway
*2005 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule (Linda K. Mansfield)
  Sept 22-24, Watkins Glen International, 250 miles
  Oct 7-9, Virginia International Raceway, 400 Km
*2005 Nextel Cup Series schedule (NASCAR):      
  Sept 18, New Hampshire International Speedway
  Sept 25, Dover International Speedway
  Oct 2, Talladega Superspeedway
  Oct 9, Kansas Speedway
*The John Force Cruise Night is held on the last Wednesday of each month from 5-8 P.M. at
  the shop in Yorba Linda, CA 92887.  Contact Craig Hoelzel for details about vendor space, how
  to show your car, or for directions.  Craig is at craig@johnforceracing.com  While you are there,
  check out the Force Racestation gift shop next door.  It is a fascinating store filled with all sorts
  of collectibles, including broken parts from John's Funny Cars, autographed by the 13 time NHRA
  Funny Car Champion himself.  You'll find artwork, paintings, photographs, hats, jackets, apparel,
  pins, die cast cars, souvenirs and just about anything that you could want.  If Force is in town and
  not on the race car circuit, he will be glad to sign your collectible.  See hundreds of hot rods and
  vintage cars, rock to the music of the '50's, purchase some delicious food, and meet your fellow
  hot rodders.  Celebrity racers and hot rodders are known to show up for this one of a kind hot
  rod cruise night at the legendary John Force Racestation.
*The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's schedule of events:
  Sept 10-26, Los Angeles County Fair.  Special admission price of only $1.
  Sept 30-Oct 2, California Hot Rod Reunion, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, California 
  Oct 5, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
  Nov 2, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade. 
  Nov 11, Night of Champions, FREE admission from 6:30-10pm.
  Nov 13, Street Rod Parade, at Pomona Raceway, 9-9:30am.
  Dec 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Annual Holiday toy drive.
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
  Sept. 30,Oct. 1-2   SBR Virginia Motorsports Park T Richmond-Petersburg, VA
  Oct. 7-8-9  SBR National Trail Raceway T Columbus, OH
*Sept. 16, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com,
   Season Championship Double Points.  All Classes.      (Dustin Jarrett)
*Sept. 23, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com,          
   Late Model Special "HARVEST 50." All Classes.      (Dustin Jarrett)
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:    
  Sep 15, Thursday Night Street Wars street legal grudge drags 8pm-1 a.m.
       16, Final GlobePC.com SHOW N GO FRIDAYS 6pm-midnight.
       17, Meadow Gold NHRA Jr. Dragster Series 8am-1pm.
       17, Jerrys Nugget Drag Racing Series LV F-Body Assn drags 6-11pm.
       17, Motorcycle Madness No. 5 -- street bike grudge drags 11pm-1:30am.
       30, Test n Tune 6-10pm.
       30, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem 10pm-2am.
*Special Reunions and events during the year: 
  Walt and Dottie James' CRA Reunion in January
  Hila Sweet's Car Racers Reunion in April
  Boat Racers Reunion in June       
  Gold Coast Club's Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in September
  Wally Parks' NHRA Motorsports Museum's California Hot Rod Reunion in October
  Don Weaver's Legends of Ascot Reunion in October
*O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series Points: 3185 Tim Tungate, 3125
  Whitney McQueary, 3025 Mike Jewell, 2885 Aaron Hatton, 2880 Chris Combs, 2830 Michael
  England, 2780 Tyrel Todd, 2570 Wayne Chinn, 2275 Frankie Coomer, 2200 Shannon Thorns-
  berry.  (Dustin Jarrett)
*Industry Hills Speedway Motorcycle Races at the Industry Hills Event Center, in the City of
  Industry, CA.  Wednesday Nights, AMA Sanctioned. Adults $12, Juniors $8, Children $4, and
  those 5 and under are FREE!  Tapes Up 7:30 PM. Contact: Freddie Orosco at 909-681-4911,
  Dukie Ermolenko at 714-952-8580 or E-mail: ermospeed@sbcglobal.net. For rider signup see
  Ryan Evans at 626-643-7598 or email sideways31@aol.com.
*Industry Hills Speedway Motorcycle Races 2005 SCHEDULE:
  September 14.
*2005 Stacker 2 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule: (Doc Lehman)
  9/16          Tri-City Speedway, Granite City, IL                      
  9/19          I-55 Speedway, Pevely, MO                            
  9/29-10/1 Stacker 2 Nationals/Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA                          
  10/7-8      West Virginia Motor Speedway, Mineral Wells, WV         
*NARA Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Points After Sept 4, 2005: Don O'Neal 5150,
  Earl Pearson Jr 5040, Donnie Moran 4860, Matt Miller 4755, Scott James 4205, Freddy
  Smith 3755, Tim Dohm 3645, Brady Smith  2830, Brian Birkhofer 2725, Terry English 2360.                  
