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NITRO NOTES PREVIEWS NHRA SPRING NATIONALS

Written by Brandon W. Mudd.

This edition of Nitro Notes with Brandon Mudd previews this weekend's NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway outside of Houston.

SHIRLEY ON 100 FEMALE WINS: I THINK IT'S A TERRIFIC THING

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In order for 100 professional wins by a female driver in the NHRA to be possible there had to be a first. Of course, that honor and distinction of course goes to the legendary Shirley Muldowney, who started the impressive streak with her first career victory in Top Fuel on June 13, 1976 in Columbus.

Ninety-seven more wins by female competitors have followed in the NHRA professional ranks, putting the total at 98 and making the historic 100th win possible heading into this weekend’s 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway.

That magical number certainly grabbed Muldowney’s attention and she discussed the importance and significance of the landmark achievement.

BROGDON UPBEAT ABOUT HOMETOWN HOUSTON RACE

Written by Tracy Renck.

DSB 6092There’s no question that the 2014 NHRA season hasn’t produced the results Pro Stock driver Rodger Brogdon has wanted so far.

In the first five races, Brogdon has failed to get past the first round. Still, he remains upbeat heading into his hometown race – the O’Reilly Auto Parts SpringNationals Friday through Sunday at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas near Houston.

ROOKIE PRO STOCK DRIVER GRAY GETTING MORE SHOW AND GO

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DSD 9910Pro Stock driver Jonathan Gray is still new to Pro Stock but is quickly finding his comfort zone. This weekend the rookie driver getss a brand new paint scheme for his Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.
 
"It was a neat car being matte black, but I just felt like it was time for a change and decided to put a little color in it," said Gray, who is keeping the car under wraps until the event. "The folks at Fine Line came up with a design, and I think it's going to look really nice on the racetrack."

MCGAHA BRINGING THREE CARS TO HOUSTON

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1413 016467fe5b2Chris McGaha plans to burn the candle at both ends this weekend at the NHRA SpringNationals at Houston's Royal Purple Raceway. The second-generation drag racer will have cars competing for trophies in three categories.
 
McGaha will continue to run the decidedly quick Harlow Sammons Racing Chevrolet Camaro in the Pro Stock category while George McMillan, who drove for McGaha last fall in Dallas, will again be behind the wheel of the Harlow Sammons Stock COPO Camaro. Don Alexander will drive a unique D/D (dragster) in Comp Eliminator.

GARLITS AND SR-37 QUEST EV DRAGSTER TO TEST AT BRADENTON

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4.21.2014-5R-640x451“Big Daddy” Don Garlits and the SR-37 “Quest for 200 MPH on Batteries” EV Dragster will take to the test track at 10am on 4.30.2014 in a private session at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL.  The much-anticipated full systems test of the stunning completed dragster will take place on the recently resurfaced ¼ mile dragstrip of the beautiful and historic Bradenton facility. 

PDRA RACER HARVEY LOOKING FOR NO. 1 IN 2014

Written by Lisa Collier.

 

harveyMaybe it had something to do with a certain Texas Longhorn hat. Or maybe it was fueled by coming in second too many times. One thing is certain, Travis Harvey had what it took to claim the first ever PDRA Top Dragster victory at the Inaugural Spring Open at Rockingham Dragway, April 4-6 . Being behind the wheel is second nature to Harvey and he’s no stranger to the winner’s circle, but being crowned champion for such a historical event is something the humble North Carolinian simply says was “pretty awesome.”

“The guys [on his crew]

LUCAS FAMILY TO DEDICATE MRI ROOM AT PEYTON MANNING CHILDRENS HOSPITAL

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933Lucas family to help dedicate MRI room at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital

Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent will hold a special dedication ceremony Thursday for a drag-racing-themed MRI room.

The room was completed with funds raised from the Eric Medlen Golf Tournament, hosted annually by Morgan and Katie Lucas. The room is complete with racing memorabilia and photos of the late Funny Car driver, who was killed in a crash in 2007.

 

AUSSIE PHILLIPS FLEXES HIS ET MUSCLE DOWN UNDER

Written by Bobby Bennett.

dobson 3Gary Phillips is the man when it comes to racing Top Alcohol.

The Lucas Oil-sponsored Funny Car racer provided an object lesson during the recently completed Santo's Super 3 Extreme Drag Race at Willowbank Raceway.

Phillips, who is regarded as the Aussie version of Frank Manzo, made a clean sweep of the event by claiming wins on both nights and setting a new elapsed time record.

