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PRITCHETT TO RUN TWO RACES WITH DSR

​Leah Pritchett will compete in the next NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in 10 days near Atlanta as the fourth woman to drive for Don Schumacher Racing when she pilots the FireAde Top Fuel Dragster.

It's been a whirlwind year for the winner of the NHRA Top Fuel event title at this year's second race when she joins the biggest team in professional drag racing and drives a fourth Top Fuel dragster that will be the eighth nitro team for DSR, which has won 14 NHRA world championships and 269 Mello Yello titles.

FORCE WANTED BOYS, BUT GOT WINNING GIRLS INSTEAD

John Force admits this wasn't the first time he's had to eat his words and promises it won't be the last either. 

The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion, while on his 2006 A&E reality show The Driving Force, lamented the fact he wanted boys to carry on his legacy and pointed to his three daughters; Ashley, Brittany and Courtney, and said, "And this is what I got."

MATT SMITH: HALF THE WHEELS, SAME SMITH RACING TALENT

Approval.

It is something we all seek. From our bosses. From our peers. And from our parents – especially from our parents.

For some of us, making our parents proud is easy. Maybe you are the first in your family to go to college, to land a dream job, or to follow in your parent’s footsteps. Perhaps it is as simple as just being a good person.

WELD REVS UP SUPPORT OF HOT RODDERS OF TOMORROW PROGRAM

Recognizing the opportunity to support young people in their pursuit of an automotive career, WELD has renewed its sponsorship of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge program. WELD has been a HROT sponsor since 2013.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow is a nationwide high school engine building competition that engages the next generation to pursue careers in the performance aftermarket and racing. Regional competitions are held across the country where high school teams compete against the clock in a total engine rebuild. The HROT program started in 2008 with five teams competing.

SUPER CHEVY SHOWS OFF TO STRONG START

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) and TEN: The Enthusiast Network, publishers of Super Chevy, Motor Trend, HOT ROD, and more than 25 other automotive magazines, partnered to bring all things Chevy to the forefront in the Mid-South and Southeast during the month of April. The relationship resulted in record fan attendance at Memphis International Raceway and record racer and car show participants at Palm Beach International Raceway.

IRGSE and TEN announced a multi-year partnership to bring an unmatched at-track racer and fan experience to automotive enthusiasts across the country earlier this year. The result of the new relationship has elevated the prestigious Super Chevy Show into one of the premiere automotive events of the year. Fans and racers enjoy top notch racing on the drag strip, a swap meet filled with hard to find Chevy parts, an elite car and truck show, a Chevy specific vendor midway, car corral and much more.

WHEN EXERCISE MACHINES GO WRONG

 

Sixteen-time NHRA champion John Force might want to learn how to run an elliptical machine before he ever tries to climb behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster, the top of the food chain in drag racing machinery.

Since his 2007 Funny Car crash, John Force has made himself a gym rat by working out 365 days a year. 

Force knows the inherent dangers of driving a fuel burning Funny Car but never envisioned a weight room would ever require the NHRA's Safety Safari rescue team. 

IDAHO RACERS SCORE AT FIREBIRD NHRA DIV. 6 LODRS; TWO IN A ROW FOR KRABILL

 
Ken Nelson and Terry Anderson scored for the home state at the Napa Auto Parts Ignitor NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, while Kris Krabill grabbed his second win in as many racers in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Nostalgia Funny Car category.

 

Nelson, Hayden Lake, Idaho, laid down a 6.977 second lap at 189.98 mph in his 2015 dragster to defeat Tony Burton, Lacey, Wash., clocking in at 7.341, 182.50 in the Rig Rentals Top Dragster final round.  Anderson, out of Meridian, Idaho, drove his ’67 Nova to a 10.280 mph pass in knocking out Sean Cour, Brush Prairie, Wash., and his ’06 Cobalt in the Super Stock class.

WEATHER FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF INDY NHRA LODRS DIV 3 EVENT

 

Despite the best efforts of NHRA and track officials, final eliminations from the Ray Skillman Chevrolet NHRA Spring Spectacle of Speed at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis were postponed late Sunday, due to rain.

 

All of Saturday’s scheduled qualifying and eliminations were lost to rain, but several rounds were completed on Sunday, including the first elimination rounds in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car.

SHIELDS, FURR SCORE BACK-TO-BACK WINS AT VMP LODRS DIV. 1 EVENT



 

Duane Shields defended his title as he raced to victory at this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Power in the Park race at Virginia Motorsports Park.  He was the number one qualifier going into eliminations and then captured the win at this race for the second year in a row.  On his way to the final, the Boulder City, Nev., resident scored wins against Richard St. Pierre and Dan Mercier, before being paired against Rich McPhillips in the final round.

 

Joining Duane Shield as a back-to-back victor was Steve Furr, who earned the Wally trophy in Top Dragster presented by Select Performance.  The Harrisburg, N.C., racer doubled-up on the weekend by also reaching the winner’s circle in Super Gas.  He raced Anthony Bertozzi and Tom Stalba in the finals of each racing class.

CARUSO FAMILY COMMITS TO REMAINDER OF 2016 PDRA SCHEDULE

The 3rd Annual PDRA Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC marked the debut of the three-car Caruso Family Racing team out of Canandaigua, NY, and when the last race was run they had left their collective mark.

Team driver Ava Lawler, Marc and Jackie Caruso's youngest daughter, took home the win in the PDRA's newest class, the “Bracket Bash”.

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