*Though the competition is sometimes stiff at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion, there is
  always one winner: the local economy.  It is estimated the Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2005 Reunion,
  presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, will generate more than $6.2 million for
  the communities of Kern County during the three-day event - double the amount generated just
  two years ago.  Based on average hotel and food costs released by the Bakersfield Convention
  and Visitors Bureau, those attending this year's Reunion are estimated to spend more than $4.3
  million on lodging and food alone.  "Obviously, the Reunion is important to all the communities of
  Kern County due to the substantial economic impact," said Don Jaeger, president of the Visitors
  Bureau.  In 2003, revenue generated by the Reunion was estimated at $3 million.  Doug Heaton,
  General Manager of Bakersfield's Doubletree Hotel, said all 262 rooms at the hotel are reserved
  well before the Reunion rolls into town.  "The Doubletree is the largest hotel in Bakersfield, yet
  we're completely booked nine months before Reunion weekend," said Heaton.  "There isn't
  enough lodging in Bakersfield to handle the influx of Reunion attendees, so fans drive in from the
  hotels, motels and camping grounds of the surrounding communities."   "Last year, the local TV
  station reported that hotel rooms were sold out 50 miles away because of the Reunion," said
  Sam Jackson, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona,
  Calif., producers of the event. "And it's not just the hotels that are filling their coffers. According
  to our estimates, more than $1.8 million will be spent on car rentals, souvenirs, fuel, site rentals,
  campsites and admission fees."  Now in its 14th year at historic Famoso Raceway, the 2005
  Reunion is expected to attract more fans than last year. Also, requests for information and access
  from local and national media indicate an increased level of interest in the event.  "With more
  interest and increased attendance, we expect the Reunion's direct economic impact on Bakersfield
  and Kern County to be greater than ever," said Jackson.  Tickets for the NHRA California Hot
  Rod Reunion, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, are available by calling
  800/884-6472.  A full event credential is $55 for adults and only $10 for those under 16.  Full
  event credentials include a "goody bag" that features the highly collectible Reunion Annual and a
  dash plaque.  AAA members receive a $5 discount on a full event credential or $2 off on
  Saturday or Sunday daily tickets when they show their membership card.  Camping passes are
  available with credential purchase at $50 and swap meet spaces are just $40 for a 20'x20' space. 
  Daily tickets may be purchased at the gate of Auto Club Famoso Raceway, north of Bakersfield
  on Highway 99.  For Reunion information, call 909/622-8562 or visit http://museum.nhra.com.
  For the 11th consecutive year, the Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest affiliate of
  the AAA, is the presenting sponsor of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion. The Automobile
  Club of Southern California has been serving members since 1900. Today, the Auto Club's
  members benefit by the organization's emergency road service, financial products, travel agency
  and trip planning services, highway and transportation safety programs, insurance products and
  services, automotive pricing, buying and financing programs, automotive testing and analysis and
  legislative advocacy. Information about these products and services is available on the Auto
  Club's web site at www.aaa-calif.com.  (Bill Groak)
*Sept 10, Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA, race results:   SUPER STOCKS-Mike
  Hixson, Ed Perry, Ron Meyer, Brian Pannone, John Caley.   STREET STOCKS-Dave Vreatt,
  Hap Veritch, Curtis Dietzsch, Blaine Whitson, Steve Smith.   EXTREME TRUCKS & SUV’S-
  Kevin Hocking, Kenny Mann, Russ Wernimont, Bill Bartel, Art Peterson.   HORNETS-Bobby
  Hogerhuis, Aaron Knox, Tony  Thompson, Tom Hess, Jaeger Jones.  PICK-A-PART
  CRUISERS-Tyson Talkington/Dillon Lewis, Ray Bundy/Dean Holdridge, Scott Urquart/David
  Hill, Ton Gillum/Jeff Gillum, Cyndi Garnica/Lynn Lillie.  (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*The 2005 Monterey Historic races will be shown this Friday, Sept. 16th at 12 Noon (2 hours)
  on SPEED Channel.  (Sent in by Ernie Nagamatsu, owner/driver of Max Balachowsky's Old
  Yeller II)
*Editor's notes-The following was sent in by Doug Stokes:  As many of you have noted, this
  is my last official day at Irwindale Speedway and Dragstrip. Bear in mind that I've not even begun
  to clean out my desk or take some of the personal stuff off the walls in the trackside press room. 
