Shirley Muldowney's 1977 championship winning Top Fuel dragster is a real looker. Sunday in Bakersfield, the dragster which has been purchased and restored by Dave and Twila [pictured in warm-up] Mendella. Turn up your speakers and watch as the beautiful car, with assistance from Larry Fullerton Jr., cackles for a crowd of onlookers.
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Bob Vandergriff Racing (BVR) will once again be a two-car team at the 2014 NHRA Gatornationals, with JR Todd driving the Total Equipment And Service sponsored Top Fuel Dragster. This is the first of a planned 10 races with Todd behind the wheel. Mike Guger will also return as Todd’s crew chief.
“Having Total Equipment And Service support our program once again in 2014 is great and a big step towards helping us rebuild our two-car team concept,” said Bob Vandergriff Jr. “The second car is a huge help to our team and we look forward to getting it back on track full time as soon as possible."
Jonathan Gray is living up to his name. The youngest son of veteran drag racer Johnny Gray and brother to fifth-year Pro Stock driver Shane Gray earned a Pro Stock license of his own today at a test session at Bradenton Motorsports Park. In true Gray family fashion, Jonathan was a quick study and was soon at ease behind the wheel of the powerful Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.
Wishing to waste no time in honing his newfound skills, Jonathan will make his professional debut in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category at the 45th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville this weekend, March 14-16, 2014.
If Terry McMillen has learned anything in his four full years as a Top Fuel owner-driver in National Hot Rod Association competition, it's that logic doesn’t always apply.
Success, he said, "starts by qualifying well. Then we have to go rounds on Sunday. Sounds like a simple formula, right? Except that the target keeps moving."
The restored championship Hemi-powered racecars of Jerry and Darrell Gwynn will be on display at several NHRA racetracks during the 2014 season during the “Gwynn Family Championship Racecars Tour” saluted by the NHRA. The racecars commemorate two motorsports legends and the NHRA’s first ever father/son world champions. The racecars were returned to the Gwynn’s with the complete bodies and chassis intact and they underwent a period perfect restoration.
Jerry and Darrell Gwynn became the first ever father/son NHRA world champions in drag racing when Darrell, won the 1983 Top Alcohol Championship. His father Jerry, a pioneer in drag racing, had previously been crowned the 1969 Super Eliminator Champion. The “Gwynn Family Championship Racecars Tour” will showcase the championship cars driven by the two legends during their championship seasons. Jerry Gwynn’s 1969 Hemi-powered AA/Altered Super Eliminator world championship racecar, and Darrell Gwynn’s 1983 Hemi-powered Top Alcohol world championship racecar, will be on display for nostalgic drag racing fans at five NHRA events this season.
The excitement is building and will come to a crescendo at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a month on April 2-6 when the K&N Spring Fling Vegas event takes place.
Racers on the left coast rarely get the chance to compete for big dollars but that’s exactly what will take place on those dates. And would you expect anything less for an event held in possibly the gaming capital of the world, Las Vegas? But the action on that date will take place north of that infamous “Strip.” Based on the success of the inaugural event last year, promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel have increased the purse for the 2014 version of the race.
The newly Professional Drag Racers Association has named Aruba as its ‘Official Vacation Destination’.
This announcement comes as a combined effort of the PDRA and Team Aruba, the Extreme Pro Stock team that calls the island paradise home. As the ‘Official Vacation Destination’, PDRA supporters can find quick links to Aruba vacation information on the PDRA website and will have access to additional insights at events. PDRA Race Director Bob Harris elaborated on the partnership:
Detroit native and NHRA race car driver Brian Olatunji and the Leadfoot Motorsports team are revving up the 2014 racing season with a Big Announcement! – reality series “Dreams to Champions” has joined Discovery Communications’ Velocity network, set to debut this Saturday.
“Dreams to Champions” presents a fast paced ten episode reality series and follows motorsports young guns on the fast track. Featuring racers Brian O, Juan Carlos Blum and Jonathan Castro the show was a success when initially shown on SPEED last year. After a massive network overhaul Fox Sports Media Group broadened the channel’s focus to including a vast array of live sporting events. When SPEED was rebranded as Fox Sports 1 the decision was made to drop motorsports oriented reality programming. Discovery Communications seized the opportunity to incorporate “Dreams to Champions” into its programming portfolio on their high octane, male targeted network Velocity.
They are either awful or awesome, depending on how you describe them.
If you're talking about trying to drive a Fuel Altered from one end of the track, even a seasoned driver will describe the experience as awful. However, if you were one of the thousands of race fans who made the pilgrammage to Auto Club Famosa Raceway, you likely will describe them as AA/Freaking Awesome.
"Stand back! Stand back! Antron Brown is coming through!"
The crowd parts to make way for the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel champion.
The air is electric with the click-click-click-click-click-click from frantic photographers.
James Day wasn’t supposed to win this race, but he did.
Day, the decided underdog, used a huge holeshot to defeat Dan Horan Sunday in the Funny Car finals at the prestigious Bakersfield (Calif.) March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
For years, Tony Bartone has been chasing a Top Fuel title at the Bakersfield (Calif.) March Meet.
Sunday, the veteran driver’s chase ended.
Bartone clocked a 5.623-second run at 262.13 mph to defeat Rick White’s 5.715-second lap in the finals at Auto Club Famoso Raceway.
Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park is renowned as one of the best dragstrips in the United States, and now owners Keith Haney and Todd Martin have upped the ante.
They have invested in additional preparation and safety equipment, hoping to build upon the facility's reputation as one of the top tracks in the country. Already a top testing venue, Haney and Martin want to attract NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams for 2014 and beyond.
Tim Freeman grabbed his first NHRA divisional event win and joined the father son team of Troy Williams and Troy Williams Jr. in the winner’s circle celebration at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Ultimate Sportsman Weekend at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Freeman, Roan Mountain, Tenn., met up with one of the best in the county in the Comp Eliminator final round as he took out David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., with a starting line advantage and a run of 8.707 seconds at 156.59 mph in his ’98 Grand Am.
Sportman final round results from the Bakersfield March Meet at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Ca.
Final round results from the Bakersfield March Meet at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Ca.
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- HORAN, BARTONE TOP FIRST DAY MARCH MEET QUALIFYING
- JERRY BICKEL RACE CARS STEPS UP WITH PDRA SPONSORSHIP
- COMING UP SHORT IN 2013 DRIVES HORAN
- TONGLET SIDELINED FOR GAINESVILLE OPENER
- THE CROP DUSTER FLAMES IT UP IN BAKERSFIELD
- NAS RACING TO SPONSOR PDRA PRO EXTREME CLASS, NAT. EVENT
- BAKERSFIELD MARCH MEET - EVENT NOTEBOOK
- PIECES STARTING TO FALL INTO PLACE FOR DIXON
- CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE ENHANCES 2014 NHRA CONTINGENCY
- SUNSET RACECRAFT ADDRESSES ITS FUTURE
- NEW AUSSIE TRACK TO GET BAPTISM OF FIRE WITH NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR
- MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES RETURNS AS OFFICIAL NMRA SERIES SPONSOR
- STRANGE ENGINEERING KICKS OFF 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH HUGE SALE