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PSM VETERAN MATT SMITH TALKS ABOUT VICTORY TEST SESSION

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

smith victoryWhen veteran NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith signed a two-year sponsorship agreement with Victory Motorcycles Jan. 22, he was thrilled.

After completing his first test session Feb. 16-17 at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park, Smith realizes this was going to be a work in progress.

 

 

CP MOTORSPORTS: KYLE BUSCH UNDERGOES SURGERY ON FOOT

Written by Stan Creekmore.

Busch Kyle 2015Car NSCSKyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), underwent successful surgery Wednesday afternoon on his left foot, which was also injured in an accident during last Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina.

Busch is resting comfortably and will remain hospitalized for observation.

Surgeons in Daytona Beach (Fla) operated on Busch's lower right leg to repair a compound fracture. Busch was transported from Daytona Beach ot the Charlotte, NC area on Monday.

CP MOTORSPORTS - FOLDS OF HONOR, QT 400, ATLANTA NOTEBOOK

Written by Stan Creekmore, Kelli Bennett.

nscs atlanta fohqt500Keep up with this weekend's Folds Of Honor/Quick Trip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

HOLLEY TO SPONSOR DANCHUK TRI-FIVE NATIONALS

Written by Administrator.

 

5b5cbd27-c37f-4a91-9e9a-edc7eabac176Holley is now the official drag racing sponsor for the first of what is sure to become an annual event in Bowling Green, Kentucky; The Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals. The Tri-Five Nationals will be held at the historic Beech Bend Raceway, August 14-15, 2015. It is shaping up to possibly be the largest event ever for ‘55,’56, & ‘57 Chevrolets. The 1955 Chevrolet is one of the most iconic and sought after collector cars of all time, and 2015 is its 60th anniversary. The crew at Woody’s Hot Rodz in Bright, Indiana decided this landmark was worth celebrating and have organized this must-see event. “These cars have always been our passion, and since our entire business is now focused on remanufacturing all new '55-'57 Chevys, the time seemed right for a national event focused on Tri-Five Chevys”, said Chris Sondles, owner of Woody’s Hot Rodz.

The Holley Tri-Five Drags will be a major part of this celebration and will feature three heads up racing classes and two bracket classes just for 55-57 Chevys. Classes for DOT Stock, Junior Stock, and Nostalgia/Gasser will be heads up while Junior Eliminator and Top Eliminator will be bracket classes. This ensures fun and competitive racing for anyone who wants to participate, whether you have a bone stock straight-six powered Bel Air or a fire-breathing gasser capable of running in single digit territory. Drag entries are $100 and include admission for two, plus pit parking pass, and racer golf cart pass. Camping credentials will be an additional $65 for the weekend.

 

 

WARREN JOHNSON DELIVERS STATE OF PRO STOCK ADDRESS

Written by Susan Wade, Photo by Brian Wood.

 

BGW 9560Dr. Zook's one-question final exam in the relativistic physics course required no more than five sheets of legal-sized paper, a slide rule, a pencil, and a decent handle on calculus.

That sounds tidy. But only two of 139 students tested that day at the University of Minnesota passed. One of them was Warren Johnson.

 

 

WEATHER DERAILS RACERS APPRECIATION EVENT AT ‘THE ROCK’

Written by Administrator.

 

rockinghamRockingham Dragway’s racers appreciation race is the latest victim of the Southeast’s raucous weather roller-coaster.  The free entry event, which was to have been run this weekend, will instead be contested the week of June 27-28.
 
"We’re in a really unsettled weather pattern right now,” lamented track owner Steve Earwood.  “Big freeze on Tuesday, sunshine on Wednesday, five inches of snow forecast for Thursday and, after that, who knows?  They’re saying sun on Saturday, but with a high of 38, and then cold and clouds on Sunday.  Not exactly ideal for racing, to say the least.

 

 

SHIELDS, FERRO DOMINATE DIVISION 2 LODRS EVENT

Written by NHRA Communications.

 

Div2 Southeast-4cIn the final results from Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev. and Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
 
Shields, worked his way through the field and ran 5.327 seconds at 271.62 mph in his final round victory over Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J. who clocked in at 5.360 seconds, 272.72 mph. Shields had a consistent race car through-out the event with running in the 5.30’s in almost every run but qualified second with his run of 5.253 seconds. In the final round, Bourke had some early tire shake but Shields led the whole way to take his 25th Divisional / Regional win in 38 final rounds. Shields and the team have had much success racing in Gainesville. In their last three appearances in Gainesville they have won all three events. Along with this event, they also won the NHRA Gatornationals and the Gainesville Regional event here last year.

