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CONNOLLY TAKES NEW STEPS IN TOP FUEL

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

dc1 1This is definitely an offseason of change for Dave Connolly.

The veteran Pro Stock driver has made a career change and will be making his Top Fuel debut in Bob Vandergriff Jr.’s C&J Energy’s dragster in 2015.
Connolly most recently made seven test runs at Palm Beach International Raceway on Sunday and Monday.

 

 

ROB WENDLAND NAMED CREW CHIEF FOR MCMILLEN'S TOP FUEL TEAM

Written by Administrator.

 

rob wendlandTerry McMillen, driver and owner of the AMALIE Motor Oil INSTIGATOR Top Fuel Dragster announced that Rob Wendland will be the crew chief on his NHRA entry that includes associate sponsorship from the University of Northwestern Ohio, Ross Racing Pistons and Flatout Gaskets.

"We're excited about our future with Rob as crew chief," McMillen said. "We think Rob is one of the premier young crew chiefs in this business and he's as hungry as we are to get this gator-themed dragster in the winner's circle."

 

 

CLASSIC VIDEO: THE WONDER OF DRAG RACING

Written by Administrator.

wonderA neat look back to drag racing of the early-1970s in the Wonder Bread promo featuring an overall look at NHRA Championship drag Racing. There are plenty of cameos, including the fabulous Wonder Wagon driven by Kelly Brown.

 

 

BOOMING 2014 PRI SHOW FUELS RACING INDUSTRY OPTIMISM

Written by Administrator.

 

PRIThree days of enthusiastic buyers packing the aisles and shopping the latest technology from more than 3200 booths came to a close on Saturday as the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show registered record numbers at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

After returning to Indianapolis a year ago, the Show has settled into its home in the Hoosier State.

 

 

THIRD-GEN MINICK CARRIES ON FAMILY TRADITION

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

minickMike Minick insists the choice was his. The grandson of famed former Chi-Town Hustler driver Pat Minick didn't need to carry on the family's drag racing legacy. He wanted to, and for him there was only one vehicle in which he wanted to maintain the family legacy.

The third-gen Minick drives the a modern-day version of the classic Chi-Town Hustler.

 

 

RUPERT TO CAMPAIGN NEW CAR IN 2015

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

rupertMulti-time Nostalgia Funny Car champion Jason Rupert has commissioned chassis builder Grant Downing to build a new 1969 Camaro for his 2015 title defense. And for the soft-spoken Rupert, he couldn't be any more excited.

"It's going to be a beautiful piece," said Rupert, the newly crowned IHRA Nostalgia Funny car champion. "Grant Downing is a heck of a fabricator. The fact that when Steve Plueger stopped building cars, he bought a Grant Downing car ought to tell you something. I am really excited and believe it is going to give us a performance advantage.

 

 

DSR DELIVERS FOR RILEY KIDS

Written by Administrator.

 


dsr riley 01The Indianapolis racing community opened their hearts and bowling bags on Wednesday night to raise $10,246 for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health at an annual event staged by Don Schumacher Racing with support from several of the area's top professional drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
 
Combined with $50,572 raised on Aug. 29 during the ninth annual DSR Open House, this year's total contribution through DSR to Riley reaches $60,818 and more than $300,000 over the past 10 years.

 

 

MORGAN LUCAS HEADED NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR RACING

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards.

 

lucas nfc 01Technically, Morgan Lucas is headed Nostalgia Funny Car racing.

Lucas, the next generation of the Lucas Oil empire, unveiled a Vega Funny Car in the company's PRI Show display over the weekend. The car was built in his shop in an effort coordinated by recently christened NHRA Rookie of the Year Richie Crampton.

 

 

FISHERS GETTING NEW DRAGSTER, UPPING TOP DRAGSTER EFFORT

Written by Bobby Bennett.

Fishers

 

They are best known in the CompetitionPlus.com arena as the Married with Dragsters couple. Next season, Kathy and Kevin Fisher hope to assume another role -- Top Dragster contenders.

Starting in 2015, Kathy will take over the driving chores of a new Top Dragster machine in a class previously raced by her husband, who will step away from driving to focus on crew chief and tuning roles.

 

 

FLAMHOLIC TO COMPETE IN PDRA PRO EXTREME IN 2015

Written by Administrator.

