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DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

 

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Get ready for the ZOO! WFO is on the road to Indy, prior to the Lucas Oil Nationals. This week's NHRA Nitro features a full breakdown of the Lucas Oil Series championship points battles in each category. Terry McMillen discusses his best career season and a new venture. Tii Tharpe discusses his recent Mickey Thompson Top Fuel Harley win in Seattle and the final battle at the U.S. Nationals. Steve Collier, a Lucas Oil Series race who experienced an A/FD blow over in Kansas has great news for the WFO Universe. Motorsports Journalist, Evan Smith talks class racing. Paul La Sage AKA Torch talks about his journey in the NHRA world. NHRA's Alan Reinhart and Joe Castello preview Brainerd.

BROWN, HIGHT, ENDERS AND M. SMITH EARN PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT BRAINERD

Antron Brown is the preliminary No. 1 qualifier in Top Fuel at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway and is shaping into a contender for his fourth Top Fuel world championship.

Robert Hight (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 17th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

NHRA'S CONLEY MOVES TO TECH, THARP TO NEW DIV. 3 DIRECTOR ROLE

 

NHRA has announced that effective October 1, Jeff Conley will become NHRA director of technical services, moving on from his current position as NHRA’s North Central (Division 3) director. At that time, Atlanta Dragway general manager William Tharpe will take over the role of Division 3 director.

Conley joined NHRA in 2007 as a member of the certification team. In 2013 he became operations and track manager at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Before joining NHRA, Conley held a number of positions in racing including event coordinator and national tech director for NMCA and NMRA.

“ROADKILL” TO MAKE SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT LUCAS OIL NHRA NATIONALS

Fans attending the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota Aug. 16-19 will be in for an exciting treat. Motor Trend’s hit series, “Roadkill” will be on location to film an upcoming episode featuring on-track exhibition races with NHRA drag racers Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett.

SYDNEY DRAGWAY TO GIVE BACK TO FARMERS

 

Amid one of the most devastating weather events to face Australian farmers in recent years, a drought that has a grip on over 99% of NSW, Sydney Dragway has undertaken a donation program to help ease the hardship on these farmers. 

Effective immediately, at every Sydney Dragway owned and promoted event, $500 for every 1,000 paying adult spectators will be donated to Rural Aid Australia via the “Racing for our Farmers” fundraiser. 

AUSSIE PRO SLAMMER CHAMP JAMBOREE-BOUND

 

Paul Mouhayet, the world’s quickest driver on a 10.5 tIre, will contest the upcoming Honeywell Garrett Brisbane Jamboree presented by Link ECU and Tuners Edge in his 2017/2018 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Championship winning ’68 Ford Mustang.

The Sydney racer, who is also Australia’s quickest and fastest man in a ‘doored’ car, will contest the Moits Racing ‘Slammer in the IHRA Pro Mod category at the August 25/26 event at Willowbank Raceway.

FOR LAUGHLIN'S PRO STOCKER IN BRAINERD, THE CARPET WON'T MATCH THE DRAPES

​​NHRA MelloYello Drag Racing Series driver, Alex Laughlin, will once again be ahead of the curve at the 37th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway this coming weekend.

 
The Two-Time Pro Stock Winner, who runs under the Elite Performance Umbrella, was in a Chevrolet Performance powered Camaro through the Western Swing. Brainerd on, he will be piloting the Technet Professional Services Dodge Dart with Chevrolet power under the hood

FRY DELIVERS ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE VICTORY

 

The competition couldn't stop her, and violent tireshake did little to slow her down. She killed them with consistency. Such was the story behind Mendy Fry's impressive victory at the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals at Thunder Valley Raceway in Boise, Idaho.

Fry rattled and rolled her way to a 5.66 elapsed time at 254 miles per hour to Dusty Green.

"It was pretty bad -- I didn't think I was going to make it. The team gave me a great car, and I didn't screw up," Fry said.

GAINING EXPERIENCE A HIGH PRIORITY FOR THIS PRO MOD ROOKIE

 

Justin Jones, all of 19 years old, was taking on the heaving hitters in the World Series of Pro Mod race in his 1969 Camaro.

Jones lost in the first round to Steven Whiteley. Whiteley clocked a 6.005 second run to defeat Jones who slowed to 6.995 seconds.

Getting to this point in his career was a journey for Jones.

SONOMA RACEWAY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

 

Sonoma Raceway and key figures from the founding of then-Sears Point Raceway came together today to mark the 50th anniversary of the facility’s ceremonial groundbreaking, which was celebrated on Aug. 14, 1968.

Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page, Gordon Blumenfeld, a member of the raceway’s founding group, and Ken Clapp, an original raceway executive, came together to recreate a photo from the groundbreaking event utilizing the original shovel used that day 50 years ago. Both Blumenfeld and Clapp attended the 1968 groundbreaking ceremony.

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