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CLEVITE “GUESS THE STEPS” CONTEST RETURNS

The tradition continues during next week's NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Clevite has stepped up as the sponsor of the fourth annual "Guess the Steps" competition, a contest where CompetitionPlus.com Publisher/Editor Bobby Bennett keeps track of his steps throughout the event.  The reader who guesses closest to the six-day (Wed - Fri) final tally without going over is declared the winner. The winning prize is $100 plus a t-shirt of an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series driver.

The popularity of this event inspired Clevite to step up as this year's sponsor.

THE 'THOUSAND-FEET CLUB' IS ONE OF INDY'S ENDURING TRADITIONS

Very little of what once was Indianapolis Raceway Park remains. After fifty-five seasons, Lucas Oil Raceway is light years distant from the original dragstrip and road course which was designed to draw even more diverse motorsports to the city which was “the Home of the Five Hundred Mile Race.”

Even to those who attend only the NHRA’s U.S. Nationals each season, the track in tiny Clermont, Indiana, is constantly changing. The most recent addition, a huge new grandstand structure on the facility’s east side, filled a massive area which once stood vacant for all but the Labor Day weekend when wooden grandstands were rented for the event.

GOOD NEWS PLENTIFUL FOR STAR RACING

 

Good news has come in bunches for George Bryce’s Star Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle team.

Bryce confirmed Racepak has come onboard to sponsor his team and rider Angelle Sampey for the U.S. Nationals (Sept. 4-7) at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Sampey has competed in 6 of the 9 NHRA PSM races this season, missing the last three at Denver, Sonoma, Calif., and Brainerd, Minn.

FERRE TO REPRESENT RACEPAK, MSD AND ACCEL AT U.S. NATIONALS

Cameron Ferrè and Miersch Racing have announced that they will be representing the industry leading legacy brands: Racepak, MSD and ACCEL Performance Group at this year’s Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in the Top Alcohol Dragster class.

Cameron Ferrè, 30, a Marketing employee for Racepak, when he is not flying down the track at 280MPH is ready to hit the track for the exciting and most prestigious event in drag racing.

JEGS TO SPONSOR PRO MOD AT NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

NHRA has named JEGS as the presenting sponsor for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Sept. 2-7. The race is the seventh of 10 events for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in 2015.  

“JEGS and JEGS.com couldn’t be more excited about returning as the title sponsor for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at the biggest and most prestigious NHRA national event there is, the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals,” said Scott Woodruff, JEGS Director of Media & Motorsports. “This event is filled with historic moments in the sport of NHRA Drag Racing and JEGS is proud to be a supporter of this exciting event. The NHRA Pro Mod class has exciting side-by-side action and is a thrilling fan favorite, which is exciting for JEGS.”

CAN NHRA DRAG RACING HELP INDY CAR SERIES FIX ITS PROBLEM?

 

The Top Fuel brain trust at the NHRA’s Don Schumacher Racing didn’t realize it until they started looking at the video frame by frame.

In the second of Antron Brown’s two nasty crashes at Pomona, the front wing of his Matco Tools Dragster ripped loose when it rammed the wall. It shot up toward the cockpit and stabbed at the half-inch-thick ballistic polycarbonate canopy that sheltered him. Brown escaped relatively unscathed and expressed gratitude for the canopy that many had criticized and doubted.

TODD INSERTED INTO TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT TOP FUEL FIELD IN PLACE OF MASSEY

NHRA officials announced today that Seattle winner J.R. Todd has been inserted into the Traxxas Nitro Shootout Top Fuel field in place of Spencer Massey, who did not enter the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals prior to today’s deadline.

Todd is placed into the field by virtue of his recent victory at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Positions 1-7 in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout are earned based on event victories as the primary method, followed by points position as the secondary option.

BARTONE CLINCHES NTF CHAMPIONSHIP, WINS RACE AT NEW ENGLAND HOT ROD REUNION

The 2015 New England Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance concluded at New England Dragway on Sunday, providing a final day of exciting quarter-mile drag racing and classic car browsing to fans in the Northeast.

Eliminations in each of the racing categories took place during the day with exciting on track action. Winners of the car show portion of the event were announced as well.

In Nostalgia Top Fuel, Tony Bartone continued his winning ways with solid performances all weekend. The defending winner posted a 5.601-second pass at 248.93 mph to defeat Dusty Green, who fouled out on the starting line.

ELLIS WANTS TO SUCCEED FOR HIS CANCER-STRICKEN PSM OWNER PIPPIN

When the 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season began, veteran competitor Chip Ellis had no plans of racing.

That changed just prior to the Southern Nationals May 15-17 in Atlanta – the third race of the season for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class – after he spoke with his long-time friend and fellow PSM racer and owner Junior Pippin.

FRANK HAWLEY GRADUATE HALEY JAMES MAKING A NAME IN NMRA COYOTE STOCK

 

If there is any underlying theme in motorsports, it’s family. Mothers and fathers pass down a love of speed to their children, often three and four generations down the line. When drag racers pass through Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, regardless of the venue, it is often with parents or children in tow.

Haley James is an 18-year-old drag racer from Albuquerque, NM who caught the bug from her dad, Dwayne. When she wasn’t watching him make passes, she was in the passenger seat of his street cars as he went down the track. Her dad taught her how to drive a golf cart at age 5 and by the time she was 11 she was in a Jr. Dragster.   

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