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C. FORCE, KALITTA, SKILLMAN AND KRAWIEC LEAD FRIDAY QUALIFYING AT MILE-HIGH NATIONALS

Courtney Force powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday night at the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 14th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

DRAG RACING LOST FRIEND AND MENTOR IN JOHN COLLINS DEATH

 

A mentor, talented driver and exceptional marketer are the words some of those who knew John Collins used to describe the Funny Car legend.

Collins passed away on July 14, 2017, following a battle with cancer. 

Collins, while he raced other divisions, was well known for his stereo-sponsored Funny Cars, first with Pioneer and then JVC. During this era, he was instrumental in getting the NHRA to accept foreign bodied entries. 

ENDERS HAS FOUND HER GROOVE AGAIN IN 2017

 

Like any competitor, Erica Enders enjoyed the view from the top of the mountain. 

After a season when every aspect of her team was tested, Enders isn’t all the way back up, but the view is starting to get a whole lot better again.

The two-time Pro Stock world champion appears to have fully recovered from a miserable 2016 that included no victories and the Elite Motorsports team’s frustrating year trying to run a Mopar. 

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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WFO goes in depth on NHRA Pro Stock with Allen Johnson and Drew Skillman before the MOPAR Mile High Nationals. NHRA's Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello discuss listeners' opinions of Pro Stock.

O'REILLY AUTO PARTS TO SPONSOR WORLD SERIES OF DRAG RACING

Two iconic Midwestern brands have joined together with the 64th annual World Series of Drag Racing, presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts, to be held Aug. 25-27 at Cordova International Raceway.
 
The new agreement teams O'Reilly Auto Parts, one of the nation's largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, with the world's longest continually-running drag racing event. Discounted admission tickets to the 64th annual World Series of Drag Racing, presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts, will available starting July 20 at participating O'Reilly Auto Parts stores.

MATT HAGAN BRINGS NEW LOOK 80TH ANNIVERSARY GRAPHICS TO THE MOUNTAIN

Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan will help wish the Mopar brand a happy 80th birthday in nitro HEMI®-engine fueled fashion, starting this weekend at the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals near Denver. The Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver and Mopar teamed up today to reveal special Mopar 80th anniversary graphics that Hagan will campaign on his Dodge Charger R/T in at least five NHRA National events during the remainder of the season.

Hagan will also debut a new firesuit featuring unique Mopar 80th anniversary branding, which will carry over to the team shirts for he and his crew. Hagan’s DSR teammate, Leah Pritchett, will also sport Mopar 80th logos on her Papa John’s Pizza/Mopar Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster and firesuit at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals and the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Pennsylvania in late September.

LARRY MORGAN READY TO FIGHT UPHILL BATTLE OF RESURRECTING ADRL

Larry Morgan has been around long enough in the business to understand there are times when opportunity falls into your lap. 

Morgan, the seasoned Pro Stock racer from Newark, Ohio, with a never-ending propensity to tell you about the world as he sees it, will never forget when the opportunity to become a race series president fell into his lap. 

"It was what had to be 130-degrees, and I was laying on my back fixing a broken air conditioner unit," Morgan proclaimed without hesitation.

Jeff Biegun, Morgan's sponsor through his racerdirect.net company, called on his driver for a favor.

BICKELS, CAMAROS AND DARTS, OH MY!

 

Jerry Bickel is proving jet black is beautiful by his latest creations.Here's a sneak peek of a new Camaro for John Camp and a Dart for the Bankston Boyz to race in PDRA competition. 

 

SAVING THE GATORS WAS OF HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR SAVOIE

 

Missing a race wasn’t ideal for reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Jerry Savoie. 

But what he gained in return more than made up for it.

Savoie, who already has one win this season, returned in Chicago after missing the NHRA stop in Norwalk. It certainly wasn’t scheduled, either, as Tropical Storm Cindy in Louisiana caused Savoie to miss the race, but not for reasons one might expect.

MILLICAN PILOTING SPECIAL SHARK WEEK DRAGSTER IN WESTERN SWING

 
This weekend at the 2017 MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, Clay Millican hopes to take a bite out of his competition in his Great Clips/Shark Week themed Top Fuel Dragster.
 
The special livery on the dragster highlights one of Stringer Performance’s title sponsors, Great Clips, and their support of the hugely popular Shark Week on the Discovery Channel airing July 23 to July 30.
 

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