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At the invitation of Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing, many NHRA professional teams tested at the newly revamped Palm Beach International Raceway in West Palm Beach, Fla., prepping for the opening race of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at Pomona, Calif., Feb. 5-8.

Photos by Steve Gruenwald

In addition to the new Alan Johnson Racing team driver Larry Dixon and Funny Car shoe Del Worsham, the AJ team also worked with Al-Anabi Pro Mod driver Rashid “KA” Balooshi to get him his A/FD license.  Schumacher Racing’s Tony Schumacher, Cory McClenathan, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman and Matt Hagan also tested at the newly surfaced track. Other Nitro Coupe teams testing included Tim Wilkerson and Bob Tasca III, along with Jeff Arend of Kalitta Racing. 

This was to be a closed session with no spectators, but thanks to Alan Johnson, the Al-Anabi folks, and track manager George Case, West Florida fans got a present when the track announced on the Internet only on Friday and Saturday that fans could buy a ticket to watch on Sunday for  $20. About 500-600 Florida nitro fans showed up to see NHRA’s premier nitro teams, something the local fans and media had never seen at the venerable facility before.
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