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Eric Dillard Joining NHRA Pro Mods At Indy
Aug.30

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 29) – Eric Dillard will be making his NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series debut on drag racing's biggest stage: this weekend's 57th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.


"It's going to be a heckuva first race that's for sure," Dillard said. "I'm going to try and treat it like any other race. I don't have any past history with the NHRA, so I'm going to go in there with a clear head, think of it just like any other local race, and do my thing."


Dillard has been a vital member of the R2B2 Racing team this season, just not behind the wheel. He co-owns ProLine Racing, which builds the turbo motors that have smashed records in the Pro Mod Series this season. Dillard, whose company also based in Georgia, tested the team's turbo '53 Corvette in the preseason. Now he gets a chance to see what the team's new turbo 2011 R2B2 Race Cars Ford Mustang can do in competition.


"We've made five or six test runs in the new Mustang and I'm confident we can do really well with it," Dillard said. "Even though this is my first NHRA race, I've driven a turbo heads-up car for the last six years. I feel really comfortable in that kind of car.


"It's also a big honor to drive for Roger Burgess. It's only a one-race deal so far, but I'll take one race over zero."


Qualifying for the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series gets under way with one round of qualifying at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Friday. Qualifying continues Saturday with two sessions starting at 2:30 p.m. and the last chance to make the U.S. Nationals will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Eliminations begin Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and continue on Monday afternoon.




Capps Still Waiting For 1st Indy Win
Aug.30

INDIANAPOLIS, August 29, 2011 – Ron Capps drives his NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car – one of the hottest on the circuit – onto the drag strip of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis this weekend for the 57th-annual U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil looking to improve his position in the driver standings as the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series regular season winds down.

Two final-round appearances, including a win in Sonoma (Calif.), have propelled the Don Schumacher Racing driver into sixth place of the Funny Car rankings, three points out of fifth and 41 out of fourth.

In addition, the California native turned in the third-quickest time in last week’s pre-race testing, 4.087 seconds at 306.74 miles per hour, all of which he believes indicates good things for the race.

“This year I’m approaching Indy with a little more incentive than in the past,” explained Capps, who has been to four semifinals at the “Big Go.” “We have some unfinished business for the regular season and we feel we can move up two spots before the Countdown to the Championship begins (at the season’s next race in Charlotte, N.C.).

“In past years, I’ve gone to Indy with a car I thought could win and at times with one I doubted could qualify; this year I know, thanks to the changes in this NAPA team since Tim Richards came on board as crew chief (Atlanta, 10 races ago), we have a car which can close the deal. But Indy brings out the best in everyone, so it will be a tough battle.

“Our season started when Tim joined the team. We were hanging on in the top 10 by a thread. There are a lot of teams in top five which may have peaked – I’ve been there – with whatever made them so good in the first part of the season not working now. We’re peaking at just the right time as the Countdown (which will include the top-10 drivers after this contest, with points reset, in a six-race playoff) is set to start.”

Winning the U.S. Nationals, drag racing’s premiere event which begins with a 7 p.m. nitro-qualifying session Friday, carries additional significance for Capps, a historian of the sport.

“I don’t want my career as a driver to be complete without an Indy win,” he said. “I’m so jealous of those who have won it. I’ve felt I’ve deserved it at times, which doesn’t mean anything. Indy makes you work at it. All these years, I’ve come close, had a good car. I have won at Indy (in the all-star shoot out); just haven’t brought home a Wally for my mantel.


“And I really think we have a good shot this year. We had a phenomenal test, putting up great numbers in the heat of the day. Tim didn’t go for an ego shot in testing, but wanted to get ready for this race and for the next three or four. As usual, he just made some unbelievable decisions, like the ones which have gotten us this far and should take us even farther as the year goes on.”




AJ In Countdown Looking For Momentum
Aug.30

Auburn Hills, Mich. — One race remains for NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin, and the Mopar Dodge Avenger driver is seeking to build momentum to carry into the six-race shootout as he chases his first title. Johnson will get his chance at the final regular season event, the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 31–Sept. 5.

Johnson was the No. 2 qualifier last season at the U.S. Nationals, advancing to the semifinals for the fourth time in his career at Indy. He first reached the semis at the 2002 event, with back-to-back appearances in the semifinals in 2005 and 2006. The Team Mopar veteran claimed the top spot in qualifying at the U.S. Nationals in 2008 and has been among the four fastest drivers in qualifying at the event in each of the last four years. The second generation driver has garnered three No. 1 Qualifier awards this season and has lined up in the top half of the field in 14 of 15 starts.

“I always love going to Indy,” said Johnson. “It’s a great race and a landmark event. We aim to do well there every year. We’ve run pretty strong there over the years and have been to the semifinals several times. We need to treat it like the Countdown has already started. We have to be fast right out of the box in our first qualifying run and have the car right.”

Johnson is currently sixth in the Pro Stock standings heading into the U.S. Nationals, with the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs kicking off in two weeks. The top-10 drivers will have their points reapportioned to reflect their spot in the standings before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin.

“Our goal still is to move up in points,” said the native of Greeneville, Tenn. “That was our goal going into Brainerd as well, and we stubbed our toe there. We want to be in a good position when the Countdown begins and we are going to do some testing before Indy to work on our consistency and fine tune our Mopar Dodge Avenger.”

Johnson to participate in Team Mopar® autograph session at U.S. Nationals
Allen Johnson will participate in a Team Mopar autograph session during the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. The meet-and-greet and autograph session will take place at the Mopar Direct Connection display on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.

Joining the Team Mopar veteran will be Mopar-powered NHRA Funny Car stars Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Johnny Gray and Matt Hagan, and Dodge Avenger Pro Stock drivers V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile.

Johnson’s Statistics of Note

At Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
• Qualified No. 2 and advanced to the semifinals in 2010 at the Mac Tools U.S.
Nationals
• Seized the No. 1 Qualifier Award and advanced to the quarterfinals at Lucas Oil
Raceway in 2008
• Advanced to the semifinals in 2005 and 2006 at Indy
• Seized the No. 4 qualifying position in 2002 and advanced to the semifinals in the
U.S. Nationals


2011 Season
• Clinched a spot in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs
• Sixth overall in the NHRA Pro Stock point standings
• Posted a 18-14 Round win record through 15 events
• Scored a win in the NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown
• No 1. Qualifier at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
• Advanced to the finals of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
• No. 1 Qualifier at Sonoma, setting a track record
• No. 1 Qualifier at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol
• Reached the semifinals at the Southern Nationals at Atlanta
• Advanced to the semifinals at the NHRA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol
• Johnson and his J&J Racing team aided Dodge Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup
champion Kurt Busch in qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals in his very first
Pro Stock event
• Broke the 6.50-second barrier in a February test session at Bradenton Motorsports
Park, uncorking a 6.498-second elapsed time, an unofficial record for a Pro Stock
car

2010 Season
• Finished sixth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock playoff
standings
• Claimed four consecutive No. 1 Qualifier Awards (Dallas, Reading, Las Vegas,
Pomona 2) to end the season
• Scored a victory at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, his second straight win and
third in four years at his primary sponsor’s race
• Advanced past the first round at 21 of 23 events
• Posted a 37-21 round win record, the most round wins of his career
• Advanced to at least the semifinals in 12 of 23 events
• Advanced to the final round at the NHRA event in Norwalk, Ohio
• Scored his second final-round appearance of the season at the NHRA event in
Topeka
• Claimed his 200th career round win at the NHRA St. Louis race
• Advanced to four straight semifinals to start the season in his new Mopar Dodge
Avenger
• Banked his first final-round appearance of the year at the NHRA Houston event

2009 Season
• Clinched a spot in the 2009 NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Captured wins at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver and NHRA Summer
Nationals in Topeka
• Finished seventh in NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock point standings
• Made three finals appearances, scoring a runner-up finish at NHRA Gatornationals
• Captured seventh career No. 1 Qualifier Award at NHRA event in Seattle, reaching
the semifinals
• Made eight semifinals appearances
• Posted a 30-20 round win record for the season

2008 Season
• Finished seventh in NHRA Pro Stock standings
• One of only 10 drivers to qualify for NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Won K&N Horsepower Challenge bonus event at Norwalk, recording perfect .000
reaction time to defeat Greg Anderson for victory
• Powered to three No. 1 Qualifier Awards
• Made eight semifinals appearances
• Posted two straight runner-up finishes at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals and
Schuck’s Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
• Racked up 28-24 round win record

2007 Season
• Finished career-best fourth in NHRA Pro Stock point standings
• One of only four Pro Stock drivers to qualify for inaugural NHRA Countdown to 1
playoff
• Claimed win at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver

2006 Season
• Finished sixth in NHRA Pro Stock standings, scoring win at Seattle

Career
• Qualified for Countdown to Championship in all five years since NHRA adopted
playoff format in 2007
• Claimed nine career NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock wins
• Captured 18 career No. 1 Qualifier Awards
• Claimed more than 200 career round wins
• Has a career best elapsed time of 6.538-seconds and a career best speed of
211.73 mph
• Recorded 23 career final round appearances
• Competed in 300th race at 2009 NHRA St. Louis event
• Scored second career win at Atlanta in 2002 and finished eighth in point standings
• Seized first career win in 1999 at Richmond and went on to claim first top 10 finish in
standings
• Made NHRA Pro Stock debut in 1996, driving a Mopar-powered Dodge Avenger


57th Annual Mac Tool U.S. Nationals
The 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is scheduled to take place Aug. 31–Sept. 5 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. Three hours of qualifying coverage will air on Sunday, Sept. 4 beginning at 11 a.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Two additional hours of qualifying coverage will air on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Six hours of eliminations coverage will air on Monday, September 5, beginning at 12 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to http://www.nhra.com.

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

• Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers

• Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers

• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format

• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters

• 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot

• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at http://www.mopar.com.

More than 70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

# # #

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Auburn Hills, Mich. — One race remains for NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin, and the Mopar Dodge Avenger driver is seeking to build momentum to carry into the six-race shootout as he chases his first title. Johnson will get his chance at the final regular season event, the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 31–Sept. 5.

Johnson was the No. 2 qualifier last season at the U.S. Nationals, advancing to the semifinals for the fourth time in his career at Indy. He first reached the semis at the 2002 event, with back-to-back appearances in the semifinals in 2005 and 2006. The Team Mopar veteran claimed the top spot in qualifying at the U.S. Nationals in 2008 and has been among the four fastest drivers in qualifying at the event in each of the last four years. The second generation driver has garnered three No. 1 Qualifier awards this season and has lined up in the top half of the field in 14 of 15 starts.

“I always love going to Indy,” said Johnson. “It’s a great race and a landmark event. We aim to do well there every year. We’ve run pretty strong there over the years and have been to the semifinals several times. We need to treat it like the Countdown has already started. We have to be fast right out of the box in our first qualifying run and have the car right.”

Johnson is currently sixth in the Pro Stock standings heading into the U.S. Nationals, with the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs kicking off in two weeks. The top-10 drivers will have their points reapportioned to reflect their spot in the standings before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin.

“Our goal still is to move up in points,” said the native of Greeneville, Tenn. “That was our goal going into Brainerd as well, and we stubbed our toe there. We want to be in a good position when the Countdown begins and we are going to do some testing before Indy to work on our consistency and fine tune our Mopar Dodge Avenger.”

Johnson to participate in Team Mopar® autograph session at U.S. Nationals
Allen Johnson will participate in a Team Mopar autograph session during the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. The meet-and-greet and autograph session will take place at the Mopar Direct Connection display on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.

Joining the Team Mopar veteran will be Mopar-powered NHRA Funny Car stars Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Johnny Gray and Matt Hagan, and Dodge Avenger Pro Stock drivers V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile.

Johnson’s Statistics of Note

At Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
• Qualified No. 2 and advanced to the semifinals in 2010 at the Mac Tools U.S.
Nationals
• Seized the No. 1 Qualifier Award and advanced to the quarterfinals at Lucas Oil
Raceway in 2008
• Advanced to the semifinals in 2005 and 2006 at Indy
• Seized the No. 4 qualifying position in 2002 and advanced to the semifinals in the
U.S. Nationals


2011 Season
• Clinched a spot in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs
• Sixth overall in the NHRA Pro Stock point standings
• Posted a 18-14 Round win record through 15 events
• Scored a win in the NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown
• No 1. Qualifier at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
• Advanced to the finals of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
• No. 1 Qualifier at Sonoma, setting a track record
• No. 1 Qualifier at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol
• Reached the semifinals at the Southern Nationals at Atlanta
• Advanced to the semifinals at the NHRA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol
• Johnson and his J&J Racing team aided Dodge Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup
champion Kurt Busch in qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals in his very first
Pro Stock event
• Broke the 6.50-second barrier in a February test session at Bradenton Motorsports
Park, uncorking a 6.498-second elapsed time, an unofficial record for a Pro Stock
car

2010 Season
• Finished sixth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock playoff
standings
• Claimed four consecutive No. 1 Qualifier Awards (Dallas, Reading, Las Vegas,
Pomona 2) to end the season
• Scored a victory at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, his second straight win and
third in four years at his primary sponsor’s race
• Advanced past the first round at 21 of 23 events
• Posted a 37-21 round win record, the most round wins of his career
• Advanced to at least the semifinals in 12 of 23 events
• Advanced to the final round at the NHRA event in Norwalk, Ohio
• Scored his second final-round appearance of the season at the NHRA event in
Topeka
• Claimed his 200th career round win at the NHRA St. Louis race
• Advanced to four straight semifinals to start the season in his new Mopar Dodge
Avenger
• Banked his first final-round appearance of the year at the NHRA Houston event

2009 Season
• Clinched a spot in the 2009 NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Captured wins at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver and NHRA Summer
Nationals in Topeka
• Finished seventh in NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock point standings
• Made three finals appearances, scoring a runner-up finish at NHRA Gatornationals
• Captured seventh career No. 1 Qualifier Award at NHRA event in Seattle, reaching
the semifinals
• Made eight semifinals appearances
• Posted a 30-20 round win record for the season

2008 Season
• Finished seventh in NHRA Pro Stock standings
• One of only 10 drivers to qualify for NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Won K&N Horsepower Challenge bonus event at Norwalk, recording perfect .000
reaction time to defeat Greg Anderson for victory
• Powered to three No. 1 Qualifier Awards
• Made eight semifinals appearances
• Posted two straight runner-up finishes at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals and
Schuck’s Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
• Racked up 28-24 round win record

2007 Season
• Finished career-best fourth in NHRA Pro Stock point standings
• One of only four Pro Stock drivers to qualify for inaugural NHRA Countdown to 1
playoff
• Claimed win at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver

2006 Season
• Finished sixth in NHRA Pro Stock standings, scoring win at Seattle

Career
• Qualified for Countdown to Championship in all five years since NHRA adopted
playoff format in 2007
• Claimed nine career NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock wins
• Captured 18 career No. 1 Qualifier Awards
• Claimed more than 200 career round wins
• Has a career best elapsed time of 6.538-seconds and a career best speed of
211.73 mph
• Recorded 23 career final round appearances
• Competed in 300th race at 2009 NHRA St. Louis event
• Scored second career win at Atlanta in 2002 and finished eighth in point standings
• Seized first career win in 1999 at Richmond and went on to claim first top 10 finish in
standings
• Made NHRA Pro Stock debut in 1996, driving a Mopar-powered Dodge Avenger


57th Annual Mac Tool U.S. Nationals
The 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is scheduled to take place Aug. 31–Sept. 5 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. Three hours of qualifying coverage will air on Sunday, Sept. 4 beginning at 11 a.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Two additional hours of qualifying coverage will air on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Six hours of eliminations coverage will air on Monday, September 5, beginning at 12 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to http://www.nhra.com.

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

• Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers

• Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers

• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format

• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters

• 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot

• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at http://www.mopar.com.

More than 70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

# # #

ON THE INTERNET
Visit Chrysler’s Media Services Web site at http://www.media.chrysler.com for additional Chrysler and Mopar news. For additional information about Mopar, log on to http://www.mopar.com or http://www.moparspeed.com. Follow Mopar on Facebook – www.facebook.com/mopar

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Auburn Hills, Mich. — One race remains for NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin, and the Mopar Dodge Avenger driver is seeking to build momentum to carry into the six-race shootout as he chases his first title. Johnson will get his chance at the final regular season event, the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 31–Sept. 5.

Johnson was the No. 2 qualifier last season at the U.S. Nationals, advancing to the semifinals for the fourth time in his career at Indy. He first reached the semis at the 2002 event, with back-to-back appearances in the semifinals in 2005 and 2006. The Team Mopar veteran claimed the top spot in qualifying at the U.S. Nationals in 2008 and has been among the four fastest drivers in qualifying at the event in each of the last four years. The second generation driver has garnered three No. 1 Qualifier awards this season and has lined up in the top half of the field in 14 of 15 starts.

“I always love going to Indy,” said Johnson. “It’s a great race and a landmark event. We aim to do well there every year. We’ve run pretty strong there over the years and have been to the semifinals several times. We need to treat it like the Countdown has already started. We have to be fast right out of the box in our first qualifying run and have the car right.”

Johnson is currently sixth in the Pro Stock standings heading into the U.S. Nationals, with the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs kicking off in two weeks. The top-10 drivers will have their points reapportioned to reflect their spot in the standings before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin.

“Our goal still is to move up in points,” said the native of Greeneville, Tenn. “That was our goal going into Brainerd as well, and we stubbed our toe there. We want to be in a good position when the Countdown begins and we are going to do some testing before Indy to work on our consistency and fine tune our Mopar Dodge Avenger.”

Johnson to participate in Team Mopar® autograph session at U.S. Nationals
Allen Johnson will participate in a Team Mopar autograph session during the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. The meet-and-greet and autograph session will take place at the Mopar Direct Connection display on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.

Joining the Team Mopar veteran will be Mopar-powered NHRA Funny Car stars Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Johnny Gray and Matt Hagan, and Dodge Avenger Pro Stock drivers V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile.

Johnson’s Statistics of Note

At Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
• Qualified No. 2 and advanced to the semifinals in 2010 at the Mac Tools U.S.
Nationals
• Seized the No. 1 Qualifier Award and advanced to the quarterfinals at Lucas Oil
Raceway in 2008
• Advanced to the semifinals in 2005 and 2006 at Indy
• Seized the No. 4 qualifying position in 2002 and advanced to the semifinals in the
U.S. Nationals


2011 Season
• Clinched a spot in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs
• Sixth overall in the NHRA Pro Stock point standings
• Posted a 18-14 Round win record through 15 events
• Scored a win in the NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown
• No 1. Qualifier at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
• Advanced to the finals of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
• No. 1 Qualifier at Sonoma, setting a track record
• No. 1 Qualifier at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol
• Reached the semifinals at the Southern Nationals at Atlanta
• Advanced to the semifinals at the NHRA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol
• Johnson and his J&J Racing team aided Dodge Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup
champion Kurt Busch in qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals in his very first
Pro Stock event
• Broke the 6.50-second barrier in a February test session at Bradenton Motorsports
Park, uncorking a 6.498-second elapsed time, an unofficial record for a Pro Stock
car

2010 Season
• Finished sixth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock playoff
standings
• Claimed four consecutive No. 1 Qualifier Awards (Dallas, Reading, Las Vegas,
Pomona 2) to end the season
• Scored a victory at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, his second straight win and
third in four years at his primary sponsor’s race
• Advanced past the first round at 21 of 23 events
• Posted a 37-21 round win record, the most round wins of his career
• Advanced to at least the semifinals in 12 of 23 events
• Advanced to the final round at the NHRA event in Norwalk, Ohio
• Scored his second final-round appearance of the season at the NHRA event in
Topeka
• Claimed his 200th career round win at the NHRA St. Louis race
• Advanced to four straight semifinals to start the season in his new Mopar Dodge
Avenger
• Banked his first final-round appearance of the year at the NHRA Houston event

2009 Season
• Clinched a spot in the 2009 NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Captured wins at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver and NHRA Summer
Nationals in Topeka
• Finished seventh in NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock point standings
• Made three finals appearances, scoring a runner-up finish at NHRA Gatornationals
• Captured seventh career No. 1 Qualifier Award at NHRA event in Seattle, reaching
the semifinals
• Made eight semifinals appearances
• Posted a 30-20 round win record for the season

2008 Season
• Finished seventh in NHRA Pro Stock standings
• One of only 10 drivers to qualify for NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Won K&N Horsepower Challenge bonus event at Norwalk, recording perfect .000
reaction time to defeat Greg Anderson for victory
• Powered to three No. 1 Qualifier Awards
• Made eight semifinals appearances
• Posted two straight runner-up finishes at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals and
Schuck’s Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
• Racked up 28-24 round win record

2007 Season
• Finished career-best fourth in NHRA Pro Stock point standings
• One of only four Pro Stock drivers to qualify for inaugural NHRA Countdown to 1
playoff
• Claimed win at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver

2006 Season
• Finished sixth in NHRA Pro Stock standings, scoring win at Seattle

Career
• Qualified for Countdown to Championship in all five years since NHRA adopted
playoff format in 2007
• Claimed nine career NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock wins
• Captured 18 career No. 1 Qualifier Awards
• Claimed more than 200 career round wins
• Has a career best elapsed time of 6.538-seconds and a career best speed of
211.73 mph
• Recorded 23 career final round appearances
• Competed in 300th race at 2009 NHRA St. Louis event
• Scored second career win at Atlanta in 2002 and finished eighth in point standings
• Seized first career win in 1999 at Richmond and went on to claim first top 10 finish in
standings
• Made NHRA Pro Stock debut in 1996, driving a Mopar-powered Dodge Avenger


57th Annual Mac Tool U.S. Nationals
The 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is scheduled to take place Aug. 31–Sept. 5 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. Three hours of qualifying coverage will air on Sunday, Sept. 4 beginning at 11 a.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Two additional hours of qualifying coverage will air on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Six hours of eliminations coverage will air on Monday, September 5, beginning at 12 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to http://www.nhra.com.

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

• Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers

• Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers

• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format

• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters

• 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot

• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at http://www.mopar.com.

More than 70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

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Auburn Hills, Mich. — One race remains for NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin, and the Mopar Dodge Avenger driver is seeking to build momentum to carry into the six-race shootout as he chases his first title. Johnson will get his chance at the final regular season event, the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 31–Sept. 5.

Johnson was the No. 2 qualifier last season at the U.S. Nationals, advancing to the semifinals for the fourth time in his career at Indy. He first reached the semis at the 2002 event, with back-to-back appearances in the semifinals in 2005 and 2006. The Team Mopar veteran claimed the top spot in qualifying at the U.S. Nationals in 2008 and has been among the four fastest drivers in qualifying at the event in each of the last four years. The second generation driver has garnered three No. 1 Qualifier awards this season and has lined up in the top half of the field in 14 of 15 starts.

“I always love going to Indy,” said Johnson. “It’s a great race and a landmark event. We aim to do well there every year. We’ve run pretty strong there over the years and have been to the semifinals several times. We need to treat it like the Countdown has already started. We have to be fast right out of the box in our first qualifying run and have the car right.”

Johnson is currently sixth in the Pro Stock standings heading into the U.S. Nationals, with the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs kicking off in two weeks. The top-10 drivers will have their points reapportioned to reflect their spot in the standings before the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin.

“Our goal still is to move up in points,” said the native of Greeneville, Tenn. “That was our goal going into Brainerd as well, and we stubbed our toe there. We want to be in a good position when the Countdown begins and we are going to do some testing before Indy to work on our consistency and fine tune our Mopar Dodge Avenger.”

Johnson to participate in Team Mopar® autograph session at U.S. Nationals
Allen Johnson will participate in a Team Mopar autograph session during the 57th Annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. The meet-and-greet and autograph session will take place at the Mopar Direct Connection display on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.

Joining the Team Mopar veteran will be Mopar-powered NHRA Funny Car stars Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Johnny Gray and Matt Hagan, and Dodge Avenger Pro Stock drivers V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile.




Tasca Riding The Bump Going Into Indy
Aug.30

Aug. 30, 2011 – How does it feel to be 'on the bump'? Exactly like you'd expect it to. Uncomfortable...nerve-wracking...the word 'gut ache' comes to mind.

Fortunately Bob Tasca III's a cool customer, and he’s in the driver’s seat.

Tasca enters the U.S Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway 10th in the NHRA Full Throttle Series Funny Car point standings. He's in the playoffs with one race to go before the Countdown to the Championship cut, when the Top 10 drivers who will be eligible to win the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Series titles in all four professional categories are determined and point standings are reset for the playoffs. Once that cut is made, drivers from the 11th spot down become spoilers for those still in contention for the title.

Enter drag racing’s biggest stage – the “Big Go,” where the focus for Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will be on staying above the cut, with Don Schumacher Racing's Johnny Gray is just 62 points behind in 11th.

“We’re going into Indy in the driver’s seat,” Tasca said. “We’re not necessarily happy we’re going in 10th, but we are certainly in the driver’s seat. (DSR and Johnny Gray) are not going to Indy to lose it, that’s for sure. We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing. If it plays out the way it should play out, we’ll roll into (the next race) in Charlotte and be a championship contender. We’re looking to move up, certainly not move down.”

So far, the 2011 season has yielded a little bit of everything for the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team – a mixed bag of good and bad that always leaves an aftertaste of frustration. Knowing the team is striding in the right direction has been key for the Tasca, Crew Chief Chris Cunningham and Co-Crew Chief Marc Denner.

They continued up the learning curve during the annual testing session at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis last week. They didn’t uncover anything to worry about for Indianapolis, Tasca said, but “we definitely found some things that will pay dividends down the road.”

The atmosphere at the U.S. Nationals, once experienced, is something you can never forget, whether attending as a driver or a fan. Once you’re through the gates, there’s no turning back.

“I think for me, it’s just landing at the airport in Indianapolis (that makes it real),” Tasca said. “That’s when Indy starts for me. At the end of the day, it’s not a race that we try any harder to win because I don’t think there’s such a thing. We go to every race to try to win. But it’s a race you want to do well at. At the end of the day, you have to go out there and do what you do.”




Napa Auto Pros Step up For Hinbest Racing
Aug.30

ORANGEVILLE, ONTARIO (August 30, 2011) – During the IHRA National event at the Grand Bend Motorplex recently, Katie Ward, driver of Hinbest Racing’s Quick 32 Sportsman Series top dragster, was on her way to winning the Top ET class when her car suffered catastrophic engine failure followed by a major nitrous explosion.
“We suffered a blow, that’s for sure, however we don’t believe in giving up.” Katie said after the incident. “We were out for the season, with no money to rebuild and be competitive.”
“But with the can-do attitude of our team, we went out and built a marketing package for the local NAPA Auto Pro facilities. They all came on board to support our team and were pleased to help us continue racing in 2011.”
Our new team sponsors are:
Erskine’s Service Centre – NAPA Auto Pro – Orangeville, ON
Bernard’s Quality Cars – NAPA Auto Pro – Flesherton, ON
Auto Centre – NAPA Auto Pro – Shelburne, ON
Amaranth Auto – NAPA Auto Pro, Amaranth, ON
We also received support to rebuild from Ideal Supply, and the Canadian Automotive Institute. These two companies are the best in their field and continually support the community.
“Our team is extremely grateful to know people who are there for their community when they need it most,” said Michael Hinbest, diver of the other team car. “Katie is our new star driver and has not lost a round in the last two events that she has attended.”
At the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts, Katie, with her new race engine, was able to win rounds and is now in the finals for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Non-Qualifiers Race.
The upcoming round in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series over the Labour Day weekend at Grand Bend will be held in conjunction with their companion series, the Pro Modified Racing Association, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series. This will be the finish of the postponed fourth event, and then the fifth event in the 2011 six-race series.
Hinbest Racing is comprised of two teams, Mike Hinbest, driver of their NAPA Auto Parts supercharged top dragster is currently in eighth place and in championship contention. The team is expecting a strong showing at this event, and want to prove they are here and ready to win. “We have done more maintenance and upgraded a few items to ensure our success,” he noted. “The Tire Discounter Group has also supported the team in their need for racing slicks and they are known for the supply of quality tires for all automotive needs,” he added.
The Hinbest Racing Foundation is doing its part as well, as the team has risen over $1000 and this number continues to grow. This year the team is supporting the Headwaters Hospital paediatrics ward. “We’re excited to be involved in charity work,” said Hinbest. “The racing community is supported by so many local communities and companies, and it is important for us to return the favour to those that have helped us.”
For more information and links to all our sponsors please go to the team website: www.hinbestracing.com
Photo Credit: Mike Goodwin ~ www.mgdigital.ca



Medlen Tournament to Also Benefit Fair Victims
Aug.30

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 30) – Thursday's third annual Eric Medlen Memorial Golf Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Club will now partially benefit the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund, organizer Morgan Lucas announced Tuesday.


"We've decided to take a portion of the proceeds and put it towards the families that were devastated by the horrible tragedy at the Indiana State Fair," Lucas said. "My girlfriend Katie and I were at that concert and barely missed being injured by a huge speaker stack that fell right where we were standing. We saw the damage that happened and it was a big shock.


"Our main charity, the St. Vincent Foundation and the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, will remain the primary beneficiaries but we did want to do what we can to help the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund. It's something that has touched everyone in Indiana."


Lucas points out that there are still a few spots available in the tournament, a four-person scramble that has drawn stars from the NHRA, NASCAR, and NFL in the past. Individual tournament entries are $125 per golfer; players of all skill levels are welcome.


Activities at the tournament will include a ball drop, 50/50 raffle, hole-in-one prize, silent auction, and closest-to-the-pin and long-drive contests. The event begins at 10 a.m., Thursday. A cocktail hour, awards, and a live auction will follow the day's golfing


For more information or to sign up for the tournament, contact Kristene Hayden, 317-858-1333; e-mail, Kristene@morganlucasracing.com.




Morgan Just 32 Points Out Of P/S Top 10
Aug.30

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 29) – Lucas Oil Ford Mustang driver Larry Morgan understands the importance of the 57th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at Lucas Oil Raceway.


But this year, the "Big Go" carries more significance for the veteran Pro Stock driver.


Morgan is 32 points out of the top 10, and Indy is the final race before the 10-driver Countdown to the Championship begins. Morgan knows this is his final chance to reach the NHRA's version of the playoffs – all the while driving for drag racing's biggest trophy.


"It is bigger to me, for sure," Morgan said. "I want to get in the Countdown for all the people involved, my sponsors, the people who work day and night on this stuff. I hope we can do it."


Morgan has raced well at Indy in the past and he said he "hopes it's my time again."


"It's just a huge deal," Morgan said. "I've won that thing twice and have been runner-up three or four times. It's a race that's been awfully good to me, so I can't wait to get there. Plus, it's like the Daytona 500 for us. It's that big."


Morgan could at least use a repeat of his performance in Norwalk, Ohio, in June, when he reached the finals, or from Denver in July, when he raced to the semi-finals.To that end, the veteran racer tested his Lucas Oil Mustang in Martin, Mich., last week, and plans to test three more days this week in preparation for the U.S. Nationals.


"I won't be wore out," Morgan said. "I can handle it."


Pro Stock qualifying begins at 4 p.m. Friday.




LE Tonglet Aiming For 2 In A Row
Aug.30

INDIANAPOLIS – Much has happened since LE Tonglet, his dad Gary and brother GT astounded the tough Pro Stock Motorcycle field by winning the 2010 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and then went on a six-race tear that catapulted the rookie rider, Team Tonglet and Nitro Fish to an improbable series championship.

He won four times and was runner-up once to own the Countdown to 1 and the many accolades that followed.

So, there’s no chance anything LE does during the 2011 edition of the sport’s oldest, most prestigious event will come as a surprise when it begins its four-day run Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. He comes into the final regular-season event on a hot streak and now is third in Full Throttle points (683), one behind Karen Stoffer and 52 behind pace-setting Eddie Krawiec in the quest for the No. 1 seed in the Countdown to 1 that begins Sept. 18 at Charlotte.

Tonglet drove the Nitro Fish Suzuki GSXR to victory at the tour’s last two stops at Sonoma, Calif. and

Brainerd, Minn. He also rebounded from not qualifying at Norwalk, Ohio by winning three of the last four events. He is now 4-0 in final rounds this season, including his earlier title at Atlanta, and 9-2 overall.

“We seem to be getting our act together and winning rounds,” LE said. “We’ve had a lot of bad luck, motor problems and wrong tuning calls on our part. Now we are trying to get back to our old routine.

“The U.S. Nationals means a lot because that’s where we turned around our season last year and then Nitro Fish owner Kenny Koretsky came on board with the sponsorship we needed. Indy is the biggest race of the year . . . it’s the Super Bowl of drag racing, and it is fun to be part of it.”

“I’m proud of the way LE, his dad and brother have worked their way out of the bad times,” said Koretsky. “They are running well, and it comes at a good time. We hope to make it two straight wins at Indy.”

Tonglet, meanwhile, isn’t eager to claim the No. 1 playoff position.

“I heard that in the Countdown, no one from the top spot has won the championship,” he pointed out, “so it might be a jinx. We just want to stay in the top three.”




Arana Jr. Says "Don't Forget About Me"
Aug.30

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 29) – Lucas Oil Buell rookie rider Hector Arana Jr. raced to the finals of a Pro Stock Motorcycle race for the first time in his career in the most recent NHRA national event in Brainerd, Minn.


Now, the 22-year-old from Corydon, Ind., is ready to take the next step on drag racing's biggest stage, the 57th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at Lucas Oil Raceway.


"It's a home race, and it's the biggest race of the year, the most prestigious race," Arana Jr. said. "To get my first win there would be awesome."


Arana Jr. has progressed nicely in his first season riding a Pro Stock Motorcycles, qualifying No. 1 three times and second once in the last five races. His performance in Brainerd moved him up to eighth in the PSM points standings, and a solid showing in Indy will lock down a spot in the Countdown to the Championship.


"I'm a believer in momentum," Arana Jr. said. "I definitely got over my second-round hump, and I felt like I rode well in Brainerd all weekend. We made some great passes. Plus, we got the points we needed. We did well. That should continue."


Arana Jr.'s recent surge has put him in contention for the Auto Club Road to the Future Award, which is given annually to the top rookie across NHRA's four professional categories. Many have already anointed Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile as the top rookie, given his two victories this season, but Arana Jr. is poised to make a late-season surge that could swing the vote.


"Don't forget about me." Arana Jr. said. "We've still got the Countdown. We're coming on strong."





Arana Sr. Looking For Repeat Success
Aug.30

(Aug. 29) – Hector Arana, rider of the Lucas Oil Buell, knows what it's like to be the last man standing at drag racing's biggest race, and it's a feeling he'd like to experience again this weekend at the 57th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.


"Indy is our home track," Arana said. "That makes it important right from the start. I won the U.S. Nationals before, and it was a big win for me, so I'm looking forward to doing it again."


Arana, who was Pro Stock Motorcycle winner of the U.S. Nationals in 2009, the same year he won the NHRA championship, said there's a little something extra about racing at Lucas Oil Raceway on Labor Day weekend.


"It’s the granddaddy of them all," Arana said. "When you talk to anyone, the U.S. Nationals is the one they all know as our biggest event. It's the largest attendance we have for spectators and even racers.


"It's special. Everyone wants to be there and participate and most of all, win it."


A win would be a big boost for Arana, who is sixth in the class points heading into the final regular season race. He also said a great weekend would be a fitting tribute to the co-founders of Lucas Oil, who have done so much for not just himself, but for the sport of drag racing at a whole.


"I definitely want to do well there so Forrest and Charlotte (Lucas) can feel proud of us and keep participating in this sport," Arana said. "If you stop and think about it, where else have you seen sponsors so involved in a sport? They do everything they can to promote drag racing. And they go out of their way to promote this class.


"You go to Lucas Oil Stadium and you walk inside there, and you can see everything they support in drag racing. They're trying to educate those football fans about another sport, which is drag racing."




Red-Light Ends Enders Day
Jul.25

DENVER (July 24) – ZaZa Energy driver Erica Enders' time on the mountain that holds Bandimere Speedway ended way too soon Sunday.


Enders fell in the second round of Pro Stock at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals to Kurt Johnson. After a terrific reaction time of .012 seconds in her first-round victory over Shane Gray, Enders left the start line a tick too soon against Johnson, and was disqualified for the violation.


"It is what it is," a disappointed Enders said. "You learn from your mistakes, and you move on. The good news is we go back to Earth next week, to sea level, and have a normal setup and get to drive normal. We've still got a great race car."


The last time Enders left too soon during a Pro Stock round was in the final in Chicago on Oct. 2, 2005, against Jason Line, a streak of 80 consecutive races for her. Enders hasn't had a red-light in 25 prior rounds this season and is regarded as one of the best at the starting line in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category. But she offered no excuses against Johnson.


"It just happened," Enders said. "I knew it was red when I let the clutch out. I had the same mindset as I do every round, and it didn't matter who was in the other lane. I can't do anything about it right now so we'll head to San Fran and start over."




Tonglet To Sport Special Scheme @ Infineon
Jul.25

SONOMA, Calif., July 25, 2011 – L.E. Tonglet, the reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, will ride onto the track at Infineon Raceway here July 29th aboard the unique Autolite Suzuki GSXR for the 24th-annual FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals.

Designed just for this race, the orange graphics will complement those of Spencer Massey’s FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster.

“I feel great about riding the Autolite bike,” said the youngest NHRA Full Throttle champion in history who was 20 years old at the time. “Being able to represent Autolite at the FRAM/Autolite Nationals is awesome.  I just hope we can do well for them.”

According to Sean Lyon, Senior Product Manager, Autolite, the feeling is mutual.

"We are very excited to be able to have such a rising star represent Autolite at our event and look forward to Autolite spark plugs playing a vital role in LE’s quest for a second consecutive NHRA World Championship,” he said.

Last season’s Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future (rookie of the year) Award winner is having a solid season, sitting fourth in the PSM standings with two victories (Atlanta and Joliet) along with two number-one qualifiers (Houston and Atlanta) to his credit in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season


Massey Wins Third Event Of Season
Jul.25

MORRISON, COLO., July 24, 2011 – Spencer Massey drove the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster into victory circle here today in the 32nd-annual MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway by defeating Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in a close pedal-fest final round.

The 28-year-old Fort Worth native took home his third Wally of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season and solidified his hold on second place in the Top Fuel championship standings.

It was the third time this season (against one loss) and the sixth time in his two-season career (against two losses) Massey has defeated the seven-time world champion.

“Beating someone like “The Sarge” is obviously very big,” he said. “He’s Tony Schumacher, “The Sarge,” the man – as the saying goes, to be the best, you have to beat the best. I’m not there yet; I have a long way to go, but these are the kind of wins you have to have to get to the top of the pack.

“And I don’t do anything differently whether I’m driving against Tony Schumacher or Larry Dixon or any other Top Fuel driver. I just get in my race car and do my job – get a good light, then stab the throttle and steer.”

Both drivers experienced mechanical and traction issues in the final round, necessitating pedaling and decisions.

“I felt the tires slipping, and then I had to decide whether to keep my foot in it, and chance throwing the blower belt, or back off,” he explained. “I decided to keep going and the Gates belt held; I actually think we picked it up again down the track.”

It was Massey’s fifth win in nine career final rounds (3-1 in 2011), his 58th round win against 32 losses (26-9 in 2011). He qualified fourth on a 4.010-second lap at 303.64 miles per hour to gain a first-round match with Brandon Bernstein.

Massey, who had a streak of 40-consecutive runs without smoking the tires broken in the first round of the last race (Joliet, Ill.), put away Bernstein, Shawn Langdon and DSR teammate Antron Brown in the first three rounds today with clean, drama-free passes.

“Phil, Todd (Shuler and Okuhara, co-crew chiefs) and the entire FRAM team have been giving me a great race car all season, especially these last seven races, which means I just have to do my job without screwing up,” he said. “Keeping the car going despite our traction issues was the least I could do in the finals.”

Massey recorded a 4.150-second run at 269.70 mph against Schumacher’s 4.255 run at 266.95 mph, who lost a cylinder at the start before spinning his tires.

He heads to next week’s 24th-annual FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. less than four-round wins behind points-leader Del Worsham.

“I’m really excited about going to Sonoma,” he said. “Of course I want to do well in the sponsor’s race – but I always want to do well for my sponsor.”




Force Wins For 6th Time at Mile Highs
Jul.25

MORRISON, CO --- John Force joined his teammates, Mike Neff and Robert Hight, by adding an NHRA  60th anniversary commemorative Wally to his trophy case winning the 32nd annual NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals today. Force took win after Matt Hagan red-lit in the final round giving Force the automatic win light.

It was Force’s 6th win at the Mopar Mile High Nationals in nine final round appearances and 133rd of his career. It was Force’s first final round appearance of 2011. The last time Force was in the winner’s circle he was hoisting the NHRA Auto Finals trophy and the Full Throttle Funny Car World Championship trophy at the end of 2010.

“Just like the military it is all about teamwork,” said a nearly exhausted John Force on Sunday night. “We have great guys. (Co-crew chiefs) Dean Antonelli and Ron Douglas have been struggling but they have all the same stuff that (crew chiefs) Jimmy Prock and Mike Neff have. Everybody was helping. Even Robert Hight, president of the company finally spoke up.”

“I said, ‘I don’t know what is wrong. My luck is bad. It could be that my race car is off and the weight is different.’ He said, ‘No it is you.’ Robert told me to get back in the game. He said my head was in Oshkosh at the air show and the Indy 500 and every place I was going. He said you are not in your race car. He said that I had taught him and he knew my head wasn’t right. He reminded me Ihave to live it and I wasn’t living it. It was an eye opener. He was right.”

“I went back to Guido (Dean Antonelli) and Ron and told them they would have everything from me this weekend. It is team work and yeah we did some damage last night but we came back with those Fords.”

“Before the semi-final race Mike Neff looked at me and said get out there and fight like you want this. He told me to kick his butt if I could. He said I was better than I had been showing.”

Force beat Tony Pedregon in the first round then out ran points leader Mike Neff in the second round. In the semi-finals Force had to outrun one of the surprises of the season in Jeff Arend before squaring off with Matt Hagan. Force held a 6-3 record going into the final and the drivers were 1-1 in finals with Hagan winning Dallas in 2010 and Force winning in their last head-to-head meeting in Las Vegas2 last year.

“I went up against that kid Hagan and I really felt good. I said in an interview I went up to Hagan right before the final. He said good luck and I said you and I were the champs last year. You and I fought it out to the wire when nobody else could and now we are in the final. I told him we are back where we belong. He had a big old grin on his face. He said you are right. We want to be there. We miss it. We miss that winners circle.”

“I thought I was dead late. I thought, ‘Oh the whipping is coming.’ You have to be really on your game against Hagan. Sometimes luck is part of it. He was outrunning me. I chased him all the way to the lights. I was hoping he would nose over. I did not know that he red lit. That is how close we were right on that tree. He is a champion. I really like the kid. He is the future.”

The crew chief tandem of Dean Antonelli and Ron Douglas is the third crew chief combination Force has won with in his legendary career. This was JFR’s sixth win in a row this season and it marked the 14th time in a row a Ford Mustang was represented in the final round of an NHRA race.

Robert Hight had a chance to set up a rematch of last year’s Denver final but he was upended by Hagan in the semi-finals. Hight did move up in the Full Throttle point standings securing the No. 2 spot. He now has a slim five point lead over Jack Beckman.

“I moved up to second which was one of my goals this weekend. Now I have to hang on to it and grow that lead. Going rounds was great and it was awesome to see John get that win. He needed it and the team needed it,” said Hight a four time winner in 2011. “We have a pretty good streak going.  Now all three JFR Fords have wins this season and John has a leg up on the Western Swing. He has won it before so you can never count him out. Jimmy can put his Denver tune up away for a year and we’ll be ready to get after it in Sonoma in a couple of days. I am going up to Sacramento to do some advance media and I’ll be ready to get back in this Auto Club Ford Mustang in a couple of days. Hagan outran us in the semis and it was tough to beat Wilkerson in the second round. We had our hands full today for sure.”

The hottest driver in Funny Car Mike Neff was ousted in the second round. It was just the second time Neff and his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang have lost in the second round in the last eight races including today. In Bristol teammate and eventual event winner Robert Hight beat him and today Force outran him in the second round before going on to his first win.

“We had some clutch wear in the first round that made us drop some cylinders. I wanted to keep that win streak going but if you have to lose to someone no one can hang their head if you lose to Force,” said Neff, a four time 2011 winner. “It was great to see him in the winner’s circle. The fans love him. I think that was like nine wins for us in twelve races. That is pretty incredible. We’ll get off this mountain and head to Sonoma. I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”

Neff held onto the top spot in the Full Throttle point standings and secured his spot in the Countdown this weekend. Hight moved up and with Force’s win he put 194 points between himself and 11th place driver Johnny Gray.




Stoffer Finally Gets First Win Of The Year
Jul.25

DENVER (July 24) – After finishing runner-up three times this season, Karen Stoffer is finally Queen of the Mountain.


Stoffer and the GEICO Suzuki knocked out Shawn Gann, Gerald Savoie, Eddie Krawiec and Michael Phillips on the way to victory Sunday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.


"Hats off to the GEICO Powersports crew," Stoffer said. "We've been struggling with mechanical problems the last few races. This is a tough mountain to come to and race, and to get where with mechanical problems on top of it is very trying. They did a great job, diagnosed everything, and gave me such a phenomenal bike for Saturday and Sunday. Now here we are!"


It's her first win of the season in four Pro Stock Motorcycle final rounds and her first since the Atlanta race in 2007.


"I was hoping everybody would forget that count but it kept coming up over and over again," Stoffer said. "But you know what? Patience, fortitude. This is a tough sport. There are awesome teams out there. We knew we had a good team, we just had to work through a lot of issues. Patience, strength, tenacity – that's what the GEICO team's about.


"I was really not thinking about how long it's been. Our focus has been on consistency, not the numbers, not the points, not the win lights, but just being consistent. And you know what? We've been able to achieve that, and that's props to the team and the bike they give me."


She broke through in the money round against Phillips. Although at a slight disadvantage at the start, Stoffer's Suzuki had more than enough power to overcome Phillips' bike.


Stoffer crossed the line in 7.283 seconds at 182.58 mph, with Phillips more than a bike's length behind in 7.394 seconds at 182.01 mph.


"We came out this season with our main goal being consistency and to go as many rounds as available in the race event," Stoffer said. "Normal goals are to turn on win lights and bring home Wallys and all that. But ours was to be consistent and go down the race track as many times as available. If you do that and you do it right, you're going to get the win lights and the Wallys."


The GEICO Suzuki had been suffering from a rash of mechanical breakages over the course of the last few races, and even into Friday's qualifying at Bandimere Speedway. However, crew chief Gary Stoffer and his team pulled together, got the GEICO Suzuki back to the quick, consistent form it showed for much of the first half of the year and qualified No. 2.


Stoffer started race day on fire, cutting a .012 second light in the first round against Gann and sailing on to a 7.244 at 184.27 mph pass. Gann could only muster a 7.391 at 180.50 mph.


Savoie was the next opponent for Stoffer, and he red lighted by -.003. Stoffer still made a 7.271-second lap at 182.01 mph to gain lane choice in the semis against Krawiec.


Opposite past champion Krawiec, Stoffer cut her best light of the day – a .002 – and finished in 7.271 seconds at 182.01 mph to reach the final. Krawiec went across at 7.325 at 180.98 mph after a .049 second reaction time.


"This was for all the GEICO people out there supporting us – and to all the fans here," Stoffer said. "They came by and said, 'What happened on Friday?' They were giving us so many supporting comments and so many high-fives to get it going on Saturday, and it really helped."


In the process of her victory, Stoffer recaptured the points lead. She is now ahead of Krawiec and can solidify her spot in the season ending Countdown to the Championship playoffs as early as next week.


"I get the double whammy here," she said. "We were able to take home the Wally and also get in front of the points again. And I think we're actually in control of our own destiny running Eddie Krawiec."


The NHRA's Western Swing continues in California wine country with the July 29-31 Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.





Mechanical Issues Cut Short Beckman's Day
Jul.25

MORRISON, COLO., July 24, 2011 – Jack Beckman lost his first-round race here today in the 32nd-annual MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway after his Aaron’s Dream Machine/Valvoline Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car dropped a cylinder and lost traction.

The 45-year-old Californian took the setback in stride, believing it has little bearing on his season as a whole.

“The last time we had a first-round loss was in the first race of the season,” said the Don Schumacher Racing driver. “And since this is the first race of the second-half of the season, we hope to repeat the kind of success we followed Pomona with in the coming races (moving from 10th in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car standings after the first race to second prior to this one).

“More importantly, today’s loss was not a result of any issues with the car. Denver is a unique place, with conditions – a lot of heat and thin air – unlike anywhere else on the schedule. It’s one race a year like this; now we return to racing at tracks for which we have good, consistent data.”

Beckman qualified ninth on a 4.255-second lap at 294.43 miles per hour, earning an opening-round match with Jeff Arend. Arend posted a 4.399-second run, which eclipsed Beckman’s traction-starved 5.144-second pass at 157.03 mph.

The loss allowed Robert Hight to go around Beckman into second place in the standings, but the margin is just five points, less than a race-round win. John Force defeated DSR teammate Matt Hagan in the final round to win today’s race.

“Even though we are getting close to the Countdown (four races remain before the playoffs begin), I’m not overly concerned about points,” he said. “We are now heading to one of my favorite tracks and I’m sure this car will pick up where we left off before coming to Denver.”

The season moves to Sonoma, Calif. for next week’s 24th-annual FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals. Last year Beckman set the track’s elapsed-time, 4.063, and speed, 311.56 mph, records en route to a number-one qualifying position before finishing as the runner up in the race to DSR teammate Ron Capps (who had a .017-second margin of victory).




Two Final Rounds For Team Mopar @ Mopar Mile Highs
Jul.25

Team Mopar Drivers Johnson and Hagan Advance to Final Rounds at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

Morrison, Colo. (July 24, 2011) – A pair of Mopar cars paid a visit to the final round at the 32nd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, as Mopar Dodge Avenger Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson advanced to his fifth straight final at Denver and Matt Hagan also scored a runner-up finish in his Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car today at Bandimere Speedway.

Johnson qualified No. 1 for the second straight year at his primary sponsor Mopar’s headline event and faced Steve Kalkowski in the opening round. Johnson posted a 6.962-second elapsed time (ET) at 198.06 mph to beat Kalkowski, which was low ET of the weekend — until the Team Mopar veteran set the Bandimere ET track record with a 6.955 run paired with a 198.15 speed to knock off defending Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson.

Looking for this third straight Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals win, Johnson bested Kurt Johnson (no relation) in the semifinals with a 6.988/197.48 pass to advance to the 23rd final round of his career and sixth at the Mopar Mile-Highs. Without lane choice in the final round against opponent Mike Edwards, the Mopar HEMI-powered racer would see his quest for four wins in the last five years end with a red-light foul off the starting line. Johnson’s stellar runner-up weekend at Denver moved the Greeneville, Tenn. native to sixth in the standings, just four markers out of fifth place.

“The whole Mopar/J&J Racing team was strong, and we have to be happy with our performance,” said Johnson, who joined NHRA legend Lee Shepherd as the only Pro Stock drivers to advance to five consecutive final rounds at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. “One little boo-boo all weekend, in the semis, and it cost us lane choice and the race. But five straight finals, three wins in five years – I just love coming to the Mopar Mile-High Nationals. It’s great to rub elbows with all the folks from Mopar who help us and support us all year long.

“We’re getting our groove on right now. The Mopar Dodge is working great, the motors are running great. This was an awesome way to start the Western Swing. We’ll see if we can go to two more finals at Sonoma and Seattle and end the trip well into the top-five in points.”

The red-light bug also bit Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driver Matt Hagan. The Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver defeated Melanie Troxel with a 4.373/273.94 pass, fellow Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T teammate Ron Capps on a 4.299/291.70 run and Robert Hight with a 4.285/292.08 mark before losing to John Force on a red-light in the final.

“We have to pick it up and get ready to race again in five days,” said Hagan, who solidified his hold on the fifth spot in the standings with his finish. “No excuses; we just have to bear down and get that first victory.”

Mopar HEMI-powered No. 2 Pro Stock qualifier and Lakewood, Colo. native V. Gaines advanced as far as the quarterfinals before falling to Larry Morgan on a red light foul. Pro Stock rookie Vincent Nobile exited in a first-round loss at the hands of Kurt Johnson. On the Funny Car side, Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T drivers Jack Beckman and Johnny Gray also bowed out in the opening stanza.

Mopar tallied awards in a number of categories at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Allen Johnson’s Mopar/J&J Racing crew captured the NHRA Full Throttle Hard Working Crew Award, Steve Johnson’s 1941 Willys took home Best Appearing Car, Johnny Gray’s Dodge Charger R/T team was honored as Best Appearing Crew, and James Caro’s 2010 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak was named Best Engineered Car. Mopar also provided racing fans with a special treat, as NHRA 60th Anniversary legend Shirley Muldowney took the wheel of a 2011 V-10 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak for a demonstration race against Mopar Viper Comp Coupe driver Cindi Lux.

Next up for the Mopar-powered NHRA stars is the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., July 29–31.




LE Tonglet advances to quarter-finals at Denver
Jul.25

MORRISON, Colo. – At one point during qualifying, it appeared LE Tonglet would not be among the 16 starters for Sunday’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, but the reigning NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock Motorcycle champion rallied Saturday to capture the No. 11 berth.


Best Appearing Crew @ Mile High Nationals
Jul.25

MORRISON, COLO., July 24, 2011 – The Service Central Racing Team “Lemonator” Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car crew, including driver Johnny Gray, were named “NHRA Best Appearing Crew” for Sunday’s 32nd-annual MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals here at Bandimere Speedway for their Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation uniforms.


Tough Weekend For The Copart Team
Jul.25

DENVER (July 24, 2011) – The heat, altitude and thin air of the mountain setting of Bandimere Speedway took its toll on the Kenny Bernstein-owned Copart Racing team at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

The team qualified 13th (4.155-second e.t. at 275.11 mph), the first time this season that they had not qualified in the top half of the field.

In the opening round of eliminations, Copart driver Brandon Bernstein faced off against Spencer Massey.  Bernstein was first out of the starting gate, but Massey was first to the starting line (4.007/307.16 vs. 4.235/143.26).

“This was a difficult weekend for us,” said Kenny Bernstein.  “We got behind the eight-ball from the start and were never successful in catching up.

“Last year we finished runner-up here and we were able to adjust to the unique tuning conditions of this track.  This year the mountain kicked our backside.

“We are looking forward to getting back to sea level next weekend in Sonoma, Calif.”

The Copart team remains seventh in NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel point standings.


Pro Classes Results From SuperNationals
Jun.06

Final round results from Sunday’s 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, eighth race in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:

Funny Car - Mike Neff, Fishers IN, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, 4.071, 314.09 def. Cruz Pedregon, Brownsburg, Ind., Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry, foul.

TOP FUEL – Spencer Massey, Fort Worth, Texas, FRAM dragster, 3.821, 319.17 mph, def. Del Worsham, Chino Hills, Calif., Al-Anabi dragster, 3.815, 322.19 mph.

PRO STOCK – Allen Johnson, Greeneville, Tenn., Mopar Parts Dodge Avenger, 6.689, 210.64 mph, def. Vincent Nobile, Dix Hills, N.Y., Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger, foul.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE – Matt Smith, King, N.C., Al-Anabi Buell, 6.900, 191.73 mph, def. Karen Stoffer, Smith, Nev., GEICO Powersports Suzuki, 6.889, 194.74 mph.




Enders Pleased With Consistency
Jun.06

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 5) – ZaZa Energy driver Erica Enders made the second-fastest pass in the quarterfinal round of Pro Stock eliminations Sunday at the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. But in a cruel twist of drag racing fate, she happened to face the driver who made the best pass of all.


Enders had the top speed of the round at 211.36 mph in the Cagnazzi Racing Chevrolet and ran the quarter-mile in 6.547 seconds. That elapsed time was .015 seconds faster than six of the seven other drivers who raced in the second round.


But Allen Johnson had a monster pass of 6.533 at 211.23 mph to move around Enders and into the semifinals.


"Yeah, we want to win, but once we came back and downloaded the run and went over everything on the computer and did the math on everybody's run – we lit it up," Enders said. "We made a great run. I drove well. The run was beautiful. There's not a whole lot we could've changed for that."


Enders qualified No. 3 at one of NHRA's famed tracks after making four excellent runs in Pro Stock qualifying. She then knocked out Vieri Gaines with a 6.539 at 211.13 mph in the first round.


"We'll leave here with our heads held high knowing that we were consistent," Enders said. "Being consistent will pay off. We beat everybody else on this property by .015 in the second round. It's unfortunate, and we want to win every race we enter, but to come here and do as well as we did and be consistent – if I'd have lined up against anybody but A.J., we'd be going to the semifinals, with lane choice."


And had Enders duplicated her second-round pass in the semifinals, she'd be racing for the Wally.


But she's not frustrated, and neither is her ZaZa Energy team.


"We just need a little luck on Sunday, just a  little bit," Enders said. "We're making good runs, and I'm driving well. It's going to come together. One of these days is going to be our day."




Lucas Oil Teams Struggle On Race Day
Jun.06

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 5) – Even when a driver is three years into his Top Fuel career, there are lessons to learn from the car on every pass. On Sunday at the NHRA SuperNationals, Shawn Langdon learned a harsh lesson in tire translation from his Lucas Oil/Speedo dragster.


In his first-round matchup, Langdon pedaled the car when he admits he probably shouldn't have in his loss to teammate Morgan Lucas. The move cost him the round.


"There's so much information you have to process in tenths of a second," Langdon said. "It's a seat of the pants thing. I felt like I needed to pedal the car, but didn't have to.


"I'm trying to decipher tire shake. I've got to learn the difference between tire shake that we can make it through and shake that will strike the tires."


It was the first loss in a gremlin-filled day at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the Lucas Oil contingent as Larry Morgan fell in the first round of Pro Stock and Hector Arana and Hector Arana Jr. both lost in the first round of Pro Stock Motorcycle.


Langdon said his 8,000-horsepower rail launched just fine, but when he pedaled the car it opened the door just wide enough for Lucas to step through.


"The pair in front of us both smoked the tires," Langdon said. "So when you feel your car start to rattle, instinct kicks in and tells you that you need to pedal it."


Langdon ran a 3.981 seconds at 306.88 mph as Lucas crossed the line in 3.870 at 316.52 mph.


"It probably could have made it through," Langdon said. "It just makes me made to lose an opportunity to go rounds. We had the car right on the edge and it was going to run a mid-3.85.


"To let everybody down like that doesn't sit well with me."


A slip of the hand on the Lucas Oil Buell cost Hector Sr. in his first round matchup against Jim Underdahl.


"I launched and as I was grabbling the handlebar, I grabbed the clutch lever," Hector St. said. "It was basically like I double-clutched, spun the tire and it was done."


Underdahl ran a 6.925 at 192.91 mph while Hector Sr. sputtered to a 7.040 at 190.48 mph.


Rookie Hector Jr.'s learning curve continues to progress after his matchup with Andrew Hines.


"I knew I had the power to beat him," Hector Jr. said. "At the hit the bike went right. I had to fight it back to the center, and while I was doing that, Hines caught me at the end."


Hines won with a lap of 6.965 seconds at 192.91 mph. Hector Jr. ran a 6.963 at 190.30 mph.


A fouled spark plug proved to be Morgan's undoing against Shane Gray.


"We fouled two plugs this weekend, that never happens," Morgan said. "I left on the guy by .04 seconds and fouled a plug. It's just bad luck. But we're going to pressure check ever plug from now on though."


Gray ran a 6.562 at 210.80 mph as Morgan coasted to a 9.664 at 92.87 mph.





Tough Weekend For Quick Lane Mustang
Jun.06

MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE FORD SHELBY MUSTANG LOSES BY A NOSE

IN FIRST ROUND IN ENGLISHTOWN

Englishtown, N.J. – Four-thousandths of a second blocked Bob Tasca III from getting out of the first round of eliminations at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Tasca, the defending event winner, hoped luck would swing his way for his hometown crowd – but while his team’s pit area was crowded with guests, luck was not among them.

After beating opponent Jack Beckman off the starting line .072 seconds to .095, Tasca drove the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car to a 4.139-second finish at 305.56 mph. It wasn’t enough, as Beckman clocked a 4.112 at 308.57 to advance. Beckman lost to No. 1 qualifier Cruz Pedregon in Round 2.

“We’ve got everything but luck,” Tasca said. “We just can’t win a close race. It’s not a lack of effort. (Crew Chief and Co-Crew Chief) Chris (Cunningham) and Marc (Denner) made a good call. The close races just haven’t gone our way. We’ve got a consistent car, a great team and the best parts in the world. We just haven’t gotten the close races to go in our favor.

“We clocked five solid runs and on average, we were probably one of the quickest cars on the property. We just lost to a good team in a close race.”

Tasca, who was born and raised in Rhode Island and attended his first race at Englishtown, now heads to Bristol, Tenn. for the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Presented by Tri-Cities area Ford Dealers, June 17-19, 2011.

“We wanted to put on a better show for my hometown crowd, but I guess that’s drag racing,” Tasca said




Troxel Posts 1st FC Round Win Of The Year
Jun.06

Troxel bags first Funny Car round win of the year


ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 5) -- Melanie Troxel and her R2B2 Funny Car teammates enjoyed a victory of sorts Sunday by logging their first elimination-round win of the season at the 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals. Naturally, winning the event is the goal, but after struggling for the first few months of the year, progress is measured in small steps.


"It's exciting to get a round win any time," said Troxel, one of just 14 racers and the only female in history to win in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. "To get the first round win of the year pumped everybody up. 


"I heard the guys on the radio read me the time but I couldn't quite hear what they said. It wasn't until I read the time slip that I realized we ran a 4.07. That's our best ET of the year and my best in two years. To run our best numbers on race day and not the Friday night session when conditions are perfect gives us a great feeling as a team."


After qualifying a season-high fourth on the grid, Troxel posted a 4.071-second pass at 310.27 mph in her defeat of Paul Lee, who smoked his tires. She then got the jump on quarterfinal opponent Matt Hagan only to lose traction herself at 330 feet. Hagan had trouble further down the track but had enough momentum to win with a 4.217 at 241.15 mph against Troxel's coasting 5.011 at 164.25 mph.


"I don't think the plan was to get more aggressive with the car against Matt," she said. "We had a good car and the guys made a few tweaks. We think we hit a bump in the track that upset the car a little bit. Combine that with the little changes we made and it just put the car over the edge. We were trying to play it smart. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.


"We would have loved to go another round or two. We're finally excited we've got a race car on race day. You have to get some breaks, but knowing we've got as good of a car as any out there lets you know you have a chance. It's the first time we've felt that way all season."


Up next on the NHRA Full Throttle Series schedule is the June 17-19 Ford Thunder Valley Nationals from Bristol Dragway. Troxel will race both her Funny Car and Pro Mod car at the event.





Stanfield Moves #2 In Pro Stock Points
Jun.06

Greg Stanfield goes to semifinals, second in points

 

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Greg Stanfield fought his way into the Pro Stock semifinals of Sunday’s NHRA SuperNationals and moved into second place in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series point standings.

 

Stanfield’s opening-round win over Greg Anderson and a quarter-final decision over Shane Gray enabled him to swap places with Anderson.  Stanfield has 585 points to 571 for Anderson.  Jason Line is the leader with 642.

 

The driver of the Nitro Fish/Coffman Tank Trucks GXP used a strong .019-second reaction time to post a hole-shot decision over Anderson, 6.570 seconds at 210.05 mph to 6.568 at 210.97. 

 

Stanfield left first against Gray and never looked back, stopping the timer at 6.566, 210.70 to Gray’s 6.587 at 211.03.  Allen Johnson ended Stanfield’s day in the semifinals, getting out first and just holding off Stanfield’s 6.559 at 210.87 with a 6.555 at 210.70.

 

“Overall, it was a good day for us,” said crew chief Eddie Guarnaccia.  “We won some important rounds and that made a difference in the point chase.  We were able to try some different things during the weekend and learn from it.”

 

The team’s next outing is at Bristol, Tenn., June 12-14.




Allen Johnson Wins All Mopar Final
Jun.06

Allen Johnson Wins All-Mopar NHRA Pro Stock Final at Englishtown

• Mopar Dodge Avenger driver defeats Vincent Nobile in all-Mopar final round
• Johnson claims his first victory of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series
• Team Mopar veteran earns ninth career win in 22 final-round appearances

Auburn Hills, Mich. —  Mopar® Dodge Avenger NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson earned his first win of the season today at the 42nd Annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., defeating teammate Vincent Nobile in an all-Mopar final round to earn his ninth career win in 22 final-round appearances.

Johnson won at the starting line, as Nobile, who also competes with Mopar HEMI® engines supplied by Roy Johnson, Allen’s father, fouled out on a red-light start by a mere 0.006-seconds. Allen Johnson, owner and driver of the J&J Racing Mopar Dodge Avenger, turned in a pass of 6.689-seconds at 210.64 mph with a reaction time of 0.013 in the final round. The matchup marked the first all-Mopar Dodge final in Pro Stock since the Fall 2009 Las Vegas event (Larry Morgan vs. Rickie Jones).

“It feels great to win,” said an exuberant Johnson. “We’ve been close this season. This Mopar Dodge Avenger has been fast, and we always have plenty of power with the Mopar HEMI under the hood. We have been taking a different approach this year and have been working into developing a good product with this new chassis. I think we are almost there, but not quite. We are almost where we want to be with six races left until the Countdown. We are still refining things, and continue to work hard each and every day.”