  I will this week some time.  It's been a great eight years at the Speedway and I really must thank
  my terrific boss Bob DeFazio, and our great owner Jim Williams, for all their encouragement and
  support along the way.  I must also thank all of the great Speedway staff. Their teamwork and a
  can-do attitude have made my job a breeze.  And then there's the media.  Their accurate and
  enthusiastic coverage of events at Irwindale have put our name before the world and we surely
  appreciate it. I really hate to leave before the season is over, but the situation at my new employ-
  ment requires my presence (actually, I need to learn the business before the holiday rush!).  This
  new adventure is an opportunity for ownership for me in a field that I've loved for a long, long time.  
  Please, when you're in the LA area, stop by Autobooks-Aerobooks (Burbank) and say hello.  
  After over 10 year of working at a racetrack (Perris and Irwindale) I'm going to miss the daily
  excitement of that business...However, I'm sure that becoming a shopkeeper wiil have PLENTY
  of "adventure".  Most of all I'll miss all my many friends who make the Speedway what it is.  The
  fans, the crews, the drivers, the officials, and especially "my" photogs and one-man press box
  "staff".  You guys (Leroy, Mo, Earl, Bobby, Garry, Issac, Howie) ... Keep at it, you all know the
  drill ... All I ever had to so was unlock the doors and give you your "pay" (a coupon for a free hot
  dog and a coke), you guys always did all the rest!  THANKS!-STOKES   Oh yeah, I'll be back
  to help out on the Toyota All-Star and the Thanksgiving Night GP (how could I miss those two
  classics?)  (that's me on the right ... the guy on the left kept trying to hog the shot)      THANKS!
*Sept 10, Irwindale (CA) Speedway race report: Rod Johnson led all 75-laps of the Lucas Oil
  Super Late Models 25-car feature to win on the banked, half-mile Irwindale Speedway.  Bryan
  Harrell won the 40-lap Vista Paint Super Stock race on the half-mile.  Greg Tucker took the
  35-lap Grand American Modified event on the third-mile inner track.  Steve Stewart won the
  25-lap Pick Your Part Figure 8 contest.  Mark Whitson won the Justice Brothers Pure Stock
  35-lap main on the third-mile track.  Michelle Rouse took the Pure Stock women's league race.
  Jesse James, star of the TV Show Monster Garage, became part of a controversial fracas during
  the 11-car, 25-lap Figure 8 race.  James' bumper hooked Harry Kuenniger's bumper at the X
  intersection. James continued, but Kuenniger's car stopped. Kuenniger then drove against oncom-
  ing cars towards turn three and just missed James' passing car. He went out of his way and tried
  to ram James' car two more times. On the final attempt Kuenniger cut from turn three and rammed
  the right side of James' car as it exited turn four.  Kuenniger left his car and jumped up and down
  on James' car. James emerged and fists flew before the two angry drivers were separated.  An
  Irwindale Police patrol car at the track for traffic control drove onto the track and into the infield.
  Officers put Kuenniger in the police car and removed him from the premises.  (Courtesy of Tim
  Kennedy's Irwindale Speedway report)
*This just arrived and I am forwarding so you at least have a "heads-up" on it.  Remember
  Don't download a .exe file unless you know it is safe!  (Evelyn)  Emails with pictures of
  Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment that you open these emails your com-
  puter will crash and you will not be able to fix it! This e-mail is being distributed through countries
  around the globe, but mainly in the US and Israel.  Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to
  whomever you know. Confirmed at: http://www.snopescom/   Origins: There are few headlines
  that would grab the attention of more computer users around the world than "Osama bin Laden
  Captured," and that's exactly what whoever created this lure was counting on to snare unsuspect-
  ing victims who use Microsoft platforms.  "Osama bin Laden Captured" isn't a virus in itself; it's
  the text of a message that includes a link to a file called EXPLOIT.EXE. When a message
  recipient clicks on this link to view what he thinks are pictures of Osama bin Laden's capture, he
  can end up downloading an executable Trojan known as Backdoor-AZU, BKDR_LARSLP.A,
  Download.Trojan, TrojanProxy.Win32.Small.b,or Win32.Slarp.  Clicking the embedded link in
  the "Osama bin Laden Captured" message auto-executes a file called "EXPLOIT.EXE," which
  exploits a known security hole to download the Trojan.  According to McAfee Security.
