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PDRA TOP SPORTSMAN LOW QUALIFIER INCENTIVE

Written by PDRA.

 

PDRA-LOGO1The Professional Drag Racers Association is known for its highly competitive eighth-mile doorslammer racing. Though considered a sportsman class because of its bracket racing format, Top Sportsman (TS) is arguably one of the toughest and most interesting classes in the series. Qualifying competition is fierce, requiring the top 16 to run a 4.160 or better to make the PDRA Finals in Virginia last October. Once qualified, these men and women must dial their cars in running 4.10s or better, judging the finish line at around 180 MPH.

For 2015, veteran TS racer Bruce Thrift has teamed up with FTI Performance to sponsor a #1 Qualifier Award for each of the 10 events on the tour. The FTI Performance #1 Qualifier Award will present a plaque and $300 to each of the top qualifiers, beginning at the Texas Nationals March 19-21.

 

 

US STREET NATIONALS, BRADENTON - LIVE VIDEO/AUDIO

Written by CompetitionPlus.

Thanks to our friends Mark and JoAnn Walter of Dragstory.com, we are able to bring you the sights and sounds of the US Street Nationals in Bradenton, Fla.

TOP FUEL CHAMP: NEW INDY POINTS STRUCTURE GOOD START FOR IMPROVEMENTS

Written by Susan Wade.

 

schumacherFor years now, NHRA racers have been hoping the sanctioning body will find a way to make the U.S. Nationals, its oldest and allegedly most prominent race, worthy of the media hype.
 
The NHRA made a move this past Tuesday, announcing an increase in points for the Labor Day weekend classic at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

 

 

DRIVERS, CREW CHIEFS WELCOME INDY POINTS INCREASE

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

2014 Ron Capps HeadNHRA’s January 27th announcement regarding a points increase for the prestigious U.S. Nationals appears to be a change at least some drivers and crew chiefs support.

At the 2015 U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis Sept. 2-7, drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle will be racing for their share of points using a point-and-a-half scale.

 

 

CPTV FEATURE: ROUSH'S GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE IN DRAG RACING

Written by Bobby Bennett, CPTV.

76-AH071-002Many see him as a NASCAR icon, but the fact is Jack Roush's rise to prominence began in drag racing. In this exclusive video, Roush discusses his time in drag racing and even a speed secret he and partner Wayne Gapp used to win a series championship. 

ACE CLUTCHES OFFERS CLUTCH AND TUNING SEMINAR

Written by Administrator.

Cale Aronson, Director of Racing Operations for Ace Clutches, will hold another clutch and tuning seminar at the company's Sullivan, Mo. shop, February 28 through March 1.

"Based on the success of previous events, we saw the need for another," said Aronson, a second-generation mountain motor Pro Stock racer. “Those who attended the first will testify they left with more knowledge than they arrived with.”

The cost for the seminar is $650 for those who register by February 15, 2015. Registration afterwards is $800.

 

REST IN PEACE WORMY

Written by Administrator.

The doorslammer drag racing community is mourning the loss of a friend.

 

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1982 NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

Written by Administrator.

82 POMONAJourney back in time, three decades ago, when Shirley Muldowney kicked off her third championship season. A rookie Canadian Funny Car driver named Frank Hawley reached the later rounds and the pounds per cubic inch Pro Stockers went 500-inches for the first time. And, this wonderful travel back in time, was produced by Diamond P and aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports.

 

 

ALAN JOHNSON RACING SET FOR POMONA OPENER

Written by Administrator.

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Alan Johnson Racing and 2013 World Champion driver Shawn Langdon will open the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season next week at the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

Alan Johnson Racing is moving forward into the new season while exploring multiple sponsorship options for 2015 and beyond after unexpectedly losing its funding in the final days of 2014.  Longtime Alan Johnson Racing crew chiefs Brian Husen and Jason McCulloch will serve as co-crew chiefs on Langdon’s Alan Johnson Racing dragster.  With the separation from Al-Anabi Racing, Khalid alBalooshi is no longer driving for Alan Johnson Racing. 

 

 

CONNOLLY WANTS TO SPEED UP LEARNING CURVE, HELP BVR WIN IN 2015

Written by Susan Wade.

 


resized dave connollyAntron Brown switched from an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle to a dragster in 2008, and he had an immediate impact on the Top Fuel class.
 