“All of us at Mopar are proud of Allen’s performance,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Having two Mopar-powered Dodge cars in the final round serves as a validation of the power and performance of our Mopar HEMI engines in NHRA competition.”

Johnson, the No. 6 qualifier, downed Kurt Johnson (no relation) in the first round with a run of 6.536/211.86 to his opponent’s 6.671/209.43. In the quarterfinals Allen Johnson used a 0.029 reaction time to defeat Erica Enders, recording a run of 6.533/211.23 to Ender’s 6.547/211.36 mark with a 0.031 reaction time. The semifinals found AJ matched up against veteran Greg Stanfield. Johnson’s reaction time of 0.030, followed by a run of 6.555/210.70, helped the Mopar Dodge driver edge Stanfield, who ran a 6.559/210.87 with a reaction time of 0.040.

“It was great to have two Mopar-powered Dodge Avengers in the final, especially with Vincent being the car that we power and help out,” said Johnson. “Once again Mopar power has proven it can get the job done, and that’s our recipe for the rest of the season. Earlier in the year, we almost had a couple of final rounds that would have put Vincent and us against each other, so to do that here today, it felt great.”

Johnson, who moved up to seventh in the NHRA Pro Stock points after the win on Sunday, will look to carry the momentum from his win into the 11th Annual Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol Dragway, his home track, June 17–19. Bristol is just an hour north of the J&J Racing Shop in Greeneville, Tenn., with Johnson seeking his first career win at the venue.

“Momentum in racing anytime is great, but to have some heading into your home race is even better,” shared the Team Mopar veteran. “The car is very consistent right now and we can continue to fine tune it and learn things. We are really looking forward to heading to Bristol and hopefully we can keep it going for Mopar and Dodge, and make it two wins in a row.”
   




Worsham Leads All Qualifiers Ater Day 1
Jun.04

Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Shane Gray (Pro Stock), and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also took the provisional top spots in their categories at the eighth of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Hight, who is coming off his third win of the season two weeks ago in Topeka, drove his Auto Club Ford Mustang to a 4.090-second pass at 310.34 mph to become the provisional top qualifier in Funny Car. If it stands, it would be his first No. 1 qualifier of the season, 39th of his career, and second consecutive at Raceway Park.

“Jimmy Prock [crew chief] told me that we weren’t going to get crazy, but we were going to just try to get down the track because that’s what we’ve been lacking,” said Hight. “We hadn’t been consistent until Sunday in Topeka. We’ve had some good luck here in qualifying, but I’ve never won here, and this is one of them that you want to win. It’s as big as Gainesville and Indy because there’s so much history here.”

Points leader and Hight's teammate Mike Neff sits 14th, and defending event winner Bob Tasca III is third after two qualifying sessions.

In Top Fuel, Worsham drove his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a 3.785 at 322.34 mph in the final qualifying session of the day to take the provisional No. 1 spot. If it stands, it would be Worsham’s second of the season and seventh of his career.

“When conditions like that come along, I’m glad that Alan Johnson is the tuner of my car because, man, what a job he and the team did,” said Worsham. “We smoked the tires the first run, and we smoked the tires the last run in Topeka, on E2, and you think they might be conservative, but a guy like Alan just went right out there for the throat. In the words of Alan, 'we went from the [outhouse] to the henhouse in one run.' ”

Defending event winner and world champion Larry Dixon will enter Saturday qualifying fourth in the field, and recent race winner Spencer Massey sits second.

In Pro Stock, Gray raced to the provisional top spot in his Service Central Pontiac GXP just one race after capturing his first win of the season. If his run of 6.510 at 212.46 mph stands, it would be his first No. 1 qualifier.

“Right now, I just think we are on a roll, but it’s like a roller coaster, and right now, we’re on the top of the hill,” said Gray. “A lot of guys have it better than we do. We’re just trying to get better each day.”

Rookie Savoie rode his White Alligator Racing Suzuki to the top of the field in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a run of 6.836 at 192.74 mph. If it stands, it would be the first of his career.

“After our loss in Atlanta, we stumbled on a couple of things that were not exactly right with the motorcycle,” said Savoie. “Mark [Peiser, crew chief] wanted to come to Englishtown and see what kind of progress we’ve made on the changes we’ve made. I feel very blessed to be here. This is my fourth race, and they’ve all been good. I don’t know if it will hold up, but it’s good for now.”

Melanie Troxel set a national record en-route to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position Friday for the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Troxel drove her ProCare Rx ’53 Corvette to a record-setting run of 5.800-seconds at 258.71 mph to set the national record for both time and speed. If it stands, it would be Troxel’s first No. 1 qualifier of the season in the fifth event of the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

“The Corvette had itself figured out,” said Troxel. “Steve Petty [tuner] is doing a great job with that car. We’ve nicknamed it The Silver Bullet. It’s just flying down there all on its own in spite of anything I might be doing behind the wheel.”

Points leader Khalid Balooshi currently sits 13th in the field with a run of 6.030 at 240.04 mph, and Troxel’s teammate and car owner, Roger Burgess, sits 19th with a run of 6.348 at 191.51 mph.




Troxel Sets New NHRA ProMod World Record
Jun.04

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 3) – In her first weekend of racing the turbocharged '53 ProCare Rx Corvette, Melanie Troxel set the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series NHRA National Record on Friday night at the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Troxel made a best pass of 5.800 seconds at 258.71 mph to reset the bar. That run was backed up by her initial run of the day, which was a 5.808 at 257.33 mph.

"I'm feeling a little guilty because I feel like I haven’t paid my dues in that car yet to go and set the national record on my first and second runs," said Troxel, who is also the provisional No. 1 qualifier. "It's pretty incredible and I'm having a great time in the car. But I'm looking over my shoulder because I'm afraid the boss is going to want to repossess his car."

The boss is R2B2 Racing owner/driver Roger Burgess, who this week switched to a turbo '68 ProCare Rx Firebird, and is on the outside looking in with one qualifying round to go Saturday. Troxel said she's still adapting to racing a turbo car.

"I'm still getting used to the starting line procedure; it's totally different than my supercharged Camaro," Troxel said. "It's going to take me a little time to adapt, but the car is very forgiving and a lot of fun to drive.

"The Corvette had itself figured out. (Tuner) Steve Petty is doing a great job with that car. We've nicknamed it 'The Silver Bullet.' It's just flying down there all on its own, in spite of anything I might be doing behind the wheel."

Troxel said that something special was possible when she arrived at the track Friday morning.

"We knew coming in here we were going to have mid-70-degree weather, and that's ideal for drag racing in general," she said. "I heard the track itself was in excellent condition, as smooth and flat as it has ever been. Everything pointed to that it could happen."

The previous ET record was a 5.817 second pass by teammate Raymond Commisso in 2009. If Troxel leaves the event with the record she will be rewarded with 10 bonus points.

After the final round of Pro Mod qualifying Saturday morning, the first round of eliminations are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

As a bonus, it looks like Troxel's ProCare Rx Toyota Funny Car has worked its way out of its early season funk by grabbing the provisional No. 6 spot on the ladder with a best pass of 4.135 seconds at 307.37 mph.

"We made a very good pass in the Funny Car and it's feeling good," Troxel said. "We've got a lot of guests from PAETEC with us this weekend and it was great that we were able to put on a great show for everyone who is here."

PAETEC is on Troxel's car as an associate sponsor again this weekend. PAETEC is a nationwide provider of voice and data services along with communication equipment to business customers.




Tony Pedregon's Nitro Fish FC 9th
Jun.04

Tony Pedregon ninth after first day at Englishtown

 

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Tony Pedregon took advantage of cooler Friday evening track conditions and a different combination to jump into the ninth provisional qualifying position for Sunday’s NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

 

Pedregon’s Nitro Fish Funny Car was timed in 4.169 seconds at 292.77 mph under the lights after his opening round 1,000-foot lap of 4.976 at 155.22.

 

Because we miss-judged the track (conditions) in the first session,” Pedregon said, “we pulled the tune -up back and made a conservative run in session two.  We will look to improve in Saturday’s two sessions.”




Testing Paying Off For Enders
Jun.04

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 3) – ZaZa Energy Chevy Cobalt driver Erica Enders knew it was a good run after hearing her Cagnazzi Racing crew members' reaction over the radio.

Enders made a best pass of 6.510 seconds at 211.93 mph Friday to grab the No. 2 spot in Pro Stock after two rounds of qualifying for the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Enders' elapsed time matched Shane Gray as the two broke the track record at the fabled drag strip. Gray is currently No. 1 with a slightly better speed, 212.46, with two qualifying sessions remaining Saturday.

"Just to hear the excitement in their voices when the scoreboard lit up, that's what matters to me," Enders said. "That makes it fun when they're happy. To get to hear the fun in their voices is exciting to me."

Enders believes there is more speed in the ZaZa Energy Chevrolet.

"There's definitely some left in that run, which is great," Enders said. "But it stinks because we missed the No. 1 spot by a couple tenths of a mile an hour. There's a lot of fast cars out there, and we're certainly one of them. They know we're here."

Enders and her team tested in North Carolina last week, making 12 runs in an effort to find more speed in the car.

"We worked very hard testing, and this is proving that we learned something," Enders said. "Hard work does pay off, but we've still got a lot of work to do. We're definitely taking steps in the right direction.

"It's a true challenge to get these cars to go down the race track, not only from a driver's standpoint, but my entire crew. It was definitely a team effort."

Qualifying at the NHRA SuperNationals resumes at noon EDT on Saturday.




Hight Stays On Hot Path
Jun.04

HIGHT BEST OF SHOW ON FRIDAY AT SUPERNATIONALS

OLD BRIDGE, NJ --- Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang picked up where they left off in Topeka, a race he won two weeks ago, racing to the provisional No.1 spot on Friday at the NHRA SuperNationals. Hight closed out the final qualifying session running beside the quickest Funny Car from the first session, Cruz Pedregon, and he was able to post a 4.090 second time at a whopping 310.34 mph as Pedregon smoked the tires beside him. Hight outran fellow Ford driver Tim Wilkerson by four thousandths of a second for the provisional top spot.

“I think everyone was playing it smart tonight. You look at Cruz. That Snap-On Toyota either goes and is No. 1 or he smokes the tires. When he has it right he has the best car right now. He is probably two hundredths better than anyone else out here. He was the one I was figuring was going to get low ET tonight. He made a decent run the first run. I still can’t believe that 4.09 is No. 1. We’ll take it.”

Hight knows that getting a good run on Friday night can be a key to getting a leg up in racing on Sunday. He also recognizes that qualifying efforts sometimes do not equate to Sunday round wins at one of the most historic races on the circuit.

“You really want to be in the top half for Sunday. We made a decent run today in the first session, actually the best run in the right lane. (Crew chief) Jimmy Prock just said we are not going to get crazy. We are going to make sure we go down the track. That is what we have been lacking the last few races,” said Hight a three time winner on 2011.

“We have just not been consistent. Sunday at Topeka we got it together and I really feel like we are on our way now. We are looking forward to these hot tracks. I have had a lot of luck here before in qualifying but I have never won this thing. This is one that when you retire you want to have won. It is as big as the Gatornationals in Gainesville and Indy. There is so much history here. The fans love Nitro and they love Funny Cars.”

While Hight was running away from the field teammates Mike Neff and John Force were struggling with tricky track conditions. Before the second qualifying session Neff took a few minutes to talk with New Jersey News 12 meteorologist Dave Curran about how important weather conditions are to making great runs before he climbed into his Castrol GTX Mustang. The great weather did not play into Neff’s favor as the track conditions derailed a number to teams qualifying efforts.

“The track was 95 degrees. It should have been better. We were even being more conservative than what we normally would. The track didn’t seem very good the first run,” said Neff. “For the little change that we made to get that result is just uncharacteristic. It wasn’t only us. Half the field did the same thing. Not everybody is that stupid. Those are good track conditions and everybody should have been able to go ripping down that race track.”

 “It is very frustrating. You have good track conditions and something is not normal. I know the power is good here and we adjust for all that. We don’t have any more power here than we did at Gainesville or Houston. We correct for that. We went down it the first run. It was running good. We came back and made one little move and it looks like we did three times as much. It smokes the tires like that shows me that there is something weird out there. It happens though. (hears TF smoke tires) See you hear that something is wrong out there. ”

Both Neff and Force will have to use their two sessions tomorrow to get into the show. Their quickest qualifying times today of 5.108 (Neff) and 5.136 (Force) seconds will not carry over into Saturday since they were the 14th and 15th quickest of the day respectively.




Stanfield's 6.532 Good For Ninth
Jun.04

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Greg Stanfield took advantage of cooler Friday evening conditions to turn in his quickest quarter-mile run of 6.532 seconds at 210.93 mph that put him in ninth place as NHRA’s SuperNationals got underway at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

 

“We stepped up and ran better, but it wasn’t as good as we wanted,” said Stanfield, driver of the Nitro Fish/Coffman Tank Trucks GXP.  “We've been working on a new combination and we need to run better on Saturday.”

 

His first attempt came in at 6.657, 210.64 mph.  He has two more runs Saturday.

 




Career Best For GT Tonglet
Jun.04

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – GT Tonglet made the quickest quarter-mile run of his career Friday evening and was 11th in the provisional starting line-up for Sunday’s NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

 

After fighting mechanical woes for two races, the changes made to the new Tonglet Racing Nitro Fish Suzuki in the last two weeks resulted in competitive runs for the first time in three races.   His best was 6.951 seconds at 191.19 mph.

 

“That was the first time I’ve run six seconds,” he said, but the last time he competed regularly was in 2006.  “The bike is finally showing positive signs.  It’s leaving the line like it should.  I’m very happy.”

 

He started the day with a lap at 7.040 at 187.13.

 

“We made some adjustments for the second run . . . and the bike really like them.  We’ll try to pick up the 60-foot time for Saturday.  The bike feels good going down the track, he said.”

 

He has two more laps on tap Saturday.




Nitro Fish's LE Tonglet Seventh
Jun.04

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – LE Tonglet was seventh Friday in provisional Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying for Sunday’s NHRA Super Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. 

 

His Tonglet Racing Nitro Fish Suzuki GSXR posted a time of 6.893 seconds at 190.83 mph in the cooler evening weather.   His first run Friday was 6.956 at 189.44.

 

“We picked up the pace on the second run, but it wasn’t as much as we wanted,” Tonglet said.  “We’ll talk things over and figure out what we’re going to do for Saturday’s (final two) runs.”

 

He is attempting to win his second straight Full Throttle Drag Racing event.




Wilkerson # 2 Heading Into Day 2
Jun.04

Tim Wilkerson came about as close as you can come to a true "worst to first" or "zero to hero" day for a driver, but he came up 4-thousandths of a second short. Having lost the blower belt and oiled the track on his first run, Wilk had his elapsed time erased do to the oil penalty, so he entered Q2 as if he had not even competed in the first session. Running as part of the first pair, the proverbial guinea pigs on a rapidly improving track, Wilk powered to a 4.094 that was certainly strong, but appeared to more likely be a pathway for other stronger runs as the big hitters came up behind him.

One by one, some of the fastest and quickest cars in the world could either not match it, or they possibly aimed too high and smoked the tires. Originally hoping to stick in the top 12, then the top 8, it began to appear as if Wilk's run might just hold on to the top spot. The final pair, made up of Robert Hight and Cruz Pedregon, pulled to the line to cap things off, and Hight's 4.090 was just "that much" quicker than Wilk's earlier 4.094.  He will spend the night in the No. 2 spot.

"The first run was actually pretty good, and on its way to a number that probably would've been in the top five, but it threw the belt off down there and quit on me," Wilkerson said. "When it did that, all the gravity went to the front and some of the oil that passes through the frame rails came out, when it found a faulty drain plug. Losing the run didn't make me that mad, but the fine you get for oiling the track sure hurt.

"We had the data in our pocket though, and we were hemming and hawing about how hard to run it. I decided we couldn't swing for the fences there, because it was more important to go A to B and get a decent number on the board. To tell you the truth, as nice as the 4.09 was I wasn't sure it would stick in the top eight. It almost made it to the top spot, and maybe that's just because too many teams were actually swinging for the fences on a pretty nice night to race. We'll take it, and we'll see what we can do out there tomorrow. After a tough start, it ended up being a pretty nice day."



Payne Pays Tribute To NYFD
Jun.04

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 3) -- When one thinks of New Jersey they don't exactly think of New York but veteran drag racer Jay Payne does. The 2006 Pro Mod champ knows that running his FireIce Camaro means a lot to firefighters everywhere but there's a soft spot in his heart for the FDNY.


"This is an extra special race for us," Payne said. "We're in Jersey but we're so close to New York City and everyone loves the FDNY and we do especially, so we really love this race."


Payne takes his FireIce Camaro to the 42nd running of the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park with hopes of making his best showing of the 2011 season.


"I'm ready to go some rounds this weekend," Payne said. "We've been struggling so far this season. Honestly, I have fun no matter what the result but winning is always more fun than losing."


The past series champ made it to the final round at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in 2007 but has not been able to capture a victory at the legendary facility in his FireIce Pro Mod car. Payne hopes that will all change this weekend.


"Of course I want to win," Payne said, "I want to win every race we show up to. This one is extra special though. If we could seal the deal here it would mean a lot to us and the entire FireIce team."


In Englishtown, Payne will be saluting the nation's 1.1 million firefighters with his FireIce-branded racecar, which carries the logos of the Leary Firefighters Foundation (www.learyfirefighters.org), Angel Faces (www.angelfacesretreat.org), and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (www.firehero.org).


Recently added to the United States Forest Service's Qualified Products List, FireIce is an environmentally friendly fire suppression gel firefighters add to water to help extinguish fires much quicker than with water alone. FireIce was created by GelTech Solutions, a publicly traded corporation (OTCBB: GLTC).


Get Screened America Pro Mod Series qualifying gets under way at 3:15 p.m. EDT Friday at the NHRA SuperNationals. There will be one more round of qualifying at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, which will be followed by the first elimination round at 4:15 p.m. Eliminations will conclude on Sunday.




Get Screened America Pro Mod Points
Apr.04

LAS VEGAS -- Point standings (top 10) for Get Screened America Pro Mod Series following the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the second of ten events in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series -

1.  Khalid Baloosh  194
2.  Rickie Smith  138
3.  Danny Rowe 137
4.  Roger Burgess   118
5. Kenny Lang, 112
6.  Ed Hoover  88
7.  (tie) Raymond Commisso  87
     Brad Personett   87
9.  Michael Gullqvist   77
10.  Von Smith  76




Get Screened America Pro Mod Results
Apr.04

LAS VEGAS – Khalid Balooshi raced to his second victory of the season Sunday in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.

Balooshi outran veteran drag racer Rickie Smith in the final round at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In a battle between two nitrous-injected ’68 Camaros, Balooshi posted a 5.983 at 237.13 in his Speedtech entry to power away from Smith, whose car trailed with a 6.012 at 237.71.




NHRA Professional Points Following Vegas Race
Apr.04

LAS VEGAS -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the third of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -  

Top Fuel

 1.  Del Worsham, 265; 2.  Antron Brown, 257; 3.  Tony Schumacher, 222; 4.  Larry Dixon, 208; 5. Spencer Massey, 191; 6.  Morgan Lucas, 179; 7.  Shawn Langdon, 170; 8.  Brandon Bernstein, 168; 9. Doug Kalitta, 157; 10.  Steve Torrence, 118. 

Funny Car 

1.  Robert Hight, 289; 2.  Cruz Pedregon, 241; 3.  Mike Neff, 238; 4.  Matt Hagan, 210; 5.  Johnny Gray, 191; 6.  Jack Beckman, 172; 7.  Ron Capps, 157; 8.  Jeff Arend, 156; 9.  John Force, 154; 10. Tony Pedregon, 137.

 Pro Stock 

1.  Jason Line, 290; 2.  Greg Stanfield, 221; 3.  Greg Anderson, 214; 4.  Mike Edwards, 201; 5. Vincent Nobile, 178; 6.  Rodger Brogdon, 172; 7.  Erica Enders, 169; 8.  Ron Krisher, 167; 9. Shane Gray, 135; 10.  Allen Johnson, 128.

 




NHRA Vegas Reults
Apr.04

LAS VEGAS – Robert Hight continued John Force Racing’s domination of the Funny Car category by racing to victory Sunday at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were winners at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.




Capps Looking To Improve
Apr.01

LAS VEGAS, MARCH 28, 2011 – Ron Capps is looking forward to this weekend’s SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals here on the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway because to the driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car this is a home race.



Langdon Looking For A Win and Fun
Apr.01

LAS VEGAS (March 28) -- Unlike most visitors to Glitter Gulch, Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon, the pilot of the Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster, isn't looking for luck when he arrives at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this weekend's 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.



Hagan Eager To Get Back Racing
Apr.01

MATT HAGAN EAGER TO HIT THE STRIP

FOR THIS WEEK’S RACE IN LAS VEGAS

 

LAS VEGAS, March 28, 2011 –  Matt Hagan enjoyed his time off between races, but is anxious to resume racing his DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car this weekend in the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals here on the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 “It was great having time at home with the family and I got a lot done on the farm,” said the 28-year-old cattle farmer from Christiansburg, Va. “But I’m ready to get back to racing. With two off weeks between the last race and now, it seems like we’ve been off for the winter. 

“And once we go down the track for the first qualifying session (scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, April 1), I’ll be back into the groove.” 

Hagan’s desire to resume the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is understandable – he sits in second place of the Funny Car championship following the first two races of the season, thanks to a final-round appearance in the Winternationals followed by a semifinal one at the Gatornationals.

 In addition, he took the pole position and set low elapsed time (4.030 seconds) for the Gainesville race a little more than two weeks ago.

“Tommy DeLago (crew chief) has the DieHard Dodge running really well,” said the Don Schumacher Racing driver. “We’ve done well in Vegas before and we have some great data to work from for this race.”

 He was runner up during the last race here in November 2010 and won the pole en route to a final-round appearance during the 2009 spring race. Last spring he qualified third and reached the quarterfinals.

 “I like racing in Vegas,” Hagan said. “The track’s been good to us and, well, it’s Vegas.”

 




Edmund Halls' Baby Promod Shootout at Montgomery Motorsports Park
Mar.23

COVERAGE: Edmund Hall's Baby Promod Shootout Invades Montgomery Motorsports Park

Edmund Hall’s Baby Promod event invaded Montgomery Motorsports Park this past weekend, celebrating 12 Years for the event that forever changed Heads Up Racing in the South.




“Buy Back” Billy, Ashe, and Pruitt among Super 7 Series Season Opener Winners
Mar.14

“Buy Back” Billy, Ashe, and Pruitt among Super 7 Series Season Opener Winners: Event Photos
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Super 7 Series Season opener at Montgomery Motorsports Park three weeks ago is “wow.”  With over 200 cars on the property, this event marked the largest race for the series.  00.jpg

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Tonglet, Koretsky Receive Champ Rings
Mar.07

LE Tonglet and Kenny Koretsky returned Sunday to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to collect large, diamond-studded rings signifying Tonglet’s NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship.




Hight Credits Special Coin As Lucky Charm
Mar.06

YORBA LINDA, CA ---Minutes after Robert Hight and his Jimmy Prock tuned Auto Club Ford Mustang raced to a season opening win at the 51st annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals Hight was giving some of the credit to a lucky charm he picked up from a fellow Ford teammate last season. In honor of the Wood Brothers dominating performance at the Daytona 500 Hight raced all day with a commemorative coin Eddie and Len Wood gave him at Charlotte’s zMax Dragway in 2010.


Schumacher Offers Special Hospitality
Mar.06

zMAX Dragway takes Fan Accessibility to Another Level with Limited Number of Don Schumacher Racing Hospitality Package 

CONCORD, N.C. (March 1, 2011) - NHRA fans are already used to the unmatched accessibility to the drivers of their sport, thanks to every ticket to an NHRA event being a pit pass, but that experience will be taken to the next level with the Don Schumacher Racing hospitality package at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.




Gainesville Always Emotional For Bernstein
Mar.06

GAINESVILLE AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER FOR BRANDON BERNSTEIN

 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Tire Kingdom Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway March 11-13 marks the second stop on the NHRA 60th anniversary tour.  As the Kenny Bernstein-owned Copart Top Fuel team prepares for competition, he and his son Brandon open the vault to some of their memories.




Stanfield Happy With Winter Nats R/up
Mar.06

Greg Stanfield runner-up at Winternationals

 Three weeks ago, Greg Stanfield didn’t think he would be racing in NHRA’s Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.   

On Sunday, he came within a few ticks of the timer of winning the Pro Stock title at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.  

Stanfield, driving the Team Safety Sentry Motorsports Pontiac GXP in its debut with Yonke Motorsports and Coffman Tank Trucks, was on his way to victory on a cold night in Southern California.  He left the starting line two-hundredths of a second ahead of rival Jason Line. “Unfortunately, the tires spun off the line and shook and there wasn’t much I could do.” 

Line won with an elapsed time of 6.529 seconds at 211.89 mph to Stanfield’s 6.595 at 211.70. 

“We are excited about our performance, considering the sponsorship only came together three weeks ago.  We worked hard to get everything together in time to come to Pomona.” 

Stanfield eliminated Buddy Perkinson, Ron Krisher and Ronnie Humphreys to reach the finals.

 

 




ADRL Returning To Memphis In 2011
Mar.06

ADRL Adds Memphis International Raceway to the Schedule as 10th Race for 2011 Tour 

O’FALLON, MO (March 4, 2011) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is bringing big crowds, breathtaking racing, world-record speeds and a grand opening back to Memphis International Raceway in 2011.




Parts Plus To Sponsor Millican
Mar.06

Parts Plus to sponsor NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican for 12 races

 Popular Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, the pride of Drummonds, Tenn., is returning to NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series action with primary sponsorship from Memphis-based Parts Plus.




Gainesville NHRA Div II Results
Feb.22

FINAL RESULTS ARE IN FROM GAINESVILLE RACEWAY

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (February 21, 2011) – In the second of six races in NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Southeast Division, two drivers have started off the season with two wins each in Top Alcohol Dragster and Super Gas.

Al Moeser, Hilltown, Pa., won last week at Bradenton Motorsports Park and continued his winning streak all the way through the weekend at Gainesville Raceway with a win in Top Alcohol Dragster.  Moeser’s 6.519 second victory at 221.09 mph was enough to defeat John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., who ran 7.538 seconds at 242.19 mph.  Peter Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., also extended his winning streak over the weekend.  Last week, he took home top honors at Bradenton in Super Gas and did the same yesterday at Gainesville in Super Gas and Super Stock.  Driving his ’63 Corvette for 9.918 seconds at 154.55 mph, he defeated Carl Freeman,
Fernandina Beach, Fla., in his ’90 Trans Am in Super Gas.  In Super Stock, Biondo drove his ’00 Firebird for 9.729 at 134.91 mph, and defeated Jerry Silveus from Van Buren, Ohio.


ADRL Releases Its 2011 Competition Licensing Policy
Feb.22

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by Agent DC on February 22, 2011

O’FALLON, MO (February 21, 2010) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has announced its 2011 Competition Licensing Policy, which goes into effect for the first race of the 2011 ADRL Tour. The season starts on March 25-26 at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas with CarSafe Dragpalooza VII presented by LenMar Motorsports.00.jpg



Safety Sentry Motorsports teams up with Greg Stanfield and Angie Smith
Feb.22

Safety Sentry Motorsports teams up with Greg Stanfield and Angie Smith
Safety Sentry Inc. “The Trailer Towing Device” teams with Stanfield/Yonke Racing and Coffman Tank Trucks for 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship Run! Team Safety Sentry Motorsports has teamed up with 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock Series Runner Up, Greg Stanfield to contest the Championship Series in 2011.00.jpg

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Long adds Cancer Foundation to '63
Feb.22

carol_long.jpgMoncks Corner SC* - For Carol Long the 2011 season in her 63 Corvette is looking very bright. The team based in Moncks Corner SC, will be representing The World Motorsports Breast Cancer Foundation all season."I am very excited to be associated with such a worthwhile foundation, millions of women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and it it a honor to be able to spread the word about this disease with my racing." Long said.

"The foundation got in touch with Carol though Facebook when I had decided it was time that we expand into the racing industry.  Since there are few NASCAR female drivers I started looking at Drag racing. 


Lamb Kicks Off 2011 Season with Double Victory
Feb.15

DSC_3695-Proof.jpgLamb Kicks Off 2011 Season with Double Victory
by Luke Bogacki on February 14, 2011

Henderson, NV: Justin Lamb began his 2011 season in style last weekend with a double victory at the NHRA Division 7 National Open at his home track, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  There, Lamb drove his familiar Race Tech Dragster to the event victory in Super Pro, and won the Stock/Super Stock combo in his maiden appearance behind the wheel of Rodger Comstock’s Mail Terminal Services Cobra Jet Mustang.  00.jpg 



New Racing Facility Coming To Americus GA
Feb.12

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A $12-million motorsports complex is coming to Americus. The developer says it will rival an Atlanta track.

 

Star Racing's George and Jackie Bryce released a site plan for the complex that will include a quarter mile concrete drag strip, a road racing circuit similar to Road Atlanta, and a technology park for Motorsports related businesses.

 

The complex will also include a training facility for drivers education and law enforcement training.

 

The Sumter County Commission approved a zoning change that allows Star Racing to build the complex across from South Georgia Technical College near Carter Regional Airport.

 

Construction is expected to begin later this year.

 

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Nitro Fish To Sponsor Chrisman In T/F
Feb.07

Steve Chrisman joins Nitro Fish Racing team for 2011 season

 Steve Chrisman was born to be a drag racer.  One of his earliest memories is watching his father Jack win the inaugural NHRA Winternationals in 1960.




Wilkerson Ready For 2011
Feb.07

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 7, 2011) -- While many of the top professional teams on the NHRA Full Throttle tour have recently been testing in Florida, making lap after lap of "spring training" runs prior to the start of the 2011 season, fans of Levi, Ray & Shoup driver Tim Wilkerson may have noticed that things are "all quiet on the Wilkerson front."  Too quiet?  Not according to the popular Funny Car contender from the Land of Lincoln.  For Wilkerson, it's simply a matter of following the plan and not deviating from the norm.


Royal Purple Raceway's Ultimate Experience
Feb.03

HOUSTON (Feb. 3) -- Following a tradition of delivering the best possible experience for its guests, Royal Purple Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park) will offer fans attending the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals a special once-in-a-lifetime ticket package.


Service Central Racing 2011 Roster
Feb.02

Service Central Racing 2011 Roster Includes Talent, Youth, Experience
Plus High-Profile Team Ownership in NHRA, IndyCar Series 

Graham Rahal, Johnny Gray, Shane Gray,
Dom Lagana to showcase Service Central Racing colors

JUNO, Fla. (Feb. 1,  2011) -- TBC Retail Group, which operates the popular tire and automotive service centers, Tire Kingdom®, NTB - National Tire and Battery®, Merchant's Tire and Auto Centers® and Big O Tires®, today announced that it has its primary-sponsored, four-driver Service Central Racing® team roster in place and ready to contend for victories in 2011.




NHRA History: A Snake is born
Feb.02

NHRA History: A Snake is born
by NHRA on February 2, 2011

1965, A SNAKE IS BORN: In February 1965, NHRA Legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme won his first of 49 NHRA National event titles at the NHRA Winternationals in the Top Fuel category. Amazingly, the entire event was run in a single day, due to inclement weather.

Of the 12 wins he has at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden has won the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals seven times – the most of any driver in NHRA history.



Nitro Jam and IHRA coming to Tucson
Feb.02

After a few weeks of deliberation culminating with a unanimous vote by the racers, the International Hot Rod Association and Feld Motor Sports is proud to announce that Tucson, Ariz. based dragstrip Merles Southwestern International Raceway has joined the IHRA family of member tracks.

Merles Southwestern International Raceway has confirmed that the venue will be sanctioned by the IHRA and, according to new owner LJ Motorsports and CEO Bernie Longjohn, the IHRA affiliation will bring with it many racer friendly programs including the Summit SuperSeries and Teen Championship Racing, culminating with the southwestern United States debut of the fastest growing motorsports event in the country as Nitro Jam comes to SIR the weekend of March 25-26 with one of the biggest shows of the year.



Thornton welcomes Lucas Oil for 2011
Feb.02



The Thornton Racing team is proud to announce their association with Lucas Oil Products for the 2011 Pacific Street Car Association championship season. The team race a 1963 Corvette with twin Comp Turbo turbochargers in the Pro Street category and are looking to win an unprecedented 5th PSCA Pro Street Championship in 2011. The team formerly were champions in 2003 - 2005 and again in 2007 and have made the decision to try again this season after a successful outing last November at the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas where they finished in the top four.

Lucas Oil Company was founded in 1989 by President and CEO Forrest Lucas. Lucas began his career as a trucker in Indiana, expanding his operation over the next 20 years. Seeing the need for a better lubricant for his trucks he began his search eventually leading to the creation of his own special formula for the trucking industry and the results speak for themselves. Lucas Oil Products are engineered to be the best in the business. They are used in nearly every form of motorsports as well as clocking millions of miles annually on our nations highways via the trucking industry.



Nitro Jam Season Opener at Palm Beach International Raceway
Feb.02

Nitro Jam Season Opener at Palm Beach Results
JUPITER, Fla. (January 28, 2011) – Just about the farthest point you can get from the sunny beaches of West Palm Beach, Fla. in the continental United States is the great state of Washington on the Pacific coast. Approaching nearly 4,000 miles from the southern tip of Florida to the capitol city of Seattle, the differences between the two locations are great and the distance even greater.





ADRL Adds Ford Safety Truck and Staff For 2011 Season
Feb.02

ADRL Adds Ford Safety Truck and Staff For 2011 Season
by ADRL on February 2, 2011

The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is excited to  announce the development of a new track safety program that includes a fully-customized, state-of-the-art safety truck, a full contingent of emergency equipment and the addition of two new safety technicians for the 2011 season. Working closely with Ford, The Official Vehicle of the ADRL, the world’s top eighth-mile drag racing league will innovatively utilize a new Ford F-150 two-wheel drive extended cab with a short bed



MMP Super 7 Series New Structure
Jan.31

The Super 7 series at Montgomery Motorsports Park in Alabama will be revamped for 2011 first we have a few rule changes for this year.

1. Double entry rule: Two people can drive the same car in one class but one driver CANNOT drive the same car twice.
2. Door cars will run each other in elimination until completion of third round. After third round they will fall into next round with rest of field.
3. Non-Electronics class this season will be No-Box IHRA rules. Transbrakes will be allowed.
4. New Purse Stucture



Janis to Run VP Race Fuels in 2011
Jan.31

Elma, NY – Things have been moving at a fast pace as of late for the Elma, NY based Mike Janis Racing Team. Now they’ll get a bit faster with the help of VP Racing Fuels.

Mike Janis and his Mike Janis Racing teams have agreed to run VP race Fuels in both team cars this season. Team owner/driver Mike Janis is an engine builder by trade and understands the benefits of quality fuel. “We’ve tested other fuels on our Dyno at Jan-Cen Motorsports and have seen that overall, VP fuels burn cleaner and cooler and offer significant performance gains. It’s a no brainer as to what I want in my race cars,” said Janis.

 VP’s Eastern Regional Manager, Jim Kelly spearheaded the effort of bringing Janis into the fold at VP. "Mike Janis has been huge in drag racing in North American for as long as I can remember. We appreciate the fact that he's chosen to run VP products again in 2011. I always knew he was a smart man," said a happy Kelly.



RJ Race Cars, Quarter-Max Named Major Sponsor For 2011 ADRL Tour
Jan.31

RJ Race Cars, Quarter-Max Named Major Sponsor For 2011 ADRL
by Agent DC on February 2, 2011

The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is pleased to announce RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max Chassis & Racing Components as a new major sponsor for the 2011 season. With nearly 25 years in the drag racing business, RJ Race Cars is widely-regarded as one of the top complete chassis fabrication shops and parts manufacturers in the business. 



Performance by Fisher Announces New Limited Production Weld Racing Dragster Front
Jan.31

Performance by Fisher Announces New Weld Racing Dragster Front
by Agent DC on January 31, 2011

Up until now the ever popular black anodized finish drag wheels, first introduced by the innovators at Weld Racing, were only available in the AlumaStar, Magnum and the more recently released V-Series lines.

Seeing a need to expand the black anodized finish offering to the other wheel lines, and wanting something a little different for one of their own team cars, Kathy Fisher of Performance by Fisher submitted a suggestion to the design team at Weld Racing.



Bob Elliott to be Inducted into Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame
Jan.31

Bob Elliott to be Inducted into Hall of Fame
February 1, 2011 | Wingham, ON - Bob Elliott is one of Canada’s most recognized drag racing personalities having competed and won at the highest levels of the sport for many years. He will be honoured for his accomplishments when he is inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, along with seven other inductees, April 23, 2011 at a gala ceremony in Toronto, Ontario. 





60 Greatest Moments in NHRA's 60-year History
Jan.31

60 Greatest Moments in NHRA's 60-year History
by NHRA on February 1, 2011

From a simple signature on March 13, 1951 by NHRA founder Wally Parks to a far more complicated, championship-clinching comeback by John Force on Nov. 14, 2010, NHRA has seen its share of Great Moments in its first 59 years.

And as the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2011, NHRA officials have narrowed the many hundreds of memorable moments to a list of “60 Greatest Moments.” The complete list, which can be found at the bottom of this release, is officially being unveiled for the first time today.



Wes Collier named General Manager of Indy
Jan.31

GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2011) —Wes Collier has been named general manager of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, it was announced today by NHRA.  Collier had been serving as acting general manager of the historic facility since August 2010.

 “Since taking over as acting general manager, Wes has shown strong leadership capabilities,” said Peter Clifford, executive vice president and general manager of NHRA.  “Wes has gained the trust and respect of sponsors, marketing partners and the racing community at Lucas Oil Raceway and has demonstrated a desire to expand the facility’s offerings and services.”


ADRL's new 2011 Rainout Policy
Jan.31

O’FALLON, MO (January 26, 2011) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has announced that it will implement a new rainout policy, which will go in effect with the first race of the 2011 season.  
Adverse weather conditions are an unfortunate hardship on all involved in the sport and the ADRL appreciates the continued cooperation and support of all participants, tracks, sponsors and fans during the implementation of this new policy.

In the event of rain or other adverse conditions that delay or cause an event cancellation, the following new policies will now go into effect:

• If two or more rounds of qualifying have been completed but eliminations are unable to begin, then 100 points plus qualifying points will be awarded to the top 16 qualifiers in each class, and the event will be considered complete.



DC Congratulates all 2010 Champions
Jan.27

DragCoverage Congratulates 2010 Champions
by TJ Pruitt on January 27, 2011

DragCoverage.com would like to congratulate local (Southeast) 2010 Champions. If  you were a track or class champion, email us today and get recognized on the fastest growing drag racing website. Email all class champions to teejay@dragcoverage.com  



Kentucky racers dominate at Hangover Nationals
Jan.27

Kentucky racers dominate at Hangover Nationals
by TJ Pruitt on January 21, 2011

The annual Hangover Nationals at Montgomery Motorsports Park is in the bag and the state of Kentucky was the spotlight of the event.  On Saturday, Barbersville, KY racer Steve Foley defeated Teddy Barlow, Bowling Green, KY, in the finals to take home the Super Pro victory. Jake Bonner and Jeff Brown were the semi-finalist. In footbrake, Steve Clanton (near lane), Fort Payne, AL defeated Penningrass, GA racer Ryan Johnson in the finals.



Ashley Pregnant, Neff Back In Seat
Jan.27

Ashley Pregnant, Neff Back In Seat
by NHRA on January 27, 2011

In the most dramatic development in a day of announcements at John Force Racing Inc., Ashley Force Hood, the two-time reigning Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil champion and one of the brightest young stars on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series tour, revealed that this year she is giving up one family car for another. 

After she was introduced as the new president of John Force Entertainment, a JFR subsidiary that will develop TV, film, and book projects from new video production facilities at the Yorba Linda, Calif., compound, Force Hood announced that she and husband Dan are expecting their first child in August.




Bogacki & I-57 Spring Door Car Shootout
Jan.27

Benton, IL: I-57 Dragstrip and Luke Bogacki Race Services are proud to announce a unique door car-only big dollar bracket race coming to the southern Illinois facility April 30-May 1.  The event, coined as the Spring Door Car Shootout will feature Super Pro (electronics allowed) competition for door cars only (no dragsters or center steer altereds)!  The two-day event pays a whopping $7500-to-win each day, with strong payback and several bonus events.  Weekend entry is only $275, and round money starts with 4th round losers.  The event will also feature just one round of buybacks (first round only).
 
“I’m really excited to be a part of this event,” said noted bracket competitor Bogacki.  “I’ve been very hesitant to get into race promotion, but this seemed like a really good fit.”



Mike Janis’ New ADRL Ride Coming out of Andy McCoy Race Cars
Jan.27

Mike Janis’ New ADRL Ride Coming out of Andy McCoy Race Cars
by Mike Janis Racing Inc.on January 27, 2011

Mooresville, NC – Mike Janis, who competed on the ADRL tour in 2009, taking two wins, will return to ADRL Competition in 2011 at the wheel of an Andy McCoy Race Cars 1970 Plymouth Duster. The AMRC Duster will be propelled by the newly designed Alan Johnson Performance Engineering 5300 Hemi.  “Our association with AJPE has afforded us the opportunity to partner with several new people and companies.



NHRA Announces 3 Additional Index Classes
Jan.27

The 2011 Division 2 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events will feature an addition of 3 select “index” classes to the program.  All three index classes will be running for the coveted Wally trophy and will be collecting points toward the 2011 Division 2 Championship title.

Rules will parallel the popular NHRA Unleashed program and are available at www.nhraunleashed.com




It's Official...The Million at Montgomery
Jan.27

It's official...The Million Dollar Race Weekend will be at Montgomery!

BRADENTON, Fla. – (January 20, 2011) – The 16th Annual Million Dollar Race Weekend has officially been scheduled for 2011. It will be held October 19th thru 23rd at the Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, Alabama. This year's car count is projected to be at 300+ with a combined pay‐out forecasted to exceed the $600,000.00 mark over the four day racing schedule.


Monroe Awarded Division 3 Driver of the Year
Jan.27

Indianapolis, IN: When a competitor has developed a racing resume as decorated as James Monroe’s, it’s hard to look back on a single season as a “career year.”  Yet, as the well known Indiana racer looks back at 2010, he’s quick to declare it his most successful season to date.  As well he should: Monroe not only earned his first NHRA National Event triumph, he also picked up the Division 3 Top Dragster Championship in a hotly contested battle that ended up being decided by less than a single point.  As if that weren’t enough, Monroe nearly pulled off an unprecedented double, as he finished the NHRA Division 3 JEGS Super Quick Series in second position, less than a round away from what would have been his third championship in that series.  With the season in the rearview mirror, Monroe picked up another accolade as he was awarded Division 3 Sportsman Driver of the Year at the annual division banquet.

Monroe battled with Pro Stock and sportsman racing standout Dave Connelly throughout the 2010 season, as the duo traded blows atop the Division 3 Top Dragster standings.  Connolly opened with a runner-up (Belle Rose, LA) and win (Norwalk, OH) to take the early lead.  Monroe followed a pair of semi-final finishes with his first victory (Chicago) to take the lead in early June.  Connolly then countered, claiming the “Wally” at the LODRS event in Stanton, MI to retake the lead.  But Monroe threw the last haymaker of the season, capturing the win at the National Trail Raceway LODRS (Columbus, OH), which vaulted him to a lead he would not relinquish.  Connolly closed once again, and the pair actually finished the season tied for the championship.  With the tie-breaker in hand, Monroe had no need to travel out of division for a final event to better his score.  Trailing that duo atop the Division 3 standings were John Coughlin, Phillip Oakley, and Lynn Ellison.
 
“If you had told me at the beginning of the season that someone would post two wins and a runner-up (as Connolly did), I would have said ‘There’s your champion.’  To be able to compete with names like Connolly, Coughlin, Oakley, Ellison, and Abruzzi and somehow come out on top at the end is a great feeling."



Johnny Gray moves over to Funny Car and DSR
Jan.27

Johnny Gray moves over to Funny Car and DSR
by Agent DC on January 27, 2011

With only six weeks remaining until the first engines start up at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the off-season shuffle appropriately named, “the silly season” continues as former Pro Stock driver and team owner Johnny Gray announced that he, along with sponsor TBC Retail Group, would be joining Don Schumacher Racing and would be fielding the Service Central Racing Dodge Charger Funny Car for the 2011 season.



New combination for McMillen in 2011
Jan.27

The 1963 Split-window Corvette of the TTK Transport Inc. team has received a new powerplant over the off-season, and team driver Darryl McMillen is hoping for a stronger showing in the 2011 Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts when he takes to the track.
 
“We’re running the same chassis,” noted McMillen, “but we’ve got a better and faster motor along with a new tranny.”

The Top Sportsman team placed 11th in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series standings in 2010. The team qualified for each event, and took some eighth and quarter-round finals.
 
The team placed 10th in the Championship Point Award Series in 2009, highlighted with a win in the Top Sportsman class during the September 19 race at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park that year and the overall victory for an event title with a 7.158-second, 189.60-mph posting.



Carpenter Honored as Hall of Fame Inductee
Jan.27

Carpenter Honored as 2011 North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductee

Emerging from the most difficult period of his life, Charles Carpenter’s hope for 2011 is that it improves dramatically over a devastating 2010. The year will kick off on a high note this weekend when Carpenter is inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2011.  The Hall of Fame inductions will be the focal point of the 9th Annual Shriners Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo, to be held this Friday and Saturday, January 21 & 22, at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. The induction ceremony will begin at 1:30 PM on Saturday.



Holzhauer to team up with Speir for 2011 Midwest Series; Testing Successful
Jan.27

Holzhauer to team up with Speir for 2011 Midwest Series
by DragCoverage.com on January 27, 2011

One of the fastest tuners in Outlaw 330 racing , Jim Speir, will tune the Whaley powered Halfscale dragster of Brendan and Brad Holzhauer in 2011.  The team, along with Jim and his son Will Speir, completed 4 test sessions this winter, between Montgomery and Valdosta, and are ready for the Midwest Jr. Super Series 330 Outlaw Class. 


Musi joins B1 Racing to tune Khalid
Jan.25

DOHA, Qatar (January 12, 2011) - For B1 Racing's Khalid Mohammed, the news that veteran engine builder and eight-time Pro Street world champion Pat Musi was joining the team as the crew chief on his Pro Nitrous entry came as great news on many levels. It's well known in the Pro Mod world that Pat Musi builds great engines and can generate championship-winning horsepower, and that alone would make most drivers ecstatic. But for Mr. Mohammed, there's history here.


New TMRC Promod for Mike Knowles
Jan.24

New TMRC Promod for Mike Knowles - '68 Camaro
by Agent DC on January 25, 2011

Grand Junction, CO–The 2011 NHRA Get Screened America Pro Modified season will bring changes for everyone involved, but none will look better than Mike Knowles’ new Tim McAmis Race Cars built ‘68 Camaro.  Earlier in 2010 Knowles commissioned TMRC to build him one of their new V4 ’68 Camaros. Once the build was well on its way Knowles then contacted motorsports artist Justin Spencer



Kurt Busch earns NHRA Pro Stock license and ready for Gainesville
Jan.24

Kurt Busch earns NHRA Pro Stock license and ready for Gainesville
by NHRA on January 24, 2011

SEAT TIME: Pro Stock Driver Allen Johnson on his testing session this holiday season with NASCAR driver-turned NHRA Drag racer Kurt Busch: “This testing has been real good for Kurt, providing him a chance to earn his NHRA Pro Stock license and get some seat time in an NHRA Pro Stock car at full power. He’s completed all his



Lucas Oil Products Acquires Naming Rights to Historic NHRA Facility in Indianapolis
Jan.24

Lucas Oil Products Acquires Naming Rights to Historic Indianapolis
by NHRA on January 24, 2011

Lucas Oil Products has acquired the naming rights to the NHRA-owned and operated multi-purpose auto racing facility located just west of Indianapolis. The multi-year track entitlement agreement gives Lucas Oil Products naming rights to the legendary facility,



Schedule change for NHRA Pacific Div.
Jan.24

GLENDORA, Calif. -- (Jan. 7, 2011) – NHRA announced today that the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event previously scheduled for Oct. 7-9, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., has been moved to March 24-27 and will be held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


Tom Orr ready Quick 32 with NEW Stratus
Jan.24

SHAWVILLE, QUEBEC (January 7, 2011) – Veteran drag racer Tom Orr will not only return to the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts for 2011 with his Top Sportsman entry, he will be heading up a two-car team with his son Lance driving a Top Dragster.
 
“I’ve raced all over, and this is the best Series I’ve ever raced in,” said Orr, who drives a 2008 Dodge Stratus in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Top Sportsman class. “We’re not changing the car a great deal for this year, except that we have a new motor to go into the car.”
 
Orr explained he damaged the engine in the Stratus during the IHRA Nitro Jam event at Epping, NH late last year, but was able to take the runner-up spot in the Top Sportsman class.


Enders Back Home At Cagnazzi Racing
Jan.21

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 21) -- Drag racing superstar Erica Enders began her Pro Stock career at Cagnazzi Racing in 2005 and quickly became the most prolific female driver in class history. In 2011, the 27-year-old from Houston is returning home to Cagnazzi Racing to hopefully add to her already impressive resume with one of the top teams in the sport.





Million Dollar Race To Be Held At Montgomery Motorsports Park In 2011
Jan.20

Million Dollar Race To Be Held At Montgomery Motorsports Park In 2011

The 16th Annual Million Dollar Race Weekend has officially been scheduled for 2011. It will be held October 19th thru 23rd at the Montgomery MotorSports Park in Montgomery, Alabama. This year's car count is projected to be at 300+ with a combined pay-out forecasted to exceed the $600,000.00 mark over the four day racing schedule. 





Geico Dragster On "How It's Made" TV Show
Jan.20

A crew from the popular Science Channel TV program How It's Made visited Morgan Lucas Racing last year to film a special show entitled "Dragsters" that will air for the first time at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21.




U.S.19 & Holly Springs Now NHRA Sanctioned
Jan.20

U.S. 19 DRAGWAY BACK ON BOARD AS NHRA MEMBER TRACK; HOLLY SPRINGS DRAGWAY ALSO JOINS SOUTHEAST DIVISION 

GLENDORA, Calif.  NHRA recently announced the return of U.S. 19 Dragway in Albany, Ga., and the addition of Holly Springs Dragway in Holly Springs, Miss., to the list of NHRA sanctioned dragstrips.




Romine brings ‘Man-O-War’ to Palm Beach
Jan.19

NORWALK, Ohio (January 6, 2011) – In 2010 the Nitro Jam series not only took the drag racing world by storm, but it established itself as the hip place to race for nostalgia nitro funny cars.  

In 2011, Nitro Jam will take that fact one step further. 

With an incredibly talented lineup of Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars making headlines across the nation last season, Nitro Jam will take its funny car competition to another level this year with several new faces to compliment the already talent-laden list of drivers currently making up the tour. 

Romine brings his championship experience to the new class in 2011

And headlining the list of new faces in 2011 is three-time IHRA Top Fuel champion Paul Romine. Known around the country as one of the best in the sport today, Romine will join the Nitro Jam tour at the season opener in West Palm Beach and may participate in more events down the road. But for now, the event at Palm Beach International Raceway is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year with


Tigerflow and K&N to back Phillips for 3rd Season
Jan.19

Tigerflow and K&N to back Phillips for 3rd Season
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series standout Tommy Phillips and his Philco Motorsports team are proud to announce the continued support of major marketing partners Tigerflow and K&N Engineering for the upcoming season.  2011 will mark the third year of Phillips' .





Vote for DragCoverage.com!
Dec.23

Vote for DragCoverage.com!
by Agent DC on December 22, 2010

Vote for DragCoverage.com. This takes just a second. Each year, since 1999, CompetitionPlus.com has conducted its annual Dot Com Awards as a means of allowing race fans and readers of the Internet magazine to select the Best of 2010. Cast your votes today for DragCoverage and help us to select the worthy recipients of a Dot Com Award.



Art Peterson's Super Clean 1969 GTO SS
Dec.23

Feature: Art Peterson's Super Clean 1969 GTO SS
by Agent DC on December 23, 2010

Big Fan of GTO's? Well check out this 1969 GTO that Art Peterson's competes in SS/JA Class in NHRA.  Peterson, Rialto, CA, was highly pleased when this hotrod was selected as Best Appearing at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals back in October. I had a chance to shoot a few pics of Peterson's bad to the bone ride in the winner's circle



Troxel adds full Pro Mod schedule in 2011
Dec.22

Troxel adds full Pro Mod schedule to 22-race Funny Car slate

DULUTH, Ga. (Dec. 22) -- It looks like Melanie Troxel isn't going to have to savor her NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series victory in Charlotte after all as R2B2 Racing team owner Roger Burgess announced Wednesday she's going to have at least one more season to collect wins.

Troxel said that despite doubts toward the end of the 2010 season, she will indeed add a full 10-race Pro Mod schedule to her 2011 driving duties, which include a full season in the In-N-Out Burger Funny Car in the NHRA Full Throttle Series,

"We never closed the door on the idea," Troxel said. "The thought was I would just focus on Funny Car because we're running a full schedule.

"This past season when we first put our schedule together there were only two races where I would be racing both cars. Then we added a bunch of Funny Car races and it just ended up where I pulled double duty a lot. It turns out it wasn't a big deal for my physically or mentally; I just felt kinda bad at times because I wasn't there for every warm-up or debrief."

She said the opportunity to work with her R2B2 Racing Pro Mod crew again was an opportunity she didn't want to pass up, even if the logistics may get hectic.

"One thing I really enjoyed was working with Al Billes," she said of her decorated Pro Mod crew chief. "When we started kicking around the idea of running Pro Mod again in 2011, we talked about the fact I might not be there all the time to do all the things a driver normally does because I might be needed in the Funny Car pit.



Mark Sanders joins Prostalgia championship
Dec.22

In the world of nostalgia drag racing, car nicknames are often times a common place among the competitors.

From “Jungle Jim” to “Bullet Bob” and everything in between, car names can be anything from a reflection of the cars capabilities on the track to a random and sometimes off the wall nickname that stuck. But for some, a car nickname can be a direct reflection of the man sitting behind the wheel.

And that is where “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders comes in.

A relatively new face to the drag racing scene, Sanders has made quite a name for himself over the past few years as one of the most exciting men in drag racing. Drawing dozens of comparisons to famous straight-line racers such as John Force, Sanders has already taken the nostalgia scene by storm.




Dream Ride Continues For Hunnicutt
Dec.22

Like any competitor, Rob Hunnicutt has often wondered what it would feel like to be the frontrunner and the person everyone else was chasing. Now that it’s happening, the Pro Extreme Motorcycle rider admits it feels quite amazing.

After winning for the first time in his American Drag Racing League (ADRL) and Arabian Drag Racing League career last week, Hunnicutt followed it up with his second straight win, taking Round Three at Qatar Racing Club (QRC) on Friday.

“I’ve never won this many round in probably five years of doing this,” Hunnicutt said. “This is like a dream come true.

“It makes me speechless when I look at these two trophies. I’m almost in awe. It makes all the hard work and time and money worth it.” Hunnicutt is riding high after another memorable race, giving him two wins and one runner-up finish through three of the eight races in the Arabian Series in Qatar.



Merry Christmas from DragCoverage.com!
Dec.22





Chad & Cory Hedgecock Represent Eagle Racing Engines with Phenomenal 2010 Season
Dec.21

Chad & Cory Hedgecock Represent Eagle Racing Engines with Phenomenal Season
Knoxville, TN

The Eagle Racing Engines backed father and son racing team of Chad and Cory Hedgecock are no strangers to success.  Chad is a former IHRA World Champion, having won the Top ET Summit Super Series championship in 2007.



Moroso Investment Partners plans 2 Million in Memphis Motorsports Park Improvements - IHRA Facility in 2011
Dec.21

MOROSO plans 2 Million in Memphis Motorsports Park Improvements
by Agent DC on December 19, 2010

Closing for the $2.06 million dollar auction purchase of Memphis Motorsports Park is scheduled to take place within 30 days.   The sale of the Memphis racetrack to Moroso Investment Partners



19 Year Old Buddy Perkinson makes jump to NHRA Prostock
Dec.21

19 Year Old Buddy Perkinson makes jump to NHRA Prostock
by NHRA on December 21, 2010

Buddy Perkinson has been named the new driver for Jim Cunningham Motorsports in 2011. Perkinson, 19, of Prince George, Va., will usher in the new year as one of NHRA’s newest professional drivers as he makes the jump from Comp eliminator to the ranks of Pro Stock piloting the team's Jerry Haas-built Ford Mustang.  “Cunningham Motorsports welcomes Buddy Perkinson



RPM TECH ARTICLE: The Air that I Breathe
Dec.20

RPM TECH ARTICLE: Altronics - the Air that I Breathe
by RPM Magazine on December 20, 2010

RPM Magazine will now be publishing their “Products & Innovations” and all technical articles online in an easy-to-use “E-Magazine” format.  The project will be labelled “RPM E-Tech”.  This program will not only be a benefit to RPM print readers (allowing them access to printed Tech pieces all published in one place), but it is a huge bonus for RPM advertisers as their ads will now



2010 ADRL Events Streamed Live
Dec.20

All ADRL Events From 2010 Season To Be Streamed Live on ADRL Website

O’FALLON, MO. (December 20, 2010) – Just in time for the holiday season, the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is pleased to announce its gift to its wonderful fanbase.

It will also be the huge holiday gift that keeps on giving – right up to the first race on the 2011 ADRL Tour.

Starting on Monday, December 20, and continuing until the first race of the 2011 season, the ADRL will release a video each day, Monday through Friday, of one class from a race during the 2010 season on its website, www.ADRL.us. The videos will go in a chronological order, meaning all classes will be shown from the LenMar Motorsports World Finals V during the week of Dec. 20 through Dec. 24.

The following week, Dec. 27-31, the Georgia Drags will be featured and each event will be shown in succession. UTI Dragpalooza VI presented by Safety-Kleen, typically the first race of the ADRL season, will be shown later in the series as it was not completed this past season until a double-race weekend in Baytown in July.



JEGS to partner with Kalitta Motorsports in 2011
Dec.20

JEGS to partner with Kalitta Motorsports in 2011
by Kalitta Motorsports on December 20, 2010

JEGS Mail Order, a world-renowned high-performance auto parts powerhouse, and Kalitta Motorsports, one of the most successful Top Fuel and Funny Car teams in the history of professional drag racing, as an associate sponsor for the team in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. 



Williams Dominates the BTE Power Rankings
Dec.19

Carterville, IL: 2-time Million Dollar Race winner Gary Williams enjoyed arguably his best season to date in 2010.  His standout season culminates in an award of a different variety, as Williams has been crowned “Driver of the Year” by ThisIsBracketRacing.com.  This accolade comes as a result of topping the yearlong BTE Power Rankings on ThisIsBracketRacing.com.  The unique program, hosted by sportsman racings only internet driving school, ranks sportsman competitors based upon final round appearances regardless of class, sanction, and type of competition.  The program awards drivers “Power Points” for final round finishes at any and all NHRA and IHRA national, sportsman national, divisional, and Pro-Am events in all sportsman categories; as well as any and all bracket-style events that boast a winners purse of $5,000 or more.  Points are awarded in rough accordance to actual money won (For example, a win at a $10,000 bracket race earns 10 points.  An NHRA national event victory earns 15 points, etc.)  For detailed rules and points earning guidelines, click here: http://thisisbracketracing.com/rankings_points.cfm




VIDEO: Fast and Finchum
Dec.19

VIDEO: Fast and Finchum
by TJ Pruitt on December 19, 2010

I ran across this video from a link posted on DRR. In the video titled “Fast and Finchum” Rodney Finchum gives you a taste of bracket racing in episode one of his driving school. This is a MUST SEE Video – quite funny.




Rickie Jones to debut 1969 Camaro in 2011
Dec.19

Rickie Jones to debut 1969 Camaro in 2011
by Agent Dc on December 15, 2010

After racing twice in the Extreme Pro Stock division in 2010, former NHRA Pro Stock driver Rickie Jones will debut a new 1969 Pro Nitrous Camaro built by RJ Race Cars for the 2011 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL).Jones and his father, Rick, had hinted about committing to the 2011 ADRL



Pro Slammers Are Back And Ready in 2011
Dec.19

The Pro Slammers Door Car Association will be back in action April 15-16th for the Funny Car Fever held at Sacramento Raceway Park.  After having a great 2010 season the newly formed west coast association made its mark and is here to stay.  The 7.00 Pro Slammers featured some of the best turbo, nitrous and blown entries around as they put on spectacular shows for the fans.  Being the fastest index door slammer class around didn't just stop there as they stretched their wings and added the 7.60 Pro Slammers to their arsenal of fast door cars.  2011 is sure to be full of excitement and rivalries as reigning 2010 champion Mike Doushgounian tries to fend off the rest of the 7.0 Slammers field, while event winner Mark Lawson attempts to keep in front the pack in 7.60 Slammers class.



HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour Coming to Montgomery Motorsports Park
Dec.18

HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour Heads to Montgomery Motorsports Park in 2011
by Agent DC on December 18, 2010

Montgomery Motorsports Park is excited about the 2011 HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour which is coming to the track on Monday June 6, 2011. This is an exceptional event that you do not want to miss. Early registration ends Wednesday, May 25, 2011.



Hinbest Racing donates to charity program
Dec.15

ORANGEVILLE, ONTARIO (December 15, 2010) – The Hinbest Racing team certainly enjoys racing its Top Dragster in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts, but the team also gave to charity through its racing this year.
 
In a coordinated program with sponsor Ideal Supply, the team donated $50 to charity for every round win on the dragstrip during regular competition in 2010, and Ideal matched the team’s contribution.
 
“This was something we decided to do earlier,” said team driver Mike Hinbest. “The goal was to help raise money for charity while adding an extra incentive for me to win.”
 
With six round wins, Hinbest Racing and Ideal Supply contributed $600 this season to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Joe Lubeck, Florida investor, bids $1.9 Million for Memphis Motorsports Park
Dec.15

Joe Lubeck, Florida investor, bids $1.9 Million for Memphis Motorsports Park
by Agent DC on December 16, 2010

Memphis Motorsports Park is officially SOLD. The 340+ acre racing facility that includes a drag strip, oval track, and road course took a little over 5 minutes to sell during the auction Tuesday Morning. Joe Lubeck had the highest bid, offering $1.875 million dollars for the property. Dover Motorsports Inc. originially had the facility listed for 6 million dollars.



Davis Dominates Snowbirds to Double-Up at End of Season
Dec.15

Davis Dominates Snowbirds to Double -Up at End of Season
SUWANEE, GA (Dec. 14, 2010)

The year could not have ended any better for Ronnie “The King” Davis. The Suwanee, Georgia-based golf cart dealer won the last two races he entered in 2010, each time starting from the number-one qualifying position and each time in a different Tommy Mauney-built ’63 Corvette. 



Over Kill Motorsports Partners with DragCoverage.com
Dec.15

Over Kill Motorsports Partners with DragCoverage
by Agent DC on December 12, 2010

Over Kill Motorsports is proud to announce that they have partnered up with www.dragcoverage.com to be become the primary sponsor of one of the fastest growing motorsports websites that brings the racing world up-to-date coverage of racing events.



Suburban Chevrolet Sponsors NHRA TS
Dec.15

NHRA announced today that Suburban Chevrolet will sponsor the Top Sportsman class in 2011 for the NHRA South Central Division.  The Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman class will run in conjunction with the division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and make stops in Bell Rose, La., Houston  (two stops), Ennis, Texas, Tulsa, Okla., and finish out the season in Noble, Okla.

Racers will earn points toward the South Central division Championship with the top three finishers receiving a share of the $3000 purse.  The Champion will also be awarded the Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman champion’s jacket and a coveted NHRA Wally trophy.



Jon Kaase Racing Engines On Board As ADRL Sponsor For 2011 Season
Dec.15

Jon Kaase Racing Engines On Board As ADRL Sponsor For 2011 Season 
ORLANDO, FL. (December 12, 2010)

Already the producer of engines for some of the top drivers in the highly-competitive Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) class, the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is pleased to announce that Jon Kaase Racing Engines will be a sponsor for the first time starting in 2011.



Shorty Rader-2010 NHRA Super Pro Champ
Dec.12



Martinsville, IN: Jim “Shorty” Rader made the 33 hour tow from his Martinsville, IN home to Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA earlier this month to compete in the 7-car runoff for the NHRA Summit National Championship in Super Pro Eliminator.  Rader earned his berth in the elite field nearly two months prior, when he emerged victorious from the NHRA North Central Division 3 E.T. Finals.  There, the three time track champion drove his familiar Danny Nelson Racecraft Chassis dragster to the biggest victory of his career over a massive field of more than 250 entrants from the North Central region.



JR Todd to Debut PX '57 Chevy
Dec.09

JR Todd set to Debut Pro Extreme '57 Chevy
by Agent DC on December 10, 2010

It's official, JR Todd has moved to Promod.  The NHRA Top Fuel star will be debuting a Garret Race Cars '57 Chevy for Round 1 of the Arabian Drag Racing League in Quatar. This is one fine ride!



