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NHRA'S LEGENDS ENJOYING THEIR TIME WITH FANS

 

Some of the NHRA's drag racing legends are getting to do something they didn't get to do a lot of back in their glory days - they are now able to hang out with their fans.

The NHRA is in the midst of a Legends tour which began last month at the NHRA Gatornationals and will conclude next march in Gainesville, Fla., at the 50th anniversary NHRA Gatornationals. 
The NHRA Legends Tour features some of NHRA’s most beloved figures from the early days of drag racing including Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Joe Amato, Ed “The Ace” McCulloch, “The Bounty Hunter” Connie Kalitta, and “Big Jim” Dunn.

Ed McCulloch is scheduled to be at three events this season. He's excited for this fan interaction because back in his days of driving, and later tuning, his focus was solely on his craft. 

TOMMY GRAY WILL RETURN WITH UNDERTAKER PRO MOD FOR 2018

Tommy Gray is synonymous with his Undertaker persona. Always a fan favorite, he epitomizes Pro Modified. Gray missed the PDRA season opener, lacking an available car after selling his graveyard-themed Corvette.

His new 2018 Corvette is being built by Jerry Bickel, but won’t be done until August. Gray went into full attack mode to find a backup. Fortunately, there was a good fit to be found.

JIM DUNN RACING BRINGING SPECIAL EDITION FUNNY CAR TO SPRINGNATS

Kindness General Contractors (KGC) will have its primary graphics on the Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car during this year’s NHRA SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas.

The special edition color scheme represents a new sponsor that joined the team at the start of the season as an associate and has grown into a primary role for this weekend’s race, April 20-22.

GAYDOSH RACING FOR AUTISM AWARENESS IN HOUSTON

As John Gaydosh speeds down the track this weekend at the 2018 NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, he’ll also be shining the spotlight on autism.
 
April is ‘Autism Awareness Month’ and featured prominently on the Gaydosh Performance Chevrolet Camaro will be a decal promoting Pathfinders for Autism.

FOR RICKIE SMITH, IT'S ALL ABOUT BEING TRICKY

 

Those who know doorslammer icon Rickie Smith believe there's a Geico commercial in his future.

You know that kind which suggests, "If you're Rickie Smith you make the improbable probable, it's just what you do."

To set the stage for this slogan, the multi-time Pro Modified and mountain motor Pro Stock champion can now add to his list of unlikely victories one which includes a brand new Jerry Bickel Camaro with only four runs on it equipped with a new transmission combination with less than ten test hits to the finish line.

Oh, that drag racer they call Trickie Rickie always has an Ace up his sleeve. He clearly knew when to hold his cards, and when to fold them last month at the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod season-opener in Gainesville, Fla.

FORD UNVEILS POTENT 2018 MUSTANG

 

Fifty years ago, the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet took to the staging lanes at drag strips everywhere – and along with the resulting wins, a legend was born. Now comes the return of the Mustang Cobra Jet drag strip race car by Ford Performance – targeted to be the most powerful and quickest version from the factory yet, capable of running the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range while topping 150 mph.  

“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day Cobra Jet racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build the Cobra Jet brand based on its success at the track over five decades,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. “That, in turn, has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”

ANDRA BOSS BRETT STEVENS BREAKS SILENCE ON FUTURE OF THE GOVERNING BODY IN OZ

 

The Australian National Drag Racing Association, [ANDRA] the governing body for the sport down-under is ‘alive and well’ according to recently appointed General Manager Brett Stevens. 

Established in 1973, ANDRA is on the road to recovery after a bitter and ugly dispute that engulfed the world of drag racing in Australia. 

Their woes began in 2015 when the major venues, Sydney Dragway, Perth Motorplex and Willowbank Raceway in Queensland established a breakaway body, the 400 Thunder series for the Pro level categories - Top Fuel, Doorslammer, Pro Stock, Top Alcohol, Top Bike and Pro Stock bike. 400T also dumped ANDRA as the sanctioning body for the sport in favor of the American based IHRA. 

ANDRA retained control of Adelaide International Raceway in South Australia and Calder Park Raceway, Victoria, and a smattering of rural tracks across the country was also dealt a savage blow when the Pro level categories elected to race only in the 400T series. Currently, both ANDRA and 400T have Sportsman Championship Series with racers able to run in either or both series.

HANEY HEADING TO NHRA PRO MOD WITH SUMMIT RACING

Several giants of the sport are teaming up as Summit Racing Equipment has signed on as primary sponsor for Keith Haney Racing to enter the NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series at three national events this season.

Driving a nitrous-boosted 2015 Summit Racing Camaro owned by three-time NHRA Pro Mod World Champion Rickie Smith and tuned by Brandon Switzer, Haney will make his NHRA Pro Mod debut next month (May 18-20) at Topeka, KS, with additional outings in September at St. Louis and the following month in Dallas, TX.

NEW FORD MUSTANG FUNNY CAR TO DEBUT AT 2019 NHRA SEASON OPENER

Ford made headlines this year when it officially returned to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series after a three-year hiatus.  Next year figures to be just as noteworthy when Ford Performance rolls out a new Mustang Funny Car body for NHRA competition.
 
Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, made the announcement today as part of a week-long Mustang birthday celebration.

RECORD-SETTING SHOW FOR SOUTHEAST GASSERS AT SHADYSIDE

 

Kenneth Phillips enjoyed a near-perfect day Apr. 14, as he qualified second, then went on to win the Southeast Gassers Association (SEGA) A/Gas final at Shadyside Dragway in Shelby, NC. Also victorious were Todd Blackwell in B/Gas and Jimmy Huff with his first-ever C/Gas title.

A record-setting crowd of more than 3,000 fans squeezed into the historic eighth-mile facility for the 2018 SEGA season opener and witnessed two fast-paced rounds of qualifying, followed by eliminations for all three classes. From a 2 p.m. start nearly non-stop, on-track action entertained the crowd for just over five hours. 

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