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BLIND GEORGIA RACER SEEKS 225-MPH LAND SPEED RECORD

Despite the devastation of losing his sight in a severe drag racing accident five years ago, Dan Parker refuses to give up his love of speed and competition. “I’m not a blind man who wants to go racing,” he declares. “I’m a racer who just happened to go blind.”

Within months of his life-changing crash, the 2005 American Drag Racing League Pro Nitrous World Champion began personally constructing a three-wheeled cycle car powered by a single-cylinder engine that he eventually drove at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

ENDERS SCORES K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE FAN VOTE BERTH

 
No one in drag racing has enjoyed a better run of luck at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway than two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders, who returns to her favorite drag strip this weekend with two chances at glory thanks to her legion of loyal fans, Enders will be taking part in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a special race-within-a-race for the top eight Pro Stock drivers from the previous 12 months, during the 18th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.. Enders earned the final spot in the elite field by virtue of an online fan vote.
 
"Our fans have proved, once again, to be the best in all of motorsports," Enders said. "I feel so blessed and I am so thankful for their incredible support. We will do everything we can to show our appreciation by running the wheels off this Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to try and win this year's K&N Horsepower Challenge."

RTRA DRAG RADIAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SET TO KICK OFF IN TEXAS

The Radial Tire Racing Association (RTRA) is set to kick off its third season of drag radial racing action in Texas on April 6-8th with the Texas Radial Round Up.

North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas will again play exclusive host to this elite series with three points races on tap for this season. RTRA series racers have repeatedly broken national records in Pro Drag Radial, X275 and Limited 275 class racing at NSD, a track most would argue is the best drag radial prepped surface in the country.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK - SHOULD NHRA OFFER WEIGHT BREAKS TO INCREASE DODGE, FORD PST?

 

Jokingly, a Pro Stock racer of one of the off-brands competing in what now appears to be Pro Camaro eliminator made the suggestion to a tech official to offer weight breaks for the Ford and Dodge entries to inspire participation. 

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... GET RID OF THE PRO MOD BODIES IN AA/FC

The new Pro Modified-style Funny Car bodies are ruining Nostalgia Funny Car [AA/FC] racing says the majority of CompetitionPlus.com readers in the most recent ARP Question of the Week.

An overwhelming 87% of the 4,600 readers who participated in the poll said these cars are not representative of the era they are promoting.

FORMER NHRA DIVISION CHAMP RENCK TO BE INDUCTED INTO COLORADO MOTORSPORTS HOF

 

The last several months have come with two notable events for former NHRA drag racer Ed Renck, a lifelong resident of Pueblo, Colo. On Aug. 17, at “Bonneville Speed Week” Renck set a new record in the C Gas Roadster Class at 236.162 mph.

“It was like winning an NHRA national event because of the prestige of it,” said Renck, 74 about the record.

Then, recently Renck learned he was chosen to be inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame.

CASTELLANA BREAKS TRADITION WITH MOVE TO SUPERCHARGED PRO MOD

 

A decade ago, the prospect of getting nitrous stalwart Mike Castellana behind the wheel of a supercharged Pro Modified entry was as believable as getting the hot place to freeze over.

Let the record reflect on the afternoon of March 17, 2017, the temperature in Hades dipped below the freezing mark.

Castellana, at the NHRA Gatornationals, made his debut behind the wheel of the supercharged Camaro tuned by the legendary Frank Manzo.

PSM ROOKIE RAWLINGS RIDING ON THE WILD SIDE

 

There's a lot of thoughts which can go through your head when you're riding side saddle on a 190-mile per hour motorcycle, just ask rookie NHRA Pro Stock rider Andie Rawlings.

Rawlings, during Friday's Q-2 session at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., took a ride on the wild side crossing the finish line all the while rubbing the wall on her Suzuki.

In this instance, rubbing was racing, too.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Winners Edition featuring On Location Winnerviews with John Force, Tony Schumacher, Shane Gray, and Eddie Krawiec plus Jonnie Lindberg, Mike Green, Phil Schuler, Courtney Force, John Schaffer, Dave Connolly, and Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden. The NHRA's Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello recap the Gators.

 

 

 

 

 

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WICHITA RACEWAY PARK JOINS NHRA MEMBER TRACK NETWORK

Wichita Raceway Park has joined the NHRA Member Track Network in the South Central Division, NHRA’s Division 4, which features tracks in Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
 
Located in Wichita Falls, TX, the raceway is owned by Darrell Reid. The facility is home to the drag strip, one of the best dirt ovals in the area, a new mud drag racing facility, and an outdoor concert venue.

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