Written by Todd Veney Sat, 2015-08-29 16:54
Back in the days of push starts and dry hops, Top Fuel drivers didn't battle for one of 16 qualifying spots at the U.S. Nationals – it was one of 32 spots. And it was just as hard to get in as it is now.
Great drivers routinely missed the cut. Tom McEwen, James Warren, Larry Dixon Sr., Frank Bradley, Gary Ormsby, and even future Indy winners Steve Carbone, Connie Kalitta, Dick LaHaie, and Terry Capp all failed to qualify at least once. As late as 1973, there were 41 alternates in Top Fuel – not 41 drivers for 32 spots. Seventy-three drivers attempted to qualify, more than three times as many are trying to get modern Indy fields.
There were no qualifying sessions. NHRA ran a set number of cars in each class in a never-ending rotation, and drivers got as many qualifying attempts a day as they could get back in line to make.
Story and Photos by Bill Swanson Sat, 2015-08-29 16:16
Cordova International Raceway’s World Series of Racing battled rain showers during the first of the two-day event. Having grown into the longest running annual drag race event, the event has evolved to showcase the nostalgia genre, featuring current Top Fuel and Funny Car stars in match race competition.
By Bill Swanson Fri, 2015-08-28 10:03
While much of the attention at the annual World Series of Drag Racing in Cordova, Ill., is focused on nitro-burners, there will be a group of gasoline-burning, naturally aspirated doorslammers on hand to put on a show for the Pro Stock fans.
However, these are not the modern day factory hot rods. These cars aren't Avengers, they're Colts, Arrows and Dusters. The new Camaros are instead f-body classics. There's even an Olds Firenza and an AMC Hornet in the show.
Written by Tracy Renck Thu, 2015-08-27 18:00
Racing is the only life Krista Baldwin has ever known.
Her grandfather is the “Golden Greek” Chris Karamesines, the ageless driver who was named No. 30 on NHRA’s 50 Greatest Drivers list as part of NHRA’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2001.
Written by Tracy Renck Thu, 2015-08-27 12:00
After 10 months away from driving an NHRA Pro Stock car, Aaron Stanfield will get behind the wheel at the U.S. Nationals (Sept. 4-7) in Indianapolis.
Stanfield is going to be driving one of Allen Johnson’s cars, likely a Dodge Dart.