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DINA PARISE RACING ATTENDING FLEET WEEK

Honoring the United States military members has been a constant for the Dina Parise Racing team.

A military event the DPR team always marks on its calendar to attend is Fleet Week New York. Fleet Week this year runs from May 24-30, and the DPR team will be there May 27.

RAT TRAP FUEL ALTERED RETURNS TO ENGLAND

 

The 50th Anniversary World Tour of Ron Hope’s Rat Trap’s continues as the team heads back to England for the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

“We’re thrilled to be going back to Goodwood.” Said Ron Hope, owner and driver of Rat Trap. “This will be our fourth appearance at the Festival and we have something special planned for the fans.

CRUZ PEDREGON ADDS MAXANT INDUSTRIES AS MAJOR ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

 

Maxant Industries, a leader in honey bee processing equipment has joined Cruz Pedregon Racing as a major associate sponsor for the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire and the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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This week on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro, back to back Top Fuel winner Steve Torrence, Erica Enders, NHRA National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna, John DiBartolomeo from Drag Racing Edge magazine, and Spring Fling winner Terry Brannon are the featured guests. The NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello preview the Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals.

 

 

 

 

 

.Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals Winners Edition featuring “Winnerviews” with Ron Capps, Antron Brown, Tanner Gray, Steve Jackson, and Austin Williams. The show features on location interviews with crew chiefs Rahn Tobler, Eric Lane, and car chief Brad Mason from the Winner Circle in Kansas. Top Dragster driver Keith Niemann also stops by. The NHRA’s Alan Reinhart recaps Kansas and previews the JEG’s Sportsnationals with host Joe Castello.

 

HALL OF FAME TOP FUEL DRIVER JOHN ABBOTT PASSES AWAY

John Abbott, a Top Fuel driver who was a member of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame, and NHRA Division V Hall of Fame, passed away May 21 in Denver after a short battle with cancer. He was 79.

Abbott’s most memorable NHRA accomplishment came when he won the Top Fuel title at the 1981 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

KEARNEY RACEWAY PARK READY FOR .125 MILE SHOOTOUT

 

Since it opened for racing in 1964, Kearney (Neb.) Raceway Park has had a long history of exciting drag racing, and it looks to continue its legacy with its .125 Mile Shootout.

This year, the .125 Mile Shootout is being presented by CompetitionPlus.TV drag racing’s Video Magazine. The .125 Mile Shootout is part of two-race series, that began two years ago. This season the two races in the series will be held May 27 and Oct. 14 at KRP.

“Having Bobby (Bennett, editor of CompetitionPlus.com) and the guys at Comp Plus helping us this year is an honor.” KRP announcer Mark Beatty said. “The racers in this series are incredible and the racing action is jaw dropping.”

HOF TOP FUEL DRIVER JOHN ABBOTT PASSES AWAY

 

 

johnny abbottJohn Abbott, a Top Fuel driver who was a member of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame, and NHRA Division V Hall of Fame, passed away May 21 in Denver after a short battle with cancer. He was 79.

Abbott’s most memorable NHRA accomplishment came when he won the Top Fuel title at the 1981 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

TOP FUEL ROOKIE TROY COUGHLIN JR. TO DRIVE SUPER COMP AT JEGS SPORTSNATIONALS

Top Fuel rookie pilot Troy Coughlin Jr. is taking a few days off from driving the 10,000-horsepower Kalitta Motorsports SealMaster/Toyota nitro-powered dragster to pilot little sister Paige's brand-new JEGS.com Super Comp rail at this weekend's JEGS SPORTSnationals.
 
"Any time I have the chance to race at Beech Bend Raceway Park, I'm taking it," Coughlin said. "It's one of the most historic drag strips in the world, especially for Sportsman racing, and it's also pretty much a second home to everyone in my family.

THE WILL TO SUCCEED WAS THE ONLY OPTION FOR THE MATUSEK FAMILY

Since starting Aeromotive, Inc. more than 20-plus years ago, there have been plenty of times when things got difficult for Steve Matusek.

The same can be said for a standout racing career that included his first NHRA Pro Mod win earlier this season.

But it’s all about finding proper perspective and for Matusek, he doesn’t have to look far.

His father, John, was a freedom fighter who escaped Hungary from the Russians in 1956, while his mother escaped Poland a decade earlier after hiding in an attic for a year to avoid going to a Nazi Germany concentration camp.

TOP FUEL CHAMPION LARRY DIXON TO APPEAR AT CINCINNATI AREA MENARDS STORES

Drag Racing fans in the Cincinnati metro area will be able to meet 3-Time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion, Larry Dixon at Menards stores in Evandale and Loveland, Ohio this Wednesday, May 24.  He is visiting the stores on behalf of Dote Racing sponsor Plugfones.  Home Improvement retailer Menards has long been recognized for its promotions surrounding the Memorial holiday.    

Dixon will have the Plugfones Top Fuel dragster on display and will be signing autographs at the Evandale Menards location (2789 Cunningham Dr. Evandale, OH 45241) from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM for the lunch crowd, and then move the operation over to the Loveland Menards (3787 W. State Route 22 3 Loveland, OH 45140) for display and autographs from 4:00-5:30 PM to reach the rush hour crowd.  

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