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NHRA JR. DRAG RACING FINALS RETURN TO TULSA, BRISTOL

 

The NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League, the wildly popular series for young NHRA racers two premier events, the Western and Eastern Conference Finals, will return to familiar surroundings for the 2019 season. The Western Conference Finals will take place at Osage Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Okla. and the Eastern Conference Finals will be held at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.

Oklahoma’s Osage Tulsa Raceway Park will host the event for the fourth consecutive season on June 27-28, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals will return to Eastern Tennessee’s famed Thunder Valley, July 18-20. 

“These young racers have so much talent. They truly are the future stars of NHRA drag racing,” said Eric Lotz, director of field marketing, NHRA. “The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League is where these young drivers of NHRA learn skills that will prepare them for the future. Both facilities continue to grow these events and make the racers and their families feel welcome during the weekend.”

ENCORE - FACTORY MODIFIED: THE FAILED ATTEMPT AT JR. PRO STOCK

The idea had merit, but in the long run, lacked longevity and support. 

Former IHRA President Billy Meyer had the vision to simplify sportsman drag racing, and in one fell sweep kicked the popular Modified, Super Stock and Stock eliminators to the curb They were replaced by indexed bracket divisions ranging from 7.90 to 12.90 indexes. 

Meyer wanted to simplify the explanation of grassroots racing to the casual race fan.

The plan was Factory Modified. 

LIVE VIDEO: NEW YEAR'S NATIONALS - PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from the 4th annual New Year's Nationals hosted by Palm Beach International Raceway.

WAGLER PURCHASES NO BOX NATIONALS FROM TRIPLE O PROMOTIONS, LLC.

 

Jeremy Wagler, owner of Wagler Motorsports Products, recently purchased the No Box Nationals, a well-known bracket racing event that was first constructed by Triple O Promotions back in 2007. With over more than 200 entries each year, Wagler Competition Products is looking forward to bringing the race back in 2019 and continuing the tradition that’s over a decade strong.

KRISTA BALDWIN ACQUIRES NITRO UNIVERSITY A/FUEL DRAGSTER TEAM

 

Krista Baldwin has acquired the Nitro University A/Fuel dragster team for the 2019 season. Baldwin has been the driver for the team since 2016. She plans to make five races for her ownership debut. Former owner, Anthony Dicero, has accepted a fulltime position at Justin Ashley Racing.

“Every year since I was a little girl, my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas and, of course, it was always, jokingly, my own racecar,” says the 25-year-old racer. “And now my wish finally came true.”

Baldwin attended the Nitro University to receive her Top Alcohol Dragster crossover license in 2015. She made her national event debut at the 2016 Winternationals with team owner Anthony Dicero. Ever since then she has raced and crewed for Dicero with multiple drivers at the wheel.

NGK EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP OF TS RACER DON O'NEAL

 

NGK Spark Plugs USA, Inc., announced during the PRI Show that it has extended its relationship with NHRA Top Sportsman drag racer Don O’Neal. 

O’Neal has used NGK racing spark plugs in his 1999 Monte Carlo 632 Big Block Chevy engine with three-stage nitrous for the past five years and now O’Neal will look to use NTK engine sensors in a new race car. NTK is a member of the NGK Spark Plugs family of brands.

SUPER COMP RACER WILLIAMS CELEBRATES WINNING INAUGURAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Being a standout NHRA driver who never won a world championship is a label Steve Williams wanted to shed.

And, he did exactly that this past season.

Williams, K&N’s Chief Engineering Officer, was crowned the 2018 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp World Champion.

BICKEL ROLLS OUT THE FIRST OF THE CARBON FIBER '55 CHEVROLETS

Iconic doorslammer chassis builder Jerry Bickel believes the newest '55 Chevy Bel-Air body will become to Pro Modified what the '69 Camaro is at the present.

This newest shell, originally designed by Bob Mandell and financed by Tim Wallace, this is the first of its type in carbon fiber, offers the lightest and most aerodynamic version in the marketplace today.

Bickel says the molds, now built by Larry Jeffers, will offer a weight savings of 35-pounds. Jerry Bickel Race Cars is an authorized distributor of these new bodies.

LIVE VIDEO: FALL FOOTBRAKE FRENZY X, PIEDMONT DRAGWAY

Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from the Footbrake Frenzy event at Piedmont Dragway in Greensboro, NC.

ENCORE - SUPER MOD: THE ORIGINAL 10.5 RACING

Back in the 1970s, long before any of the Super class racing existed, sportsman drag racers sought an affordable style of racing where they could race heads-up, with no breakout and do so on a pounds-per-cubic inch basis similar to their class racing. Their wants eventually led to the creation of Super Modified, the original 10.5 tire form of racing.

Not so far removed from the 1974 U.S. Energy crisis, class racers, then the only option for national event sportsman racing, had begun to feel the sting of extreme operating costs. Many opted for the new craze of the time, bracket racing, while a good number remained true to their craft seeking creative ways to preserve the only kind of racing they knew.

As was the case with many of the good ideas of the era, the plan began on a scratch sheet of paper and through the support of a major magazine became reality.

Car Craft Magazine presented the Super Modified concept in their July 1974 issue.

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