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THE DYNAMICS THEY DREAMED OF GIVE FORCES MIXED FEELINGS

Written by Susan Wade.

 

2014 John Force ActionJohn Force has had a number of archrivals throughout the years.

Some of them gave him real fits (Cruz Pedregon, Tony Pedregon, Al Hofmann, Whit Bazemore, Jerry Toliver). Some had fun needling him and vice versa (Gary Scelzi). Some from his own age group he appreciated as old-fashioned racers (Ed "The Ace" McCulloch, Chuck Etchells). And some he saw as the up-and-coming wave of NHRA Funny Car stars (Ron Capps, Del Worsham, Matt Hagan).

 

 

CLASSIC VIDEO - THE FIRST IHRA RACE UNDER THE BILLY MEYER LEADERSHIP

Written by CompetitionPlus.tv.

IHRA-1988Technically, the 1988 IHRA Winternationals was the first race under Billy Meyer's presidency. Travel back in time as you watch icons such as John Force, Joe Amato, Kenny Bernstein, Rickie Smith, Bob Glidden and Tripp Schumake do battle in the "next level" of the IHRA.

 

 

INJURED AUSSIE RACER BEN BRAY WILL RETURN IN 2015

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

ben bray recoveryBen Bray, who suffered serious back injuries in a June accident, plans a return to drag racing next season. He is still in a partial cast while his body continues to recover from fractured ribs and three fractured vertebrae.

Bray's mobility has been limited for the last four months, although he admits his restrictions are easing up a bit.

 

 

FORCE TO RUN 16X CHAMP FUNNY CAR IN QUALIFYING AT VEGAS

Written by Administrator.

 

force champ carJohn Force has one primary focus for the next two races; do whatever it takes to win the Mello Yello NHRA Funny Car championship. He does, however, know that fans have been clamoring to see his 16X celebratory Funny Car paint scheme, which has become a tradition for the winningest driver in NHRA history. Force will unveil and qualify in the 16-time Champion American Made themed Ford Mustang Funny Car. The look of the car was designed to resemble a battle weathered American flag.

“I wanted something that really showed who I am. I am American Made and everything about John Force Racing comes back to that idea. This is a tribute to all my employees who are American Made and work harder than any team out here. I love America and I love NHRA Drag Racing. This was the perfect look for my 16-time championship Funny Car,” said Force.

 

 

SCHUMACHER IN DRIVER'S SEAT BUT NOT ASSUMING ANYTHING

Written by Susan Wade.

 

2014 Tony Schumacher HeadAntron Brown said he recognizes his Don Schumacher Racing teammate is the racer to beat for the NHRA Top Fuel title.

Moreover, he seems less concerned about that than top-ranked Tony Schumacher does.

 

 

TOMMY JOHNSON JR. UNDER CHAMPIONSHIP RADAR

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

2014 Tommy Johnson Jr HeadIn NHRA circles, it is well known Matt Hagan is leading the nitro Funny Car point standings with two races remaining in the season – Las Vegas (Thursday through Sunday) and Pomona (Nov. 13-16).

There’s legendary John Force 36 points behind Hagan, minus his crew chief Jimmy Prock.

 

 

BRAY TO CONCLUDE CHALLENGING SEASON WITH RETURN TO STRIP

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

victor-photoIconic Aussie drag racer Victor Bray's plans hit a snag moments before his team's rig was scheduled to leave his Queensland-based race shop headed for Sydney. Thus goes another day in what has been a challenging season for Bray.

In a span of five months, the Top Doorslammer pioneer experienced his son Ben being severely injured while racing a Factor Extreme race car and lost his major sponsorship, leaving his participation on a lesser level.

 

 

MUSI 903 RECEIVES ‘NORTH AMERICAN RACE ENGINE OF THE YEAR’ NOMINATION

Written by Administrator.

 

musi enginePat Musi Racing Engines’ 903 EFI powerplant has been nominated for Race Engine Technology magazine’s North American Race Engine of the Year. The nomination was revealed in Race Engine Technology issue 81, September/October 2014.

The nomination for this prestigious award caps off a year of unprecedented success in nitrous-assisted Pro Modified drag racing for veteran engine builder Pat Musi.

 

 

24 HOURS OF S-10 SALE AT S&W

Written by Administrator.

