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CPTV ENCORE - THE EMOTIONAL STORY OF THE MATUSEK FAMILY

 

If there's ever a name which epitomizes the will to succeed, it's Matusek.

The Matusek name, championed in drag racing by master fuel system expert and Pro Modified racer Steve Matusek, is quick to point out the reputation was set in motion long before he was even born.

Matusek's father, the late John Matusek, escaped to the United States to avoid persecution in 1956 from his Hungarian homeland. He was a member of the Hungarian Freedom Fighters who battled the Russian Army as part of the movement against communism. His mother, Lucy Haberman Matusek, who escaped Poland after hiding in an attic for a year to avoid going to a Nazi Germany concentration camp.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE GET WELL DARRELL VIDEO

In 1990 NHRA filmed a get well message for Darrell Gwynn from all the racers in Atlanta following his accident at Santa Pod. The pit spot that Darrell was supposed to be in was used as Get Well Soon ground zero with Sheryl Bernstein, Lynne Prudhomme, Joyce Schultz and others leading the way.

This lengthy video is a reminder of just how tough his accident hit the racing community, and the list of members within our racing fraternity who are no longer with us. 

VIDEO FEATURE: MARK PAWUK'S NEW PASSION

By his own admission, Mark Pawuk was burned out with Pro Stock and believed he had worn out his welcome when he walked away from driving a decade ago. He's still not a fan of the Pro Stock life, but the successful businessman has fallen head over heels in love with the Factory Stock Showdown. Pawuk returned to competition this season, albeit in a sportsman division, and is having the time of his life. In this video feature, Pawuk talks about rekindling his love for competing in the straight-line sport.

2018 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS - VIDEO NOTEBOOK

CPTV VIDEO - THE BATTLE OF THE BEASTS - 2018 INDY FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN

The NHRA Factory Stock Showdown is everything the late Bob Tasca had in mind when he coined the phrase, "Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday." In one of the greatest gatherings of modern day muscle. sixteen Factory Stock Showdown competitors battle it out for the most prestigious of all drag race titles - U.S. Nationals champion. Narrated by veteran drag race announcers Joe Castello, Brian Lohnes and Alan Reinhart.

CLASSIC VIDEO: TO DIVE OR NOT TO DIVE, PRO STOCK'S DILEMMA OF '95

Remember those Lethal Weapon movies of the 1980s and 90s when actors Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) struggled with the game plan of, "Do we do it on three? Or one, two, three, then do it?"

While it might not rank up there with Pro Stock's greatest oops moments of the 1990s which included fiery hoodscoops and exploding oil tanks, the 1995 Winston Select Finals, has a moment when the late Steve Evans shares his thoughts on "taking a dive" in the Pro Stock ranks. During that time frame it happened pretty often between engine builders and engine lessees as well as between fathers and sons. The commentary is priceless.

We're in stitches here, as they say, "Busting a gut laughing."

ELEPHANTS ON DISPLAY: THE 2018 DODGE HEMI SHOOTOUT IN VIDEO

In 1968, the folks from Chrysler decided they needed to build the ultimate Stock and Super Stock vehicle from their factory. They teamed up with Hurst for what was a limited run of Barracudas and Darts, and what they built was a total of 50 were built with 426 Hemis. They were not street legal, nor were they street driven. They were only destroyed to go out and destroy Fords and Chevys on the drag strip.

LIVE VIDEO: YELLOW BULLET NATIONALS - CECIL COUNTY DRAGWAY

Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from the Yellow Bullet Nationals at Cecil County Dragway.

TAKE A TOUR OF AEROMOTIVE'S FACILITY

Take a tour of Aeromotive's Lenexa, Kan.-based facility with Brian Lohnes where cutting edge fuel system components are made.

DRAG ILLUSTRATED'S WORLD SERIES OF PRO MODIFIED - A CPTV VIDEO RECAP

Here it is, our traditional fast-paced recap from the richest Pro Modified race in the world - the $100,000-win Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Modified event from Badimere Speedway outside of Denver, Co.

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