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ENCORE - FAITH MOVED MOUNTAINS - MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK RACING'S EARLY YEARS - FINAL INSTALLMENT

9-11-07mmps.jpgIn the early 80’s, the growing popularity of the IHRA mountain motor Pro Stock class made a huge ripple in the great drag racing pond – a ripple felt all the way past the front doors of NHRA headquarters in Glendora, Ca.

Headlines once reserved for Bob Glidden, Lee Shepherd, and Frank Iaconio now featured such names as Rickie Smith, Warren Johnson, and Ronnie Sox. The IHRA Pro Stockers had blasted their way into the 7.90s during the 1980 season and the 7.80s one year later.

Never mind the fact the NHRA had just staged the closest point championship in the history of the class, a battle that went down to the final run of the season. The IHRA had seven-second Pro Stockers and wasn’t afraid to flaunt them to the media.

NHRA cars ran 8.30s. IHRA cars ran 7.80s. Get the picture?

In the weeks prior to the end of the 1981 season, the NHRA announced that they would do away with the pounds-per-cubic-inch format and adopt an IHRA-type program.

Instead of the sky-is-the-limit mentality of the IHRA, however, the NHRA put a 500-inch ceiling on their “mountain motors.”

DRAG RACING LEGEND VERN MOATS PASSES

CP SPORTSMAN - BYRON DRAGWAY ANNOUNCES 2017 BIG BUCKS BRACKET BASH SCHEDULE

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Byron Dragway today announced the 2017 Big Bucks Bracket Bash Series schedule.  With over $400,000 in total posted prize money, it is the world’s richest track operated bracket program.  The series features bracket racing in the Super Pro, Pro Eliminator, Street Eliminator, and Sportsman categories.

Super Pro pays a guaranteed $2,500 to win on Saturdays and $5,000 to win on Sundays with the exception for increased payouts during the 18th Annual Firecracker Bracket Nationals (June 30-July 2) and Fall Bracket Nationals (October 14-15) weekends.  Super Pro is a combination Box and No Box class.  The final round is a runoff between the last Box and No Box cars.

BOOTH HIGGS NAMED SHOW PRODUCER FOR NHRA ON FOX TELEVISION BROADCASTS

 
Television production veteran Kymberly Booth Higgs has been named NHRA show producer for the 2017 FOX Sports television broadcasts of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA announced today. She will also produce the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the J&A Service NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series telecasts.
 
“I am excited to be a part of this incredibly talented crew of people who are passionate about our sport,” said Booth Higgs. “Our challenge as a production team is to translate the unparalleled experience of being at an NHRA event to the fans at home. The drama, the pressure, the sound, the smells, the athletes under the helmets and under the hood – those are the stories we want to tell this year on the FOX broadcasts.”

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK - ARE THERE TOO MANY NHRA NATIONAL EVENTS?

 

The question has been posed before, but this time we'd like your input. 

This week's ARP Question of the Week asks, "Are there too many NHRA national events?

FIRST LOOK - BOONE AND HARRIS PRO NITROUS '69 CAMARO

 

The 2017 Pro Nitrous competition is heating up, and we haven't even hit the track yet. Our spy over at Jerry Bickel's race car emporium sent us these shots of the new 1969 Camaro built for Jimmy Boone and Jason Harris; 

NHRA ADJUSTS RULES FOR TWO OF THREE PRO MOD POWER ADDER COMBINATIONS

CP SPORTSMAN - '77 NHRA SPRINGNATS SPORTSMAN

Travel back in time when NHRA Sportsman racing scored time on the big stage of television with the Winston professional series broadcasts. The video is from the 1977 NHRA Springnationals in Columbus, Ohio with the primary focus on the sportsman divisions with mentions of the professional classes.

You will see eliminations in Pro Comp, Comp and Modified. There are highlights from Stock and Super Stock as well as the professional finals.

Dave McClelland is your host.

RENOWNED PSM TUNER KEN JOHNSON JOINS TEAM LIBERTY

 

The newly-formed Pro Stock Motorcycle team – Team Liberty Racing with riders Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey, a three-time NHRA world champ (2000-2002), will have plenty of experience in the tuning department in 2017.

According to Sampey, Team Liberty’s team manager, Ken Johnson will serve as her team’s co-crew chief with Chris Rivas.

Johnson was a crew chief at Star Racing for over 30 years. Star Racing, owned by George and Jackie Bryce, has won six NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championships.

NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS AND QUALIFYING PROCEDURES CHANGED FOR UPCOMING SEASON

The NHRA competition committee announced changes to qualifying procedures at all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, changes to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship and also announced an added point-and-a-half scale to the season ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif.

Starting in 2017, drivers at the final event of the year in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will be racing for increased valuable points that could secure a world championship. The winner of the Auto Club NHRA Finals in each Pro class will claim 150 points; the runner-up will earn 120 points; the semifinalists will earn 90 points apiece; the second-round finishers will earn 60 points each; and the first-round finishers will all claim 30 points.

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