by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2016-09-28 12:56
Phil Lamattina went for the ride of his life June 6, 2015. Unfortunately for the veteran Australian Top Fuel driver, it was also the last time he's driven his 300-mile per hour Top Fuel dragster.
Lamattina crashed during qualifying at the Australian National Drag Racing Association's Winter Nationals at Willowbank Raceway, and the impact appeared almost a carbon copy of the same one Larry Dixon experienced last season at the NHRA Gatornationals.
Lamattina crushed the L3 vertebra, which was replaced. Doctors implanted two rods to support the newly replaced area. He also experienced a fracture of the T6, which is between the shoulder blades.
by Brandon Mudd Wed, 2016-09-28 12:50
Suppose you own a multi-national company that manufactures racing parts. You need a way to test said parts prior to sale. What do you do?
If you're John Bojec, you put those parts in your nitro Funny Car, of course.
John Bojec runs Speed City during the week and races his Nitro Funny Car on the weekend as a way to not only research and develop parts, but also as a way to promote his company.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2016-09-27 12:21
NHRA Carolina Nationals Pro Stock Bike champion Chip Ellis said team owner Junior Pippin was more concerned with making sure his team had enough equipment to compete in the next five races than celebrating their first victory.
Ellis admits he wasn't surprised by the reaction; this is just how Pippin operates.
"The first thing he said was, 'How many motors do we have in the truck?" Ellis recalled.
The response, as Ellis explained, didn't mean he wasn't proud.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2016-09-27 10:16
Kyle Wurtzel knows the oldest joke in racing, all too well.
How do you make a small fortune at the track?
Answer: Start with a large one.
Wurtzel, a financial planner in his “real” life, pilots a Top Fueler dragster when he’s not crunching numbers at Northwestern Financial. He’s been racing about 12 years now and recognizes that maybe he should’ve started smaller when he entered the sport.
Written by Larry Crum, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2016-09-26 12:00
Jack Beckman couldn’t have made the road to victory any harder for himself in St. Louis.
Three rocky rounds of qualifying, a narrow escape to a smaller, independent team in round one, a paper-thin .0012 margin of victory to the most recent event winner in round two, and a couple of close calls against his teammates in typical Beckman fashion, all added up to the second win of the year and 24th of his career for the boisterous driver of the Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.
Written by Tracy Renck; Photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2016-09-26 12:00
Sometimes it seems Shawn Langdon gets lost in the Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel stable which also consists of Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett and of course Tony Schumacher.
Well, Langdon was the one basking in the spotlight at the Midwest Nationals Sunday in St. Louis.
Written by Tracy Renck; Photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2016-09-26 08:00
Jerry Savoie is a veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle racer who can’t be overlooked in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.
The Cutoff, La., resident proved that Sunday with an emotional win.
Written by Larry Crum, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2016-09-26 08:00
The story of how Alex Laughlin collected his first career win in Pro Stock is one that will be remembered for years to come.
Because, quite frankly, it wasn’t supposed to happen yet.