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CPTV CLASSIC VIDEO - RARE FIND OF US 30 DRAGWAY ACTION WITH SOUND

 

Chicagoland drag racing is much different now than it was back in the 1970s.

A stadium-style facility, built in the late 1990s, plays host to a stop on the 23-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Joliet, Ill. Up until 1984, a coliseum of sorts, located 30 miles east of Joliet, once served as the host to the nitro gladiators of yesteryear.

Don’t be confused, US 30 Drag Strip in Gary, Indiana was no Route 66 Raceway. However, it served a purpose for hundreds of thousands of drag racing fans in Chicago.

MEET THE TEAM - CP.COM PUBLISHER/EDITOR BOBBY BENNETT

Over the course of the NHRA U.S. Nationals, CPTV's Jake Simmons mirrored members of the CompetitionPlus.com team and their approach to covering drag racing, and the Big Go. In this episode, tag along with Bobby Bennett, the founder and driving force behind CompetitionPlus.com. Bennett got his start in drag racing at 12 years old, where he first published a magazine. Spend a day in the life.

MEET THE TEAM - CP.COM DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ROGER RICHARDS

Over the course of the NHRA U.S. Nationals, CPTV's Jake Simmons mirrored members of the CompetitionPlus.com team and their approach to covering drag racing, and the Big Go. In this episode, tag along with Roger Richards, CompetitionPlus.com's original and only Photo Editor as he discusses his years in drag racing, which amazingly began with the online magazine back in 1999.

MEET THE TEAM - CP.COM SENIOR WRITER TRACY RENCK

Over the course of the NHRA U.S. Nationals, CPTV's Jake Simmons mirrored members of the CompetitionPlus.com team and their approach to covering drag racing, and the Big Go. In this episode, tag along with Tracy Renck, the team's go-to reporter on breaking news and race coverage. He is the son of former Division 5 Top Fuel/Pro Comp standout Ed Renck.

MEET THE TEAM - CP.COM SENIOR WRITER LARRY CRUM

Over the course of the NHRA U.S. Nationals, CPTV's Jake Simmons mirrored members of the CompetitionPlus.com team and their approach to covering drag racing, and the Big Go. In this episode, tag along with Larry Crum, a senior writer who specializes in event notebooks and features.

MEET THE TEAM - CP.COM SENIOR WRITER SUSAN WADE

Over the course of the NHRA U.S. Nationals, CPTV's Jake Simmons mirrored members of the CompetitionPlus.com team and their approach to covering drag racing, and the Big Go. In this episode, tag along with Susan Wade, CompetitionPlus.com's Senior Writer. Susan has been on the team now for 14 years, and her writing is a work of art.

ENCORE - LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF BOB GLIDDEN

Bob Glidden was as blue collar of a drag racer as one could be. And, what made his status more impressive, is he did it on the big stage of NHRA professional drag racing. 

Glidden remains a throwback when championships were earned by hard work and not so deep pockets. There were deep pockets, yes ... but they generally belonged to those trying to catch him. 

 

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 IHRA SPRING NATS

02 02 2012 cptv 1983 ihra springnatsTake a journey back in time when Funny Cars still looked like real cars, Pro Stockers did dry hops and sportsman racing was included in the professional television show. The Mizlou Sports Group published this television broadcast of the 1983 IHRA Spring Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. You'll see Gary Beck, Scott Kalitta, Raymond Beadle, Al Segrini, Lee Shepherd and Rickie Smith. Best of all, you'll get to witness drivers taking the famed Bristol dogleg.

NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART - THE ANNUAL URBAN HILLBILLY CARNAGEFEST

If you get sideways, or just flatout lose it, there's a good chance Urban Hillbilly's Sean Melton will be there to capture it. While we take no pride in promoting the misfortune of others, we do smile in the fact that despite the mayhem, all drivers walked away uninjured. 

VIDEO FLASHBACK - 1985 ADRA (FORMERLY AHRA) SPRINGNATIONALS

Take a trip back to 1985, when the American Drag Racing Association, formerly campaigned as the American Hot Rod Association, staged their Springnationals event at Tulsa International in Tulsa, Ok. This is the Top Fuel portion featuring Don Garlits as the pit reporter. 

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