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ALDO DISCUSSES 2015 MOPAR DODGE CHARGER FC BODY

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

When Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) Mopar and Dodge Mopar and Dodge brands unveiled a new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T drag racing body this past November at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, it was the culmination of months and hours of tireless work.

The 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car was designed and developed on a virtual platform, using the same production-based technology and tools applied to the street vehicles, in a collaboration between FCA production and race engineers and the Don Schumacher Racing team.

 

 

VANDERGRIFF JR. PLAYS FATHER, SON ROLES WITH EQUAL APLOMB

Written by Susan Wade.

 

dc1 1During his entire NHRA drag-racing driving career, Bob Vandergriff Jr. has had a close relationship with his father.

Today the Top Fuel team owner factors into a couple of different versions of the father-son dynamic.

 

 

NHRA’S EDUCATIONAL YES PROGRAM HITS THE ROAD AGAIN IN 2015

Written by NHRA Communications.

 

yes programThe NHRA YES Program, a highly successful full-time educational motorsports program, will once again visit select race markets in 2015.
 
The highly successful YES (Youth & Education Services) program, presented by the U.S. Army, will be featured at 13 of the 24 races on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit.

 

 

BIG PURSE, FREE ENTRY FOR HOOSIER CAROLINA COALITION RACERS

Written by Administrator.

 

cc 01An increased Top Eliminator purse and free entry in Modified (Footbrake) are among the enhancements expected to draw record numbers of bracket racers to the 2015 Hoosier Tires Carolina Coalition Series.

The four-race series is hosted by Rockingham Dragway, Piedmont Dragway, Farmington Dragway and Galot Motorsports Park (formerly Dunn-Benson).

 

 

CP MOTORSPORTS - EVERNHAM REMEMBERS FIRST MEETING WITH GORDON

Written by Stan Creekmore.

233487Jeff Gordon is hanging up his helmet as a full-time driver in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series at the end of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season. The move might be the final race of his illustrious NASCAR career as a driver, however he will still be heavily involved in stock car racing.

Gordon put his helmet on for the first time in a NASCAR race at North Carolina Motor Speedway on October 20th of 1990. Today it is the Xfinity Series. When Gordon strapped in the division was called the Busch Series.

The driver who recognized Gordon's ability when he first tested driving a stock car (also at Rockingham) – Buddy Baker. Gordon was attending the driving school owned by Buck Baker, Buddy's father and another great driver in NASCAR history.

So away Gordon went.

 

THIRD GENERATION OF KIRK RACING READY TO TAKE ON PDRA TOP DRAGSTER

Written by Administrator.

 

kirk 01With the start of the 2015 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season less than two months away no one is looking forward to it more than 22-year-old Justin Kirk. The third-generation racer from Lenore, WV, is excited about stepping into Randy Kelley’s supercharged dragster and going after Rookie of the Year honors and maybe even this season’s PDRA Top Dragster championship.

“Last fall we were actually looking for a blower to put on my car, the one we ran at four races in 2013 with the ADRL, so we called Randy up to see if he had one or knew where we could look,” Kirk said. “He said he was cutting back a little this year and suggested maybe I should just drive his car. I wasn’t expecting that, to be honest, but it’s a great car and I couldn’t be happier about the opportunity. It’s like a dream come true for me.”

 

 

 

WAR STORIES SEMIS: NO. 1 BILL DONER DEF. NO. 5 JIM OBERHOFER

Written by Bobby Bennett, As told by the Participants.

 

logoxThe field was seeded by reader vote. The participants are paired on the standard NHRA professional eliminations ladder. Each story represents an elimination run for the participant. The readers will judge each war story on the merits of (A) believability and (B) entertainment value. Please do not vote based on popularity. You are the judge and jury, so vote accordingly. Multiple votes from the same computer IP address will not be counted.

Voting lasts for two days per elimination match. Once a driver advances to the next round, and in this instance the contestant may submit a new story or go with one from a previous event. You are asked to judge their story as if it is a new story if they run a previously used one. 

This is an event based on fun and entertainment value, and the rules are simple. The stories cannot describe any felonious acts (unprosecuted, that is) and and for this event you can tell a story about your opponent, against them. 

This is drag racing with no red-lights, disqualifications and plenty of oil downs minus the clean-ups. Please enjoy as each of our competitors tell their own stories.

Let the journey begin to determine drag racing's greatest story teller. 

 

‘NECESSARY EVIL’ YIELDS POSITIVE RESULTS FOR BECKMAN, TEAM

Written by Susan Wade.

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NHRA Funny Car racer Jack Beckman is eager to end his 51-race winless streak that dates back to the September 2012 event at Gateway Motorsports Park, near St. Louis.

And thanks to a couple of encouraging passes during preseason testing – an exercise the driver of Don Schumacher Racing's Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger describes as "a necessary evil" – he said he likes his chances.