 

s w trucksS&W Race Cars is pleased to announce their single largest 1-Day Sale of all time. That’s right - their intense 24-hour ‘S-10’ sale will begin at the Stroke of Midnight 12:00AM (EST,) Thursday October 30th, 2014 and will end at 11:59PM (EST.)

The sale will feature modest to massive discounts on S&W’s ‘U.S.A. made’ S-10 performance parts and racing components. In addition, prepare yourself for some sickening sweet Halloween ‘Surprises.’ Expect new and special S-10 combo packages, as well as a few S-10 ‘goodies’ from other manufacturers.

 

 

COURTNEY FORCE FOCUSED ON TITLE OPPORTUNITY

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

2014 Courtney Force No-Hat HeadWhile her legendary father John Force stole all the headlines last week when he accepted crew chief Jimmy Prock's resignation, Courtney Force is focusing on what is in front of her.

Courtney trails points Matt Hagan by 72 points with just two races remaining - Las Vegas (Oct. 30-Nov. 2) and Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 13-16).

 

 

CIRCLE K RENEWS SPONSORSHIP OF NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

Written by Administrator.

 

CircleK-Winternats 14Circle K has renewed its title sponsorship of the NHRA Winternationals.
              
The tradition-rich season-opening event for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, scheduled for Feb. 5-8 at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California, the Circle K NHRA Winternationals is always a fan-favorite event where NHRA race teams unveil their new cars, sponsors and paint schemes and begin their quest to win NHRA world championship titles.

 

 

RARE VIDEO: AHRA/PRA NATIONAL CHALLEGE, TULSA, OK.

Written by CompetitionPlus.tv.

ahra praThanks to Bob Petit's YouTube.com page, we bring this home video footage. If there's a downside, the sound of the race cars are replaced by those of the projector.

 

VANDERGRIFF STEPS DOWN, CONNOLLY AND DIXON IN FOR 2015

Written by Administrator.

 

bob and daveBob Vandergriff Jr. confirms he will not be driving a top fuel dragster for the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Series. Vandergriff will start his new direction solely as the team owner with Bob Vandergriff Racing next year, as the team plans to field two top fuel dragsters driven by three-time Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon and 25-time NHRA Pro Stock winner Dave Connolly.

Dixon and Connolly’s dragsters will be sponsored by C&J Energy Services. Crew Chiefs will remain Kurt Elliott and Mike Guger.

 

 

DONER AND SEATTLE: COULD MAGIC HAPPEN AGAIN?

Written by Susan Wade.

 


bill donnerWalk through a stand of fir trees to the edge of the Pacific Raceways dragstrip on a crisp, windy October day and stare down the lanes. It just might be possible to hear the echoes of the roar of 64 Funny Cars or the cheers of the fans from the 1970 Northwest National Open as they leaped from their seats to watch Jerry “The King” Ruth, Ed “The Ace” McCulloch, and Dick “The Joker” Kalvoda scream down the quarter-mile.
 
That was back when the property was called Seattle International Raceway and a gentleman named Bill Doner spun his unique brand of confetti-and-chaos magic there. Crowds literally went wild, even tore the fences down and ran onto the racing surface. And drag racing out-“cooled” the Pacific Northwest’s signature unlimited hydroplane scene. This dragstrip was the place to be.

 

 

AEROMOTIVE NAMED SPONSOR OF VEGAS PRO MOD EVENT

Written by Administrator.

 

aeromotiveThe NHRA announced Aeromotive Inc. as presenting sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at the NHRA Toyota Nationals, Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. It is the final race during the 2014 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
 
“The Pro Mod class in the NHRA has really grown and matured over the past few years,” said Aeromotive Inc. president and owner Steve Matusek. “The diversity in cars and power adders is a manufacturer’s dream. We hope this partnership will only help strengthen what we already have and springboard both Aeromotive and the Pro Mod class to unparalleled levels.”

 

 

JIM DUNN RACING WELCOMES ALO DRINK AS VEGAS SPONSOR

Written by Administrator.

 

dunn racingThe Jim Dunn Racing team is partnering with ALO Drink for the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas October 31 – November 2.
 
"We’re excited and honored to have their support,” said team manager Jon Dunn. “We encourage everyone to enjoy ALO Drinks”

 

 

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