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RICKIE SMITH WINS WHAT COULD BE HIS LAST INDY

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

smithRickie Smith cannot help it. Every time he wins a race he gets emotional. But for the eight-time world champion who has won both sportsman and professional titles, Pro Stock and Pro Modified, winning any event pales in comparison to winning the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Monday afternoon in Indianapolis, the storied driver captured his second title at drag racing’s most prestigious race. Smith beat Pete Farber in the final round.

 

 

CANNULI TO RUN NHRA PRO MOD IN 2015

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

John Cannuli, the brother-in-law of NHRA Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker, will be racing in NHRA’s Pro Mod ranks in 2015.

“I will be driving a brand new 2015 Camaro turbo car in Pro Mod,” Cannuli, 38, said. “I will drive the car here in the United States.”

 

 

FUNNY CAR DRIVER ALEXANDER FOCUSING ON 2015

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

dsa 0473 20140901 1841262023Blake Alexander has a passion to race a nitro Funny Cars.

The 25-year-old was competing at the U.S. Nationals, qualifying No. 15 before stunning No. 2 qualifier Jack Beckman in the first round Monday.

 

 

RECORD-SETTING WIN FOR ALEXIS DEJORIA

Written by Mike Perry.

 

nfc winnerIt was a feeling Alexis DeJoria had experienced before.

When she left her house in Austin, Texas, DeJoria told her husband, Jesse James, she had a very good feeling about the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

 

CRAMPTON CLAIMS INDY VICTORY THAT RESONATES ACROSS THE PACIFIC

Written by Susan Wade.

 

tf winnerFor drag racing fans on Australia’s east coast, breakfasts tasted just a little bit more flavorful with the news that Adelaide native Richie Crampton had won the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

The GEICO / Lucas Oil Dragster driver used a 3.766-second, 327.98-mph effort Monday to defeat Steve Torrence, who countered with a 3.799, 327.82 on the 1,000-foot course.

 

 

CPTV VIDEO FEATURE: THE HEMI CHALLENGE - MORE THAN JUST CLASS ELIMINATIONS

Written by Les Mayhew.

SS/AH ... the once classification where being the class eliminations champion means more than the event crown itself.  The Mopar Hemi matches the finest Super Stock/AH 1968 Plymouth Barrucudas and Dodge Darts, formerly campaigned as SS/AA, in a one-day battle where the winner pockets $10,000 for being the king of the hill. This video feature by Les Mayhew captures the passion and competition of the special race-within-a-race.  

SHANE GRAY EARNS PRO STOCK WALLY AT INDY

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

ps winnerJust when it appeared Jason Line was taking control of NHRA Pro Stock class, Shane Gray spoiled the party.

Gray ended Line’s three consecutive national event wins with a stellar win at the prestigious U.S. Nationals for the first time in his career.

 

 

DEMKE, PAYNE HEADLINE NHRA US NATIONALS SPORTSMAN WINNERS

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards.

 

Chris Demke transferred his red-hot Top Alcohol Dragster win streak from the NHRA Lucas Oil Regional Series over to the largest stage in drag racing as he defeated Rich McPhillips to win the 60th anniversary NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Monday's victory is Demke's first Indianapolis victory as a driver. Demke won in 1998 as a crew member for Darren Nicholson. He has reached the semifinals twice and recorded a runner-up finish prior to the weekend.

 

 

KRAWIEC CAPTURES FIRST INDY PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE WIN

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

psm winnerEddie Krawiec has won three NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championships – 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Yet, he never captured the coveted U.S. Nationals title – until Monday that is.

 

 

SCHUMACHER’S QUEST FOR NO. 10 AT INDIANAPOLIS STARTS FROM NO. 1 SPOT

Written by Susan Wade.

 

schumacherTony Schumacher, in the U.S. Army Dragster, continued his domination of the largest Top Fuel field of the season to lead the quickest 16 at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in eliminations that are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Monday.

He relied Sunday on the 3.748-second, 328.54-mph pass that powered him to the $100,000 Traxxas Shootout jackpot Saturday night on the 1,000-foot course at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. It was his 75th time to set low elapsed time in qualifying.

 

 

CAPPS WINS RAIN-DELAYED BRAINERD RACE

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

IMG 4289The setting had completely changed and 13 days had passed, but none of that bothered veteran Funny Car driver Ron Capps.

Capps was all smiles because on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, he defeated John Force to win the Lucas Oil Nationals which were postponed at Brainerd, Minn., on July 17.

 

 

SCHUMACHER CLAIMS $100-GRAND IN TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT

Written by Susan Wade.

IMG 4245That “Indy magic” continues for U.S. Army Dragster driver Tony Schumacher at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

The most successful Top Fuel racer in NHRA and U.S. Nationals history added to his riches Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway. He defeated talented class rookie Richie Crampton with a powerful 3.748-second, 328.54-mph run for the $100,000 winner’s share of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel.

 

 

 

BECKMAN BLAZES TO TOP OF U.S. NATIONALS FUNNY CAR FIELD

Written by Mike Perry.

 

beckmanWhen the chips were down, Jack Beckman rose to the top.

Beckman moved to the top of the provisional Funny Car qualifying sheet, and took a big step towards climbing into the Countdown to the Championship, with a track-record 4.004 pass at 312.13 miles per hour, during the Saturday evening qualifying session at the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

 

CONNOLLY NO STRANGER TO DRAGSTERS

Written by Tracy Renck, photo courtesy of Michael Dennis.

 

20140816 180743 AndroidEarlier this month, Competition Plus broke the news that Pro Stock driver Dave Connolly is planning to drive a Top Fuel Dragster for Bob Vandergriff Racing in 2015.

If that plan does come to fruition, Connolly is no stranger to at least driving a dragster. Connolly has driven about every type of car in bracket racing.

 

 

SCHUMACHER SEIZES CHANCE TO TAKE SUREST SHOT AT 10TH INDIANAPOLIS VICTORY

Written by Susan Wade.

 

Tony Schumacher literally hurt with each step he took Friday.

But figuratively speaking, he put a spring in his gait by blasting his U.S. Army Dragster to a 3.777-second, 322.65-mph pass for the early lead in Top Fuel qualifying for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

 

 

WORSHAM HOLDS SERVE IN COUNTDOWN POINTS, TAKES TOP SPOT FRIDAY AT INDY

Written by Mike Perry.

 

Heading into the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, Del Worsham was one of three drivers still alive for the final two spots in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.

Worsham (Villa Park, CA) sat in ninth place with 900 points, 52 in front of Tim Wilkerson (Springfield, IL) in 10th and 68 clear of Jack Beckman (Norco, CA), who entered the race 11th in points.

 

 

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