 

 

JIM DUNN RACING GOES RETRO WITH MOON EQUIPPED FUNNY CAR

Written by Administrator.

 

moon 02At the NHRA Winternationals the Jim Dunn Racing team will step back in time, not only donning the retro paint scheme on the MOON Equipped Dodge Funny Car, but also wearing the crew uniforms of drag racing's glory days. The entire car will be in black and white, including the decals for primary sponsor ALO Drink and selected associate sponsors.
 
“We wanted to pay tribute to MOONEYES, who has been with us since the beginning and is one of our biggest supporters,” said team manager Jon Dunn. “Looking back on pictures of dad in the day, the black and white theme really stood out to us, so we decided that’s how the car should look. As for the uniforms, we thought that would be really creative and just complete the entire retro scheme.”

 

 

IHRA ANNOUNCES JOHN BISCI AS NEW PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA DIRECTOR

Written by IHRA.

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The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) has named John Bisci as its new public and media relations director.
 
With more than 30 years of media relations experience, Bisci will serve as the public and media relations director for IHRA Motorsports and will be the gatekeeper for all communication both internally and externally. Bisci will be responsible for all advance and on-site media relations for IHRA, Nitro Jam, Sonic Rush Tour and various other IHRA events in addition to many other responsibilities.

 

 

SHRA AND ORLANDO SPEED WORLD ANNOUNCE SOUTHERN THUNDER I

Written by Administrator.

 


SHRA-OSWD-Southern-Thunder-ISHRA (Southern Hot Rod Association) and OSW (Orlando Speed World) has announced the inaugural “Southern Thunder I” drag race at the famed Orlando Speed World Dragway, February 7th and 8th.

Top-notch drag racing and huge crowds have been the hallmark of this iconic track, and SHRA and OSW expect this event to continue for years to come. With thousands of die-hard drag racing fans expected to attend, along with some of the world’s best Pro Mod racing teams, this event can become the top independent drag race of the year.

 

 

DERRICK BEACH JOINS PDRA ANNOUNCING TEAM

Written by PDRA.

 

beachDerrick Beach, a young standout in motorsports broadcasting, is joining the Professional Drag Racers Association for 2015.

Beach started announcing when he was just 12 years old at his home track, National Trail Raceway, near Columbus, Ohio. At the age of 16 he joined the NHRA as Division 3 announcer. Two years later he went on the NHRA national event tour, where he announced for two years. Last year he stepped back from the busy travel schedule and focused on specialty events, such as the Spring Fling at Bristol Dragway. Now for 2015 he is set to join the PDRA's team of announcers.

 

 

JOHN FORCE RACING ANNOUNCES CREW CHIEF LINEUP, PROMOTIONS

Written by Administrator.

 

casertanoJon Schaffer has been promoted to crew chief for 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force’s Peak Camaro SS Funny Car. John Force Racing’s brain trust will continue to be led by Mike Neff, crew chief for Robert Hight’s Auto Club Camaro SS Funny Car.

Previously, Schaffer worked with Neff as his assistant crew chief, but the 27-year-old Californian will be making the calls on Force’s car beginning with testing in Phoenix. Longtime crewmember Tim Fabrisi will be stepping up to assist Neff on the Auto Club Camaro SS Funny Car, and Nick Casertano has been added to the Peak team as car chief.

 

 

CP MOTORSPORTS: JEFF GORDON TO RUN FINAL FULL-TIME NASCAR SEASON IN 2015

Written by Administrator.

Jeff Gordon, the celebrated stock car champion whose crossover appeal helped take NASCAR into the mainstream, will compete in his 23rd and final full-time Sprint Cup Series season in 2015. He announced his decision this morning to the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team he has driven for since November 1992.

"As a race car driver, much of what I've done throughout my life has been based on following my instincts and trying to make good decisions," Gordon said. "I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the offseason, and I've decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship. I won't use the ‘R-word' because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead, and there's always the possibility I'll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that.

 

MATT SMITH SIGNS SPONSORSHIP WITH VICTORY MOTORCYCLES

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

2014 Matt Smith HeadMatt Smith has proven he’s one of the best riders in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class as evident by his 2007 and 2013 world championships.

On Jan. 22, his Matt Smith Racing program received a key boost when he signed a two-year sponsorship agreement with Victory Motorcycles.

 

ROCKY BOOTS EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH DSR FOR TWO YEARS

Written by Administrator.

 

rocky bootsRocky Boots and Don Schumacher Racing announced a two-year marketing partnership extension for the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T driven by two-time and reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan.

The new agreement will have Rocky as the primary sponsor for Hagan at six NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events each year. Hagan and the Rocky Boots/Mopar Express Lane Dodge have won two of the past four Funny Car championships (2011 and 2014).

 

 

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