by J.T. Gonzalez; Photos by Jay Livingston Wed, 2017-07-26 20:39
In a season that has seen him score two NHRA national event wins and two regional victories, Shawn Cowie added to his stellar 2017 campaign by setting the e.t. and speed records with his Norm Grimes-tuned Mundie’s Towing Top Alcohol Dragster during the Division 6 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Woodburn, Ore., July 14-16. The record run, a stunning 5.165 at 280.54 mph during a first-round bye, shattered the 5.178 mark that Jim Whiteley had set at the 2012 Auto Club NHRA Finals.
CompetitionPlus Sportsman's J.T. Gonzalez caught up with Cowie to talk about his stunning record-setting run, his chances of winning a world championship this year, and the people who have gotten him to this point in his racing career.
Tue, 2017-07-25 12:17
Top Alcohol and Funny Car standouts Josh Hart and Phil Burkart celebrated in winner’s circle with their teams Saturday at New England Dragway following their final round victories in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
After beating out Rich McPhillips and Duane Shields in rounds one and two, Hart, Ocala, Fla., squared off against New Hampshire driver Dan Page of Hampstead in the Top Alcohol Dragster final round. The Florida runner blocked out the home crowd as he scored the hole shot victory racing to 5.322 seconds, 271.08 mph vs. Page, 5.296 seconds, 275.62 mph.
Tue, 2017-07-25 12:09
David Rampy, Dan Fletcher and Kevin Helms all added to their win counts while Bradley Johnson, Brad Basgall and Randy Cruickshank each captured their first NHRA National event win at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
Rampy bagged his 96th national event win as he ran down Jessie Oman who got the jump in the Comp Eliminator final round. Oman took the early lead by .025 seconds but Rampy’s ‘32 roadster had the power at the top end to take the win in 7.720 seconds at 166.46 mph.
By Larry Crum Fri, 2017-07-21 11:56
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The sweet, to-the-point storyteller behind decades of motorsports television programing ranging from drag racing to truck and tractor pulls to car shows and everything in between.
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by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-07-20 13:48
No wonder Mark McDonald is fond of Route 66 Raceway.
Two weeks ago, during the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters, he became the 29th drag racer in series history to score a double-up victory with his Top Sportsman triumph in both national event and Jegs All-Stars competition.
“Route 66 is becoming my favorite track, I reached my first Top Sportsman Final here last season that kicked off this journey to be the Division 3 All-Star, to come back here win the All Stars for our organization and sponsors as well as the Team Championship on Saturday would have been just enough for me, but have the opportunity to close out and win the National, well that is just something that I never dreamed," McDonald explained.
Thu, 2017-07-20 12:25
Dan Fletcher became just the third NHRA racer to earn 100 national event victories when he recently claimed the Super Street title at the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals. With the win, Fletcher joins John Force (148 wins) and Frank Manzo (105) as the only drivers in history to hit the century mark. In assessing his achievement, Fletcher singled out VP Racing Fuels as a recurring theme through each of his wins.
Tue, 2017-07-18 12:58
This weekend's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series All-American Hot Rod Showdown at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., has been rescheduled due to a multiple-day excessive heat advisory for the St. Louis area. The event has been rescheduled for October 20-22.
Additional details for the new event will be released soon. The $20-per-car load coupons and ticket vouchers, originally valid for July 21-22, will be honored on October 21-22.
Tue, 2017-07-18 12:58
Defending Lucas Oil World Champion Joey Severance and Jimmy DeFrank took home Wally trophies from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip.
In Top Alcohol Dragster final round, Severance, Woodburn, Ore., continued his championship defense, against TAD rival Shawn Cowie, B.C. Severance got off the line first and continued to pull away for the win. Severance registered a winning pass of 5.227 seconds, 278.89 mph. Cowie followed up at 5.260 seconds, 278.29 mph.
by J.T. Gonzalez Thu, 2017-07-13 10:39
John Labbous Jr. is having the type of season that racers can only dream of. With the help of friends and family and behind the wheel of Anthony Bertozzi’s 2013 Racetech Super Comp dragster and 1963 Chevy Corvette Super Gasser, Labbous has won three national event titles (two in Super Gas and one in Super Comp) and four divisional events (twice in each class) to date this season. To top it off, two of the national event wins came at the same race, the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, where he became just the 22nd driver in NHRA history to win two classes at the same event.
He currently leads the national and divisional standings in both Super Comp and Super Gas, and his lead in national points would be even greater had he won the Super Gas final of the NHRA Summer Nationals in Englishtown, N.J., and the Super Comp final of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn.
by John DiBartolomeo Tue, 2017-07-11 16:21