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The Agent’s sources say that both Cruz and Tony Pedregon will race the full 23-event NHRA Full Throttle Series schedule. Cruz has a new major sponsorship for Snap-On tools and Tony will once again have Quaker State livery on his car.
It is common knowledge that Tony’s Quaker State sponsorship is for about 8-10 races and year and Cruz’s Snap-on sponsorship remains at about the same amount of funding that Doug Herbert rejected two years ago. You can bet the Pedregon brothers will be beating the bushes looking for more sponsorship to pay for a full schedule this year. [1/21/2010]
When Agent 1320 broke the story about Melanie Troxel’s new In-N-Out Burger sponsorship for one of the Roger Burgess Dodge Stratus floppers, we didn’t yet have a photo of the new paint scheme. After the press release finally dropped we wanted to share the cool looking ride.
"It's very exciting to be back with In-N-Out Burger and to be racing a Funny Car again," said Troxel, who will be tuned by veterans Lance Larsen and Robb Hauser. "We had big plans with In-N-Out a decade ago and now the circumstances have come together for us to continue our partnership and move forward.”
Like her late father Guy, Lynsi Martinez Snyder, owner of In-N-Out Burger Restaurants is no stranger to drag racing. She races a mid-nine second SS/HA Dodge Dart in Division 7 competition and also raced the Mopar in A/FX class at the recent California Hot Rod Reunion.
Welcome back to one of the Agent’s favorite burger stands! Make mine a double-double with onions.[1/21/2010]
Spencer Hyde will be not only be in a new car for the upcoming Quick 32 Sportsman Series, he will be in a new class of car. Hyde, former driver of the Hyde Racing Top Dragster, will be piloting a 2007 Cobalt in the Top Sportsman division of the Series.
“We decided we wanted to go into a nitrous program, and wanted to jump into a door car,” explained Hyde, who placed eighth in the NAPA Auto Parts Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series in 2009 with the team’s supercharged dragster.
The new Hyde car will be the ex-Carl Spiering Cobalt, a car built for and raced in the Series by Spiering. The Jerry Bickel Race Cars machine features a 737-cubic inch nitrous-fed engine built and tuned by ERD (Engine Research and Development) from the Spiering shops in Jordan Station, Ontario.
While Hyde has had some time behind the wheel of a fendered race car (his experience was with a 10-second door-car on the quarter-mile while the Cobalt should be capable of sub-seven-second times), the majority of his racing has been with Junior Dragsters before stepping into the speedy Top Dragster in 2009.
Hyde’s sister Sydnie, who has been driving a Junior Dragster the past several seasons, will step into the Top Dragster eventually.[1/21/2010]