(Courtesy of Jason Tolleson at SEMA)
*URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT; Massachusetts Bill to Ban the Sale/Installation of After
  market Exhaust Systems to be Considered on Tuesday, September 13.  A bill (H.B. 2011) to
  ban the sale or installation of “an exhaust system which has been modified in a manner which will
  amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust” will be considered by the Joint Transportat-
  ion Committee on Tuesday, September 13.  The bill has been revised from previous versions to
  exclude limited-use “antique motor cars.”  This amendment represents a clear attempt by the bill’s
  sponsor to divide the automobile hobby in an effort to gain cleaner sailing for this restrictive and
  damaging piece of legislation.  We Urge You to Call or E-Mail Members of the Transportation
  Committee Immediately to Oppose H.B. 2011.  For those interested in attending the hearing to
  show their opposition to the bill, the committee will meet on Tues., September 13 at the following
  address and time: Capitol Building, Room A-1, Boston, Massachusetts. 10:30 a.m.  H.B. 2011
  ignores the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently
  without increasing emissions.  H.B. 2011 does not supply law enforcement with a clear standard
  to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust
  system is in violation. H.B. 2011 fails to recognize that aftermarket exhaust systems offer increas-
  ed performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel up
  hill, etc. H.B. 2011 would make it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with
  more durable, better performing options.  H.B. 2011 would only exclude “antique motor cars”
  defined as those vehicles over 25-years old which are used exclusively for exhibitions, club activit-
  ies, parades, etc.  DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Massachusetts Joint Trans-
  portation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their opposition to this bill at: 
  Steven Baddour Steven.Baddour@state.ma.us  (617) 722-1604
  Harriette Chandler Harriette.Chandle@state.ma.us  (617) 722-1544
  Mark Montigny Mark.Montigny@state.ma.us  (617) 722-1440
  Thomas McGee Thomas.McGee@state.ma.us  (617) 722-1350
  Jarrett Barrios Jarrett.Barrios@state.ma.us  (617) 722-1650
  James Timilty James.Timilty@state.ma.us  (617) 722-1222
  Robert Hedlund Robert.Hedlund@state.ma.us  (617) 722-1646
  Joseph Wagner Rep.JosephWagner@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2460
  Brian Knuuttila Rep.BrianKnuuttila@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2900
  Frank Hynes Rep.FrankHynes@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2552
  William Galvin Rep.WilliamGalvin@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2220
  Anne Paulsen Rep.AnnePaulsen@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2140
  Timothy Toomey Rep.TimothyToomey@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2692
  Stephen LeDuc Rep.StephenLeDuc@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2915
  David Linsky Rep.DavidLinsky@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2210
  Paul Frost Rep.PaulFrost@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2489
  Paul Loscocco Rep.PaulLoscocco@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2220
  Stephen Canessa Rep.StephenCanessa@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2425
  Carl Sciortino Rep.CarlSciortino@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2014
  Martha Walz Rep.MartyWalz@hou.state.ma.us  (617) 722-2425
*The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation’s 2005 Murray Scholars have been selected as the
  result of a nationwide essay competition.  Seven journalism students will be honored on Monday
  evening, December 12, at the “Great Ones”-Murray Scholars’ award banquet being held at the
  world-famous La Quinta Hotel & Resort in La Quinta, California.  Judges were Larry Bohannan,
  The Desert Sun; Mike Downey, Chicago Tribune; Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News;
  John Nadel, Associated Press-Los Angeles Bureau; Karen Rosen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution;
  Tim Sullivan, San Diego Union-Tribune; and John Walters, Sports Illustrated and SI on Campus.
  The 2005 scholarship winners are: Andrew Abramson, University of Florida; Nate Bethea,
  Indiana University; Thomas Bransfield, Trinity College; Peter Bulger, University of Montana;
  Heather Comak, Syracuse University; Audrey Dutton, Columbia University; and Joseph Werk-
  meister, St. Bonaventure University.  (Linda McCoy-Murray)
*Perris Auto Speedway announced that this Saturday night, it will be “Bald Night” at The PAS. 
  All fans who are completely bald will get into the races free, according to Don Kazarian, track
  Manager.  Call 951-940-0134 for more info.  (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*Perris Auto Speedway, VALVOLINE USAC/CRA POINT STANDINGS: Rip Williams 1448,
  Damion Gardner 1437, Mike Kirby 1329, Cory Kruseman 1328, Charles Davis Jr 1103, Rickie
  Gaunt 1018, Mike Spencer 921, Josh Ford 840, Tony Jones 743, Seth Wilson 727, Steve
  Ostling 723, Danny Sheridan 701, Alan Ballard 667, R.J. Johnson 590, Jordan Hermansador
  565, Bobby Cody 415, David Cardey 409, Jimmy Crawford 405, Danny Ebberts 362, Bobby
  Graham 339.  (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)