PHOTOS: Brand New Racing Surface at Holiday Raceway, Woodstock, AL
Dec.09

PHOTOS: Brand New Racing Surface at Holiday Raceway, Woodstock, AL
by Agent DC on December 10, 2010

Holiday Raceway, aka "The Beach," has been open since 1968. Starting out with open class heads up drag racing, they now run three bracket classes paying 8 places in Pro-Bracket, Foot-Brake, and two places in Jr. Dragster. Holiday Raceway will have an all concrete racing surface in 2011. "A lot has changed over the years and the cars



Bogacki’s Season Ends with a Pair of Division Titles, 2nd place National Finish
Dec.09

Bogacki’s Season Ends with a Pair of Division Titles, 2nd place National Finish
by Agetnt DC on December 10, 2010

Carterville, IL: Professional bracket racer Luke Bogacki enjoyed another phenomenal season in 2010.  Bogacki, who has earned a reputation as one of the top competitors in big dollar bracket competition over the past decade, directed his focus to the NHRA Lucas Oil



NHRA Hot Rod Heritage 2011 Schedule
Dec.09

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series officials announced today the 2011 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing schedule, which includes affiliate events at Beech Bend Raceway Park and Maple Grove Raceway.

The Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion will be held June 16-18 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. and the Geezers at the Grove will be held July 2-3 at Maple Grove Raceway, in Reading, Pa.

In total, the 2011 schedule includes 11 events and will begin with the Arizona Fuel & Gas Nationals, March 5-6 at Speedworld Dragstrip in Wittmann, Ariz.


Vegas Phenom Lamb Enjoys Another Successful Season
Dec.09

Vegas Phenom Lamb Enjoys Another Successful Season
by Luke Bogacki on December 10, 2010

Henderson, NV: 23-year-old UNLV student Justin Lamb closed out another successful season of NHRA competition in 2010.  Lamb, who has proven his versatility at a young age with victories in Competition Eliminator, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas along the NHRA trail in addition to various big dollar bracket events, added to his impressive resume with a strong 2010 campaign. In April, Lamb earned the Super



Cummings Team Wraps Up Extremely Successful Season
Dec.09

Cummings Team Wraps Up Extremely Successful Season
by Luke Bogacki on December 10, 2010

Hammond, LA: When a team has a history as rich as the Moser Engineering backed Cummings Motorsports team, it’s hard to say that achievements amassed in one particular season make that year the teams best ever.  With that in mind, one could make a strong 



Silly Season Begins! Massey Joins DSR for 2011 Season
Dec.09

Silly Season Begins! Massey Joins DSR for 2011 Season
by NHRA News Nuggets on December 10,2010

Just three weeks after the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the moving and shifting within the teams of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series has begun, as Don Schumacher Racing announced that Top Fuel pilot Spencer Massey will drive the Prestone/Fram dragster



UNOH To Sponsor McMillen's T/F Dragster
Dec.02

INDIANAPOLIS (December 2, 2010) -  The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) and Terry McMillen's Hoosier Thunder Motorsports announced a unique year-long partnership today that will make UNOH the Major Associate sponsor on McMillen's Amalie Oil Top Fuel Dragster for the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season.

The University of Northwestern Ohio is located in Lima Ohio and grants master's, baccalaureate and associate degrees through their Colleges of Technologies, Business, and Distance Learning. The College of Technologies has a storied racing history with its involvement in ARCA, NASCAR, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the UNOH Perfect Storm 150 contested at the Bristol Motor Speedway and the UNOH Southern Slam 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now UNOH joins McMillen on the NHRA tour to add drag racing to its list of racing involvement.




Safe Is Fast Symposium Dec 11
Dec.01

RISING RACING STARS EXTOL THE VIRTUES OF THE RRDC/FIA YOUNG DRIVERS SYMPOSIUM

HILLIARD, Ohio  – An array of rising stars from the world of auto racing have praised members and officials of the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) and the sport’s worldwide governing body, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile), for their efforts in staging a series of FREE seminars. The "Safe is Fast" concept is aimed at helping young drivers raise their awareness of safety by teaching them to effectively manage their racing vehicles and themselves in all aspects of their careers.




John Force Holiday Car Show
Dec.01

YORBA LINDA, CA (November 30, 2010) --- This weekend at the John Force Racing headquarters and museum in Yorba Linda newly crowned 15-time Funny Car world champion John Force will welcome all of Southern California to his 13th annual Holiday Car Show. The event will once again benefit California Highway Patrol’s “CHiP’s For Kids” toy drive.


IHRA Launches NitroJam Website
Nov.30

To accompany the recent changes that have been made to the new entertainment-oriented Nitro Jam series over the past year, Nitro Jam officials are pleased to announce a brand new website aimed at further connecting fans with the Nitro Jam experience and bringing to life what Nitro Jam is all about.

Now a standalone website, the new NitroJam.com features a streamlined design aimed at providing fans with all the latest news, stats and talent information of the nation’s fastest growing motorsports event. Featuring full bios of all the Nitro Jam stars, stunning action photography and video, access to the Nitro Jam store, detailed ticket information and more, the new NitroJam.com is a one stop shop for all things Nitro Jam.

“With the recent changes made to the Nitro Jam format, we felt this was a perfect opportunity to branch out the Nitro Jam website and create a more fan-friendly design aimed at providing all the latest Nitro Jam news and ticket information,” said Larry Crum, Nitro Jam Director of Media. “With the new website we will now better be able to communicate with the Nitro Jam fans, while refocusing the IHRA websites to create a more racer friendly forum.”

While the Nitro Jam website will shift its focus to the spectator, everything racer related will become the focal point of the IHRA family of websites including event information on the national, regional and grassroots level and new features designed to keep racers informed.

Similar to the new Nitro Jam website, the IHRA and its family of websites including the Summit Pro-Am and Summit SuperSeries sites will also undergo visual changes over the coming months to help create a more efficient and exciting experience for IHRA racers.




Force & Dixon Nominated For Economaki
Nov.30

YORBA LINDA, CA (November 30, 2010) — 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force was announced as one of eleven finalists for the Economaki Champion of Champions award today. The award presented by National Speed Sport News will announce the winner in its year-end issue due December 15. Force is one of two drag racers nominated. He is joined on the finalist list by fellow Full Throttle champion Larry Dixon.

“This is a huge honor. Anytime your name is mentioned along with a name like Economaki that is a big deal. I am excited to be nominated with Larry Dixon. I know he had a great season so did Jimmie Johnson who just won his fifth NASCAR championship in a row. I saw Jimmie in Homestead and I wished him luck before the race. He is a great champion and when you look at the list of finalists National Speed Sport News has a tough call to make. I am glad they are making the decision and not me,” said Force.

The award is annually given to the North American racing champion judged to have had the best season on and off the track. It is named after legendary motorsports journalist and publisher Chris Economaki who began editing National Speed Sport News in 1950. National Speed Sport News is often and accurately described as “The bible of Motorsports.” It is the weekly must-read for serious fans, drivers and crew, and industry leaders alike.

The NSSN staff selected 11 deserving finalists for this year’s honor, which goes to the champion who is judged to provide the best combination of on-track success and dedication to the sport.

NASCAR 2010 Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is the only former winner of the award nominated this season. NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher is the only two-time winner of the honor and other winners are Johnson, J.J. Yeley, Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz and Kyle Busch.

The eleven finalists are presented below:




Spencer Massey To Drive DSR Top Fueler
Nov.29

SPENCER MASSEY JOINS DSR FOR 2011 NHRA FULL THROTTLE SEASON

WILL DRIVE PRESTONE/FRAM TOP FUEL DRAGSTER 

            INDIANAPOLIS, November 29, 2010 – Spencer Massey, 2009 NHRA rookie of the year, will join Don Schumacher Racing to drive the PRESTONE/FRAM Top Fuel dragster for the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and provide a three-driver challenge for the championship.




Happy Thanksgiving from DragCoverage
Nov.24

We hope our  DC readers have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

The staff will take off Thursday but look for updates on Friday.  




Dixon,Cory Mac & Brown Build A House
Nov.23

DIXON, McCLENATHAN, BROWN HELP BUILD A HOUSE WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Just days removed from earning his third NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel world championship, Al-Anabi Racing driver Larry Dixon, along with fellow Top Fuel drivers Antron Brown and Cory McClenathan and Firestone Indy Lights drivers Dan Clarke, Charlie Kimball and Martin Plowman, lent their construction skills to help Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis. During the event, the drivers worked on a home being constructed just north of downtown Indianapolis


Pro Racers Visit Military In Germany
Nov.23

  Just one week removed from the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, former Pro Stock world champions Jason Line and Warren Johnson, along with Pro Stock driver Rickie Jones and legendary Bigfoot monster truck driver Dan Runte, have begun a three-day Thanksgiving Week visit of the KaiserSlautern Military Community in Frankfurt, Germany. The group will distribute 1,500 souvenir gift bags and sign autographs during the visit before heading back home on Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day. On the first day of the trip the group visited Ramstein Air Force Base, then moved on to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center on the second day of the visit and met with troops being treated there as well as doctors and medical personnel working there. “Having served in the Air Force, I know how much it means to have any contact from home, so we’re going to do our best to put smiles on the faces of as many people as possible,” said Line. “I want to thank Summit, the USO and the Army Special Forces Association Chapter 64 for putting this together, and feel very honored to be chosen to make the trip.” A blog of their activities will be posted on NHRA.com throughout their visit.


15X Champ Force Honored At Ford 500
Nov.22

HOMESTEAD, FL (November 21, 2010) ---- Newly crowned NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car champion John Force enjoyed two days of NASCAR racing and great hospitality from Ford Motor Company during the Ford 400 weekend in Homestead, Florida. Force spent time with NASCAR fans, talked with motorsport media members from all over North America and also was presented with one of Ford Motor Company’s highest honors.




2011 Million Dollar Race at MMP
Nov.21

It hasn't been officially released, but the word is that the Million Dollar Bracket Race will be held at Montgomery Motorsports Park in 2011.


"Team Frantic" Ford Funny Car Announces 2011 Team
Nov.21

"Team Frantic" Ford Funny Car Announces 2011 Team
by Al Liebmann on November 21, 2010

We are extremely pleased to release the following information pertaining to our return to professional drag racing in 2011. Through numerous discussions and well thought out planning, Team Frantic Ford has charted a course of attack that will afford us the opportunity



MMP Super 7 Series New Format
Nov.21

Montgomery Motorports Park has released the new format for the 2011 Super 7 Series. Door cars and dragsters will be separated until after 3rd round.  Several other rules have changed from the 2010 format.



Force Addresses Coils Departure
Nov.20

        FIRED UP BY GARLITS LETTER

15-Time NHRA Funny Car Champ Excited to Be at Ford 400

  HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Drag racing icon John Force will deal with mixed emotions this weekend when he attends the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, final event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a guest of Ford Motor Company.

  Coming off a scintillating victory last week in the Auto Cub NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif., that delivered his 15th Funny Car championship and his team’s 17th in the last 21 seasons, Force is having to deal with the unexpected departure of friend and crew chief Austin Coil, who submitted his resignation on Tuesday.

  “There are highs and lows in life,” said the driver of the Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang.  “Winning my 15th Funny Car championship was a high and I received a letter from Austin Coil two days later that was a low in my life.  It hurt me.  I tried to call him, but he didn’t want to talk.  I told him I would respect that.  We had 26 great seasons together and that is what I will remember.”

  “I also got a letter of congratulations this week from Don Garlits that I am carrying with me,” Force said.  “It means a lot because it recognizes what my team, my sponsors and I accomplished this season.  Life goes on.  All I can do is thank Austin Coil for his contributions to JFR and get my team ready to chase another championship in 2011.”

 

 




Lagana. Manners Capture Nitro Jam Awards
Nov.19

With the 2010 season officially over, Nitro Jam officials are pleased to announce the winners of the top awards in Nitro Jam professional competition.

Topping that list is Pro Fuel racer Michael Manners who has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Sportsman of the Year award recognizing the person that most embodies the Nitro Jam spirit, while Bobby Lagana Jr. has been named the Professional Driver of the Year for his championship season in Top Fuel.




De Joria Realizing Her Dream
Nov.19

Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Alexis De Joria has confirmed her plans to transition into the nitro Funny Car category in 2011. She will receive assistance from the Kalitta Motorsports team.

Kalitta


Troy Williams Jr. crowned the 2010 PBIR 5-Day Bracket Champion
Nov.19

Troy Williams Jr. crowned the 2010 PBIR 5-Day Bracket Champion
by T.J. Pruitt

The 2010 5-Day Bracket Championship came to end on Saturday, which took place at Palm Beach International Raceway.  The results have been declared.  It was Troy Williams Jr. who was crowned the 2010 5-Day Champion. Other event winners included Jon Siegel, Cory Hedgecok, Carl Drake Jr., Steve Sisko, Dave Connolly, Gary Williams, and JP Hickmon



World Champ's Race Rig Burns
Nov.18

According to local news reports, 2010 NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Greg Anderson's race trailer was a total loss after catching fire on the 10 Freeway in Fontana CA early Thursday afternoon.  There was no report of injuries or whether the trailer contained any race cars.    


ADRL Co-Founder Kenny Nowling Steps down as President and CEO to Take Expanded Role in Company’s International Development
Nov.18

ADRL Co-Founder Kenny Nowling Steps down as President and CEO

O’FALLON, MO (November 18, 2010) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) and its ownership group, Al-Anabi Companies, announced today that ADRL Co-Founder Kenny Nowling will step down as President and CEO effective immediately to take an expanded role in the company’s international development.



Bradenton 5-Day Winter Series Coverage and Winner Circle Photos
Nov.18

Bradenton 5-Day Winter Series Coverage and Winner Circle Photos
by T.J. Pruitt on November 15, 2010

DragCoverage.com and Overkill Motorsports will be covering the Phantom 5-Day Winter Series here at Bradenton Motorsports Park. The first day has been completed with Johnny Laboose Jr. taking the $10,000 win over George Rupert. 147 Entries made first round on day 1. Tindle Enterprises' racer T.J. Pruitt will also be updating a blog of the event. The blog is being updated often. 



WOW ! Youngblood's Best Work Ever?
Nov.18

I scared myself on this one; "The Mother Of All Race Car Paintings"! It's certainly the best I've ever done and the culmination of my fifty years of painting hot rods. The hand-painted image on canvas original of World Champion Tony Schumacher at the hit, at Pomona 2010, was created with few "artistic license" changes from an amazing reference photo taken by veteran Tim Marshall. The flames were all arced out exactly as depicted. To get the desired effects, Jesus showed me how to employ techniques and proprietary materials never before done or used in any painting. - Kenny Youngblood


Cory Mac Finishes Third In Final DSR Season
Nov.18

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2010) - Cory McClenathan raced the FRAM Top Fuel dragster to third place in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series class championship today at the 46th annual NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. "Cory Mac" reached the quarterfinal round after defeating T.J. Zizzo in the opening stanza, then was dismissed by Morgan Lucas in the second round.


B.R.A.K.E.S. Visiting Tennessee High School
Nov.17

Johnson and Herbert Team Up to Bring Tennessee High School Students to B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School
 


 
Team Mopar’s Johnson will sponsor B.R.A.K.E.S. school at zMAX Dragway for 36 Greeneville, Tenn. high school students

Johnson and Herbert will come together on Nov. 18 to stage presentations and outside demonstrations (weather permitting) for 1,200 Greene County Schools students at Tusculum College, 60 Shiloh Road, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each principal from the four Greene County High Schools will select seven students to participate in the free Dec. 4 trip to the B.R.A.K.E.S.  school. The duo will also give a presentation at Greenville High School, 210 Tusculum Blvd., that same day from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with eight students being selected for the trip on a first-come, first-serve sign-up basis.




Coil resigns from John Force Racing but eyes possible 2012 return to racin
Nov.16

Coil resigns from John Force Racing but eyes possible 2012 return to racing
by Phil Burgess, National DRAGSTER Editor

Two days after winning a record 15th NHRA Funny Car world championship with John Force, Hall of Fame crew chief Austin Coil has resigned from John Force Racing and plans to take at least a year off before returning to tuning race cars.

"I've decided to take some time with my wife, which I haven’t for the last 26 years, and then I suspect at some point, I'll be hanging out my shingle to go racing again because I feel great, and I'm having a good time every day," said Coil, who also won championships with driver Frank Hawley (1982-83).



OTG Racing Celebrates Being Fastest
Nov.16

MOSELEY, VA (Nov. 16, 2010) — When Chris Patrick covered the eighth mile in 3.93 seconds at 189.76 miles per hour last month at the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas, OTG Racing owner Brian Shaw pumped his fist in celebration because it meant his car had just become the quickest and fastest nitrous-oxide-boosted 1941 Willys on the planet.





Stanfield Happy Sporting #2 Next Year
Nov.16

All of the good fortune that had been eluding Greg Stanfield and Kenny Koretsky’s Nitro Fish/Indicom Electric Pontiac Pro Stock team showed up Sunday for the Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif.

All it took for Stanfield to officially sew up the second-place finish the team coveted coming into this event was a first-round victory over Ron Krisher.  To make it official, however, he needed Mike Edwards and Jason Line to exit in the opening round.  And they followed Nitro Fish script.




L.E.Tonglet Captures Rookie of the Year
Nov.16

One day after he became NHRA’s youngest world champion, LE Tonglet picked up two prestigious post-season honors – the $20,000 Automobile Club of Southern California’s Road to the Future Award and the Full Throttle Hard-Working Crew Award – during Monday night’s awards ceremony in West Los Angeles


Coil Resigns From JFR
Nov.16

According to NHRA.com Austin Coil has resigned from John Force Racing after 25 years and is planning on sitting out the 2011 season. While the article is full of political correctness there appears to be an underlining reason for Coils unhappiness. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.   


Allen Lowery's New Ride
Nov.15

DragCoverage.com member Allen Lowery has a new ride!
Mullis Race Cars!


 



CP Has Banner Year At Home In Bracket Racing
Nov.15

CP Has Banner Year At Home In
Bracket Racing

by DragCoverage.com on November 15, 2010

Cody Pollage better known as “CP” to the racing world had a banner year this year. The bracket racer from Plaquemine, LA mostly runs at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, LA and State Capitol Raceway in nearby Baton Rouge, LA. Pollage, pilot of the Grand Cherokee went to 11 finals this year, winning five of them, and came close to clinching his first track championship but



Jeg Coughlin Jr. will not return to Pro Stock in 2011
Nov.15

Jeg Coughlin Jr. will not return to Pro Stock in 2011
by Agent DC on November 16, 2010

Five-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. has announced he will not return to Pro Stock in 2011. One of the most prolific drivers in NHRA history, Coughlin is planning a less hectic schedule of Sportsman events in a variety of race cars in 2011, forgoing the time demands of the 22-race professional circuit. "We took most of 2006 off just to kind of have a break from it all," the 40-year-old Coughlin said. "We did a lot of high-dollar bracket races



Sportsman Results From NHRA World Finals
Nov.15

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Michael Manners def. Shawn Cowie

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Mickey Ferro def. Mark Woznichak

Competition Eliminator -- Dan Fletcher def. Vinny Barone

Super Stock -- Brett Brown def. Jody Lang

Stock Eliminator -- Jody Lang def. Dallas Glenn

Super Comp -- Matt Constant def. Bart Hiatt

Super Gas -- Randy Balough def. Chris Newman

Summit Super Pro -- Shorty Rader def. Phillip Owens

Summit Pro -- Butch Weinreich def. Jeff Hefler

Summit Sportsman -- Jeff Hefler def. Chad Isley.

Summit Bike -- Dale Hamilton def. Mike Lakoskey

 




Bios: 2011 NHRA World Champions
Nov.15

2010 NHRA FULL THROTTLE DRAG RACING SERIES WORLD CHAMPION BIOS

FULL THROTTLE TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPION

Name: LARRY DIXON

Date of birth: Oct. 23, 1966    

Hometown: Van Nuys, Calif.      

Residence: Indianapolis

2010 car: Al-Anabi Racing dragster

2010 wins: 12 - Pomona 1, Houston, Las Vegas 1, Atlanta, Chicago, Englishtown, Norwalk, Sonoma, Brainerd, Indianapolis, Charlotte 2, Reading

2010 Runner-up finishes: None

2010 No. 1 Qualifying positions: 8 - Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Norwalk, Sonoma, Indianapolis, Dallas, Reading

Crew chief: Jason McCulloch     

Team Manager: Alan Johnson     

Team Owner: Sheik Khalid Al Thani

Season summary: Dixon won an NHRA record 12 races in 12 final rounds and led the points standings for most of the season. Three of his victories came in the playoffs and he clinched the title after his first round win at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.



2011 LODRS Schedule Released
Nov.15

GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2010) – NHRA released its 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule today, which features 41 events, with a minimum of five races conducted in each of NHRA’s seven divisions and four series specialty events.


2009 IHRA Division 2 Champion Closes Out Season with 4th Straight Final Round Appearance
Nov.14

2009 IHRA Division 2 Champion Closes Out Season with 4th Straight Final Round Appearance
by Agent DC on November 14, 2010

The Spradlin Motorsports team entered the last race of their season, the NHRA LODRS Division 2 event in Reynolds, GA, on a hot streak.  In the previous three races they had made it to the finals, recording one win. “Our goal was to continue our momentum from the previous races and get our new born baby girl, Summer, into the winner’s



NHRA World Finals Pro Results
Nov.14

Shane Gray picked up his first career Pro Stock win and John Force capped of his 15th World Championship with victories today in Pomona CA. Antron Brown and Eddie Krawiec added to their impressive resumes with victories, as well.

PSM. Eddie Krawiec (6.811) defeated Hectora Arena (redlight)

Pro Stock. Shane Gray (6.566) defeated Jeg Coughlin (6.568)

Funny Car. John Force (4.085) defeated Jeff Arend (4.109)

Top Fuel. Antron Brown (3.840) defeated Shawn Langdon (4.185)

 

 

 


 




Anderson Captures Fourth Championship
Nov.14

After defeating teammate Jason Line two weeks ago in Las Vegas, Greg Anderson entered the season finale with a 115-point advantage, pretty much ensuring him a fourth world championship. He made it official in qualifying at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Anderson just needed to qualify and hold a 100-point edge entering eliminations to officially clinch. He easily accomplished the feat, earning four bonus points and outqualifying Edwards to extend his advantage heading into Sunday to 122 points.


Dixon 2010 NHRA Top Fuel Champion
Nov.14

After falling just two points painfully shy of the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel championship last year to decade-long rival Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon and the Al-Anabi team finished the job on their second try, concluding a dominating 2010 season by locking up the championship Sunday at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.


Force and Tonglet Clinch Championships
Nov.14

Two drivers at opposite ends of the career spectrum -- John Force, a 30-plus-year Funny Car veteran and rookie Pro Stock Motorcycle rider LE Tonglet  -- clinched Full Throttle championships with second-round victories Sunday at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Individually, they are the oldest and youngest Professional champs in NHRA history, Force at 61 years, 6 months, and 10 days and Tonglet at 20 years and 11 months.


Schumacher #1, Still Has Hope
Nov.13

Schumacher kept alive his flickering Top Fuel championship hopes with a dramatic 3.794-second run at a track record speed of 322.88 in the U.S. Army dragster.


AJ Qualifies Number 1 Fourth Race In A Row
Nov.13

Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2010) – Another race, another No. 1 spot for Mopar® Dodge Avenger NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson. The Team Mopar veteran powered to his fourth straight No. 1 Qualifier position and eighth of the season in the final qualifying session today at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Johnson will attempt to earn his fifth final-round appearance and second victory of the year in eliminations tomorrow.


Hagen Leads Force By 38 Points
Nov.13

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2010) - Immersed in a fierce battle for his first Funny Car championship against 14-time titlist John Force, DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car racer Matt Hagan snagged No. 4 in qualifying for the 46th annual NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.


Lucas Oil Racers Hopeful Going In To Sunday
Nov.13

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13) – Lucas Oil teammates Shawn Langdon and Hector Arana believe they are in prime position to bring home their first victories of the season Sunday at the 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.


Cory MAC Qualifies 5 In His final DSR Race
Nov.13

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2010) - Cory McClenathan, No. 3 in the point standings, earned fifth place in Top Fuel qualifying for the 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, posting his quickest pass of 3.848-seconds at 318.32 mph in his final attempt to earn those valuable qualifying bonus points. He collected one of those points in the third round, when he recorded a 3.935/268.49 (No. 5).


JFR Racing Finish Qualifying 1-2-3
Nov.13

POMONA, CA – On the final day of qualifying of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle season the pressure was ratcheted up with every pair of Funny Cars. Heading into eliminations at the 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals John Force Racing will lead the charge with a 1-2-3 qualifying effort led by Ashley Force Hood. John Force and Robert Hight round out the top three and championship contender Matt Hagan stepped up to the No. 4 qualifying spot.


Mickey Ferro’s Mission ‘Vegas’ Accomplished
Nov.13

Mickey Ferro’s Mission ‘Vegas’ Accomplished
by Agent DC on November 13, 2010

Mickey Ferro and his RYCO Hydraulic Alcohol Funny Car Team are experiencing a storybook finale to the 2010 drag racing season.  His team took home their fifth Wally in a row this past weekend at the Shortline Express sponsored Lucas Oil Pacific Division 7 drag race in Las Vegas. At the end of qualifying on Saturday, Ferro’s team sat in the 5th position which paired them in first round 



Witherow wins Main Event at Rockingham
Nov.13



Congratulations to Steve Witherow for winning the Main Event - Top at the 2010 IHRA SUMMIT "RADIERS" TEAM FINALS at Marland International Raceway. Witherwow, representing MIR, defeated Harold Walton in the finals. Congratulations from DragCoverage.com!


Bogacki’s Fate Rests in the Hands of Others
Nov.13

Carterville, IL: Luke Bogacki’s 2010 NHRA Super Comp season is over, and the noted sportsman competitor has left his mark on the 8.90 category in his first pursuit of the NHRA Lucas Oil points series.  Bogacki picked up three Lucas Oil Divisional victories, plus a runner-up and semi-final finish for a massive divisional total of 482 points.  That total has already earned him the title of Division 2 Super Comp Champion.  His national events were less than stellar, as a pair of third round losses along with a second round defeat leave his national points total at 622. 


 



JE Piston gets on board with Bluebaugh Racing
Nov.13

“Bluebaugh Racing will soon round out another racing season and the second year of being fortunate enough to have JE Pistons aboard our racing program.” Crew Chief for Bluebaugh’s racing operation, Deborah Woodard explained  “JE Pistons is one of few company’s that has not only maintained their standards through tough times, but is also improving them on a regular basis. JE Piston’s has one of the most rigorous standards of manufacturing and quality control out there today in the piston business. I know that when new pistons arrive, that I can depend on them being right.”





Morrell Becomes First Female Champion In ADRL History With PXM Victory
Nov.13

Morrell Becomes First Female Champion In ADRL History With PXM Victory
by Agent DC on November 13, 2010

Kim Morrell wouldn’t chalk it up to fate or destiny, but she knew her moment to shine was coming. After months of tremendous improvement and coming oh-so-close to her first American Drag Racing League (ADRL) event win, the fastest female on two wheels enjoyed her moment on the ADRL’s biggest stage. 



Michael Beard named 2010 IHRA Sportsman Driver of the Year
Nov.13

Michael Beard named 2010 IHRA Sportsman Driver of the Year
by Agent DC on November 13, 2010

Sometimes, when it’s your year, it is just your year. As simple an explanation as that may seem to describe what many would consider to be a career year, it is the only way to describe the exploits of veteran racer Michael Beard this past season. With two national event victories, a championship in Division 2 on the Summit Pro-Am Tour, a third place finish in the Tournament of Champions



Hagan #1, Extends Points Lead
Nov.11

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2010) - Every point earned until the end of Sunday's eliminations at the 46th annual NHRA Finals is like gold in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship chase.
And class points leader Matt Hagan collected three valuable qualifying bonus points today in the first round of qualifying, while his antagonist for the crown, second-place John Force, earned none.

Hagan qualified the DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car in No. 1, posting a 4.139-second lap at 293.86 mph in the single qualifying run scheduled today. Force came in fourth, with a 4.170/297.68, garnering no bonus points.

Entering tomorrow's single qualifying round, Hagan is now 40 points ahead of Force in the championship. Two more rounds on Saturday will determine the 16-car field for Sunday's eliminations.

"That's huge," said Hagan. "That sounds great right now, but we have a lot of racing left and a lot of qualifying left. Anything can happen with these cars. I'm just proud of (crew chief) Tommy DeLago and the DieHard guys. They're doing a great job of putting the car together well. We go up there and the thing fires up every time, so that's a plus.

"The DieHard Charger is running good, and I'm just happy to be out there driving it. I was watching everybody make their runs (and) not a lot of cars were sticking out there. I had a lot more confidence when Jack (Beckman) went that 4.14. I knew that our car was capable of running that or a little better .

"I just double-checked with Tommy over the radio and I said, Hey, man, do you feel good? And he said, 'I feel great.' He was up there backing some stuff down. And I think we went up there to run an .0 and as we went through it you could see him turning stuff down and calming it down. He did everything right.

“We have a lot more qualifying left and I doubt that it will stick for No. 1. We'll just have to go back up there and still be aggressive and try to pick up every little point we can."





John Fastest Of The Force Cars
Nov.11

POMONA, CA – 14-time Funny Car champion John Force led the way for his trio of Mustang Funny Cars on a tough first day of qualifying at the 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. During the lone qualifying session of Thursday the left lane gave Funny Car crew chiefs fits as only one car made it to the finish line under power. Force’s Mike Neff, Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderly tuned Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang  was that lone Funny Car and reached the finish line under power tripping the timing lights at 4.170 seconds which was good enough for the fourth quickest run of the session. He narrowly missed grabbing some valuable qualifying bonus points.

“That is a positive but tomorrow they will make a lot of runs so the left lane will come around. We pulled it back to where we thought it would go and I don’t think it (the left lane) would have taken much more than that,” said the seven time Auto Club Finals winner. “He (points leader Matt Hagan) picked up some points. It is four rounds of qualifying and he could get them all and it only helps him get one round on me. We have never had to count points before and this is making it exciting. I never even looked at the deal before. Race day is another animal. Conditions should be pretty good.”

Force is not worried after one day of qualifying. He has won 56 rounds of racing at the famed Auto Club Raceway at Pomona during just the Auto Club NHRA Finals. The veteran driver will stick to his game plan and come out swinging tomorrow.

“I am staying positive. I have a great Ford with great sponsors. The fans have been great and they are counting on us to deliver.  We have the same conditions as all the other teams. We are going to stick to our strategy every round. We are just going to keep going and going. We are going to try and get those points back so it is only two rounds and not three rounds. He could win the next two but that won’t get him another round. We took it in Vegas and we’ll take it here.”   

Two-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Funny Car winner Ashley Force Hood and 2009 Funny Car champion Robert Hight were also slotted in the left lane and neither was able to keep their respective Ford Mustang Funny Cars hooked up. Force Hood will go into Friday’s second day of qualifying with the 7th quickest time of 4.982 seconds and Hight made the 8th quickest run in his Auto Club Ford Mustang with a 5.560 second pass.

“The last few months of the Countdown everyone has been a little on edge. Every round matters and every point matters. I think the biggest pressure is that the whole season is coming down to one race. This race will be the sum of our season. We have also been around enough years to know that you know anything can happen,” said Force Hood.

“You can only do the best that you can do. I think it is an advantage for us because we have been around through thick and thin. It helps us put things in perspective. I don’t know Hagan and his team but I can image the excitement those guys have over there to be leading the points coming into this race. I am sure it is very different than how we feel. Dad has won many, many championships and we are used to the extreme swings of emotion.”

In addition to the battle at the top of the Funny Car point standings there is a tight race between Force Hood and Jack Beckman to see who will wind up third or fourth. Currently Beckman has a slight advantage over Force Hood.

“A lot of different rounds combined together to figure out the championship or whether I finish third or fourth. I don’t know the difference in points and I don’t want to know. I know dad and Hagan’s difference and I am stressing out more about those two. I have an actual number in my head. I know I just ran Beckman and he ran better than me. I don’t know if that did anything to our point standings but I am not worried about that,” said Hagan.

“I know when dad and Hagan ran Hagan got those extra points. That is not something I should be thinking about. It doesn’t help me to know that. Worrying about points doesn’t help me be a better driver. If we do really well I know I can move into third. I am going to focus on doing our best and not put extra pressure on myself. I can’t control how Beckman, Hagan or dad do. We just need to do our best.”  

The second round of qualifying will get underway tomorrow in Pomona at 2:30 p.m. with the nitro session being started by the Top Fuel Dragsters followed by Funny Car. The trio of JFR Ford Mustangs will take to the track in the right lane with hopes of improving their qualifying standings. 




Tonglet Qualified Last After Round 1
Nov.11

This was not the way LE Tonglet wanted to open Thursday’s qualifying for Sunday’s Auto Club Finals at Pomona, Calif. – the last of 23 Pro Stock Motorcycle drivers that made quarter-mile runs. 

 

The good news is there are three more sessions on the docket – one Friday and two Saturday – before the 16-bike lineup is solidified for eliminations.  That’s when LE hopes to squeeze past Andrew Hines in NHRA’s tight Countdown to the Championship battle. 

 

“We had a carburetor problem,” said a disappointed LE after the Nitro Fish Suzuki GSXR produced an elapsed time of 12.187 seconds at 63.12 mph.  “We’ll try to do better Friday.  It’s too bad we didn’t have two runs today.  We might have been able to sleep tonight.”

 

“We’ve struggled during qualifying at the last few races,” said GT,” and it looks like the trend is continuing this weekend.”

 

Things could turn out very well for the Tonglets if that trends plays out as it has in the last five races. LE has won four of the five and was runner-up in the other as he moved within 34 points of Hines.  Hines, however, added two qualifying bonus points to his total Thursday with his No. 2 time of 6.874 seconds.




Lucas Oil's Arana Enjoys Early Edge In Pomona
Nov.11

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11) – Hector Arana, rider of the Lucas Oil Buell, is looking to fill two holes in his trophy collection at one event – the Auto Club NHRA Finals.

"It would be nice to finish up the season with a win here in Pomona," Arana said. "I don't have one for this track so it would be nice to add to my shelf."

Arana also hasn't won yet this season, so walking away with the trophy on Sunday would end the season on a high note. On Thursday, Arana made a strong step in that direction by qualifying No. 1 during the day's lone qualifying session by running a 6.870 second pass at 194.35 mph.

"I'm going to try to win this weekend," Arana said. "We now have the performance so I just have to do my job at the light."

The performance had been hit or miss a various points during the season. Arana's bike would ride like a rocket one round and then run like a rock the next.

After tearing the bike apart several times, Arana believes that the Lucas Oil Buell is back the way it needs to be.

"We started wondering about ourselves and losing confidence in the middle of the season," Arana said. "But we never gave up and kept on working and look at our performance now."

Getting a good number on Thursday give Arana some wiggle room to get started on getting the NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship back into his hands in 2011.

"This is going to be great for the next year," Arana said. "Now we can do some research and figure out what we can improve on since we found what we were missing."

Qualifying at the Auto Club NHRA Finals continues with a single session on Friday afternoon and two sessions on Saturday. Eliminations will be on Sunday.

 


.Wilkerson Not Happy With Thursday
Nov.11

19 Funny Cars made qualifying attempts here in Pomona on Thursday, and 14 of those teams went back to their pits grumbling about incomplete laps.  Whether it was early shake or mid-track smoke, the tricky surface gave up little in Q1, although championship contender Matt Hagan made the most of his run by leaping up to the No. 1 spot, which earned him three precious bonus points in his fight to hold off John Force for the crown. 


Tim Wilkerson's Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang lost traction early, as part of the larger group who didn't make it from A to B.  His 8.724-second run left him well down the list and outside the top 12, meaning he has no official time for Thursday.  For the record, he made the 17th-quickest lap in Q1.


"Well, either that track wasn't as good as we all thought it was going to be or a whole bunch of us got pretty dumb overnight," Wilkerson said.  "This track is usually so good it will hold low 4's but Hagan was low with a 4.13 and most of the rest of us couldn't do anything.  We just need to get a better feel for what the track will hold tomorrow, and since we run after Top Fuel we'll get a chance to watch them, so we'll pay attention up there.


"This is the one part of the Pomona schedule I don't like, because now we have to wait a whole day to run again, instead of having a chance to go right back up there.  It's just the way it is, though, and we're all in the same boat so we'll make the best of it.  Tonight, we're part of the Summit Racing National Champions banquet over at the museum, so my plan is to go over there and enjoy the evening with some fantastic sportsman racers.  They're good people and it's a lot of fun."

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Thank A Veteran Today !
Nov.11




Bradenton 5-Day Winter Series Coverage - presented by Overkill Motorsports
Nov.11

Bradenton 5-Day Winter Series Coverage and Winner Circle Photos
Results and winner circle photos from the 25th Annual 5-Day Winter Series at Bradenton Motorsports Park have now been uploaded on DragCoverage.com. T.J. Pruitt also has a blog that was updated often during the event.





Ball Has Plenty Of Fun Winning T/S Tile
Nov.10

Scott Ball didn’t have your average championship season.Ball had several great outings and wrapped up a third place finish in Division 4 on the Summit Pro-Am Tour, but didn’t put together the kind of season you would normally associate with a World Champion – which is exactly what makes the Tournament of Champions so much fun.




Corker Wins Second Top Sportsman Title
Nov.10

Steve Corker has certainly been here before, just not under these same circumstances.

In 2008 Corker was the last Top Sportsman world champion to be crowned under the old point’s format and it was one of the biggest moment in the career of the North Carolina based driver. Now, two years later, Corker is back in victory lane, this time as a World Champion under the new Tournament of Champions format.




Evans Dominates Prostalgia Nitro Class
Nov.10

If consistency wins championships, then Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car driver Steve Nichols should get used to hoisting championship trophies at the end of the season




Who Won First Pro Fuel Championship?
Nov.10

In 20 years when the trivia question is asked who won the first of everything in Nitro Jam’s Pro Fuel class, that answer will be Bill Evans.




Lagana Wins First Career Championship
Nov.10

It was an event 12 years in the making.

After a spectacular crash in 1998 that nearly took his life, millions of dollars spent pursing his dream and always being known as a great racer, just not championship caliber, Bobby Lagana Jr. finally broke through at the World Finals Nitro Jam earlier this year with the win of a lifetime and in doing so came away with his first career championship in Top Fuel.




Oil Down Fines Reinstated For NHRA Finals
Nov.10

NHRA ANNOUNCES OILDOWN PENALTY POLICY FOR AUTO CLUB FINALS: NHRA will immediately implement an oildown-penalty policy for the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The penalties will be in effect for the final race of the 2010 season, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Nov. 11-14, at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. In Pomona, teams depositing oil on the racetrack surface during any qualifying or elimination rounds will result in loss of the elapsed time and miles per hour for that run. In qualifying, the time will be voided for all purposes (qualifying position, performance points, national records, low e.t/top speed). On Sunday, the time will be voided for the purpose of lane choice, run sequence choice, national records, and low e.t./top speed. However, should the violating team win the round, it will advance in the bracket, be deemed the round winner, and maintain the points earned. In addition, each oildown will result in a monetary fine. The first violation will be assessed $2,500, and the second violation will be assessed an additional $5,000 fine. For more information, visit NHRA.com.

 




Cory Mac Looking To The Future
Nov.10

A CHANGE AT SEASON’S END

 Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan after it was announced that he would be released from Don Schumacher Racing at the end of the season: “I am not retiring. I have had a wonderful relationship with Don Schumacher, both personal and professional. I am grateful to him and to Honeywell for all they had done for me. Right now, I have to focus on trying to win the 2010 championship, which I want to do for DSR, for Fram, Prestone, and Autolite, and, of course, for myself. After this season is over, I will pursue other opportunities to continue racing in the NHRA Full Throttle Series.”




It All Comes Down To This
Nov.10

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS! HAGAN AND FORCE BATTLE FOR THE WORLD TITLE AT AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS: After 22 races and over 330 rounds of racing; after traveling all across the country, from the West Coast, to the East Coast, and back again over the span of nine months; after picking up national records and round wins by hundredths of a second, the NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car world championship comes down to this: Matt Hagan vs. John Force at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Youth vs. Experience. DSR vs. JFR. The Country Boy vs. the Truck Driver. And there’s only 37 points separating the two.


Ford Giving Away 2011 Mustang GT
Nov.10

Race fans have three weeks left to enter Ford Customer Service Division’s “Mustang 5.0 Fever” Sweepstakes and win an all-new 2011 Ford Mustang GT.

 One grand prizewinner will drive away in an all-new 2011 Ford Mustang GT equipped with Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Custom Accessories.  The all-new 5.0-liter V-8 Mustang uses advanced technology to deliver 412 horsepower, 390 ft-lb. of torque and class-leading highway mileage of 26 mpg.

The sweepstakes ends on November 23, 2010. Entry forms will be available at the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Experience NHRA display in Pomona on November 11-14. 

Fans who can’t make it out to the track will also have the chance to enter online at www.racefanoffers.com. The ”Mustang 5.0 Fever” Sweepstakes is open to all licensed U.S. citizens over the age of 18. Restrictions apply




Stawicki Wins 2010 PMRA Championship
Nov.10

MEDINA, NEW YORK (November 9, 2010) – After supporting the PMRA Series for its entirety of six seasons, Mike Stawicki returned to racing in the Pro Modified Racing Association for the 2010 season, and captured his first PMRA Championship in the Point Award Series presented by Magnum Auto Parts and Patio Passport.




IHRA Bracket Finals at Montgomery Motorsports Park
Oct.24

IHRA Bracket Finals at Montgomery Motorsports Park
Eight tracks invaded Montgomery Motorsports Park for the IHRA Division II team finals. Those tracks include the 2009 Division II Champions – Alabama International Dragway, Chilton County Dragway, I-40 Dragway, Middle Tennessee Dragway, Mountain Park Dragway, Montgomery Motorsports Park, Mobile Dragway, Bluegrass Dragway, and London Dragway.





Bogacki Looks To Extend Hot Streak At NHRA LODRS Events
Oct.18

Bogacki Looks To Extend Hot Streak At NHRA LODRS Events
NHRA Lucas Oil championship contender Luke Bogacki has been making noise outside of the NHRA tour in the last month.  Bogacki, who is chasing NHRA Lucas Oil Series points for the first time in a career that includes a myriad of big dollar bracket victories and championships, has enjoyed a great deal of success along the big dollar bracket tour of late. 




JC Apparel Official Uniform of the ADRL
Oct.04



O’FALLON, MO (September 29, 2010) — The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is pleased to announce that it has named JC Apparel Industries as its official uniform provider.

The 15-year apparel company has signed on to be the official uniform provider for the rest of the 2010 season.

“We are very excited about this relationship and we hope to continue to build on it,” said Eric Cody, the Director of the Motorsports Division for JC Apparel. “The ADRL is one of the fastest-growing sanctioning bodies in drag racing and we are pleased to be a part of the ADRL and its future growth.”


Henry R/U at Governor's Cup; 198 MPH
Oct.04

Mike Henry R/U at Governor's Cup; Post Best Career Speed - 198 MPH
by D&M Racing Team on October 4, 2010

Mike Henry's D&M Racing team headed into the 41st Annual Governor's Cup looking to win after taking home a Quick 8 win at PINKS ALL OUT.  Again, it would be up to his driving ability and team work if the were going to get the job done.  Nitrous tuner Pat Watson was on hand consulting with the tune-ups and working with 14yr old crew chief Mike Henry III to get the car down the track.  The team posted a best mph of 198.9 at 7.21 as they attempted to get after it on the front half of the track.



Doug Winters wins at Bristol Super Chevy Show
Oct.04

Doug Winters wins at Bristol Super Chevy Show
by Doug Winters on October 4, 2010

Doug Winters and the Winters Racing Team won Saturday night’s Pro Mod event at Bristol Dragway during the Super Chevy Show.  This just adds to the success that Doug has had at this track over his many years racing.  His first national event win came at this track in 1996 when he won the Top Sportsman class at the IHRA Spring Nationals in his ’55 Hooters Chevy.



Brooks hired as Troxel's crew chief
Oct.04

Effective Immediately; Brooks hired as Troxel's crew chief
by Agent DC on October 4, 2010

Talented tuner Aaron Brooks, one of drag racing's most promising young crew chiefs, has been hired to take over Melanie Troxel's In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, R2B2 Racing team owner Roger Burgess announced Sunday. The change will take place immediately.



Blake Johnson Crowned Alabama International Track Champion
Oct.04

Blake Johnson Crowned Alabama International Track Champion
Birmingham, AL racer Blake Johnson captured his first track championship in the IHRA Summit Super Series at Alabama International Dragway on Saturday. Johnson, who also led the season points,  won the track’s end of the season shootout on Saturday, crowning him the season champ. 



Lowmad hits 200 MPH at Montgomery Motorsports Park
Sep.26

Lowmad hits 200 MPH at Montgomery Motorsports Park
by Agent DC on September 27, 2010

Joey Martin and the Russell’s lit the score boards up with a 200 mph during qualifying at the Southern Outlaw Tour at Montgomery Motorsports Park two weeks ago.  This YouTube video catches the action as the team celebrates the 200 mph pass.



Watch ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags
Sep.25

Watch ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags
by Agent DC on September 25, 2010

Watch the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags live! The Dragstock Rain-out race was contested on Friday and the event is currently in action.  View the event live by visiting http://www.adrl.us/live/        



Todd Tutterow wins Dragstock VII Rain-Out Race in Ohio
Sep.25

Todd Tutterow wins Dragstock VII Rain-Out Race in Ohio
Just moments after watching his son, Ty, win in Pro Junior Dragster at the completion of the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Simpson Dragstock VII on Friday, Todd Tutterow had only one thought before his Pro Extreme final.




PHOTOS: P.W. Bishop's Wreck at EC
Sep.22

Local grudge racer P.W. Bishop, Bay Minette, AL, lost control of his Monza at Emerald Coast Dragway, Holt, FL, on Sunday during "Grudge Sunday." Fortunately, Bishop walked away with only scratches. Photos below posted by DC user "lil bit."

 


ORSCA/Southern Outlaw Tour, Montgomery Motorsports Park, Event Coverage and Photos
Sep.22

ORSCA / Southern Outlaw Tour Event Coverage & Photos
The Outlaw Street Car Association and the Southern Outlaw Tour met at Montgomery Motorsports Park this weekend and boy was it a show. With over 25 promods battling to qualify for a 16-car field and 10.5 street cars running low into the 4s, this weekend was a race to remember. 



PBIR 5-Day Bracket Champ Flyer
Sep.22

Win a $30,000 American Race Cars Dragster at the PBIR 5-Day!
 
West Palm Beach, FL: The PBIR 5-Day Bracket Championships has been a longtime staple of big dollar bracket racing.  The event, formerly known as the Moroso 5-Day, has been the signature event of the annual Florida Winter Series for over two decades.  This years 5-Day Bracket Championships will not only play host to five days of great bracket racing boasting $10,000 winners purses, the event will also feature a special 32-car shootout for a new American Race Cars dragster valued at over $30,000.  The PBIR 5-Day event will be contested at beautiful Palm Beach International Raceway November 16-20. 


Shorty Rader Wins NHRA Division 3 E.T. Finals
Sep.22

Indianapolis, IN: Jim “Shorty” Rader earned the biggest win of his decorated racing career on Sunday when he drove his Racecraft Chassis dragster to the Super Pro title at the NHRA Division 3 E.T. Finals at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.  Rader, a machinist by trade, is a three-time track champion (twice at ORP and once at Wabash Valley Dragway) and was appearing in his eighth consecutive Division 3 E.T. Finals event competing as a member of the Lyons Raceway Park team.


 
A massive field of over 250 Super Pro entrants proved only to be a showcase for Rader’s skill and his cars consistency.  He made his way through nine rounds of competition, spread over two days to claim his first NHRA Division Championship.  Rader opened eliminations on Saturday with a scant .005 victory over Mark Hancock, then advanced past Don Stahl by posting a dead on 4.874 ET.  That earned him a berth in Sunday’s third round of competition where he admittedly got his biggest break of eliminations when Jenni Zednicek red lighted.



ADRL.us Named Title Sponsor For Eighth Annual Shakedown At E’Town
Sep.22

ADRL.us Named Title Sponsor For Eighth Annual Shakedown At E’Town
by ADRL on September 22, 2010

The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) announced that its website, www.ADRL.us, has been named the title sponsor for the eighth annual ADRL.us Shakedown at E’Town, which takes place Oct. 1-3 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.  In addition to the ADRL.us title sponsorship, the ADRL’s in-house magazine, Adrenaline, will also sponsor the event’s Adrenaline Pro Extreme Eighth-Mile Challenge.



Don O’Neal is First U.S. Army Active Duty Soldier to Appear in NHRA National Event Final
Sep.22

O’Neal first Active Duty Soldier in National Event Final
by Luke Bogacki on September 22, 2010

Don O’Neal has a pretty good gig.  As a soldier for the U.S. Army, O’Neal uses a unique method to gain interest from potential recruits, he has a 1,000 horsepower Super Comp dragster.  With Army backing, O’Neal attends roughly 30 racing events and makes over 50 recruiting appearances a year.



Mike Henry Wins Quick 8 at Pinks All Out
Sep.22

Mike Henry Wins Quick 8 at Pinks All Out
by Agent DC on September 22, 2010

Pinks All Out rolled into Infineon Raceway this past weekend for the second time in three years and brought out some of the best around.  Mike Henry, in his 1981 Gotelli Speed Shop sponsored Kustom Koffin Camaro went there for one purpose and that was to be the Quick 8 winner at the end of the day.  After recently developing his own engine program with the help of pro mod team owner Luther Lane, Henry knew he had the power to get the job done. 



30th Super Chevy Show @ Bristol
Sep.22

 Fans of the Bowtie Brigade unite during the 30th Annual Super Chevy Show at Bristol Dragway, September 24-26. For 30 years, the Super Chevy Show has been known for some of the most exciting bracket and exhibition racing in the country and this year is no different.

This season, the show gets even hotter as Fas Mart Thunder Valley Mayhem presented by JanPak moves from its traditional May date to Saturday night, September 25.


Team "O" Motorsports at Texas Motorsports
Sep.22

Jeff Benham racing for Team "O" Motorsports unloaded his Texas Automatic Pro Mod car for their second race in competition at Houston Motorsports Park Saturday night, September 11th.

After hurting the motor in the first qualifying session at a race in Midland, Texas, the team was ready to try again. Qualifying didn't go as planned with a broken blower belt in Q2 leaving them on the outside of the Quick 8 field. Crewchief Jeff Owen rallied his driver/car owner Jeff Benham and the crewmembers to keep their heads up. "It's got less than 10 runs on it and we are going to test!"



Michael Henry has the camaro "Back in Action"
Sep.22

Michael Henry has the camaro "Back in Action"
by Agent DC on September 22, 2010

It's been a year since Mike Henry has been in competition and for his family owned D&M Racing Team they're back and ready to rock!  The team will compete at this weekend's Pinks All Out at Infineon Raceway in preparation for the 41st Annual Governor's Cup at Sacramento Raceway.  Henry will again be piloting the famous 1981 Kustom Koffin, Gotelli Speed Shop sponsored Camaro, a car that has shown some good numbers in testing. He will make his presence felt in the ever popular Pro Slammers Door Car Association for the Governor's Cup where he serves as the vice president. 



VP's Popular T-Shirt Available in Three New Colors
Sep.22

VP Racing Fuels' "Mad Scientist" T-Shirts - Bad to the Bone!
by Steve Scheidker on September 22, 2010

VP Racing Fuels’ “Mad Scientist” is on the loose again, this time in three new colors. In addition to white, VP's popular “Mad Scientist” T-shirts are now available in black, light gray and tan, with each color available in Large and X-Large sizes.

A testament to VP’s passionate dedication to R&D and its never-ending quest to squeeze more horsepower from every last chemical molecule, the T-shirts are emblazoned with a Troy Lee-designed caricature of VP’s Mad Scientist and the caption, “Must…make…more…POWER!”



Keith Szabo's domination of L/S
Sep.22

Keith Szabo continued his domination of the Aerospace Components Limited Street category during the NHRA Unleashed presented by Lucas Oil event held at National Trail Raceway.  Szabo defeated Eric Dillard in the finals to claim his third consecutive category win.  Szabo has wins at all three NHRA Unleashed presented by Lucas Oil events.

Szabo, a resident of Gainesville, GA., posted a pass of 4.721 seconds at 169.87 mph with a .031 reaction time to the losing run of 4.612 seconds at 170.61 mph with a reaction time of .147.



Dan Aitken Jr captures final event in Quick 32
Sep.22

Waiting a week was well worth the trouble for Dan Aitken Jr as the Belle River Ontario driver picked up not only his class win but the overall win in the final round of the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

This sixth and final event had been delayed from a week previous at the Grand Bend Motorplex, and the continuation of the final rounds was held at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park.



Dan Millen Becomes Final Member of Mickey Thompson 3-Second Club
Sep.22

Dan Millen Becomes Final Member of Mickey Thompson 3-Second Club
by Agent DC on September 10, 2010

After a difficult summer in his new 2011 Mustang, Extreme 10.5 Dan Millen found something to smile about on Friday at the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Simpson Dragstock VII in Rockingham. The Al-Anabi Racing driver b8:17 PM 9/22/2010ecame the fifth and final member of the distinguished Mickey Thompson 3-Second Club, going 3.951 at 199.20 miles per hour  at Dragstock VII



Bogacki wins at Bowling Green
Sep.22

Bowling Green, KY: Luke Bogacki drove his ThisIsBracketRacing.com backed American Dragster to it’s second NHRA Lucas Oil Series Divisional title of the season last weekend at the Division 3 event at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY.  There, Bogacki outlasted a monster field of over 100 Super Comp entrants, besting a number of the top racers in the nation en route to the title.


 
“I feel really good about the weekend,” said Bogacki.  “The car was awesome, like it’s been all season, and I finally ended up on the winning end of some close races.”
 
After rolling through the opening two rounds, Bogacki squared off with Division 3 ace Shannon Mingee in round three.  There, he used a .013 reaction time and perfect 8.900 to narrowly best Mingee’s excellent .015 initiated 8.904.  In round four, he matched that performance with a .012 reaction and near perfect 8.901 to top Super Gas national points leader David Tatum.  Bogacki then used a .006 reaction time to defeat Thunder Valley Nationals runner-up Trevor Denton and set up a semi-final matchup with defending NHRA World Champion Jim Perry.


GSA Pro Mod Friday Qualifying Results
Sep.17

PERSONETT TOPS GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES QUALIFYING FRIDAY AT O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS

CONCORD, N. C. – Brad Personett led the field following two rounds of qualifying for  the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

Personett, who sits fifth in the points, was able to take his Big Stuff 1968 Camaro to the top of the pack with a time of 5.843 seconds at 249.26 mph.

Holding down the number two qualifying position was Rick Stivers in his Brad Anderson tuned 2006 Dodge Stratus with a pass of 5.941 seconds at 241.97 mph.

"The amazing thing about that run," said Stivers after catching his breath, "is that there's even more left in her.  It spun and shook a little, and I had to pedal it to keep it going straight - but, I'll take that '94 right now. I think Brad was even impressed with my driving on that run, and I'll tell you, it's hard to get that man to smile."

Current point’s leader in the category, Von Smith and his Dr. Moon / Al-Anabi 1968 Camaro, sits in the third spot with a pass of 5.942 seconds at 244.52 mph.  Smith has three wins this season and leads the second place racer in the category by 74 points.   

The Gets Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series racers will get one more qualifying session at 11 a.m. on Saturday with first round of eliminations to start at 3 p.m.




CoryMac Leads NHRA Friday Qualifiers
Sep.17

CONCORD, N. C. – Cory McClenathan continues his push for his first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Championship with a strong run to lead the Top Fuel field during the first day of qualifying at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway. 

Other provisional number one qualifiers were Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) at the 19th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the second of six races in the Countdown to the Championship. 




Schaefer Named NHRA Division 2 Director
Sep.17

GLENDORA, Calif. -- (Sept. 15, 2010) – Longtime motorsports veteran Richard Schaefer has been named NHRA Southeast Division Director (Div. 2), it was announced today. Schaefer comes to NHRA following three seasons at Gateway International Raceway (GIR), where he served as drag racing events manager.

 “Rich has all the skills necessary to become a strong division director,” said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations, NHRA. “He has extensive experience in event management, sponsorship and event operations.” 

Schaefer, who will join NHRA in early-October, will be responsible for overseeing all NHRA activities in the Southeast, serving as a liaison between NHRA, NHRA member tracks in the southeast division and the racing community. Prior to his current role at GIR, Schaefer was owner and general manager of an event promotion company that produced major live events throughout North America.  He has also worked as vice president of events for B.I.G., Inc., in St. Louis, a touring company with more than 500 live events annually, and prior to that, as director of series operations for SRO/Pace Entertainment.

 “I’m excited about this new chapter in my professional motorsports career,” said Schaefer, who, along with his family, will relocate to Gainesville, Fla., the current location of NHRA’s Southeast Division office. “I am anxious to meet with the NHRA Member Tracks in the area, as well as the racing community, and work together to develop programs to benefit both.”

 NHRA’s Southeast Division is responsible for conducting and overseeing drag racing activities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Currently, there are 14 NHRA Member Tracks in the region. Schaefer will be attending the upcoming Division Two NHRA Summit Racing Equipment E.T. Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, Ga., Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.




Frankie Taylor Runs 3.596
Sep.10

Quickest 1/8 mile door slammer pass in history

3.596/210.64

At the Rock

ADRL Dragstock

WOW !

Photo Courtesy ADRL.us




Hancock Returning At The Rock
Sep.07

2007 ADRL Battle Of The Belts Champion Jamie Hancock is planning on returning to the ADRL Nitrous wars  at Dragstock 7 coming up at Rockingham Dragway.

                 Jamie looks on as father James makes a test shot




NHRA U.S. Nationals Results
Sep.07

CLERMONT, Ind. – Larry Dixon kept his perfect final round streak alive Monday by racing to his 10th win of the season at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the world’s most prestigious drag race.

Ashley Force Hood, Greg Stanfield and LE Tonglet also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship event, the first of six playoff races.

 




Personett Wins U.S. Nat's Pro Mods
Sep.07

CLERMONT, Ind. – Brad Personett raced to his first career victory in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series Monday at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the world’s most prestigious drag race.




PSCA Racer Passes In 'Copter Accident
Sep.02

The Racing Community Loses One Of The Good Ones....

From PSCA Racer Jimmy Mock "We lost one of our own yesterday to an unfortunate accident. Perry and I had become friends over the last 3 years through a mutual love of 51 Chevy race cars. He had recently been improving the performance of his race car and was extremely excited to be a part of this years Street Car Super Nationals. R.I.P. Good Friend!" Perry raced his '51 Blown Chevy in the West Coast Pro Mod Association.. 

Rebecca Boone Associated Press
BOISE - A helicopter chartered by a state wildlife agency plunged into a travel trailer and crashed Tuesday on a downtown street in he small Idaho town of Kamiah, killing two biologists and the pilot.

Officials suspect mechanical failure caused the aircraft to flip over before it plummeted from the sky just a block from Main Street. Debris was scattered along several blocks, but no one on the ground was injured.

Witness Jim Emmert saw the crash from his house. "I saw white parts coming off of it," Emmert said of the helicopter. "It made a crumpled sound - like paper being crumpled - and then a loud crash and an explosion. And then nothing."

The Fish and Game biologists on board were identified as Larry Barrett, 47, and Danielle Schiff, 34. The pilot was Perry J. Krinitt, 43, of Belgrade, Mont.

The Department of Fish and Game had chartered the aircraft from Clarkston-based Leading Edge Aviation to count salmon spawning nests on the Selway River.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Lewis County Sheriff's Office were investigating the crash.

Photo Credit Nick Johanns & Don Chavez




Diedrich new Promod MPH Record
Aug.31

Diedrich - the new Pro Mod MPH record holder for Bandimere Speedway



Jay Diedrich left his mark in Morrison, Colorado at Bandimere Speedway with a huge 237.09 speed in the final qualifying session Saturday night for the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association while headlining at a Super Chevy Show event. The speed isn’t very fast compared to his quickest ever 249 MPH shot earlier this year at Sacramento, but considering it was made at “the mile high raceway” with a corrected elevation of 8,800 feet it starts to pack more of a punch.



NHRA pro Foley relocating to NASCAR country
Aug.31

NHRA pro Foley relocating to NASCAR country
by Agent DC on January 31, 2010

Top Fuel driver and noted drag racing instructor Doug Foley is moving to a much racier neighborhood. Foley recently signed a contract for a 12,000-plus square foot shop in the heart of NASCAR country in North Carolina. The new shop will house Foley's race team and the world renowned Doug Foley Drag Racing School. 


Contrary to Rumors, Alan Pittman Race Cars Open for Business
Aug.31

Contrary to RUMORS, Alan Pittman Race Cars Open for Business
This Monday morning, the bay doors at Alan Pittman Race Cars swung open at 8 AM just as they do every weekday. In the face of recent rumors that his renowned chassis fabrication business was closing, Alan Pittman would like to set the record straight:




The Number four "4"
Aug.31

4: That’s how many drivers have won the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil in more than one NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series category. Below is the list along with their wins:


WFO Radio/CompPlus US Nats Coverage
Aug.31

WFO Radio, Competition Plus Provide Unprecedented U.S. Nats Coverage

WFO Radio with Joe Castello and Attitude Apparel's CompetitionPlus.com are combining forces to provide drag racing fans with unprecedented media coverage of this week's 56th annual Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.
 
Coverage begins with WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday at 7 p.m. featuring a U.S. Nationals preview with CompetitionPlus.com's Jon Asher and the NHRA's Alan Reinhart.  On Friday at 10 a.m. ET, WFO Radio's live coverage from Indianapolis begins with a two-hour show featuring racers, media members and newsmakers from the world of drag racing.   Coverage continues Saturday with back-to-back shows, including the debut of the "Attitude Hour".  The broadcast schedule culminates with a special post-race show featuring the newly crowned U.S. Nationals champions.




Mopar Thunder at Bristol Sept. 1 - 3
Aug.30

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Monday, August 30, 2010) -- For some car enthusiasts, it is Mopar or no car. For those people, the September 3-5 Mopar Thunder at Bristol Dragway is the perfect opportunity to see their favorite rides in action.

Several racing classes will give drivers the chance to race their Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler or other Mopar-badged vehicles on one of drag racing’s premier tracks. Racing action includes Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Slant 6.


Delehay Wins 2010 WCPMA Championship
Aug.30

SPOKANE, WA – In what was a great come from behind story, Joe Delehay and his PM Motorsports Inc. team went into the final West Coast Pro Mod Association event of 2010 sitting in the Third position in the championship points standings.

"We went into this race thinking we were out of the hunt" said Delehay, "Our plan was to try to finish the year off with a win". Not only did the PM Motorsports Inc. team get the win, they won their Fourth West Coast Pro Mod Association Championship (2006,2007,2009,2010).

Delehay and team did just that and more, after the points leader Tommy Johanns failed to qualify, Delehay and team qualified with a 6.22 @ 230 mph (Track MPH record).


New BTE Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body
Aug.30

New Product: BTE Powerglide Transbrake Valve Body
by Agent DC on January 30, 2010

BTE's new cast iron valve body is now available. It is in three configurations, the bracket style (BTE 248260), the quicker releasing pro style (BTE 228260), and the high pressure quick release style (BTE 228270). All kits include a new transbrake solenoid and instructions for easy installation. These valve bodies are 100% new. The internal design of the new BTE Powerglide valve body retains the dependable, industry transbrake design,



Bickel delivers Balooshi’s new car to track on flat bed trailer
Aug.29

Bickel delivers Balooshi’s new car to track on Flat Bed Trailer
by Agent DC on January 29, 2010

Khalid Al-Balooshi received his new car Friday Morning of the ADRL Hardee’s Gateway Drags III in Missouri a few weeks back.  The 2009 ADRL world champion received this high dollar ride on a flat bed open trailer, nothing more or less. You should see this bad to the bone hot rod soon at the track.



VIDEO: Dina Parise scrapes the wall
Aug.29

VIDEO: Dina Parise scrapes the wall
posted by Agent DC on August 29, 2010

Andrew’s breakage was not the only bad break for the Parise’s that day. During the 1st round of qualifying, Dina Parise took a hard hit to the driver’s side of her beautiful Military tribute themed ’63 Corvette.

“I am not really sure what happened.” Stated Dina Parise  “ I was in the left lane. The car went out about 100 feet and went right on two wheels. I let off the throttle. When she came down, I was ok then bam she shot hard left. To avoid hitting the wall head on, I turned the wheels to the right. I hit the wall, next thing I know, I’m taking flight.



NEW PRODUCTS from JEGS
Aug.29

JEGS 1979-04 Mustang Aftermarket Seat Mount bolts directly to your stock floor making the installation of a lightweight polyethylene or aluminum seat less-complicated. If your Mustang is equipped with a roll bar/cage we recommend Seat Back Support Brace 550-40485 or 550-40487 for a poly seat and 550-40486 for an aluminum seat. Made in USA.

JEGS Easy View Spark Plug Indexing Sockets allows you to view the indexing mark on your spark plug to insure it is installed with the electrode in the proper location for maximum power. Can be used with JEGS 555-40355 and 555-40356 to properly index your plugs! For use with a 3/8" ratchet and available for 5/8" and 13/16" plugs.



Nick Folk Caps Summer Swing
Aug.29

Nick Folk Caps Summer Swing with Stock Victory at US 131 Nitro Jam



Durand, IL: The Folk Family Racing team spent much of the last month on the road, attending a pair of big dollar bracket events in Atco, NJ and Stanton, MI and the annual IHRA Nitro Jam event in Martin, MI.  The family, which includes team patriarch Ron Folk and his sons Brian and Nick, has become accustomed to winning at the highest levels: each of the three have claimed IHRA World Championships, they’ve combined for nearly 40 national event victories, and countless big dollar bracket wins.  It’s no surprise then that the family has continued their winning ways in the summer of 2010.


