Dale Creasy, Jr. on the mend

July 27, 2008 by  
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Funny Car driver Dale Creasy, Jr. has returned to his home in Illinois after spending two weeks in Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, in treatment for severe leg injuries suffered during the Rocky Mountain Nationals. Creasy endured several surgeries to reconstruct his left leg.

The Creasy family has incurred a large debt for the medical bills and will accrue more during the lengthy rehabilitation. To help with expenses, God Speed Ministry has created a fund to receive donations to help defray the medical expenses. God Speed Ministry will be establishing an online donation account that concerned fans can contribute to. In the mean time, checks may be made out to:

GOD SPEED MINISTRY, INC
with DALE CREASY JR. FUND on the memo line.

Send your check to:

God Speed Ministry
141 E.A.
Bingham Rd
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

You can also make your donation at the God Speed Pit Area at the Northern Nationals in Martin, Michigan on August 1-3.

Tim Wilkerson wins again!

July 13, 2008 by  
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Points leader Tim Wilkerson wins again at the 29th running of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colorado. Wilkerson defeated defeated Jack Beckman in the final by running a 4.398 second E.T. at 262.23 MPH, besting Beckman's 4.661 E.T. at 205.41 MPH. Wilkerson significantly extended his points lead with his fourth win this season.

Along with a mandated change to a new rear tire, this was the first race at the interim race length of 1,000 foot. The shorter race length was mandated to increase the shut down area of the track for the cars to decelerate, while simultaneously slowing the cars down to reduce the safety risk for drivers. The temporary race length rule is temporary while NHRA's newly formed safety task force studies how to improve the safety of the cars and tracks in the wake of Scott Kalitta's death at the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, New Jersey three weeks ago. All of the drivers interviewed seemed pleased that the 1,000 foot rule has been implemented while the safety issues are studied, that the rule is indeed intended to be temporary, and the competition was still exciting.

IHRA has also experienced safety concerns recently. IHRA Nitro Funny Car and past NHRA Fuel Funny Car driver, Dale Creasy, Jr. was seriously injured last week at the IHRA CARS RV & Marine & Motorsport Rocky Mountain Nationals. Creasy is currently in Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta as he recuperates from multiple surgeries that were required to reconstruct his left leg. Hopefully, NHRA and IHRA will work together to improve the safety of all drivers.

Another interesting aspect of the Bandimere Speedway race was the track's addition of a cooling system for the tracks launch area out to the 120 foot mark. Bandimere's all concrete dragstrip was known for its high temperatures in the Summer sun, significantly reducing the traction for the cars that are already hampered by the lower oxygen density of the high altitude. The track's cooling system has embeded water pipes in the concrete launch area, circulating water to an external chilling system. The cooling system was a resounding success as the track surface temperatures significantly decreased and improved the traction for all participants.

Creasy begins recovery process after severe transmission explosion

July 9, 2008 by  
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Funny Car driver Dale Creasy Jr. remains in Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, where he has been since Sunday. He's beginning his recovery from injuries sustained at the IHRA CARS RV & Marine & Motorsport Rocky Mountain Nationals. Creasy suffered leg injuries when his transmission exploded during a run at Rocky Mountain Nationals.

Its been reported that he can now move his toes on his left leg, following a five hour surgery to pin the bones in his lower leg back together on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he endured another three hour surgery to continue reconstructing his left leg. He is expected to have another surgery on Thursday to complete the repairs. He is expected to remain at Royal Alexandra Hospital for an additional seven to ten days. His rehabilitation is expected to take six months before he can start walking.

Creasy is a full-time driver in the IHRA Nitro Funny Car series, a two-time defending IHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion, and is a veteran of NHRA Fuel Funny Car competition. Immediately before the Rocky Mountain Nationals, Creasy was number one in IHRA championship points, leading second place Paul Lee by 45 points and Sunday's event winner, Matt Hagan, by 56 points. IHRA has yet to update the official points standings after Sunday's race. Creasy will miss the four events that remain in the IHRA racing season.

Get well cards and greetings can be sent to Dale Creasy, Jr. at this address:

Dale Creasy Jr.
1550 Mallard’s Cove
Beecher, Illinois 60401

Well wishes can also be sent through the site http://getwellpeanut.com/

Matt Hagan wins at IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals, Creasy Injured

July 9, 2008 by  
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Matt Hagan wins again and another Funny Car driver is injured and out for the rest of the season.

EDMONTON, Ab. (July 7, 2008) – Matt Hagan knocked off Grant Downing to claim the Nitro Funny Car title at the CARS RV & Marine & Motorsport Rocky Mountain Nationals in Edmonton, but his visit to the Winner’s Circle was less than joyous. Though his focus was on racing his mind was worlds away, on friend and teammate Dale Creasy Jr. at Royal Alexandria Hospital in downtown Edmonton.

Creasy suffered severe leg trauma following his semifinal round crash Sunday afternoon and was airlifted to the hospital. He was scheduled for surgery Monday with a broken right foot and compound fractures in his left leg. Creasy is the driver responsible for getting Hagan into a competitive Nitro Funny Car this season after he moved up from the Pro Modified ranks, and the win at Castrol Raceway. He considers...

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Huge Advance Ticket Sales for Biggest Race on Nitro Jam Schedule

July 1, 2008 by  
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While high fuel costs may be reducing the number of competitors, the IHRA is reporting record ticket sales for their first Canadian of the year, the CARS RV & Sport & Marine Rocky Mountain Nationals Presented by Torco Racing Fuels race in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Canadian fans that pack Castrol Raceway in Edmonton for the Rocky Mountain Nationals keep upping the ante. For the third consecutive season the advance ticket sales are off the charts, setting records for duckets sold. The Rocky Mountain Nationals have come to the forefront as the premiere event on the IHRA Knoll Gas Nitro Jam schedule due to a variety of factors…the rabid passion of the fans, the hard work and forward thinking of track operators Rob and Kim Reeves and the commitment IHRA has made to making the Rocky Mountain Nationals something special.

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Creasy Cruises to First Win in 2008

June 18, 2008 by  
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Mechanicsville, Md. (June 15, 2008) – Last season Dale Creasy Jr. was a regular visitor to the winner’s circle at IHRA Nitro Jam events. He won six times during the 2007 season in easily cruising to his second consecutive world championship.

This season things have not come quite as easily for the Beecher, Ill. resident. Through three national events heading into the President’s Cup Nationals, Creasy had failed to...

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Jack Wyatt Looks towards Nitro Funny Car Future

June 18, 2008 by  
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After DNQ at President’s Cup Nationals, Iowa-based racer gets ready for match race at home track

Jack Wyatt is nothing if he’s not persistent. After finishing second the last two season in IHRA’s Nitro Funny Car national points standings the Corydon, Iowa resident entered the 2008 season without a firm major sponsor in place and a plan to approach the season on a race-by-race basis. If he had enough money in place he would head to the next event on the IHRA schedule. If not he would...

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Tulsa is in a Nitro Frenzy; Nitro Fast Pass Ticket Deal Offered for Sooner Nationals

June 10, 2008 by  
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Fans have until June 14 to take advantage of an out of this world ticket deal; a deal that will save customers $15.00 on Friday and Sunday tickets for the Sooner Nationals. The “Nitro Fast Pass” is now available at Tulsa Raceway Park or online. The Nitro Fast Pass is good for the discount on...

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