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CLASSIC VIDEO: 1972 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Written by CPTV.

Travel back in time to the NHRA Springnationals in it's debut at National Trail Raceway outside of Columbus, Ohio. You'll see the legends like Chip Woodall, Ed McCulloch and Bill Jenkins hold their on in this event. 

JON ASHER PAYS OFF!

Written by Administrator.

 

asher contestFollowing his promise to provide an expensive, lavish prize to the first respondent to correctly identify the source of a quote he included in his AAA Finals coverage, Senior Editor Jon Asher has paid off with two pricey collectibles.

The first is an unused 1973 Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Team drinking glass, with the second being a still-sealed-in-plastic “Joe Knows Drag Racing” T-shirt that came from Joe Amato, probably some time in the early 90s.  The estimated value of both items is between $150 and $200.

 

 

OFF SEASON STILL RIGHT ON FOR TAD RACER SHIELDS

Written by Todd Veney; Photo by David Smith.

 

shieldsYou know you've had a good career when you win four times and it's almost an off year.

Duane Shields went winless over a dozen mid-season races in 2014 – a full season for most people – but still ended up sixth in the Top Alcohol Dragster national standings with what turned out to be another solid season: five final-round appearances and four wins – two at national events and two at regionals.

 

 

PDRA CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL SEASON

Written by Administrator.

 

pdra champsAt the recent PRI Trade Show the organizers and racers of the Professional Drag Racers Association not only celebrated a successful first season of competition but also announced new partnerships and plans for 2015 during a year-end awards banquet.

During the banquet PDRA class champions each received a monetary award and championship trophy. Professional champions as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster champs also received a championship ring. 

 

 

GOOD VIBRATIONS EXPANDS INVOLVEMENT WITH IHRA

Written by Administrator.

 


   

unnamed 14Good Vibrations Motorsports, an industry leader in supercharged and mechanical fuel injection applications, has been named title sponsor for the season-opening Southwestern Nationals at Southwestern International Raceway, as well as presenting sponsor for IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ (NJDRS) events in Spokane and Edmonton.
 
In addition to expanding their role with the IHRA's premier series, Good Vibrations Motorsports will also return as sponsor of the IHRA's Top Sportsman and Top Dragster categories on the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL in addition to being named Official Supercharging of IHRA, giving Good Vibrations a major presence at all IHRA events throughout the 2015 racing season.

 

 

HOT ROD POWER TOUR RETURNING TO MEMPHIS IN 2015

Written by Administrator.

 

power tourThe legendary HOT ROD Power Tour will return to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2015 and organizers recently announced a stop at Memphis International Raceway (MIR) on Tuesday, June 9. The seven-day, seven-city journey travels more than 1,000 miles from Madison, Wisconsin, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana from June 6 - 12, 2015 and MIR will be the third stop on the tour.
 
MIR teamed up with the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the annual summer trek of small town America. More than 5,800 participants and upward of 90,000 spectators are expected to celebrate in the 2015 HOT ROD Power Tour. The tour brings together hot rods, street rods, custom trucks, muscle cars, and performance machines from around the world.

 

 

CONNOLLY TAKES NEW STEPS IN TOP FUEL

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

dc1 1This is definitely an offseason of change for Dave Connolly.

The veteran Pro Stock driver has made a career change and will be making his Top Fuel debut in Bob Vandergriff Jr.’s C&J Energy’s dragster in 2015.
Connolly most recently made seven test runs at Palm Beach International Raceway on Sunday and Monday.

 

 

ROB WENDLAND NAMED CREW CHIEF FOR MCMILLEN'S TOP FUEL TEAM

Written by Administrator.

 

rob wendlandTerry McMillen, driver and owner of the AMALIE Motor Oil INSTIGATOR Top Fuel Dragster announced that Rob Wendland will be the crew chief on his NHRA entry that includes associate sponsorship from the University of Northwestern Ohio, Ross Racing Pistons and Flatout Gaskets.

