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World Cup fan receives noise complaint from NASCAR-watching neighbor

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Put this one into the Bizarro Files.

Last night, an Amherst, Massachusetts woman called local police after she herself got a call from a neighbor that took her task for various things – including not being able to watch NASCAR and listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd because of her celebrations over the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

According to the report from Diane Lederman of The Republican (Springfield, Mass.), that neighbor also called her a name and accused her of taking jobs away from Americans.

The woman is from South America and, per police reports, said she’s been wearing various team jerseys as the soccer tournament has progressed.

The police reports go on to say that since the number of the caller was already blocked, the woman was unable to have the phone company block those calls in the future. However, she still wanted to document the call, so she contacted the police.

Hopefully, this matter won’t escalate any further – unlike an incident that took place earlier this year in Tennessee, when a wife allegedly stabbed her husband for smoking pot and “worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol.

In that saga, the woman reportedly drove off from their home and crashed through the front door of a nearby church. When her husband arrived at the church, she stabbed him with a large knife while claiming “the devil is in me.”

The man survived the attack, while the woman was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and felony vandalism.

NHRA: New book a celebration of life, love and drag racing

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The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.

Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.

Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.

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Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.

Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.

While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.

Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.

“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”

“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.

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Report: Ecclestone believes F1 could be sold by year’s end

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.

“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”

Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.

But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.

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