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RACING COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF NTF OWNER/TUNER TOM SHELAR

​The nostalgia and nitro racing communities are shocked by the sudden and tragic loss of Tom Shelar, the owner and tuner of the High Speed Motorsports Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster. Shelar died in his sleep on the evening of Wednesday, September 21. He was 60 years old.

Shelar was at the top of his game at the time of his passing, having recently returned home from a sweep of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series events at Firebird Raceway (Boise) and Spokane County Raceway at which driver Mendy Fry recorded track record elapsed times and No. 1 qualifying positions while extending her lead in the championship standings with two races remaining.

DSR PARTNERS FOR INDY WEEK AGAIN WITH RILEY'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

 

Before Indianapolis-based Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) takes to the track for the 65th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals next weekend, the winningest team in NHRA history will have already achieved a major victory – raising funds for Indy’s own Riley Hospital for Children.

FUNNY CAR CHAOS LANDS SPONSOR FOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

 

 
Entech Oil and Lubricants serve as title sponsor of the 2019 Funny Car Chaos Championship Finals, presented by Best of Texas BBQ Sauce and Red Line Shirt Club. Entech Oil and Lubricants offers a new generation of high performance racing oils and industrial lubricants. Both their industrial motors oils, lubricants and racing oils are blended from the highest quality of base oils along with Entech extreme pressure additives. These oils and lubricants are specifically designed to purpose, in which drag racing plays a major role. Several teams are currently running Entech products in their engines and have had great success.

TJ JR. ENJOYING SELF-PROCLAIMED BEST SEASON EVER

 

Following his Funny Car victory at Denver last month, Tommy Johnson Jr. might have earned a double-take when he said, “This has been the best season ever, and I think we are just getting started.”

Try to pass that off as a winner’s euphoria if you wish, but he’s right.

That’s saying something for a racer who’s been a championship runner-up in addition to posting a trio of third-place points finishes.

25 YEARS AND AEROMOTIVE STILL GROWING

 

Performance industry mainstay Aeromotive has added new space to its headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas. Until recently, the fuel delivery company housed sales, tech and office personnel in one building, while engineering and R&D were in a neighboring building shared with the SEMA Data Co-Op. Starting Sept. 1, 2019, Aeromotive will be the sole occupant of both buildings.

The additional square footage allows Aeromotive to move all sales, tech, office and engineering personnel into one building, increasing ease of communication between departments. A newly designed “engineering bullpen” will serve as an incubator for the engineering team to collaborate on new designs and innovations. The second building will now be used for R&D and inventory.

JOHN & BRITTANY FORCE APPEARING AT BERGER CHEVROLET

 

Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force and 2017 Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force will be making a special appearance at Berger Chevrolet for their 20th annual All GM Show on Saturday, August 24 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The duo will be signing autographs, taking photos and meeting fans from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The event will also feature John Force’s PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car on display.

TRIBUTE: THERE WAS ONLY ONE BILL DONER

 

There’s never been a drag racing promoter quite like Bill Doner. 

Odds are there’ll never be another.

The flamboyant track owner/operator, who died late last week, was fearless and wildly creative in his ideas. He was a stand-up guy in his dealings with racers, which earned their respect and loyalty. His races drew fans in droves -- and drove said fans wild with shows that met or exceeded the extensive pre-race hype.

COMP RACER FEDERKEIL TEAMS WITH HOODS FOR HEROES

 

Competition Eliminator racer Ed Federkeil will be competing at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance Parts NHRA U.S. Nationals Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis to raise awareness and interest for the Hoods for Heroes organization and The Ronnie Thames Foundation.  Federkeil will be teaming up with sponsors E3 Spark Plugs and FireAde to run his Nickens Powered Dodge Avenger in one of the most competitive and diverse classes contested on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The former firefighter is using his racing career and sponsor relationships to shine a light on two very important charities.

TODD, DHL FC SKIPPING INDY TEST

 

Last year, J.R. Todd and the DHL team credited the traditional pre-Indianapolis test at Lucas Oil Raceway as a significant factor in the team’s run for a championship. Likewise, the test session contributed to back-to-back U.S. Nationals victories.

The team still plans to make a run at a third Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals title, but will do so without the test session.

KINGMAN GUIDING ROUTE 66 STREET DRAGS REPRISAL

 

 

Nat King Cole sang, “Get your kicks on Route 66.” That’s what a swarm of drag racers mobilizing at Kingman, Ariz., Oct. 25-27 plans to do.

After an eight-year hiatus, the Kingman Route 66 Street Drags once again will block off a section of the historic highway for three days of street racing, the legal way. All the safety equipment and personnel spectators expect to see at a purpose-built dragstrip will be in place.

With an old-fashioned flag starter urging on every pair on Friday’s the test-and-tune action in Grudge, Unlimited, Pro Street, Hot Rod, Pure Street, Sport Compact, Truck, Motorcycle, and Jr. Dragster classes will run from noon-9 p.m. (Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday.) Racers will use a full timing system on the track and stage their cars with the normal staging beams, with yellow lights on top, but Friday only, the Christmas Tree will have no other lights.

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