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2014 - NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS RESULTS

Written by NHRA Communications; Photos by Ron Lewis, Butch Horn.

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2014 - NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS NOTEBOOK

Written by Susan Wade; Photos by Ron Lewis, Butch Horn.

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ANDERSON'S BLUNTNESS: IF I CANNOT WIN, DON'T DESERVE COUNTDOWN

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Gary Nastase.

anderson gregGreg Anderson understands bluntness is the only way to face the harsh reality in front of him.

“If I can’t win races I probably won’t make the Countdown, nor do I deserve to be in it,” Anderson said with a solemn look.

 

FORMER BRUINS CHAMPIONSHIP CREWMEMBER RESTORES HISTORIC DRAGSTER

Written by Bobby Bennett.

2014assassin 040Christian Horn just wanted to relive some of the finest years of his youth.

Horn, who answers to the nickname Butch, was part of the R. Gaines Markley championship team along with driver Rob Bruins. The team had the dubious honor of winning an NHRA Top Fuel title without ever having won a national event during the course of the season.

 

ANGIE SMITH TO CARRY KANDY THROUGH 2014 SEASON

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

Angie Smith  will fly the colors of Kandy Magazine for the remainder of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Series. The original agreement was scheduled to conclude with the US Nationals held in Indianapolis, Aug. 27th to Sept. 1st.
 
“Kandy informed me at Sonoma that they were interested in extending my sponsorship through the end of the season. I am ecstatic about this news," said Smith. "It's an honor to represent the number one downloaded Men's magazine app on iTunes. This season has already been a dream come true for me and my dream gets to continue through the end of the season. My goal is to make the Countdown to the Championship and give all these boys a run for their money. The partnership MSR has with Kandy could not be better or more fitting and I'm so thankful for everything."

 

 

NHRA LOOKS AT THE CHALLENGE OF PRO STOCK’S CURRENT STATE

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Gary Nastase, Roger Richards.

light grahamGraham Light understands the challenges facing the NHRA’s Pro Stock division. The senior vice president of operations said he clearly sees the astronomical costs involved with running a competitive operation, and likewise sees the waning participation in the class.

Light also understands the rush to make changes to the class would be premature and not always in the best interests of the sport.

 

QA-1 FOUNDER JAMES JORDAN PASSES AWAY

Written by Administrator.

 

James “Jim” Jordan, Founder and Chairman of QA1, passed away July 30, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old.

In the early 1970s, Jim started working in the power transmission industry and quickly worked his way around related industries, eventually becoming an expert on rod ends. He became known as an innovator of numerous industry-changing products that are now standards across a variety of markets. Throughout his career, he was involved in multiple patents for his ground-breaking ideas.

 

 

WINNERS CROWNED AT JEG'S SUMMER DOOR CAR SHOOTOUT

Written by Administrator.

Over 220 of the top door car drivers in the Midwest converged on I-57 Dragstrip in Benton, IL July 25-27 for the 4th annual JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout. The massive field included entrants from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Canada!  The 2014 event saw three new SDCS winners in the main event categories, and two familiar faces taking the victories in the Saturday night bonus events.

 

 

TRACK CHAMPS CROWNED IN JUNIOR DRAGSTER COMPETITION AT IRWINDALE

Written by Dave Kommel.

 

Junior Dragster racers from California, Arizona and Nevada converged on Irwindale Drag Strip on Saturday July 26 to conclude a short, but successful 2014 season.  With two races on the day, boys and girls alike were furiously chasing points to earn the coveted track championships.

In Group One (8-9 year old), Doniphan Schmidt defeated Ryan Mason to take race one.  Doniphan's shot at a double came up a little short as Gavin Pine outran him in the race two final.  In Group Two (10-12 year old), Michael Gidcumb took the race one honors over Matthew Shelden while Cade Poe won a double breakout final over Braiden Chesleigh in race two.

 

 

SOME RACERS WOULD LOVE TO SEE DOWNSIZED NHRA SCHEDULE

Written by Bobby Bennett.

GNP gnp gn3 5241Terry McMillen and Steve Torrence have three prominent things in common. They both race Top Fuel dragsters and love the experience. They also wish there were fewer races than the current 24-event tour.

Torrence, of Kilgore, Texas, races a fuel dragster sponsored by his family-owned CAPCO Contractors business and works to keep a competitive budget while dueling with higher financed multi-car teams.

 

 

NORTHWEST LEGEND HAS MENTORED SOME OF TODAY'S CHAMPS

Written by Susan Wade.

 

Pacific Northwest drag-racing fans still know the name Jerry Ruth.

So does anyone whose memory goes back at least to 1973, when the self-proclaimed "King" won the Top Fuel title at Amarillo, Texas, in the Pay ’n’ Pak Dragster, back in the days when the winner of final race of the short national-event season became the NHRA champion.

 

 

MCGAHA DISTANCING HIMSELF FROM EDWARDS PROGRAM; CHARTING HIS OWN PATH

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

 

The revered Mike Edwards playbook is no longer in play for Chris McGaha.

McGaha, who purchased Edwards' potent operation at the beginning of the season, has a much different team now than what he began the season with. And, before the season is complete, could have even more changes.

 

 

 

ADVERSITY ONLY INSPIRES TAFC RACER GERMAIN

Written by Todd Veney.

If Dave Germain were most people, he would have quit a long time ago."We keep thinking we have it figured out, and we keep finding out we don't," says Germain, veteran driver of the Tigercat Top Alcohol Funny Car and a retired firefighter with the patience of Job. "You drive away from the race track Sunday and ask yourself, 'What the hell did we do wrong?'

 

DHL CREWMEMBER MICHAEL MORRIS READY TO RUN BOSTON MARATHON

Written by by Krista Baldwin.

 

Michael Morris, head cylinder mechanic on the Kalitta Motorsports DHL Funny Far, is getting ready to compete in the Boston Marathon in April.

The World Marathon Majors organization has six international marathons, including Boston, Chicago, New York, Tokyo, London, and Berlin. Only 174 individuals have raced in all six marathons, and Morris wants to be one of them. The Boston marathon will be his third and final marathon in the United States, and then he hopes to run the courses in Europe.

 

 

DENVER CACKLEFEST A LABOR OF LOVE

Written by By Susan Wade; Photos by Roger Richards.

 

It sat there for years in somebody’s back yard in Mead, Colo., ignored, misunderstood, and subjected to the elements.

But Kenny Schell found the old dragster and “adopted” it. Then he wasn’t sure exactly what he had on his hands that cost him $1,500.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP SHOULD HAVE ITS PRIVILEGES

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

photoCruz Pedregon is a loyal member of the NFL’s Oakland Raider Nation. In supporting his team, Pedregon stopped by a local team store outside of the Oakland airport to stock up on his Raider “stuff” prior to the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

Pedregon purchased some neat items but after exiting the store was greeted with a surprise gift.

 

 

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