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LANGDON EMBRACING HIS NEWFOUND ROOKIE STATUS

 

Shawn Langdon's reputation of his starting-line prowess has been well-earned over the years. When opponents saw Langdon was in the other lane, they knew they had to be great on the Christmas Tree – because Langdon definitely was going to be.
Langdon is moving to the Funny Car class after nine years in a Top Fuel dragster. But the driver of the Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car has no intention of letting his starting-line rep slip as he moves to a new class.

"That's going to be a big thing," Langdon said. "The data and information I've collected in a dragster to get me where I'm at was accumulated over the last eight years. I'm sorta back to square one in a Funny Car. I have some ideas, and (co-crew chiefs) Tommy (DeLago) and Nicky (Boninfante) have some ideas of certain things, and we're making some adjustments with that. With how competitive the class is, I've watched how those guys are. There are some good drivers cutting some good lights. 

CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FUNNY CAR ASSOCIATION RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE

The 2018 CIFCA Season will kick off at the Whittier Area Classic Car Show, February 24th 2018 at Whittier Area Community Church. James Maher & Michael Halstead will be there with their Funny Cars as well as Mikayla's Junior Dragster. The Whittier Area Classic Car Show started on February 25, 2012. This Annual Car Show is open to all makes and models of American and foreign classic and collector vehicles 1976 and older.

The net proceeds of this event will fund Whittier Area Community Projects and help fund a Whittier Union High School District Scholarship honoring fallen Whittier police officer  Keith Boyer. The event is free to the public. There will be live msic, vendor booths, food trucks, sponsor information, raffle prizes, opportunity drawings, event t-shirts, games, activities for kids and a mini cackle-fest.

CORRADI WANTED TO COME BACK TO HIS FIRST LOVE – FUNNY CAR

Three-time world champion crew chief Brian Corradi has been successful in life and racing because of his analytic, calculated approach and family support.

Without that, he and former co-crew chief Mark Oswald would not have been able to lead Antron Brown to 41 Top Fuel titles and three NHRA world titles over the past nine seasons at Don Schumacher Racing. The trio also won six titles with Mike Ashley Racing.

STRANGE THROWBACK SHOWDOWN - SEMI-FINALS

Here we go! The semi-finals of the Strange Engineering Throwback Showdown 2, and this round promises to be a dogfight. The A-side of the ladder match between Bob Bode and Tim Wilkerson runs through Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8 PM EST. 

The B-side battle begins on Wednesday and ends Friday, at 8 PM, EST.

JIMMY UNDERDAHL WILL RACE FULLTIME PSM IN ‘18

 

Last year, veteran NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle racer Jimmy Underdahl stepped away from the class to spend time with his family and work.

Underdahl competed in just two events in 2017 at Brainerd, Minn., and the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

Underdahl is set to return as a full-time racer in 2018 competing for the Underdahl-Stoffer Pro Stock Motorcycle team with backing from Suzuki Extended Protection.

BETTES MAKES TOP FUEL HISTORY IN SYDNEY

 

Queensland rookie Kelly Bettes etched her way into the history books when she became the first Australian woman in 25 years to score a win in Oz Top Fuel after defeating Rapisarda Autosport International ace Damien Harris in the final of the Santo’s Summer Thunder meeting at Sydney Dragway. 
 
Sydneysider Phil Read, on the comeback trail, outpaced RAI star Wayne Newby for third place and Californian Ashley Sanford wrapped up her 2018 tour down-under for RAI with a superb down to the wire win over last round winner Peter Xiberras to finish fifth.

QUINTESSENTIAL CREWMAN D. GANTT PASSES

​Iconic Blue max crewman "Waterbed" Fred Miller didn't have to ponder his words to describe D. Gantt, his longtime co-worker on one of the most storied teams in drag racing. 

 

Iconic Blue max crewman "Waterbed" Fred Miller didn't have to ponder his words to describe D. Gantt, his longtime co-worker on one of the most storied teams in drag racing. 

Miller described Gantt for what he was - the quintessential crewman. In other words, there was little Gantt wasn't capable of doing or a problem too challenging to figure out.

Gantt, 72, passed away on Friday afternoon in Cincinnati after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

DELAGO TO CAMPAIGN HIS NOVA AT NMCA RACES

By trade, Tommy Delago is a world champion NHRA nitro Funny Car crew chief.

By nature, he’s a very competitive person.

Although he thoroughly enjoys being a tuner, he does enjoy getting behind wheel and race himself – when time permits.

With that in mind, Delago will drive his 1967 Nova in the Boninfante Racing NA 10.5 class at the 16th Annual National Muscle Car Association Muscle Car Mayhem, March 8-11 at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park in Fla.

SEMI-FINAL ROUND SET FOR STRANGE ENGINEERING THROWBACK SHOWDOWN 2

 

Both Jeff Diehl and defending event champion Del Worsham breezed through their quarter-final matches to create a battle which should go down to the wire next week.

In a rematch of the inaugural event, Diehl, the #2 seed will try to avenge a loss to Worsham. Diehl is representing the late Jungle Jim Liberman, while Worsham rode his way to the title with Raymond Beadle's Blue Max.

To get to the semis, Diehl took the measure of the No. 7 ranked Jonnie Lindberg, in the Roland Leong Hawaiian-tribute. For his part, Worsham took out third-generation drag racer Austin Prock in the Detroit Tiger entry.

NHRA COMMUNITY GOES INTO PROBLEM-SOLVING MODE FOLLOWING NEWS OF ENGLISHTOWN EXIT

 

Jessica Hatcher has served barely five months as the NHRA’s senior director of public relations and communications. So she thought the news that Old Bridge Township Raceway Park was discontinuing drag racing was some sort of office prank. After all, the historic Englishtown, N.J., event in June – on center stage in the New York City mega-market – was on the schedule for the 49th time.

“I looked at the calendar to see if it was April Fool’s Day. That was my first instinct. I thought, ‘That isn’t right. You’re just pulling my leg,’” Hatcher said.

But the news was no joke. And it left the NHRA scrambling to react, just as it left longtime employees and loyal racers from New York and  all throughout New Jersey stunned, saddened, and asking, “What’s next?”

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