Message from Jim Howard
Aug.29

"Just to let everyone know. You must have a IHRA Super Series Number to be eligible to participate in the race of champions race at the Team Finals in October. Anyone in the points series can race in the Team Finals as long as you have 3 points races but you can be the Super 7 Points champion and still not be able to race in the ROC race for Montgomery Motorsports Park (MMP) or any other track unless you have a Super Series number from IHRA."

"Here is the deal. You have until next week to get your IHRA number. At this point there are very few racers in the Super 7 Series that have a IHRA number. My point is that just because you are the track champion a racer that buys a IHRA number and finishes well Labor Day could in fact be the Super Series Track Champion without winning the Series! I was just informed of this and I am sorry to get this info out so late but I just wasn't aware. I you have any questions please feel free to call me at the track and I will explain it in more detail." - Jim Howard  (334-260-9660)


Dale Armstrong inducted into Hall of Fame
Aug.29

Legendary NHRA crew chief and mechanical wizard Dale Armstrong was one of seven icons from the world of motorsports inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Wednesday evening during the organization's annual induction ceremony at the Fillmore Theatre.

Long recognized as one of the sport's greatest innovators, Armstrong was the first Funny Car crew chief to use wind-tunnel testing and data recorders. He also is credited with the development of the lockup-style clutch, dual-source fuel-delivery system, and dynamometer testing for nitromethane-burning racing engines.

As crew chief for Kenny Bernstein, Armstrong earned five NHRA world championship titles, including four in Funny Car and one in Top Fuel, and helped the team make history by posting the first 300 mph speed in NHRA history. Following his record-breaking run with Bernstein, Armstrong continued his successful career tuning Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's Top Fuel dragster.

Armstrong, who also had an outstanding career as a driver with 12 NHRA national event victories including the prestigious U.S. Nationals, was inducted alongside famed daredevil Joie Chitwood, NASCAR champ Alan Kulwicki, AMA SuperCross champion Jeremy McGrath, television announcer Ken Squier, Trans Am champion Jerry Titus and USAC champ Rich Vogler.

Marty Reid, former NHRA television announcer and current lead for ESPN's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series telecasts as well as the Indy 500, presented Armstrong for induction. 


Jones Paint & Design Completes Randy Folk's 2010 Mullis Dragster
Aug.29

Jones Paint & Design Completes Randy Folk's 2010 Mullis Dragster
by Agent DC on August 29, 2010

Jones Paint and Body is at it again with the design and paint on Randy Folk's new Mullis Dragster. Jone designed the theme by scratch, using a computer program, and then put his imagination to work.



New look for Lagana Jr.
Aug.29

New look for Lagana Jr.
posted by Agent DC on August 29, 2010

Nothing goes together better than burgers, fries and drag racing and for Bobby Lagana Jr. that combination has led to a tasty new partnership for this weekend’s event in Maryland. Five Guys Burgers and Fries will be helping out Bobby Lagana Jr. and his crew this weekend at the Maryland Nitro Jam at Maryland International Raceway and will also be participating during FanFest both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.



Hartman pilots ‘Bullet Bob’ to emotional victory in front of huge Maryland crowd
Aug.29

Hartman pilots ‘Bullet Bob’ to emotional victory in front of huge Maryland crowd
Just seven months ago following a bad fire at the season opening Palm Beach Nitro Jam in Florida Bob and Cathie Floch, owners of the well-known “Bullet Bob” Prostalgia Nitro Funny car, were on the verge of walking away from the sport after nearly four decades in the business. 




Edmund Hall Rebounds after crash with Mike Hill
Aug.29

Edmund Hall Rebounds after crash
posted on August 29, 2010 by DragCoverage.com

Edmund “Mr.5 Speed” Hall debuted the GTO this past weekend after brushing the wall with Mike “The Hitman” Hill during a match race earlier this year. The GTO was sent back to Bickel and re-skinned with a new carbon-fiber GTO body.  Hall qualified for the 8-car baby promod field and was ousted in the semi-finals.



NEOPMA Invades Maple Grove This Weekend
Aug.17

(8-16-2010) Mohnton, PA - Get your fill of quarter mile Pro Modified action this weekend. The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods will roll into Maple Grove Raceway this upcoming weekend on Saturday August 21st, 2010.




Promod Racer Lands Big Money with Thoroughbred Horse
Aug.16

Promod Racer Lands Big Money with Thoroughbred Horse
by Agent DC on August 16, 2010

Pro Mod drag racer and Kentucky-based entrepreneur Rick Stivers' love of horsepower grew by $300,000 this week when his yearling Thoroughbred Racehorse sold at the 90th annual Selected Yearlings Sale at Saratoga, New York on August 2. The filly, born January 18, 2009, was sired by 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and birthed by Gwinnett 



ADRL Announces TV Deal with MAVTV
Aug.16

ADRL Announces TV Deal with MAVTV
by Agent DC on August 16, 2010

The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is pleased to announce an extensive new television agreement with MAVTV, a national television network that caters to a motorsports audience. The agreement calls for 13 one-hour shows on the high-definition network, giving the ADRL a national television presence for all of its 2010 events. 



Superman wins Farmington
Aug.16

Superman wins Farmington
by Karon Woodward on August 16, 2010

On saturday August 7th Farmington Dragway known as "The Farm" hosted its monthly Pro Mod event.  From what I have gathered there was the largest field of the year with 16 or 18 doorslammers in the lanes for qualifying.  After shaking the tires on the first 2 qualifying attempts, the G&G Racing Team of JD Goad, and Ronnie Gardner would qualify number one with a stunning 4.04



Williamson looking to keep points lead
Aug.16

Bret Williamson, driving the Don Carter Motorsports 53 Studebaker, is looking to keep his top spot in the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association point’s standings after Boise. With a pretty big 81-point lead (3 rounds) over number 2 in points, Jay Diedrich, all Bret needs to do is qualify for the 8-car field this weekend in Boise and he will have his spot secured.

Of course the Don Carter Motorsports team is looking to do more than just qualify in Boise, they want to make it 4-for-4 in final round appearances this year running with the WCOPMA as they have had 1 event win and 2 runner-up’s in the first 3 events this season.
The team is up for the challenge going to Boise. With a lot of heavy hitting cars attending this event it will be an all out battle just to qualify. Add on top of that they have not raced at Firebird Raceway before and have no data and this will be the highest elevated track they have raced at this year, which will definitely affect the power their screw blown Miner Brothers hemi engine will make.

The team and crew know they have a great working Alan Pittman swing arm race car and the motor makes the power to run the numbers as they set low ET at the first 2 WCOPMA events with a 5.90 and 6.02. There will be no testing opportunities before qualifying but with there being 3 qualifying passes that will allow them to get a tune up figured out to lay down a number to get into the 8-car show on Sunday.



Did You Know....Brainerd Facts
Aug.16

Did You Know; Most wins in Prostock Motorcycle
by Agent DC on August 16, 2010

…that Top Fuel driver and former Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Antron Brown has the most wins at Brainerd International Raceway (4) in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category? Though he dominated the track on two wheels, Brown is still looking to get his first Top Fuel win at Brainerd International Raceway. 



Biondo Enjoying Another Stellar Season
Aug.16

Maspeth, NY -- Two years ago legendary sportsman competitor Peter Biondo made the conscious decision to scale back his personal racing efforts to a degree, in an attempt to focus on other interests.  While one could certainly argue that the five-time NHRA world champion and multiple big dollar bracket winner has nothing to prove behind the wheel, Biondo says that isn’t necessarily the reasoning behind his decreased on track schedule.


 
“Racing has been very, very good to me and my family,” he said.  “But I chased points and big dollar events, and I raced nearly every weekend during the season for nearly two decades.  I had a lot of other interests that I put on the back burner for so long I felt like it was time to re-prioritize.”


DC Profiles: Bounty Hunter '87 Mustang
Aug.15

DC Profiles: Bounty Hunter '87 Mustang
by DragCoverage.com on August 15, 2010

Join DragCoverage.com Speed Forums today and create a profile to show off your Hot Rod.  DragCoverage will be publishing profiles often on the front page and yours could be next.  Check out user “Bleach Box’s” profile. 


Vauxhall signs up with the Redvictor1 racing team
Aug.15

Vauxhall signs up with the Redvictor1 racing team
by Agent DC on August 15, 2010

We are proud to announce a partnership between Vauxhall Motors and the Redvictor1 Racing Team to support the MSA Pro Modified campaign with the new Redvictor 3 Street Legal Pro modified Car. The team will be running under the VXR banner to promote the flagship Vauxhall performance range with, what will be again, the fastest road going Vauxhall on Planet Earth 


New Nitro Jam A Hit At U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
Aug.15

New Nitro Jam A Hit At U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
by Larry Crum on August 14, 2010

MARTIN, Mich. (August 14, 2010) – Unpredictable racing, 300 mile-per-hour dragsters and jets, daredevil wheelstanders, the world’s best drivers and the single biggest payout of the year. Just another weekend on the Nitro Jam tour. Fans at Michigan’s U.S. 131 Motorsports Park were brought into the new world of Nitro Jam



Upton wins Moser Axle-Mania Sportsman Showdown
Aug.15

Upton wins Moser Axle-Mania Sportsman Showdown
MARTIN, Mich. (August 14, 2010)
Just four months ago Bo Upton was just another ordinary racer with a dream and a racecar. Upton loved to race, but knew he didn’t have the means to chase a championship. Upton loved to win, but knew that his hobby would never be much more than that.





NHRA Pro Points Standings
Aug.15

BRAINERD, Minn. -- Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 29th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, the 17th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel
1.  Larry Dixon, 1,639; 2.  Cory McClenathan, 1,359; 3.  Tony Schumacher, 1,346; 4.  Doug Kalitta, 1,243; 5.  Antron Brown, 1,180; 6.  Brandon Bernstein, 1,109; 7.  Shawn Langdon, 815; 8.  Morgan Lucas, 758; 9.  Steve Torrence, 704; 10.  David Grubnic, 682.

Funny Car
1.  John Force, 1,250; 2.  Robert Hight, 1,249; 3.  Jack Beckman, 1,155; 4.  Matt Hagan, 1,136; 5. Ron Capps, 1,048; 6.  Tim Wilkerson, 1,035; 7.  Bob Tasca III, 1,016; 8.  Ashley Force Hood, 984; 9.  Del Worsham, 929; 10.  Tony Pedregon, 764.

Pro Stock
1.  Mike Edwards, 1,631; 2.  Allen Johnson, 1,303; 3.  Jeg Coughlin, 1,227; 4.  Greg Anderson, 1,095; 5.  Jason Line, 931; 6.  Shane Gray, 857; 7.  Ron Krisher, 847; 8.  Greg Stanfield, 804; 9.Johnny Gray, 792; 10.  Rodger Brogdon, 728.

 Pro Stock Motorcycle
1.  Andrew Hines, 903; 2.  Hector Arana, 890; 3.  Michael Phillips, 778; 4.  Matt Smith, 759; 5. Steve Johnson, 699; 6.  Eddie Krawiec, 597; 7.  LE Tonglet, 584; 8.  David Hope, 574; 9.  Karen Stoffer, 543; 10.  Craig Treble, 508.



NHRA Brainerd Elimination Results
Aug.15

Bode reaches first career final, wins first career race

BRAINERD, Minn. – Three drivers had a shot at their first career NHRA Full Throttle Series win on Sunday at the 29th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway and Funny Car veteran Bob Bode was the lucky one who struck paydirt.

The other winners at the 17th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Series season – and final race in the Countdown to 10 regular season – were Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).




NHRA Brainerd Final Qualifying
Aug.14

BRAINERD, Minn. – Surging Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta earned his second No. 1 in the last four races Saturday at the 29th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

The other No. 1 qualifiers at the 17th of 23 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Series season – and final race in the Countdown to 10 regular season – were Ashley Force Hood (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle).




Sciba and King Take Wins At NEOPMA Event
Aug.09

Fredy Scriba Wins Nitrous Pro Mod Class and Steve King Wins Blower/Turbo Pro Mod Class and a Track Record Falls at the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod “1320 Pro Mod Warrior Series” at Maryland International Raceway this past weekend.




Grand Bend PMRA Final Round Rained Out
Aug.09

  


Latest round of PMRA racing postponed due to rain at Grand Bend
 
Finalists Mike Stawicki and Sam Andreacchi will duke it out for event title during Labor Day event
 
GRAND BEND, ONTARIO (August 8, 2010) – The final round in the latest Pro Modified Racing Association race was postponed due to rain, and the event winner and Series Championship will be determined at Grand Bend over the Labor Day weekend.
 
The two finalists are number one qualifier Mike Stawicki of Medina, NY, and Sam Andreacchi of Toronto, Ontario, who qualified in sixth position.
 
Both Stawicki, who drives the G-Force Race Cars 1968 Firebird, and Andreacchi, driver of the Paul Wolf Electric & Lighting Supply Inc. 1969 Chevy Nova, are previous PMRA event winners.
 
Stawicki, who set a new Canadian Pro Modified time record with a 5.7379-second pass in qualifying, eliminated Paul Noakes of London, Ontario in his 1963 Corvette to advance to the final. Andreacchi won his semi over Derek Hawker of Corbyville, Ontario, in his 1963 Corvette.
 
Gary Irving of Toronto, who qualified the Al Hinds 2004 Corvette in second spot, had some problems getting down the track, losing to Hawker in the first round. Number five qualifier Vito Montesano of Maple, Ontario, gave Noakes a good battle, but his 6.362 at 219. 24 was not quite enough for the 6.272, 219.08 of Noakes.
 
In other first round action, Jeff Roth of New Dundee, Ontario got the call to face Andreacchi. Roth was second alternate as neither number three qualifier Bruce Boland of Hamilton, Ontario nor first alternate Terry Brown of Caledonia, Ontario could make the elimination rounds. Roth, driving the 1941 Willys, fell victim to handling problems while Andreacchi motored to a win and the next round.
 
And number eight qualifier Eric Latino of Port Perry, Ontario was taken out by Stawicki. The driver of the 1938 Chevy coupe ran a 6.372 but it was not enough for the 5.879 of Stawicki.
 
The fifth and final round in the 2010 PMRA tour will take place at Grand Bend during the Teamsters “Thunder by the Beach” September 3-5.




Stawicki Continues PMRA Domination
Aug.08

GRAND BEND, ONTARIO (August 7, 2010) – Mike Stawicki continues to dominate in Pro Modified racing.

 
The Medina, NY driver of the G-Force Race Cars 1968 Firebird not only set the pace as top qualifier in the latest round of the Pro Modified Racing Association during the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts at the Grand Bend Motorplex, he once again broke the elapsed time record for the class in Canada




Rowe Wins Unleashed Pro Mods
Aug.08

Danny Rowe took top honors in the Pro Mod class at the inaugural NHRA Unleashed presented by Lucas Oil event held at O’Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday night.  In the finals it was Rowe, who is currently second in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod category facing up against rival Roger Burgess.  At the start Burgess red lit by .008 seconds and handed the win to Rowe in his 1968 Sterling Bridge Camaro who went on to run a pass of 5.991 seconds at 244.52 mph.

 “We are extremely excited about the win and running in the NHRA Unleashed presented by Lucas Oil event and we feel that is not only good for the sport but also good for the Pro Mod class,” said Rowe following the race.  “I love this sport, I’m very fortunate to be able to do this for a living, the win is great and this is huge for everybody.  It is good to be in the seat and I really enjoy it.”




Last Race To Make NHRA Countdown
Aug.08

DRIVERS PREPARE FOR FINAL COUNTDOWN PUSH:

 With only one race left in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series regular season, the Countdown to 10, whether they’re first or 15th in the point standings, drivers are preparing themselves for one last chance to pick up as many points as they can next week at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., before the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and the start of the Countdown to 1 playoffs. Of the drivers, 30 of the 40 spots have been clinched, with two drivers, Top Fuel’s Larry Dixon and Pro Stock’s Mike Edwards, clinching the No. 1 spots in their respective categories and securing that 20-point bonus that comes with being No. 1 entering the Countdown to 1. “Today wasn’t our day,” said Dixon, after a semifinal round loss to Brandon Bernstein at the just completed Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. “The consolation prize is the Al-Anabi Toyota team locked in the No. 1 seed for the Countdown, and getting those extra 30 points (10 ahead of second place, plus the 20-point bonus) over whoever ends up No. 2 when the Countdown begins is big. I’ve said before that we sure could have used those extra 30 points last season so I’m glad to have them this year.”

While Dixon and Edwards are locked into the field at the top of the point standings, an all out battle is taking place for the 10th-place spot in all four categories. With the final race of the season just one week away, only 33 points in Funny Car separate 10th place and two-time world champion Tony Pedregon from 11th place Jeff Arend, and only 19 points in Top Fuel separate 10th place David Grubnic from 11th place Terry McMillen. A first round loss in Brainerd for any of these drivers could spell the end of their 2010 world championship campaigns. And while the competition for the final spot heats up in the two Nitro classes, nearly half the field in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class awaits its fate heading into Brainerd. With the regular season schedule for the bike class being six-races shorter than that of Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, only the top five drivers in the point standings have clinched their spots in the Countdown, leaving five openings, the most of any of the four classes, still up for grabs at Brainerd in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The upcoming Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway should prove to be one of the most exciting and instrumental races of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. For tickets to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, call (866) 444-4455 or online at brainerdraceway.com..

 




2nd Annual Moser Engineering Great American Bracket Race Same Day Coverage
Jul.23

2nd Annual Moser Engineering Great American Bracket Race; Same Day Coverage

Team DragCoverage.com has arrived at No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, LA, for coverage of the 2010 Great American Bracket Race. Follow us right here for same day coverage of the 3-day bracket race that pays over $100,000 in prize money.




DragCoverage.com to cover Great American Bracket Race this Weekend
Jul.20

DragCoverage.com to cover Great American Bracket Race this Weekend
by TJ Pruitt

We have taken a few weeks off here at DragCoverage.com, but it's time to hit the pavement again and cover the Great American Bracket Race this weekend in Bell Rouse, LA.  DragCoverage.com will be posting photos and hourly updates of one of the biggest bracket races to hit the south. Coverage will be brought to you by TindleRacing.com. Team DragCoverage.com will arrive on site Thursday night and coverage will begin on Friday morning. Be sure to stay tuned to DragCoverage.com




Shorter's Bob Dennis Wins Super Stock
Jun.20

LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Sunday's final results from the 10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. The race is the 12th of 23 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:  

Super Stock -- Bob Dennis, Olds Calais, 11.018, 119.45  def. Joe Santangelo, Pontiac Trans Am, 10.013, 130.35.  

Stock Eliminator -- Slate Cummings, Pontiac Firebird, 10.792, 116.46  def. Russell Johnson, Ford Fairlane, 11.368, 116.08.  

Super Comp -- Lloyd Parfait, Dragster, 8.873, 173.81  def. Trevor Denton, Dragster, 8.878, 168.18.  

Super Gas -- Ed Apple, Chevy Roadster, 9.927, 148.66  def. Billy Upton, Chevy Corvette, broke.

 




Cannon Once Again Looking For Sponsorship
Jun.18

June 17, 2010 Lyman, SC-Scotty Cannon and team find themselves again without sponsorship in the middle of the 2010 season. “I got a phone call from Bennie (Alfonso) saying that he would no longer be racing. We had planned to run the Northeast Outlaw Pro Modified Association’s schedule this year said Scotty Cannon.” Cannon Sr. and his son Scott Cannon Jr. had teamed up with Alfonso last year to race in the NEOPMA Series. “We thought we had a secure deal to race again this year. We have been thrashing at the shop to order all of the right parts and pieces. Now we need a deal to use all of this stuff we purchased said Cannon Sr.”

Cannon would like to see a deal where his son can drive and he can tune. “We have all of the things we need to run fast. If we can’t secure sponsorship, we would be willing to tune someone else as well said Scotty Cannon Sr.” The Cannon team has all of the equipment to run and be competitive in any of the many pro modified categories. “I can tune a car to run in any of the current sanctioning bodies that have a Pro Modified Class. We could run the ADRL or NHRA’s events, it doesn’t matter to us said Cannon Sr.”

 2007 IHRA World Champion Scott Cannon Jr. would love to return to the driver’s seat. “I have spent a lot of time preparing the shop and car to be competitive this year. I hope soon I can return to competition said Scott Cannon Jr.”

Parties interested in sponsorship or hiring the Cannon team can call Scott Cannon Jr. @ 864-444-6502 or email joelcampbell@bellsouth.net.




Mickey Thompson Continues Support
Jun.18

 

Mickey Thompson continues involvement with PMRA and Quick 32 Sportsman Series

Race tire giant provides contingency funds for drag race series

STOW, OHIO (June 18, 2010)  – The Pro Modified Racing Association and the Quick 32 Sportsman Series is pleased to have the continued involvement of Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels for 2010.


 
The iconic drag racing tire company is once again providing contingency awards for both the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the PMRA.

“This is an excellent outlet for our teams to compete,” noted Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager for Mickey Thompson. “It’s a pleasure to work with our customers in Canada.”




Stawicki & G-Force Return To PMRA
Jun.18

MEDINA, NEW YORK (June 16, 2010) - Veteran Pro Modified racer Mike Stawicki has returned to the Pro Modified Racing Association for the 2010 season, and the New York native plans to run as many PMRA events as possible this year.
 
“We will run as many as we can,” mentioned Stawicki, who is presently second on the PMRA win list with four outright wins and a tie between 2005 and 2008. 
 




NEOPMA Returns To MIR May 15
May.11

 

 

Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods “1320 Pro Mod Warriors Series” Returns to Maryland International Raceway’s (MIR) “32nd Annual Outback Steakhouse Mountain Motor Nationals May 15th”

 




Huntsville Outlaws are Back Results !
May.09

Nick Williams - Outlaw 10.5 Jason Collins R/up
Jeff Cooner - Limited Street Keith Szabo R/up
Neil Hawkins - Modified Street Robert Holligsworh r/up
Evan Hall - 4.70 Scott Underwood R/up
Jeff Dees - 6.0 Ricky Pennington R/up
Terry Stringer - 7.0 Paul Russell R/up
Dustin Payne - Golf Cart Bracket Race-- Short Bus Runner up



PMRA/IHRA Racer Spiering Stepping Aside
May.03

Carl Spiering steps out of driver’s seat for 2010
 
JORDAN STATION, ONTARIO (May 1, 2010) – Although he may not be driving a race car this year, Carl Spiering is still one of the busiest people in drag racing.



PSCA Adds New Race Day Staff
May.03

The PSCA is proud to announce a new addition to our Race Day Staff, Melissa Elswick...

Melissa has many years of experience in the racing field both on the track as a racer and in the tower running the show....




2009 PMRA Champ Ready To Defend Title
May.03

HAMILTON, ONTARIO (May 3, 2010) – The car may have a different body, but underneath the new 1963 Corvette Sting Ray shell and chassis the B&B Racing entry is pretty much as it was for 2009.
 
And that suits Bruce Boland just fine, as the Hamilton, Ontario-based driver won the Pro Modified Racing Association’s Championship Point Award Series in 2009.



Parker Wins Dixie Opener
Apr.13

Parker Wins Dixie Opener

Dan Parker, substituting for a vacationing Lynne Milner-Baxley, driving Big Daddy Ellis Milner's 1957 Chevrolet survived a race of upsets and won the Dixie Pro Mod Association season opener at Phenix Dragstrip in Phenix City, AL.




Folk Team Opens 2010 with Successful Tour
Apr.02

Folk Family Racing Team Opens 2010 with Successful Southern Tour

The Folk Family Racing team made their first two on-track appearances of the 2010 racing season far from their Durand, IL home at the opening IHRA Division 4 event at Dallas Raceway (near Dallas, TX) followed by the NHRA JEGS Cajun Sportsnationals at No Problem Raceway Park (near New Orleans, LA). The team enjoyed a successful trip South, highlighted by a pair of final round appearances at the Dallas event.
 
There, in their first event of the season, defending IHRA World Champion Nick Folk showed why he wears the number 1 on the side of his familiar Folk Race Cars Stock Eliminator Camaro. He once again waded through five rounds of divisional competition to earn the divisional iron man, and take the early lead in the 2010 points standings. Nick’s starting and finish line prowess were on display at the season opener, as he posted reaction times varying from .009 to .035, and rolled final round opponent Jacob Pitt through for a win margin of just .003 of a second.


DragCoverage.com Publisher takes Ten to Win Race
Apr.02

DragCoverage.com Publisher takes Ten to Win Race at MMP
by Goodyear Racing Media

When he brings his race car to Gulfport Raceway in Mississippi for the King of the Coast race April 9-10, Alabama drag racer T.J. Pruitt will have a new nickname. They’ll call him ‘Big Money.’ Pruitt, an electrical engineer with a degree from Auburn University, lay claim to the new moniker when he won the $10,000 winner’s prize in the Super Pro class of the Super 7 Series race at Montgomery Motorsports Park in Alabama in March. It is the richest race Pruitt has ever won and he won it on Goodyear tires.



Brown Takes Deliver of 2010 JMark Dragster
Apr.02

Brown Takes Deliver of 2010 JMark Dragster
Jim Brown took deliver of his new 2010 JMark Rear Engine Dragster this past weekend. The Monroeville, AL racer plans debut this beautiful ride at next week’s King of the Coast event at Gulfport Dragway, MS. 




Spectator wins 2010 Ford Mustang GT at zMax
Apr.02

Spectator wins 2010 Ford Mustang GT at zMax
by Susan Pollack on April 2, 2010

During the 2009 NHRA Drag Racing Full Throttle Racing Series event at zMAX Dragway, Faye Curtis of Pilot Mountain, NC, entered to win a 2010 Ford Mustang GT at the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Experience display as part of Ford Customer Service Division’s national sweepstakes program. A few short months later, Curtis received a call from Ford Customer Service Division informing her


EOPM team with Thompson Custom T's
Apr.02

The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods are very proud to announce a renewed alliance with Larry Thompson of Custom T's Racing.  "We have had a long standing relationship with Custom T's of DC as a sponsor, and are thrilled to team up with Larry to put on a event in 2010" said Stuart Williams of EOPM. 

On August 14th, the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods will compete in the Custom T's Shootout at Capitol Raceway as the outlaw portion of the event.  The 2010 season will be the first year of Larry T, starting his own racing organization which is dedicated to keeping an even playing field for the Custom T's Shootouts throughout the season.  Larry will have a 4.40 breakout for his heads up doorslammer action. 



Fisher Signs deal with Dragon Racing Fuels
Apr.02

Kevin and Kathy Fisher of Performance by Fisher Racing are proud to announce their association with Dragon Racing Fuels, manufacturer of some of the finest racing fuel blends available.

The newly formed partnership will allow Performance by Fisher Racing to expand their competition schedule to include more events and venues than in seasons past with immediate plans to compete in both NHRA and IHRA. Kevin will begin his first full season in the team’s Ohio Crankshaft powered Top Dragster while former IHRA top ten finisher Kathy Fisher, looks to build on past successes in her Super Comp/Quick Rod entry. Both will be claiming division three.


Bluebaugh Racing Improves Chassis for 2010
Apr.02


Bluebaugh Racing’s Team Magna Fuel is taking a brief reprieve to rethink and prepare for the 2010 racing season yet ahead. Last September Bluebaugh and Crew Chief Deborah Woodard took a late mid-season leap of faith changing a proven combination in the Magna Fuel Monte Carlo with a bigger engine. Bluebaugh said it’s been quite a challenge to harness the new power. We are taking a step back for a minute to rethink after several events spent with difficulty. We want to come back to the competition prepared. Adding horsepower to the mix is just not as easy at it sounds. It changes everything about the car.

Crew Chief Woodard said we have spent countless hours studying chassis dynamics for this project and days at a time on the garage floor with a tape measure and calculator. Our 1995 model chassis has now undergone a complete transformation with additional bracing, a 180 degree turn in the scaling, and changes in the four link set up. During the process a crack was also located. Woodard said this is the second time a crack has been discovered just following difficulties with getting the car to respond correctly and may have been contributing to the problem. Crack inspections have become a more frequent part of our routine.  Preliminary testing is showing we are headed in the right direction with a rough but encouraging 1.01 60ft. time. We should be ready by May to give the competition a good run. We feel this new set up has the potential to compete in the low 6 second range now needed on the West Coast.



"Speck Daddy" Videos on Horsepower TV this Weekend
Mar.25

"Speck Daddy" Videos on Horsepower TV this Weekend
by T.J. Pruitt on March 26, 2010

DragCoverage.com's Chris Speck has definitely moved to the big leagues. Speck, owner of SpeckDaddyProductions, has produced action clips that will be featured on the well respected Horsepower TV. The show will be featured on Spike TV this Saturday, March 27th, at 10:30AM. Speck's videos will be shown after the first commercial break.



Irwin Tools Teams with Doug Herbert
Mar.25

Likeable Local Veteran to Sport IRWIN’s Blue and Yellow Colors
IRWIN® Tools, a world-class manufacturer and marketer of a broad line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, today announced it will be the primary sponsor of veteran Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert for 2010 NHRA races taking place at zMax Dragway, just outside of Charlotte, NC.

Herbert, a fan and media favorite, will first showcase the famous blue and yellow colors of IRWIN Tools on his “Top Fuel” dragster this weekend during the inaugural NHRA 4-Wide Nationals.



First Time Ever - 4-Wide @ zMax
Mar.25

For the first time ever in NHRA national event history, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will hold an entire event, qualifying and eliminations, using four lanes instead of the traditional two. At the very special and history-making inaugural event, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the first of two races in the season held at zMAX Dragway, drivers in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag racing series will go head-to-head-to-head-to-head, to compete for valuable points toward the Full Throttle world championships and a chance to hoist the coveted Wally at the end of eliminations on Sunday. With all the excitement that an event like this brings it’s only understandable that the drivers are pumped and ready to end their week off and hit the track in Concord, N.C. “We’re going four wide. Wow,” said Top Fuel dragster pilot Antron Brown. “We experienced it already last year and we made a good showing in the four wide exhibition even though we didn’t have the results we were looking for during the regular race.”


Pro Mod Teams gear up for Spring Nationals
Mar.25

As the  Innagural Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod, 2010 season gets  ready to begin the excitement for the new show is peaking.  With the first event, the first annual Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod Spring Nationals being held at Roxboro Motorsports Park its very encouraging to hear about the northern teams, who are expected to invade the south.

Troy Henderson in his Charlie Buck powered, Tom Tillman Race Cars 68 Camaro, is looking forward to starting off the season just as he ended the 2009 season, where he won King of the Beach.  Marc "the Truth" Hayes in his Fulton powered, Vanishing Point Cavalier looks forward to returning to Roxboro to show the fans how he earned his nickname.  Bill Meadows, a 2007 Champion, in his Kaase powered 2006 Grand Am looks forward to returning to his winning ways.  Alot of people will be keeping an eye on the results from this race to see what Mr. Andy Jensen in his Jensen Technologies Turbo powered, Tim McCamis 68 Camaro will accomplish next.  Woodrow Clark in his Bob Mach powered Firebird, and Ricky Walton in his small block powered Cavalier plan to also be on hand for the EOPM season opener.



Ford fans hold on one second, as you will have at least  one bad pony to cheer for at Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod races in 2010.  Steve Drummond of Delaware, in his awesome Twin Turbo powered Mustang plans to make his debut at the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod Spring Nationals, and has informed me that testing is all over, its time to race.  Many of the north teams plan to not only attend, but look forward to bringing the Spring Nationals trophy back north, along with the first win of the season.   The games have begun as the talk hits the right ears.  Stay tuned for the South Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod Teams gear up for Spring Nationals.........



Team Aruba Achieves Career-Best in Houston
Mar.25

After enduring a long day of qualifying at Baytown’s Houston Raceway Park, Trevor Eman and the Team Aruba crew achieved a career-best qualifying effort with an elapsed time (ET) of 4.090 at 177.30mph in the fourth qualifying round at the 2010 American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Universal Technical Institute Dragpalooza VI, presented by Safety-Kleen. “We were making better and faster runs every time we made it to the starting line,” commented Eman, on the team’s performance.  Team Aruba’s efforts placed the team in the #5 spot in the Extreme Pro Stock (XPS) category.



Fans excitedly awaited the qualifying rounds of the 2010 ADRL Dragpalooza VI, only to miss out on the final elimination rounds as a discouraging storm front moved across Baytown, Texas. With impending rain and strong winds quickly approaching, a final decision to reschedule the remaining qualifying and eliminations rounds was made for late July.

Eman credits Team Aruba’s crew for their successful qualifiers. “Carl Baker, our crew chief, was making good calls and Tommy had the clutch completely under control. Ken had his hands on all the other 'in-between round' maintenance and Bobby was taking good care of everybody that came by our www.Aruba.com 'free information booth' and the Autism Speaks donation box.” After Friday’s events, Team Aruba hosted a cook-out to celebrate Aruba’s National Anthem and Flag Day, featuring a variety of tasty foods in Texas-sized portions. “It isn’t often that the XPS teams get to spend time together at races, because races are usually so hectic,” Trevor mentions. “We were happy that a lot of ADRL officials and teams were able to take some time off and stop by.”



Super 7 Series This Weekend!
Mar.25

Team DragCoverage.com will be attending Montgomery Motorsports Park's Super 7 Series This Weekend, Montgomery, AL

The race will feature three $10,000 Super Pro races for only $300 and three $2,000 Footbrake races for only $150.



Results from Jegs Sportsnationals
Mar.25

BELLE ROSE, La. (March 21, 2010) – The first of three JEGS Sportsnationals for 2010 is in the books with three Louisiana racers taking big wins at this weekends 7th Annual NHRA JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La.  Just under 500 racers from across the country made the trip to No Problem in search of the coveted NHRA National Event Wally Trophy.


First Summit ET Race Results at Atlanta Dragway
Mar.25

First Summit ET Race Results at Atlanta Dragway
by Amy Glover on March 29, 2010

Inclement weather stamped out the first scheduled points race of Atlanta Dragway’s 2010 season, but racers were met with perfect conditions this time around. The spring breeze cooled off the black top and kept racers comfortable throughout the rounds.



Life-Time Contract with Al-Anabi Racing
Mar.25

In an unprecedented move for drag racing, 10-year-old American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Pro Jr. Dragster star K.J. Nowling has signed a lifetime performance contract with Al-Anabi Racing.

“I had the pleasure of hosting K.J. at two of our recent Arabian Drag Racing League events in Qatar and found him to be an incredibly bright young man who clearly understands the mechanics of racing,” Al-Anabi team owner Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani said. “Being a two-time ADRL national-event winner, he’s obviously a talented driver, so I thought I’d better get him under contract now before someone beat me to it.”



In the debut of a new Mike Bos-built Pro Jr. Dragster car, Nowling is racing under the Al-Anabi banner for the first time this weekend in the ADRL’s season-opening Universal Technical Institute Dragpalooza VI presented by Safety-Kleen at Houston Raceway Park. Long-term plan calls for him to remain in the Pro Jr. Dragster ranks until his 16th birthday, at which time he will begin making test passes in a full-size car before making his ADRL Pro Extreme debut in 2016 in the Universal Technical Institute Dragpalooza XXII.

“This is hard to believe and I can’t thank Sheikh Khalid enough for this opportunity,” said Nowling, a fifth grader from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri. “I had so much fun watching him win the Pro Extreme championship in Qatar, but even more fun playing soccer with him on PlayStation 3 at his house. We’ve become good friends and I feel very proud to become his Al-Anabi teammate.”   


Jody “Cool” Wins First National Event
Mar.25

The headline may come as a surprise to many: Jody Simoneaux wins first national event. The Louisiana based racer has been a standout competitor for years; first behind the wheel of various bottom bulb bracket machines, and in recent years as a member of the Cummings Motorsports team, flying the Moser Engineering colors in Stock Eliminator. Since teaming with the Cummings family, Simoneaux has enjoyed great success in the Stock Eliminator category. He’s won a handful of events at the divisional level. He was the NHRA Division 4 JEGS All-Stars representative last season, and he’s been a contender for the Division 4 Stock Championship in both NHRA and IHRA. But, a win on the national stage had proven elusive--until the IHRA Mardi Gras Nationals two weeks ago.
 
Simoneaux drove the Moser Engineering Chevy II for the Cummings family into the winner circle of nearby State Capital Dragway at the IHRA Mardi Gras Nationals. “Cool,” as he’s known by many for his laid back demeanor, posted his best run in the most crucial round of eliminations: using a telepathic .003 reaction time and dead-on 11.246 for a great .009 package in the final round. Touring professional competitor Mark Faul posted a respectable .010 reaction and 11.649 on his 11.63 target, but it simply wasn’t enough to deny Simoneaux his first national event win. Looking back, Simoneaux finished the event much like he started it: he opened in round one with a stellar .008 reaction time to defeat three-time Stock World Champion Kevin Helms. He then worked his way thru the Stock field, defeating Sam Lusco, Jr., Dempsey Pendarvis, and Danny Doughty before earning a bye run into the final round.



Bear on Top at Rockingham Dragway
Mar.25

FOOTBRAKE REGULAR BEARD CLAIMS TOP ELIMINATOR AT ROCKINGHAM

ROCKINGHAM, NC – Seagrove, NC’s Michael Beard, who over the years has won dozens of bracket races in the Footbrake class, defied conventional wisdom Sunday at Rockingham Dragway where he moved up in classification, driving his venerable 1980 Plymouth Volare past a host of dragsters to win the Top Eliminator title.  His IHRA-legal Stocker is powered by a Sloan Racing Engines-prepped Mopar 360 Magnum crate motor, which has held the I/CM class 1/8th mile World Record for the last two years.



Beard was a picture of consistency in outlasting a field made up primarily of full-body Top Eliminator cars with only 11 of them dragsters.  Appropriately, he beat the driver of another “door car,” Kevin Crawford of Pageland, S.C., in the Sunday final. The win marked Beard's 148th career victory, and the second time he has footbraked to a Top Eliminator win.

Beard’s worst package (reaction time plus the difference between his actual time and target time) of the race was .048.  His reaction times ranged from .001 to a final round .044 that was offset by a dead-on 6.954 eighth mile time against a 6.950 target.  Beard also advanced to the 5th round of Footbrake competition with the same car on the same day, making for a total of 14 runs, whose 330' times only varied .018 from 11am to 5pm.  

"The car has been unbelievably consistent," said Beard.  "That's a testimony to Mopar power, and the other fine products that help me find the winner's circle:  Mickey Thompson, CAM2 Blue Blood Racing Oil, K&N Filters, Sunoco Race Fuel from Bearden Oil, as well as REM'd and Cryo treated parts from Jim Bailey's FINISHED."

Beard also thanked Duck Tape brand duct tape, Bradley Auto Parts, Scotty Richardson's BottomBulbRacers.com, Luke Bogacki's ThisIsBracketRacing.com, Macy Motorsports, Billy Nees Race Cars, Stephen Beard, Matt Zapp, Terry Knott, and his wife Jill.


Passing of Shirl Greer
Mar.25

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM BRISTOL DRAGWAY ON THE PASSING OF SHIRL GREER

There are examples out there of champions who, beyond talent, earned their way with grit and determination. Shirl Greer was one of those champions. The cars may be different than they were 30-plus years ago, but the elements it takes to win a championship are not, and he put those elements together.

Shirl was a great friend to Bristol Dragway and always was there to lend a hand in helping promote drag racing. Whether it was through allowing us to put his Funny Car on display or to attend an event, Shirl loved the sport of drag racing.

He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the 1974 NHRA Funny Car World Champ.



New Sponsor for Charles Carpenter Racing
Mar.25

DMP Awnings, a division of Minnesota-based Dubbin Racing Products, has teamed up with Charles Carpenter Racing in an associate sponsorship role for the 2010 season. Not only will the DMP logo appear on Carpenter’s unmistakable Pro Nitrous ’55 Chevy, but a new DMP Awning will be outfitted to the Carpenter team’s rig.

The partnership was initially brought to life shortly after Carpenter’s devastating crash at the season-opening ADRL Dragpalooza V a year ago. Dubbin was one of the first to pitch in and offer to help Carpenter get back on track anyway he could, despite having never met him.

Now that Carpenter is back and poised to make a run at the ADRL Pro Nitrous championship in 2010, Dubbin has stepped up his support to help him achieve that goal. During their first face-to-face meeting at December’s Performance Racing Industry trade show, the two came to an agreement for DMP to become involved as an associate sponsor.

“We’re thrilled to have formed a relationship with Dean and DMP Awnings,” Carpenter said. “He’s a hard working small business owner much like myself, so we share a lot of common ground in both business and racing. He understands the commitment it takes for the working man to do this, so we hit it off right from the start and I couldn’t ask to be involved with a better individual or company. On top of that, DMP Awnings produces one of the highest quality awning systems available and we can’t wait to get ours installed.”

Dean Dubbin founded DMP Awnings in 1994, and when he’s not out racing his record-setting Top Dragster, he’s at DMP producing one of the strongest, most affordable, and hassle-free awning systems available anywhere.

“We weathered the economic storm in 2009, and in 2010 we’re swinging for the fences to try to make it our best year ever,” said Dubbin. “We’re already off to a great start by entering this partnership with Charles Carpenter Racing and I’m excited about the exposure this will bring to our product. DMP Awnings are perfect for the fast doorslammer racer who wants top quality and a quick, easy setup in a durable awning system custom made for their trailer.”

For more information about DMP Awnings, call (320) 584-8013 or visit www.dmpawnings.com.


Hill Vs Hall THE VIDEO
Mar.10

The Crash VIDEO & TIME SLIPS: Mike Hill VS Edmund Hall Part II - Crash
by Agent DC on March 11, 2010

The Agent has received a copy of the crash video that happened between Mike "The Hitman Hill" and Edmund "Mr.5 Speed" Hall. The Agent also has a copy of the time-slips. It took quite a bit to get the popular demand video, but here it is. The Agent was told that Hall has already been in contact with Jerry Bickel inquiring about repairing the GTO.



Whitehead to debut SB2/LENCO 67 Camaro
Mar.10



Jimmy Whitehead - Since the death of my cousin/partner Jerome Knotts its been hard to keep on track and continue with the tradition,but in 2009, Knothead Racing (Jimmy Whitehead and crew) will start a new program, the 67 Camaro will be running a 502 to compete in the 5:30 and 6:0 heads up class and the 92 Beretta will run a 406 to compete in the 7:0 heads up class. If all goes well both cars will have female drivers, Mother and Daughter.



Synder Crashes while test @ SGMP
Mar.10

Mick Synder Crashes at South Georgia Motorsports Park While Testing
Photos by Marvin Smith

Mick Synder did not have the start he anticipated this 2010 season.  The young driver crashed while testing at SGMP last week.  Synder teamed with Scruggs in 2010 and was set to campaign Scruggs' previous 1963 corvette.  Unfortunately, Synder will not make his debut, March 19-20, at the opening ADRL Universal Technical Institute Dragpalooza VI.



Jones Paint and Design Completes Kenny Acree’s Promod Camaro
Mar.10

Jones Paint & Design Completes Kenny Acree’s Promod Camaro
By Agent DC on March 10, 2010

Jones Paint and Body is on a mission. The artist "lil" Jones has definitely become dynamic with paint schemes and airbrushing. Agent DC received these spy photos of Kenny Acree’s new Promod Camaro.  The Outlaw Racing Street Car Association (ORSCA) racer purchased this bad to the bone hot rod last year some time, exiting his Chevy Lumina.  Casey Prince has obtained driving duties of Acree’s Chevy Lumina and will compete in 5.30 and 5.00 events. Acree will now complete in the 4.70 Heads Up Class and various heads up events.



John Sullivan Gets a New Ride
Mar.10

PHOTOS: New Hot Rod in John Sullivan's Stable; Dodge Stratus
by TJ Pruitt on March 10, 2010

DragCoverage.com member John Sullivan, aka "lil john," has posted pictures of the new hotrod that has entered their stable.  "Lil" John Sullivan will be behind the wheel of this beautiful Dodge Stratus in 2010.  The Sullivans compete in various Heads Up Races across the South East and are known to turn the win light on quite often.



Solid Rock 1971 Mustang Mach I Nostlagia Funny Car Complete
Mar.10

PHOTOS: Solid Rock 1971 Mustang Mach I Nostlagia Funny Car Complete
by TJ Pruitt on March 10, 2010

The final touches to the Solid Rock 1971 Mustang Mach I nostalgia funny car have been completed.  DragCoverage.com received these photos from Rocky Ausec and this is one bad to the bone hotrod.  The funny car will be on display at the Race and Performance Expo at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. on March 6th & 7th. It will be displayed in conjunction with the Engine Challenge that is put on by the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow organization



More Technology Launches MoTecOnline.com
Mar.10

Will Bringing New and Innovative Tools to Motorsports

More Technology, MoTec, was created to facilitate the implementation and distribution of new, innovative, and useful tools to the motorsports industry. With the slogan, putting More Technology in your hands, MoTec will do just that.

The leadership team is comprised of entrepreneurs with a variety of experiences in motorsports, government, marketing, finance, and consulting. This valued knowledge allows MoTec to provide technological advancing tools to the motorsports industry. These tools have been utilized in other industries with great results.

MoTec will provide a variety of instruments that will increase on track performance through gathering clear and precise visual data. When races are won and lost within a blink of an eye, technological innovations make the difference. MoTec understands the motorsports industry and the mindset of all racers, professional and sportsman alike.



Beal Racing Engines team up with EOPM
Mar.10

The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod club is proud to officially announce Beal Racing Engines as an associate sponsor for the 2010 season.  Talking with Andy Beal owner of Beal Racing Engines, Stuart Williams learned that Beal has been building engines for over 15 years.  Beal Racing Engines build all type of engines for nitrous horsepower, supercharged horsepower, and naturally aspirated horsepower combinations.  Beal Racing Engines specialize in bracket racing 565 engines to doorslammer racing 738 nitrous engines.  Beal Racing Engines handle all machine work in house. 

They are located in Thomasville, NC and can be reached at 1-336-476-5410.  The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods are thrilled to have Andy Beal Racing Engines support for the innagural 2010 season with the long term goal of helping each other grow.  Look for more news soon as Beal Racing Engines could be named as the title sponsor of the EOPM race at Richmond Dragway.  



A Pro Mod dream becomes a reality
Mar.10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 8) -- After a decade of existence as an exhibition class, the Pro Mod cars are now a fully sanctioned NHRA class, and team owner/driver Roger Burgess couldn't be happier.

"A lot of people contributed a lot of time and effort to make this happen," Burgess said. "By becoming an official class it legitimizes everything we've been doing. Racing for Wally (trophies) is going to be very exciting. Everyone wants one of those little gold men. They are the NHRA's iconic symbol of success.

"Being on ESPN2 also will help tremendously, especially with bringing corporate sponsors to the table for all of our competitors. This is big year for us."

Since the announcement of the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, the requests for a spot in the elite field have gone off the charts.



NHRA LODRS Results from Atlanta
Mar.10

COMMERCE, Ga. (March 8, 2010) – In the final results from Atlanta Dragway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Duane Shields, Bolder City, Nev., and Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif. took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

COMP ELIMINATOR

Frank Aragona Jr., Freehold, N.J., dragster, F/ED, 8.193, 159.72  def. Grant Lewis, Jesup, Ga., '05 Grand Am, H/AA, 8.606, 155.65.

SUPER STOCK
Mike Tueffel, Browns Summit, N.C., '98 Grand Am, SS/BM, 8.658, 159.36  def. Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., '95 Camaro, SS/JA, foul.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Craig Marshall, Canal Winchester, Ohio, '74 Dart, E/SA, 11.197, 98.64  def. Luke Bogacki, Woodville, Ala., '69 Nova, AA/SA, foul.

SUPER COMP
Ray Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, 8.931, 171.90  def. Larry Roberts, Laurens, S.C., dragster, 8.958, 179.73.

SUPER GAS
David Tatum III, Palmetto, Ga., '05 Cavalier, 9.945, 163.87  def. Bruce Duncan, Crawfordville, Fla., '03 Cavalier, 9.925, 160.65.

SUPER STREET
Donnie Gibbs Jr, Mooresville, N.C., '71 Nova, 10.920, 124.82  def. Bobby Taylor Jr, Orlando, Fla., '89 Camaro, 10.947, 128.64.

TOP DRAGSTER
Phillip Oakley, Owensboro, Ky., dragster, 6.849, 181.81  def. Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., dragster, 7.138, 183.89.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Billy Vaughn, Knoxville, Tenn., '95 Monte Carlo, 7.025, 193.43  def. Jeff Pittman, Conover, N.C., '68 Chevelle, 7.035, 190.59.



Pro Slammers, On Fire with $5000 Payout
Mar.10

The 7 Second Pro Slammers Association is gaining momentum as the word of the $5000 guaranteed payout at the first event spreads.  With a guaranteed purse to the winner and runner up; it’s no wonder why this association has spread like a wild fire.  At the request of multiple teams, Pro Slammers will have a special test session held at Sacramento Raceway on March 27th in preparation for the first race, “Funny Car Fever” hosted by 619 Promotions.  Since its inception, the newly formed class has drawn a lot of interest from teams in and around California, Arizona and even as far as Alaska.  “In today’s economy if you want to make it you’d better give something to the racers or they will park their cars and that’s what Pro Slammers is here for.  We didn’t have a choice we had to start this association because of a need to fill the gaps of classes falling off, others having too many rules and let’s face it the fans want “heads up” 7.0 racing.  Just look at the trend of the TV shows and most track formats, it’s clear to see where the demand is”, says the PDSCA.

Teams are signing up from Nevada and Oregon that are going to run with the Pro Slammers and that is great news for a new association.  Daryl Jensen’s 59 Corvette; John Overholser’s beautiful 1956 Chevy ; along with Howard Anderson’s 38’ Chevy Coupe; and The Mallicoat Brothers 68 Cuda are just a few of the guys that support this class.  The emails and calls are rolling in and we believe that Pro Slammers will be a premier class on the West Coast.  There are a lot of guys who needed this to happen, either because of finances or just wanted to try something different.



Kurt Busch to compete in the Gatornationals this Weekend
Mar.10

Kurt Busch is Drag Racing This Weekend
by Agent DC on March 10, 2010

2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch will return to his drag racing roots during the 41st running of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals March 11-14 at historic Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway. The driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing is set to get behind the wheel of his rebuilt 1970 Dodge Challenger next weekend to compete against a field of between 70 and 90 veteran “Super Gas” racers who no doubt will be champing at the bit to line up against one of the biggest names in motorsports.



Mike Hill Vs Edmund Hall Part II Coverage
Mar.10

Mike Hill VS Edmund Hall Part II Coverage
March 6, 2010 (Montgomery, AL) -- Mike Hill and Edmund Hall could not have asked for a better day to grudge race. The weather was beautiful! DragCoverage was planning to cover the race live, but I (TJ) decided to try my luck in the 6.00 Heads Up Class.



NHRA Announces Pro Mod Tv Schedule
Mar.05

GLENDORA, Calif. -- The inaugural NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, which begins at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals March 11-14, will be featured on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD.

ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise ten 30-minute highlight shows of the racing action from select NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events. The shows, to be aired on a taped delay basis, will recap the weekend’s events including final elimination coverage of the 16-car fields.


BRODIX Presents TIBR “Live” in 2010
Mar.05

BRODIX Cylinder Heads Presents ThisIsBracketRacing.com “Live” in 2010
 
Woodville, AL: ThisIsBracketRacing.com has announced it’s 2010 schedule of “Live” at-track sportsman drag racing schools. This season’s TIBR “Live” schedule is presented by BRODIX Cylinder Heads and will feature seven separate venues throughout the United States. Six of the schools are standard on-track driving courses for competitors in Box, No Box, and Footbrake competition; with one school reserved for Junior Dragster competitors specifically

The 2010 schedule of ThisIsBracketRacing.com “Live” Driving Schools presented by BRODIX Cylinder Heads kicks off March 31-April 1 at Atco Raceway in Atco, NJ where ThisIsBracketRacing.com’s own Luke Bogacki will be joined by 5-time NHRA World Champion Peter Biondo. A few weeks later, on April 16-17, TIBR “Live” will return to Mo-Kan Dragway in Joplin, MO for the third annual school at the fabled facility. There, Bogacki will be joined by Super Class standout Tommy Phillips..



Huntsville Engine King of the Coast Kicks off with over 200 entries
Mar.05

Huntsville Engine King of the Coast Kicks off with over 200 entries
by K.O.C. Media

Feb. 20 & 21, 2010. The Huntsville Engine "King of the Coast" Bracket Series Kicked off it's 6th Season of racing this past weekend as the Bracket Bash invaded Gulfport Dragway in Gulfport, MS. With a good weather forecast in store racers from Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas made the trip to Gulfport Dragway hoping to cash in on the $26,000 Weekend Purse 



Solid Rock '71 Mustang on Display at Exp
Mar.05

The Solid Rock, a 1971 Mustang Mach I nostalgia funny car will be on display at the Race and Performance Expo at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. on March 6th & 7th.

It will be displayed in conjunction with the Engine Challenge that is put on by the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow organization.

The Engine Challenge is a high school competition where teams of five students compete against the clock. They compete with identical small block Chevy engines "dressed out" as to replicate engines found in today's muscle cars and hot rods. They work with hand tools using proper tear down and reassembly techniques.


Team Frantic Ford featured on cover of DRM
Mar.05

"Team Frantic" is very honored to announce that the Frantic Ford AA/FC will be featured in the upcoming issue of Drag Racer Magazine as well as  future issues to follow.

This multi-issue series is titled "The Frantic Ford Rides Again-A
Historical Perspective"(Part 1 of 3)

Travel through time and experience the evolution of the Frantic Ford
AA/Fuel Coupe. This exciting series will take you from the very
beginnings right up to our current day operation.





Goodyear's D4305 Drag Radial Takes Victory in Georgia
Mar.05

Goodyear's D4305 Drag Radial Takes Victory in Georgia
by Agent DC on March 10, 2010

Sometimes tires scream and sometimes they screech. But Sunday, at the ORTC/UORS Night The Lights Went Out Outlaw Radial Tire Championship at South Georgia Motorsports Park, Goodyear’s D4305 DOT drag radial tire made a statement. The race drew cars with wildly differing drag racing applications and matched purpose-built drag racing slick tires



Antrown Brown Speaks...
Mar.03

Antron Brown Statement on Feb. 21 Accident
by Schumacher Racing on March 3, 2010

Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel driver Antron Brown would like to extend his condolences to the family and friends of a woman who was killed on Sunday at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz. on Feb. 21. Brown said "My heart and my prayers go out to the woman's family and friends," Brown said. "Our focus is on the family's well being during this very challenging time.



VP Racing Fuels Statement on Phoenix
Mar.02

VP Statement on Phoenix Traction Issues; It's Not Our FAULT
In response to several queries we've received and blogs that have been posted regarding the traction compound used at Firebird International Raceway which led to the postponement of the NHRA races there this past week, we want to confirm that VP's Lane Choice was not involved in any way.  VP's Lane Choice traction compound has never been purchased or used at Firebird.


Hinds Motorsports back with lots of updates for 2010 PMRA tour
Mar.02

New Look for Hinds Motorsports in 2010
by PMRA on March 2, 2010

Al Hinds Motorsports is very excited to announce its return to Pro Modified Racing Association competition for the 2010 season with major backing from Wakefield Canada, under the Castrol SLX banner. 



ADRL Bans Use of Titanium Studs
Mar.02

ADRL Bans Use of Titanium Wheel Studs; Issues Other Rules

The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) announced today that titanium wheel studs are prohibited in all professional classes, effective immediately, and the rule will be checked for compliance beginning Mar. 19-20, at the season-opening Universal Technical Institute Dragpalooza VI presented by Safety-Kleen.

“The ADRL has been monitoring this issue for the past year and last week during our monthly Rules Committee meeting, committee members voted unanimously to ban the use of titanium wheel studs in all professional categories,” Tom Grooms of the ADRL Technical Services division said. “So, all ADRL competitors are advised to make this immediate change.”

Additionally, ADRL Technical Services reiterated that all Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous entries are required to have full-floating rear-end housings this season, as per the 2010 ADRL rules. However, recognizing that certain teams may still need time to comply, Grooms said a one-event extension to rule implementation has been granted.

“Our Rules Committee voted to allow ADRL teams a one-race exemption, but we want to make it very clear that everyone must be in full compliance with this rule by Apr. 23-24, at the Hardee’s Georgia Drags VI at Valdosta, Georgia,” Grooms stated. “There will be no exceptions made once we get to Georgia.”



Have You Considered Race Car Insurance?
Mar.02

Have you considered purchasing Race Car Insurance?
Race car driving has always been a popular sporting event in the United States. When driving at such high speeds, there are many things that can happen that could cause an accident.

Because car racing is such a high risk sport and race cars are very expensive, drivers understand the risks involved with the sport.


DragCoverage.com Media
Feb.28

VIDEO: DragCoverage.com takes a ride with Timmy Smith - In-Car Video
by T.J. Pruitt on February 29, 2010

DragCoverage.com took a ride with Roanoke Mafia racer Timmy Smith at the Super 7 Series opener on February 27, 2010 at Montgomery Motorsports Park.  The big dollar bracket race winner took DC for a ride at nearly 140 mph during time trials of the $20,000 to win bracket race.  DC will feature more in-car videos throughout the year. 


2010 Million Dollar Race at Indy
Feb.27

Randy Folk has announced the location for the 2010 Million Dollar Race. The popular Bracket Racing event founded by George Howard will be helnd at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, IN.  O'Reilly will provide the facility and track.

Parking for the event will begin on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. The races will start on Thursday September 9th through September 12th.




ADRL Offering Printable Tickets Online
Feb.27

Beginning today, the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is providing race fans the ability to print tickets to its national events from the comfort and convenience of their own computer.

“This new online service will ensure that anyone with a computer and printer will be able to obtain tickets to our events. We have thousands of fans who travel to see each of our events and they don’t want to wait until they get near the track to pick up their tickets. It will also be easier for teams and sponsors to get tickets without having to track them down in-market,” Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune explained. “Basically, this program is being offered as a convenience for our fans and track partners and we’re confident it will make things easier for everyone involved.”


ADRL and House of Hot Rods Present ‘Eye Candy’ to Dallas Car Show Goers
Feb.27

ADRL and House of Hot Rods Present ‘Eye Candy’ to Dallas Car Show Goers
by ADRL Media on January 28, 2010
The House of Hot Rods “Eye Candy” display at this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Autorama Car Show in downtown Dallas, Texas, will feature sweet rides and sweet treats, courtesy of the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), which will be providing complimentary candy to Dallas Autorama fans.



NHRA Statement on Phoenix Crash
Feb.22

Woman Killed By Debris After NHRA Crash
by Agent DC on February 22, 2010

A woman who was struck by a tire earlier today at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital this evening. The tire became detached from Antron Brown's dragster following an incident during the first round of eliminations. Brown was not injured.

NHRA is investigating the incident. The entire NHRA community is deeply saddened by today's incident and sends its thoughts and prayers to the woman's family and friends.



Prostock Eliminations to run during Gatornats
Feb.22

ELIMINATIONS FOR PRO STOCK CATEGORY TO BE RUN DURING QUALIFYING AT THE TIRE KINGDOM NHRA GATORNATIONALS

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds of Pro Stock for the NHRA Arizona Nationals will be run during qualifying at the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, NHRA officials announced today.

Due to forecasted cold weather and persistent rain, the unfinished rounds will be completed during the second, third and fourth rounds of qualifying for the event in two weeks at the historic Florida dragstrip.

The quarterfinal pairs will be matched up during the second round of qualifying Friday, March 12, with the semifinal pairs matched up during third round of qualifying and the final round matched up during the final round of qualifying Saturday, March 13th. The runs will occur during the scheduled qualifying sessions of the event and the times posted during those runs will count toward qualifying for the event. 

The completion of the NHRA Lucas Oil Series portion of this event will be conducted during next weekend's NHRA Division 7 event here.
 


Mountain View team regroups after Phoenix accident
Feb.22

Deceglie regroups after Phoenix accident
Mountain View Racing driver Vinnie Deceglie emerged unhurt following a high-speed accident during Pro Stock qualifying at this weekend’s Arizona NHRA Nationals in Phoenix. Deceglie was in the left lane, attempting to better an earlier 6.66-second run, when the team’s Dodge Avenger lost traction

and made contact with the left side retaining wall. The car turned over and slid across the finish line on its roof before coming to a stop in the shutdown area.



Force Continues Early-Season Resurgence in Arizona
Feb.22

Force Continues Early-Season Resurgence in Arizona; NHRA Arizona Nationals
by NHRA on February 22, 2010

NHRA icon John Force continued his early-season resurgence by reaching his second straight final round before racing was postponed Sunday at the 26th NHRA Arizona Nationals.

Weather delays moved racing into the early evening and deteriorating conditions forced the postponement. Racing will resume Monday at 10 a.m. MT with finals in Top Fuel and Funny Car and quarterfinals in Pro Stock.




NHRA Statement
Feb.21

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A woman who was struck by a tire earlier today at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital this evening. The tire became detached from Antron Brown's dragster following an incident during the first round of eliminations. Brown was not injured.

NHRA is investigating the incident. The entire NHRA community is deeply saddened by today's incident and sends its thoughts and prayers to the woman's family and friends.


No Joke: Nostalgia Funny Cars Serious Business at March Meet
Feb.18

No Joke: Nostalgia Funny Cars Serious Business at March Meet
by  Rob Gibson

A funny thing is happening on the way to the 2010 March Meet nostalgia drag race: Funny Cars are having the last laugh - seriously. With 32 entries - the largest field since 1980 - and 14-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force tabbed as this year's Grand Marshal, Nostalgia Funny Cars will indeed reign supreme at the 52nd running of the March Meet, Mar. 5-7 at historic Auto Club Famous Raceway in McFarland, Calif.


Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) News and Rumors for 2010
Feb.18

Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) News and Rumors for 2010
The PSCA is a West Coast heads up association that is, in my opinion, one of the most unique Drag Racing organization. The cars and entries are some of the baddest hotrods on this planet. Attending a PSCA event in Las Vegas is on the "to-do" list for DragCoverage.com. The following are PSCA news and rumors for 2010.




ParkerTech Racing's New Direction for 2010
Feb.18

Milford, Michigan:  Driver Bobby Martin called Frank and Dan Parker “One of the most powerful tuning duos in the sport.”  Team Patriarch Dan Parker said, “We’re tickled to death with Bobby’s performance.”  This isn’t exactly a war of words.  It’s about the potent combination of Parkertech Racing and Bobby Martin that produced a U.S. Nationals win, a Division 3 Championship with the Spitzer Cup as a bonus, a top ten national finish, and a Division 3 Pro/Sportsman Driver of the Year award, all in just two seasons.   ParkerTech and Martin will go in separate directions in 2010. 


NHRA Member Tracks to Host State Champs
Feb.18

NHRA MEMBER TRACKS TO HOST NHRA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2010) -- The National Hot Rod Association is pleased to announce the formation of the NHRA State Championship, a new special event program for its member tracks and E.T. Bracket racers beginning in the 2010 season.  With member tracks across the country as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico, the program will recognize and award grassroots racers with a unique specially designed NHRA State Championship “Wally” plaque.

Much like State High School Athletic Associations that conduct state championships in various school sporting events, the NHRA will designate and recognize one annual event per state where NHRA member tracks are present as the official “NHRA State Drag Racing Championships.”

NHRA State Championship events will be held at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Ga., Sept. 5; Coles County Dragway USA in Charleston, Ill., July 12; Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wis., July 17; and at Kearney Raceway Park in Kearney, Nebr., July 31 and Aug. 1.  Other state and province will be listed on the NHRA divisional Web sites and NHRA.com.

E.T. Bracket categories that are part of the NHRA Summit Racing Series and a Jr. Dragster class contested within the state and NHRA geographic division will receive “Official NHRA State Championship” designation.  

The new program will join NHRA’s current National DRAGSTER Challenge, NHRA Aerospace Components King of the Track and NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge line-up of special events.




Bo Simpson's Nova gets a Makeover
Feb.17

Bo Simpson's Nova Gets a Make-Over!
by Agent DC on February 17, 2010

Now this has to be the make-over of the year. Knoxville, TN racer and DragCoverage.com user Bo Simpson decided to paint his 4.70 Promod Nova over the offseason.  The racer transformed this maroon hotrod into a blue dynamite machine that can be entered into any car show. Simpson plans to compete in several 4.70 Heads Up Promod events across the South East in 2010.



Johnny Gray signs major sponsorship contract
Feb.17

Johnny Gray signs major sponsorship contract
by Agent DC on February 17, 2010

Johnny Gray has signed an agreement with TBC Retail Group as the major sponsor of the SKI Racing Inc. two-car Gray Motorsports Pro Stock team.

TBC Retail Group, headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., operates more than 1,250 automotive service centers in 40 states. United under Service Central, the brand name of the automotive services offered exclusively at Tire Kingdom, NTB-National Tire and Battery



Good Start for Luke Bogacki; Wins Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Event in Bradenton
Feb.17

Good Start for Luke Bogacki; Wins Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Event in Bradenton
BY LUKE BOGACKI ON FEBRUARY 17, 2010

Luke Bogacki earned the first Super Comp Lucas Oil Divisional trophy of the 2010 season at the NHRA Division 2 opener at Bradenton Motorsports Park last weekend. Bogacki, at the wheel of his ThisIsBracketRacing.com backed, American Race Cars built dragster, took the title in odd fashion. As he completed the burnout prior to his semi-final bye run, Bogacki watched in horror



Mardi Gras Explosion Race This Weekend!
Feb.16

Due to the Rain, Snow, and other crazy weather in Alabama, race promoters were forced to reschedule the 1st Annual Mardi Gras Explosion to this Weekend at Montgomery Motorsports Park. The classes will remain the same.


