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DECADES OF EXPERIENCE HELPS JIM HUGHES REDEFINE THE TRACK OPERATOR, RACER DYNAMIC

“It’s so easy.”

For Jim Hughes, it is nearly impossible to count the number of times he has heard that said about what it’s like to own and operate a motorsports facility. And, for many years, Hughes could count himself amongst that very same crowd.  

But after nearly two years in the dragstrip business, Hughes can honestly say that “easy” is the farthest thing from the truth when it comes to making a race track tick.

“The biggest misconception is, and that’s a tough one because this all came about so quickly that I really didn’t give it a lot of thought, but from the outside looking in, the racers always think it’s easy,” Hughes said. “But there is so much that goes on at a dragstrip. From ticketing, to parking, spectators, concessions, the facility itself. It makes you really, really appreciate race tracks like the Bader’s (Summit Motorsports Park) and the New’s (Firebird Raceway Dragstrip) up in Boise.

YABBA DABBA DOO WORKS WELL FOR THIS SUPER STOCKER

When you see the car, you might think it's a reference to "The Flintsones," the Hanna-Barbera animated sitcom first created in 1960 about the Flintstone family of Fred, Wilma, their daughter Pebbles and dog Dino from the town of Bedrock. But at second glance, neither Fred nor Wilma nor family friend Barney Rubble is driving the Flintstone car. It's 2014 Classic Gear Jammers champion Josh Barczy, 21 – a third-generation Sportsman racer from Walnut Cove, N.C. driving the car his grandfather Jimmy Flynt raced for a couple of decades.

And that makes perfect sense, because for Barczy, racing is a family affair. Multiple generations and branches of the family spend many of their weekends racing together. And they really do race together. Car trailers and motor homes park as one in the family compound at the track.

EDELBROCK LAUNCHES ITS NEW "GET EDELBROCK FUELED" CONSUMER PROMOTION

 

Edelbrock revealed its new "Get Edelbrock Fueled" consumer promotion today.

The "Get Edelbrock Fueled" promotion allows participating consumers to receive a $300.00 rebate check when they purchase any new Edelbrock Pro-Flo 3 Electronic Fuel Injection system; whether it's sold individually or included with an Edelbrock crate engine. The "Get Edelbrock Fueled" promotion will start on May 1 and end on June 31, 2017. For complete, promotion details and to download a redemption form, visit the official Edelbrock promotions website at: www.edelbrock.com/promo.

NEW HELMETS FROM STROUD SAFETY

Check out the new Helmets from Stroud Safety. These helmets have been designed for the competitor who demands value and quality at an affordable price. Aerodynamic features ensure performance stability and an extremely plush interior provides the comfort needed to maintain your competitive focus. Stroud Helmets are Snell SA2015 rated and are available in black or white.

SUPER FORD SHOWDOWN RETURNS TO NMRA MAPLE GROVE

The NMRA confirmed the return of the Super Ford Showdown to the WyoTech sponsored Ford Motorsport Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway the weekend of May 4-7, 2017.

SEVERANCE, GORDON AND HELMS HEADLINE NHRA SPRINGNATS SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONS

A pair of NHRA Lucas Oil champions met on the big stage during the final round of Top Alcohol Dragster division during the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. 

Defending Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series World Champions, Joey Severance and Mia Tedesco, Murrysville, Pa., clashed in the final round. 

Severance, the defending NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster champion used a better reaction time and a 5.203 elapsed time to beat the defending Super Gas champion Tedesco, who also races in the alcohol dragster division. 

NHRA DIV. 1 LODRS EVENT POSTPONED AT VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK

 

Mother nature got the best of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series this past weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park and the 2017 NHRA Northeast Division opener.

With weather forecasted for Sunday, NHRA and track officials altered the schedule and were hoping to run all rounds of eliminations on Saturday and complete the event. However, the wet weather came early forcing officials to postpone the event which has been rescheduled for August 26, back at Virginia Motorsports Park. Qualifying was completed and all classes are closed to new entries except for the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League classes that are running in conjunction with the event.

SUPER COMP RACER MEGAN STRASSWEG INKS MULTIYEAR DEAL WITH COOLSHIRT


NHRA Super Comp racer Megan Strassweg has inked a multiyear partnership with COOLSHIRT Liquid Cooled Garments for the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and beyond.

Strassweg confirmed the partnership with COOLSHIRT Liquid Garments is a natural continuation of a relationship which has grown into positive returns.

“COOLSHIRT allows the driver to strap in the car and begin the focusing processes,” Strassweg said. “I am not worried about how hot it may be outside because, with my DragPak system and COOLSHIRT vest, I am staying cool baby. Utilizing the DragPak System to keep my body temperature and heart rate cool and calm, allows me to better focus on my reaction times."

SPRING FLING MILLION – FINAL DAY RESULTS

For the fifth straight year, co-promoters Pete Biondo and Kyle Seipel have brought their Spring Fling brand of races to the west coast at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. What might be the gaming capital of the world plays very well to the hundreds of racers who have made the trek each year to race for big money; bracket racing style.

With the crowning of the second Spring Fling Million winner last night, Luke Bogacki, there still is one more day of the event. A day where someone will walk away with $20,000 for his or her efforts; and there are quite a few “hers” who are more than capable of winning.

First up for the day was the Spring Fling Reaction Time Challenge. Twenty randomly selected competitors were given one shot at the ‘tree. Any .00X reaction time gets that person a crisp piece of paper with a picture of Ben Franklin on it ($100). It gets even better for a perfect reaction time, where a Grover Cleveland photo is handed out ($1,000). Three people earned the $100; Christopher Northrup, Chris Borges and Kurt Gross. Steve Hayes put up a trip-zip perfect reaction time which got him ten $100 bills.

SON CARRIES ON DAD'S STICK-SHIFTING TRADITION

You can faintly hear Hank Williams Jr., singing his famous tune A Family Tradition every time Burnsville, North Carolina's Todd Fox fires up his ex-Modified eliminator 1962 Corvette.

Fox, by his own admission, drives the same classic bowtie his dad Larry used to race as a Modified Production. And before it was raced on a track, the Corvette proved an efficient bootlegging vehicle in a dry county within the mountains of western North Carolina.

“Had it all of my life,” Fox, now 44, said proudly with a smile. “The best part of driving this car is all of the people who come up to me and tell me how they watched it when they were young. Their memories have made all of the work worth it.”

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