Labadie, MO racer Dan Phelps had a tough break at the PDRA Season Opener. The Top Dragster racer lost control of his Racetech Top Dragster at the the finish line and crashed into the wall. Fortunately, Phelps is ok. It was the second crash for Phelps, who had a serious crash last year in the XDRL series.
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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The name has changed, but the concept of free admission to watch the nation’s quickest Pro Modified race cars on an eighth-mile fast track remains the same this week (April 4-6) as Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway plays host to the opening event in the new Professional Drag Racers Association series.
The inaugural PDRA Spring Open will be international in scope with racers representing Sweden, Canada, Aruba and Dubai among those vying with America’s best for points and prize money in categories already familiar to Pro Mod race fans.
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Millington, TN — The 2nd Annual Memphis 25K Showdowns invades Memphis International Raceway this weekend with big dollar bracket racing. The race will feature a $10,000 race on Thursday, $25,000 on Friday and Saturday, and $10,000 more on Sunday.
In addition, a no-box class has been added to the excitement of this year’s event.
Past winner’s of this event include Jason Lynch, Jeff Strickland, Mike Ledford, Gary Williams, and Jamie Bridges.
The Folk-Cummings Promotion team has committed to completing the event despite of the predicted weather conditions. View the flyer below for more information on this event.
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Montgomery, AL — Folk Promotion’s Mini Million series kicked off this past weekend at Montgomery Motorsports Park and three winners were crowned, including a father and son who celebrated a birthday and victory in the winner’s circle. The event faced weather conditions most of the weekend as the flooding rain forced race officials to cancel the main $50,000 event.
Fortunately, the three $20,000 to win races were completed with Bart Nelson, La Porte, Texas, winning race 1 after defeating Mike Smith, Roanoke, Al in the finals.
Nelson said “it juts feels great to bag one during the opening season. It’s been a while since we have raced in this area and we decided to break away from the NHRA scene and go back to big dollar racing.”
“But, I couldn’t do this without those that help me,” Nelson added. “I want to thank my dad Joe Nelson, who’s always with me. He’s my crew chief, co-mechanic and cook. I would also like to thank Thomas Costales with Houston Engine and Balance, Rutland Transmissions, Tommy Phillips, and Smiley with Hoosier Tires.
On Saturday it was Mia Tedesco in the Cars Protection Plus dragster bagging $20,000 after defeating Troy Williams Jr. of Bradenton, FL in the final round. Tedesco has been on fire, also winning two races at Bowling Green’s Tenn Tuck last week.
“God has been really good to me this last few weeks, but it feels good” Tedesco said. “I don’t know how I’m doing this good, but I’m getting lucky.”
Sunday’s winner was definitely no stranger to the winner’s circle. Does the name Timmy Smith “ring-a-bell?” That’s right, the $20,000 winner on Sunday was Timmy Smith of Roanoke, AL. Smith defeated Charlie Hardy in the final round with a 11 thousandths package, after Hardy turned it .002 thousandths red.
This win makes two back to back final rounds for Smith, who has probably won more rounds than any racer in the history of Montgomery Motorsports Park.
It was a good birthday for Smith’s father, Mike, who had the opportunity to park in the winner’s circle with his son.
Race #2 of the Folk Promotion’s Mini Million series will invade Piedmont Dragway, April 10-13. For more information, click the Folk Productions Mini Million logo at the top of DragCoverage.com
Girl power reigned supreme when Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) raced to victories Sunday at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) also was a winner at the fourth event on the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
It was the second time that two female drivers have earned victories at the same NHRA event. In 2012, Courtney Force and Enders-Stevens made history as the first pair of females to win the same race at Pacific Raceways in Seattle.
Coming into her third full-time season in Funny Car, DeJoria had only appeared in one career final. The 2014 season has changed the fortunes for her Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry team when she outpaced Robert Hight with a 4.026-second pass at 309.98 mph. It’s the second win of her career following her breakthrough victory in Phoenix earlier this season, coincidentally also over Hight.