Heads Up Racing Action in the Place this weekend!



Ken Grant's Heavy Chevy 1500
Feb.16

C1500 Sleeper: Ken Grant's Heavy Chevy 1500
For this month’s DragCoverage.com “Featured Ride,” we decided to pay homage to one cool garage-built Cheverolet Silverado.  Ken Grant, Americus, GA, has definitely built one unique sleeper, weighing in at nearly 3,900 lbs.



Jeff Rodger's Huge Nitrous Explosion
Feb.16

VIDEO: Huge Nitrous Explosion; Shakes the Glass in the Tower
by T.J. Pruitt on February 16, 2010

Check out this video from Sunday's race at Shakedown at Etown 2009 at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. After a long smokey burnout and nitrous purge, Jeff Rodger's Executioner Mustang had a huge Nitrous Explosion.  The announcer said that he has never ever seen a nitrous explosion this bad. It shook the glas in the tower. There is no doubt that the this explosion could have been much worst, but fortunately the crew were able to kill the source.


Derek Hawker team ready to debut Corvette for PMRA season
Feb.16

Derek Hawker to debut '63 Corvette for 2010 Season; Gets Rid of Nitrous adds Super Charger
by PMRA on February 16, 2010

After running just one year in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, Derek Hawker decided to upgrade and increase his racing effort, with the Pro Modified Racing Association.

So the Hawker Racing Team, based near Belleville, Ontario, took his two-year old 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, removed the tunnel ram-injected engine, and replaced it with a 526-cubic inch Alan Johnson supercharged unit complete with a PSI Supercharger, Atchison Fuel System, and a Lenco three-speed on the back of the engine.


Results from Bradenton NHRA DIV Race
Feb.16

Luke Bogacki Scores in Super Comp!
BRADENTON, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2010) – In the final results from Bradenton Motorsports Park and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., and Mickey Ferro, Stamford Conn., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Shields worked his way through the field and ran 5.384 seconds at 2.72.97 mph in his final round victory over Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo Calif., who clocked in at 5.391 seconds, 262.31 mph.


NHRA's Environmental Management
Feb.16

NHRA announces environmental management responsibility for all participants

Recognizing the need to further protect the environment at racing venues, NHRA has announced a new environmental management policy for all NHRA events and/or facilities, effective at all NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events beginning with the NHRA Gatornationals, March 11-14.

The program involves three primary rules that must be followed regarding the use, possession, and disposal of regulated waste. First and foremost, each participant must participate online in a mandatory training session regarding environmental uses as they relate to racing. The training presentation will be available on the National Event Registration Web site after participants log in to their account. Second, no halogenated or chlorinated brake cleaners may be used at NHRA events or facilities. And, finally, the responsibility of compliance with federal, state, and local regulations belongs to the participant.

NHRA will post information provided by tracks on the national registration Web site when provided by the national event facilities.

NHRA intends to work with government entities, agencies, and tracks to monitor and enforce the new environmental management program. Penalties, for noncompliance, will be assessed by NHRA, with a minimum $1,000 fine imposed for any violation.

The entire environmental management responsibility program as well as the training session will be posted on the registration Web site. When competitors log in to their account, they will be required to complete the training and sign the agreement before they can complete the registration process. 


Force Ends 40-Race Winless Streak with 50th Winternationals Win
Feb.16

Force Ends 40-Race Winless Streak with 50th Winternationals Win
by NHRA on February 16, 2010

POMONA, Calif. – On a weekend in which NHRA paid tribute to its rich history during the 50th running of the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals, NHRA legend John Force turned back the clock himself by winning for the first time in a year-and-a-half.

The other winners at the season-opening event in the 23-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season were Larry Dixon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock). All three final rounds featured drivers who ranked in the top-10 on the all-time wins lists in their respective classes. 


Waters Extends Agreement with Moser
Feb.12

Waters Motorsports and Moser Engineering Announce Agreement Extension and Gear Up for 2010 Season.

After 3 amazing years of partnership, Moser Engineering announced this week it would be extending it's promotional support of multi-time IHRA National and Divisional Champion Danny Waters, Jr.  "I don't even know where to start.  The Moser Engineering family is compiled of just an outstanding group of people.  That goes all the way from the Moser family themselves, to their supportive and well educated staff.  Not only am I a racer for Team Moser, I am a dealer for them as well.  Their customer support is second to none, as is their product" stated the most excited Waters.

Once again, the Waters Motorsports arsenal of race vehicles will include the family's 2008 American Racecars Patriot Swing-Arm Dragster as well as their 1966 Chevy II.  Both of the team cars are loaded with Moser Engineering's finest of parts and Waters will keep a small supply of support parts and products on hand in the race trailer.  Contingency decals will also be available there at the track.  Please stop by and see them at an IHRA race near you. 


Al-Anabi to Back Matt Smith; Prostock Bike Heading to Quatar?
Feb.09

Al-Anabi to Back Matt Smith; Prostock Bike Heading to Quatar?
BY NHRA ON FEBRUARY 10, 2010

Former Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith has signed a major sponsorship deal with Al-Anabi Racing for the 2010 season. Smith confirmed that he will return to his Buell this season and resume his engine research and development program which he suspended with the end of the Torco sponsorships.

Smith said that his resumed program will include noted mountain motor Pro Stock engine builder Sonny Leonard. He believes that Pro Stock Motorcycle riders, primarily those on the Buells, will begin to align themselves with Pro Stock car engine builders. | Read More


1/24th Scale Model of a Garage
Feb.09

Your Ideal Garage; Work Bench, TV, Tools, etc
Take a close look at the photo below. It is a garage with tools scattered throughout, tires stacked, and a workbench with engine parts.  This is a pretty nice shop right?

Now, would you believe that it is a 1/24th scale model? | Read More


The Junk Yard - Time Forgotten
Feb.09

The Junk Yard - Time Forgotten; Yard Full of Antique Cars Found
BY T.J. PRUITT ON FEBRUARY 10, 2010

A SinglefingerSpeedShop user found an old junk yard somewhere in Michigan where the owner has passed and the land is being cleared. He was sworn to secrecy and would not post the location – do you blame him?  Most of the metal is beyond saving, but there are several bits and pieces that can be used; tons of trim, engine parts, etc.

While reading the post, it made me think of the old junk yards or cars that are stashed in backyards that are hidden treasures.  Riding down old country roads in Alabama, you are bound to come across similar findings | Read More



JEGS U.S. Open Bracket Championship
Feb.09

6th Annual JEGS U.S. Open Bracket Championship: The BIG GO of Bracket Racing!
 
Indianapolis, IN: The duo that brought you the first and longest running “By Racers, for Racers” big dollar bracket event; Dave Szerlag and Mike Fuqua, in conjunction with O’Reilly Raceway Park and presenting sponsors Steve Schmidt Competition Engines, Auto Meter, and Racecraft Chassis are proud to present the 6th annual JEGS U.S. Open Bracket Championship June 17-20 at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, IN. The sixth edition of bracket racing’s premier event will feature four great days of competition, and a purse in excess of $200,000.
 
The format of the 2010 event will be much like that of previous JEGS U.S. Open events. Thursday, action will kick-off with the American Race Cars Thursday Warm-Up. Racers will compete for a winners purse of $10,000 cash along with a 2010 American Race Cars Patriot Chassis! Friday and Saturday feature back-to-back $20,000-to-win events presented by DragstersForSale.com and the Fab Shop, respectively. Sunday, the weekend concludes with the Sullivan’s Tire $10,000-to-win event.
 
“The JEGS U.S. Open has established itself as one of the premier big dollar events in the country,” said co-promoter Dave Szerlag. “We’re not going to mess with a good thing. We’ve added a Door Car Only shootout, and we’re happy to have increased involvement from new sponsors; but for the most part the structure of the event is unchanged from 2009. Our goal as always, is to provide a great racing environment and give racers the opportunity to compete for huge purses without a monumental investment. Plus, I think we’ve succeeded in creating one of the most enjoyable, fun-filled events in all of sportsman racing.”


The SoundRacer V8 Experience; Everyone Needs One.
Feb.09

The SoundRacer V8 Experience; Everyone Needs One.
BY T.J. PRUITT ON FEBRUARY 10, 2010

Call me childish, but this gadget is pretty cool. The link to this youtube video was sent in by a DragCoverage.com viewer and it is a classic! Plug the SoundRacer V8 into your cigarette lighter and your car instantly has the sound of a high horsepower V8 engine.  According to the video, the sound is amplified through the sound system of your car | Read More



Photo Feature: TM Race Cars 1941 Willys
Feb.09

Photo Feature: TM Race Cars 1941 Willys
BY T.J. PRUITT ON FEBRUARY 10, 2010

Tommy Mauney and the staff at TM Race Cars have definitely outdone themselves with the construction of this 1941 Willys.  This car, one of Mauney's finest masterpieces, features all of the latest and greatest tricks from the shop.  Check out this beautiful ride within this photo feature | Read More



DieHard Backs Matt Hagan in 2010
Feb.09

Don Schumacher announced today that Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s iconic brand DieHard will be the primary sponsor of the Dodge Funny Car driven by Matt Hagan in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

The DieHard brand has been marketed by Sears since 1967. To help promote the DieHard battery chargers, portable power and inverters, Don Schumacher Racing will campaign the DieHard Dodge Funny Car, with associate sponsorship from shelor.com, in the 2010 NHRA series.

"We at DSR are proud to welcome DieHard into our family of outstanding supporters of our team," said Schumacher, DSR team owner. "The brand has been synonymous with automobile racing for 43 years, and we expect to continue to add to DieHard's long list of racing accomplishments during the 2010 NHRA season."

"The agreement between DieHard, one of the most trusted names in the automotive industry, and Don Schumacher Racing is a perfect match," said Erik Rosenstrauch, general manager of DieHard brand business unit, "Our involvement with one of the premier racing teams in NHRA further enables us to drive our business and engage consumers about the excitement behind DieHard."



U.S. Army, Antron Brown Join Forces
Feb.09

The U.S. Army announced today it has expanded its relationship with NHRA Top Fuel driver Antron Brown.

Brown, who piloted a U.S. Army Pro Stock Motorcycle for more than four seasons, will make personal appearances in key markets to assist the Army in reaching young Americans and their influencers.

"We're pleased to expand our relationship with Antron," said Lt. General Benjamin C. Freakley, Commander of the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "Antron did an outstanding job representing our Soldiers when he competed with the U.S. Army Suzuki and he's continued to work with us via the Youth & Education Services program the past two seasons



Berner Unveils New Summit Paint Scheme
Feb.07

Berner Completes Rendering of Summit Colors; Pontiac GXP
by Lisa Collier

Pete Berner's Pontiac GXP has never looked better as it now flies the familiar red, white and blue of Summit Racing Equipment in a unique and eye-catching design by Greg Ozubko. With its new look, the GXP is sure to cause a stir with onlookers as well as with opponents | Read More


Have You Considered Race Car Insurance? Get A Quote Today!
Feb.07

Have You Considered Race Car Insurance?
Get A Quote Today!

Racing has always been a popular sporting event in the United States. When driving at such high speeds, there are many things that can happen that could cause an accident Because car racing is such a high | Read More




Josh Peel's New Ride
Feb.05

Agent DC received this lead on local (Florida) racer Josh Peel.  The Outlaw Racing Street Car Association (ORSCA) racer has stepped up from his 1992 Limited Street Twin Turbo Camaro and purchased this 1941 Harry Glass Willys.





Debut of Frantic Ford Funny Car in 2010
Feb.05

Debut of Frantic Ford Nostalgia Funny Car
The long awaited debut of the Frantic Ford AA/Fuel Coupe Nostalgia Funny Car is right around the corner. Car should be ready for active competition up and down the eastern seaboard this coming May-June 2010 | Read More

The team of Freddy Frey, Bob Rosetty, Bobby Frey & "Big Al" Liebmann are set to bring you a "Blast from the Past" with the return of the legendary Frantic Ford AA/Funny Car.



Limited Edition 427 Corvette Auction
Feb.04

GM to Auction 427 Big-Block Z06 Corvette; proceeds go to Haiti
by TJ on February 4, 2010

General Motors will auction off a limited-edition 427 Cheverolet Corvette Z06 at the Barrett-Jackson auction on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Any proceeds from the sale will help fund relief efforts in Haiti.

The proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to help fund it’s work in Haiti which was destroyed after a devastating earthquake.  GM donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross | Read More


Safety Shut-off Transmitter/Receiver system to debut at Winternationals
Feb.03

Safety Shut-off Transmitter/Receiver system to debut at Winternationals
All participants in the Top Fuel dragster and Funny Car classes will be required to use an Electrimotion Safety Shut-off Receiver at the season-opening 50th annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline | Read More

The Safety Shut-off system is made up of two parts, (left) a vehicle-mounted receiver (arrow) and a guardwall-mounted transmitter (right).



Johannes R builds Lego American Cars
Feb.03

LEGO American Muscle Cars
by Agent on February 3, 2010

Johannes R is a classic american car enthusiast and has used his creativity to recreate different cars in various scales out of LEGO, mainly in 1:20-24 scale.  If you translate that, it’s about 8-10 wide for cars and 12 for trucks.  

The photo above represents a 1964 Chevelle Drag car.  The paint scheme was designed after the drag car “Chevelle” that competed in FHRA Drag Racing in the early 80s | Read More



Statement from Sheikh Khalid Al Thani
Feb.03

DOHA, Qatar - The following statement is provided on behalf of Sheikh Khalid Al Thani and Al Anabi Racing. Please direct any questions to Puvanesan Kay, Aequitas Law LLP (U.K. Barrister ) or Chris Rodi ,Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, (U.S. legal counsel) at info@aequitaslaw.com.

It has come to my attention that my and Al Anabi Racing's relationship with Mustafa Atat has recently been the subject of considerable discussion. The comments centred on Mustafa's involvement in a race in Detroit, Michigan, in 2001 which resulted in the tragic death of an innocent bystander. As a driver of the other car in that race, I understand that Mustafa has been charged with several serious crimes in the United States.

I did not come to know Mustafa until 2007 when he settled with his new family in Qatar. I do not know exactly what happened in Detroit, and do not fully understand the details of American law. In particular, I only recently learned that the murder conviction of the other driver in the Detroit race did not preclude Mustafa's being found guilty of that same crime, an unfamiliar notion in my country. As such, I do not think it is appropriate for me to attempt to respond to the many allegations that have been made about Mustafa.

There have also been allegations made about the integrity of our team and other members of the Al Thani family in Qatar. These comments have been categorically untrue and unnecessary. Some have even bordered on racist. Luckily, I know that the overwhelming majority of race fans are above these types of ad hominem attacks. I hope that, in the future, anyone who does not know me, my family or my team personally will attempt to do so before making baseless personal attacks.

Although I do not think my commenting on Mustafa's situation is appropriate, I also recognize that this situation continues to effect many people. Mustafa has been a talented and dedicated member of the Al Anabi Racing team. However, out of respect for all involved in the tragedy in Detroit, including the family of the victim and the others injured, and also out of respect for the United States racing community which has warmly welcomed me and many of my team members, I have asked Mustafa to separate himself from Al Anabi Racing here in Qatar. I expressed my hope that he will take the necessary steps to resolve his personal legal issues.



Plymouth Cuda on Ebay; Reserve Not Met
Feb.03

Plymouth Cuda on Ebay at $164,992.00; Reserve Not Met
by TJ Pruitt on February 3, 2010

Check out this ebay auction ad that is apparently one of a kind. It is a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 426; 1 of 284, according to the ad.  It has been fully restored and has all the matching numbers.  It even has the fender tags, dash plate, and door sticker.  

The auction will end on tomorrow, February 4th, and the bidding is up to $164,992. The reserve has not been met! I now realize the value of a Hemi Cuda | Read More



1968 Camaro Slams into parked car
Feb.03

VIDEO: 1968 Camaro Wrecks Into Parked Car
by DC on February 3, 2010

This is a WTF were you thinking video posted on youtube.   The driver of this Pro Street 1968 Camaro decided to smoke the tires a little and the axle broke.  The driver did all he could to save this beautiful ride, but he slammed the hot rod into a parked car. I’m sure the cost of repair wasn’t cheap.

Check out the hub at the end of the clip. | Read More



Knowles hires Chuck Ford as Crew Chief
Feb.03

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo./GRANT, Ala. (February 2, 2010) - Mike Knowles, owner and driver of the 1963 "Blown Money" Corvette Pro Mod, is pleased to officially announce that two-time world champion tuner and former crew chief of the year recipient Chuck Ford has joined Knowles Racing taking on the responsibilities of crew chief and tuner. The agreement is exclusive to Knowles and his team.


 
"In a game that is won and lost by thousandths of a second, it's not enough to have all the best parts and be able to cut a light if you're hoping to win a championship. The Pro Mod class is way too competitive, and the new NHRA series is going to be fierce. You've got to stack as many cards in your favor as possible, and adding Chuck really sets us up for a championship run in 2010," Knowles said. "I'm ecstatic that Chuck has agreed to come on board exclusively with our team.


Q&A with Antron Brown; NHRA Transcript
Feb.02

Antron Brown enters his third season behind the wheel of the Matco Tools dragster in 2010. The only driver in NHRA history to win races and lead the standings in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle, Brown looks to improve upon his third place finish in 2009 and earn his first NHRA championship. The Matco Tools flagship driver has 24 career NHRA wins, including a category-best six Top Fuel wins in 2009. With the 2010 NHRA season just around the corner - Feb. 11-14 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona - Brown talks about the upcoming 23-race NHRA journey.

Q: What are you thoughts entering the 2010 NHRA season?

BROWN: I'm very confident in our DSR Matco Tools race team. I feel that we're going to have a very competitive race car and I think becoming a part of the DSR organization gives us the maximum resources available, along with stability for our race team. I'm very excited to get to Pomona and to get the 2010 season going.

Q: After leading the standings for most of the season and not winning the championship last year, does that make you and the Matco team hungrier to win in 2010?

BROWN: Yes it does. It makes us hungry from the start and we're focused to improve on our performance last year. We really want to make sure we're on point when the Countdown begins at Indy because the last six races is where it all really counts. Last year showed you can just make the Countdown, but if you peak at the right time you can still win the championship, but we want to be consistent all season long.

Q: You won a category-best six races in 2009. Can you repeat that performance?

BROWN: Sure we can. We don't just want to repeat though. We want to do better each year. Last year we went to 10 final rounds, which is awesome, but the idea is to improve in 2010. The goal is to win as many races as we can, but it will be tough because the competition is outstanding in Top Fuel.



Productive testing for Greg Anderson & Line
Feb.02

Two months after taking home the trophy at the season-ending NHRA Finals Summit Racing teammates Greg Anderson and Jason Line returned to the racetrack, taking part in last week's test session at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL. Over the course of five days, the KB Racing crew worked tirelessly, logging well over 50 runs on three cars in preparation for the 2010 Full Throttle season with Ronnie Humphrey joining Line and Anderson behind the wheel.

This pre-season outing was crucial to Anderson, as it would be his first on-track experience with his brand-new Summit Racing Pontiac. Topping all Pro Stock participants at the Sunshine State test, the three-time champion posted a best effort of 6.522-seconds at 211.96 mph, a result that left him cautiously optimistic heading into the season-opening Winternationals.

"I think our test session went quite well," said Anderson. "We're obviously pleased to have run better than everyone else, but our primary goal for the week was to learn as much as we could, and we did. We have a new Rick Jones-built GXP that is slightly different from our last three RJ cars, and from the first run off the trailer, it performed flawlessly. It came out of the gate very smooth, without any of the usual new-car gremlins, and was fast and consistent.



Edmund Richardson's New TNT Dragster
Feb.01

Edmund Richardson's New TNT  Dragster
DragCoverage shot a few photos of Edmund Richardson’s  Sunset Racecraft powered 2010 TNT dragster at Montgomery Motorsports Park’s Hangover Nationals.  | Read More




1969 Camaro Pro Modified body to come
Feb.01

New 1969 Camaro Body Coming to Promodified Racing
by Bruce F. Mehlenbacher on February 2, 2010

Just before Christmas of 2009, Cynergy Composites put the finishing touches on its newest body, a 1969 Chevy Camaro, and shipped it off to noted Pro Modified builder Jim Salemi at G-Force Race Cars of Western New York.
 
Based in Southern Ontario, Cynergy has been at the forefront of body development in the popular Pro Modified class, and has raised the bar with the new Camaro | Read More 


Big changes in 2010 for Wagg and Bell T/S
Feb.01

WATERDOWN, ONTARIO (January 29, 2010) – With new major sponsorship involvement, the Top Sportsman team of Mike Wagg and Dave Bell should be a contender in this year’s Quick 32 Sportsman Series.
 
Thanks to funding from Patio Passport, the 1994 Dodge Daytona will be receiving big mechanical and cosmetic changes, according to Waterdown, Ontario’s Mike Wagg, who shares the driving chores with teammate Dave Bell of Grand Bend, Ontario.
 
“We’re getting rid of the red color on the car that everyone has seen for years,” said Wagg. “I don’t want to divulge the paint scheme yet, but we plan to debut the car at the Performance World Custom Car Show in Toronto in March.”
 
The Eddy Bryck chassis on the Daytona will be receiving a new KB block, which will be a lot lighter than the former 620-cubic inch Indy cylinder head engine.
 
A major change will be the tossing of the four-speed Lenco transmission for a state-of-the-art Powerglide automatic, something Bell will take some adjusting to.
 
“We had to get on the same playing field as the others,” explained Wagg about installing the Powerglide. “Now I’ve got to learn, but I’m not too concerned.”
 
Wagg added that he and Bell have been receiving a great deal of help and support from fellow door-slammer racer Kevin Wicke, who won the inaugural Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship in 2009.



NEOPMA Releases Schedule and New Logo
Feb.01

Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association releases 2010 schedule, adds Super Chevy and NHRA Unleashed to the series.

01-18-2010 Huntington, NY – The NEOPM’s 2010 season is set with 9 events for 2010 starting with Napa Day at the Drags May 1st at Virginia Motorsports Park. The NEOPM has doubled its quarter mile pro mod racing program from 2009, added a new series name, “1320 Pro Mod Warrior Series”, and added many new sponsors in what will be one of the best quarter mile pro mod racing series in the country.

 




DragCoverage.com joins Facebook
Jan.31

DragCoverage.com joins Facebook!
by T.J. Pruitt on January 30, 2010

DragCoverage.com, one of the fastest growing drag racing news sites, has joined the Social Network of Facebook.com. The social networking site is just the latest in the sites efforts to make information widely available. Become a fan of DragCoverage.com Today! | Read More



Kenny Koretsky and Greg Stanfield Team Up in 2010
Jan.31

Kenny Koretsky and Greg Stanfield Team Up in NHRA Prostock 2010
by Joe Sherk on January 31, 2010

Championship Kenny Koretsky has been intertwined with NHRA Pro Stock racing for more than 25 years, but the words championship contenders were seldom uttered when discussing his teams. But that is about to change | Read More



Johnny Jordan's first formal race car
Jan.31

Johnny Jordan's first "formal" race car;
DragCoverage.com member Johnny Jordan describes what he calls his first “formal” race car.  This Pontiac Super Duty was used in competition in B Stock with elapsed times in | Read More




CAR FEATURE: Pro Street 1985 Ford Thunderbird; Basically Stock!
Jan.31

CAR FEATURE: Pro Street 1985 Ford Thunderbird; Basically Stock!
by T.J. Pruitt on January 22, 2010

Ford Thunderbirds are becoming more uncommon by the day. You rarely even seen them on the dragstrip.Maybe that’s why Don Popham and his father Roger Popham put together this neat Thunderbird that I ran into on Saturday at Montgomery Motorsports Park’s Hangover Nationals. This is an example of a budget operation  | Read More



In-Car Video: Ken Rainwater 4.36, 168 MPH. Opponent Almost Wrecks
Jan.31

IN-CAR VIDEO: Ken Rainwater 4.36, 168 MPH. Opponent Almost Wrecks
by DC on January 31, 2010

Check out this in-car video of Ken Rainwater’s Outlaw 10.5 Mustang. I mean seriously, it has been a year or so since I last watched an ORSCA (Outlaw Racing Street Car Association) race, but I had no idea that the Outlaw 10.5 cars were running 4.30s.

His opponent’s chutes fail to deploy and almost wrecks at the top end | Read More



Lethal Performance GT500 Mustang
Jan.31

VIDEO: Wicked GT500 Ford Shelby
By T.J. Pruitt on January 31, 2010


This Lethal Performance built Ford Shelby GT500 mustang is the just plain bad to the bone, running an impressive 9.66 second quarter mile time at 146 miles per hour.  Check out this video posted on youtube.

This wicked Ford is powered by a 4.0 litter engine with a four inch pulley on the Whipple charged V8; 21.5psi.  The team was forced to use C16 fuel because methanol would blow the engine into pieces, although it can achieve a higher | Read More



Times are Tuff - Force Forced to Cut Back; Drops back to 3 Cars in 2010
Jan.31

Times are Tuff - Force Forced to Cut Back; Drops back to 3 Cars in 2010
by NHRA on January 31, 2010


Responding to an unpredictable economy, drag racing icon John Force on Thursday outlined a plan to ensure both the competitive and financial viability of John Force Racing Inc. for years to come. The plan has been a work in progress for more than a year.

The cornerstones of Force’s initiative are a reduction in the number of cars the team will support next season in its bid for an unprecedented 17th NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car world championship, relocation of all JFR racing resources | Read More



Dunn Benson added to EOPM Schedule
Jan.27

The Extreme Outaw Pro Mods are proud to announce that "The New Dunn Benson Dragway" will host two EOPM events this upcoming season.  Talking with Dunn Benson track owner Brian Williams a few times this week, Stuart Williams was able to gain June 5th and September 18th as dates that the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods will bring "the New Show" to "The New Dunn Benson".  During their conversations Stuart Williams was able to learn why the staff now call it "The New Dunn Benson".  "Brian has done over 1 million dollars in track renovations during the off-season.  These guys are serious about becoming one of the premier 1/8th mile track in North Carolina" said Stuart.  Some of the renovations to Dunn Benson Dragway included, the installation of a new ticket booth, and a new scale house. 

The track itself will become a racers delight as the all concrete surface was widened to 50 feet, and also lasercut and polished.  There has been new asphalt placed from the finish line on, with the addition of another 150 feet of shut down area.  "We didnt want anyone feeling like they didn't have enough room to shut down.  We look forward to seeing the track record being broken many times this year"  said Brian Williams. 


Extreme Outlaw Promods adds KDS
Jan.27

The hottest doorslammer club known as the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods have now added Kinston Dragway to their fastly growing 2010 schedule.  Stuart Williams talked to KDS track owner Bobby Smith this week, and have now secured May 1st as another date where "the New Show" will entertain doorslammer fans at Kinston Dragway. 

"I would personally like to thank Mike Anderson of Sumerduck Dragway for speaking on our behalf" said Williams.  "We raced at Kinston a few years ago, and had a great time with Mr. Smiths staff and fans.  We look forward to bringing "the New Show" to Kinston Dragway this year" Williams finished.







Old 1980s Photos from Atmore Dragway in Atmore, AL
Jan.27

1980s Photos from Atmore Dragway
John Claxton started a thread on the DragCoverage.com forum that has several images from the 1980s at Atmore Dragway. Atmore Dragway was definitely the place to be every weekend and several racers jump started there career at this 1/8th mile facility that several call home | Read More





First Editor of National Dragster Dies
Jan.27

Dick Wells, the first editor of National DRAGSTER and a longtime member of the NHRA Board of Directors, died late Monday night from complications after heart surgery last November. He was 75.

A member of both the NHRA board of directors and the NHRA Wally Parks Museum board of directors, SEMA Industry Hall of Famer Wells began his long and storied career in motorsports as National DRAGSTER's first editor in 1960.

"Dick loved the NHRA and everything about drag racing and the world of performance," said Dallas Gardner, NHRA chairman of the board. "His passion led him to a lifetime of contribution that, simply put, made things better. His efforts and influence touched everyone. He was a great part of the leadership that saw the sport grow to what it has become today. We will miss him for his participation, but we will miss him more as a friend."

As the original editor of National DRAGSTER, Wells laid the foundation for what would become drag racing's most famous publication. He joined the NHRA Board of Directors in 1979 and has been an important force behind the scenes for the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body since then.



Sunken Bugatti in Italy Auctioned for Big Bucks; $321,000
Jan.27

Sunken Bugatti in Italy Auctioned for Big Bucks; $321,000
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 27, 2010

Back in January, Yahoo Cars published a report stating that a rare Bugatti had been discovered and rescued from the bottom of a lake in Italy. Despite the condition, the car would be auctioned for an estimated £80,000, about $112,000 U.S. Dollars.

The car was lot number 250 in the Retromobile Salon, a top notch auction in Paris, and brought a surprising $321,000, nearly 3 times as much as expected. | Read More



GM's Latest CEO not a car guy;
Jan.27

GM’s Appointed CEO Not a Car Guy
BY DC ON JANUARY 27, 2010

The spirit of GM enthusiast was not lifted by the appointment of Ed Whitacre.  Whitacre, a retired CEO of AT&T Corp, made the mistake of saying “I don’t know anything about cars.  A business is a business, and I think I can learn about cars. I’m not that old, and I think the business principles are the same.”

Whitacre is 67 years old and was appointed CEO of a crippled General Motors Company last year by president Barak Obama. | Read More



MMP Super 7 Series Kicks off Feb.26!
Jan.27

The popular "Super 7 Series" at Montgomery Motorsports Park is only 1 month away with $20,000 to win each day! The race will also feature $5,000 to win on Friday and Saturday. Over $100,000 for the taking this one weekend!


Copart, Inc. Named Official Online Auction
Jan.26

Copart, Inc. Named Official Online Vehicle Auction of NHRA

GLENDORA, Calif. -- NHRA announced today that Copart, Inc., a leading provider of vehicle auction services, has been named the Official Online Vehicle Auction of NHRA. The agreement follows Copart's designation last September as the primary sponsor of Kenny Bernstein Racing's Top Fuel dragster driven by Brandon Bernstein.

"Copart is jumping into the sport in a big way, with a comprehensive program that will give them access to NHRA's core audience at all levels," said Gary Darcy, senior vice president of sales and marketing, NHRA. "We have the perfect audience to align with their core business and the program will educate our fans about how Copart.com has more than 50,000 vehicles each day for sale online, and is the place for car enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers to find a great deal on a great vehicle."


Brogdon Bringing New Attitude to Pro Stock in 2010
Jan.26

Brogdon Bringing New Attitude to Pro Stock in 2010
HOUSTON, Tex. - When the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle season begins, Rodger Brogdon and the Steve Kent Racing Pro Stock team will have a whole new Attitude when they roll through the gates for the first race of the year in Pomona, CA.

The team's new Jerry Haas Pontiac GXP will feature the bold new colors, look and logo of Attitude Apparel, the clothing line that Brogdon purchased mid-season last year.| Read More


Snyder Going Extreme Pro Mod Racing
Jan.26

(01-25-10) DeMotte, IN - It has been a busy off season for 28 year old, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car standout, Mick Snyder, who will be taking on a new challenge this year, Pro Extreme Pro Modified racing in the ADRL. The second generation racer and his Dad, Larry, have been working hard to get a beautiful 63 split window Corvette ready for the first race in Texas this March.




Ebay Auction; Class C Model Replica
Jan.25

1914 Replica/Kit Homemade
BY DC ON JANUARY 23, 2010

We ran across this ebay auction last night and I must say – it is quite unique.  It is a homemade 1914 C Model Roadster.  Powered by a 350 chevy motor backed with a 700R transmission, you are sure to get plenty of horsepower with such a lightweight chassis. It has antilock brakes and a positive traction rear end.

The master cylinder, brake panel, and rear lines have been installed.  The owner was building it to look like the old red Baron and states that it would be the number one | Read More



Drag Racing when it was fun; Pocono Drag Lodge
Jan.25

1963 VIDEO: Drag Racing when it was fun; Pocono Drag Lodge
by T.J. Pruitt on January 23, 2010

The Pocono Drag Lodge (PDL) is the home of several drag race enthusiast, launched the careers of many, and captured the heart of others. It’s sad to see the remains of what was once the stomping grounds of many every weekend. The future of the track looked good with man stars racing there often, but in summer of 1972, Hurricane Agnes swept through the region and wiped out many businesses | Read More



"Ka Pow" Huge Nitrous Explosion
Jan.24

Video; Huge Nitrous Explosion at ORSCA Race MMP
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 12, 2010

Talk about a nitrous explosion. Check out this video of a Modified Street Car at the June 14, 2009 ORSCA (Outlaw Racing Street Car Association) race at Montgomery Motorsports Park. What goes through your mind when something like this happens? DOLLAR SIGNS! | Read More


DragCoverage.com Garage Feature
Jan.24

FEATURE: 1971 Drag Truck; Add your Garage Today!
BY T.J. Pruitt on January 22, 2010

DragCoverage.com has added a new feature; “Reader Garages.” Members can now add a hotrod to their profile and show off their ride. Add photos and give a detailed description of your hotrod. Profiles will be randomly featured on DragCoverage so create your garage today! Check out this 71 Drag Truck added by DC member 71DragTruck. | Read More 



Dennis Coover wins MMP Hangover Nationals
Jan.24

Dennis Coover wins MMP Hangover Nationals
Put the Hangover Nationals at Montgomery Motorsports Park, Montgomery, AL, in the books! Dennis Coover took home the title in Super Pro after defeating Leon Robertson in the finals | Read More




CAR FEATURE: Pro Street 1985 Ford Thunderbird; Basically Stock!
Jan.24

CAR FEATURE: Pro Street 1985 Ford Thunderbird; Basically Stock!
by T.J. Pruitt on January 22, 2010

Ford Thunderbirds are becoming more uncommon by the day. You rarely even seen them on the dragstrip.Maybe that’s why Don Popham and his father Roger Popham put together this neat Thunderbird that I ran into on Saturday at Montgomery Motorsports Park’s Hangover Nationals. This is an example of a budget operation  | Read More



Nascar changes rules in 2010
Jan.24

NASCAR To Relax Rules In 2010
by DC on January 22, 2010

After last fall's terrible Talladega race NASCAR has taken steps to, hopefully, improve the racing this year. Starting with the 2010 Daytona 500 NASCAR has decided to relax the rules that limit bump-drafting, increase the size of the restrictor plate to give the cars more horsepower and to allow the drivers to beat and bang a little more on the track | Read More



Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway Wreck
Jan.24

VIDEO: Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway; Camaro Hits the Guard Rail
BY T.J. Pruitt on January 22, 2010

Anyone ever heard of Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway? To give you a little history, there was a guy by the name of Julius Hughes, Jr. who was probably Atlanta's strongest proponent of sanctioned drag racing, according to georgiadragracing.com. In 1960 he and his wife Elaine opened the first speed shop in Georgia, The Atlanta Speed Shop.  In 1964, he purchased Newton County Dragway and changed the name to Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway. Until 1970, he held the largest drag race at this facility, "The Atlanta $10,000 race.  This video was filmed at "The Atanta Speed Shop Dragway." | Read More



Hyde Racing team to debut new car
Jan.24

Hyde Racing team to debut new car in Quick 32 Sportsman Series

STRATFORD, ONTARIO (January 20, 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 mentioned he 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 mentioned that the success of the team’s dragster program was due to crew chiefs Jim McCann and Rich Ingram.
 
“We want to thank Jim and Rich for all their help and guidance with the blower car,” Hyde said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without them. We relied on them constantly, and you can expect to see Jim and Rich around the Hyde pits again this year.”


Thunder Valley Bracket Challenge May 27-30
Jan.24

Introducing the Thunder Valley Bracket Challenge, May 27-30 at Bristol Dragway
 
Bristol, TN: Memorial Day weekend will bring the Thunder Valley Bracket Challenge to the fabled Bristol Dragway, as top bracket drivers from across the country will converge on the East Tennessee facility and do battle for a guaranteed weekend purse in excess of $300,000. The four-day big dollar event has been assembled and will be promoted and run by well known sportsman racers Dave Connolly, Jeff Strickland, and Don Strickland.
 
“This has been a brainchild of ours for a while,” explained multi-time NHRA and big dollar bracket winner Jeff Strickland. “We’ve talked about it and thought about it a lot, and we’ve tried to develop a race that we’d get excited about attending ourselves, as racers. Obviously, Dave, Dad and myself won’t be competing in our own event, but we’ve raced enough to know that certain formats and ideas can make the weekend more enjoyable.”


NHRA Qualifying 4-Wide at ZMax in 2010
Jan.24

For the first time in NHRA national event history, qualifying and eliminations for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle at an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event will be conducted four-wide instead of two, NHRA officials announced today.

The inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals is scheduled for March 25-28 at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, N.C.   NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition will be conducted in the traditional two-lane format, running some classes in the left two lanes and others in the right two lanes to assist with lane preparation and consistency.

The announcement comes just four months after NHRA conducted its first-ever four-lane exhibition at a national event, where nearly 30,000 horsepower blasted off at zMAX Dragway during the September running of the NHRA Carolinas Nationals. In separate runs, four Top Fuel dragsters and four Funny Cars competed in the four-wide event with everyone standing on their feet to witness the most spectacular five-seconds in motorsports.

“We had so much positive feedback from our fans and drivers after the four-lane exhibition last September that we were comfortable adding this unique twist to an official NHRA national event,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. “Once again, NHRA will be making history at zMAX Dragway. With all four of our Full Throttle Series categories competing in four-wide racing it will certainly be a spectacular event to see.”

“Watching these nitro cars thunder four-wide down the world’s only four-lane concrete strip is exactly what we had in mind when we built zMAX Dragway,” said Bruton Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports and creator of zMAX Dragway. “We’re making history with horsepower at the Bellagio of drag strips and race fans will be treated to a competition unlike any thing that’s ever been seen before. This will blow them away.”

The rules for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway will be as follows:

* Qualifying will be conducted using four lanes

* Each category winner will be determined in three rounds of eliminations

* The two drivers to cross the finish line first in each of the four first rounds of eliminations will advance to the second round

* The two drivers to cross the finish line first in each of the two second rounds of eliminations will advance to the final round

* Each final round will feature four drivers in each category, and the single driver to cross the finish line first in the final will be declared the winner of the race, the second runner-up and so on.

The NHRA Carolinas Nationals, Sept. 16-19, the second of six races in NHRA’s Countdown to 1 playoffs, will continue to be conducted using only two lanes at zMAX Dragway.




VP Racing Fuels Helps Pilots in Hati
Jan.24

VP Racing Fuels Helps Pilots Fly Supplies to Earthquake Victims in Hati
BY STEVE SCHEIDKER ON JANUARY 22, 2010
 
Moved by the images coming out of Haiti, Steve Burns, President of VP Racing Fuels, and his wife, Sandi, have stepped up to assist a mission being coordinated by Key West, Florida pilot Freddy Cabanas. A reknowned aerobatic performer for 30 years, Cabanas will be flying supplies directly to the starving island nation with a departure from Key West scheduled Saturday morning, January 23 | Read More



Vendor Spotlight : 40MM T-Shirts
Jan.24

For years, Mike Sutherland always wanted to start a clothing line and with the help of good friends Bryan Markiewicz and Mike Roncarti, the dream was realized.  The business began with the production of fifteen shirts that were distributed free of charge to family and friends.

Over the last couple of years 40MM has produced shirts for different occassions but has recently began concentrating on affordable yet stylish shirts for race teams and promoters.

The trio began to discuss names for the burgeoning business, looking for something unique and catchy. Forty Millimeter was a nick-name that Mike had picked up several years before from a friend who's brother was a Navy Seal. It seems most of the military branches have slang names for their weapons.  The seals referred to the 40MM grenade launcher as 40 Mic-Mic.(pronounced Mike-Mike).  The moniker was attached to Sutherland and he was known as 40 or 40MM.




Most Shocking Crashes
Jan.20

Scary crash from “Most Shocking”
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 21, 2010

Wow… I ran across this horrific video on youtube. Fortunately, the driver made it out alive, but he went for one wild ride.  The video was filmed and featured on “Most Shocking” crashes | Read More



Jeff Paulk's Wreck at Montgomery
Jan.20

Jeff Paulk's Wreck at Montgomery
BY T.J. Pruitt on January 20, 2010

Extreme 10.5 racer Jeff Paulk lost control of his Sheppard race Cars camaro and smacked the wall at the ORSCA finals at Montgomery Motorsports Park back in November last year.  Months before, Paulk lost control of his camaro at Gateway Raceway during the ADRL event, but only received minor damage. He was  | Read More



1989 Ford Mustang "Sleeper"
Jan.20

One Bad 1989 Ford Mustang "Sleeper"
Ok, lets be honest – I’m more of a Chevy fan, but this 1989 Mustang of DragCoverage.com member onebad12 is the ultimate pro-street hotrod and it is immaculate | Read More



Georgia is "a GO" for ADRL in 2010
Jan.20

South Georgia is "a GO" for ADRL
BY ADRL COMMUNICATIONS ON JANUARY 21, 2010

The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is pleased to confirm its ADRL Hardee’s Georgia Drags VI will be held Apr. 23-24, at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, Georgia. The two-week move from the original date creates an ideal balance in the schedule for the 2010 ADRL tour | Read More



Tasca re-signs Crew Chief for 2010
Jan.20

CONCORD, NC, January 20, 2010 – Behind every great NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series driver, there is a team of dedicated crew chiefs, engineers and specialists that build, tune and perfect an 8,000-horsepower machine down a 1,000-foot track.



For Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team, crew chiefs, engineers and specialists are the first component considered when building their championship-winning program.  The success of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team is built around a group of people that have the knowledge and expertise to build a race car that is fast and safe at 300 miles per hour.


SPEED TV set to air Bobsled Challenge
Jan.20

SPEED TV will broadcast four hours of coverage of the Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge presented by Whelen Engineering from Lake Placid, N.Y.

The network has divided the program into a pair of two-hour shows. The first, airing at 2 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 24, will showcase celebrity participants from NASCAR and NHRA in an Olympic-style race against the clock down historic Mount Van Hoevenberg. The second show, airing one week later at 5 p.m. ET, Jan. 31, will highlight the NASCAR versus NHRA Challenge.

"SPEED TV does an awesome job with this event each year. I think I get as many fans talking to me about bobsledding as drag racing," said Morgan Lucas, driver of the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster. "They run the program a bunch of times so everyone that's into motorsports and watches SPEED TV eventually sees the race.



ORSCA Outlaw 10.5 Champ: Bill Futch
Jan.18

 

Partnership paid off for Bill Futch and Carlos Zaldivar this year with a championship in Mickey thompson Outlaw 10.5. The team fron the Miami FL area dipped in the 4.20's at times and seemed able to run 4.30's with ease. The 2004 Corvette was involved in an accident this past week but hopefully will be able to return to action soon.
 
Bill & Carlos would like to thank the following:

Gary McPherson
Steve Snyder
Kathy Goss
Ray Pena
Juan Hernandez

Sponsors; Progressive Racing Engines

Wilson Manifolds
Big Stuff 3
Neil Chance Converters
NLR Boost Controllers
Mickey Thompson Tires
Hank Hill and The entire Hooked Up & Gone Crew
VP Racing Fuels
Santuff Shocks and Struts
Quick Time Motorsports
Tial Products
Chiseled Performance
Chassis Engineering
 
Words Wade Mooney/Photo Courtesy ORSCA




ORSCA Auto ProMod Champ: Steve Kirk Jr.
Jan.18

 

No one dominated a class like Steve Kirk Jr. did this year in Mickey Thompson Tire, Larry Garner Racing, Southern Truck Parts, Automatic Promod. The Kirk's Speed Shop 63 Split Window Vette scored one runner-up and then 4 wins in a row to become 1 of only 3 racers whom have won a championship in 2 different classes.


Results:

Orangeburg SC -  R/up
Montgomery AL -  Win
Carolina      -  Win
Atlanta GA    - Win
Montgomery Al - Win
Steele AL     - Q2


Steve Would Like to thank the following:

His wife Lynne & son Trae
Danny & Kim Vaughn
Michael Hornsby & Luiz Arend
The Whole Crew at Kirk's Speedshop

Sponsors;

Gene Fulton
Hoosier tires
VP Racing Fuel
Santuff Shocks
Hughes Performance
Wolfe Racecraft


  


 

Words WadeMooney/Photo Courtesy ORSCA

 




Celebrate Martin Luther King Day
Jan.17

Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
Each year on the third Monday of January, schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream  | Read More




Support Disaster Relief in Haiti
Jan.16

Support Disaster Relief in Haiti; Donate Now
BY THE AMERICAN REDCROSS ON JANUARY 16, 2010

A massive, 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti near the capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12th. The damage to buildings is extensive and the number of injured or dead is estimated to be in the hundreds, even thousands. World Vision is on the ground rushing emergency supplies to survivors of this catastrophe. The aftermath of Tuesday earthquake has posed logistical challenges for all humanitarian organizations, including Red Cross responders, who are working around the clock to meet the challenges and ensure aid reaches the survivors. | Read More



Worst Nitrous Explosion..
Jan.15

VIDEO: Worst Nitrous Explosion. It's pretty Bad!
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 19,2010

This has to be the worst nitrous explosion video that I have ran across. This is a testimony that NOS can provide optimal horsepower but can be deadly. Luckily, no one was injured but the car was destroyed. Video by youtube user "dugani." | Read More



Barwa Racing's Von Smith Posts World Record
Jan.15

(1-15-10) DOHA, Qatar – After a relatively disappointing outing a week prior, the Barwa Racing Pro Extreme team led by Howard Moon and Von Smith reminded everyone on the planet where they rank when it comes to outlaw eighth-mile racing in a dominating performance during Round 4 of the ADRL series at the Qatar Race Club.

After qualifying third with a 3.760-second effort, Von Smith and the Barwa-backed ’68 Camaro would have to face the Todd Tutterow-tuned entry of Bader Alhi in the opening stanza. When the green light flashed, Smith’s Pro Extreme Camaro marched down the eighth-mile to the tune of a 3.744 at a mind-numbing 208.55mph – the fastest speed ever recorded by a doorslammer.



“Howard [Moon, crew chief] has just been working hard on the tune up for this Barwa Racing ’68 Camaro,” said Smith after the record setting run. “When he walked out of his lounge in the trailer, where he reviews the run data between rounds, he had a big smile on his face and I knew we must be onto something. He’s been working to get this thing faster in the first part of the racetrack, down low, and obviously it’s working. This thing is trucking down through there. Howard told me he thought it’d run a high 207, but we go out there and lay down a 208.55 speed – it’s just incredible.”


World's Ugliest Hummer!
Jan.15

Winner of the World's Ugliest Hummer Contest!
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 15, 2010

Congratulations to the New Auto Toy Store for winning the ugliest Hummer contest.  Well, i'm not sure if this is something to be proud of, but the bright red H1 definately deserves the trophy.  The unique Turbo Diesel powered engine has well over $185,000  | Read More


Bob Tasca Sr. dies at age 83
Jan.15

Bob Tasca Sr. dies at age 83; NHRA innovator and prominent Ford dealer
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 15, 2010;

We have received the sad news that Bob Tasca Sr died on January 8th at age 83.  Tasca Sr was the Ggrandfather of Bob Tasca III, NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car driver. Tasca is known for his introduction of the Cobra Jet 428 engine in the 1960s and the development of the drag racing | Read More


Peterson's Super Clean 1969 GTO SS
Jan.15

Peterson's Super Clean 1969 GTO SS
Big Fan of GTO's? Well check out this 1969 GTO that Art Peterson's competes in SS/JA Class in NHRA.  Peterson, Rialto, CA,  | Read More




ORSCA L/S World Champ: Eric Dillard
Jan.13

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Eric Dillard, driver of Todd Berry's twin-turbo Mustang, has been known the last couple of years as one of the quickest and fastest cars on True-Ten-Five Tires in the country. Now he can add ORSCA Proline Race Engine Limited Street World Champion to his resume.

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Results:

Orangeburg SC - 2nd rd
Montgomery AL - 2nd rd
Carolina      - Win
Atla

nta GA    - Win
Montgomery Al - Win
Steele AL     - Q1


Eric Would like to thank:

His wife Emily &  daughter Raegan
His parents Linda & David
Todd & Gle

nda Berry
Steve Petty
Hank Hill

Sponsors

Berry Plumbing

& Equipment
TCI
Precison Turbo
Bell Chassisworks
Southern Truck Parts
Big Stuff 3
Mickey Thompson Tires
Diamond Racing

NLR Systems
Calico
Total Seal
Cometic

Words & Image Photo Wade Mooney/Car Photo Courtesy ORSCA

 




ORSCA EZ World Champ: Nick Yarber
Jan.13

 

Last year Nick Yarber from MeadowView VA was among the points leader in TCI EZ Street when an untimely racing accident cost him a real shot at the championship. This year, despite not winning a race, he captured that elusive title in his 1995 Cobra powered by a 622 BBF.


Results:

Orangeburg SC - Semis
Montgomery AL - R/Up
Carolina      - Semis
Atlanta GA    - 2nd RD
Montgomery AL - R/Up
Steele AL     - Q2


Nick would like to thank

His wife Dawn
His parents Eddie & Donna
Jason Motes ad Roger Szabo for their tuning help
Paul Baxter

and sponsors

Mickey Thompson tires
VP Racing Fuel
Cooper Tire
UPR Products
Yarber Performance

Words Wade Mooney/ Photo Courtesy ORSCA




ORSCA M/S Champ: Eric Kenward
Jan.13

2009 PTC Modified Champ Eric Kenward towed his wheelstanding Malibu Wagon north from Vero Beach, FL for each event this year and infact made it count.  He started the year with a win in Orangeburg, SC and continued with strong performances all season long.

Results:

Orangburg SC       Win
Montgomery AL   R/Up
Carolina                R/Up
Atlanta                  1st Rd
Montgomery AL   R/Up
Steele AL             Q3


Eric would like thank above all God

as well as his wife and kids for allowing him to race

TRZ Motorsports for their help and support

His crew chief Atillio from AA performance

Bruce Roberts for loaning him a engine mid-season

Greg @ FTI Transmissions and Converters

Kris Nelson Racing Engines

Wilson Manifolds/Nitrous Pro Flow


Words Wade Mooney/Photo courtesy ORSCA   




Tommy Mauney - TM Race Cars
Jan.12





Lassiter Mountatin Dragway to reopen
Jan.12

Lassiter Mountain Dragway in Gardendale, AL to Reopen
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 12, 2010

Lassiter Mountain is coming back! The 1958 dragstrip that several built memories on closed in 2006 but is coming back in 2010 with a face lift.  The property, purchased by Jarred Bostic and Donald Phillips | Read More


World's Fastest 2010 Camaro
Jan.12

The Fastest 2010 Camaro on
the Planet
- 9.98
BY GM HIGHTECH PERFORMANCE ON JANUARY 16, 2010

Yes, since the camaro was introduced, car enthusiast have been researching several ways to improve its performance. David Brooks's 427 cubic inch blown 2010 camaro is currently the fastest 2010 camaro in the world, and was the first in the 9's, stopping the clock at 9.98 | Read More



Dyno Day in Dothan, AL
Jan.10

VIDEOS: DYNO DAY at Rick's Automotive and Custom Exhaust Shop
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 11, 2010

Rick's Automotive and Custom Exhaust held their annual Dyno day this past weekend, January 9th. Several DC Members were seen in the place and user "hambone" captured several videos.  The group had a great time - bench racing, car showing, and free pizza.  The  two videos below show a super charged cutlass and dc member roadster tearing up the dyno | Read More



ORSCA 5.0 World Champ: Scott Underwood
Jan.10

Scott Underwood claimed his first ORSCA Championship by Winning the Hot Head Sports 5.0 title. He drove his 632 CID 2002 Camaro to 1 win and qualified in the top 6 of each completed race.

Results:

Orangburg SC   3rd Roud
Montgomery AL  Semis
Carolia        Semis
Atlanta        Win
Montgomery AL  2nd Round
Steele         Q13

Scott would like to thank the following:




ORSCA 6.0 World Champ: Ricky Pennington
Jan.10

Ricky Pennington became ORSCA's first 4 time World Champion this year. Driving Thomas Bills Chevy Nova to the 6.0 Championship he also became one of just 3 drivers to win the crown in 2 different classes. 

Results:

Orangeburg SC  Semis
Montgomery AL  R/up
Carolina       Win
Atlanta GA     Semis
Montgomery AL  2 rd
Steele         Q11

Ricky would like to thank the following:

Performance Specialties
PTC
TRZ
M/T
VP Racing Fuels
Ross Pistons
Comp Cams
Nitro Plate
PBM
Brodix
Total Seal
Moser
Speedtech

His Family (Mom {Lee}, Dad {Rick}, and Wife {Tiffany})
Tommy Bills Car Owner
My Dad, Albert, and Jerry @ Performance Specialties
Gordon Halloway @ Comp Cams
Everybody @ PTC
Tommy Chapman @ VP
The Schaefer Family
The Ellis Family
The Entire Hot Head Motorsports Group
Mark and Crystal Armstrong with Little Stroker Motorsports
John Fore III
Rod Burke

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ORSCA 7.0 World Champ: Kenny Ford
Jan.10

Kenny Ford of PTC Torque Converters won the 2009 ORSCA 7.0 Index Championship this year driving his 1967 Camaro. Despite not winning a race this season, Kenny drove his SBC-powered Chevy to 2 runner-ups and 3 fourth round finishes to claim the crown.

Kenny would like to thank his fellow employees at PTC including  Lane Crowell and Ed Bendall. His lovely wife Lagail as well as Eric Malone who helps him out at the track. Thanks also go out to ORSCA for a series to race and to all the PTC customers for their business and friendship.




New Volkswagen built in China
Jan.09

New Volkswagen built in China. 258 Miles per Gallon!
BY: T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 7, 2010

Believe it or not? I received this email yesterday from a DC viewer. I don't know how many of you have been on the German highways, but I would be a little nervous driving this hotrod along side the 150mph+ BMW's.  This car, averaging 258 miles/gallon, has a 1.7 gallon tank.  | Read More



1988 Video: Bad Wreck at Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway
Jan.09

1988 Video: Bad Wreck at Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway. Camaro Rolls.
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 10, 2010

Anyone ever heard of Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway? To give you a little history, there was a guy by the name of Julius Hughes, Jr. who was probably Atlanta's strongest proponent of sanctioned drag racing, according to georgiadragracing.com. In 1960 he and his wife Elaine opened the first speed shop in Georgia, | Read More



JLowe Racing Engines
Jan.09



JLowe Racing Engines is located in Montgomery, AL and has been serving the South East Region for several years. James Lowe, owner, has a talent for building high horsepower engines for heads up classes, while building dependable motors for index and bracket racers. Contact James Lowe today and order your High Horsepower Small Block or Big Block! Building Engines for Promod, 4.70 Class,5.30,6.00,7.00, 8.00, and Bracket Racing

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Montgomery, AL 36104
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University of Alabama wins BCS National Championship
Jan.07

University of Alabama wins BCS National Championship!
POSTED ON JANUARY 7, 2010

It is official. Alabama has won their 13th National Championship after defeating the Texas Longhorns 37-21 on Thursday night in Pasadena, CA. The victory makes Nick Saban the first coach to win BCS titles at two schools. Congratulations to Alabama for bringing the Championship back home to Alabama | Read More



Barwa Racing Pro Extreme Team for 3 Stretch
Jan.07

BARWA RACING PRO EXTREME TEAM SETTLING IN FOR THREE RACE STRETCH

(1-7-10) DOHA, Qatar – With the third round of Arabian Drag Racing League action getting underway this week at the Qatar Race Club, Barwa Racing’s Howard Moon and Von Smith will return to the outlaw eighth-mile in search of a second consecutive world championship.

After winning the season opener, Smith had to settle for runner-up honors in the Barwa Racing Pro Extreme ’68 Camaro during Round 2 when His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani of Al-Anabi Racing bested him in their final round pairing. With three races slated for the next three weeks, Rounds 3 through 5 of the Arabian Drag Racing League season could easily be likened to the brutal NHRA “Western Swing”. Albeit the events are all contested at the same facility, the American-based racers are still required to spend several weeks away from their families and homes, working round the clock to maintain these three-second, 200mph door slammers between races


Johnny Jordan's first formal race car
Jan.07

Johnny Jordan describes his first "formal" race car;
1962 Pontiac Super Duty

DragCoverage.com member Johnny Jordan describes what he calls his first “formal” race car.  This Pontiac Super Duty was used in competition in B Stock with elapsed times in | Read More





Hot Rod Tour Schedule Released
Jan.07

Hot Rod Power Tour Dates are Out. Heading to Alabama June 10-12!
By T.J. Pruitt on January 7, 2010

Hot Rod Magazine has released the venues for 2010 and guess what? The tour is heading to Alabama June 10-12. The tour will stop in Birmingham on June 10th and then Mobile June 11-12. Early registration ends Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Call 877-413-6515 to pre-register | Read More



Old Photos from Powerhouse Dragway
Jan.07

Old Photos from Powerhouse Dragway in Fountain, FL
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 7, 2010

DragCoverage.com member fstreetracing has posted several old photos from Powerhouse Dragway,now known as Panama Dragway in Panama City, Fl. Should bring back memories for you racers or race fans from the Southeast region | Read More



Ford Mustang Outsells Cheverolet's Camaro in 2009
Jan.07

Ford Mustang Outsells Cheverolet's Camaro in 2009
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 8, 2010

The results are in: There were more Ford Mustangs sold in 2009 than Cheverolet’s Camaro.  But, the race was close, according to Car and Driver Magazine.The results show that there were 66,623 Mustangs sold in 2009, and Camaro closely behind with 61,618.  Several predicted Camaro to overtake the Mustang if their streak of month to month sales continued, but Ford’s percentage increased 60 percent in December.| Read More



NHRA Unleashed ! New Series Announced
Jan.07

NHRA and producers of the popular drag racing show Pinks, Stephen Pullin and Jack Schaeffer, have agreed to create, develop, and produce media properties, including new racing competitions, new events, and television programs. The first project, NHRA Unleashed, will celebrate pure American horsepower in an interactive festival environment.




AMSOIL Sponsors Engine Master Challenge
Jan.07

AMSOIL will partner with Popular Hot Rodding Magazine for the 2010 Engine Masters Challenge. The Engine Masters Challenge selects the most prestigious engine builders from around the globe to participate in building the most powerful engine. As title sponsor, AMSOIL lubricants will contribute greatly to the success of each engine, especially during the pre-event testing and tuning where engine wear occurs most. The competition consists of a series of dyno test pulls in which average torque and horsepower performance rankings are configured to determine a winner in this challenge. Contingency payouts will be awarded to 1st-6th place finishers, and AMSOIL products will also be awarded plus $5,000 in cash and products from AMSOIL to the grand champion. Slated for October 4-8 at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, OH, entries are still being accepted until February 15. The competitors, who are chosen by the staff of Popular Hot Rodding magazine, begin their engine-building program in mid-February and continue a course of component selection, building, and iterative testing up until the fall contest in October


Don “the Snake” Prudhomme Retires
Jan.07

 Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, one of the most accomplished drivers and revered team owners in the history of motorsports, announced his retirement today, ending a career spanning five decades in drag racing. Prudhomme’s 47-year career featured him behind the wheel for 32 seasons before he retired from driving at the end of his 1994 Final Strike campaign. He then transitioned to the role of team owner. Overall, Prudhomme has an impressive combination of six NHRA world championships and 112 national event victories. “I feel very fortunate to have been able to make a living in drag racing and to have enjoyed some success along the way,” said Prudhomme. “I would like to thank all of the great sponsors we’ve worked with over the years, everyone at NHRA, the many track owners, operators, and promoters, our past employees and team members, and all of the drag racing fans that have supported Snake Racing.”



















Auto Meter returns for 2010 PMRA season
Jan.06

 

 

SYCAMORE, IL (January 6, 2010) – Not only is Auto Meter Products returning to the Pro Modified Racing Association as a contingency sponsor for 2010, the top name in performance instrumentation will be providing contingency awards for the Quick 32 Sportsman Series.

Contingency awards will be posted for both the PMRA and Quick 32 Sportsman Series at each race venue in 2010.




NHRA's Greatest Race Series to Air
Jan.05

NHRA’s Greatest Races series to air on Fox Sports Net
Post on Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Take a step down memory lane as NHRA, in cooperation with longtime announcer, television commentator, and author Bill Stephens, relives the great history of NHRA’s most memorable events in a 13-week | Read More


Tindle Uses Jr.Dragster to “Fight for Misty”
Jan.05

Tindle Uses Jr.Dragster to “Fight for Misty”
BY T.J. Pruitt on January 5, 2009

T.J. Tindle uses Outlaw 330 Dragster to "Fight for Misty"TJ Tindle used his Outlaw 330 Jr.Dragster to raise cancer awareness for Misty Williams, a married mother of three currently battling stage 4 rectal cancer | Read More


Racin Jason's Huge Wheelstand
Jan.03

One of the Best Wheelstands Ever!
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 4, 2010

Byron has an annual wheelstanding contest and the competition is pretty steep, but check out this huge wheelstand by Racin Jason in his 91 Mustang. A performance like this would be in the running for a wheelstanding championship at Byron dragway | Read More


Mobile Dragway Footbrake Nationals Results
Jan.03

Mobile Dragway, Irvinton, AL

FOOTBRAKE NATIONALS SUNDAY RACE RESULTS

Sunday – January 3, 2010

RUN FOR THE $
WINNER: Roy Latino – Donaldsonville, LA
Index 5.88 | Reaction +.0218 | ET 5.8823 | MPH 104.11

FAST 8
WINNER: TJ Vickers – Chickasaw, AL
Index 5.69 | Reaction +.0049 | ET 5.6980 | MPH 107.41

ELIMINATIONS
WINNER: Adam Davis – Cullman, AL

R/U: Adam Davis – Cullman, AL
Index5.70 | Reaction +.0271 | ET 5.7138 | MPH 105.86




Looking back:Action Shots from 2009
Jan.03

John Fore III's Favorite 2009 Shots
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 3, 2010

John Fore III is definately not a newbie when it comes to any style of photos, but his expertise is drag racing. The motorsports photographer has released a few of his best 2009 photos and they are phenominal. Maybe we can "con" Fore into sending a few more shots for us DragCoverage.com viewers | Read More



Howard and Hill to introduce New Series
Jan.01


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George Howard and Hill to introduce new Heads Up Series

Roy Hill and George Howard have been busy during the off-season getting together a new Heads Up Series in 2010.  According to Howard, the series will consist of  Read More


Car Craft Offers Engine Swap Drags for Pre 92 Hot Rods
Jan.01



Car Craft Offers Engine Swap Drags for Pre 92 Hot Rods

by T.J. Pruitt on January 1, 2010

Got an early street machine with a late-model engine? If you do, the Car Craft Engine Swap drags are for you. The rules are simple. Show up in a pre-'92 model year street machine with a late-model engine and race heads-up against other engine swappers for magazine glory | Read More



Howard and Hill to introduce New Series
Jan.01

Roy Hill and George Howard have been busy during the off-season getting together a new Heads Up Series in 2010.  According to Howard, the series will consist of classes similar to Promod, Outlaw 10.5, and Index Heads Up Racing.

On January 7, Howard and Hill will make the big announcement and release details on the Outlaw Door Slammer Series, which will bow in 2010.

Check back here for the schedule and the list of the best tracks which will be hosting the...

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Car Crafts Mag Offers Engine Swap Drags
Jan.01

Car Craft Offers Engine Swap Drags for Pre 92 Hot Rods
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 1, 2010

Got an early street machine with a late-model engine? If you do, the Car Craft Engine Swap drags are for you. The rules are simple. Show up in a pre-'92 model year street machine with a late-model engine and race heads-up against other engine swappers for magazine glory. We are looking for everyday street car bodies and wicked late-model motors | Read More



Video from Southeastern Dragway in 1968
Jan.01

1968 Video: Big Name Drivers Invade Southeastern Dragway in Dallas, GA
BY T.J. PRUITT ON JANUARY 1, 2010

Ran across this old video taen by Hugh Greeson at Southeastern Dragway, Dallas, Georgia.  The video was shot in 1968 and there were several big name drivers of Southern drag racing at this race.  Southeastern International Dragway was first opened and operated by Marvin "Red" Jones, as "Red's Dragstrip", on July 4, 1955. The original track was  | Read More



MMP Hangovers Nationals Rescheduled
Dec.31

Due to the extreme weather conditions this weekend Montgomery Motorsports Park, Montgomery, AL felt it necessary to the Postpone this event and re-schedule it January 15-17.

"Same Schedule same payouts same race. It was a very hard decision to make but when you get down in the mid 20's at night and only have high's in the low to mid 40's during the day it would be a struggle at best to get good track conditions and we also are taking in the saftey factor also. WE hate to break tradition but we feel this is the best decision," said Jim Howard.



Hossler Gets an Invitation from the Sheik!
Dec.30

Byron Dragway racer Alex Hossler didn’t recognize the number on the caller ID when his cell phone rang Dec. 18.

When he answered, a man with a thick foreign accent spoke to him.

“I thought it was a telemarketer, and I said I wasn’t interested and hung up,” Hossler said.

The man called back, and Hossler listened more intently.

What the racer heard this time was a most interesting proposition.