 

 

BOB HARRIS INDUCTED INTO NC DRAG RACING HALL OF FAME

Written by PDRA, Photo by Gary Rowe.

 

bob harrisThis past weekend the PDRA’s Bob Harris joined an elite group of North Carolina Drag Racing luminaries as he was chosen for induction into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Harris joined the likes of Roy Hill, Doug Herbert, Buddy Martin, Sox and Martin, Rickie Smith, Charles Carpenter and other NC Drag Racing Hall of Famers during a ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday, February 21.

A North Carolinian by birth, Harris was raised in Pittsboro, NC, and began racing as soon as he was legally able at the age of 16. A testament to how times have changed, Harris states he got into it for the money. He worked his way through the ranks for the next 13 years, challenging competitors in IHRA Hot Rod, Quick Rod and Top Sportsman and NHRA Super Comp. The Harris name soon became one to be feared by the driver in the other lane. In 1988 Harris participated in a Budweiser/Chevrolet Series at Maryland International Raceway. Winning an event in the series gave racers the opportunity to vie for a Corvette at the final event of the year. The young Harris qualified himself for the event and went on to take home that Corvette. A year later he sold the Corvette to make an addition onto his house, a room known as the ‘Corvette Room’ where a picture of his trophy car is still proudly displayed on the wall.

 

 

CP MOTORSPORTS: CONSTANT HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR LOGANO

Written by By Stan Creekmore.

NSCS DAYTONA500 022215 Logano WinDecalIn years past Joey Logano admits he was not confident coming down to Daytona International Speedway.

His confidence was much better after an off-season of intensive effort. His work paid off dramatically as the 24-year old driver collected his first Daytona 500 win and the second for car owner Roger Penske.,

So, how confident was Logano?

“Well, I texted Todd that we were going to win tomorrow the night before the race. It sounded good at the time,” explained Logano, who received a quick reply from Todd Gordon, crew chief of the #22 Pennzoil Ford.

CP MOTORSPORTS - DAYTONA 500 PHOTO GALLERY

Written by Kelli Bennett.

Photos from the recently completed Daytona 500 at Daytona Motor Speedway this past weekend.

LAMB WINS COMP, POLVADORE AND RITCHIE SCORE FIRST WINS

Written by NHRA Communications.

 

Lucas Oil DRSJustin Lamb scored his 13th NHRA national event win while Bernie Polvadore and Trevor Ritchie each grabbed their first this past weekend at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
 
Lamb, Henderson, Nev., had a .013 second reaction time in his ’10 Cobalt to take the early lead and stayed out front posting a 7.972 second run at 172.43 mph.  The win was Lambs second in Comp Eliminator as he knocked out Doug Lambeck, Mike DePalma and Dan Fletcher on his way to the final with Alan Ellis who was coming off a season opening win at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.  Ellis went 6.529, 207.08 mph in his ’23 Ford for his runner up finish.

 

 

HAGAN STEAMROLLS WAY TO PHOENIX VICTORY, COMMAND OF FUNNY CAR FIELD

Written by Susan Wade, Photos by Roger Richards.

 

 

nfcFunny Car dominator Matt Hagan is undefeated in 2015 – and unbeaten in 21 of his past 23 elimination rounds, dating back to last September's Countdown race at St. Louis.  

The Rocky Boots / Mopar Dodge Charger crushed Jeff Diehl, fellow two-time series champion Cruz Pedregon, last year's event winner Alexis DeJoria, and finally Del Worsham Sunday in record style to win the Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.

 

 

SCHUMACHER CREDITS TEAM FOR HARDER-THAN-IT-LOOKED TOP FUEL VICTORY

Written by Susan Wade, Photos by Roger Richards.

 

tfU.S. Army Dragster crew chief Mike Green just got himself a 12-pound, 18-inch-tall, brass-plated paperweight for his desk in Brownsburg, Ind.

It's a gift from driver Tony Schumacher.

 

 

PRO STOCK'S BROGDON REVELS IN SHOW-AND-TELL DAY AT PHOENIX

Written by Susan Wade, Photos by Roger Richards.

 

psRodger Brogdon, after driving his self-branded Pro Stock Camaro entry to the No. 2 starting spot at the Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals near Phoenix, had said Saturday, "I want to show everyone what we're working with."

He showed everybody at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, all right.

 

 

FINAL ROUND PHOTOS FROM NHRA PHOENIX

Written by NHRA Communications; Photos by Roger Richards.

Sunday's final results from the 31st annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The race is the second of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS FROM NHRA PHOENIX

Written by NHRA Communications.

 

Final round-by-round results from the 31st annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, the second of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

 

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