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VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car

03/16/2006
The VIPsports.com Top Alcohol Funny Car Team is loading up for their first race of the 2006 season. The March 17-19 37th Annual NHRA Gatornationals, in Gainesville, Florida, will be the first of the season and the first of four straight race weekends for the Michigan-based ParkerTech Racing Services crew.

VIPsports.com used the December, 2005 Performance Racing Industry Show to announce their return as team sponsor. Since then, Frank Parker, team owner, has been straining his burst panels to prepare the team. During a rare quiet moment in the shop, Parker commented on the renewed relationship with VIPsports.com: They came to us, near the end of last season, with a proposal to expand the race program. That was quite a tribute to the results my folks delivered. It was also personally very satisfying

Fredrik Wadstein, Marketing Manager for VIPsports.com, has been following the teams progress over the winter. Wadstein said, Sponsoring a Top Alcohol Funny Car was a totally new experience and 2005 turned out to be a real ride for us. After attending a few races, and seeing what Frank could do with some help, we couldnt help wondering what a little more support would do. We handed a new ball to Frank at the PRI Show and, just like expected, he took off running. Wadstein chuckled at that and added, He reminds me of the scene from Forrest Gump, where the cheerleaders have to hold up a Stop, Forrest, stop sign.

Fans of the VIPsports.com Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car can look forward to seeing it at six NHRA Divisional and eight National events in 2006, including Houston, Texas, the new race in Richmond, Virginia and the April race in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with some intense off-season development work, Parker has been upgrading his support equipment. The overall effect will streamline the teams operation and put a strong and reliable bullet in the hands of their driver, Muncie, Indianas Danny Townsend. Frank Parkers father, long-time Sportsman racer Dan Parker, will return to share crew chief duties. Other crewmembers, Rob Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Tom Krebaum, Tom McVey, Nancy McVey, Tony Gulley and Brad Eldred will bring their skills back to the team.

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying, at the Gatornationals, goes green at 1:30 pm on Friday, March 17th. Eliminations begin on Sunday, March 19th, at 11:00 am. ESPN2 will broadcast the Sportsman activities on April 1st, at 7:00 pm EST, and again on April 9th at 2:00 am EST. From Gainesville, the team hops over to Bradenton, Florida, for a Divisional race March 24 26, then travels to Houston, Texas, for the OReilly Spring Nationals March 31 April 1 and wraps up this first road trip in Las Vegas, April 6-9.

VIPsports.com is the worlds most recognized online sportsbook, casino, racebook, and poker room. In business since 1997, VIPsports.com has been at the forefront of the gambling industry, and has been recognized as the leader in customer service and loyalty programs. VIPsports.com is part of Leisure & Gaming plc, a company publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange.

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