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BOB GIBSON NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF SHRA FINALS

Written by Administrator.

 

gibsonFormer NHRA Top Fuel national event winner Bob Gibson has been named the Grand Marshal of the Southwest Heritage Racing Association Championship Finals that will take place Saturday, November 8th, at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.

Gibson had a short but rewarding career in the early Top Fuel wars of drag racing. A lifelong Dallas area resident, he began at age 18 driving an A/Fuel dragster for John Dodson in 1967 and spent the next five years wheeling a variety of dragsters with success. His biggest win had to be the 1970 NHRA Springnationals at Dallas Intl Motor Speedway where he took the Top Fuel title driving the Carroll Brothers ‘Texas Whips’ digger. A

 

ANTRON BROWN'S CHILDREN FOLLOWING THEIR DAD'S CHOSEN PATH

Written by Bailey Brammer.

 

brammer 02Children often chose to follow in the footsteps of their parents.

Whether they chose to attend the same college, go into the same profession, or play the same sport, children have been known to pursue goals similar to that of their parents.

 

 

BIONDO CLOSING IN ON 7TH NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP

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biondo 02After a blistering start to his 2014 season that included a combined four NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series wins in Stock and Super Stock and a rare double victory at the SummitRacing.Com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, six-time NHRA Champion Peter Biondo took some time away from the NHRA tour.  He spent most of the summer months at home alongside his wife Emily, as the coupled anticipated the arrival of their first son, Saverio Michael Biondo, who was born on August 15.

“All of my friends ask where the name Saverio came from,” Biondo said. “It originated in Italy and has been passed down through my family starting with my great grandfather, all the way down to my father and my brother.  They shortened my brother’s name from Saverio to Sal somewhere along the way.  Emily and I thought it would be meaningful to continue this legacy.  We couldn’t be happier with Saverio.  We are in love with this little guy and look forward to what the future brings him.”

 

 

BARTONE COMPLETES DREAM NOSTALGIA TOP FUEL SEASON

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

bartone 03This is a season Tony Bartone will never forget. It was one for the ages.

The veteran racer from Long Island, N.Y., capped a dream season Sunday by winning the Top Fuel class at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield.

 

 

HORAN WINS HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES FUNNY CAR TITLE

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

horanDan Horan was able to double his pleasure at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield Oct. 19.

Horan not only won the Funny Car crown at the race, but he also walked away with the Nostalgia Funny Car season title in NHRA’s Hot Rod Heritage Series.

 

 

MUSGROVE WINS 4.70; BENNETT AND WEST DOUBLE UP AT CIVIL WARS

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Russel MusgroveRussell Musgrove saved his best performance of the weekend for the final round Saturday and it was just good enough to give him the heads-up 4.70 Pro Mod championship at the 17th annual Fall Civil Wars showdown at Rockingham Dragway.
            
The Kannapolis resident covered The Rock’s eighth mile course in 4.721 seconds at 148.58 miles per hour in his 1994 Pontiac Firebird to beat Salisbury’s Jeremy Youker, who was forced to abort after experiencing problems.

 

 

RAYMOND BEADLE (1943-2014)

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beadleRaymond Beadle, an icon of Texas motor racing, passed away Monday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.  The three-time NHRA World Funny Car Champion (1979-81) would have turned 71 this December.

Widely-credited with creating the motor racing collectibles business as owner of Blue Max Racing, Inc., the Texan was inducted earlier this year into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit.

 

 

CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT CALIFORNIA HOT ROD REUNION

Written by Administrator.

 

TFThe California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California®, came to a thrilling close as all eyes were on the drag strip during a busy day of racing.
 
In the Nostalgia Top Fuel final, Tony Bartone and Rick White were pitted in the championship round with Bartone eyeing his fifth win of the year and a clean sweep of the season. Bartone had secured the Top Fuel title before the event and had yet to lose a single round of eliminations. As the cars staged in the finals, White’s dragster deep-staged, rocked through the staging lights and red lit, giving the win to Bartone and completing his perfect season.

 

 

MILLION DOLLAR RACE THIS WEEK

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million dollar 02Just like they have for the past 18 years, over 400 racers will be flocking to Montgomery Motorsports Park in Montgomery, Alabama this week hoping to score some big money at the C.A.R.S. Protection Plus Million Dollar Race beginning this Thursday, October 23rd.
 
