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GITTINGS NAMED OFFICIAL CHIEF STARTER FOR NHRA

 

Mike Gittings, most recently the chief starter in NHRA’s Northwest Division and a certified team member of the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA, has been named the official NHRA Chief Starter, one of the most storied positions in all of NHRA Drag Racing.

Gittings is the fourth chief starter in the sport’s 65-plus year history, following the late Buster Couch (1955-1996), Rick Stewart (1996-2011) and the late Mark Lyle (2012-2016). He will begin his tenure at the important post starting with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15 at Atlanta Dragway in Georgia.

WJ BELIEVES ACTION IS NEEDED NOW TO PREVENT MORE FLYING RACE CARS

 

Two drivers, two airborne projectile race cars.

One person dead, one with a broken arm and another severely injured.

According to Pro Stock icon Warren Johnson, it all could have been avoided.

TEAM KALITTA, SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK PARTNER WITH CEDAR POINT FOR NHRA EVENT

Team Kalitta, in conjunction with Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park and the NHRA, has announced a partnership with Cedar Point for the NHRA Day at Cedar Point which will take place on Thursday, June 23rd, prior to the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.

Fans can meet some of Team Kalitta’s family of drivers with special guests and experience the theme park which boasts the world’s largest assortment of rides. Fans of the Cleveland-area park often dub it ‘The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.’

PRITCHETT TO RUN TWO RACES WITH DSR

​Leah Pritchett will compete in the next NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in 10 days near Atlanta as the fourth woman to drive for Don Schumacher Racing when she pilots the FireAde Top Fuel Dragster.

It's been a whirlwind year for the winner of the NHRA Top Fuel event title at this year's second race when she joins the biggest team in professional drag racing and drives a fourth Top Fuel dragster that will be the eighth nitro team for DSR, which has won 14 NHRA world championships and 269 Mello Yello titles.

FORCE WANTED BOYS, BUT GOT WINNING GIRLS INSTEAD

John Force admits this wasn't the first time he's had to eat his words and promises it won't be the last either. 

The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion, while on his 2006 A&E reality show The Driving Force, lamented the fact he wanted boys to carry on his legacy and pointed to his three daughters; Ashley, Brittany and Courtney, and said, "And this is what I got."

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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Brittany Force, Tim Wilkerson, Jason Line, Andrew Hines, and Megan Meyer, talk about winning at the NHRA 4 WIDE Nationals presented by Lowes Foods, plus NHRA National Dragster’s Candida Benson, Seth Angel, and NHRA’s Alan Reinhart all join host Joe Castello on this week’s WFO Radio NHRA Nitro Podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

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MATT SMITH: HALF THE WHEELS, SAME SMITH RACING TALENT

Approval.

It is something we all seek. From our bosses. From our peers. And from our parents – especially from our parents.

For some of us, making our parents proud is easy. Maybe you are the first in your family to go to college, to land a dream job, or to follow in your parent’s footsteps. Perhaps it is as simple as just being a good person.

WELD REVS UP SUPPORT OF HOT RODDERS OF TOMORROW PROGRAM

Recognizing the opportunity to support young people in their pursuit of an automotive career, WELD has renewed its sponsorship of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge program. WELD has been a HROT sponsor since 2013.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is a nationwide high school engine building competition that engages the next generation to pursue careers in the performance aftermarket and racing. Regional competitions are held across the country where high school teams compete against the clock in a total engine rebuild. The HROT program started in 2008 with five teams competing.

SUPER CHEVY SHOWS OFF TO STRONG START

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) and TEN: The Enthusiast Network, publishers of Super Chevy, Motor Trend, HOT ROD, and more than 25 other automotive magazines, partnered to bring all things Chevy to the forefront in the Mid-South and Southeast during the month of April. The relationship resulted in record fan attendance at Memphis International Raceway and record racer and car show participants at Palm Beach International Raceway.

IRGSE and TEN announced a multi-year partnership to bring an unmatched at-track racer and fan experience to automotive enthusiasts across the country earlier this year. The result of the new relationship has elevated the prestigious Super Chevy Show into one of the premiere automotive events of the year. Fans and racers enjoy top notch racing on the drag strip, a swap meet filled with hard to find Chevy parts, an elite car and truck show, a Chevy specific vendor midway, car corral and much more.

WHEN EXERCISE MACHINES GO WRONG

 

Sixteen-time NHRA champion John Force might want to learn how to run an elliptical machine before he ever tries to climb behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster, the top of the food chain in drag racing machinery.

Since his 2007 Funny Car crash, John Force has made himself a gym rat by working out 365 days a year. 

Force knows the inherent dangers of driving a fuel burning Funny Car but never envisioned a weight room would ever require the NHRA's Safety Safari rescue team. 

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