The caller was Sheik Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani, a 22-year-old member of Qatar’s ruling family who loves drag racing and is pouring millions of dollars into an NHRA team he owns. He also drives in the American Drag Racing League, where he learned of Hossler, who had recently won an ADRL race in Dallas.

“I had never met him, but I had seen him at a few of my races,” Hossler said of the sheik.

The sheik was calling to invite Hossler to compete in a drag-racing series starting next month in Qatar.

“The first thing I did was get on the computer and find out where Qatar was,” Hossler, 32, said with a chuckle.

He discovered it is a small country bordering Saudi Arabia and has the third-largest gas reserves in the world.

The sheik wanted Hossler and his car to compete in the five-race Arabian Drag Racing League, which kicks off Saturday.

The sheik offered to pay to fly Hossler’s car there, which will cost $27,000, and provide airfare for Hossler and two of his crew members, who will fly home between races that continue through early March.

Hossler agreed.

He won’t be paid to compete in the four-car races — the sheik owns the other three cars and will drive one — but will keep the prize money. Hossler will earn a total of $30,000 if he finishes last in all the eighth-mile races or as much as $125,000 should he win all of them. Hossler’s expenses, including parts, will be covered.

“The sheik pays for everything,” he said. “We pay for zilch. If it all works out the way he told me, it will be a great deal.”

Hossler was a bit uncertain about the trip until talking to other U.S. racers who have competed in Qatar.

“They said it was very nice, and at no time did they not feel safe,” Hossler said.


Photos from the 2009 PRI Show in Orlando, FL
Dec.30

Photos from the 2009 PRI Show in Orlando, FL
BY JEFFERY DUNN ON DECEMBER 30, 2009

If you missed the 2009 Perforamance Racing Industry Show in Orlando, you missed quite a show. Fortunately, DragCoverage.com's Jefferey Dunn was there and captured a few shots. The aisles of the North/South Building of Orlando's Orange County Convention Center   | Read More



ORSCA Crowns 2009 Champions
Dec.28

ORSCA Crowns 2009 Champions
BY  AGENT DC
DECEMBER 29, 2009

The 2009 Season for ORSCA (Outlaw Racing Street Car Association) has come to an end and the champions have been crowned. Wow, time flys.  Is this reality? The thought of Outlaw 10.5 cars running in the 4.20s just seems like a dream.  We may see consistent 4 teen passes in 2010.

So, what's more impressive. An ADRL Extreme 10.5 Car running 4.00s or a full blown street car running 4.20s? Congratulations to all 2009 Champions





Advanced Door Car Technology: Vial's Pro Extreme
Dec.28

Advanced Door Car Technology Releases Pics of Vial's Pro Extreme Firebird
By T.J. Pruitt on December 30, 2009

Advanced Door Car Technology, better known as KKPRE has released in the shop photos of Ellis Vial's 1968 Pro Extreme Firebird. Pro Extreme is probably one of the fastest growing classes in drag racing right now, featuring blown 3 second door slammers | Read More



Quick 8 to return to IHRA in 2010
Dec.28

IHRA is pleased to announce that Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will be featured during the professional elimination rounds at all Nitro Jam events in 2010.

Since the mid-1970s sportsman drag racing and the International Hot Rod Association have walked hand in hand and in 2010 that relationship is going to become even stronger as the IHRA returns to its roots and places its quickest and fastest sportsman classes on the stage they deserve.

In an effort to showcase the best sportsman racers in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster and to provide even more entertainment value to its Nitro Jam show the IHRA will showcase first round of main event eliminations during the professional rounds on the first event day and have created an "Elite 8" program for the top qualifiers in each of these two classes to be run during the professional rounds on the second event day.



Full time ride for PS Bike Rider Angie Smith
Dec.28

Pro Stock Bike rider Angie Smith won't have to wait until Christmas Day to open one of her finest presents.

Smith, formerly Angie McBride, will race a full NHRA Full Throttle tour aboard Karl and Kim Klement's Buell thanks to sponsorship from Coffman Tank Trucks.

"I really excited about this," said Smith. "This is the first opportunity I've ever had to race fulltime. This has been my dream and now it's coming true. It's probably the biggest Christmas present I've ever gotten."

Former NHRA Pro Stock Bike champion Matt Smith will build the team's engines and oversee the program from the crew chief role. Because of the funding the Coffman Tank Trucks sponsorship brings to the Klement Racing team, there will be ample availability to test as well as conduct research and development programs.

"We are going to have a good program and I feel like we have a team that will perform well," Smith added. "Our biggest goal is to get in the top ten this year and we feel like we have a team that legitimately to do that."

Team owner Karl Klement agrees.

"We have a fantastic deal for 2010," Klement explained. "I am really excited. The game plan is to win a championship. This will be my third full-time year and with the program that I have with Matt building the engines and Angie riding, is capable of winning a national event at any track on the tour. She just needed some support behind her and with Coffman Tank Trucks, I feel confident that we have got what it takes to get the job done.

The program with Coffman Tank Trucks, a company owned by J.B. and Terissa Coffman, was one that was forged through a friendship and divine intervention. The Coffmans are former bracket racers who had a working relationship with Klement and attended the NHRA Fall Nationals last September in Ennis, Texas.

"I hope this develops into a long term deal because Karl and I have become close friends with everyone," said Coffman. "We're looking forward to it.

"This has been a blessing and God orchestrated it all," he continued. "I have to give God the glory for allowing my businesses to work out to the point that we were able to do this. I give Him the glory for what has happened and what is going to take place."

The enthusiasm from all the parties involved has Angie Smith smiling broader than ever.

"We're going to have a great team, great team owners and great sponsors," confirmed Mrs. Smith. "That's going to make for a great 2010 and a really great Christmas this year." 


Vote for DragCoverage.com!
Dec.27

Vote for DragCoverage.com in the "DOT Com" Awards!
BY T.J. PRUITT on December 27, 2009

DragCoverage.com has been nomiated for the Competitionplus.com "Dot Com" awards once again. The site has been pleased to be nomiated for three consecutive years! Vote for your favorite Drag Racing News Site | Click Here to Vote!




A Look Back:Original Chrysler Pro Stockers
Dec.27

A Look Back:Original Chrysler Pro Stockers
By Wade Mooney on December 28, 2009


A few of the original Chrysler Pro Stockers that were on display at the2009 PRI show. All were 426 CID Hemi powered and were very similar to previous factory backed Super Stock entries | Read More >


A Look Back:Original Chrysler Pro Stockers
Dec.26

A few of the original Chrysler Pro Stockers that were on display at the 2009 PRI show. All were 426 CID Hemi powered and with the exception of the Duster were former Super Stock entries.




Melanie Troxel's Other Job - MTI, Inc
Dec.26

Everyone knows Melanie Troxel has a multi-time NHRA National Event winner or as the engaging wife of fellow driver Tommy Johnson Jr.  Not many people realize that she is also a successful business woman and has some mechanical skills of her own.  Melanie, who started racing when she was 16 years old first competed in a car that was powered by an engine  she rebuilt as a high school project. The daughter of 1988 NHRA Top Alcohol Champion Mike Troxel also owns her own tool manufacturing business, MTI Inc.
 
MTI, Inc. has been manufacturing top of the line automotive tools for close to two decades.  Owned and operated by racing professionals, the company is closely connected with the racing community and is continually improving their tools to meet the changing demands of the industry.  They invite you to use the same tools that the racing industry relies on and experience the quality that MTI has been built on. Their products include a Bench Valve Spring Compressor and Torque-T Spark Plug Wrench designed for Hemi engines.




Merry Christmas from DragCoverage.com!
Dec.24

Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year  from the staff here at DragCoverage.com. Please Do Not Drink and Drive



Name The Race Series Contest ! Ends Soon
Dec.24

12-24-2009 Huntington, NY – Drag racing fans, seven days left for your chance to name a racing series. The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association in conjunction with Royce Miller, MIR track owner and other track owners, have created a contest that has prizes that include a hospitality suite for you and your friends at one of the 2010 NEOPMA races at MIR in Mechanicsville, MD, a club Jacket, T-Shirts, and be a guest of the NEOPMA for the day.

“What we are looking for is a colorful series name for the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association for 2010 and beyond. It should be colorful, stand out, and be a phrase that signifies the existence of the colorful and unique quarter mile Pro Mods of the NEOPMA. We feel that race fans creativity will find us this series name”, states John Mazzorana, President of the NEOPMA.

The contest will start December 1st, 2009 and run thru Dec 31st, 2009. Submissions will need to be sent to vito.micciolo@neoutlawpromods.com. They must include your name, address, email address, and contact number. Anyone under 18 will need their parents’ permission, and parents will need to accept prize. All submissions will be reviewed by the NEOPMA Board of Directors and the contest winner will be announced January 18th. 

Rules:
1. The name should be no more than 6-7 words long.
2. No explicit language.
3. In the event of duplicate submissions, the first submission by date received will be the valid submission.
4. Have fun.

Any questions can be directed to Vito Micciolo, 201.421.7416, or John Mazzorana, 516.857.3120

For more information about the NEOPMA visit http://www.neoutlawpromods.com
For more details about MIR visit http://www.mirdrag.com/




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Dec.23

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IHRA Drivers Making a Difference
Dec.22

IHRA Drivers Making a Difference
POSTED BY T.J. PRUITT

From local racers to the national stage, drivers doing their part to help find a cure for one of world’s fastest growing diseases. Chances are at some point in your life you or someone you know has been directly affected by one of the world’s fastest growing diseases – diabetes | Read More



Mardi Gras Event Invades MMP in February
Dec.21

First ever 3 day Mardi Gras Drag Racing Event coming to Montgomery Motorsports Park February 12-14 2010. 

The event promoters decided to bring a race festivity such as the Mardi Gras Explosion to a 1/4 mile track that is well known for its great reputation and also a track that is central located in which fans and racers of all kind can come out and mingle, have fun and be part of the first ever Mardi Gras Drag Racing Event in Montgomery, AL.  Fans will witness first hand some of the baddest, fastest motorcycles and cars on the planet. 



Houston Raceway Park "Tower Club"
Dec.21

Continuing a multi-year effort to offer guests a first-class experience, the owners of Houston Raceway Park will soon christen a 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art "Tower Club" that will instantly become the premiere starting line facility in drag racing.

Already nearing completion, the deluxe permanent structure on the west side of the conventional tower suites will transform a regular day at the drag races into a VIP experience for race fans, with numerous amenities never before offered at the track.

"We're shooting for the stars with this building and we think fans are really going to respond favorably to what we're doing," said General Manager Seth Angel. "In the past, we had a huge tent for our Darrell Russell Top Eliminator Club and it was very successful, but there were things our guests suggested to us in order to make it better and we listened. Ultimately, our customers need to be happy and we think the Tower Club will exceed all of their wishes.




Urban Hill Billy Releases Carnage Fest 2
Dec.20

Urban Hill Billy Action Videos Releases Carnage Fest 2
Visit www.urbanhillbilly.us to purchase video.



AMRC Offers Duster Body
Dec.20

Washington, Mo. (Dec. 7, 2009) – Andy McCoy Race Cars (AMRC), specializing in the fabrication of high-performance Pro Mod and Top Sportsman drag racing components from chassis to competition-ready vehicles, has added to its lineup with a complete composite shop and the first order of business for the new division is to make AMRC’s proprietary 1970 Plymouth Duster body available.

“This is the next step in the evolution of our race shop,” Andy McCoy said. “We no longer just specialize in chassis building. We are continuing to add to our business with the aim of ultimately producing everything a serious racer would need from bumper to bumper.”

AMRC generated a buzz in the drag racing community with the debut last year of their patented Duster body and the team is currently putting the finishing touches on the fifth car they have built from the ground up with that design. The popularity of that car has led to the opening of the composite shop.


Moser Engineering extends IHRA agreement
Dec.20

Moser Engineering extends agreement with IHRA; will continue to back IHRA’s wealthiest sportsman program

NORWALK, Ohio – The International Hot Rod Association is pleased to announce that Moser Engineering has agreed to a two-year extension and will continue to provide one of IHRA’s wealthiest sportsman racing programs through 2011, the highly popular Moser Engineering Axle Mania Sportsman Showdown.

The announcement was made Saturday at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Orlando.

“We are thrilled to welcome Moser Engineering back for another two years. The Moser Axle Mania program has grown into one of the largest and most exciting programs in sportsman racing today and we can’t wait to see how big this thing can grow,” said Tommy Dupree, IHRA National Sales Director. “Rob (Moser) and all the great people at Moser Engineering continue to prove their commitment to the sportsman racer and with their insight I think we will be able to take this program to the next level over the next few years.”

Details surrounding Saturday’s announcement are still being finalized. Check back with www.ihra.com for complete details as they become available.



Spradlin wins T/D Championship
Dec.20

Spradlin wins IHRA Division II Top Dragster Championship; narrowly misses NHRA Championship

Ranburne, AL - Casey Spradlin and the Spradlin Motorsports Top Sportsman and Top Dragster team experienced a career best season in 2009 with an IHRA Top Dragster Championship. The victories started early during the season with Spradlin*s first ever National Event during the NHRA Jeg*s Cajun SportsNats, Belle Rose, LA.  His streak of winnings continued throughout the summer with a Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (LODRS) win at Memphis Motorsports Park and then an IHRA Summit ProAm event victory in Holly Springs, MS.  

"This was just a great season," Spradlin said.  "Everything fell into place at the right time. We had a good car and Tim Gaines Performance engine combination was just phenomenal.  The car was there and if I did my job, we ended up in the winner's circle every time.  Winning the big Wally is just a special moment."

"The feeling of being able to join the short list of National event winners is indescribable."



Sunset to be Contingency Sponsor
Dec.07

Sunset Racecraft To Be Major NHRA Contingency Sponsor in 2010
 
Lubbock, TX: Sunset Racecraft has agreed to terms as a major NHRA contingency sponsor in 2010, posting $64,150 in awards to finalists at NHRA Full Throttle National events, Lucas Oil Divisional Events, and JEGS SportsNationals. Sunset Racecraft is the only competition engine builder currently posting awards for race engines. Sunset Racecraft customers in Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, and Top Sportsman will compete for extra cash courtesy of the Lubbock, TX based engine building magnate.
 
“We’re ecstatic to have this opportunity to give something back to our NHRA customers,” said Sunset’s Tracy Dennis. “We’ve been heavily involved in the inclusion of the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes in NHRA, and we’ve got a great core customer group in the Super categories; so posting contingency seemed like the next logical step.”
 
To be eligible for Sunset Racecraft contingency postings, racers must be the original purchaser of a Sunset Racecraft competition engine within the last 36 months, or have purchased $4000 in parts or labor from Sunset within the last 24 months.



Al-Anabi Twin Turbo Wins Round 2
Dec.07

Al-Anabi Racing Top Sportsman Mustang Twin Turbo Wins at Arabian Drag Racing League Round 2



Qatar Race Club, Doha, Qatar - HH Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani's Al-Anabi Racing Team Top Sportsman entry, a Mustang with twin Precision Pro Mod 94 Turbos, took the win at the Arabian Drag Racing League Round 2 event today December 4, 2009. The car wound up in the top qualifying position from yesterday's 4.018 pass and secured the podium finish after running a great 4.03 at 193.24 mph. The car, which is driven by Qatar's "Crazy Moe" Atat, is tuned by Shane Tecklenburg of Mission Viejo, CA, USA using a MoTeC M800 Engine Management System and MoTeC Sport Dash Logging system. Formerly Mike Castellana's Western Beef Mustang, the car now sports a 632 cubic inch Reher Morrison Racing engine fed by the aforementioned turbos and is fed methanol through Injector Dynamics injectors. The vehicle was converted to the turbo setup at Al-Anabi's Doha race shop by Greg Johnson and Chad Morgan who also crew on the car. 


Hangover Nats Returns to MMP
Dec.07

Montgomery Motorsports Park's annual Hangover Nationals returns on January 2-3, 2010.







A "Thunderous Ride" for Beckman
Dec.07

A ‘THUNDEROUS’ RIDE: Funny Car driver “Fast Jack” Beckman on his experience of flying with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds: “It was like riding a roller coaster on steroids with your eyes closed. Your view forward is completely obscured by the dash, some of the flight instrumentation and the pilot sitting in front of you. You can see very well out to the sides and up, but you can’t tell which way he’s going next. And that plane is absolutely amazing. Imagine everything a jet fighter can do and multiply that by three. The F-16 can do more than a human body could ever withstand.”


Win a New 2010 American Dragster
Dec.07

Luke Bogacki Race Services and American Race Cars are proud to present the 2010 New Years Dragster Raffle. One lucky winner will ring in the new year as the proud owner of a brand new 2010 American Race Cars swing arm dragster, assembled and wired as a complete roller by Luke Bogacki Race Services. Raffle tickets are $200 each, and the raffle is capped at 150 tickets. In addition to the grand prize, cash prizes will be awarded for 2nd-5th place winners. Winning tickets will be drawn New Years Eve, 2009.
 
The grand prize is a brand new 2010 American Race Cars swing arm dragster (valued at $28,000), completely assembled and wired as follows:

Brand New 2010 American Race Cars 235" Patriot Swing Arm Dragster - Black Metallic Powdercoat - Chrome Options (4-link bars, blowshield, steering arms) - AFCO Shock & Spring - Sharp Steer Stiletto Steering Rack - Ron Davis Aluminum Radiator/Fan/Shroud - Moser Engineering Rear Housing - Complete Moser 3rd Member: 40 spline, Big Spool, Pro 4.11 Gear, Aluminum carrier - Moser 40 Spline Axles w/ 5/8" studs - Strange Disc Brakes - B&M Transmission Cooler - Weld Racing 16" x 16" Aluma-Star Wheels - Mickey Thompson 3185 Slicks - Mickey Thompson front wheels & tires - Digital Delay Elite 500 Delay Box - K&R Switch & Fuse Panel - Auto Meter Playback tach & gauges - B&M Pro Bandit Shifter w/ Dixie Electric Shift Solenoid - Simpson Parachute - RJS Cam Lock Seat Belts - MSD 7AL-3 Ignition Box - Optima Battery - Professionally Assembled & Wired by Luke Bogacki Race Services
 
Second thru fifth prizes all take home cold hard cash; with $2,000 going to second, $1,000 to third, and $500 each to fourth and fifth.
 
Tickets can be purchased via credit card online at ThisIsBracketRacing.com or by contacting Luke Bogacki at 256-679-8328.
 
Purchase tickets online at: www.thisisbracketracing.com/store.cfm today.


Bogacki Caps Strong Season
Dec.07

Bogacki Caps Strong 2009 Campaign With Florida Winter Series Victories

Luke Bogacki’s success in the sportsman ranks has been well chronicled. The 28-year-old Alabama resident has earned a reputation as one of the most successful ET bracket and sportsman class racers in the country over the last decade. But, like most anyone, a handful of accomplishments still elude the young veteran. This winter, Bogacki was able to knock one major triumph off his checklist, as he won his first winter series event at the Bradenton “Best of Both Worlds” Winter Series Championship, a $10,000 windfall on Friday November 13.
 
The annual “Winter Series” is a multi-week, multi-event marathon of big dollar bracket races throughout South Georgia and Florida. The events have predominantly been dominated by the greatest sportsman competitors in the country for over 25 years.


 
“Coming into this season, I felt like I still had four major goals in racing that I hadn’t accomplished,” said Bogacki. “I wanted to win an NHRA national event, a day of the winter series, a major (NHRA or IHRA) world championship, and a Winter Series Points title. I still have the dream of becoming a world champion or 5-day points champ, but it’s been a great season; and I got to mark two of those accomplishments off my list!”



New drag racing book
Dec.07

New drag racing book covers entire spectrum of the sport

HAMILTON, ONTARIO (November 23, 2009) – It has been two years in the making, but Drag Racing - The World’s Fastest Sport is now available for fans of this popular form of auto racing.
 
The newly-released hardcover book encompasses all facets of drag racing, from a strong segment on the history of the sport to today’s top drivers in the NHRA and IHRA. There is a section on all car classes, from Stockers to Top Fuelers, a drag racing “101” primer which delves into the mechanics of the sport, and chapters devoted to women in the sport and legends of the sport.
 
The book is profusely illustrated with exciting and colorful photographs. The book also employs a bevy of illustrations of drag racing cars and other items related to the sport presented in a realistic fashion.
 
“This book has truly been a labor of love for me,” said Miller, who has written several other books on auto racing. “When I decided to attempt this book, I noticed there were many books on the sport available, but none to offer the scope that this book contains.



Name The Race Series Contest !
Dec.06

Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association invites race fans to participate in “name the series” contest for 2010.

 


11-30-2009 Huntington, NY – Drag racing fans, here’s your chance to name a racing series. The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association in conjunction with Royce Miller, MIR track owner and other track owners, have created a contest that has prizes that include a hospitality suite for you and your friends at one of the 2010 NEOPMA races at MIR in Mechanicsville, MD, a club Jacket, T-Shirts, and be a guest of the NEOPMA for the day.

 

“What we are looking for is a colorful series name for the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association for 2010 and beyond. It should be colorful, stand out, and be a phrase that signifies the existence of the colorful and unique quarter mile Pro Mods of the NEOPMA. We feel that race fans creativity will find us this series name”, states John Mazzorana, President of the NEOPMA.

 

The contest will start December 1st, 2009 and run thru Dec 31st, 2009. Submissions will need to be sent to vito.micciolo@neoutlawpromods.com. They must include your name, address, email address, and contact number. Anyone under 18 will need their parents’ permission, and parents will need to accept prize. All submissions will be reviewed by the NEOPMA Board of Directors and the contest winner will be announced January 18th. 

 

Rules:

1.      The name should be no more than 6-7 words long.

2.      Differentiator’s ex.: quarter mile, pro mods, etc.

3.      No explicit language.

4.      In the event of duplicate submissions, the first submission by date received will be the valid submission.

5.      Have fun.

 

Any questions can be directed to Vito Micciolo, 201.421.7416, or John Mazzorana, 516.857.3120

 

For more information about the NEOPMA visit http://www.neoutlawpromods.com

For more details about MIR visit http://www.mirdrag.com/




PMRA & Quick 32 Series Champs Crowned
Dec.06

 
 
 
 
PMRA and Quick 32 Sportsman Series winners
honored at Annual Champions Banquet
 
Bruce Boland and Kevin Wicke win 2009 titles, Carl Spiering receives
The John Massingberd Memorial Award



We're Back -Please Accept Our Apology
Dec.06

Due to some technical difficultities we have not been able to update the news section.  It should be resolved now.


ORTC Bradenton Results
Nov.01

 Although not the fastest class at the event the radial tire class was the featured main attraction of the event known as the Outlaw Radial Tire Championship. The class is divided into two categories, Boost for turbocharged or supercharged assisted cars and No Boost, reserved for cars assisted by nitrous oxide.

 




Latino #4 in PMRA's Top 5
Nov.01

The Pro Modified Racing Association’s top five for 2009 –
Eric Latino – Fourth Place
 
SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO (October 21, 2009) – When long-time Sportsman racer Eric Latino stepped up into the wild world of Pro Modified racing late in 2008, his debut with the 1938 Chevy Coupe in the Pro Modified Racing Association was a big learning curve.




Castellana wins Matco Clash
Nov.01

In an exciting day of Pro Mod action at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Brad Personett blasted his turbo-powered '68 Camaro to the number one qualifying position Saturday in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals and Mike Castellana won the Matco Tools Pro Mod Clash and took home the $25,000 grand prize by beating his teammate Burton Auxier in the finals.
 
The day's lone qualifying session saw Brad Personett blast to a track record ET of 5.965 seconds at 245.45 mph and Jay Payne follow closely with a 5.971 at 240.38 to take No. 2. In all, six drivers were in the five-second zone and rookie Kirk Wilmes took the No. 16 spot with a 6.125 at 231.52 - the quickest ever field and bump spot for the Las Vegas track.


Shoe aquires Mike Ashley Assets
Oct.30

The other shoe just dropped on Mike Ashley Racing, which has been running a Top Fuel Matco Tools-sponsored rail for former Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Antron Brown this year.

Coming into the final two races of the season, this weekend’s penultimate combat at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the grand finale at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona two weeks hence, Brown lay fourth in the Countdown to One championship chase, after leading much of the “regular” season. He has five victories in nine final round appearances throughout the 2009 24-race season; Brown became only the seventh professional driver to sweep the grueling three races in three weeks Western Swing in the July heat.


Dover closes Memphis Motorsports Park
Oct.30

Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE-Symbol: DVD) announced today that it was ceasing all operations at Memphis Motorsports Park and that it would not be promoting any events in Memphis in 2010.
 
As previously announced, the Memphis facility had been under an agreement of sale to Gulf Coast Entertainment but Gulf Coast was unable to secure financing.
 
“This was a difficult decision for us, but one that ultimately was dictated by economics,” said Denis McGlynn, President and CEO of Dover Motorsports.  “We greatly appreciate the many years of dedication shown by our Memphis employees and their efforts to make Memphis such a great destination for the racing community – from racing fans and drivers to sponsors, team owners and sanctioning bodies.  For all concerned, including the Memphis community, it is truly sad to see Memphis Motorsports Park taken off the racing schedule.  NASCAR has approved the realignment of our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events from Memphis Motorsports Park to our Nashville and Gateway facilities.”



Hurricane Lowe Starting to Shape Up
Oct.30

Lester Pitts has released updated photos of James Lowe's New Hurricane Camaro. Lowe, Montgomery, AL, plans to compete in South East 4.70 Classes with his Lowe Racing Engine's Powerplant.





ADRL Statement on Memphis Closing
Oct.30

O’FALLON, MO (Oct. 30, 2009) — The National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) regrets the decision announced today by Dover Motorsports Inc. to close Memphis Motorsports Park (MMP), site of this year’s ADRL Quarter-Max Memphis Drags II, but already is taking steps to replace the venue for its 2010 season.

“I’m saddened by this news, not only because Memphis Motorsports Park hosted one of our most exciting events this season before being cut short by rain, but because it holds sentimental value for me personally as essentially the birthplace of our complimentary ticket program back in 2006,” National Guard ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling said.

Nowling praised MMP Vice President and General Manager Jason Rittenberry and his staff for their hard work at the facility, not only during National Guard ADRL events, but for other major drag racing events and races at the speedway that shares the Millington, Tennessee, grounds.



“I wish Jason and his staff nothing but the best in the future,” Nowling said. “I also want to thank the fans in Memphis who came out in record numbers this May and hope they all will be able to attend another National Guard ADRL event soon.”

A two-day crowd of 58,750 passed through the MMP turnstiles for the ADRL Quarter-Max Memphis Drags II, including more than 38,200 on Saturday alone, representing the largest single-day attendance figure in the drag strip’s 23-year history.

Next year’s National Guard ADRL event at MMP was scheduled for May 28-29, but obviously will need to be moved to a new venue.

“We’re very sorry about not being able to return to Memphis Motorsports Park in 2010, but the good news for National Guard ADRL racers, sponsors and fans is that we’ve had several tracks jockeying for an event date in 2011 and now one of them will be able to start hosting an ADRL event in 2010,” Nowling said. “In fact, I’ve been on the phone with two potential replacements already today and feel quite confident we’ll be able to announce a new event soon, hopefully remaining on the Memorial Day weekend.”



Pure Blown Hell is Back
Oct.30

Steve Rawls, Panhandle, FL, is ready to hit the track again following his nearly horrific accident at Emerald Coast Dragway in his Blown 55' Cheverolet.  The 4.70 driver will be debuting a Vanishing Point built 1966 Ford Fastback Mustang.

This bad to the bone Ford is Chevy powered with an 8-71 Blower on alcohol for boost. Other details include a powerglide transmission with a PTC Converter.

Joey "Hero" Martin assisted Rawls in assembling the car and getting up to par with certification.  Rawls quoted "Joey is the man." He was also quick to thank his father.





NHRA: Closure of Memphis Motorsports Park
Oct.30

On behalf of all NHRA racers, fans and sponsors, we are very disappointed to learn about Dover Motorsports Inc.’s decision to close Memphis Motorsports Park. We had been in discussions with the management team at Dover Motorsports regarding the track’s future in recent weeks and were aware that this action was a possibility. We appreciate the great support we received from the fans throughout the western Tennessee region as well as the cooperation from all those who worked at the facility.
 
We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Dover Motorsports group and conducting the national event at Gateway International Raceway at St. Louis.   At this time, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule for 2010 will be reduced to 23 events. 



American Race Cars Congratulates Customers
Oct.30

Millbury, OH: American Race Cars would like to take this opportunity to congratulate several customers on their phenomenal outings in 2009. As the NHRA and IHRA seasons wrap up, a number of American customers have claimed divisional titles. Jeff Serra drove his American Race Cars machine to the NHRA Top Dragster Championship in Division 1. Sherman Adcock, Jr. and Steve Furr swept the NHRA Division 2 titles, with Adcock winning Super Comp in his American machine (as well as Super Gas in his Firebird), and Furr driving his American Dragster to the championship in Top Dragster. American Race Cars team member Ray Connolly did not win the Division 3 crown in his American Race Cars Super Comp machine, but did claim the division title in Super Gas (where he currently leads the world championship standings). Pat Martin and Dave Elrod added IHRA division crowns in the Quick Rod category, driving their American Race Cars to the title in division 3 and 5 respectively.



Interview w/ Automated Racing Technologies
Oct.30

Interview with Chris Patrick of Automated Racing Technologies

Q: Tell me about Automated Racing Technologies. What do you have going on?

A: What we having going on right now in the world of Pro Mod nitrous drag racing and street car nitrous cars; We put together an electrical system of all digital state of the art components and put it out on the market. It’s come to be the World’s Fastest electrical system right now. We are pretty proud of that.

Q: This system has been tested in some pretty fast cars. Who’s running this system and who has helped you with the R& D in this process all along?

A: Most of the R&D was done in the Automated Racing Technologies 41 Willy’s nitrous Pro Mod driven and owned by me over the years.  This year we put Jim Halsey’s new light weight Tim McAmis Camaro and Pat Stoken on to the Automated racing team. They have been doing a lot of R&D and research too. We have run some phenomenal times. Right now we hold the ADRL Pro Nitrous points lead, won three of the first five races with consistency, set mph hour records and reset it twice after.

Q: Now you mentioned consistency. How does your on board system help a racer be more consistent?

A: It’s a digital signal instead of analog. Digital signals don’t take any time to saturate coils or pull contacts. You do not have redundant wiring running back and forth in the car to do the same thing. You set a digital signal and it’s either on or off.  We do this at really fast speeds as compared to saturating a coil which sometimes takes 15 to 17 hundreds. When you are only working with 4 seconds, 15 hundreds becomes a whole bunch



Jason Hamstra back home and healthy
Oct.30

Jason Hamstra back home and healthy after violent crash at ADRL World Finals
 
“He’s in good shape. He came out of the ordeal without even a concussion.”

DEMOTTE, INDIANA (October 29, 2009)  – While competing in a semi-final round of the ADRL Speedtech Battle of the Belts Final at the Texas Motorplex over the weekend, Pro Extreme star Jason Hamstra lost control of his 1968 Camaro near the eighth-mile finish and crashed heavily into the retaining wall.
 
Hamstra, 22, had posted a 3.78-second, 203.46 pass before the incident.
 
After the crash, he was transported via helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for observation, and Sunday was home recuperating. Other than some minor bruises, the young racer received no injuries.
 
“He’s doing well,” stated Karen Hamstra, Jason’s mother. “He came out of the ordeal in good shape, not even a concussion.”
 
Karen went on to say that the car is equipped with the latest and best in safety equipment, and was invaluable during the Friday evening Speedtech Battle for the Belts session.
 
“We’ve got the latest in safety equipment,” she said, “and it did its stuff.”
 
Karen was also grateful for the help provided right after the crash, with many coming to the aid of Jason.
 
“I want to thank everybody that helped. I would like to especially thank Kenny Doak. He just jumped right in there and helped us, continued Karen. We also want to thank EMS attendants, the fire fighters, the ADRL and Texas Motorplex crew, along with the Doctors and staff at Parkland Hospital.”
 
Thank you to Kenny Nowling who drove over an hour to the hospital at 2 a.m. to check on Jason. And special thank you to Jason’s number one fan Brian Olson for his prayers and support.  Thank you also to Dad, Mom, Andy, Phil, Justin, the Barklages, the Tutterows, and everyone else who came to our need.
 
The ADRL website received over 600 emails asking how Jason was doing, added Karen, and thanked family and friends for their prayers and concern.
 
Starting in Junior Dragsters at age eight, Jason Hamstra has raced for 14 years. After the Juniors, father Kevin Hamstra stepped him into a seven-second bracket dragster, and then took over the driving of his dad’s Pro Outlaw dragster. In 2005 the team stepped into Pro Modified in IHRA competition and this year has concentrated in the ADRL, racing in the sanction’s premier Pro Extreme class.
 
Any well wishes can be sent to Jason at promod@midwaynet.net



AHRA Ready to kick off 2010 Season
Oct.30

Well, it's officially announced, the AHRA (American Hot Rod Association) 2010 season is kicking off in San Antonio, Texas on March 26-27.  This will be the first of many races to come in bringing back drag racing history.  I hope the word spreads fast and everyone can make the races.  This is going to be an exciting day and year in drag racing.  The rule books as well as membership info will not be far behind.  Thanks for the patients.


Lang makes it back to back championships
Oct.30

Canadian Kenny Lang finished a dream season Sunday by taking home the IHRA Pro Mod World Champion trophy, his second World Championship in as many years. The year was highlighted by eight consecutive trips to the finals, four wins, four No. 1 qualifiers, and an IHRA ET record of 5.884 seconds.
 
"When you look at the season like that - with all the things we accomplished, it really shows just how good this team performed," Lang said. "Pretty much everything went right all season long.

"Winning the championship last year was awesome and humbling, but to do it again is something very few people will ever duplicate. It really is incredible.
 
"This title belongs to all the guys on my crew and of course my sponsors. Without all of them, we couldn't have done any of this.  Of course, my hat's off to Al Billes - a man who I think is the best tuner anywhere. He can adapt to any situation, and tune a car from anywhere, event thousands of miles away, just by asking questions on the phone. He's amazing, and I'm so lucky to have had him on my side. I want to thank Roger Burgess, too, for letting Al work with me over here, and of course for his sponsorship throughout the season. Roger is truly an awesome man, and I appreciate everything he's done for me, and for Pro Mod drag racing in general.
 
"We've got a whole group of guys that really work well together, that's the most important thing, I want to thank my dad Danny, Rob Poirier, Jim Elliot, Malcolm Nickerson, and of course John Waldie who was with us at every race," Lang said.
 
"The cars that Tim McAmis builds, I think, are the very best, and this championship is a testament to that as well. Add in that famous Al Billes horsepower, and we've got an amazing car.
 
"I have to say a big 'thank you' also to my wonderful sponsors. I mentioned Roger Burgess and ProCare Rx, but there's also Castrol, NGK, Pepsi, Miller Welders, Safety-Kleen, the Sign Source, Prolific Group, and Jet Tools. They are such a huge support for us, getting us through every race.  This is for them as well.
 
"Four or five years ago, we wanted just to be a contender, and once we ran the whole season, we were number ten in points, then moved up to number six, and then we were number one last year, and again this year. I don't think it can get better than that. None of us do this for a living, we do it as a hobby, and it's all for fun," Lang said.
 
And according to Lang, winning a second championship is the "funnest’ thing of all."



5.80s on the Horizon
Oct.30

Drag Illustrated establishes exclusive club for the first eight nitrous Pro Modified drivers to break in

October 28, 2009 – Nitrous oxide-injected Pro Modifieds have been at the forefront of several major performance milestones in the sport of drag racing over the course of the last few years. More than twenty years after Bill Kuhlmann’s shot-heard-round-the-world 7.21-second, 202.24mph blast down Darlington Dragway in March of 1987, nitrous-assisted door slammers have obliterated the six-second zone, making consistent 6.0-second runs appear effortless. Now they are knocking on the door of the 5.8-second arena – once considered to be reserved exclusively for supercharged, alcohol-burning cars.

Approaching the one-year anniversary of the 2008 Shakedown at E-Town, where Jim Halsey of Street, Maryland, permanently etched his name in the drag racing history books with the first five-second run, a 5.998-second, 240.68mph blast, Drag Illustrated announces the 5.80 Club – rewarding the first eight drivers to accomplish this remarkable feat with a specially embroidered jacket and plaque inscribed with the driver’s name and his qualifying slot in the club, 1 through 8.

“The days leading up to the 7th annual Shakedown at E-Town have been filled with talk as to the potential performances in several categories,” said Wes Buck, Editor/Publisher of Drag Illustrated. “Particularly prominent in these discussions have been the likeliness of a 5.8-second run out of a nitrous Pro Mod, and we can’t deny the fact that the Shakedown is likely the place it will happen.

“At the moment, there are just a handful of cars capable of this feat and we want to make sure they’re recognized for their hard work and dedication to the nitrous oxide-injected combination," Buck continued. "Truth be known, we missed the opportunity a year ago to celebrate the first nitrous car into the 5’s, and considering the performances we’ve seen lately, it will soon become a common occurrence – just as it has with the supercharged cars. Now an even more exclusive barrier has presented itself and we want to give the proper recognition to the few people who are able to put together a 5.8-second run with a nitrous car.”

Charter members in the group will be the first eight drivers to record a 5.8-second run at any major event, be it a sanctioned national meet or independent event.

At the time of this writing, the Drag Illustrated team is working to establish a second club to award driver of supercharged, alcohol burning Pro Modifieds for breaching the 250mph mark in quarter-mile competition. Information regarding the DI 250MPH Club will be available soon.


Scotty Phillips claims Box title
Oct.30

Scotty Phillips claims Summit SuperSeries Box title

From one dragster to another, Scotty Phillips is one happy driver.

Phillips, one of only two dragsters in the Box class over the weekend, maneuvered his way through a tough field on Sunday on his way to claiming the 2009 Summit SuperSeries Box World Championship at the IHRA World Finals in Rockingham.

With the win Phillips (LaGrange, Ohio) will take home a cool $12,000 payday from Summit Racing Equipment and a brand new Mullis Dragster.

Now when Phillips returns to Dragway 42 he will have a brand new dragster to go along with an IHRA Ironman and bragging rights for an entire year as being the best Box driver in the country.

And he didn’t even need to work that hard to get it.

Phillips essentially received a free pass in the final when Joey Anderson (Glenville, Ga.) timed out on the starting line, giving Phillips the easiest $12,000 payday of his life.



With the win Phillips receives a grand total of $12,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a new turn-key Mullis Dragster with an 800 HP World Products LS engine, a trip to Aruba, a Diamond World Champion ring, an Ironman and an IHRA Gold Card.

Phillips ran a 5.469 elapsed time on a 5.19 dial in the final after Anderson timed out.

Phillips started from the third position on Sunday and worked his way through the eight-car ladder taking down Anderson, Linn Joines and Bill Rausch to get the win. Anderson defeated Jack Hughes and Tim Roe to fill the other spot in the final.

This weekend marks the third Summit SuperSeries appearance by a driver representing Dragway 42.



Davey Boyd wins No Box Championship
Oct.30

Davey Boyd makes most of investment, wins No Box championship

Who knew a $ 40 investment could go so far?

When Davey Boyd bought his ’65 Satellite all the way back in 1974 for a grand total of $40 he never dreamed that it would one day lead to a $12,000 payday and a world championship, but that is exactly what he experienced over the weekend by picking up the Summit SuperSeries No Box World Championship at the IHRA World Finals Sunday at Rockingham Dragway.

Boyd, from Spencer, Tenn., capitalized on that investment Sunday when he drove around Todd Hohn (Nashville, Tenn.) in a battle of Tennessee to lay claim the 2009 Summit SuperSeries No Box title and in doing so takes home a lucrative prize package.

With the win Boyd receives a grand total of $12,000 from Summit Racing Equipment, a Haul Mark racing trailer, a custom golf cart from Davis Custom Carts, a trip to Aruba, a Diamond World Championship ring, an Ironman and an IHRA Gold and Silver Card.



Boyd ran a 6.953 elapsed time on a 6.95 dial in the final while Hohn ran a 6.819 on a 6.80 dial.

Boyd started from the sixth position on Sunday and worked his way through the eight-car ladder taking down Hohn, Ricky Nelson and Mike Buie to get the win. Hohn defeated Eric Harris and Greg Sauvage to fill the other spot in the final



Pro Stock teams agree to multi-year deal
Oct.30

IHRA, Mountain Motor Pro Stock teams agree to multi-year deal

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – The International Hot Rod Association announced Sunday a creative partnership that will insure the future of the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class in a restructured IHRA Nitro Jam series set to debut in 2010.

The alliance between the IHRA, operators of the racetracks that host the 10 events that comprise the Nitro Jam series and members of the newly-formed Mountain Motor Pro Stock Association has provided a creative solution to a problem created by today’s difficult economic environment.

While Pro Stock wasn’t a part of the revamped Nitro Jam program announced last week by IHRA President Aaron Polburn, the principals already were committed to finding a way to make the IHRA’s oldest pro category viable within the new, streamlined format.

Following additional meetings last week during the IHRA’s season-ending World Finals at Rockingham Dragway, IHRA officials, Pro Stock team owners and drivers and track operators hammered out a multi-year agreement that will retain the world’s quickest and fastest pure doorslammers as one of the cornerstones of the IHRA series.


NG ADRL Speedtech Battle for the Belts
Oct.30

King Tutt’ Reigns in National Guard ADRL Speedtech Battle for the Belts

ENNIS, TX (Oct. 24, 2009) — Todd Tutterow turned on the win light three times over two days at the Texas Motorplex to secure his first National Guard American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) Pro Extreme world championship.

The Yadkinville, North Carolina-based driver entered the championship-deciding Speedtech Battle for the Belts—a unique eight-car playoff for the top points earners in the class—in fifth place and raced through Mike Janis, two-time defending series champ Jason Scruggs and Joshua Hernandez to take the Belt.


IHRA re-signs Summit Racing Equipment
Oct.30

One of the longest ongoing relationships in all of motorsports, Summit Racing Equipment announced Saturday that it has re-signed with the International Hot Rod Association in a multi-year deal that will carry the two organizations into 2010 and beyond.

Summit Racing Equipment, which sponsors the Summit Pro-Am Tour, the Summit SuperSeries, the Summit All-Star Race and the Team Finals, will continue to support all of the sportsman programs within the IHRA by signing a multi-year deal that will continue to give sportsman racers a stage within the IHRA to compete at local and national events across North America.

 “Summit Racing recognizes IHRA Sportsman racers’ commitment to the sport and is happy to renew its IHRA Sportsman programs,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Event Manager. “Summit Racing is committed to supporting sportsman racing through the Summit SuperSeries, Pro-Am Series, the season-ending Team Finals and the All-Star Race.

“These programs give sportsman racers the opportunity to race for national championships at the local and divisional level. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the IHRA to support the sport.”

Based in Tallmadge, Ohio, Summit Racing Equipment, the nation’s leading provider of high performance, accessory and racing parts, has always been a leader in providing a stage for sportsman competitors to race and has provided thousands of opportunities for drivers who otherwise would have never been able to compete at a national level.

“We are very fortunate to have a great partner in sportsman racing like Summit. Their commitment to all of IHRA sportsman racing is tremendous,” said Tommy Dupree, National Sales Manager for the IHRA. “Summit Racing supports those that support them – the hard working weekend warriors that put in all that overtime to be able to do what they love.

“Summit’s commitment and support for these two programs only helps to reaffirm that sportsman racing at IHRA will be around for a long time.”




Revell to Release NHRA Model Kits
Oct.30

Kits will feature some of the most well known names in the history of drag racing, including the ‘Hawaiian’ and the ‘Chi-Town Hustler’

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (Oct. 22, 2009) — Revell, Inc. and the NHRA announced today that Revell will be introducing nostalgic drag racing model kits in the very near future bearing the NHRA logo.

Revell in the early 1970s started out as a major player in drag racing sponsorships and worked hand-in-hand with the NHRA, and introduced many Funny Cars, Top Fuel dragsters, Pro stockers, and more bearing some of the most well-known names in the history of drag racing.

With the advent of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series and the reunions, Revell will be re-releasing a number of their model kits that will be in concert with the cars that have been a force in the long history of Funny Cars, such as Roland Leong’s “Hawaiian” and the well known Chi-Town Hustler of Farkonas, Coil, & Minick.  These cars will be joined by many other of Revell’s most popular drag racing model kits down the road.


NHRA: Interview w/ Dixon and Ashley Force
Oct.30

MICHAEL PADIAN: Two‑time-NHRA champion Larry Dixon who drives the Al‑Anabi dragster.  It's been a crapshoot all year with yourself, Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher winning five races each.

            What do you expect over these final two races and what do you think will be the difference?




VP introduces new small engine fluid
Oct.30

SOLVES HARD START AND STORAGE PROBLEMS

VP Racing Fuels, recognized around the world for innovation in fuel technology and top quality products, today announced the introduction of SEF94TM Small Engine FuelTM. “SEF94 is a 94 octane unleaded fuel that will provide easier, quicker starts for chain saws, generators, leaf and snow blowers, and other gasoline-powered small engines used for work or play,” said Jim Kelly, VP’s Eastern Regional Manager.
 
Street gasoline containing ethanol often makes such equipment difficult, if not impossible, to start, because ethanol can absorb moisture and form deposits in carburetors and fuel systems. SEF94 contains no ethanol, making it a much more dependable and cost effective solution. The unique properties of SEF94 also make it an excellent long-term storage fuel, allowing quick starts even after equipment sits idle for many months.
 
“SEF94 is the most dependable fuel on the market to help ensure equipment will start when it’s needed at work, play or in an emergency,” Kelly added. “Outdoorsmen, farmers, loggers, landscapers, emergency workers, rural homeowners and many others know what it’s like to deal with a tool that won’t work when needed and the inconvenience of costly rebuilds, but with SEF94 that frustration will be a thing of the past.”
 
SEF94 is for use in portable power equipment only. It is not a street legal fuel, therefore should not be used in a motor vehicle of any kind. 



Michael Kalin Fourth Place in Q32
Oct.30

For a racer who was still getting his feet wet with a new dragster in 2009, Michael Kalin became a quick study.
 
The Western New York native placed fourth in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts Championship Point Award Series, and said recently he is pleased with his efforts and the new series.
 
“This was a lot of fun and really cool,” said Kalin, who drives a Mullis Race Cars dragster powered by a nitrous-assisted 632-cubic inch engine. “I was a little disappointed in my own performance, but the series is a great program.”
 
Kalin, who was competed for more than two decades, and has been a fixture in the Quick 16 programs at tracks such as New York International Raceway Park and Dunn Tire Raceway Park (Lancaster), the dragster was a new ride from his Top Sportsman Corvette, as he wanted to concentrate with the Top Dragster in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series in 2009.
 
Kalin raced at all six Quick 32 Sportsman Series events for the season, always qualifying. Although he was a first-round loser in a couple of events, his year was highlighted with a victory during the Stratford Spectacular Hot Summer Nationals at the Grand Bend Motorplex. He said at the time he was having some mechanical problems during the August race, but overcame them to win not only the Top Dragster side but take out the Top Sportsman entry for the overall championship.

If you’re interested in joining Pollard Nitrosports as a marketing partner for the final event of the 2009 season, their potential second place points finish and third national event win of the year, please contact Greg Pollard at 519.521.1593 or by email to Greg@pollardnitrosports.com.

Pollard Nitrosports would of course like to thank those companies that have supported them throughout the 2009 season and know that without their support they wouldn’t have achieved the level of success they have. They are proud to thank Brad Penn Oil, the “Official Oil” of Pollard Nitrosports, CGS Automotive and Refinishing, Plating Master, Sparky’s Performance, East Penn Battery and Vanhoucke Siding Contractors.
 


Pollard brings home second AMA Title
Oct.30

Already with one AMA Drag Bike national event victory to its credit in 2009 the Pollard Nitrosports team added to its stellar season with a victory during the Track or Treat Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio October 10-11.

The team took advantage of the new match race format for the Top Fuel Motorcycle division at AMA events when they posted the best average elapsed time over four runs against fellow competitor, legendary rider and close friend Larry McBride. With an average elapsed time of 6.526 seconds and a single run best of 6.14 seconds they took the title over McBride’s average elapsed time of 7.167 seconds.

“This was another big step in our learning curve this year, we had never raced in temperatures that cold.” said Greg Pollard, “After a good 6.14 run Saturday evening the temperatures turned colder on Sunday. Tony Williams, who handled the track prep, surprised everyone with some magic on Sunday morning and we took too much power out of the bike which made it a little lazy in the 1/8th mile on the way to a 6.19 sec run. We stepped it up for our last run Sunday afternoon and shook the tire hard. The bike went to the wall and Geoff was off the throttle at 2.5 sec. for a 7.03 finish.”
 


Now with their second win of the season in the books, the Pollard’s move their focus to the final AMA national event of the season in Valdosta, Georgia November 13-15. The National Finals presents an opportunity for the family run operation to challenge for second place in the AMA points standings.



Bogacki and Williams to Host TBIR
Oct.30

Woodville, AL: Luke Bogacki and Troy Williams, Jr. are proud to announce a Live bracket racing school at South Georgia Motorsports Park on Monday and Tuesday November 2-3, the two days leading up to the annual SGMP 5-Day Bracket Championships. The school, which will consist of 8-12 students will kick off with a classroom activity Monday morning in the SGMP suites. There, Bogacki and Williams will embark on several hours of race strategy and technical discussion, as well as question and answer sessions with the student base. Tuesday, the group will enjoy a full day of on-track testing, instruction, and side-by-side racing as they implement the theories brought forth by the talented duo of instructors.
 
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in five on-track schools already this season,” explained Bogacki. “The schools have been well received, and I really feel like we’ve helped a number of racers take giant steps forward in their racing endeavors. Don’t take my word for it, visit www.ThisIsBracketRacing.com and read the testimonials from our students. This will be my first opportunity to work with Troy in this format, and I cannot begin to express how thrilled I am to have him involved. I went to Troy when I first got started big money racing, and his theories and teachings helped jump start my racing career. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned and listen to Troy with the racers at SGMP.”
 
Chad Covert, a very experienced sportsman competitor, attended the Folk Race Cars “ThisIsBracketRacing.com Live” driving school earlier this summer at Byron Dragway. Following the school, Chad had this to say to Luke Bogacki and the ThisIsBracketRacing.com staff:
 
“Thanks again for all the help and the driving school you and the Folks put on not long ago in Byron, Illinois. I’ve been racing a long time and had some success but when given the chance to spend a few days with you, Brian and Nick Folk teaching in a manner that felt like it was one-on-one with the way you had the class structured and the lessons and track time scheduled I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity. Its amazing how after 2 days of class I realized I had learned more than what 10 years of doing things the wrong way had taught me. Thanks again and I’m happy to say that after the class I went down to 6 at the Brainerd NHRA national. Following that I went to the IHRA Osceola double divisional and went down to 5 cars in the 1st race and won my first "Iron man" in the second. I can't say thanks enough to you and the Folks.”


Siegel Caps Season with strong Million Finish
Oct.30

Jon Siegel drove his popular FTI Converters backed Malibu Wagon, recently dubbed “The Wheelie Wagon” to a semi-final finish in this year’s edition of the Million Dollar Race last weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park. Siegel’s impressive run to the ninth round of competition in sportsman racings biggest event was highlighted by a string of outrageously consistent ET’s from his four-dour machine.
 
After knocking off notable racers Michael Rastall and Wesley Washington, Jr. in rounds two and three respectively, Siegel used a breakout 6.546 (6.55 dial) to defeat Alabama racer Heath Davis. In round five, his dead-on 6.542 was enough to best former Pro Stock standout Dave Connolly. He knocked off multi-time national event winner Jeff Stickland in round six with a .011 induced 6.543. The “Wheelie Wagon” then reeled off two more consecutive 6.543 ET’s to stop Kevin Rodden in round seven, and fellow Florida racer Dwayne Roberts in round eight.
 
“The car was unbelievable,” said Jon Siegel. “The run sheets tell the story. The car moved .001 in my last five runs. It’s been like that all season. Actually, it’s been like that ever since I put my FTI converter in the car. Before the quarterfinals Dwayne (Roberts, his opponent) asked what I was dialed. I jokingly said 6.543. I was that confident that number would come up on the board!”
 
With just three cars remaining and a $200,000 payday in clear sight, Siegel squared off with another Florida racer, Palmetto’s Jeff Keen. There, Siegel’s wagon once again ran dead-on, posting a fifth consecutive run within .003 of his dial-in, with a 6.542. However, an uncharacteristic .042 reaction time cost Siegel the round and his shot at Million Dollar race history.


Mike Ashley's Lend America Faces Gov't Action
Oct.24

THE UNITED STATES FILES CIVIL SUIT TO ENJOIN FRAUD IN GOVERNMENT INSURED MORTGAGE LOANS

Complaint Alleges Mortgage Lender Falsely Certified That Borrowers Who Received Over $14 Million In Loans Met HUD’S Lending Requirements

A civil complaint was filed today in federal court in Central Islip against Ideal Mortgage Bankers, Ltd. d/b/a/ Lend America, a mortgage lender located in Melville, Long Island, seeking a court-ordered injunction to prevent the company from making loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”). The complaint also seeks relief against Lend America’s Executive Vice President and Chief Business Strategist, Michael Ashley. The case has been assigned to United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco.

The complaint was announced by Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Kenneth Donohue, Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Assistant Secretary David H. Stevens, Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration.



NEOPMA Members Going To Shakedown
Oct.17

Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Members to show up in force at the Shakedown at E’Town Oct. 17th and 18th at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.

10-13-2009 Huntington, NY – The 7th Annual Al-Anabi Shakedown at E’Town is upon us. In 2008 we witnessed NEOPMA member Scott Cannon shatter the outlaw blown quarter mile record. In the Blown Quarter mile class we saw members Tim O'Hare, Steve King, Chip King, Frank Patille, Tommy Gray, Barney Squires, Billy Gibson, Scott Cannon and Kevin McCurdy qualify for the 16 car field.



NAPA Quick 32 Sportsman Series top five 2009
Oct.17


SHAKESPEARE, ONTARIO (October 13, 2009)  – T.J. Schippling’s name will go down in the record books as the winner of the first Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts event, held at the Cayuga Dragway in May of 2009.

“The highlight of the season for sure was the Cayuga win,” said the driver of the Schippling Motorsports Undercover Dragster. “I really wanted a win in this series and to win the first was special.”



ADRL Brings ‘Battle’ to Texas Motorplex
Oct.12

In 2005, the inaugural year for the National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL), series president and CEO Kenny Nowling knew he would have a tough time convincing racers based mostly in the Southeast and with no mathematical chance at a championship to make the long tow west to Kennedale, Texas, for the fledgling outfit’s season ender. So, he came up with the Speedtech Battle for the Belts, a unique playoff concept set this year for Oct. 23, opening day of the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, just south of Dallas.

“Initially, it was created to ensure that everyone in the top eight, all the top players, came to that last race in Dallas at the end of the year. But I needed something to convince the rest to come, too, so we made the following season’s points actually start on the same weekend so that everybody would want to be there to get a head start on the next season’s points chase,” Nowling explained.

Essentially the same format is in place this year as the top eight points earners for each of the National Guard ADRL’s five professional classes in 2009 —Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Flowmaster Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Extreme Pro Stock—will determine world champions on Friday, while all points earned through qualifying and elimination rounds on Saturday will count toward the 2010 points chase.



NHRA Release information on 2 Accidents
Oct.12

Preliminary results of NHRA’s investigation into two separate incidents involving Funny Car at both the NHRA Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. and the  O’Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, Tenn. suggests the problems are not related in anyway, according to NHRA Technical officials.

The first incident involved Bob Tasca and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang. The wheel was immediately examined by NHRA Technical Department personnel and after the event, was sent to the SFI Foundation, Inc. for further inspection. The wheel has also been examined by the original fabricator. Based on initial inspections, NHRA issued a technical bulletin advising teams of wheel inspection and maintenance issues. In the meantime, the wheel is continuing to be examined by SFI and has been sent to a metallurgist for further evaluation.

In Memphis, NHRA tech officials examined the wheel components in the incident involving Dan Wilkerson and his Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang. After initial examinations and discussions with team owner, Tim Wilkerson, NHRA has determined that the wheel was not properly installed.



Bogacki drives New Car to SC Crown
Oct.12

Memphis, TN: Luke Bogacki drove his brand new ThisIsBracketRacing.com sponsored 2010 American Race Cars dragster to the Super Comp victory at last weekend’s NHRA Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, TN. The machine, which hit the race track for the first time just three weeks prior, has already proven to be one of Bogacki’s favorites.
 
“This is, without a doubt, the best dragster I’ve owned to date. Mark Horton, Travis Colangelo, and all the guys at American Race Cars just seem to turn out a better product with every car they build. The new car is gorgeous, immaculate, light, and fast. And so far, we’ve just agreed with each other. The initial success has been fantastic.”
 
Bogacki debuted the new car at his local Huntsville Dragway three weeks ago, and immediately drove to the Pro Eliminator victory. A week later, he made his Super Comp debut a memorable one, advancing to the final round of the NHRA LODRS event in Belle Rose, LA before red lighting to championship contender Tommy Phillips. He then went on to the NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas, TX, where he fell in round two before driving to the victory in Memphis.
 
At the Mid-South Nationals, Bogacki made his way through a star-studded field to claim his second NHRA “Wally” of the 2009 season. He opened eliminations with victories over Rip Dennis and Troy Coughlin, Jr. before squaring off with Dallas Fall Nationals winner Lloyd Parfait in a pivotal third round match-up.

“Lloyd and I ran in third round, which was actually our first round of the day on Monday (Sunday’s eliminations were postponed due to rain). We hadn’t been down the track in nearly 48 hours, so dialing was a little sketchy. Lloyd made a great run: he was .017 and dropped to 8.90--I would take his pass in that situation any day of the week. I was just fortunate to make my best run of the weekend that round and get by him. We talk about luck being a big factor, and people always think of that as ‘getting away with a mistake.’ I don’t feel like I made any huge mistakes on the weekend, but I only made one run all weekend that would’ve beat Lloyd there--I just happened to make it at the right time.”



Stivers sets record in Virginia
Oct.12

Rick Stivers, driver of the Trane '06 Stratus Pro Mod, ran a World Record ET Saturday in his first-round victory in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge at the NHRA Virginia Nationals.
 
Stivers set the record with his qualifying blast of 5.837 seconds to take the pole, and then delivered the required one percent backup in his first-round win over Scott Ray by running an even-quicker 5.835 to Ray's 5.998.  The only possible way he could not leave with the record would be if another driver runs quicker on Sunday and delivers a backup in the remaining three rounds of competition.
 
"This track is amazing, and the conditions have just been stellar," Stivers said. "Brad has really found the sweet spot in this car, and we've been able to put all of the power down to the track to keep this Trane on a rail."
 
By setting a record, he would add 20 points to his total for the weekend, bringing his deficit down to just 33 points in order to qualify for the Matco Tools Pro Mod Clash in Vegas. From there, he will have to beat Tim Tindle in the quarterfinals and win two more rounds and go all the way to the finals in order to take over the No. 8 spot. If by chance he does not have the record, he will have to win the event in order to advance.



Knowles selected as Best Appearing Team
Oct.12

Although his weekend at the NHRA Virginia Nationals ended earlier than he would have liked, Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge driver Mike Knowles is leaving Virginia Motorsports park with an unprecedented honor: his team was selected by NHRA as the best appearing crew, and was awarded a coveted Wally trophy. Knowles is the first and only Pro Mod racer or team to have won a Wally at a Pro Mod event.
 
In his three qualifying attempts, he was able to give a best effort of 6.153 seconds - a number that would have qualified at any other race this season. With the ultra-quick field and stellar weather conditions however, he was well outside the 6.07 bump spot.
 
"We had the same three shots that everyone else did, so I can't say much. We just had a few issues with the car that took a while to get worked out, and we ran out of qualifiers.  Plain and simple," Knowles said.
 
"The good news is, we have already started working on our program for 2010, because the competition that we're going to be facing is getting quicker and quicker, and we're going to need to be running 90's and 80's consistently if we're going to be in the show for next year.
 
"Mike Strasberg, Chuck Ford and I have all put our heads together and created a game plan, something that I think will work out well," he said.
 
"It was really cool to be awarded the best appearing crew from NHRA. That made the DNQ a little easier to take.  We always take pride in the way things look and how we present ourselves, so to be recognized for that, it means a lot. It's also huge, as a class, top be included in the judging for that. We've worked hard to keep the relationship with NHRA advancing, and I think this is a great sign of how things are continuing to get better and better," Knowles added.



NHRA Virginia National Results
Oct.11

Edwards closes on championship as he, Bernstein, and Worsham are victorious in Virginia

On a record-setting final day of the Virginia NHRA Nationals. Brandon Bernstein, Del  Worsham, and Mike Edwards enjoyed much-needed get-well moments at Virginia Motorsports Park, at the fourth event of the six-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Countdown to 1 playoffs. 



Ron Lane Wins The Million !
Oct.10

He defeated Jeff Keen in the finals (10th round) by .007.

Congrats to both guys for a job well done.



Results from NHRA Southeast Bracket Finals
Oct.04

WILLIAMS, STITES DOUBLE; ACKLES & RIDGE ALSO SCORE BIG

CECIL, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2009) – Troy Williams Jr. and Steve Stites continued their winning ways from Friday, taking the wins again today for the NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park.  Both racers won yesterday’s Race of Champions event with Williams, Bradenton, Fla., taking the trophy in Super Pro then covering the field in the Pro category today for the win.  Williams is running for the team from Montgomery Motorsports Park clocking in at 6.682 seconds in the 1/8th mile to beat Brandon Wood, Thomasville, Ga., (South Georgia Motorsports Park) with a near perfect run.


Stites, who is also running for Montgomery Motorsports Park out of Falkner, Miss., won in the Sportsman class in both yesterday’s ROC and again today for the division championship.  Stites held off Thomas Holley, Saraland, Ala., (Mobile Dragway) who ran too quick and broke out.





Edmund Hall Trims off Weight for Hill
Oct.04

Edmund "Mr.5 Speed" Hall ran his career best during the first round of the Hill Vs Hall 2 out of 3 Match Race.....

With the help of Keith Baker and weight reduction, the crew laid down one heck of a pass. 4.0___ with only 706 Cubic Inches

 35 Total Pounds removed from Hall's GTO

1. One Parachute Removed

2. New Set of light weight wheelie bars

3. New Light Weight Mickey Thompson Wheels

 

 




Results for South Georgia Bracket Finals
Oct.02

Southeast Division Bracket Finals Results

2009 Race of Champions
Super Pro
Winner: Troy Williams, Montgomery Motorsports Park
R/U: Larry Meachem, Emerald Coast Dragway

Footbrake
Winner: Steve Stites, Montgomery Motorsports Park
R/U: Joe Tillman, Orlando Speed World Dragway



Southeast Division Series Finals Update
Oct.01

RACING UNDERWAY FOR NHRA SOUTHEAST DIVISION SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS

            CECIL, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2009) – The NHRA Southeast Division Summit Racing Series Finals kicked off today at South Georgia Motorsports Park with more than 500 racers representing 17 NHRA Member Tracks.  Racers in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Pro Bike took their initial shot at the quarter mile during time trail sessions designed to fine tune their racing vehicles according to track and weather conditions. Competitors are vying for individual and team honors along with more than $20,000 in purse and contingency awards with the team from Bradenton Motorsports Park looking to defend their Team Championship from last year.         

Friday’s action will include final time trials along with the Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points-earning drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition.  

            Eliminations are scheduled for Saturday with the four class winners advancing to the NHRA AAA Finals in Pomona, Calif., and the chance to compete against the winner’s from NHRA's other six divisions for the national championship.

            Gates at South Georgia Motorsports Park open at 8 a.m. each day with racing beginning at 9 a.m.  South Georgia Motorsports Park is located 12 miles north of Valdosta, Ga.  Take I-75 (from the north or south) to Exit 32, old Coffee Road.  Take Old Coffee Road east to Highway 41.  Go north to the track.  For more information call the track, (229) 896-7000.

BELOW ARE TRACKS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE SOUTHEAST DIVISION SUMMIT RACING SERIES FINALS:

 

§         Atlanta Dragway; Commerce, Georgia

§         Bradenton Motorsports Park; Bradenton, Florida

§         Bristol Dragway; Bristol, Tennessee

§         Emerald Coast Dragway; Holt, Florida

§         Gainesville Raceway; Gainesville, Florida

§         Huntsville Dragway; Toney, Alabama

§         Mobile Dragway; Daphne, Alabama

§         Montgomery Motorsports Park; Montgomery, Alabama

§         Music City Raceway; Hendersonville, Tennessee

§         Northwest Tennessee Motorsports Park; Gleason, Tennessee

§         Orlando Speed World Dragway; Orlando, Florida

§         Palm Beach Int’l Raceway; West Palm Beach, Florida

§         Puerto Rico International Speedway; Salinas, Puerto Rico

§         Silver Dollar Raceway; Reynolds, Georgia

§         South Georgia Motorsports Park; Cecil, Georgia

§         Sunshine Dragstrip; Clearwater, Florida

§         Z-Max Dragway; Charlotte, North Carolina
 


Truck on DYNO in Montgomery, AL
Sep.30

Agent DC received a phone call from a source stating that serious horsepower was being measured at a speed shop in Montgomery, AL.

Lester Pitts, James Lowe, "Nuggett," and several others watched as Neil/Mark Messick, Prattville, AL, put their 37truck on the dyno, with the help of Michael Gunn.

