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HAPPY EASTER

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From the staff of CompetitionPlus.com, we'd like to wish you a Happy Easter. On this day, the Christian religion celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This day has traditionally been a day when families comes together in celebration of this occaision. We'll be taking today off but we'll be back tomorrow bringing you the latest drag racing news and views.

VIDEO REWIND - 1974 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

Written by CompetitionPlus.

Travel back in time to an era when drag racing was shown on ABC's sports variety show "Wide World of Sports" and in a time when there was Indy and nothing else mattered. You'll see some of drag racing's legends including current megateam owner Don Schumacher driving a fuel Funny Car. This might be the best 30 minutes you spend today. Just like the 2012 running of the event, this race was also affected by weather.

CLASSIC VIDEO: ONCE UPON A WHEEL

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This classic video follows the legendary Don "the Snake" Prudhomme and Tom 'the Mongoose" McEwen on a match race tour throughout the midwestern United States. Lots of dry hops and candid interviews with the legends of Funny Car racing.

AA/FC ENTRIES TO HIGHLIGHT BOISE EVENT

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Ignitor 2014 logoThe oldest professional racing event in the Pacific Northwest, the 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor Opener presented by Peterson Chevrolet returns to Firebird Raceway, Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2014. The double header weekend of racing will offer points in both NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Race Series with upwards of 400 racers expected from 12 states and Canada. For the second year, the Ignitor will also align with the Boise-Bakersfield Blitz offering a year-end championship to the top finishing Funny Cars.

AA/Funny Car qualifying will kickoff at 4 pm on Fri., April 25.  AA/Funny Car qualifying continues on Sat., April 26, at 1 and 5 pm, followed by final professional eliminations at 1 pm on Sun., April 27. Gates open daily at 9 am.

THREE PSM TEAM OWNERS DISCUSS NHRA INSPECTING THEIR CYLINDER HEADS

Written by Tracy Renck.

mith mattThe NHRA Technical Department confiscated cylinder heads from three Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors – reigning world champion Matt Smith, Michael Ray and Hector Arana Jr.at the Four-Wide Nationals which were completed Sunday at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.

“The cylinder heads were confiscated as part of our now typical part examination process,” said Glen Gray, NHRA's Vice President Technical Operations to Competition Plus on Tuesday. “For example, after the Gainesville event, we also brought some Top Fuel and Funny Car cylinder heads back to our product evaluation laboratory in Indianapolis. Confiscating components for review in our lab allows us the opportunity to do a more thorough job.”

 

JESSE JAMES TO UNVEIL JESSE JAMES FIREARMS UNLIMITED TF DRAGSTER IN HOUSTON

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acc kalittamotors Master Fabricator Jesse James will introduce the new Jesse James Firearms Unlimited (JJFU) sponsored Top Fuel dragster at the upcoming 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Houston, Texas, April 25th-27th.

The sponsorship follows the successful launch of James’ signature firearms line, JJFU, announced late last year and combines two of his lifelong passions: fast cars and custom guns.

 

DOBSON, PHILLIPS TRIUMPH WIN AT SANTO’S SUPER 3 EXTREME FRIDAY SHOW

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18381v0t1Day one (April 18) of the Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes has delivered an emotional win for the Rapisarda International Autosport team with driver Allan Dobson claiming the Top Fuel A Final win in the event that pays special homage to the late son of his Team Principal Santo Rapisarda.

The event action continues Saturday (19 April) with further competition for all brackets on track from 5.00pm, including a second ANDRA championship round for Top Fuel and Titan Cranes Top Alcohol. 

CPTV: RACING IN RED: NHRA PRO STOCK REALITY SHOW, PT. 2

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Travel behind the scenes with the team at Elite Performance and their driver Erica Enders-Stevens as the chronicle their journey through the NHRA Pro Stock ranks. You'll get insight not only from Enders-Stevens but also team owner Richard Freeman, Rick and Rickie Jones, and more.Tune in as we present Part 1.

LOOSE ROCKER PREPARES TO HOST NORTHERN CLASS NATIONALS

Written by Tracy Renck.

Michael Beard - Head Shot 10Michael BeardPutting on races is nothing new for the Loose Rocker, LLC promotions team of Michael Beard and Anthony Walton.

Beard, however, couldn’t hide his enthusiasm for an upcoming event.