"We're excited about our future with Rob as crew chief," McMillen said. "We think Rob is one of the premier young crew chiefs in this business and he's as hungry as we are to get this gator-themed dragster in the winner's circle."

 

 

CLASSIC VIDEO: THE WONDER OF DRAG RACING

Written by Administrator.

wonderA neat look back to drag racing of the early-1970s in the Wonder Bread promo featuring an overall look at NHRA Championship drag Racing. There are plenty of cameos, including the fabulous Wonder Wagon driven by Kelly Brown.

 

 

BOOMING 2014 PRI SHOW FUELS RACING INDUSTRY OPTIMISM

Written by Administrator.

 

PRIThree days of enthusiastic buyers packing the aisles and shopping the latest technology from more than 3200 booths came to a close on Saturday as the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show registered record numbers at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

After returning to Indianapolis a year ago, the Show has settled into its home in the Hoosier State.

 

 

THIRD-GEN MINICK CARRIES ON FAMILY TRADITION

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

minickMike Minick insists the choice was his. The grandson of famed former Chi-Town Hustler driver Pat Minick didn't need to carry on the family's drag racing legacy. He wanted to, and for him there was only one vehicle in which he wanted to maintain the family legacy.

The third-gen Minick drives the a modern-day version of the classic Chi-Town Hustler.

 

 

RUPERT TO CAMPAIGN NEW CAR IN 2015

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

rupertMulti-time Nostalgia Funny Car champion Jason Rupert has commissioned chassis builder Grant Downing to build a new 1969 Camaro for his 2015 title defense. And for the soft-spoken Rupert, he couldn't be any more excited.

"It's going to be a beautiful piece," said Rupert, the newly crowned IHRA Nostalgia Funny car champion. "Grant Downing is a heck of a fabricator. The fact that when Steve Plueger stopped building cars, he bought a Grant Downing car ought to tell you something. I am really excited and believe it is going to give us a performance advantage.

 

 

DSR DELIVERS FOR RILEY KIDS

Written by Administrator.

 


dsr riley 01The Indianapolis racing community opened their hearts and bowling bags on Wednesday night to raise $10,246 for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health at an annual event staged by Don Schumacher Racing with support from several of the area's top professional drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
 
Combined with $50,572 raised on Aug. 29 during the ninth annual DSR Open House, this year's total contribution through DSR to Riley reaches $60,818 and more than $300,000 over the past 10 years.

 

 

MORGAN LUCAS HEADED NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR RACING

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards.

 

lucas nfc 01Technically, Morgan Lucas is headed Nostalgia Funny Car racing.

Lucas, the next generation of the Lucas Oil empire, unveiled a Vega Funny Car in the company's PRI Show display over the weekend. The car was built in his shop in an effort coordinated by recently christened NHRA Rookie of the Year Richie Crampton.

 

 

FISHERS GETTING NEW DRAGSTER, UPPING TOP DRAGSTER EFFORT

Written by Bobby Bennett.

Fishers

 

They are best known in the CompetitionPlus.com arena as the Married with Dragsters couple. Next season, Kathy and Kevin Fisher hope to assume another role -- Top Dragster contenders.

Starting in 2015, Kathy will take over the driving chores of a new Top Dragster machine in a class previously raced by her husband, who will step away from driving to focus on crew chief and tuning roles.

 

 

FLAMHOLIC TO COMPETE IN PDRA PRO EXTREME IN 2015

Written by Administrator.

 

flamholicFew racing enthusiasts are able to make it to the professional level of drag racing. Fewer still are successful. The select group who rise to international prominence, dwindles to only a handful. Among that handful is PDRA racer Adam Flamholc. Over the last several years Flamholc, a native of Sweden, has become a fixture in professional eighth-mile drag racing in the U.S. and abroad. In 2014 he competed at select events with the PDRA, managing a 16th place finish in overall Pro Boost points with just three appearances.

When not following the PDRA tour here in the U.S., Flamholc and team were busy chasing the European Drag Racing Series Championship. Flamholc fielded a Pro Extreme car with the SRIF and took home top honors in his class, winning the SRIF Championship.

 

 

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