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THE BEAUTY OF PERIOD-CORRECT GASSERS IN PHOTOS

The South East Gasser, a group of period correct Gassers, completed their third event of the season and it was a rousing success in Knoxville, Tenn. CompetitionPlus.com Director of Photography Roger Richards visited the event and brought back a gathering of the strictest standard built Gassers and maybe a back up girl picture, or five!

TASCA RACING RETURNS EAST TO COMPETE IN NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

Tasca Racing is bringing Bob Tasca III and his PPG Ford Shelby Mustang back east to compete in the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, NH from June 3-5 as part of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

PPG is back to support Tasca Racing.

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MEMORIAL DAY ENCORE: MORRIS JOHNSON JR.: FROM WAR TO DRAG RACING

Morris Johnson Jr. can’t help it. Every time he hears those lyrics from the famous Lee Greenwood song “Proud to be an American” his 5_27_2009_johnson.jpgeyes well up with tears.

“I am the kind of guy who looks at the flag for the greatest country in the world and gets goose bumps,” Johnson admits. “I get a tingle that I don’t know that everyone gets when they see the flag or the Star Spangled Banner is sung. When Lee Greenwood sang that song it became almost as popular as the national anthem.”

Johnson, of Smith Mountain Lake, Va., remembers the day a pair of brothers approached him on behalf of their deceased brother who lost his life during the Vietnam War. The Pro Stock driver was already emotionally charged after watching the skydiver fly above him carrying the flag as the Greenwood song played over the public address system.

JERRY ECKMAN: EVERY DAY SHOULD BE MEMORIAL DAY

05_29-2011_eckmanJerry Eckman is willing to wager most of his racing friends have no idea he’s a Vietnam veteran. The former Pro Stock driver doesn’t talk about the days in a Southeast Asia jungle a lot, but if someone asks, he’s willing to share the experience.

He’s decided to open this chapter of his life to the readers of CompetitionPlus.com, a time in his life he characterizes as both painful and rewarding.

He’s decided to open this chapter of his life to the readers of CompetitionPlus.com, a time in his life he characterizes as both painful and rewarding. The pain came in seeing numerous kids both American and South Vietnamese lose their lives fighting for their countries.

“I was having the time of my life, a young man running all over Europe and having a good time,” said Eckman. “My enlistment was up after three years but I wanted to stay a little longer to see more of Europe. When my time in Europe was completed, I came back to the States.”

WORLD CHAMP BOURGEOIS LEADS JEGS NHRA SPORTSNATIONALS WINNERS

Reigning NHRA Comp Eliminator national champion Craig Bourgeois of Metairie, La., led the list of champions crowned on Sunday at the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

Bourgeois drove his nostalgia dragster to a 6.884-second run at 172.72 mph to defeat Jason Coan’s 8.057 at 161.03 in his dragster. Bourgeois, now an eight-time national event winner, was the No. 1 qualifier heading into the category’s eliminations while Coan was No. 2.

"STEVIE FAST" JACKSON TO PARTNER WITH BAHRAIN-1 RACING

Steve Jackson, perennial frontrunner in the hyper-competitive Professional Drag Racing Association’s Pro Nitrous division, announced today a multi-year partnership with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Bahrain 1 Racing. The agreement will see Jackson continue to field his popular 1969 Chevy Camaro in PDRA Pro Nitrous competition beginning with the fast-approaching PDRA Summer Drags at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan.

“I have to admit, I’m pretty fired up right now,” says Jackson, one of drag racing’s most colorful and celebrated personalities. “To have a partner like Bahrain 1 Racing, honestly, is a big deal – an extremely big deal. Me, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the whole Bahrain 1 Racing team, we all have the same goals, so I think this is going to be a fun and exciting deal for all of us.”

QUALIFYING AND SPECIALTY EVENTS COMPLETE AT JEGS NHRA SPORTSNATIONALS

Qualifying, time trials and specialty bonus events concluded on Saturday at the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals presented by Quick Fuel. Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will begin eliminations at 8 a.m. on Sunday at the historic Kentucky track.
 
In Competition Eliminator, Craig Bourgeois from Metairie, La., took the top qualifying position with a 6.804 second pass in his ’05 Haase. Bourgeois, the reigning Lucas Oil Comp champ, powered to the No. 1 spot by posting a run 0.726 seconds under his index. Bourgeois will open Sunday’s eliminations with a first round bye. Jason Coan qualified second in his dragster. Greg Kamplain is third, Frank Cervelli is fourth and Bruno Massel, a reporter for NHRA on FOX, is fifth.

LARRY DIXON RETURNS TO RACE IN AUSTRALIA

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon will return to Australia to race for Rapisarda Autosport International at the Willowbank Winternationals on June 9-12.
Dixon, who finished fourth on the NHRA Mello Yello series in 2015, will be joined by legendary tuner Lee Beard.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be invited by Santo and the Rapisarda family to race again in Australia,” said Dixon. “I got a call from the Rapisarda boys - Santino and Santo Jr. - and we had a chat about coming back to race in Australia. They are really keen to run the first 4.40 sec. pass in Australia and wanted me to be part of it. Back in 1999 I ran the first pass under the 4.50 barrier in America with a 4.86 at Houston and if I have the opportunity to be the first in Australia to go under 4.50 at Willowbank that would be great and would look good in the resume.

 

FRIDAY QUALIFYING COMPLETE AT JEGS SPORTSNATIONALS AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY PARK

Rain cut qualifying and time trials short Friday at the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals at Beech Bend Raceway Park.  Runs were scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. but weather delayed racing until 1 p.m. on Friday. Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street completed a single session on Friday at the historic Kentucky track.
 
In Super Stock, Dan Jacobs leads qualifying through Friday in his ’05 Cavalier. Jacobs ran 1.129 seconds under his 10.50 second index to take the provisional lead. Aaron Stanfield, son of four-time world champion Greg Stanfield, is second in his ’87 Camaro. Mike Cotten, who posted a runner up finish last week in Topeka, Kan., is third in his ’87 Camaro. Leonard Mattingly, from Coxs Creek, Ky., is eighth.

JEGS SPORTSNATIONALS SCHEDULE UPDATE

Bowling Green and Beech Bend Raceway Park received a tremendous amount of rain on Thursday afternoon during Pit Parking and Tech for this weekend’s JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals presented by Quick Fuel Technology.   As a result, parking is on hold and will resume on Friday at 7 a.m.
 
The targeted start time for qualifying and time trials is 1 p.m. on Friday with one round of qualifying and time trials planned for all categories.  The run order is Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, Super Street, Super Comp, Top Dragster, Comp and Top Sportsman.  The JEGS Racer appreciation BBQ is set to begin at 5 p.m. Friday evening with the JEGS Family Night at Beech Bend Park scheduled from 6-9 p.m.

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