 

flamholicFew racing enthusiasts are able to make it to the professional level of drag racing. Fewer still are successful. The select group who rise to international prominence, dwindles to only a handful. Among that handful is PDRA racer Adam Flamholc. Over the last several years Flamholc, a native of Sweden, has become a fixture in professional eighth-mile drag racing in the U.S. and abroad. In 2014 he competed at select events with the PDRA, managing a 16th place finish in overall Pro Boost points with just three appearances.

When not following the PDRA tour here in the U.S., Flamholc and team were busy chasing the European Drag Racing Series Championship. Flamholc fielded a Pro Extreme car with the SRIF and took home top honors in his class, winning the SRIF Championship.

 

 

STRONG INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE BOOSTS PRI TRADE SHOW

Written by Administrator.

 

PRIA large international presence helped propel the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show to one of its busiest Fridays ever at the Indiana Convention Center.

This year’s Show has attracted buyers and attendees from 70-plus countries, including several emerging markets that came to Indianapolis in impressive numbers.

 

 

CLAY MILLICAN JOINS STRINGER PERFORMANCE FOR 2015

Written by Administrator.

 

2014 Clay Millican HeadDoug Stringer, CEO and President of Stringer Holdings, is proud to announce the formation of Stringer Performance which will field a new entry in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with six-time IHRA champion, Clay Millican. The team, which will feature sponsorship from Parts Plus along with associate partnering programs with WELD and Great Clips, Inc., will be led by veteran driver turned crew chief, David Grubnic and co-crew chief and general manager, Lance Larsen.

Stringer, whose company Stringer Holdings currently manages sponsorship and related marketing platforms for various companies including Great Clips, began his motorsports career in drag racing.  After growing up with a love of racing, he followed his passion and in 1996 became the general manager for Jim Epler’s Rug Doctor Funny Car.  Though his heart was in drag racing, he eventually moved into the NASCAR realm when in 1998, Akins Motorsports recruited him to take on the role of general manager for its NASCAR Xfinity Series program.  He secured Minneapolis-based Great Clips as primary sponsor for the team in 2000 and hired up-and-coming talent Kasey Kahne as the driver. As he stepped out of the team ownership role, Stringer Holdings partnered with Great Clips to leverage their motorsports marketing platform.  He aligned the company with Hendrick Motorsports, JR Motorsports and Kasey Kahne Racing to give the company a multi-tiered motorsports program with which they could further capitalize on brand exposure. 

 

 

IHRA MAKES MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS AT PRI TRADE SHOW

Written by IHRA.

 

IHRA logoIRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) announced the return of one of IHRA's most treasured classes, Pro Modified, to the Nitro Jam Drag Racing series in 2015 with a brand new class sponsor, Crower Racing Products.
 
In addition, IHRA also announced that US Bounty Hunters, a high-stakes reality television show airing on Destination America, has been named the official class sponsor for the IHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock class and Official Bounty Hunters of IHRA.

 

 

ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP TO FEATURE SEGMENT ON SUPER CHEVY SHOW TV IN 2015

Written by Administrator.

 

opgiLongtime sponsor of the Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance, Original Parts Group (OPGI) will return for the 2015 season and is ramping up the partnership by adding a feature segment on the new Super Chevy Show TV program on Velocity network to air October through December.

Each episode of the Super Chevy Show will feature the “OPGI Original Award” segment that will highlight a selected Chevelle or Chevelle car club from each of the 12 events.

 

 

PACKED AISLES, BUSY BOOTHS MARK OPENING DAY AT PRI

Written by Administrator.

 

PRIPacked aisles, full booths and brisk sales were the rule of the day for Thursday's opening of the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Long known as the three biggest business days in racing, this year's Show certainly lived up to its billing on Day 1.

 

 

NHRA PRO MOD SERIES TO BE SPONSORED BY J&A SERVICE

Written by NHRA Communications.

 

NHRA Plain Oval 4CNHRA today announced that J&A Service, a leader in oil and gas well-servicing exploration, has signed an agreement to become the series sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.  In 2015, the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will compete at 10 NHRA national events.
 
As part of its series sponsorship, J&A Service will provide a $200,000 purse that pays the national champion $50,000 and the series runner-up $20,000. Each individual event winner will earn $10,000 and the event runners-up will claim $3,000 each.

 

 

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