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JR TODD GETS HIS WISH GRANTED, HE'S RACING A FUNNY CAR

 

 

Inside every Top Fuel driver could be a Funny Car daredevil just waiting to get out. 

J.R. Todd, 34, admits racing a Funny Car was on his so-called bucket list, even though he's not officially old enough to have one of them.

Todd, who joined Kalitta Motorsports in March 2014 as a Top Fuel driver, will move over to the Funny Car position vacated by Del Worsham. Filling Todd's seat in the SealMaster dragster will be Troy Coughlin Jr. 

"I never once expected to be taking over driving the Scott Kalitta car," Todd said. "That’s a special car for the Kalitta team. With one of the greatest drivers ever has been driving it, Del Worsham, I expected him to finish his career there, and definitely not anytime soon. There had been talk of me making some runs in one of our cars just to crossover my license."

TJ COUGHLIN OFFICIALLY SETTLES INTO HIS ROLE AS THE CHOSEN ONE

 

Drag racing is all the Coughlin family have ever known.

Now, T.J. Coughlin is taking his skills to the highest level as he will be driving the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports. The phone call Coughlin received from Kalitta Motorsports, which is headed up by Connie Kalitta, is still fresh in his mind.

The offer to move from part-time to full-time rookie Top Fuel driver caught Coughlin totally off-guard.

INTRODUCING THE NEW MOUNTAIN PARK DRAGWAY

 

For over 50 years, Mountain Park Dragway in Clay City, Kentucky has been in operation, hosting many events such as the Bluegrass Nationals, the Mopar Southern Nationals and the Thanksgiving Toys 4 Tots in addition to their weekly bracket program. For 2017, the plans will stay pretty much the same with one exception.

Former NHRA national champion and many-time race winner Scott Richardson has signed a lease of the track for 2017 and beyond.

FORCE ANNOUNCES WERNER TO STEP AWAY FROM JOHN FORCE RACING

John Force, CEO of John Force Racing, Inc., announced Tuesday that Elon Werner, who has managed the company’s PR effort for the past nine seasons, will scale back his day-to-day involvement following Friday’s press function at the JFR East facility in Brownsburg, Ind.

Although Werner has taken a position in Dallas that will allow him to spend more time at home in Mansfield, Texas, with his wife Jennifer and two teenage children, he will continue to work with JFR through the transition period.

ENCORE: PRO MODIFIED: TWO DECADES OF THRILLS

11_12_09_pro_mod If you’re a Pro Modified fan, March 10 is your Independence Day.

On a Saturday afternoon in 1990, within the small racing hamlet of Darlington, SC., a group of doorslammer racers declared their independence from Top Sportsman eliminator and became the first true professional addition to the drag racing fraternity since 1969 when Jim Tice’s AHRA introduced Pro Stock.

This time it was the IHRA’s opportunity to be the first to introduce a professional eliminator that it had developed and nurtured within the sportsman ranks, and after nine years of weaning was ready to leave the nest and stand on its own.

BIONDO & SEIPEL’S SPRING FLING TO ADD A THIRD EVENT IN 2017

 
For the past seven years, Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel’s Spring Fling brand of bracket races have consistently over-delivered and provided racers with the best experience any racer could ask for. Yet it seemed like, after each action-packed event, racers were always wanting for more of the same. For the past few years the co-promoters have quietly searched high and low for the right facility and time of year with the premise of expanding the Spring Fling brand to a third event.

ANDRA SA SUMMERNATIONALS RAINED OUT

​Unfortunately race day for the SA Summer Nationals was over before it began with the onset of inclement weather rendering the drag strip unraceable.

Officials moved quickly to cancel the event approximately an hour after the schedule race start time after viewing the radar.

AREND DISCUSSES HIS FIRST 3-SECOND PASS AND MORE

Jeff Arend has had a solid NHRA career – highlighted by four national event wins in nitro Funny Car.

Arend, who has been competing in NHRA’s ranks off and on since 1995, had never made a 3-second pass.

IHRA AND SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CONTINUE THEIR LONG-STANDING PARTNERSHIP

The International Hot Rod Association is pleased to announce that Summit Racing Equipment will continue their long-standing relationship with the IHRA by renewing their commitment to IHRA's sportsman racers through class racing and bracket racing programs.
 
The renewal of the partnership with Summit Racing Equipment also includes some updates to the existing sportsman programs. The Summit Pro-Am Tour will be replaced and move from a divisional based system to a national based points system in 2017.  The change in structure will eliminate "divisions" and return to utilizing a national points based system that will improve a competitor's ability to pick and choose the races he or she wants to attend without having geographical constraints. Additionally, the Summit SuperSeries will feature an increased and expanded Summit World Finals purse.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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The WFO Radio Parade of NHRA Champions continues with Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion Jerry Savoie, Lucas Oil Super Stock Champion Jimmy DeFrank, and Super Gas Champion Mia Tedesco. NHRA’s Alan Reinhart answers questions from WFO listeners with host Joe Castello.

 

 

 

 

 

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