On May 2-4, Loose Rocker is hosting the inaugural Auto Meter Northern Class Nationals at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, just east of Columbus.

FORD RACING ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL NHRA CONTINGENCY FOR 2014

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ford 1Ford Racing has posted $25,000 for any Cobra Jet racer who wins a Stock or Super Stock Championship in NHRA’s Lucas Oil National Event series for the 2014.  Additional postings of $5,000 and $1,000 will be paid for 2nd and 3rd place finishers respectively.  Any racer who competes in 5 out of 8 championship qualifying races in a Mustang Cobra Jet is eligible for the championship payouts.  

“The Cobra Jet has been the most successful late-model racer in NHRA holding numerous records and national event wins,” said Jesse Kershaw, Ford Racing Drag Racing Competition Manager. “Our Cobra Jet teams are among the best in the sport, we want to incentivize and reward them for their dedication and hard work with this contingency program”

AUSSIE SANTO RAPISARDA: "A 4.40 WOULD BE GREAT!"

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rapisardaSanto Rapisarda is naturally excited about his namesake event at Willowbank Raceway this Easter weekend.The Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes will not only see some of Australia’s best Top Fuel pilots fight it out for valuable ANDRA Drag Racing Series points, but they will also be competing for the added honour of the Louie Rapisarda Top Fuel Trophy.
 
“We really don’t want the Pom (Steve Read) to win it again,” laughed Rapisarda. “So we would really like to win that and get maximum points.”

PACEMAKERS DRAGWAY PARK EXTENDS NHRA MEMBER TRACK STATUS

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Pacemakers Dragway Park’s new operator Rod Zolman has extended the NHRA track membership of the Mount Vernon, Ohio, facility.  The track is one of the oldest NHRA member tracks in the country, originally opened in 1956 by the Pacemakers Rod and Custom Club.  Today the facility boasts an all concrete racing surface and concrete guard walls with racing from April to November.
 
Following a couple of pre-season test and tune events, the track will officially kick off its Summit Racing Series and track point competition on Saturday, May 3.  Racers can qualify at the track to be on one of the teams sent to the Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals, the NHRA Division Jr. Championships and the Summit Racing Series North Central Division Finals events.

BOOTH, ARONS AND LEAL TO APPEAR AT YORK

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booth 1The dynamic duo of Wally Booth and Dick Arons along with  “The California Flash” Butch Leal will appear at the 13th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion on July 11-12th at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds.
 
Joining these legends of drag racing will be former Funny Car World Champion Bruce Larson, former Top Fuel World Champion Jim Walther, and racing standouts Marv Ripes, Harold Denton, Jimmy King, Pete Shadinger, Bill Zinkhan, Wally Bell;, Tom Myl and a whole host of others celebrating the 13th Annual York Reunion.

TENTH ANNUAL MR. ARUBA RACE RAISES MORE THAN $10K FOR JEGS FOUNDATION

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jegs logoMike "Mr. Aruba" DeChicco has been hosting his charity drag race for several years, and the 2014 edition will go down as the most successful to date.
 
The 10th annual Mr. Aruba "Winter Nationals" Bench Race and Charity Challenge raised more than $10,000 for the JEGS Foundation, bringing the total raised by DeChicco and Jane Graebner to nearly $40,000.

COUGHLIN'S ROAD TO HISTORY BEGIN IN HOUSTON

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JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. has cemented his place among the NHRA elite with a long, brilliant career.

His five Pro Stock championships and 56 professional national event victories put Coughlin in any discussion about NHRA's best drivers, and he's a long way from being done with his time behind the wheel. And it all started in Houston just a little more than 16 years ago.

In 1997, Coughlin had established himself as one of the top Sportsman drivers in NHRA, winning in three different classes that season. He announced he would get his feet wet and turn pro for the final three races of the year to maintain his rookie status for the following season, making his debut in Dallas.

 

CPTV VIDEO FEATURE - INTRODUCING JONATHAN GRAY

Written by Bobby Bennett; Video by Bobby Bennett, NHRA, ESPN.

Jonathan Gray, the younger of the two Gray Brothers racing in Pro Stock, made his debut as a Pro Stock driver last month at the NHRA Gatornationals. In this CompetitionPlus.tv video, Gray talks about his introduction to Pro Stock, the perception he's just a dirt track racer giving straight line a spin, and how he's in this for the long run.

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