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SKILLMAN NAILS A TWO-FER IN THURSDAY POMONA SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING

 

The elder of two Skillman drag racers competing this weekend showed off his driving prowess in the first day of the 2016 NHRA season. 

Ray Skillman doubled up during the first day of sportsman qualifying at the Circle K NHEA Winternationals in Pomona, Ca.

Skillman, driving Mustangs in both Competition and Super Stock Eliminators, raced to the top of the list. 

TUCCI RETURNS TO PDRA ANNOUNCING TEAM

One of the most sought-after announcers in the industry returns as ‘The Voice’ of the PDRA. Al Tucci has one of the longest running commentator careers in drag racing with his own unique, personable style of entertainment. After a one year hiatus from the PDRA, Tucci will join the 2016 tour to bring fans and racers a fresh, engaging, high-energy address of each event.

Tucci joins Carl Robinson and Lee Sebring to cover events from the tower, the top end, and in the pits. The PDRA will also continue its coverage through the Live Feed by Motor Mania TV.

TONY PEDREGON’S TV VENTURE WILL AFFECT FELLOW FUNNY CAR CHAMPION BROTHER

NHRA drag racers Cruz Pedregon and younger brother Tony Pedregon worked out of the same shop at Brownsburg, Ind., since the latter left John Force Racing and struck out on his own. But they maintained separate operations and earned second Funny Car championships without relying on that loose alliance.

But Tony Pedregon’s new FOX-TV analyst as broadcasting team mate to show host Dave Rieff changes the dynamic between the brothers once again, Cruz Pedregon said.

ROY HILL DRAG RACING SCHOOL SCHEDULED AFTER JR DRAGSTER MARCH RACE

The Roy Hill Drag Racing School will hold a special session for Jr. Dragsters on Monday following the 3rd Annual Jr. Dragster Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway, March 18-20.

Instructor Roy Hill and his staff will focus on safety, a thorough review of equipment, how to overcome intimidation and how improve skills as confidence increases.  Unlimited runs are guaranteed.

PROLONG SPONSORS NHRA PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE RIDER FREDDIE CAMARENA

Prolong Super Lubricants has announced it will sponsor NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle rider Freddie Camarena.  Camarena has raced a Suzuki in the Pro Stock series since 1999, when he was a finalist for NHRA Rookie of the Year, finishing 14th in the standings after racing at nine of the 14 Pro Stock Bike events that year.
      
Last year, Camarena established his career-best elapsed time with a mark of 6.842 at 197.77 mph during the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. March 29, 2015.  His previous best elapsed time was 7.026 set in 2009.

K&N SPRING FLING MILLION TO INTRODUCE NEW STARTING LINE TECHNOLOGY

 
It’s a controversy that has been brewing for a number of years. Now K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel are going to fix it once and for all.

“Kyle and I always ask ourselves ‘how can we bring more fairness to our Spring Fling events?’,” Biondo says. “We strive to maintain a level playing field for all of our competitors who are in fact our customers. So last year, Kyle and I started talking with Bob Brockmeyer from Compulink and that’s when TruSTART was born.”

BANK OF AMERICA HOSTS LUNCHEON AT JFR YORBA LINDA SHOP

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Financial Services hosted a luncheon event at the John Force Racing Yorba Linda headquarters in advance of the 56th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.

The financial institutions invited employees and valuable clients to the shop for an afternoon of racing memorabilia and to hear John Force, 16-time Funny Car champion and five decade Bank of America customer, talk about NHRA drag racing and his family’s on-track and busines ssuccess.

“I have been with Bank of America since I opened my first checking account in the mid-60s. Four generations of my family have banked with them over the past 50 years. They have been great business partners and I haveworked with Merrill Lynch Financial Services for over 20 years. I told stories about the early days of racing and also how important having solid financial backing is on and off the track,” said Force.

CLASSIC MATCH RACE PAIR PREPARING FOR BUSY 2016 SEASON

 
Things are moving along at a rapid pace as Rocky Pirrone and Al Liebmann prepare the Frantic Ford and Super Camaro fuel Funny Cars for the upcoming match race season.

Work on the race cars during the off season has included a new chassis and powerplant for the Super Camaro. Team veteran Bobby Toth is spearheading the disassembly of each car and each piece is being inspected and evaluated for the upcoming season.

DAILY FANTASY SPORTS ARRIVES IN NHRA DRAG RACING WITH RACEDAYSCORE.COM

Football season may be over but racing has just begun and NHRA fans can now participate in daily fantasy sports with RaceDayScore.com, an exciting new website that's sure to pump a healthy dose of nitro into the drag racing scene. 

The fantasy season starts now -- just in time for this weekend's big race in Pomona, Calif. And since it's a daily fantasy game, fans have the opportunity to draft new drivers each week.

"The launch of RaceDayScore.com has been several years in the making and is making its debut at the perfect time as the NHRA season enters a new era with live programming on Fox Sports 1," creator Seth Angel said. "Every major league sport in the world today, including NASCAR, offers a fantasy gaming option as part of their digital menu to fans, which was the catalyst for me to design, build and launch a fantasy gaming solution for professional NHRA Drag Racing."

DUNN HAS TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY AS NEW IHRA PRESIDENT

Surely crossing Mike Dunn’s mind recently has been the adage “When one door closes, a window opens.”

The NHRA excluded Dunn from its new FOX Network broadcast team after his 14 years as a face of elite drag racing on ESPN.  Dunn’s legion of indignant fans contended that the former driver was a refreshing straight talker who knew the sport, its history, its cars, its personalities. They wondered, “Did his expertise as both a winning Top Fuel and Funny Car racer – not to mention the son of legend “Big Jim” Dunn – and an expert TV analyst not mean anything?”

It did to IRG Sports + Entertainment, the parent company of the International Hot Rod Association. Executives there Tuesday named Dunn IHRA President, giving him a huge window of opportunity to play a key role in reshaping the IHRA.

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