At 865 Horsepower, this 605 CID truck smoked the tires and only spun on the dyno wheel. The "Fast" System expert on site stated that the truck is producing close to 1100 Horsepower.

 



Brown to run special scheme in Memphis
Sep.30

Antron Brown moves forward at a very rapid pace in his 7,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster, and the 23-time NHRA winner will be moving forward with a new look as he competes for the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle world championship at the Memphis NHRA race. Brown and the Mike Ashley Racing Matco Tools team will fly the colors of Toyota at the 22nd annual O’Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil, Oct. 2-4, at Memphis Motorsports Park.

The arrangement between Matco Tools and MAR gives the team the opportunity to generate additional funding and place a marketing partner in the primary sponsor location at given events. Brown raced the DirecTV/Matco Tools dragster to the win at the Madison race in May. The team’s customary bright blue and silver pinstriped Matco Tools Iron Eagle dragster theme will return for the final three races on the 2009 NHRA schedule, in Richmond, Las Vegas, and Pomona. 



Doug Winters Four in a Row Final Rounds
Sep.30

Doug Winters and the Winters Racing Team made another final round appearance this past weekend at the Super Chevy Show.  This time it was at the Bristol Motor Speedway.  The streak started on June 28th at the Super Chevy Show held at the zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC.  At zMax, Doug took the win in the final round.  From there they went on to the finals and win at Maple Grove in July and Bowling Green in August.  Out of the four finals Doug has won two.  This time he lost in the final against Ken Walsh and his ’63 Corvette.



“Getting the runner up was a let down here at Bristol, but when we started thinking about it, four finals in a row is something really special, stated Doug.  “It just shows how consistent our ’57 Nitro Coupe has become over the season.  Working with Mickey Thompson Tires and some chassis changes, our car has really responded.  Now every time I drop the clutch I expect it to make a full pass.  At the beginning of the season that was not the case.”

Going into the final Super Chevy Show event for the year at Bristol, Ken Walsh had already locked up the Nitro Coupe point’s championship.  But second place was still undecided.  Doug came into the event in third, 15 points behind Jerry Hunt.  Doug would have to make it two rounds further then Jerry to take second place.  And that is exactly what happened.  Unfortunately for Jerry, he lost in the first round and with Doug advancing to the final put Doug into second place by only 5 points.  “It’s great to end up second this year.  We ran a limited Super Chevy Show schedule and to take second place is special.  Jerry worked very hard to hold on to second, but we were just a little more lucky then him down the stretch.”



Wilkerson and Tasca Extend Alliance
Sep.30

Funny car drivers Tim Wilkerson and Bob Tasca have announced the extension of their successful technical alliance on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing circuit through the 2010 season. Wilkerson and Tasca formed the alliance prior to the 2009 season and have acted as teammates throughout the year despite the fact that both teams are independently owned and operated. As part of the program, the teams have shared tuning information, the drivers have worked together to improve performance, and both organizations have combined to create a bigger and better marketing platform at the racetrack. Both Wilkerson and Tasca also earned spots in the NHRA Countdown to 1 playoff fields in Funny Car. As part of the program, both teams will continue to pit next to each other at NHRA races and will continue to combine their hospitality and marketing space.


One Weekend…Two Brothers..Four Ironmen
Sep.30

Family racing is a keystone of our sport, but few families have achieved the level of success enjoyed by the Folk family, of Durand, Illinois.

When family patriarch Ron and sons Nick and Brian show up at an event, competitors in all classes know they are in for a fight. Among the three Folks, there are numerous event titles, as well as divisional and national championships, in Quick Rod, Super Rod, Stock, Super Stock, Top Dragster, and Top Sportsman.

At the recent Summit Pro-Am double-header at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, the Folk brothers were flexing their muscles again, taking a total of four IHRA Ironman trophies in three classes.

Brian picked up Super Rod gold both days, while Nick claimed victories in Stock on day 1 and Super Stock on day 2. (The following day, Nick took a win in Super Stock during the Champion System Sportsman Nationals, and one weekend later he picked up another Stock win at Osceola Dragway).


Old Racer Reunion Results With Photos
Sep.29

Show and Go at MMP

Once again rain interrupted the action at Montgomery Motorsports Park but not before an amazing show of great cars from the past was completed on Saturday morning. Racing was postponed until Sunday and provided two good bracket races. One was contested over the 1/4 mile and one on the 1/8 mile. Both were footbrake only. The winners were as follows:



O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals Preview
Sep.29

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – In the sport of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing, every racer knows that in just a few seconds – less than the blink of an eye – a racer can go from being a hero to a zero, and vice versa.

Nobody knows that better than Robert Hight.

Highly touted as a pre-season favorite to win the Funny Car championship, many expected to see Hight visit every winner’s circle on the circuit. However, his Auto Club Ford Mustang team encountered one of the worst slumps in recent memory and had a horrible regular season performance. They barely squeaked into the Countdown to 1 playoffs in dramatic fashion at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.


New 4.70 Heads Up Car on the Panhandle
Sep.28

Agent DC received these photos of a new 4.70 car that is being assembled on the panhandle.  The racer plans to compete at various Heads Up 4.70 events at Emerald Coast, Montgomery Motorsports Park, and several Southeast Events. Thanks for the pics!





Ohio Boys Score Big at SportsNats
Sep.28

Three Ohio racers scored big wins at the Fifth Annual JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals  and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at National Trail Raceway.   Leading the way was local runner Mike Coughlin of Delaware, Ohio, in his ’06 Cobalt posting a lap of 7.360 seconds at 136.65 mph for the Dart Top Sportsman win.  Coughlin, who won this event back in 2007, faced off against Mitch Smith who broke in the final round.


Ray Connolly and Adam Lear also grabbed wins for the home state with Connolly, Elyria, Ohio, knocking out Dennis Rutherford, Newark, Ohio, in the final of Super Gas to add to his list of NHRA national events wins while Lear, also of Newark, Ohio, held off Tyson Fabish, Medina, Ohio, in the Division’s Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster class.  Lear drove to a 7.162 second, 180.48 mph pass for the win over Fabish.





Photos From The Old Racers Reunion
Sep.28

The rain had a negative effect on the number of cars and spectators but the quality was second to none. Many of these cars are just the way they were raced while some are replicas built period correct.

Photos By Wade Mooney


148 Years Of Age = 101 Years Of Drag Racing
Sep.28

Among the hundreds of interesting stories relived at the 9th annual Old Racers Reunion was the history of Speedy Ball and "Big Iron" Aubrey Padgett.

Speedy Ball, which is the only name we know him by, began racing in 1958 and has raced every year since. He currently drives a SBC powered Ford Probe that he has painted like the Motorcraft Cars that Bob Glidden drove. Speedy estimates this is only his sixth race car he has ever owned..

Aubrey currently races the third configuration of his famous "Big Iron" race cars. Aubrey admitted he had to slow down some years to raise the a family but was never far away from racing. They have all been painted pretty much the same way.



As a special treat a match race was scheduled between the two and it was decided it would be done the old fashion way. A flag man was used to start the pair and a person at the finish line walked out to the winning lane and signaled the winner.

The first round was held Saturday and Speedy Ball won by a car length. Round two was held Sunday afternoon and this time it was all Aubrey as Speedy suffered some valvetrain damage and trailed by a couple car lengths at the finish line.

Round three was canceled due to Speedy's engine damage.

Here Aubrey (L)  and Speedy Ball share a moment in the Montgomery Motorsports Park Winner's circle.



Photos and Words By Wade Mooney




Hammonds Makes the Most of his Return
Sep.27

With solid outings by the Race for Achievement Chevrolet on back-to-back weekends at Charlotte and Dallas, it's easy to conclude that Tom Hammonds made the most of his two-event return to the NHRA Full Throttle tour, and now the veteran Pro Stock competitor will step away and turn his focus to 2010.

"Other than winning a race, we accomplished everything we set out to do," Hammonds said. "The Race for Achievement Chevrolet ran toward the top of the pack, we turned in our best qualifying effort of the year here in Texas, and we learned some things about this race car that we'll put to good use next season."

Hammonds qualified in the No. 4 spot for this weekend's race at the Texas Motorplex, his best effort of the season, but a round-one loss to Allen Johnson ended Hammonds' day early. Still, taking into consideration his performance a week ago at the Carolinas Nationals and here at the NHRA Fall Nationals, Hammonds was pleased with the team's two-week effort.

"We had a good two weekends of racing," Hammonds said. "It gave us a good idea of where our program was, and not only that, but solidifying our program with the Marine Corps was very important. Now we go back and start our offseason and begin the preparation of a championship team for 2010.

"Probably one of the hardest things I'm going to have to do is identify the right crew, and I'll have to do that in the next two to three months so that we'll be in a position to win every race. Our engine program is on solid ground, we have great people as far as that is concerned, but now we need to put the whole program together."

Hammonds' box score for the last two weeks includes a No. 8 and a No. 4 effort in time trials, and a car that ran toward the top page during six of its eight qualifying attempts.

"It felt good to get back in the car, but I was playing crew chief, driver, everything this weekend, and we just didn't get it done on the track," Hammonds said. "It's tough wearing that many hats especially since we wanted to put together a good program this weekend for the Marine Corps. All in all, though, we qualified fourth, had a good weekend, the last two weekends to be exact, and now we're looking ahead to 2010." 


Summerville's 2010 American Dragster
Sep.27

Check out Johnny Summerville's 2010 American Dragster, painted and driven by Roanoke, AL racer Timothy Smith.  Smith debuted this beautiful ride at Montgomery Motorsports Park's Super 7 Series Finale and was ousted in the quarterfinals. Great finish for the young racer and new car.

2010 American Dragster
555 Huntsville Engine
Mickey Thompson Tires
MSD Ignition

Best E.T. 5.02 @ 136 mph






NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals Results
Sep.27

HIGHT, SCHUMACHER, ANDERSON AND ARANA WIN O’REILLY SUPER START BATTERIES NHRA FALL NATIONALS AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

ENNIS, Texas – Robert Hight continued his impressive post-season performance by racing to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel); Greg Anderson (Pro Stock); and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Hight, who barely advanced to the Countdown to 1, has now won the first two of the six championship playoff events. He defeated Jack Beckman in the final-round at the Texas Motorplex, after outrunning Leif Helander, Tim Wilkerson and Ashley Force Hood in earlier rounds. Last weekend he beat Matt Hagan in the final-round to win the NHRA Carolinas Nationals near Charlotte, N.C.

“The first two weeks of the Countdown couldn’t have been any better for us,” said Hight, who posted a 4.218 second run at 296.44 mph in his Auto Club Ford Mustang, to hold off Beckman’s Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger in the final, which finished in 4.271 at 292.58. “We won them and went from worst to first, so it’s very exciting for me. It’s something I never thought was going to happen. I never lost faith in my team. You dream big, but this is huge.”

With the win, Hight moved into the series lead for the first time this season. Entering the final race of the regular season, Hight was 12th in the point standings and in jeopardy of not making the playoffs.

“This is probably the best race car I’ve ever had,” Hight said. “We’ve won races and been close to winning the championship, but we’ve never been this dominant, this consistent, this steady; it’s going down the racetrack every run.”



New Fans "Drag Racing Is Far Out"
Sep.27

CAYUGA, ONTARIO (September 20, 2009) - The Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA) and Quick 32 Sportsman Series teams made some new friends at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario on the weekend.

Several individuals from Community Living Haldimand had an opportunity to see, hear, and experience the exciting and colorful drag racing series and get up close and personal with drivers Eric Latino, Bruce Boland and Melanie Simmons as guests of the series.

Community Living Haldimand is a non-profit organization that provides support and special needs to over 100 individuals with an intellectual disability and their families in Haldimand County for over 50 years



Gray Wins NEOPMA Blower Championship
Sep.27

Tommy Gray crowned Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association Blower Points Champion for 2009.
 




Hillary Will gets backing to run Top Alcohol
Sep.26

Hillary Will, the 29-year-old who broke onto the Top Fuel scene just a few short years ago but was sidelined because of economic conditions will be back behind the wheel of a dragster for three races this year, piloting Tom Conway's world championship car with the backing of Get Screened America and in support of Operation Holiday Hope.

Hillary will be racing the Top Alcohol Dragster in both the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals and the Auto Club of Southern California World Finals in Pomona as well as the Lucas Oil Sportsman Series Division 7 event in Las Vegas scheduled for the weekend between the two events.

"I can't tell you how excited I am to get back in a dragster," Will said. "The Tom Conway-tuned car was my first choice when I decided I wanted to get back in Top Alcohol. Thankfully, the seat was available this year and thankfully Roger Burgess agreed to support my comeback.




Blasi Repeats As NEOPMA Nitrous Champ
Sep.24

Blasi Racing repeats as Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association Nitrous Points Champion for 2009.

9-24-2009 Independence Township, NJ – Like any other sport, drag racing on 1320 feet of concrete and asphalt in the NEOPMA is a challenge, but perseverance, teamwork and consistency gets you championships. Blasi Racing is a testament to this. They have now repeated their feat of 2008, and are now the 2009 NEOPMA Nitrous Division point’s champions for the second year in a row. “This is an honor we worked hard to achieve, and to do so against a group of our peers such as the members of the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association just makes it more honorable. This group of racers, although all friends, give “No Quarter” when you get to the starting line. You can however ask the person you just raced win, lose or draw after the race for some help and you will get it. Furthermore in all instances the person you just raced is the first to congratulate or console you as the case may be,” states Jeff Blasi, driver of the champion Pat Musi powered 63’ Corvette.



Hamstra Still Celebrating Second ADRL Win
Sep.24

DeMotte, Indiana – September 13, 2009 – Jason Hamstra’s trip to Rockingham Dragway for The National Guard American Drag Racing League's (ADRL's) Flowmaster Dragstock VI was a successful venture, as the 22-year old Pro Modified driver won the ADRL’s Pro Extreme title in front of a capacity crowd at the fabled drag strip.
 
“Our car was driving really smooth all weekend, it didn't spin the tires even once," said the driver of the supercharged 1968 Camaro. "Everything just went perfect for us here."
 
The win was Hamstra’s second for the year in the 10-race series. His first came back in April at the ADRL’s Hardees Georgia Nationals.
 
Hamstra was number one qualifier for the event with a 3.715-second, 205.10-mph, which posted the quickest 16-car field in ADRL history. Hamstra drove to a 3.761-second, 204.73-mph victory over Ken Walsh, who ran a 3.875-second, 196.04-mph lap with his Corvette.




No Minimum Weight For ADRL
Sep.24

O’FALLON, MO (Sep. 23, 2009) — After careful consideration, the National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) will not be imposing any new minimum weight rules in the foreseeable future. Additionally, traction control will remain an option for those teams that wish to use it in every professional category with the exception of Extreme Pro Stock, which retains the rules that mandate a minimum weight (2,425 lbs w/driver) and specify the use of traction control is not allowed.  

The National Guard ADRL was founded on the principle of no rules except for safety. At its recent Flowmaster Dragstock VI event at Rockingham (NC) Dragway, however, the series distributed questionnaires to its teams seeking opinions on whether to mandate minimum weights and prohibit traction control devices as cost-cutting measures. courtesy ADRL 


RIP Bob Hesser; Auto Imagery Photographer
Sep.23

As the media representative for Tindle Racing, I had the opportunity to work with several photographers within the NHRA; Roger Richards, Les Welch, and several others.

I will never forget the warm welcome from Bob Hesser. He will be missed.

The following article was published on DragRaceCentral.com

The FastNews Network and the racing community have lost one of our own - an associate and a good friend.

Auto Imagery and Division 3 photographer Bob Hesser, 46, passed away early today, April 7, following a sudden illness.

Bob has been a familiar sight at NHRA North Central Division events for many years and he joined the elite crew of Auto Imagery photographers at NHRA national events a few years ago.

Bob's energetic style made his photographic efforts stand out. He always seemed to be everywhere, seeking new and unusual vantage points for his work. Bob's eye for in-camera composition made his photos dramatic, even without cropping or other post-processing.

Although we knew him best for his drag racing photography, Bob was also well known for his circle-track work, particulary sprint cars and midgets on the Midwest dirt tracks. He often said that a little dirt made your beverage of choice taste better.

Motorsports photography was his trade, but Bob's true love was his family. He is survived by his wife Vicky, 15-year-old daughter Courtney, and sons Lonnie, 18, Robert, 22, and Lee, 23.

We will miss Bob's photos, but even more, we will miss Bob's camaraderie and impish sense of humor. He made us laugh and we will miss him very much.

The FastNews Network extends its condolences to Bob's wife and family and we share their grief at his passing.




Elite 8 Mountain Motor Shootout Field Set
Sep.23

Elite 8 Shootout to determine best in Mountain Motor racing



For years the drivers of the quickest and fastest Pro Stock cars in the world have gone head-to-head in some sort of shootout during the season to determine the best of the best in mountain motor Pro Stock racing


President's Cup Do or Die For Hoover
Sep.23

President's Cup a do-or-die weekend for Hoover



It is safe to say that 2009 has been a banner year for Pro Modified legend Ed Hoover and the Paul Trussell Motorsports team.

With four final rounds, two victories and an incredible 17-6 win-loss record, you would think Hoover would be thrilled with the season he has had so far.

But that just isn’t the case.




Motorcraft,Quick Lane Extend Tasca Deal
Sep.23

Motorcraft, Quick Lane announce contract extension with Tasca

On the eve of Bob Tasca III's first race as a championship contender in NHRA’s Countdown to 1, Motorcraft and Ford’s growing national network of Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers announced they have extended their sponsorship of Tasca and Tasca Racing’s Shelby Mustang nitro Funny Car.

For the past two years, Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) brands Motorcraft and Quick Lane have been the primary sponsors of Tasca’s Shelby Mustang in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. This multiyear extension ensures that the two primary brands will remain on the car for years to come.

“We are proud to extend our relationship with Bob Tasca and everyone at Tasca Racing,” said Ken Czubay, vice president, Ford U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Our sponsorship with the Motorcraft and Quick Lane Shelby Mustang fits with our business plan and performance of solid products and results.

“From a start-up operation just over a year ago to winning races and being in position to contend for the NHRA Funny Car title is a credit to the hard work this team has put in.”

Tasca begins the 2009 Countdown to 1 playoffs with two wins and in fourth place in the Funny Car standings.

“I’ve always said the best gift someone can give another is to believe in them,” said Tasca. “Racing the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang has been amazing, and to have Ford Customer Service Division invest in us is an honor because they believed in me. I’m an all-Ford kid driving, and I’m very excited to be racing that all-Ford hot rod for years to come.”




Huntsville Engine King of the Coast Results
Sep.22

It's an ALL Huntsville Engine Final in Pro Electronics as Tanner and White Do Battle in Final at Huntsville Engine "KOC" Event 6. Stephenson Claims Another "KOC" WIN.......Destin "Ice Man" Bailey and little Sis Seleena Bailey Claim Jr. Dragster wins.

The Huntsville Engine "King of the Coast" Bracket Series Returned to Gulfport Dragway for the sixth event on the 2009 campaign as the battle for the "KOC" Points Championships were set to add another piece to the puzzle.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast had been soaked with rains over the past seven days and the forecast was not favorable for "KOC" Event 6 either as chances of precipitation ranged from 30%-60% for the race weekend. Off and on rains during Friday night and a heavy down pour early Saturday morning had the "KOC" Staff and Gulfport Dragway Staff hitting the track hard around 8am to begin the process of removing the estimated 1" of standing water off the track. "Waking up Saturday morning to a rain soaked track is a bad feeling," Gaylon Rolison of the "KOC" Series stated. "AJ Tritt, Jim (Griffiths), Jeff (August), and myself started early Saturday to begin the drying process and we pretty much had the track ready to go by lunch.," Rolison added.

Jr. Time Trials were slated to kick off in the afternoon but a heavy downpour for approximately 30-45 minutes and sprinkles for about 20 minutes afterwards forced the "KOC" Staff to pull the plug on the program for the day as all single day spectators and racers were given cash refunds and the weekend racers and spectators would also be given cash refunds for Saturday's portion of the "KOC" program


He Said - She Said? Rules or Not for ADRL
Sep.22

Despite the rumors that weight restrictions will be added to the ADRL ProExtreme Class and Traction Controls outlawed, Agent DC managed to find this quote while browsing the ADRL website..


Photo by Roger Richards

"Well, your Agent can report with 99.9-percent certainty that no minimum weights will be forthcoming and traction control will remain an option for all National Guard ADRL teams, except for those in Extreme Pro Stock, which retain the rules that mandate a minimum weight (2,425 lbs w/driver) and specify the use of traction control is not allowed."

From what your Agent can tell, a formal press release announcing the same could be issued as soon as Monday.

So rest easy, outlaw doorslammers, and tell Chicken Little it’s safe to go outside again."




How Low Can You Go? PSCA
Sep.22

This Bad to the Bone 1970 Nova is set to debut in the PSCA soon. It favors Nuke Racing's Outlaw 10.5 Nova which was Ready and rocked Fontana! Stay on the lookout for this mean machine..



Nuke Racing's Outlaw 10.5 Nova




Palm Beach International Raceway joins IHRA
Sep.22

IHRA is pleased to announce the signing of Palm Beach International Raceway to its family of tracks.

The state-of-the-art, all-concrete drag strip located in West Palm Beach, Fla. is the second major track signing in the past month after Virginia Motorsports Park rejoined the International Hot Rod Association two weeks ago.

Boasting one of the most beautiful backdrops and facilities in all of racing, Palm Beach International Raceway will waste little time jumping into the national event rotation as the facility will host the 2010 Nitro Jam season opener January 29-31.



“We are very excited to have IHRA on board. With our new track and the quality of the people on both sides we are going to put on some great events,” said Ron Dixon, President and COO of Palm Beach International Raceway. “Mutually it is going to be beneficial for everyone involved. We look forward to showcasing what we have to the world.”

Palm Beach International Raceway is located on the site of the old Moroso Motorsports Park, but there is very little resemblance to its former self. The new drag strip, which opened just 11 months ago, is also joined by a world-class road course and karting center making PBIR an exciting new destination for the IHRA and its fans.

“It really is an impressive place, perhaps one of the best structures in the United States,” Dixon added. “We have received a lot of advice and visited a lot of tracks because we wanted to get this right. And, quite frankly, I think we really have something that the Palm Beach area and IHRA can be proud of.”

When IHRA President Aaron Polburn visited the facility in late August he admits that even he was taken aback by the beauty and design of not just the track, but of the surrounding facility and of the West Palm Beach backdrop.

“This is literally one of the best tracks I have ever seen. We go to some world class facilities, but there is just something special about this place that is sure to make it a top destination for the IHRA and its different brands for years to come,” Polburn said.

On top of being one of the top drag racing facilities in the country, PBIR also provides a new market for the IHRA in southern Florida. Palm Beach International Raceway will also be a perfect fit for the exciting new look to the Nitro Jam series in 2010.

“One of the things we like is the association of the IHRA with Feld Entertainment. It is not just racing – we are in the entertainment business and that is a big plus,” Dixon said. “To me the wow factor is what it is all about, that is what people are looking for and it is refreshing to have the same mindset as the IHRA.

“We have the backing of the county, the tourism boards and everyone in the community. They can see what we bring to the table and I think this could lead to great things in the future.”

Dixon also used a bit of his own racing knowledge to help design the world-class facility. Along with acting as President and COO of Palm Beach International Raceway, Dixon is also the father of 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner and two-time IRL champion Scott Dixon, giving the family a number of years in the racing industry.

With the addition of Palm Beach International Raceway to its family of tracks, the IHRA now has tracks in 30 states and four different countries making it one of the largest sanctioning bodies in the world.


Moon & Smith to debut Barwa Camaro
Sep.22

Al-Anabi Racing driver Von Smith said his experience thus far in 2009, more so than anything else, has been “a privilege”, and after scoring five event wins out of eight contested races in the Arabian Drag Racing League and taking home the series’ championship for Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Thani – it’s also been impressive.

The brand-new team consisting of veteran Top Alcohol Funny Car tuner and Pro Modified crew chief Howard Moon, along with the aforementioned wheelman Von Smith, suffered two major setbacks over the course of the Middle Eastern racing season. Both incidents came in the form of high-speed top end accidents, unfortunately destroying two racecars, but hardly enough to slow the progress of the consummate professionals who maintained their composure and pressed forward.

After securing a car, one which Moon had a great deal of positive prior experience with, the team continued their domination of the Arabian Gulf Region drag racing scene – even setting the mark for the world’s fastest Pro Modified pass at 257mph in 5.740 seconds.

“To win the championship for Sheikh Khalid,” said Smith, reporting from the Al-Anabi Racing shop in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, “was as big of an accomplishment as I’ve had in my racing career, and to be the one appointed to represent his country in drag racing has been nothing short of an honor.”



Lucas Oil releases Frank Manzo to Al-Anabi
Sep.22

Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas has granted drag racing legend Frank Manzo's wish for an unconditional release from his current sponsorship contract with Lucas Oil at the conclusion of the 2009 season. The move allows Manzo to join Al-Anabi Racing as driver of the Al-Anabi Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car and to race for Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar.

"Frank Manzo is first and foremost a great friend, and he's been an exceptional ambassador for Lucas Oil in our four years together," said Lucas, who began Lucas Oil two decades ago with his wife, Charlotte. "The guy is arguably the best drag racer of all time, and it's been an honor to have him as part of our team. He will be greatly missed.

"I call Frank my biggest winner because he's won more races with Lucas Oil on the side of his car than anyone else. I know this was a very emotional decision for Frank, but we really wish him nothing but the best in his new endeavor. The sheikh literally made him a deal he couldn't refuse. No matter what, Frank Manzo always has a home here at Lucas Oil."

With 84 national event victories on the Full Throttle tour and 101 event wins in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Manzo is far and away the most prolific Sportsman racer in NHRA's 58-year history. His national event total places him fourth in the record books, behind John Force (126 wins), Warren Johnson (96), and Bob Glidden (85).

Manzo also has claimed 12 season titles and 18 divisional championships since he started racing in the mid-1970s.

"Forrest and Charlotte, their son, Morgan, and really everyone at Lucas Oil from top to bottom has treated me like part of their family from Day One," Manzo said. "I can't thank them enough for their support and friendship. These have been the happiest years of my drag racing career. I got very choked up when we met in Indy because they mean so much to me. It's still very hard for me to think about leaving them.

"Like the Lucas family, Sheikh Khalid has made an incredible investment in the sport of drag racing with Alan Johnson's Top Fuel dragster and Funny Car, plus he has a whole fleet of Pro Mod cars, which is what they race the most over there. I'm going to do my very best for him and try to raise some more awareness for motorsports in Qatar."

Lucas Oil sponsors a multitude of race cars, including the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster driven by Morgan Lucas and the Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Top Fuel dragster piloted by rookie of the year candidate Shawn Langdon. Lucas Oil also sponsors the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series as well as the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd. Lucas Oil is the official oil of NHRA.



B&J adds a bonus for Pro Mod Challenge
Sep.22

B&J Racing Transmissions has always been a proud supporter of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge and its competitors, and beginning at the U.S. Nationals and for every race throughout the remainder of the season, the company increased their commitment and added excitement to the first round of eliminations by awarding $500 to the winner of a randomly-selected pair of Pro Mods.
 
During the drivers meeting held before every race, a number (1-16) is randomly selected that designates a pair that will race for the B&J Bonus. In Indianapolis, Danny Rowe received the first $500 check, and at Charlotte for the NHRA Carolinas Nationals
, Burton Auxier won the Bonus along with a matching prize from Rick Stivers' Stivers HVAC.
 
Mike Strasberg, owner of B&J Transmissions, said, "We love Pro Mod racing, and the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge puts on a show of the very best cars from around the world. It's our privilege to support the series as a sponsor, as well as add some more excitement to the Saturday night eliminations rounds



Hot New Cylinder Head From RHS
Sep.22



RHS® Pro Action™ SBC 23-Degree Style Raised Runner Cylinder Heads New cylinder head styles from RHS® feature 220cc runner volumes and are available in either “as cast” or P-Port configurations.

Finding a top performing cylinder head and still staying within the rules of class competition may be one of the biggest challenges engine builders face today.

The RHS® Pro Action™ Small Block Chevrolet 23-Degree Style Raised Runner Cylinder Heads incorporating the “as cast” 220cc runner volume were originally designed for circle track competition, but these are also the “winning ticket” for Nostalgia Drags Junior Class B Fuel competition.


K&K Teams Wins Quick 32 Championship
Sep.22

  K&K Team wins Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship
 
STRATFORD, ONTARIO (September 22, 2009) - Despite not winning an event, the K&K Racing Team captured the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts sponsored Quick 32 Sportsman Series Point Award Championship in Cayuga, Ontario at Toronto Motorsports Park this past weekend.
 
Sitting in third position going into the final weekend, the K&K Team overtook point’s leader Jamie Bridge of Napanee, Ontario to claim the first Championship Point Award Series.
 
The key to their season was consistency. “We never won an event, but we went rounds every race and won the rounds we needed to win. We didn’t win any of the battles but we won the war,” stated driver Kevin Wicke.

“The teams in this series are some of the best around, there were never any easy rounds,” added Wicke. “To win the first championship with a new car is great and it shows how good of a team we have. Zim (Crew Chief Kevin Zimmer) and I have been at this for a lot of years and with Danno and Denny (Dan & Dennis Culliton) on board it makes my job pretty easy. There is not a chance we would have won this thing without them.”

The team’s key to the championship may have been the first round on both days of the Double Header weekend. The only Top Sportsman car ahead of them in the points was Darrin Grubb of Ingersoll, Ontario. They squared off against Grubb both days in the first round and won both races.
 
“Those two rounds were huge, if we lost the race on Saturday we were all but out of contention. Sometimes it is who you beat and when you beat them that is most important,” stated Crew Chief Kevin Zimmer.
 
With most of the other teams in contention going out in the early rounds on Sunday including a second round loss for the K&K Team, there was only Carl Spiering and Michael Kalin who had a chance of catching Wicke.


Walker Terrorizing PSCA Prostreet
Sep.22

It's been a dream season so far for the Walker Autoworks Pro Street El Camino. With 4 straight final round appearances, which have netted 3 wins and huge points lead heading into last weekends PSCA Accufab West Coast Shootout in Fontana, California. Can the team carry on with this torrid pace and lock in Randy’s first Championship since 2001?? Randy is confident and the competitors know the stealthy looking El Camino is on a mission!!

During first round qualifying, Randy knew winning wasn’t going to be an easy task as the PSCA Pro Street racers have all stepped up their programs as the 2009 season progresses… Walker lined up next to Tim Henry and the shootout was officially on!! This was no ordinary qualifying round; it was a battle of the two top PSCA nitrous cars. Walker left first and led for about 1310 feet only to have Henry nip him at the end and take the provisional poll. A 6.373 for Henry and 6.390 for Walker with a margin of victory of .0008 and this was only the start. In round two Henry did not improve but Charles Carpenter & Duane Walker took the data from round one and improved to a 6.357 and took over the number 1 spot. In the third and final session, Henry came out first and blasted a 6.354 to retake the number one position, but Walker loomed toward the back of the lanes ready to see what the Fontana race track could handle. The outside temps hovered around the century mark most of the day so what these guys were doing was simply amazing. When the El Camino left the starting line you just knew the pass was going to be special, 1.010 sixty foot time, 4.085 to the eighth, and a 6.269/222.22 run to earn the top qualifying position and re-cord the quickest nitrous Pro Street pass in PSCA history!! Now if he could back it up during the first round of eliminations, a new PSCA ET record!!

With a strong 12 car field to navigate through, the Walker team started with Canadian Jay Syvertson and his blown ’38 Chevy. Jay got to the track late and did not make a previous run, so Randy had no clue what to expect and the thoughts of backing up the national record seemed first and foremost. Syvertson gave it his all (As his motor expired through the traps) Walker 6.474 was good enough for the round win, but the record now was a thing of the past. Pro Mod legend John Scialpi was up next with his newly constructed converter driven, blown hemi 1957 Chevy sporting the familiar turquoise and white factory paint scheme.




Unofficial NHRA Points Standings
Sep.21








Vandergriff Back In The Saddle This Weekend
Sep.21

Bob Vandergriff Jr. will be back in the driver’s seat of his Top Fuel dragster for this weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Super Start Falls Nationals at Texas Motorplex, thanks to backing from Corpus Christi, Texas-based C&J Energy Services.

C&J Energy Services works within the oil and gas industry in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, and is expanding its operations to Marshall, Texas, not far from Texas Motorplex.  This race provides a prime opportunity for C& J to entertain its key customers in a high speed environment.

Vandergriff, who raced at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta earlier this season, spent his summer being a team owner and letting "Hot Rod" Fuller handle the driving duties. In Atlanta, Vandergriff registered a respectable No. 6 qualifying berth and quarterfinal finish during the sixth race of the NHRA season in Atlanta.





Lucas Oil Sportsman Winners From ZMAX
Sep.21

Top Alcohol Dragster -- Bill Reichert, 5.270, 268.97  def. Ken Perry, 5.397, 260.46.

 

Top Alcohol Funny Car -- Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.541, 261.22  def. Mick Snyder, Ford Mustang, 5.597, 255.29.

 

Competition Eliminator -- Rick Brown, Chevy S-10, 8.563, 126.28  def. Kyle Koretsky, Chevy Cavalier, foul.

 

Stock Eliminator -- Todd Hoven, Pontiac GTO, 11.425, 110.02  def. Jeff Strickland, Chevy Camaro, 10.947, 114.63.

 

Super Comp -- Joe Flynn, Dragster, 8.904, 173.16  def. Brian Forrester, Dragster, 8.940, 159.38.

 

Super Gas -- Steve Furr, Chevy Camaro, 9.905, 157.06  def. John Stover, Chevy Corvette, 9.897, 153.44.




Lucas Oil Signs Multi-Year NHRA Contract
Sep.20

NHRA officials announced today that Lucas Oil Products, the industry leader in lubricants and fuel treatments and a longtime friend of the sport of NHRA Drag Racing, has signed a multi-year agreement that renews its title sponsorship of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, through the year 2012.   Significantly, at that time it will represent an 11-year partnership dating back to the 2002 season.

In addition, Lucas Oil will continue its designation as the “Official Oil of NHRA” and its presenting sponsorship of NHRA’s weekly magazine show on ESPN2, NHRA Race Day presented by Lucas Oil.

“Words simply can’t describe the relationship between Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, the entire Lucas Oil Products company, and NHRA and the racing community,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA.  “Forrest and Charlotte Lucas epitomize what NHRA and NHRA sportsman racing is all about.   They are involved, not only for the value it represents to their products, but for the love of the sport.”




It's Bruce Boland again at PMRA
Sep.20

Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario, defeated Mark Nielsen of Brantford, Ontario, in the final round to win his fourth PMRA Pro Modified event of the season and captured his third consecutive Pro Modified Racing Association Point Award Series Championship on Sunday.
 
The PMRA Challenge presented by Motorsport 1320 on the Cayuga Dragway at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario was the sixth and the final event of the 2009 season.
 
Boland ran a 6.121-second, 232.47-mph in his 1967 Chevy Nova SS in the final to defeat Nielsen's 1968 Yenko Camaro who finished second in the Championship Point Award Series.

Boland, qualified number two for the event, defeated Pete Farber from Baldwinville, Massachusetts in the first round and Eric Latino of Scarborough, Ontario in the semi-finals. While Nielsen, the number one qualifier defeated Luis Custodio of Ajax, Ontario in the first round and Gary Mater from Petrolia, Ontario in the semi-finals.

Other teams qualifying for the elimination rounds were Jeff Roth and Joe Boniferro.

Bruce Boland won the Championship Point Award Series standings with 1595, while Mark Nielsen finished second with 1482 and the PMRA Top Five also included Jeff Roth in third with 1438, Eric Latino fourth with 1410 and Jason Kalso in fifth with 1409.

In Quick 32 Sportsman Series action, Buddy Forrest drove the Morgan Forrest Racing Top Dragster from Rochester, NY to the win over the Top Sportsman team driven by Dan Aitken Jr. of Belle River, Ontario.

Forrest defeated Gary Basaraba of Sudbury, Ontario in the Top Dragster final and Aitken beat Maurice Campolucci of Woodbridge, Ontario in the Top Sportsman final to advance to the Quick 32 Sportsman Series overall final.

Kevin Wicke's K&K Racing Team of Stratford, Ontario won the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts with 1114 points. Jamie Bridge of Napanee, Ontario was second with 1096, Carl Spiering of Jordan Station, Ontario was third with 1079, Michael Kalin of Youngstown, New York was fourth with 1065, T.J. Schippling of Shakespeare, Ontario was fifth with 1032 and rounding out the Top Ten were Darrin Grubb, Michael Hinbest, Spencer Hyde, Mitch Elliott and Darryl McMillen.

The PMRA and Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series winners will be honored at the Champions Banquet on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at The Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel in the Oak Room in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
 


Massey, Neff shine in four-wide Charlotte
Sep.20

by Phil Burgess, National DRAGSTER Editor

Spencer Massey in Top Fuel and Mike Neff in Funny Car were the winners of a pair of special four-wide exhibition races Sunday afternoon during the NHRA Carolinas Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Although four-wide racing was a sometimes feature at match races in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it had never been run at an NHRA national event. The zMax facility was built with two side-by-side dragstrips – each pair of two lanes separated by a guardwall – making it practical and safe for these exhibition races that unleashed nearly 30,000 horsepower at once. [Watch videos]

Massey, driver of Don Prudhomme’s U.S. Smokeless Tobacco dragster, won the four-car affair on a double holeshot, edging Antron Brown and Brandon Bernstein, both of whom ran quicker, and Morgan Lucas.

 

Spencer Massey, second from top, won the four-car Top Fuel exhibition race at zMax Dragway on a holeshot;
Antron Brown, near lane, was second through. Brandon Bernstein, far lane, finished third and Morgan Lucas fourth.




ZMAX NHRA Results
Sep.20

MCCLENATHAN, HIGHT SNAP LONG WINLESS STREAKS TO MAKE MAJOR MOVES IN COUNTDOWN

Edwards and Arana complete winner’s circle at Second annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals

CONCORD, N.C. – Cory McClenathan and Robert Hight won their first races of the 2009 season Sunday at the Second annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals at zMax Dragway to make huge moves in the Countdown to 1.

Joining McClenathan (Top Fuel) and Hight (Funny Car) in the winner’s circle at at the 19th of 24 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series were Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle).




Bruce Boland Scores 3rd PMRA Championship
Sep.20

CAYUGA, ONTARIO (September 19, 2009) – Mark Nielsen of Brantford, Ontario set low elapsed time and top speed with a 6.148-second, 233.03-mph pass in his G-Force Race Cars built 1968 Yenko Camaro SS powered by a ERD (Engine Research & Development) 526-cubic inch Brad Anderson Supercharged Hemi at the PMRA Challenge presented by Motorsport 1320 "Championship Point Award Series Finals" on the Cayuga Dragway at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.


 
Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario ran a 6.227-second pass good for second position in his 1976 Chevy II and secured his third consecutive PMRA Championship going into the final eliminations on Sunday.
 
Eric Latino from Scarborough, Ontario, placed third with a 6.266-second pass, followed by Jeff Roth of New Dundee, in fourth and Gary Mater of Petrolia, Ontario was fifth.
 
Rounding out the eight-car field was Gary Irving of Toronto, Ontario, Jack Grainy of Tonawanda, New York and Luis Custodio of Ajax, Ontario.
 
In Quick 32 Sportsman Series action, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Darryl McMillen's Top Sportsman 1963 Chevrolet Corvette of Goderich, Ontario defeated Tony Positano's Mike Bos Stefko Racing Engines powered Top Dragster in the first day of the "Double Header" weekend championship finals.
 
Round one of championship PMRA eliminations will begin Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 p.m.
 
For information about Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario call (905) 772-0303 or visit online at www.torontomotorsportspark.com

For more information contact Bruce F. Mehlenbacher at Bruce@PMRA.ca



Latest Goodyear Radials on the Way
Sep.17

AKRON, Ohio (Sept. 17, 2009) – Goodyear Racing announced today that the two latest additions to the tiremaker’s new line of Goodyear Eagle SS DOT drag radials will be in the hands of race tire distributors before the end of the month.

The two tires follow the path of the first release, the D4305, which has already won a race and attracted attention of racers interested in winning.

The most recent releases are the D4306 (P325/50R15) and the D4300 (P235/60R15). Supplies of both products were making their way across the country by mid-month.

“It’s interesting to see how quickly this segment of the sport is growing,” said Carolyn Ashbee, Goodyear’s sales account manager for drag racing. “Goodyear has produced a line of Eagle SS DOT drag radials that is already a winner. We expect these two new releases will be as successful as the first.”

 In the near future, Goodyear expects to release sizes for 16- and 17-inch rims.

 More information on Goodyear Racing, including a list of race tire distributors, is available at www.racegoodyear.com


Castellana Carries Momentum; Battle 4 Belts
Sep.17

ROCKINGHAM, NC (September 17, 2009)— Mike Castellana (left)  scored his third Pro Nitrous win in three finals rounds on the 2009 National Guard ADRL Tour Sep. 12, in the ADRL’s Flowmaster Dragstock VI at Rockingham Dragway. The victory tied him for third on the Pro Nitrous all-time winningest driver’s list and marked the second time in his ADRL career Castellana has won from the number-one qualifying position.

One of the most talked about feats of the event, especially in Pro Nitrous, was Castellana’s 3.86-seconds blast in Friday night’s final qualifying session to earn the top spot. The elapsed time was the quickest in the category’s history and nearly a tenth-of-a-second quicker than 2008’s number-one qualifier at Rockingham. Castellana was unable to back the run up within the required one percent for an official record, however.

Regardless, while impressed by the performance displayed by his Speedtech Nitrous/Reher-Morrison engine program, Castellana spoke candidly about the world’s quickest nitrous pass—especially the part about the brandywine-colored 1970.5 Camaro being inches from the wall as it crossed the eighth-mile finish line.

“The car drove towards the wall, out of the groove about 500 feet out. I felt the car drift and knew I was taking a chance being that close to the wall, but luckily we didn’t crash,” he said.

En route to the final round, Castellana disposed of Fredy Scriba with an impressive 3.91-second run at 192.22 mph in the opening round, then battled it out with Pro Modified legend Charles Carpenter in the quarter-final, taking the win with a 3.90/192.96. His semi-final match-up against his crew chief and Al-Anabi Racing teammate Shannon “The Iceman” Jenkins produced a 3.90/192.08 win, and marked the first time the two had paired up in National Guard ADRL eliminations.



Promods to Battle in Charlotte this weekend
Sep.17

The battles for championship points in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx intensifies this weekend as the series makes its eighth of ten stops, this time at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals in metro Charlotte, N.C. The fight for first is as fierce as the battle to make the top eight heading into the final race at Las Vegas where the Matco Tools Pro Mod Clash will be contested.

Twenty drivers will face off this weekend at zMAX Dragway, a track that's been called the "Bellagio of Drag Strips." It is the first time the Pro Mod Challenge has visited the venue.

Front-runner Burton Auxier saw his once commanding lead drastically cut by Roger Burgess and Danny Rowe, both are within two round-wins of first. Mike Castellana, who had been in second place dropped to fourth, but is still within just a few rounds of the lead.

Joe Baker, Raymond Commisso, Jay Payne and Tim Tindle round out the top eight and will all be competing this weekend. Payne and Tindle at No.'s 7 and 8 are a little more than three round-wins ahead of the next closest drivers, but Brad Personett, Mike Knowles and Rick Stivers are all hot on their tails, hoping for a part of the $35,000 purse in the Matco Tools Clash.


8 Year Old Wins "Design Tasca's Funny Car"
Sep.17

Tasca unveils Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation design contest winner

NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III has always said that he’s just an all-American kid driving an all-American hot rod. At this weekend’s NHRA event, the NHRA Carolinas Nationals in Charlotte, his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang will certainly reflect that statement.
 
After six weeks of voting and more than 300 designs submitted, Liam Flanagan, an 8-year-old resident of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., was selected as the winning designer in Ford Customer Service Division’s (FCSD) Funny Car design contest to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Flanagan’s winning design will be featured on the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Funny Car during the event at zMax Dragway, Sept. 17-20.
 
“In history class, we’re learning about the presidents, and that’s why I drew the American flag on the car,” said Flanagan.
 
The Flanagan family, along with Tasca and representatives from FCSD, unveiled the Take a Walk in Our Shoes paint scheme Thursday, Sept. 17, at Tasca’s race shop in Concord, N.C. On Friday, Flanagan and his family will attend their first NHRA race and watch the JDRF-themed Shelby Mustang qualify for the 2nd annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals.


Antron Brown Speaks out about Race
Sep.17

Question during interview: You downplayed the whole cultural significance about your season, and now it's getting attention; have you allowed yourself to think about what it could mean to the fans and maybe those minorities that want to get into the sport?

Brown: The thing about it, that's great. That's what our sport does; we have reached so many different cultures out here because so many people can relate to drag racing, and it will be huge, if it's a kid or a young adult or teenager out there that might look up to me as a hero or a mentor, and that's great because I had my heroes and mentors, too.

Like one of my heroes, that was "Big Daddy" [Don Garlits], and we had local heroes, Frank Manzo, Bruce Larson. Those were my heroes growing up, you know what I mean.

So if I can be that same deal and that same light, maybe for an inner-city kid or whoever it may be, it could be a kid in the country; when I heard the John Force story, how he became who he is. He used to live in a trailer home with his brothers and sisters, and he was a guy that used to drive logs on a tractor trailer. And now he's got a multimillion-dollar empire driving Funny Cars.

That story right there will get anybody motivated because somebody like that that can do it -- that's a normal Joe Blow off the street -- means that you can do it, and that's the way I look at myself. My family loves drag racing, and we are weekend warriors. And it really doesn't bother me or make a difference to me race, creed, or color; we are all Americans.

I think something that our sport of drag racing does well is that we don't look at somebody being different ethnic background. If you're a good racer, you're a good racer, no matter what color you are. Look at Reggie Showers, he's a double amputee, but people see him as being a great Pro Stock Bike racer because of his skill level not because of what color he is or they think he's handicapped or this or that. He's a great racer.

And that's one thing that drag racing brings out in all of us is that we are seen for who we are and the skills we have. If I can encourage some inner-city kids and some of my cousins and nephews and nieces, that's awesome; I want them to fulfill the dreams in their lives because I love the career that I'm in. 


Tune Up $20K for the Million
Sep.17

Holly Springs Motorsports will have a $20,000 to win tune up race for the million. It will take place on tuesday Oct 6th. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and time trials at 3 p.m. Run for the money will begin at 4:30p.m.,  time permitting, with first round eliminations at 6:00.

$20,000 to win
$3,000 runner up
$750 semis
$400 quarter finalists
$200 eighth finalists

Entry fee $200 /Buy backs first OR second round $150
$15 crew or spectator
Purse is based on 100 cars

32 car shootouts for entry to the million!
$100 entry fee first come first served!
Runner Up $500
semis $100

www.hollyspringsdragstrip.com

901-830-0279 or George Howard at 205-616-4490 


Hammonds returns in Charlotte; Dallas 2
Sep.15

Hammonds to return in Charlotte, will also run Dallas

It's been a little more than four months since Tom Hammonds drove at a national event, at the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Castrol in Madison, but now the former NBA power forward and Georgia Tech basketball All-American will return to Pro Stock competition when the NHRA Full Throttle Series converges on zMax Dragway for the 2nd annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals Sept. 17-20. While many of the Professional competitors have their sights set on the Countdown to 1 and the six-race playoff that will crown this year’s champions, the 42-year-old Hammonds is already looking ahead to next season with the goal of getting a head start on 2010.

“I’m excited,” Hammonds said. “I haven’t been in a car in a long time, and I’m anxious to see exactly what our engines can do. We’ve made some improvements since the last time we went down the quarter-mile, and now we’ll see exactly where we stand against the field. That will give us a good indication of where we need to go over the winter.

“Bruton Smith has done an incredible job with zMax Dragway, and I can’t wait to make that first qualifying pass on Friday. You know the stands are going to be packed. They love their NHRA Pro Stock drag racing in Charlotte, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”


Tragedy Brings Driver and Sponsor Together
Sep.15

Doug Herbert, NHRA Top Fuel driver, lost his two sons to an automobile accident in 2008 when his teenage son was speeding with his brother in the car. Todd Follmer’s teenage son was 16 when he was speeding with his girlfriend following behind. She lost control of the vehicle she was driving and lost her life after hitting a tree. Follmer is the CEO of tiwi.

As a result, Herbert and Follmer have dedicated themselves to decreasing fatalities and injuries of teenagers due to automobile accidents, the leading cause of death among American teenagers: Herbert, through the formation of the 501(c)(3), non-profit foundation B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everybody Safe); Follmer through the development of the tiwi teen driver mentoring system.    

            The two have formed a partnership to heighten the awareness of both organizations and, as a result, tiwi will sponsor Herbert’s Top Fuel dragster at his hometown race which kicks off tomorrow at zMax Dragway.

“tiwi is more than just a sponsor, it’s a perfect fit for my race team,” said Herbert. “I’ve been running the B.R.A.K.E.S. logo with a photo of my sons on the car to create awareness and educate young drivers about the importance of safe driving”

            B.R.A.K.E.S. and tiwi have the same goal. B.R.A.K.E.S. provides hands on training to teach teens how to prevent an accident. The tiwi teen mentoring system keeps teens safe by using technology to help them learn good habits in their first years on the road.”

            tiwi is the first on-board computer with the power to instantly alert and instruct young drivers while enabling parents to receive real-time notifications by phone, text or email concerning their child’s current location, actions and driving safety. tiwi helps teens become much more aware of driving situations and road conditions, reducing the dangers of distraction and poor judgment, which are the leading causes of crashes among new drivers.

In May of this year, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released an independent study titled “In-Vehicle Monitoring and the Driving Behavior of Teenagers” in which they used the tiwi teen mentoring system and found that “electronic monitoring of teenage drivers can reduce risky behavior” and that “parent participation in the monitoring process is key to successful behavioral modification.”

            tiwi is also partnered with Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S program. Not only is tiwi the presenting sponsor of this evening’s fundraising dinner at The Speedway Club, but anybody who purchases tiwi through B.R.A.K.E.S. will receive a $100 discount on the tiwi unit and tiwi will donate 5% back to B.R.A.K.E.S.  

            “It’s hard to understand what it feels like to lose a child, especially when it possibly could have been prevented,” said Follmer. “But the point is, we don’t want any parent to know what that feeling is like, and teaming up with Doug and the B.R.A.K.E.S. program is the best way I know to get the message out there to both parents and teens.



Baker Smokes The Field In DPMA Action
Sep.15

Baker Nurses Hurt Motor To Dixie Pro Mod Win

Once again Keith Baker's 1963 Corvette suffered what appeared to be a pinched ring and as he did last month in Montgomery he still took the the victory. Despite the engine bellowing smoke out of the right bank Baker defeated birthday boy, 20 year old, Jamie Hancock in the final round of the Dixie Pro Mod Association race at Phenix Dragstrip.





NHRA Championship Begins at ZMax
Sep.14

For 18 events, from February through August, NHRA race teams have grinded and gutted it out to identify the top 10 teams in each pro category that will have the opportunity to compete for drag racing’s ultimate prize -- NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships.

A few teams have dominated. Some have sacrificed. Some barely slipped into the field in the closing seconds. There was passion. Determination. Even controversy.

Now, the real work begins.

The top 10 teams in each pro category will begin their quests for world championship glory at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals, Sept. 17-20 at the spectacular zMAX Dragway, Bruton Smith’s “Bellagio of Drag Strips.”  The race is the first of six championship playoff races to determine the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world champions.



Goodyear offers new drag racing radials
Sep.13

Goodyear Racing said today the company is ready to begin manufacturing the latest additions to its line of Goodyear Eagle SS DOT radial drag racing tires.

Goodyear recently completed tests at two facilities with 16 cars and drivers and the tests were very successful. The company, recognized as the industry leader in drag racing tire development, tested size and construction combinations aimed at the DOT drag racing market.

 “The tests were extremely successful,” said Carolyn Ashbee, sales account manager for drag racing. “We know now that we have a very competitive product. Our 60-foot times were superior to the competition.”

The tire to be released first, Goodyear’s D4305, is sized at 275/60R15. It is 28 inches tall and 9.5 inches across the tread and is recommended for wheels eight inches wide.

Ashbee said eight additional sizes for 15, 16 and 17-inch rims can be viewed on the www.racegoodyear.com and will be announced as they become available for sale.

The tests were conducted at South Georgia Motorsports Park and Arizona’s Firebird International Raceway. On both occasions, the track temperatures reached 140 degrees.

The drivers involved in the tests came from across the radial racing world, from organizations such as the Outlaw Radial Street Car Association, the Outlaw Radial Tire Championship, the National Mustang Racing Association and the Pacific Street Car Association. Drivers made quarter-mile and eighth-mile passes.

“This is a terrific market, one that has been growing and has room for more growth,” Ashbee said. “The tires will be built at our Innovation Center in Akron, Ohio and we expect to have them ready for sale by the Fall.”

More information on Goodyear Racing is available at www.racegoodyear.com.


King of the Coast Hits Home Stretch
Sep.13

Huntsville Engine "King of the Coast" Series Hits Home Stretch with Event 6 Just Around the Corner!

The Huntsville Engine "King of the Coast" Bracket Series returns to action with Event 6 of 7 slated for Sept. 19 & 20 at Gulfport Dragway in Gulfport, MS. As the 2009 season comes to an end, the points championships for the coveted KOC Crown heads into Event 6 with all categories still up for grabs. KOC Racers Joe Boone, Mike Barnett, Timmy Fiearamusca, Brandan Allen, and Landon Neely lead their respected classes but not without tons of hungry KOC racers on their heels trying to wrestle away the points championship crown. "The Pro Electronics Class is still wide open for anyone to take, but Joe
(Boone) of Hattiesburg, MS is in the prime spot now with a four round lead over David (Reynolds) of Petal, MS. With two events left, it is still wide open for anyone to take.'

Put it in this perspective, there are up to 20 points available to a racer to earn during an "KOC" Event weekend. So in essense a four round lead has no room for error as we have 22 racers that are within 20 points of the lead and 8 of the 22 are within 10 rounds of points leader Joe Boone.", Gaylon Rolison of the "KOC" Series explained. "It always comes down to the last race of the last event of the year", Rolison added.



Locals Dominate @ NHRA Division Atlanta
Sep.13

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division event at Atlanta Dragway:

Locals Highlighted in RED

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
Round 1
Duane Shields, 5.372, 263.72 def. Robin Samsel, 13.318, 58.26.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
Steve Harker, 5.635, 256.99 def. Tony Bartone, foul.

COMP ELIMINATOR
Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '07 GTO, D/AA, 16.216, 70.86  def. Fred Allen, Mary Esther, Fla., '34 Chevy, C/SR, broke.

SUPER STOCK
Hugh Meeks, Pike Road, Ala., '66 Chevy II, GT/DA, 10.084, 123.40  def. Mike Crutchfield, Montgomery, Ala., '08 G5, SS/DM, 9.075, 149.81.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Jack Zimmerman, Clemmons, N.C., '71 Challenger, B/SA, 20.857, 57.85  def. Adam Davis, Cullman, Ala., '67 Camaro, D/SA, 15.113, 59.94.

SUPER COMP
Lauren Freer, Lewisville, N.C., dragster, 8.907, 172.34  def. Jim Perry, Niota, Tenn.,dragster, 8.894, 173.56.

SUPER GAS
Frank Altilio, Ocoee, Fla., '01 Mustang, 9.930, 162.65  def. Sherman Adcock Jr, Fortson,Ga., '02 Trans Am, 9.903, 157.71.

SUPER STREET
Bill Carmichael, Cocoa, Fla., '92 Beretta, 10.905, 137.54  def. Ernie Griggs, Ocala, Fla.,'72 Camaro, 10.897, 139.14.

TOP DRAGSTER
Ray Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, 6.805, 190.94  def. Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C.,dragster, 7.155, 180.60.

TOP SPORTSMAN
William Thigpen, Flowery Branch, Ga., '55 Chevy, 7.366, 180.81  def. Jeffrey Barker,Warner-Robins, Ga., '02 Camaro, 7.261, 185.28.
 


NHRA Announces New Points System
Sep.13

NHRA announced today that with the start of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., it will recognize national records in Top Fuel and Funny Car and create a new bonus point system for pro qualifying sessions. Both programs will instantly make the battle for the NHRA Full Throttle world championships just a little more interesting for professional competitors on the eve of the start of the Countdown to 1, NHRA's six-race championship playoffs.



Comp Cams Million Dollar Flyer!
Sep.13

The MILLION offers competitors the opportunity for a pay day that exceeds any single-event in all of drag racing. The one day purse generally exceeds $300,000 and the weekend winnings total over $600,000!

Over the last decade, the race has grown in stature, recognition, and participation. The 2008 event featured nearly 400 entrants in the Twin 30's that bookend The MILLION weekend, and over 250 entrants in the main event on Saturday with over $325,000 for the one day payout! http://www.race2themillion.com

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17 Becomes Youngest PSCA Winner
Sep.13

17 Year-Old Meaghan Henderson Becomes PSCA’s Youngest Event Winner



For the past several years when Don & Bunny Henderson rolled into Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Annual Labor Day race that ran PSCA cars at night and Jr’s during the day. Winning the Jr Dragster class that daughter Meaghan competed in was always one of their dreams…. But this time was a little different, yes the she still ran the Jr. during the day, but at night she rolled out the Vogue Marine Center Boat & RV Storage 7-sec Dragster powered by a Fauset Racing Engine to compete in the Calvert Racing Bracket-1 class!!!

After 2 long hot days of racing, Sunday night PSCA Eliminations was a refreshing break as the temps dropped to a comfortable level. In round one, Meaghan lost to LVMS regular Scott Horsley in his familiar ’55 Chevy in a double breakout. Lucky for the young Henderson, the PSCA has 1st round loser buybacks, so for a mere $20 Meaghan was back in the game. It was now around 9pm and the Henderson family has been racing since 8am but you couldn’t tell as they started to find their grove and march through the competitors. 2nd round victim was a past PSCA event winner Andy Pressimore, 3rd round she beat Ken Spears and ran an almost perfect pass (5.20 light and 7.729 on a 7.72 dial) Round 4 she beat a past PSCA Championship runner-up Josh Edwards with a 7.713 on a 7.71 dial and forced Edwards to break out by 7-thousandths. The Semi-Finals was Meaghan’s easiest run as Robert Broguiere had starting line issues and the car simply did not move..



In the Finals, “The Pizza Man” Carl Cannavo and his “Blazin’ Bell Tech” sponsored Dragster was the only one left in Meaghan’s way and her 1st PSCA victory. Henderson won earlier this year in her Jr. Dragster, but a win in her big car would be a dream come true!!! As the lights dropped, she left Carl at the line with her 5.20 R/T to his 5.90 and that’s all Meaghan needed to notch her 1st win and become PSCA’s youngest winner at just barely 17 years-old.

Meaghan would like to thank her family especially dad and crew chief Don, mom Bunny, Chris Blair and the staff at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Vogue Marine Center Boat & RV Storage, Fauset Racing Engines and the PSCA for a very memorable Labor Day Weekend..
 


Burgess Wins Emotional U.S. Nationals
Sep.13

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 7, 2009) - Roger Burgess won his second event of the season and claimed the crown jewel of drag racing by winning the Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx event at the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. Nationals. Burgess defeated Danny Rowe in the final and moved into second place in the points-standings after seven of ten events have been completed. Burgess dedicated his win to the memory and honor of his fallen teammate Bobby Monacelli who passed away from a heart attack on August 10.


 
Despite an abbreviated number of qualifying sessions due to scheduling and weather delays, the series enjoyed its quickest field in its nine-year history. The bump spot was a 6.120 held by Kirk Wilmes, more than a tenth quicker than the bump spot of 6.132 from 2008. Danny Rowe took low qualifier honors with a 5.943; Brad Personett ran top speed at 248.84.


September Column on TIBR.com Posted
Sep.13

Luke Bogacki’s eighth monthly tutorial column has posted on ThisIsBracketRacing.com. This month, Bogacki addresses his third and final “successful finish line strategy“ for readers. In the previous two months, Bogacki introduced the theories he referred to as the “dialer” and the “driver.” This month, he concludes his basic finish line strategy session by describing the theory he calls the “spot dropper.”
 
“The ‘spot dropper’ strategy takes a little bit of theory from both the ‘dialer’ and the ‘driver.’ While the overall thought process of the ‘spot dropper’ is much more similar to that of the ‘dialer,’ the ‘spot dropper’ will be able to run an ET that is quicker than their chosen dial-in (like the ‘driver‘).”



Super 7 Series Finale at MontgomeryMotorsports Park
Sep.13



Article and photos by T.J. Pruitt

What a blow out for the Super 7 Series finale at Montgomery Motorsports Park held on Labor Day Week. This event was practically a “Minnie million dollar” race as over 280 entries packed in the park for four 10,000 races. Four winners were presented big checks for $10,000 and Chattanooga, TN racer Ron Lane was crowned the two-time points champion. This event marked the largest Super 7 Series event for track promoter Jim Howard | Read More



UORS Results from I22 Dragway
Sep.06

Results from the Inaugral United Outlaw Racing Series event held at I-22 Motorsports Park

7.00 Class
George Bolton defeated Terry Stringer

6.00 Class
Bill Cowles defeated Glen burton

5.30 Class
Brad Jones defeated Russell Nece

Ultimate Street
Neil Hawkins defeated Kevin Schrimsher

Outlaw Drag Radial
John Kolivas defeated Tommy Brewer

True Ten Five
Eric Dillard defeated Jeff Cooner

A/PM
Steve Kirk defeated Coby Rabun
 
Smokin Joe Zaccoro went 3.75 at 214.28 mph in his jet car.


Another Female Driver In NHRA Prostock?
May.19

NHRA Drag Racer, Nicole Lyons, Signs Multiple Representation Deals

National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Drag Racer, Nicole Lyons, has officially signed on with the William Morris Agency as of this February and Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment (BHE) as of this April to assist her in being the first African American female and potential first female to win a NHRA Pro Stock event and championship. William Morris Agency signed the "untitled" Nicole Lyons reality television show which is currently in pre-production under Bischoff-Hervey and Nicole Lyons Productions. Teaming up with Victor Cagnazzi will give any new potential sponsors the best they could ask for in terms of NHRA Pro Stock. I am so excited to have the opportunity to race with such a world class organization when sponsorship is in placeThe Tiger Woods of Drag Racing.Redefining history is what I do bestBeing a woman and on top of that, an African American woman, I had to overcome boundaries to make it where I am today, and I wouldn't change anything because it shows the example that with persistence, drive, determination, and faith anything and everything is possible.

Los Angeles, CA May 14, 2009 -- National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Drag Racer, Nicole Lyons, has officially signed on with the William Morris Agency as of this February and Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment (BHE) as of this April to assist her in being the first African American female and potential first female to win a NHRA Pro Stock event and championship. WMA and BHE will be assisting by using the world of entertainment a testament to what they do best. Lyons has teamed up with the championship title-holder Victor Cagnazzi Racing for a big push to racing NHRA Pro Stock 2010 contingent upon finding sponsorship. She has been soliciting final rounds of sponsorship for her 2010 year--Pro Stock Full Throttle Series.

"Teaming up with Victor Cagnazzi will give any new potential sponsors the best they could ask for in terms of NHRA Pro Stock. I am so excited to have the opportunity to race with such a world class organization when sponsorship is in place," said Lyons.




Southern Outlaw Tour Rocks The Gump !
Apr.24

Joe Baker scored his first Southern Outlaw Tour  ProMod Win @ Montgomery Motorsports Park despite not having the fastest or quickest car on the grounds. Driving his beautiful supercharged Willys, Joe qualified number 5 and marched his way to the final where he defeated the nitrous powered GTO of Edmund "Mr. 5 Speed" Hall, 4.08 to a troubled 4.29.


New Guest Instructor: Danny Waters, Jr.
Apr.21

Woodville, AL: ThisIsBracketRacing.com, an instructional website aimed at helping sportsman drag racers develop and hone their racing skills, is proud to announce an all-star line-up of instructors for 2009. Site developer, and well respected sportsman competitor Luke Bogacki is ThisIsBracketRacing.com’s head instructor. Bogacki pens monthly tutorial columns centered around various topics related to the cerebral and strategic elements of bracket-style competition. Bogacki is joined, every other month, by a guest instructor, who pens a similarly constructed column for the sites growing subscriber base.

The 2009 roster of ThisIsBracketRacing.com JEGS guest instructors includes Jared Pennington, Danny Waters, Jr., Brian Folk, Jeg Coughlin, Jr., Peter Biondo, and Troy Williams, Jr. Combined, this all-star staff has accumulated a whopping 14 NHRA & IHRA World Championships. Additionally, the staff accounts for 6 titles at the prestigious Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championships, a Million Dollar Race victory, numerous divisional titles, and countless big dollar bracket wins.

An in depth biography for each instructor is available on ThisIsBracketRacing.com, but some notable highlights include:


Jared Pennington:
2-time B&M Racers Appreciation Series Footbrake Champion, 10-time track champion, and 2-time $20,000 Footbrake event winner (Huntsville, 2004 & Piedmont, 2007).


Danny Waters, Jr.:
2-time IHRA World Champion (Hot Rod ‘98 & Quick Rod ‘07), 2-time IHRA Division champion, 11-time IHRA National Event Winner.

Brian Folk:
2007 IHRA Super Rod World Champion, 5-time IHRA Division Champion, 22-time National Event Winner, 2-time Moroso 5-Day Points Champion, 1999 Gateway $50,000 winner.


