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TASCA RACING TO COMPETE IN THE ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

Bob Tasca III and his AutoAlert Ford Shelby Mustang will be representing Tasca Racing in the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, IL from July 8-10 as part of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

One of the owners of AutoAlert (as well as an NHRA fan) is Steve Young, former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and Pro Football Hall of Famer.

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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Winners Edition featuring Shawn Langdon, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jason Line. Plus, Brandon Welch and Ashley Sanford get ready for Norwalk! NHRA National Dragster’s Candida Benson breaks down Bristol. Seth Angel helps set your fantasy teams for Norwalk. The NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello recap the Thunder Valley and get ready for Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

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V. GAINES RETIRES FROM PRO STOCK RACING

NHRA Pro Stock racer V. Gaines has announced his retirement, effective immediately.

In a statement issued today, Gaines was grateful for his time in the sport and the relationships he made along the way. 

SCOTT PALMER ON NITRO DOORSLAMMER "COOLEST THING I'VE EVER DRIVEN IN MY LIFE"

 

There's a part of Top Fuel racer Scott Palmer that felt like Evel Knievel when he strapped into the seat of his nitro-burning, Pro Modified-style Studebaker.

Palmer had been 300 miles per hour in a Top Fuel dragster, and sometimes on fire. But even this experience could not prepare him for a run behind the wheel of a doorslammer armed with the same mechanical innards as his dragster.

ASHER'S INSIDER - EXTRA NORWALK BYTES

Jon Asher, the seasoned Senior Editor for CompetitionPlus.com, will bring you his four decades worth of insight to NHRA Summit Nationals from Norwalk, Ohio. Follow along daily with the seasoned journalist as he brings you this weekend's race from a different angle - HIS!

DAVE MCCLELLAND INDUCTED INTO MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA CLASS OF 2016

Dave McClelland, widely known as “The Voice of the NHRA” and one of the most legendary motorsports announcers to ever hold a microphone, is one of seven icons from the world of motorsports to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s class of 2016. He was inducted Wednesday evening during the organization’s annual induction ceremony at the Hall's new home at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
 
McClelland worked as a key part of the NHRA announcing team for 44 years and his thundering voice was very familiar to fans attending NHRA events, as well as those watching from home on The Nashville Network and then later on ESPN. McClelland also hosted various motorsports shows on ESPN, Speed Channel and The Outdoor Channel.

JAY BLAKE AND TOM HOWELL INDUCTED INTO NEW ENGLAND HOT ROD HALL OF FAME

Follow A Dream/Permatex Top Alcohol Funny Car team founder Jay Blake was inducted this past Sunday (June 26) into the New England Hot Rod Hall of Fame at New Hampshire Dragway in Epping, N.H.
 
"I am incredibly humbled," Blake said. "It's an amazing honor. I started going to New England Dragway as a very young kid, and to be honored and part of history is a pretty amazing thing."

PRITCHETT ADJUSTS TO LIFE AS NHRA’S RESIDENT WANDERER

 

Leah Pritchett has literally seen it all this season.

From the high of winning her first career race in Phoenix, to the low of losing her ride shortly thereafter when her BVR team disbanded. From the high of driving for one of the strongest teams in all of drag racing, to the low of trying to find funding just to make one more run in a weekend.

There really isn’t anything left that can be thrown at the 28-year-old California native.

ZIZZO PREPARES FOR RETURN TO COMPETITION

 

Veteran Top Fuel driver T.J. Zizzo will make his 2016 season debut at the Route 66 Nationals July 7-10 in Joliet, Ill., his home track.

“There’s multiple reasons for everything we do,” Zizzo said. “First of all, we really wanted to be prepared because the last couple of seasons we absolutely have not been prepared as we normally are, and it was showing. We qualified well, but we really wanted to get things in order. This kicks off our third year with Rust-Oleum, which is fantastic and there’s many years to come, which is even better. Those are the reasons: cash flow, preparedness, and we wanted to test first, and we tested three weeks ago at Route 66 and it went better than expected.”

K&N FILTERS TO SPONSOR CHICAGO’S ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

K&N Engineering, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of washable performance air filters and air intake systems, has signed an agreement with NHRA to become the title sponsor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, NHRA officials announced.
              
The K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals will be held July 7-10 at the state-of-the-art facility located in Joliet, Ill., just south of downtown Chicago. The race, which will be televised nationally by FOX Sports 1, is the 13th of 24 events in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The race also features the popular JEGS Allstars bonus event for the top racers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

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