Brown was top qualifier at his first Top Fuel event, the 2008 Winternationals – on an Auto Club Raceway at Pomona track he hadn't competed on before. In his Top Fuel rookie year, he won twice in five final rounds, led the field three times, and finished fifth overall. The next season was the first of four in which he earned six victories, and by 2012 he was series champion. Last year's seventh-place finish marked the only time he has not finished in the top five. (He has been second once, third twice, and fourth another year.)

 

 

NHRA BOLSTERS OILDOWN POLICY FOR 2015

Written by NHRA Communications.

 


MelloYelloSeriesColor-RGBRecognizing the need to reduce the number of oildowns at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events that cause substantial time delays and negatively affect the entertainment value for fans and TV viewers, the NHRA has increased the monetary fines and points penalties associated with oildowns in the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. Oildown penalties for all other classes will remain the same as they were in 2014.
               
Each Top Fuel and Funny Car team will be fined $1,000 and receive a five-point deduction following its first oildown violation of the season. A second infraction will result in a $2,000 fine and a 10-point deduction. The third violation will bring a $4,000 fine and loss of 15 points.

 

 

WAR STORIES FINALS: NO. 1 BILL DONER DEF. NO. 6 NICKY BONINFANTE

Written by Bobby Bennett, As told by the Participants.

 

logoxThe field was seeded by reader vote. The participants are paired on the standard NHRA professional eliminations ladder. Each story represents an elimination run for the participant. The readers will judge each war story on the merits of (A) believability and (B) entertainment value. Please do not vote based on popularity. You are the judge and jury, so vote accordingly. Multiple votes from the same computer IP address will not be counted.

Voting lasts for two days per elimination match. Once a driver advances to the next round, and in this instance the contestant may submit a new story or go with one from a previous event. You are asked to judge their story as if it is a new story if they run a previously used one. 

This is an event based on fun and entertainment value, and the rules are simple. The stories cannot describe any felonious acts (unprosecuted, that is) and and for this event you can tell a story about your opponent, against them. 

This is drag racing with no red-lights, disqualifications and plenty of oil downs minus the clean-ups. Please enjoy as each of our competitors tell their own stories.

Let the journey begin to determine drag racing's greatest story teller. 

 

VERSATILE RACER GLEN VARDY MAKING MOVES IN 2015

Written by Administrator.

 

vardyGlen Vardy is going to be one busy racer this season.
 
The Burlington, Ontario, resident, who has competed in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series for the past five years, is planning to ramp up his racing for the 2015 season.

 

 

YOURVELOCITY.COM SIGNS LARRY DIXON TO ASSOCIATE SPONSORSHIP

Written by Administrator.

 

dixonLarry Dixon, one of the legendary drivers in National Hot Rod Association history with 62 national event wins, has been signed by YourVelocity.com to an associate sponsorship in 2015.  The three-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion also will serve as the company’s spokesperson.
 
YourVelocity.com, developed by Velocity Business Innovators, is an online resource whose mission is to provide business owners with the tools and information necessary to successfully start, grow, or sell a business.

 

 

THE BAZEMORE FILES - MODERN DAY SPECIAL EDITION

Written by Whit Bazemore.

This is a venture outside of the normal Bazemore Files format, as we take a look at this year's PRO Winter Warm-up through the lens of Whit's camera. We'll return to the original format with a new installment but for now, let's take a peek behind the scenes with the slightly opinionated Bazemore.

 

WAR STORIES GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP DOWN TO THE FINALS

Written by Bobby Bennett.

logoxThe battle for the crown of drag racing's greatest storyteller will begin Wednesday, January 28 with the champion declared the following Friday evening. After hundreds of stories told over the course of seven years, No. 1 seeded Bill Doner, and No. 6 Nicky Boninfante will square off in the final round of the War Stories Grand Championship presented by CompetitionPlus.com.

Doner, the 2010 champion, entered final eliminations as the No. 1 qualifier as selected by the readers of CompetitionPlus.com. His road to the championship round included victories over Larry Sutton and Jim Oberhofer.

Doner, one of drag racing's more colorful and successful drag racing promoters in the 1970s, carries a legacy of introducing the 32-Funny Car shows and once operating virtually all major nitro racing venues up and down the west coast. Drag racing history will show Doner is the only promoter to ever had the famous Linda Lovelace as a race queen.

 

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