Jeg Coughlin, Jr.:
5-time NHRA World Champion (4 in Pro Stock, 1 in Super Gas), 54-time NHRA National Event Winner (with victories in 5 different categories), 2003 Moroso 5-Day Points Champion, only driver in NHRA history to claim national event victories in 4 separate categories within the same season (Super Gas, Super Stock, Comp, Pro Stock; 1997).


Peter Biondo:
5-time NHRA World Champion (4 in Super Stock, 1 in Stock), 35-time NHRA National Event Winner, 13-time NHRA Division Champion, 2001 Moroso 5-Day Points Champion, 2-time $50,000 bracket winner.


Troy Williams, Jr:
2006 IHRA Quick Rod World Champion, 2-time Moroso 5-Day Points Champion, 1998 Million Dollar Race Winner, 1998 B&M Racers Appreciation Series Champion.


Luke Bogacki:
5-time Division Champion (4 IHRA, 1 NHRA), 6-time IHRA National Event Winner, 2-time DragRaceResults.com Bracket Series National Champion, 5-time DragRaceResults.com Bracket Series Division Champion, 2004 Tenn-Tuck Triple Crown Champion.

Jared Pennington’s instructional column, titled “The Perfect Plan” was the introductory JEGS Guest Instructor column on ThisIsBracketRacing.com, and has been available since February 15. Danny Waters, Jr. takes the stage next, with his column titled “Finding Your Comfort Zone” posting on the website April 15. The remaining instructors will have tutorial columns featured throughout 2009.

“I’m so excited to have six of the greatest racers on the planet involved. Their racing resume’s speak for themselves,” said Luke Bogacki. “In addition to their overwhelming accomplishments, these racers have been selected by ThisIsBracketRacing.com for their ability to share their thoughts and experiences with others, and their passion, not only for the sport, but for helping others to achieve success within it. I can’t imagine having a better group of racers and individuals to work with!”

In addition to these tutorials by some of the sports very best, ThisIsBracketRacing.com members also have access to the most comprehensive sportsman racing schedule available today. The ThisIsBracketRacing.com schedule includes every NHRA and IHRA National, Sportsman National, Divisional, and ET Finals event held in 2009. Additionally, the schedule features nearly every bracket race on the continent that boasts a winners purse of $5,000 or more.

What’s more? ThisIsBracketRacing.com also plays host to the BTE Power Rankings, an innovative ranking system in which drivers earn points for final round finishes for any event on the comprehensive schedule, regardless of class or sanction. This system stacks the top competitors from all facets of sportsman competition against one another in an effort to determine who in fact enjoyed the best season. The 2009 champion will receive a BTE Top Dragster (or Top Sportsman) transmission valued at $3590! Additional prize packages are currently being secured for each top ten finisher (to receive prizes, top finishers must be an annual member of ThisIsBracketRacing.com by 9/1/09).

For more information and to join, visit www.ThisIsBracketRacing.com today.




Dallas’ Amazing New ‘Concrete Palace’
Apr.20

In the racing world, it is often heard that race tracks can have personalities and that no two tracks are alike.

None may fit that bill more than Dallas Raceway.

The newest and most state-of-the-art drag racing facility in Texas, Dallas Raceway has been aptly dubbed the “Concrete Palace” thanks to its one-of-a-kind all-concrete layout. From the pits to the track to the parking area and everything in between, Dallas Raceway has the distinction of being the only all-concrete national event drag racing facility in the world.

And its owner didn’t hold anything back in creating one of the most talked about drag strips in the southern United States.

“Looking around at other tracks, most of them are 20 to 25 years old and back then they did it the cheapest way possible and all they had to deal with were some of these smaller rigs,” said Dallas Raceway owner Kenny Barnes. “Things have changed so much; everybody is going with big motor homes, 18-wheelers, trailers and when they go to some of these tracks it starts tearing up the asphalt. We wanted to do something a little different so we created a maintenance free race track.”

And in just a few short weeks, Dallas Raceway and its streets of concrete will make its big debut on the national stage with the running of third Nitro Jam national event of the season, the IHRA Amalie Oil Texas Nationals, May 29-31. The facility will also host a Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by Mr. Gasket event Aug. 21-23.

Sitting in a prime location just a few miles outside of downtown Dallas, Barnes is planning on seeing some big crowds when the world’s fastest cars hit the track for the first time next month.

“All the tracks around Dallas are close to two hours away and you could get racers there, but you couldn’t get the fans there,” Barnes said. “People still want entertainment, but they don’t want to drive two hours to and from the track. We are 24 miles from downtown Dallas and 14 miles from the interstate putting us in a great location.”

Along with the well documented all-concrete design, Dallas Raceway also has a few other unique features including a 3,600-square foot tower complete with a control room and suites, a massive hospitality center, 13-and-a-half acres of paved concrete pit parking and even a 24 million gallon lake stocked full of bass and catfish, adding a little extra incentive for drivers to make an early arrival to the track.

The 112-acre facility also has modern, air-conditioned bathrooms, showers, and even a game room, making Dallas Raceway a perfect destination for families.

“We are trying to make a nice track for the fans and for the racers. I have been a racer, they don’t like to park in the mud and be out of the way so we are trying to do the best we can to accommodate the fans and the racers,” Barnes said.

And to do that, Barnes did his homework hoping to create the perfect track without some of the hassles of older facilities.

“We went around and did some surveys on the dos and don’ts hoping to learn from everybody else’s mistakes instead of our own,” Barnes said. “This has been a big project, but things are starting to turn around and I can’t wait to get it up and running.”




IHRA unveils brand new media site
Apr.20

As the IHRA continues to grow and expand its audience, the legendary sanctioning body has unveiled a new site aimed at assisting the media in covering IHRA events in 2009 and beyond.

The site, which can be viewed at http://media.ihra.com, will be a one-stop shop for all media needs, including high-resolution photos and graphics, full statistics covering the history of the IHRA, press releases, story ideas, credential request forms and much more.

Along with a detailed look at the history of the IHRA and its classes, the IHRA media site will also provide up-to-date standings and statistics, as well as logos, high-resolution photos, credential request forms, a style guide, event calenders and complete details on all Nitro Jam series activities.




Bogacki Claims No Box Title in Bristol
Apr.20

Luke Bogacki drove his familiar ThisIsBracketRacing.com backed Vega to a $5,000 payday last Sunday afternoon by claiming a No Box victory at the TCI Twins Series event at Bristol Dragway. Bogacki, a professional bracket racer from Woodville, AL defeated Indiana’s Joe Robertson in the final round of competition.

“This was one of those days where it just all fell into place,” said Bogacki. “I worked on the Vega all winter, made some changes and updates, and just got it back to the track last weekend. Today I was pretty solid on the starting line, but the car was absolutely phenomenal. It just copied timeslips all day. Had I not won the race, it definitely would’ve been on me!”

Bogacki held up his end of the bargain, posting a string of reaction times that varied just .008 (.011 to .019) from third round thru his semi-final victory over friend and established bottom bulb competitor Steve Foley. He saved his best for last, posting a superb .005 reaction opposite Robertson in the final round, enabling the victory.
Bogacki’s latest triumph highlights an excellent start to his 2009 season. He kicked off the campaign with a $5,000 Footbrake victory at Mobile Dragway in January. Since, he added an IHRA Iron Man to his collection with a win in Quick Rod at the Mardi Gras Nationals in Baton Rouge, LA; and picked up a $10,000 pay day at the Tenn-Tuck Triple Crown event in Bowling Green, KY.




Folk Presents Driving School @ Byron
Apr.20

Durand, IL: The Folk Race Cars team is proud to present their inaugural driving school at Byron Dragway in Byron, IL June 26-27. The class, which will be hosted by Brian and Nick Folk, along with guest instructor Luke Bogacki, will be split into four main segments: two classroom sessions, and two on-track sessions on the fabled Byron Dragway quarter mile.

While the school is open to any interested parties, the curriculum has been designed for current racers who hold a basic understanding of the principles of bracket and/or class racing, but are looking to improve their game, and take their racing to the next level. The classes instructors have assembled enormous credentials and accomplishments between them, in all forms of sportsman drag racing competition. Brian Folk is a former IHRA Super Rod World Champion, and a two-time Moroso 5-Day points champion. His brother Nick Folk has a pair of IHRA World Championships to his credit, in Top Dragster and Stock Eliminator. Bogacki has a pair of DragRaceResults.com Bracket Series World Championships on his resume, and was voted the 2008 IHRA Sportsman Driver of the Year. Additionally, the trio has assembled countless national, divisional, and big dollar bracket wins and several divisional championships.

“What you can get out of this school really depends on what you come in looking for,” explained Brian Folk. “Between the three of us, I really think we’ve got the tools to help racers with all facets of the sport--from mental preparation, to proper race strategy, to the physical execution of those strategies. We’re not looking for drivers who are new to the sport, particularly. This isn’t a school where we’re going to show you how to ride down the race track and not get hurt--this is a school where our goal is to teach you how to win.”

The Folk Race Cars driving school will consist of 8-12 students, so as to allow significant one-on-one instruction for each student from all three instructors. Folk Race Cars encourages students to train in their own personal competition vehicle, though arrangements can be made for rental cars if necessary. Tuition for students providing their own vehicle is $1,000 for the two-day course. Call for pricing on renting a vehicle for the class.

If the Byron school is not geographically convenient for you, Brian Folk and Luke Bogacki are also teaming up for a similar on-track school at Mo-Kan Dragway (Joplin, MO) May 8-9. That class is a “Live” school presented by ThisIsBracketRacing.com.




Waters "Tops" T/D field at Mooresville
Apr.20

Waters Jr. "Tops" Top Dragster field at Mooresville Pro-Am
 
Danny Waters, Jr. and his Moser Engineering backed American Race Cars dragster have started of the 2009 racing season in championship fashion.  The team's 2009 IHRA season debut took place this past weekend at Mooresville Dragway, in the middle of NASCAR country, just arround the block from several race shops and facilities.  "This American Race Cars built, Moser Enginerring sponsored dragster was absolutly deadly all weekend long.  I was pretty good on the tree every hit, with the exception of one round, but every win has it's lucky round" said Waters.  Not only was it a great weekend for Danny Jr., but Danny Sr. as well, as he reached the semi-final round in Stock during Sundays eliminations in the family owned 1966 Chevy II.  "I would have gladly given up this win to see my dad bring home the Iron Man, but we had a great time racing together this weekend and we will take what we can get" stated Waters.
 
The team has a large schedule in place for the remainder of the 2009 season.  Danny Jr. is planning to run his ARC dragster in Top Dragster in Division 2, Quick Rod in Division one, a healthy list of National Events and several big money bracket races in the south east.  Jr. will also race the Chevy II at Division 1 events as well as National Events, in search of his first Stock Eliminator win.  "I'd really like to win a race in that car.  The bottom has been a little tough on me, but I'm learning the car a little more every pass and have reached the semi's a couple of times last year.  I have won atleast one race in every class IHRA has except Stock, Super Stock and Top Sportsman.  My goal is to win atleast one in every class.  It will be hard to do, but would be an awsome accomplishment."
 
Prior to kicking of the official IHRA season, Waters has enjoyed a most successful so-called "off season", winning a $3,000.00 and $5,000.00 race respectively, and bringing home the Kinston Dragway Winter Points Series Championship for the second time in the past 3 years. 


Keith Baker Wins DPMA Opener @ Phenix City
Mar.24

 Baker Wins With Consistency and Quickness

 

A beautiful weekend in AL was capped off  by great side-by-side Nitrous Pro Mod action at Phenix Motorsports Park,  Sunday, March 22. 

Twelve cars attempted to qualify for the eight car Dixie Pro Mod field, with Johnny Pilcher taking the number 1 spot and setting low et with an outstanding 4.07.




Impact Racing Product Recall
Mar.20

IMPACT RACING PRODUCT RECALL
Any and all driver suits, pants, jackets, shoes and boots manufactured by Impact Racing pursuant to SFI Specifications 3.2A/15, 3.2A/20, 3.3/15 and 3.3/20 at any time during the year 2008 have been decertified by SFI Foundation, Inc. and must be immediately returned to Impact Racing offices or an Impact representative. Impact Racing has reason to believe that these products do not fully comply with the stated SFI Specifications and therefore do not meet SFI manufacturer certification requirements. This recall applies to all such products whether or not they have been updated, rebadged, or recertified by Impact Racing. This recall applies even if the product now has a 2009 SFI patch or label affixed to the product. All applicable sanctioning bodies have been notified of this noncompliance.



NHRA Joins Facebook and Twitter
Mar.18

 NHRA ENTERS SOCIAL NETWORKING SPACE WITH PAGES ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER

GLENDORA, Calif. (March 18, 2009) — If you’re one of the 80,000 NHRA members, or one of the 300,000 NHRA participants, or one of the millions and millions of NHRA fans, and you want to share your passion for drag racing, the green bulb on the Christmas Tree has been lit.




Sullivan Jr. Among Edmund Hall Race Winners
Mar.10

What a difference a week makes, last Sunday, Montgomery Motorsports Park was blanketed in a couple inches of snow, this Sunday the place was covered with race cars and speed hungry fans.   Edmund Hall brought his unique brand of heads-up racing to town and it was obvious racers as well fans were ready. Approximately 3500 fans and about 150 race cars invaded the track in a steady stream and no one left disappointed.


Baker wins Outlaw Winter Nationals
Mar.02

Holt, Fl. – After taking the top qualifying position at the Emerald Coast Outlaw Winter Nationals, 2008 NHRA Promod Rookie of the Year Joe Baker bested his competition and took home a resounding event victory, the first in the 3-round ECHO (Emerald Coast Heads Up Outlaw) Series.

”This is just great,” said an elated Baker after the race.  “We stayed to our game plan for this race, and it worked.  We were up against cold weather and a cold track, just like everyone else.  We didn’t put down any big numbers, remained consistent throughout, and it paid off.”

Baker qualified No.1 after making a stellar 4.05, 180 mph pass and backed it up with a 4.02, 182 mph lap while defeating Mike Neal during the second round of eliminations.

In the finals, Baker recorded a 4.07, 177 mph to win the event.

”I have a really good feeling about this season and we are off to a good start. We were fortunate to win the Heads Up Nationals finale held here last year and to come out and win the first promod race of the season is just incredible. Now that we have gotten the first win for 2009, I’m sure it’s just going to make us hungrier for more.”

 In 2009, Baker will compete in the Get Screened America Promod Challenge for M.A.R. (Mike Ashley Racing) and select IHRA events.  After a successful Valdosta test session with crew chief Chuck Ford, the team is more than ready for the season. The team posted a 5.936, 243.90 with the new Tim McAmis built 68’ Camaro.

”The new season is already here and I feel that we are ready. Chuck Ford and our crew have been working hard to get this new car going and it shows.  I think it’s going to be a great year for M.A.R.”

Next up for Baker is the 40th annual NHRA ACDelco Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 12-15.




Chris Duncan Race Cars 70 Camaro
Mar.02




Sunset to Support Top Sportsman
Mar.01

Sunset Racecraft To Support Division 4 Top Sportsman Category Thru 2011

Lubbock, TX: Sunset Racecraft is proud to announce their support of the NHRA Division 4 Top Sportsman category for years to come, as the renowned engine builder has signed a contract to be the title sponsor of the Top Sportsman category thru the 2011 NHRA Division 4 campaign.



“We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to be involved in Division 4 Top Sportsman once again,” said Sunset Racecraft’s Tracy Dennis. “The Sunset team was instrumental in bringing Top Sportsman to the South Central Division six years ago as the classes title sponsor at that time. The Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories are a perfect fit for our marketing and promotional campaigns; as we’ve got over 25 years of experience in building nitrous assisted motors, in addition to the engines that we build for various other forms of NHRA competition.”

Sunset’s renewed commitment to the Division 4 Top Sportsman program is the latest in a long line of support between the company and NHRA’s premier Sportsman categories. After heading up the initial campaign for the Top Sportsman class in Division 4, Sunset’s Tracy Dennis also took the initiative in bringing Top Dragster competition to the South Central Division a year later, as he was instrumental in developing the category and procuring sponsorship for it’s debut in 2004. Sunset Racecraft also sponsored the Top Sportsman category in Division 7 for three seasons to get the class jump-started on the West coast.



Mobile Dragway Arm Drop Participants
Mar.01

Be sure to register for 2009 Arm Drop Live at Mobile Dragway, March 13-14. There are a few slots remaining. The following racers have registered:

Click here to register!

2009 Mobile Dragway Arm Drop Live Participants




New Q&A on ThisIsBracketRacing.com
Mar.01

Woodville, AL: A new topic has been posted on Question and Answer portion of bracket racings new online driving school, ThisIsBracketRacing.com, on Friday, February 27.

“Personally, the Question and Answer portion of ThisIsBracketRacing.com is my favorite part of the site,” says ThisIsBracketRacing.com head instructor Luke Bogacki.

“The feedback from our subscribers not only allows myself and the guest instructors to have a more hands-on, one-on-one approach with our members, but it also challenges us to think outside of our normal curriculum so to speak.

The Q&A portion is my opportunity to learn and challenge myself as much as the members of the site.”

In this weeks Q&A, ThisIsBracketRacing.com subscriber Tony N. asks:

“When picking a spot on your opponents car for the finish line, are you looking 90 degrees or are you trying to gauge the stripe taker? What tips, if any, do you have for picking a spot on your opponents car.”

See Luke Bogacki’s response only on www.ThisIsBracketRacing.com.




LSU's Les Miles Grand Marshall
Mar.01

LSU head football coach Les Miles named Grand Marshall for Mardi Gras Nationals

IHRA is proud to announce that Louisiana State University head football coach Les Miles will be the Grand Marshall for the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment Mardi Gras Nationals March 6-8 at State Capitol Raceway in Port Allen, Louisiana.

Miles, a native of Elyria, Ohio, has complied a 70-31 career head coaching record at two schools including a 42-11 record in four years at LSU and a BCS National Championship in 2008. He also has a Southeastern Conference championships coming in ’07.

Miles has won championships and coached award winning athletes, but in a few short days he will be trading in his whistle and playbook for ear plugs and a cozy spot on the starting line as Miles and his family will open the festivities Saturday, March 7 by sending the first set of professional cars down the track.

 “I enjoy going out and attending events such as these,” Miles said. “I certainly enjoy the events that fit my family calendar because I enjoy taking my family wherever I go.”

And there certainly will not be a shortage of things to see and do when the IHRA rolls into town.

Along with special ticket packages aimed at easing the cost to race fans, the IHRA will also throw in its own unique Mardi Gras twist on the action including a crawfish boil, wheelie contest, dash for cash and a parade – with plenty of Mardi Gras beads, of course – all piled on top of the already jam-packed lineup of professional and sportsmen racing.

Top it all off with the thrilling Saturday “Night of Fire” and the weekend of March 6-8 looks to be one of the biggest shows in IHRA history.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Miles said.

And Miles is no stranger to the sport of drag racing.

In his younger days the adventurous coach, known by some in football circles as “The Mad Hatter,” was known to get an occasional adrenaline rush from time to time at his local drag strip.

“I can pop a clutch as good as the next,” Miles admitted. “I enjoy the speed and the mechanical strategy. Back years ago as a young man I enjoyed the occasional trip to the speedway and occasional drag race very much.”

Now Miles will get a chance to relive those earlier years when the engines fire up for the first race of the 2009 IHRA season in a little over a week. The inaugural race, the first of 10 events on the ’09 Nitro Jam tour, will feature three professional classes of racing including Top Fuel, Pro Modified and Pro Stock plus hundreds of sportsman competitors capped off by Saturday’s “Night of Fire” which will feature the ground-shaking jet semi of Bob Motz, the blazing jet bike of Kevin Martin and much more.

The Summit Racing Equipment Mardi Gras Nationals will also mark the first time in years that professional drag racing has visited the state of Louisiana. But while it has been some time since big league drag racing has been to the area, the diverse history and uniqueness of Louisiana and its residents will provide the perfect backdrop for the season opener.

“I think the people here are so special,” Miles noted. “They are very representative of our society and our country. It is a wonderful place full of very sincere, passionate people.”

It is for those reasons and many more that the IHRA has teamed up with Louisiana State University and coach Miles for the upcoming Summit Racing Equipment Mardi Gras Nationals for a weekend of fun and exciting racing.

Along with Saturday’s “Night of Fire,” Friday night will be LSU Student Night where students with a valid LSU I.D. will receive admission for just $10. The weekend will wrap up with Belle of Baton Rouge Championship Sunday on March 8.

Top it all off with a weekend long Mardi Gras celebration and the Summit Racing Equipment Mardi Gras National will be one event that can’t be missed.

“Mardi Gras is certainly very specific to Louisiana and this culture and there is a great spirit there,” Miles said. “There is an enjoyment of life and a celebration of life that is, in my opinion, is one of the great things about Louisiana.”




Tindle Set for Third Promod Season
Feb.26

Holt, FL – Tim Tindle is ready to take the Tindle Enterprises’ Promod Ford Mustang to higher grounds in 2009 following a solid 2008 performance. The team will kick off the season this weekend at the Heads Up Winter Outlaw Nationals at Emerald Coast Dragway at Holt, FL.  This weekend’s event marks the beginning of Tindle’s third full Promod season behind the wheel. 

After a successful test session at South Georgia Motorsports Park during the off season, the team is more than ready.

”I’m eager to get this season started,” said Tindle.  Quain (Stott) and the guys have worked really hard to get us here. But, it’s game time. The summer vacation is over and it’s time to put on our game face and go racing for real.”

"We went into day 2 at Valdosta scratching our heads but left there very optimistic after a few good passes.  We tried some things and they worked.”

”So, I think we’re rolling into Emerald Coast with the same confidence that we ended the season with last year.  I can’t see why we couldn’t leave there with a trophy.”

Tindle finished 9th in the 2008 JEGS Promod Challenge standings. In 2009, the team will compete in all ten NHRA Promod Series events while attending various outlaw promod events. 




New DragCoverage.com forum relased!
Feb.26

Be sure to check out the new DragCoverage.com message board, powered by the latest and greatest software on the marked; VBulletin. If you are having trouble registering, please email TJ Pruitt at teejay@dragcoverage.com .




Stivers receives business award
Feb.26

In the face of stories of national economic hardship, Lexington, Ky.-based Stivers HVAC, Inc., owned by Pro Mod racer Rick Stivers, bucked the trend and is now celebrating their recent award from industry-leader Trane as the 2008 New Dealer of the Year award for the Kentucky/Tennessee Dealer Sales Region.

Stivers added the Trane product line in early 2008 and out-performed almost 100 other new dealers in Tennessee, Kentucky, southern Ohio, and southern Indiana combined, according to Tom Robeson, local territory manager of the Central Ky. sales region.

"It's quite an accomplishment to jump into such a prestigious group and excel so quickly. These guys worked incredibly hard and earned a position among the best of the best in our industry," Robeson said.

"Trane is ranked number one in the premium heating and air market segment, and Stivers has done a remarkable job representing us. Their customer satisfaction ratings are outstanding, and thy certainly have started our relationship the right way, despite the threatening economy."




New Staff at Gateway Raceway
Feb.26

Gateway International Raceway recently filled two key openings with the hires of Tony Funderburg as the facility's director of business development and Kim Chrisman as its advertising/marketing/merchandise manager.

Funderburg, a former general manager for the Frontier League's Gateway Grizzlies baseball team, is a graduate of Ft. Zumwalt South High School, earning a communications degree from Missouri State University. He worked with the River City Rascals, another team in the Frontier League, as an interns starting in 2001 and was quickly promoted to the position of director of stadium operations. He moved to the Grizzlies in 2002 to perform the same function and was promoted to general manager following that season.

His first season at the helm saw him recognized as the league's Executive of the Year, an award he would win twice more in 2005 and 2007. The team also set two league attendance records during his tenure as well as earning a league title in 2003.

Prior to his hire at GIR, Funderburg was the chief operating officer for the Reno Bighorns, a team in the NBA Developmental League.

Chrisman has worked extensively with Gateway in the past as a contracted media buyer and consultant. The Parkway Central High School and University of Missouri graduate has more than 20 years of advertising and marketing experience and is responsible for the negotiating and purchasing of ad placement for Gateway International Raceway and its more than 200 annual events. Chrisman is also responsible for GIR's merchandise, from the design phase to its eventual sale at the track.




Do Dealz.com backs Cottrell
Feb.26

In a joint venture; Cottrell Motorsports led by Len Cottrell and W2 Motorsports led by John Wilson and Bob Weickgenannt have signed a major sponsor; Do Dealz.com, to a one year agreement. The team will represent Do Dealz.com at ten races on the NHRA Lucas Oil / Full Throttle racing series.

The partnership will benefit Do Dealz.com by providing a platform to create a network of Investors and Wholesalers. The website is in it's infancy now but will be growing as the word gets out through the marketing of our race team. "The concentration of NHRA races in the Mid Atlantic is our target area for growth; this partnership will boost the Do Dealz.com's brand awareness". Do Dealz.com principal Jason Balin said. "We are always looking for opportunities to grow relationships that lead to a larger network of investors."

"It's a great opportunity for our team to build a long term relationship with a progressive company," Weickgenannt said, " John Wilson and I have been avid real estate investors for many years. We have experienced the wealth-building success that comes with real estate. Our objective is to build Do Dealz.com's business which will in turn cement the growth of our partnership."

Do Dealz.com a subsidiary of Hard Money Bankers, LLC is a leader in hard money lending (fast turn around, low documentation, short term lending) to Real Estate Investors and Wholesalers. The headquarters for Do Dealz.com and Hard Money Bankers, LLC are located in Baltimore, MD. Their goal is to expand their mortgage and real estate investor pool in the Mid-Atlantic area over the next 12 months.




Immokalee qualifies for Tournament
Feb.26

The Champion Systems Sportsman Nationals winners from Immokalee are the first in a series of IHRA sportsman competitors to qualify for the season ending Tournament Of Champions.
This sportsman world championship race will take place at the IHRA World Finals in Rockingham and these competitors, by virtue of their Champion Systems Sportsman Nationals win have earned a spot to race against some of the best racers in North America.

Congratulations to:
Hot Rod - RL Koontz
Super Rod - Todd Thompson
Quick Rod - Brendon George
Stock - Nick Folk
Super Stock - David Hunt
Top Sportsman - Wayne King
Top Dragster - Steve Witherow


There are now just 34 remaining spots left in each class. For a complete breakdown of the Tournament Of Champions, go to Tournament of Champions

The next opportunity to qualify for the Tournament Of Champions will come at the IHRA Mardi Gras Nationals nitro jam national event at State Capitol Raceway March 6-8.




Summit Title Sponsor of Mardi Gras Event
Feb.26

IHRA has announced that Summit Racing Equipment has signed on as the title sponsor for the Inaugural IHRA Summit Mardi Gras Nationals brought to you by Wolverine Boots and Academy Sports & Outdoors March 6-8 at State Capitol Raceway in Baton Rouge.
Summit Racing Equipment already has a longstanding history with the IHRA through sponsorship of the Summit Pro-Am Tour, Summit All-Star Race and Summit Super Series and this latest partnership simply furthers Summit's commitment to the IHRA and to the drag racing community.

"Summit Racing is excited to further strengthen our commitment to IHRA sportsman racers by sponsoring the Inaugural Summit Racing Equipment Mardi Gras Nationals in Baton Rouge," said Summit Motor Sports Event Manager Jim Greenleaf. "This event is a great way to kick off the 2009 IHRA Nitro Jam season and an excellent opportunity to support racers and race fans in the southern United States."

The inaugural event will mark the first time in several years that professional drag racing has visited Louisiana and both the IHRA and Summit are excited to be bringing big league drag racing back to the area.

"We are thrilled that Summit Racing Equipment will be a part of our season opening race," said IHRA national sales director Tommy Dupree. "Summit has been a long time partner with IHRA and we couldn't ask for a better company to be a part of our brand new event."

The Summit Mardi Gras Nationals brought to you by Wolverine Boots and Academy Sports & Outdoors will be the first of 10 races on the 2009 Nitro Jam tour. It will feature three professional classes of racing including Top Fuel, Pro Modified and Pro Stock and hundreds of sportsman competitors capped off by the "Night of Fire" Saturday night.




Bob Gilbertson's Wife Passes Away
Feb.26

Sally Gilbertson, wife of Funny Car racer Bob Gilbertson, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She was 52. Sally was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

She was born February 12, 1957, in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of Beverly Shaffer and the late Chester "Pat" Shaffer.

Mrs. Gilbertson attended nursing school in Portland and worked as a registered nurse for several years at CMC after moving to the Charlotte area in 1982. She and her husband started Truck Equipment Manufacturing Company of Charlotte in 1992.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband of 33 years, Bob Gilbertson; son and daughter-in-law Rob and Kristen Gilbertson of Harrisburg; daughter Sandy Ann Gilbertson a student at UNCC; and son Jake Gilbertson a student of Gaston Day School; her grandson Luke Gilbertson; brother and sister-in-law Greg and Betty Shaffer of Warren, OR; sister and brother-in-law Sandy and Dale Willocks of Charlotte; mother-in-law and father-in-law Maryann and Keith Manley of Boring, OR; numerous nieces and nephews; and several loving well dressed dogs.

The service to celebrate the life of Sally Gilbertson will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Bethlehem Church in Gastonia; burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Belmont.

A visitation is scheduled from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home in Gastonia.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Gaston Humane Society
PO Box 2334
Gastonia, NC 28053-2334


Visitation:
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 6-8 PM.
Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home
2916 Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
http://www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com/

Church Service:
Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 2 PM
Bethlehem Church
3100 Bethlehem Church Road
Belmont, NC 28054
http://www.bethlehembc.com/

Interment after Church service:
Evergreen Cemetery
1462 Armstrong Ford Road
Belmont, NC 28012
http://web2.userinstinct.com/32409266-evergreen-cemetery.htm




1927 Brogie Roadster....and forsale
Feb.26



This is a 1927 Ford Style Brogie Roadster, Originally built by Brogie Race Cars, that Race Craft Chassis has for sale. The chassis company took this on Trade for a new Dragster in November of 2008 and completely dis-assembled the car, updated the chassis to SFI 10.4 Specs, added helmet bars, and roll cage gussetts.

New innovations were also added, such as: Interior Lights, Glove Box etc. Interior Master Cut Off Switch

The complete chassis and interior were powder coated and the chassis was serialized as a 2009 Racecraft for NHRA Certification.

View More Photos of this Hot Rod




Morrell first female PXM rider
Feb.26

The gender barrier is about to be broken in Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM) as Kimberly Morrell of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, plans to make her National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) debut Mar. 6-7, in the Safety-Kleen Dragpalooza V at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.

Morell admits it may be a challenge to meet that deadline, but insists she and her new ride will be ready when it comes time for her to strap on the helmet.    

"They are putting together the bike at the very last minute," she says. "Let me put it this way, they will be wiring it on the way to Houston."

Riding an M&W Motorsports Suzuki, Morrell is sponsored by Palm Beach International Raceway, along with Bates Leathers and Underpressure from Dania Beach, Florida. Her Timblin Chassis-built machine carries a 1570cc Suzuki engine assembled and tuned by Dan Wagner of DTM Performance.

Morrell has been working for several months on putting together a PXM effort with Wagner, a top-level engine builder who also will serve as her crew chief, but the project became a reality only recently.   

Noted chassis man Walt Timblin also is building Morrell a new state-of-the-art PXM that she hopes to debut with the ADRL later this year.




Harold Martin's New M4 Car
Feb.24

In an automotive industry that is searching for positive news, Martin Industries is proud to announce the new Martin M4 car.  On February 22, 2009 at 2:00pm at the Martin Headquarters in New Hudson, Michigan, a private ceremony will be held to announce and unveil the new Martin M4 car.  Harold Martin, CEO and President of Martin Industries and creator of the M4 states, “We are extremely proud of this announcement and credit our entire team for all of the efforts to innovate, prototype and launch this new vehicle during these tough economic times.”
 
   The Martin organization has set a new standard for specialty vehicles and a niche market with their continuous record for high technology innovations.  The Martin team is a leader in performance engineering, manufacturing and Motorsports and has developed an amazing new vehicle consistent with their “Dreams are Possible” mantra that they have brought from concept to reality in less than one year.




New Bill for North Carolina Racers
Feb.24

Racers residing in North Carolina or traveling to North Carolina to race, whether they compete on bull-ring oval tracks, superspeedways, or drag strips, can breathe a little easier if House Bill 69 passes the Legislature this session. The bill, sponsored by NC State Representative Nelson Cole, working with former State Representative Karen Ray, addresses and defines the length for “vehicle combinations used in connection with motorsports competition events” that travel on North Carolina highways.

HB 69 provides that tractor and trailer combinations that do not exceed 90 feet may be legally operated on all state highways provided they are traveling “(1) to or from a motorsports competition event; (2) for trips conducted for the purpose of purchasing fuel or conducting repairs....on the competition vehicle; (3) for other activities related to motorsports purposes.”

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of former State Representative Karen Ray, who now serves as Business Affairs Director for the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA), working with the State Highway Patrol, the Department of Transportation, the Division of Motor Vehicles and legislators, House Bill 69 has been filed to address the length issues and concerns that surround racing in North Carolina,” said Steve Earwood, owner of Rockingham Dragway and Chairman of the NCMA’s Board of Directors.

“The NCMA works to grow and maintain the motorsports industry in North Carolina and those efforts may include working with our Legislature from time to time.  We appreciate the attention the General Assembly has given the industry in the past and look forward to working with them in the future on matters that affect the best interests of racing and related businesses in our State,” Earwood said.  “Motorsports has made its mark in North Carolina and our goal is to continue to be the “hub” of the industry.”                     

“Thank you to Representative Cole for his initiative in filing House Bill 69 and to the entire legislature for the support they have given us.”




Schippling commits to Quick 32
Feb.24

The recent announcement of the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts has T.J. Schippling very excited. Schippling and his Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper team are committed to the new Ontario-based series.
 
“I really can’t wait to start racing,” exclaimed Schippling. “I am very grateful to NAPA and everyone behind the series for making this a reality.
 
“The timing is perfect,” he continued. “This new series will provide us with an excellent platform to represent all the fine companies associated with our team. It’s our fifth year with Lucas Oil Canada. We have new marketing partners joining our team and I can’t think of a better value to them.”
 
The Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper dragster that Schippling has driven to so much success over the past few years will remain unchanged for the upcoming season. The Schippling Motorsports team is working with Marc McCrae and DRAGSTAR to debut a new dragster later in the year.
 
“The car Marc is building is going to be very trick,” said Schippling. “We are going to have several cool things surrounding this new car. We have a number of companies involved, and some promotions that will be released shortly.
 
“This series has created an opportunity to invest more in our program and it is essential we continue to be fast and competitive. I can’t thank the PMRA and NAPA enough.”


Barklage Racing goes ADRL in 2009
Feb.24

After a daunting 2008 season, the brother team of Zach and Cody Barklage are ready to take on the 2009 race season.  During 2008 the team suffered a series of on-the-track accidents leaving them to regroup over the winter.  Now, sporting a rebuilt car, new supercharger, and new attitude, the team will kick off the season with upcoming testing.

“We will take my car out this weekend and test in Houston, providing the weather is good” commented Cody Barklage.  “We’ve worked very hard this winter making the necessary changes we feel will make us more competitive.  With our new set-up, we plan on making a full season return with the ADRL, some SuperChevy Show Nitro Coupe, and possibly some local outlaw racing.  In the past, we were able to be a very strong, winning team.  This year we are ready to show our fans and sponsors we're still here and better then ever!”

Remaining at the helm of the operation, Crew Chief, Chad Wilson also has high hopes for 2009.

“We’ve worked very hard all winter,” said Wilson.  “Both cars needed a lot of work after last summer, so we took the time to not only rebuild but make some changes.  We anticipate Zach’s car to be finished sometime very soon, and hope to make it back out as a two car team early in the season.  Overall, we feel our hard work will pay off and we will be back in our usual top form.  I think we will have a definite competitive edge in 2009.”

In addition to the major car changes, the team also has a new addition.  During the off season, Cody Barklage married his long-time girlfriend Lacey Cowan.

“It was definitely a busy off season,” said Barklage.  “Lacey and I got married in October so between building our home this winter, being newly married, and working around the clock on the race car we’ve had our hands full.  Although the work was hard, I have no doubt it will all pay off in the end.”

The team has will first appear in competition with the ADRL, which will begin in only two weeks at Houston Raceway Park




Who Needs a Crew Chief? Not Neff
Feb.24

Funny Car driver Mike Neff on racing to a runner up finish in Phoenix without crew chief John Medlen, who was in Indianapolis recovering from a heart procedure: “Medlen is one of the smartest guys I know, without a doubt,” said Neff. “It is his car and he set all this stuff up. I didn’t come in here and wave a magic wand. I just picked up and tried to do what he would do. I tried to continue on how he would do it.

There is no question our performance would have been the same. We didn’t do anything differently…Our number one concern is his health and him getting better. That is more important than winning a drag race. We are just hoping he gets better and back out here. We’ll save that win for another day.”


Crew Chief Software steps up in 2009
Feb.24

Crew Chief Software has agreed to support the Joe's Transmission TNT Hot Rod Super Series once again for 2009.  The leading manufacturer of drag racing software will pay contingency postings of $50 for winner and $25 for runner up.  "We're going to step up this year and pay whether they are using our software or not," said Don Higgins of Crew Chief Software - The makers of Crew Chief Pro 7.0.  "Our goal is to liven things up in a depressed economy!"

To qualify, all a TNT racer needs to do is run a Crew Chief decal from first round - decals will be available at all events.  "I've been using Crew Chief Software for over 2 years now and find it the most versatile ET / Throttle Stop prediction software money can buy," said Ted Barnes, TNT Series Director.  "This drag racing game is all about data.  The more data you have, the more likely you will go rounds.  Crew Chief Pro 7.0 played a significant part in our winning the 2008 TNT Championship."

Don spent 2 years of intensive work and over 5,000 hours of design & development in this latest version.  Crew Chief Pro 7.0 covers everything from ET and throttle stop prediction to weather analysis and graphing.  It even links to the popular iCard receiver and 1320go.com.  And all you need is a basic laptop computer to run it.  Check it out at www.crewchiefpro.com.




Slick Mist NHRA Nationals
Feb.24

CAPPS, BROWN AND COUGHLIN WIN LUCAS OIL SLICK MIST NHRA NATIONALS

CHANDLER, Ariz. --  Ron Capps raced to his second consecutive Funny Car victory of the season Sunday at the Lucas Oil Slick Mist NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Capps took a single pass to claim his 27th career victory after final round opponent Mike Neff’s John Force Racing Ford Mustang broke on the burnout. Capps powered his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger to an impressive performance of 4.048 at 306.81 anyway to win for the second time at the Phoenix track.

"Neff was having one of those weekends going where they looked like they couldn't be beat," said Capps, the event’s top qualifier who raced beat Jeff Arend, rookie Matt Hagan and Del Worsham to advance to the final. "They had [crew chief] John Medlen in the hospital, and we're all glad to hear that he's OK. It was one of those stories that you almost hate to upset. The start we're having to the season is what NAPA signed up for. We were disappointed with what we gave NAPA last year. This is more like it. I'm living a dream right now."

With the win, Capps increased his Full Throttle Series lead to 97 over Robert Hight and Worsham.

Antron Brown and Jeg Coughlin also were winners in their categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.




Friday Leaders Remain On Top
Feb.21

CAPPS, DIXON AND EDWARDS TAKE NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT PHOENIX

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Ron Capps raced to his first No. 1 qualifying performance in Funny Car in more than four years Saturday at the Lucas Oil Slick Mist NHRA Nationals.

Larry Dixon and Mike Edwards also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.




Dixon,Capps,Edwards Lead Pro Qualifying
Feb.20

DIXON, CAPPS AND EDWARDS RACE TO QUALIFYING LEAD AT LUCAS OIL SLICK MIST NHRA NATIONALS

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Larry Dixon turned his season around Friday at the Lucas Oil Slick Mist NHRA Nationals by racing to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel.

Ron Capps and Mike Edwards also were qualifying leaders in their categories at the second race of the season in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.




DragCoverage Speed Forum being updated
Feb.19

The DragCoverage.com "Speed Forums" are now being upgraded to the latest and greatest forum on the market, VBulletin. This import should last for the rest of the night and the old forum will be back up and running tomorrow morning.

The new forum will be released soon!

Thanks!
Team DragCoverage.com





Pro Mods Return To NHRA
Feb.19

Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge to run at select NHRA events
 
As part of a three-year deal that extends through the 2011 season, Get Screened America will run Pro Mod Challenge exhibitions at 10 NHRA national events in 2009. The Get Screened America Pro Mod Challenge presented by ProCare Rx debuts March 12-15 at the 40th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville.




Mickey Thompson Teams With Billy Glidden
Feb.19

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels Announces Partnership With Bill Glidden Racing For The 2009 Season

02/19/09

Stow, OH - Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels is proud to announce their partnership with Billy Glidden Racing for 2009. Through this renewed partnership, Glidden will continue to help Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels develop new performance products, and Mickey Thompson will provide financial support to Glidden to defend his ADRL Extreme 10.5 Class Championship.




M/T ™ Still Supporting “The Million”
Feb.19

02/19/09

Stow, OH - Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 14th Annual Comp Cams Million Dollar Bracket Race. The race features the finest competitors found on U.S soil, all competing for the largest payout in bracket racing history.

“Mickey Thompson has been involved in this race since its inception and it is truly the premiere event in high dollar bracket racing,” stated Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “It’s a great way to show off the tire products developed in our Big Tire Development program. Many of our ‘Team M/T’ members like Luke Bogacki, Anthony Bertozzi and others will be there to carry our flag, and we’ll be there with our Race Support Team be make sure that they have everything they need to win this event.”

George Howard’s original 14th Annual Comp Cams Million is guaranteed to be an action packed, highly competitive race event starting on October 8th and running through October 14th at the acclaimed Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, TN.

For more information, visit http://www.race2themillion.com.

                                        




Alabama's Newest Dragstrip Near Completion
Feb.16

Only the state of North Carolina  rivals Alabama in the number of drag strips per capita and Alabama has added another first class facility to its count. I-22 Motorsports Park in Eldridge is scheduled to open next month and boast an all concrete 1/8 mile racing surface.  




Strickland & Adcock Victorious in Bradenton
Feb.16

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season opener is in the books and the winners have been crowned at Bradenton Motorsports Park.  Top honors went to John Finke of Selkirk, N.Y., in Top Alcohol Dragster and Mickey Ferro from Stamford, Conn., won once again in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Tewksbury, Mass. resident Arnie Martel competed in two categories, coming up just shy of making a repeat appearance in the winner’s circle.  The 2008 Southeast Division Comp Eliminator champ proved his strength in the class once again by picking up the hardware, and was also runner-up in Super Stock.

Other drivers who received the prestigious Wally trophy included Joe Teuton Jr., Schriever, La., in Super Stock; Jeff Strickland of Red Bay, Ala., in Stock Eliminator; Lake Worth, Fla., resident Tim Nemmo in Super Comp; Sherman Adcock Jr., Fortson, Ga., in Super Gas; and Bart Graham from Fruitland Park, Fla., in Super Street. 

Delon Pleasants, Williamstown, N.J., drove his '88 Ciera to the Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman title and the Hickory Enclosed Trailer Sales Top Dragster trophy was awarded to 2008 divisional champ Bill Empke from West Palm Beach, Fla.

Southeast Division racers head to Gainesville Raceway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, held February 20-22.

COMP ELIMINATOR
Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '34 Chevy, B/SR, 7.848, 156.11 def. Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., '23  roadster, F/EA, 8.258,
128.04.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Delon Pleasants, Williamstown, N.J., '88 Ciera, 7.966, 171.10 def. Jeffrey Barker, Warner-Robins, Ga., '02 Camaro, 7.180, 184.42.

TOP DRAGSTER
Bill Empke, W Palm Beach, Fla., dragster, 7.069, 190.31 def. Al Miller, Chester, Md., dragster, 6.757, 200.35.

SUPER STOCK
Joe Teuton Jr., Schriever, La., '68 Barracuda, SS/AH, 10.092, 100.30 def. Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '08 Cobalt, SS/BS, foul.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., '95 Camaro, D/SA, 10.937, 111.45 def. Ralph Porpora, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., '69 Camaro, A/S, 10.197,
130.45.

SUPER COMP
Tim Nimmo, Lake Worth, Fla., dragster, 8.921, 180.50 def. Adam Roach, Lake Worth, Fla., '72 Cutlass, 8.819, 140.97.

SUPER GAS
Sherman Adcock Jr, Fortson, Ga., '02 Trans Am, 9.872, 163.51 def. Brian Forrester, Lake Wales, Fla., '63 Corvette, foul.

SUPER STREET
Bart Graham, Fruitland Park, Fla., '74 Vega, 10.886, 144.20 def. Bill Carmichael, Cocoa, Fla., '92 Beretta, 10.859, 135.74.




New Challenge for Kalbones Racing
Feb.16

Following a tremendous first full season in IHRA Alcohol Funny Car for Kalbones Racing with Laurie Cannister as driver and Dale Cannister tuning, the entire team is looking forward to testing new waters in 2009.

 While quite disappointing for the team to be unable to defend their 2008 IHRA World Championship due to the cancellation of the class by IHRA, they’re currently putting the final touches on what they feel will be a very competitive combination for NHRA TAFC competition.

 “We are very excited to be able to race again,” said the 2008 IHRA Professional Driver of the Year. “Of course, we wanted to get back out and go for back-to-back IHRA Alcohol Funny Car Championships, but that wasn’t to be. Thanks to team owners Kevin and Wendy Sims, they are once again providing us with everything we need to be as competitive as possible in 2009.  The only difference is it will be an NHRA schedule.”

New venues, new and old faces, plus several car changes all face the Kalbones Grill’n Sauce team in the season ahead. The latter of the three, namely the blower change, has tuner Dale Cannister excited about the new challenge.

“I’m pretty pumped to see what we can do with the screw blower. I know it will be different and I really will enjoy figuring out the new combination,” he said. “We successfully ran on many ‘new to us’ tracks under new weather situations last season and I’m not going to approach this season any differently.”

“Making the switch to NHRA has been pretty simple so far,” commented Laurie.  “From my phone calls with NHRA officials to getting the equipment we need. Just about everything is in place for the new season ahead.”




First Q&A Session ThisIsBracketRacing.com
Feb.16

Woodville, AL: The first Question and Answer portion of bracket racings new online driving school, ThisIsBracketRacing.com, was posted on the live site Friday, February 13.

“Personally, the Question and Answer portion of ThisIsBracketRacing.com is my favorite part of the site,” says ThisIsBracketRacing.com’s Luke Bogacki. “The feedback from our subscribers not only allows myself and the guest instructors to have a more hands-on, one-on-one approach with our members, but it also challenges us to think outside of our normal curriculum so to speak. The Q&A portion is my opportunity to learn and challenge myself as much as the members of the site.”

The first question, which is in response to head instructor Luke Bogacki’s first monthly tutorial column, comes from ThisIsBracketRacing.com subscriber Jim G.
In the Q&A, Jim asks:
 
“My question: Judging your opponents reaction time if they are Deep Staging? I realize you’re probably going to get to that so, if need be, I'll be patient.”

See Luke Bogacki’s response only on www.ThisIsBracketRacing.com.

Luke Bogacki’s ThisIsBracketRacing.com is a one-of-a-kind website that has been set up essentially as a subscription only online driving school for sportsman drag racing competitors. While the main site can be accessed by anyone, the meat of ThisIsBracketRacing.com is reserved for site members. Those members enjoy not only the monthly tutorial columns from sportsman racing standout Bogacki, along with the Q&A feedback, but also bi-monthly guest editorial columns from some of the premier sportsman drivers in the nation.

Two-time B&M Racers Appreciation Series Footbrake Champion Jared Pennington will post the first guest instructor column on Monday, February 16. In the coming months, Jared will be followed by former Million Dollar Race winner, IHRA World Champion, and 2-time Moroso 5-Day Champion Troy Williams, Jr. 5-time NHRA World Champion Peter Biondo will follow, as will another IHRA World Champion & 2-time Moroso 5-Day Champion Brian Folk!

In addition to these tutorials by some of the very best, ThisIsBracketRacing.com members also have access to the most comprehensive sportsman racing schedule available today. The ThisIsBracketRacing.com schedule includes every NHRA and IHRA National, Sportsman National, Divisional, and ET Finals event held in 2009. Additionally, the schedule features nearly every bracket race on the continent that boasts a winners purse of $5,000 or more.

What’s more? ThisIsBracketRacing.com also plays host to the BTE Power Rankings, an innovative ranking system in which drivers earn points for final round finishes for any event on the comprehensive schedule, regardless of class or sanction. This system stacks the top competitors from all facets of sportsman competition against one another in an effort to determine who in fact enjoyed the best season. The 2009 champion will receive a BTE Top Dragster (or Top Sportsman) transmission valued at $3590! Additional prize packages are currently being secured for each top ten finisher (to receive prizes, top finishers must be an annual member of ThisIsBracketRacing.com by 9/1/09).




ORSCA 6.0 Champ Moving Up With New Car
Feb.15

Two-time Outlaw Racing Street Car Association 6.0 Index Champion and DragCoverage member Lebron Hill recently returned from Texas with a new car in tow.




Drag car goes air born, Camera man dives
Feb.13



Urbanhillbilly's Sean Melton ran into a close encounter after this hot rod went airborne. Check out the video above




EC from a different perspective
Feb.13

"Now this is a cool shot of action at Emerald Coast Dragway."  Don Sieburg recently visited the track and emailed the following photos to DragCoverage.com.




DC "So Easy a Caveman can Surf"
Feb.13

DragCoverage.com received this photo and message from one of our viewers.

"This is Duster and she loves Drag Coverage so much that she sits on the computer. We enjoy the website and I will have to send you more pictures."




Race for a Complete Roller at GABR
Feb.13

The Great American Bracket Race presented by BracketNews.com, in association with American Race Cars and Luke Bogacki Race Services is proud to present a special 32-car shootout as a portion of the Great American Bracket Race at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, LA May 22-24. The shootout event will feature 32 entrants at $1,000 each. The winner will receive a brand new 2009 American Swing Arm Dragster, assembled as a complete roller by Luke Bogacki Race Services (details listed below). The complete roller is valued at $29,000. The runner-up of the special shootout event will receive $3,000.

This special “Hi-Rollers” shootout is an addition to what already promises to be a huge weekend of bracket racing, featuring the richest purse that the gulf coast has ever seen. Saturday’s main event pays a whopping $50,000 to the winner, with Friday and Sunday’s champions earning $5,000 and $10,000 respectively!




Calver Racing Suspension back on
Feb.13

Calvert Racing Suspensions is proud to announce their 10th year of support of the Pacific Street Car Association and their racers. As in the past, we will continue our Contingency support in 2009 on Our Caltrac Traction Bars. This year we have decided to step up to the Class Title Sponsor for Bracket-1 in the PSCA and SCSN series. We believe this will be a great opportunity with added exposure for Calvert Racing, the PSCA, and especially the grassroots racer.

Over the past few seasons, Calvert Racing Products has had great success in several of the PSCA classes; both Heads-Up & Bracket. Last year Wild Street racer Al Jimenez not only won the 2008 Championship but is now considered the Fastest and Quickest Leaf Spring car in the World 7.56 187mph. Right behind Al was George Raygoza, the 2008 runner up and past two time True Street Champion. A quick fact about Raygoza, George has been to more final rounds than any racer in the history of the PSCA. What do both of these racers have in common??

Caltrac Traction Bars and Calvert Racing Split Mono Leaf Springs!!!  Other PSCA notables…Artis Houston was the 2005 Wild Street Champion and we believe the first leaf spring cars in the 7’s. Caleb Hunter of SCE Gaskets recorded his first Championship in 2007 in Quick Street. 2008 PSCA Event winners using Caltracs include, Charles Jackson, Mike Saiki, Steve Cox, Chris Biggerstaff, George Raygoza & Al Jimenez…Calvert Racing would like to congratulate all of our Customers in the PSCA and we will continue to be the leader in leaf spring suspension and we’ll see you at the races!!! Contact us at 661-728-9600 or www.calvertracing.com

Calvert Racing Suspension would like to remind and or introduce the racers & fans of the PSCA our New 90-10 Drag Shocks. We are now selling a Non Adjustable Drag shock that everyone is looking for. This New Drag shock offers High and Low speed Valving, The Calvert Drag Shock will give you the lightning quick separation that our competitors say they provide and don't. This new design will also allow the vehicle's suspension to settle down at high speeds on the big end of the track.




$10,000 M/T Promod Showdown
Feb.13

IHRA is pleased to announce that Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has stepped up to present an exciting new bonus program for the Pro Modified class. For 2009, a $10,000 payday is up for grabs in the winner-take-all Mickey Thompson Ten Grand Slam.

Points will accrue through the first nine events of the season, ending at the IHRA President’s Cup Nationals in September. To be eligible, participants must have the Mickey Thompson program decal on their cars.

During the Friday night qualifying session at the IHRA World Finals at Rockingham Dragway the weekend of October 24-25, the names of the top eight points earners will be dropped into a hat. A representative from Mickey Thompson will then draw two names, and the lucky racers will have a chance to go head-to-head for all the cash. 

The final showdown will take place during Saturday night qualifying. The two combatants will be paired up during qualifying and run for a $10,000 winner-take-all purse. If the winner is running Mickey Thompson tires on the rear of his or her car, there’s an additional $2,500 bonus available.




Braswell Carbs joins PSCA
Feb.13

The PSCA is very proud to announce the addition of Braswell Carburetion to the PSCA family of official sponsors including participation in our 2009 Racer Contingency Program.... Braswell Carburetion has a complete line of high quality carburetors designed for today’s modern race engines. They are fully CNC machined from state of the art aluminum castings. This provides the competitor with a light weight and very durable racing carburetor. Braswell performance is unmatched in open competition!!



2008 NHRA & IHRA Pro Stock Champs (Jeg Coughlin & Pete Berner) used Braswell Caburetion exclusivly during the 2008 season .....   Braswell offers carburetors for all PSCA Heads-Up Classes from Wild all the way to our quickest & fastest class.....Pro Street!!

Look for Braswell company representatives at many of the 2009 events working closely with PSCA racers to get into the winners circle!!! Speaking of the winner's circle, Braswell is posting Contingency Cash on their carburetors in all of the PSCA & SCSN "Heads-Up Classes" rewarding their customers for racing and winning with their quality products!!!




Mickey Thompson to sponsor PSCA
Feb.13

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels is proud to announce their 2009 sponsorship of the Pacific Street Car Association events and racers. 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of Mickey Thompson’s involvement with this sanctioning body, the sixth consecutive year as a Wild Street Class racing sponsor, and the fifth consecutive year as a sponsor of the Street Car Super Nationals.

"Having the leader in racing tires involved in our series says a lot for our program," said Mel Roth President of the PSCA "The Mickey Thompson engineers have always worked closely with our race teams in an effort to build the quickest, fastest and safest tires, and they are always trackside with to provide service that is second to none."

Mickey Thompson is a proud supporter of the PSCA Contingency & Championship Points Program, and is at the track for every PSCA event supporting the racers. They also work closely with the Pro Street Teams through the Mickey Thompson Big Tire Development program.

“Mickey Thompson is passionate about offering the best products for the racers,” said Carl Robinson, Motorsports Manager, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “When we need good racers to test the product, we can count on PSCA racers to get it done.”

The 2008 PSCA racing season closed with 10 World Champions on Mickey Thompson Tires:




Gadson Teams with Cooper Performance
Feb.13

“The Real Deal” Richard Gadson Teams with Cooper Performance In National Guard ADRL National Championship

Cooper Performance of Macon Georgia is proud to announce that “The Real Deal” Richard Gadson will be racing the “Fulmer / Memphis Car Audio Pro Extreme Suzuki” in the 2009 National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) National Championship Series. 

The ADRL recently announced the National Guard as their series title sponsor and kick starts the 2009 drag race season with the “ADRL Safety-Kleen Dragpalooza V” at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown Texas on March 6th-7th.  The 10 race series will also visit Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, and finally concludes at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis Texas with the “LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V”.

The young Richard Gadson will be racing a new Cooper Performance built machine consisting of a D&G Chassis with an engine based on the Suzuki GS1150 pushed to over 1500cc.  In addition to the Cooper Performance parts, including a custom Pro-Mod head, the engine also features a MTC Engineering cylinder block, pistons, and Generation-2 Clutch, as well as Ferrea titanium valves, and an Accurate Crankshaft.  Additional support for 2009 will come from VP Fuels, Redline Oils, Shift Racing, and of course the team’s title sponsors Fulmer Helmets and Memphis Car Audio.

Jerry Cooper, owner of Cooper Performance and engine builder, was looking for a new racer in 2009 when he spoke with friend and partner Glenn “GWIZZ” Allen.  Allen referred Cooper to Richard Gadson, nephew and student of 8-time AMA Nat’l Drag Race Champion Rickey Gadson.  The crew coordinated a test with Richard and the Cooper Performance Suzuki, and the team was on its way.  Richard had already been in conversations with Fulmer Helmets and Memphis Car Audio at the December PRI show in Orlando, who later signed as the team’s title sponsors.

 “I’m really excited about the 2009 ADRL season and glad to be with Glenn and Coop.”  Richard Gadson commented.  “We have a top of the line chassis and power plant that should give us a good chance to compete for the National Championship.”  When asked about his readiness for the 2009 season, Richard replied “I’ve had the best teacher in the world (Uncle Rickey), I’ve been very fortunate.  We’ve set high expectations for ourselves this year, so I’m really looking forward to getting to Houston.”




Crum IHRA Media and Publicity Manager
Feb.13

Feld Motor Sports International Hot Rod Association division has hired Larry Crum to the position of Media and Publicity Manager

 Crum comes to IHRA following three years as sports editor for the Ohio Valley Publishing newspaper chain, where he was an accredited NASCAR media member and award-winning AP photographer.

“Larry is the kind of passionate, “can-do” employee we count on to wear many different hats, “said IHRA Vice President Jim Marchyshyn.  “Larry’s mandate is to increase national visibility, work closely with IHRA racers and sponsors and develop a strong rapport between our media platforms, including press, Drag Review Magazine and the IHRA family of websites.”

"I’m extremely excited to be joining Team IHRA. As a fan of all racing, including drag racing, I can't wait to get started," Crum said. "I look forward to working with the fans, drivers and the IHRA/Feld Motor Sports team. I am extremely excited to be able to work at something I love”

Crum is a Marshall University graduate and will be based at IHRA headquarters in Norwalk, Ohio. His first day at IHRA will be February 9th.




Winternationals Delayed until Monday
Feb.09

Persistent rain showers throughout the day Sunday forced NHRA officials to postpone eliminations for the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona until Monday.

It was the fourth consecutive day of rain delays for the season-opening event in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The continuation of Top Fuel and Funny Car eliminations will open Monday’s racing, starting at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by the continuation of the first round of Pro Stock.

On Sunday, one round of eliminations was completed in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Among the first round winners in Top Fuel were defending world champ Tony Schumacher, who posted the quickest time among all first round winners in his U.S. Army dragster, and event top qualifier Antron Brown.

Brown, who pedaled his Matco Tools dragster to get the first-round win, will meet Mike Strasburg in the second round.

"We caught a bit of a break in that first round because it dropped a hole and I had to pedal the car," Brown said. "It's all good though. I have all the confidence in the world in  (crew chiefs) Brian (Corradi), Mark (Oswald) and this Matco Tools crew and we'll be good to go in the second round. If we're sticking around another day, we're in it to win it."

In Funny Car, top qualifier Robert Hight, Del Worsham and Ron Capps, who produced the quickest run of the first round in his category in his NAPA Dodge Charger, were among the first-round winners, while defending world champ Cruz Pedregon lost to Jack Beckman. Only two pairs of cars were able to run in Pro Stock.

Worsham, who drives the Al-Anabi Racing Toyota Solara, will face veteran Gary Densham in the second round. A two-time Winternationals runner-up, Worsham feels good about his chances on Monday.

“I’m extremely confident about tomorrow," Worsham said. "The first round’s gone, and that really is the nerves, first round at the first race of the season. I feel a lot better about tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. When you get in these cool conditions like this, the track doesn’t become slippery; it actually gets more traction. When these tires bite like that, if they don’t slip a little bit, they tend to want to shake, and that’s what you were seeing with the tire shake out there and everybody trying to pedal it and get it down there. We just don’t run in these conditions enough to get good at it, so when we get into a situation like this when it happens, everybody’s just doing the best job they can do. If you can get it to where it’s not shaking, you could easily set a record out here right now."
 
Tickets will be available for Monday’s racing for $26. Fans holding tickets for any of the rain-delayed days (Thurs., Fri. or Sun.) may redeem those tickets on Monday for entry.

Monday’s racing will air during a two-hour show on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD at 9:30 p.m. (ET).




Pomona Qualifying Complete: Pairing
Feb.08

Qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals has been completed. Due to a timing system error, some times will not be recorded. Congratulations to Tom Hammonds for making the Pro Stock Field!

Pairing for Sunday

TOP FUEL
1. Antron Brown, *3.708 seconds, no speed recorded vs. 16. Steve Faria, 4.854, 252.61 mph;
2. Joe Hartley, *3.748, nsr vs. 15. Morgan Lucas, 4.548, 270.81;
3. Cory McClenathan, 3.851, 313.66 vs. 14. Shawn Langdon, 4.091, 307.79;
4. Brandon Bernstein, 3.866, 317.42 vs. 13. Andy Carter, 4.020, nsr;
5. Tony Schumacher, 3.897, 311.99 vs. 12. Del Cox, 4.020, nsr;
6. Urs Erbacher, 3.915, 305.63 vs. 11. Doug Kalitta, 4.016, nsr;
7. David Baca, 3.920, nsr vs. 10. Steve Chrisman, 4.000, nsr;
8. Spencer Massey, 3.968, nsr vs. 9. Mike Strasburg, 3.980, 305.01;

Did Not Qualify: 17. Clay Millican, 5.142, 144.84; 18. Larry Dixon, 6.326,
102.68. *Due to a timing system error, these elapsed times will not be
officially recorded.

FUNNY CAR
1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.037 seconds, no speed recorded vs. 16. Jerry Toliver, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.061, 187.52 mph;
2. Del Worsham,Toyota Solara, 4.038, nsr vs. 15. Bob Bode, Chevy Impala, 4.891, 244.65;
3. Ashley Force Hood, Ford Mustang, 4.061, nsr vs. 14. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.345, 283.01;
4. John Force, Mustang, 4.092, 304.39 vs. 13. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.289, nsr;
5. Bob Tasca, Mustang, 4.143, 301.20 vs. 12. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.286, 304.12;
6. Tony Pedregon, Impala, 4.164, 300.40 vs. 11. Jim Head, Solara, 4.286, nsr;
7. Gary Densham, Impala, 4.183, nsr vs. 10. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.222, nsr;
8. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.197, 289.14 vs. 9. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.205, 305.91;

Did Not Qualify: 17. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 5.141, nsr; 18. Terry Haddock, Stratus, 8.668, nsr.

FUNNY CAR
1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.037 seconds, no speed recorded vs. 16. Jerry Toliver, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.061, 187.52 mph;
2. Del Worsham,Toyota Solara, 4.038, nsr vs. 15. Bob Bode, Chevy Impala, 4.891, 244.65;
3. Ashley Force Hood, Ford Mustang, 4.061, nsr vs. 14. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.345, 283.01;
4. John Force, Mustang, 4.092, 304.39 vs. 13. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.289, nsr;
5. Bob Tasca, Mustang, 4.143, 301.20 vs. 12. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.286, 304.12;
6. Tony Pedregon, Impala, 4.164, 300.40 vs. 11. Jim Head, Solara, 4.286, nsr;
7. Gary Densham, Impala, 4.183, nsr vs. 10. Jeff Arend, Solara, 4.222, nsr;
8. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.197, 289.14 vs. 9. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.205, 305.91;

Did Not Qualify: 17. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 5.141, nsr; 18. Terry Haddock, Stratus, 8.668, nsr.

PRO STOCK
1. Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.588 seconds, 209.59 mph vs. 16. Ron Krisher, Chevy Cobalt, 6.832, 172.17;
2. Jason Line, GXP, 6.616, 209.43 vs. 15. Rickie Jones, Dodge Stratus, 6.691, 206.26;
3. Allen Johnson, Stratus, 6.625, 207.82 vs. 14. Tom Hammonds, 6.682, 206.20;
4. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.628, 208.59 vs. 13. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.677, 207.08;
5. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.629, 208.62 vs. 12. Jim Yates, GXP, 6.665, 206.64;
6. Jeg Coughlin, Cobalt, 6.629, 208.23 vs. 11. Larry Morgan, Stratus, 6.662, 207.69;
7. Kurt Johnson, Cobalt, 6.642, 207.91 vs. 10. Johnny Gray, Stratus, 6.661, 208.33; 
8. David Beckley, Stratus, 6.650, 206.61 vs. 9. V. Gaines, Stratus, 6.654, 206.32;

Did Not Qualify: 17. Jerry Haas, Pontiac GTO, 6.854, 202.55; 18. Bob Panella, Stratus, 7.202, 149.25; 19. Steve Spiess, Cobalt, 7.221, 148.79; 20. Erica Enders, Ford Mustang, 11.959, 73.12; 21. Frank Gugliotta, GXP, 23.129, 53.91; 22. Gordie Rivera, GTO, 25.448, 31.85.




Radial Insanity: Hance 227 mph Video
Feb.07



Video Credit: Urban Hillbilly Video 




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