by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards Fri, 2017-09-01 23:58
Ten years ago, an impressionable 12-year old Justin Ashley watched his father, then fuel Funny Car racer Mike Ashley, drive his way to a magical NHRA U.S, Nationals champion.
The magnitude of the accomplishment stuck as a lasting memory for Ashley.
Friday, during the first day of qualifying at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA Nationals, the second-generation Ashley was the quickest Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racer on the property as he drove Randy Meyer's A/Fuel dragster to a 5.164 elapsed time at 277.83 miles per hour.
"To be able to lead both sessi
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards Fri, 2017-09-01 12:16
The most unlikely of combinations dominated the second day of the Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
U/Stock Automatic might not be the fastest, but it sure butchered the index in second day Stock qualifying. The U/SA cars represented three of the top five position, and leapfrogging to the top was B.J. Graham, who drove her '76 Mustang II to a -1.675 hit against the 14.85 index with a 13.175 elapsed time. Falling into second was the nearly identical U/SA combination Mustang II of Gary Summers, who was -1.604 under.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-08-31 12:02
Five Lucas Oil divisions hit the track on Wednesday, the official first day of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, with two sessions apiece for Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp and Super Gas. The Factory Stock Showdown also made two time trial runs.
by J.T. Gonzalez; Photos by NHRA.com, Bobby Bennett Tue, 2017-08-29 16:02
David Rampy is at it again. During a year in which he planned to "slow down a bit" and not chase championship points, the Sportsman superstar's early season victories forced him to alter his plans and is currently leading the Comp national standings and is in second place in Super Stock. Additionally, his four victories to date this season increased his career total to 96 national event wins, making reaching the century mark this year a possibility.
CompetitionPlus Sportsman's J.T. Gonzalez caught up with Rampy to talk about his season, why he began the year not looking to compete for a title, and the possibility of reaching the century mark in career victories.
Mon, 2017-08-28 14:36
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series picked up from where it left off in April at Virginia Motorsports Park, after mother nature forced the event to be moved to this past weekend. Rich McPhillips and Kris Hool reeled in final round victories to close out the divisional event.
McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., hit a great light (.008 second reaction time) powering his way down the strip for the win light leaving Dan Mercier, Saint-Michel, Quebec, behind him in the Top Alcohol Dragster final round. McPhillips crossed the finish line at 5.318 seconds, 276.63 mph, Mercier, had problems and slowed to a 12.679 seconds, 68.76 mph.
Mon, 2017-08-28 11:15
T.C. Morris took home the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout trophy defeating Devin Isenhower in a great final round match up at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. Mia Tedesco and Doug Gordon qualified number one in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car to lead their fields going into Sunday’s eliminations.
Wed, 2017-08-23 09:41
The NHRA North Central Division Moser Sportsman Shootout is set to take place on Saturday, August 26, in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Ky. Jacob Elrod is looking to defend his title from a year ago having qualified in two classes.
Elrod out of Harrod, Ohio, captured the 2016 Moser Sportsman Shootout with a win over Mark McDonald who is also qualified again this year in the Top Sportsman class. Elrod returns this year in both the Super Gas and Super Comp classes. Elrod will face off with Devin Isenhower in his round one Super Gas match up and Joe Fuesting in round one Super Comp.
Wed, 2017-08-23 09:10
The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in full effect as Justin Ashley, Johan Lindberg, Ben Line, Brian Heath, and Brian Fischer reeled in victories Sunday evening during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
In their first matchup in eliminations Ashley, Plainview, N.Y., squared off against Gord Gingles of Winnipeg, M.B. in the Top Alcohol Dragster finale. Gingles emerged from the gate first, but his dragster succumbed to mechanical issues; Ashley swung around the Canadian driver for his second career national event Wally trophy. Ashley clocked in at 5.237 seconds, 268.60 mph to Gingles 12.344 seconds, 54.22 mph.
Wed, 2017-08-23 09:10
Shawn Cowie, Shane Westerfield, and Jeff Lane led the winner’s circle this past weekend during the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northwest Division event at Pacific Raceways presented by Les Schwab Tires.
Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., gained a good starting line advantage but was unable to hold on as the hard charging Cowie, Surrey, B.C., cruised passed the Californian driver in the final round of Top Alcohol Dragster for the divisional event win. Cowie registered a victory pass of 5.247 seconds, 276.01 mph, Demke 5.448 seconds, 271.19 mph.
Wed, 2017-08-23 09:09
Dan Page and DJ Cox took home the wins along with bothers Brian and Mike Sawyer at this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Cecil County Dragway.
Page, Hampstead, N.H., faced off with Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., in the final of Top Alcohol Dragster for the third time this year. Page turned the tables this time taking the win and his first of the season with a 5.538 second, 262.79 mph pass to Hart’s 6.429, 154.79. Hart won the previous meetings in Epping, N.H., and Atco, N.J.