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DRAG RACING LEGEND JOHNSON A GUEST AT THE PINNACLE SPEEDWAY IN LIGHTS

Former NHRA star and local drag racing legend Allen Johnson may have called it a career following the 2017 season, but he found himself at Thunder Valley once again Thursday evening.
 
Johnson was honored by Bristol Dragway employees and family with a special champagne toast celebration. Bristol Dragway GM Jerry Caldwell also presented Johnson with a customized Thunder Valley golf bag to honor Johnson’s career accomplishments and all that he’s done to support the track and its region.

GIAGRANDE REFLECTS ON HIS RETURN TO DRIVING

After being out of the driver’s seat for nearly two years, Matt Giangrande returned to the cockpit in 2017.

The New York native, who now calls North Carolina home, drove in PDRA’s Extreme Pro Stock.

BICKEL ROLLS OUT THE FIRST OF THE REPLACEMENT CARS FROM MARCH FIRE

Jerry Bickel Race Cars suffered a fire at a secondary storage facility on March 4, 2017, destroying a number of race cars, an RV and a trailer at the Moscow Mills, Mo.-based shop. Insurance covered only a part of the losses, the rest was from Bickel. Today, the first of the replacement vehicles rolled out of the shop.

This first car, a 2018 Camaro, is destined for Galot Motorsports, where Kevin Rivenbark will drive it in NHRA Pro Mod and PDRA Pro Boost.

EVENT NOTEBOOK - INDUSTRY UNITES FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY PRI TRADE SHOW

 

PDRA PRO EXTREME, PRO NITROUS AND PRO BOOST WILL PAY $10,000 TO WIN IN 2018

At the PRI Show this past week, the Professional Drag Racers Association announced that the payout in their top three classes will increase in 2018. PDRA Pro Extreme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC and Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost will now all pay $10,000 to win. That’s an increase of $3,000 for Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous and $4,000 for Pro Boost.

“We’re entering into year five,” stated Bob Harris of the PDRA. “We have put down strong roots and we recognize that the cost of racing will always continue to rise. We felt the timing was right to increase the payout for these classes. This organization has always been ‘by racers, for racers’ and one of our main goals is to give back to the racers as much as possible. We hope our racers will continue to see our commitment to them through moves like this. Our series consists of an elite group of racers and we want to treat them as such.”

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK - WHICH NEW BODY STYLE DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN NHRA PS?

 

Recently, the NHRA, at the request of Pro Stock teams, abandoned one of the original rules of Pro Stock which mandated the body style of a car must mach the manufacturer of the engine. The idea was to inspire cars other than Camaros for competition. In this week's ARP Question of the Week, tell us which body style you'd like to see more.

NITRO OUTLAW DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION FORMED

A new drag racing association finalized its formation during this year's PRI show in Indianapolis. The new association, known as the NITRO OUTLAW DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION (www.nodragracing.com), has plans to host a limited number of events during 2018 with an emphasis on bringing the fun back into racing.

Nitro Outlaw is "owned by racers for racers" and has an impressive list of members, including driving superstar Cory McClenathan, Funny Car owner/driver Jack Wyatt, and race winning Crew Chief Tony Shortall.

MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES & WHEELS EXPANDS FOOTPRINT WITH LARGER FACILITY

Mickey Thompson’s street, strip and off-road tires and wheels are now rolling out of a new facility in the company’s hometown of Stow, Ohio.

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels opened its state-of-the-art headquarters and warehouse in September. The new location covers 200,000 square feet, including 20,000 square feet of office space.

SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK NAMED TRACK OF THE YEAR

Summit Motorsports Park was named Track of the Year during the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) North Central Division awards banquet, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West in Indiana.
 
The event honored the 2017 champions in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Summit Racing Series, Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series, Jegs Super Quick Series and Summit Racing Equipment Junior Drag Racing League.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... EXTEND THE CENTERLINE BOUNDARY

An overwhelming majority of the readers who participated in the ARP Question of the Week believe NHRA should extend their nitro centerline boundaries to beyond 1,000 feet.

The majority, 75-percent, of nearly 4,000 voters believe for safety reasons this should be extended following several high-profile incidents just past the current finish line.

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