“This was definitely a grudge match [with Hight] coming off our win in Phoenix,” DeJoria said. “I was just in shock when we won there. It was gratifying and intense. Today my team gave me a good car and got me down the track first. I really appreciate them so much and all they give up to help this team go racing.”
DeJoria defeated Matt Hagan, Tony Pedregon, and Cruz Pedregon to reach her first final in Las Vegas, the home headquarters of her primary sponsor.
“It was a good day at the office, especially with the Patron Spirits company located right here in Las Vegas,” DeJoria said.
Hight, appearing in his third final to start the season, piloted his Auto Club Ford Mustang to the final with victories over Jeff Arend, Paul Lee, and Ron Capps. Hight’s second-round win over Lee was especially surprising. Many had expected Hight and 16-time Funny Car world champ John Force to face off, but Force was ousted by Lee
DeJoria departs Las Vegas third in points and holds the most wins so far during the season. Despite losing in the final, Hight takes over the points lead.
Enders-Stevens had a successful weekend in Las Vegas, sweeping the K&N Horsepower Challenge and taking today’s Pro Stock title. After defeating Dave Connolly to win $50,000 on Saturday, Enders-Stevens took out Larry Morgan, Steve Kent, Chris McGaha, and Jason Line to secure her seventh career victory at the controls of her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro.
After struggling to find sponsorship and only being able to race a partial schedule last season, Enders-Stevens is thankful for the opportunity that team owner Richard Freeman presented her for 2014.
“I have a different mindset,” Enders-Stevens of her new attitude this year. “It goes back to the people [I’m around] — for the first time since I raced with my family as a kid, and then in the Sportsman ranks, I’m having fun again. As a driver, it adds a lot of pressure when you have the fastest car, but I like that.”
With that win, she became the third-winningest female driver in a Pro class behind only Angelle Sampey and Shirley Muldowney. She leaves Las Vegas as the Pro Stock points leader, becoming the first female in history to lead the points standings in the factory hot rod category.
“It certainly is very important to us; it keeps us going on this 24-race schedule,” said Enders-Stevens, who earned $100,000 during the weekend, which also includes a $25,000 Sweep Bonus from NHRA. “This is storybook. We’ve gone a few years without sponsorship; there were definitely more lows than highs. It would have been easy to quit. This is definitely a highlight. Next to winning a championship, this is probably the coolest thing in the world.”
Line was going for his second victory of the 2014 season and second in Las Vegas. The driver of the Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro defeated Deric Kramer, Dave Connolly, and teammate Jimmy Alund en route to the final.
In Top Fuel, Schumacher snapped a 15-race win drought by beating points leader Doug Kalitta with a performance of 3.797 at 326.16 in his U.S. Army dragster. It was Schumacher’s 73rd career victory and his eighth in Las Vegas.
“The final round was fantastic; I could hear him the whole way,” said Schumacher, who was racing in his 126th career Top Fuel final. “It was important for us to get this win. There’s a lot of pressure early in the season to get a win and get into the [Traxxas NHRA] Shootout for a chance to race for $100,000. I love the pressure. We’re a high-pressure, adversity kind of team.”
Schumacher advanced to the final with early round wins over Troy Buff, Spencer Massey, and Antron Brown.
“I’m not angry that we hadn’t won in a long time,” Schumacher said. “I was disappointed, but I understand that you have to make leaps and bounds. Kalitta is running great, Antron is running good, the Alan Johnson [Al-Anabi] cars are going to be bad to the bone pretty soon. We have to keep forcing the issue.”
Kalitta has had the best start to the season in Top Fuel and continued that by reaching his third final of the year. With the win in Gainesville and the two runner-up finishes in Pomona and Las Vegas, Kalitta increased his points lead over Brown to 73 points]]>
Showing absolutely no signs of rust after more than three years out of the cockpit, Ashley Force Hood made runs of 4.11 and 4.04 in sister Courtney’s Traxxas Mustang during Monday testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Update: On her third pass, Ashley Force Hood recorded a stunning 4.014 at 322 mph.
