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LINE, B. FORCE AND HAGAN SECURE TOP SPOTS AT LUCAS OIL NHRA NATS

Pro Stock driver and Minnesota native Jason Line secured his second No. 1 qualifier of the 2019 season and the 55th of his career at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and Matt Hagan (Funny Car) also qualified No. 1 in their respective categories at the 17th of 24 races during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

HAGAN FINDING MOMENTUM AT THE RIGHT TIME, LEADS FUNNY CAR FIELD FRIDAY AT BRAINERD

It has been a roller-coaster kind of year for Matt Hagan.

From a string of early season success that saw him as high as second in points, to a summer stretch of six first round losses in eight races, and back to the top again, Hagan is ready for a little consistency on the race track.

TORRENCE SURPRISED BY CHART-TOPPING LAP AT LUCAS OIL NATS

It takes a lot to surprise Steve Torrence these days.

But that was exactly the position Torrence found himself in on Friday as the defending Top Fuel world champion rocketed to the top of the charts on a run that he felt wasn’t even close to the best on day one at the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

DANNY DUNN SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES SUFFERED IN NORTH CAROLINA PLANE CRASH

Danny Dunn wasn’t lukewarm about life. He was passionate about everything he chose to involve himself in as a builder, a dragstrip promoter, a Top Fuel competitor and a pilot.

Dunn, 67, died Wednesday night from injuries incurred following the crash of his light-sport plane. Dunn crashed into a heavily wooded area earlier in the day only a few hundred yards from his home and airstrip near Boone, N.C.

FIRST LOOK - JIMMY SACKUVICH'S NEW PRO NITROUS ENTRY

 

Here's the latest hot rod to roll out of Jerry Bickel's race car emporium. This beauty is destined for PDRA Pro Nitrous superstar Jimmy Sackuvich, where he will slide a Pat Musi nitrous, efi-equipped engine between the frame rails. Noted nitrous tuner Brandon Switzer will be turning the wrenches on the engine of this flame-thrower. 

HAGAN, S. TORRENCE & LINE PILOT TO PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS

Matt Hagan leads the pack in Funny Car at Brainerd International Raceway, powering to the top qualifying spot on Friday during the 38th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 17th of 24 races during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. The event is also the one of the last chances for drivers to secure a place in NHRA's playoffs, the Countdown to the Championship, so the fight for qualifying points is fierce.

WJ: EFI IS GOOD, DIDN'T PRODUCE DESIRED EFFECT

 

Pro Stock icon Warren Johnson pushed for electronic fuel injection for Pro Stock as early as 1989. It took nearly 27 years later for Johnson’s wish to come true.

Johnson speaks of EFI in gearhead speak.

“I was pushing for it since 1989 because having worked on some fuel-injected stuff for some endurance racing applications; I saw the benefits of it right away,” Johnson said. “When we look at it from a drag race standpoint of where you’re running minimal weight parts, and you’re trying to make as much power as possible over a short duration, those parts become rather fragile, and when you run into trace detonation, which you always have with a carbureted engine.

MANUFACTURERS DEAL WITH THE HEADACHES OF COUNTERFEITERS

KALITTA INKS DEAL WITH LABOUNTY

 

Heading into the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, August 16-18,  Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a new look Top Fuel dragster adorned in the logo of new Team Kalitta business partner LaBounty. The Minnesota-based company is a part of the Stanley Black & Decker family of tools. 

Team Kalitta’s long-standing relationship with Stanley and Mac Tools brought this partnership with LaBounty to fruition for the Brainerd event. LaBounty has a 100,000 square foot manufacturing space in Two Harbors, Minnesota where they are using the latest technologies in machine tools, welding equipment, testing equipment, computer software and the best employees the industry.

RAPISARDA AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL TO RACE AT U.S. NATIONALS

 

Leading Australian Top Fuel team Rapisarda Autosport International will race at the 65th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, Aug 29-Sept 2.

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