Phillips got off to a tough start in qualifying during the first night, but found his groove in eliminations by beating Debbie O'Rourke in the final with a 5.61,

WILD HORSE PASS MOTORSPORTS PARK CHANGES MANAGEMENT AGAIN

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kalitta1In a report published on www.arizonaautoscene.com, the Gila River Indian Community has apparently ended the contract early of the Copper Train Development group, managing group of the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park facility, located outside of Phoenix, Az. The report said the Gila River Community was unhappy of the performance of the track which had a strong three day crowd at the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals.

Gone are managing partner Paul Clayton, track president Dick Hahne and Darren Smith. Rod Wolter, who oversaw the track renovations, was named as the acting general manager for the time being.

DRAGSTERS AND CHEERLEADERS, WE LOVE IT!

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torrence 01With the NHRA’s Mello Yello drag racing tour making a stop this weekend in Houston for the 27th annual O’Reilly Spring Nationals, Texas native Steve Torrence made the most of the event’s close proximity to his Kilgore home by providing members of the Kilgore Rangerettes drill team with an up close-and-personal look at the 330 mile per hour Capco Contractors dragster in which he has reached the semifinal round in four of five races this season.

CRUZ BANKING ON PAST SUCCESS IN HOUSTON

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fc winnerCruz Pedregon has had far too much success and has been around the sport far too long to get overly concerned about a slow start to his 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Plus, the two-time Funny Car world champion has a pretty good security blanket at Royal Purple Raceway.
 
Pedregon has three career victories at the track, including his first professional win. The driver of the 8,000-horsepower Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry also enters this weekend’s 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries as the defending event champion, giving Pedregon another reason to believe more success is right around the corner.

LANGDON RETURNS TO HIS ROOTS OF BRACKET RACING

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2014 Shawn Langdon HeadShawn Langdon is a beast on the 1,000-foot drag racing surface 24-times a season while driving the Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel dragster. Next month the defending NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Champion will take to the 1,000-foot race course in a different arena during the upcoming K&N Spring Fling 5 Day race held at Bristol Dragway in Tenn.

Because the K&N Spring Fling 5 Day is held May 14-18,  the same weekend as the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, roughly 250 miles south of Bristol at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, Langdon will compete in both events. Langdon will race Wednesday and Thursday in Bristol and then head to Commerce on Friday.

BIONDO OFF TO A HOT START

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1413-06790Six-time NHRA national champion Peter Biondo is determined to add another title (or two) to his incredible sportsman drag racing legacy, and if the first two months of the 2014 season are any indication he’s off to a great start.  Biondo finished the 2013 season on the west coast, where he drove to back-to-back Stock Eliminator final rounds at the last two stops on the 2013 NHRA tour, winning the Las Vegas Nationals and finishing as the runner-up at the NHRA Finals.  Biondo and longtime car owner Phil Monteith elected to leave the cars on the west coast over the short offseason, and pick back up with the 2014 NHRA tour in February.  The decision has proven to be a good one.

AUSSIE RACERS PREPARE FOR AUSSIE WINTERNATS

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lamittinaWhile the recovery from two massive days of the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes continues for most, the team at Willowbank Raceway are already hard at work preparing for the FUCHS Winternationals (5-8 June) as well as a range of events to be held in the lead up.

Within a six week period, Queensland’s premier drag racing facility will play host to round two of the JP Racing Eighth Mile Drag Racing Series (26 April), round four of the Street Series (3 May), round three of the QLD Drag Racing Championships (17 May), the Winters Warm-Up (31 May-1June) and the 2014 FUCHS Winternationals (5-8 June).

SUPER GAS RACER DUANE LAFLEUR IS READY WITH NEW ENGINE

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Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 10.11.08 AMLaFleur Racing made the decision to upgrade the engine of their 1968 Race Tech Chevy Camaro Roadster this year from a 540 cubic inch Big Block Chevy  which made 887 HP to a 588 cubic inch Big Block Chevy which made 1120HP on the Dyno. The new engine is equipped with premium components including, a Quick Fuel 1050 CFM carburetor, Flat Out Racing gaskets, Moroso oil pan and wires, as well as Lucas Oil running through K&N filters. The new engine also features Brodix SR20 cylinder heads designed by Tracey Dennis at Sunset Racecraft in Lubbock, TX.

Of course, quality components are nothing without a quality engine builder to make it all come together. Larry Sexton of Sexton Racing Engines in Whitehouse, TN is the man who made it all happen. Truly committed to his work, Larry worked nights and weekends to get LaFleur on the track.

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