by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2016-05-30 20:54
Morris Johnson Jr. can’t help it. Every time he hears those lyrics from the famous Lee Greenwood song “Proud to be an American” his eyes well up with tears.
“I am the kind of guy who looks at the flag for the greatest country in the world and gets goose bumps,” Johnson admits. “I get a tingle that I don’t know that everyone gets when they see the flag or the Star Spangled Banner is sung. When Lee Greenwood sang that song it became almost as popular as the national anthem.”
Johnson, of Smith Mountain Lake, Va., remembers the day a pair of brothers approached him on behalf of their deceased brother who lost his life during the Vietnam War. The Pro Stock driver was already emotionally charged after watching the skydiver fly above him carrying the flag as the Greenwood song played over the public address system.
by Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated Sun, 2016-05-29 08:28
Steve Jackson, perennial frontrunner in the hyper-competitive Professional Drag Racing Association’s Pro Nitrous division, announced today a multi-year partnership with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Bahrain 1 Racing. The agreement will see Jackson continue to field his popular 1969 Chevy Camaro in PDRA Pro Nitrous competition beginning with the fast-approaching PDRA Summer Drags at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan.
“I have to admit, I’m pretty fired up right now,” says Jackson, one of drag racing’s most colorful and celebrated personalities. “To have a partner like Bahrain 1 Racing, honestly, is a big deal – an extremely big deal. Me, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the whole Bahrain 1 Racing team, we all have the same goals, so I think this is going to be a fun and exciting deal for all of us.”
by John Doig Sat, 2016-05-28 09:40
Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon will return to Australia to race for Rapisarda Autosport International at the Willowbank Winternationals on June 9-12.
Dixon, who finished fourth on the NHRA Mello Yello series in 2015, will be joined by legendary tuner Lee Beard.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be invited by Santo and the Rapisarda family to race again in Australia,” said Dixon. “I got a call from the Rapisarda boys - Santino and Santo Jr. - and we had a chat about coming back to race in Australia. They are really keen to run the first 4.40 sec. pass in Australia and wanted me to be part of it. Back in 1999 I ran the first pass under the 4.50 barrier in America with a 4.86 at Houston and if I have the opportunity to be the first in Australia to go under 4.50 at Willowbank that would be great and would look good in the resume.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2016-05-26 17:56
The last time Billy Glidden drove a turbocharged race car was in 2001, and he had to pull two Lenco transmission levers simultaneously in an attempt to correct an unruly, wheelstanding race car. The dramatic action barely fazed the Outlaw 10.5 car; and when the front end returned to earth, it became evident the front tires were out of balance and as a result, the windows nearly shook out. Glidden returned to the pits, parked the car and said to the car's owner, "Thanks, but no thanks. I have my car."
Glidden has a second chance to climb aboard a horse of another color as it was announced on May 25, 2016, in a joint partnership with the Harry Hruska-owned team, Precision Turbo Enterprises and Mickey Thompson Tires, the multi-time ADRL champion will replace Jonathan Gray as the driver for the pacesetting entry.