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NHRA PREPARED TO CURTAIL 340 MPH WITH RULE CHANGE

Ron Capps' 339-mph blast during the recently completed NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway got the attention of the NHRA's tech department. The sanctioning body reached out to its professional teams Thursday to let them know changes are being pondered for 2020, or sooner.

JOHN GAYDOSH JR. TO RUN PRO STOCK IN ST. LOUIS

 

John Gaydosh Jr. is back in NHRA’s Pro Stock ranks – at least for one race.

Gaydosh Jr., will be running a second car – a Dodge Dart – for his good friend, Alan Prusiensky at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Sept. 27-29 in St. Louis.

RENCK SETS NEW SALT FLATS WORLD RECORD

 

Breaking world records is not uncommon for Ed Renck.

And, he was at it again last weekend.

Renck, a former NHRA drag racer, established a new world record at the Salt Flats.

4-WIDE GRUDGE RACING COMING TO SCSN

 

The COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 15 Presented by FuelTech is a four-day marathon with a legacy of record-shattering runs, dominating performances by the greatest in the world, and stunning upsets. This year, in addition to the inclusion of Radial vs. The World class, the SCSN 4-Wide exhibition returns after a wildly-successful run during the 2018 event.
 

JIM WHITELEY CRASHES AT THE SHAKEDOWN NATS

 

Pro Modified racer Jim Whitely lost control of his 1963 Corvette and flipped the supercharged hot rod on its side where it slid to a stop during the Shakedown Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. He exited the car under his own power and was uninjured.

LIFE IS GOOD FOR LUIGI

 

Luigi Novelli has no real complaints. Business is strong at his National Machine Repair shop at Crete, Ill., just south of Chicago. Evidently plenty of massive mechanical and hydraulic presses are breaking down with enough frequency to keep the longtime drag racer – and his Top Fuel car – fed. At age 77, he’s still wrestling with heavy equipment, such as one with a 58,000-pound flywheel that he serviced last month.

And even though he – along with Pat Dakin, Cameron Ferré, and Lex Joon – didn’t qualify at the NHRA U.S. Nationals back on Labor Day Weekend, Novelli was at peace.

“It’s a good life,” he said.

LENO, HAWLEY, BECKMAN AND A COUPLE OF AMC CARS

 

Never let it be said that drag racing legend turned iconic drag racing instructor Frank Hawley doesn’t know how to make the most of a promotional opportunity. 

For the second time, Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School had the opportunity to work with the highly acclaimed Jay Leno’s Garage. The relationship between the popular figures dates back to eight years ago when Leno climbed behind the wheel of a Hawley School Super Comp dragster under the tutelage of Hawley and guest instructor Erica Enders. 

HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA EXPANDS GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING

 

Heartland Motorsports Park prides itself in being fan-friendly. The facility, located in Topeka, Kan., hosts annually 200 events and the major cornerstone is the abundance of race fans. 

The dragstrip’s West side grandstand has always been General Admission, which has the benefit of being the closest seating location to race cars on the track.  Many fans sit on the West side for the view as well as the sound and feel of 330 mph Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars.  The only thing missing on the West side of the property is the race team pit areas that are located on the other side of the track.  A change for the 2020 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, June 12 -14, is that General Admission seating will now be on both sides of the race track. The large pit side reserved grandstand sections 6-10 on the East side of the track will now be General Admission seating as well.

AUSTRALIAN PRO SLAMMER STAR PARKED FOR NOW

 

Australian Pro Slammer ranks have suffered a major blow with the announcement that two -time and reigning champ Paul Mouhayet will not return for the 2019-2020 400 Thunder season that commences at Sydney Dragway, November 1-2.

Speculation that Mouhayet and his team Moits Racing were quitting has been rife since the Sydney based team won their second PS title at the Winternationals in June.

BECKMAN CAPTURES READING WIN BY DEFEATING FORCE

At times it seems like Jack Beckman can be overlooked in NHRA’s Mello Yello Series star-studded nitro Funny Car class.

Well, the 2012 world champion showed Sunday at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., that he’s definitely a championship contender.

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