Nowhere in drag racing, regardless of the class of competition, is there an event which pays more to the winner than the Million Dollar race. At last year’s Million, Kenny Underwood drove his Camaro to the win, adding his name to an illustrious list of Million Dollar Race winners.

 

 

NHRA LUCAS OIL SERIES WINNERS CROWNED IN GEORGIA

Written by Administrator.

 

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The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series tackled the quarter mile strip at Silver Dollar Raceway over the weekend with hundreds of racers competing in head to head competition. Local Jeffrey Barker of Kathleen, Ga., highlighted the list of winners in the seventh race of seven events that are held in the Southeast Division, which completes the 2014 season for this division.

Barker picked up his twelfth divisional win of his career by powering his '06 Cobalt to a 6.746 second, 188.54 mph pass to defeat Jeff Southerland, Andover, Ill., in the Top Sportsman final. Barker continued his hot streak by winning his last four divisional races and securing the Davis Golf Carts Top Sportsman Series division championship.

 

 

13TH ANNUAL NMCA WORLD FINALS RACE WRAP

Written by Administrator.

 

nmca 01Cool October weather set the stage for big performances at the NMCA's final race of the year at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, and as expected, records fell in a number of classes and numerous upsets made for an exciting finale of the Flowmaster series at the 13th Annual FEL-PRO NMCA World Finals. Race teams put it all on the line to win the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed Wally and collect as many points as possible to achieve championship status.

Kooks Pro Mod saw four cars qualify in the 5.80-5.90 range - a feat that had never occurred before in NMCA competition. As these ultra-fast machines went through the rounds, Steve Summers' parachutes failed to deploy after his semifinal win. A subsequent thrash ensued and he made the lane call to square off against Michael Biehle II in the final. Biehle's Boss Mustang Pro Mod was at the top of its game this weekend, and secured the event win with a 5.89 at 251 mph pass, while Summers broke traction early in the run.

 

 

JOHN DEARMORE SUFFERS CATASTROPHIC SHOP FIRE

Written by Administrator.

 

shop fire 02John Dearmore, long-time Top Fuel car owner, Nostalgia T/F crew chief, and president of DRE Racing, suffered a devastating fire October 10 that completely destroyed his machine shop. 

John is a manufacturer of valve train components for the Chrysler-based Hemi engines as well as Ford and small and big block Chevrolet engines. His products are found on everything from Top Fuel to Pro Mod and Pro Stock to cackle cars.

 

 

CONNOLLY TO FLY KYMCO USA COLORS AT FINAL TWO COUNTDOWN RACES

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connollyIn continued partnership between Gray Motorsports and KYMCO USA, the official scooter and ATV of NHRA, it was determined that Pro Stock championship contender Dave Connolly will fly the bright red and white KYMCO design on his Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro for the final two events of NHRA's 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
 
Connolly, No. 3 in the Pro Stock standings and one of three Gray Motorsports drivers gunning for the championship trophy, will race the KYMCO Chevrolet Camaro at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, and the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Nov. 13-16.

 

 

BARTONE LOOKING FOR DRAG RACING HISTORY THIS WEEKEND

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

Bartone2Former NHRA Top Alcohol champion turned nitro racer Tony Bartone stands on the verge of making history during the latest chapter of his drag racing career. He's already the 2014 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Champion and with a win at this weekend's California Hot Rod Reunion at Auto Club Famoso Raceway he will put an exclamation mark on an undefeated season.

No Nostalgia Top Fuel driver has ever been this dominant since the series began in 2009.

 

 

SECOND-GEN DUNN HEADLINES CHRR DIGNITARIES

Written by Administrator.

 

Mike-Dunn-310x444Mike Dunn will serve as Grand Marshal for this weekend's California Hot Rod Reunion at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.

Dunn, son of “Big Jim’ Dunn and 22-time NHRA professional winner, scored victories in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. One of his most recognized wins is his 1986 Funny Car victory at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, the world’s most prestigious drag race.

 

COUGHLIN UNDERSTANDS CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE IS A LONGSHOT

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

 

1775Throwing in the towel is never an easy proposition for a prize fighter. Jeg Coughlin Jr., the five-time NHRA series Pro Stock champion, who knocked out the competition last year for the class crown, has not yet conceded the title to next year's champion.

Coughlin entered the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway with a clear understanding that he needed perfection if he wanted to maintain a glimmer of hope for defending his title. A first round loss at the event outside of Reading left him on the canvas. He's not been officially counted out, but his aspirations are definitely on wobbly legs.

 

 

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