Force Hood, who had not wheeled a Funny Car since the 2010 Auto Club NHRA Finals, was renewing her license. She rattled off a trouble-free first pass of 4.11, shutting off a bit early to a 292-mph speed.
“The run was really smooth,” she said. “Everything went better than I was expecting actually. It was nice, but it was nerve-racking. I feel like I have added five years to my life. I am glad the first one is out of the way.”
Sister Courtney also had her own set of emotions to deal with.
“It was a little crazy,” she said. “She obviously knows what she is doing out there. She has more experience than me, but it has been a few years since she was in the car. She ran a 4.11 on the first pass, and she clicked it a little early. That run was a little unexpected for everybody. She still has it.”
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Effectively immediately the NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals is adding a new category, Radial Wars, which will be sponsored by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. It will be contested in the eighth-mile distance and will compete in the five remaining national events on the NMCA schedule. Class winners compete for an increased purse of $4,000 to win, plus pro level contingencies, and the ultimate prize…NHRA Wally trophies at NHRA sanctioned tracks under the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed program.
The Radial Wars class debuts April 10-13, 2014, at Atlanta Dragway (Commerce, GA) with the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, presented by Miller Welders. “I think it’s a big step forward for NMCA and it’s great to see them listening to the racers,” said Tom Kundrik, Motorsport Manager at Mickey Thompson. He continued, “It’s awesome for Radial racing to have a sanctioning body where they can run for a championship and the NMCA is a great place for them to compete.”
The 2014 Radial Wars champion will be recognized on stage at the prestigious NMCA Awards Ceremony, held each year at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in December, and will receive a champion’s jacket as well as a Nitto Tire Diamond Tree Championship Ring, which is exclusive to all NMCA class winners. All top-10 class competitors will receive custom embroidered leather jackets.
“We are thrilled to unleash this new class in the NMCA, which will incorporate our current Super Street 10.5W competitors,” said Rollie Miller, NMCA National Event Director. “The NMCA is long known for its extremely well organized events with a full-time technical staff to ensure the rules are enforced, offering continuity across the board. The response to this move has been overwhelming as many of our current racers support it as well as the biggest names in Radial racing. Miller further stated that, “the Radial Wars rules package is very similar to Radial vs. The World, which is contested all across the country. This allows an incredible group of racers to easily step into the NMCA brand of drag racing.”
Radial Wars rules link: http://www.nmcadigital.com/cat/rules_purses/docs/nmca/2014/2014-nmca-radial-wars.pdf
Purse Link: http://www.nmcadigital.com/cat/rules_purses/docs/nmca/2014/2014-nmca-payouts.pdf]]>
Opelika, AL — When DragCoverage.com first debuted photos of Jamie Hancock's ADRL World Championship Corvette with “little tires,” many doubted his ability to be competitive.
Two races deep into outlaw racing, Hancock has not only shattered the Nitrous/Radial record, but is the third fast drag radial car in the world, clocking a 4.16, 177 MPH at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion in Memphis. The Hancock Performance powered hotrod is improving with every pass down the track and is sure to end up in the winner's circle soon.
The team marched to the semi-finals at the Outlaw Street Car Reunion this past weekend in Memphis but was only seconds from making the call after repairing issues during the prior round.
“I give the credit to the most talented nitrous tuner in the business, my dad James Hancock,” Hancock said. “The car is getting faster and faster every lap down the race track and I think she still has a lot more.”
“But it's a team effort. I couldn't it without my team: Thomas and Mitch Dyes, Clifford Burt, Justin Hancock, Alex Dupont, Zach Dupont, and Justin Pollock. Those guys spend their weekends to make it happen and I can't thank them enough.”
Hancock's recent performance is raising a lot of attention to both racers and promoters. During Willie Dog's blog talk radio show on Monday, promoters and racers debated over the current outlaw drag radial rules, which before had not been an issue.
The Hancock Performance team is definitely capable of breaking the outlaw drag radial world record, currently held by Kevin Mullins, and I think you will see it very soon.
Videos of Hancock's Record Setting Corvette