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"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.

LOCAL DRAG RACING LEGENDS TO BE HONORED IN JUNE 19TH CEREMONY

Local drag racing legends Art and Walt Arfons, Otis "Otie" Smith, and "Akron" Arlen Vanke will be the subjects of an Ohio Historical Marker plaque dedication on Father's Day, June 19th, at the Akron Fulton Airport to honor their contributions and innovations in the drag racing industry. The plaque will rest at the spot where the four renowned drag racers first began their careers in the early 1950s. At that time, Fulton Airport runway was the first National Hot Rod Association sanctioned drag race track east of the Mississippi.
     
This will be the first Historical Marker dedicated to racing of any kind in Ohio, and comes thanks to the efforts of the group Akron Race Legends, headed by Randy Lipscomb, with further assistance from Paul Suloff, Bob Jones, John Stevenson, and Ken Andrus. "This is the spot where these local heroes became drag racing innovators back in the 50's and 60's," said Lipscomb, "and we believe that honoring these racing pioneers is long overdue."

GLIDDEN ACCEPTS THE CHALLENGE OF DRIVING A TURBO CAR AGAIN

The last time Billy Glidden drove a turbocharged race car was in 2001, and he had to pull two Lenco transmission levers simultaneously in an attempt to correct an unruly, wheelstanding race car. The dramatic action barely fazed the Outlaw 10.5 car; and when the front end returned to earth, it became evident the front tires were out of balance and as a result, the windows nearly shook out. Glidden returned to the pits, parked the car and said to the car's owner, "Thanks, but no thanks. I have my car."

Glidden has a second chance to climb aboard a horse of another color as it was announced on May 25, 2016, in a joint partnership with the Harry Hruska-owned team, Precision Turbo Enterprises and Mickey Thompson Tires, the multi-time ADRL champion will replace Jonathan Gray as the driver for the pacesetting entry. 

WILKERSON SEARCHES FOR ANSWERS IN MYSTERIOUS CRASH

 

Just one month ago, veteran Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson was riding high atop the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings with two wins, three finals and one of finest starts of his career.

Now, following a rather strange incident at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, he is left with a broken car, a bruised ego and a ton of questions about just what went wrong.

NHRA TO HONOR 1974 JEGS NHRA SPORTS WINNERS AS GRAND MARSHALS AT SPORTSMAN-ONLY NATIONAL EVENT

The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals is an event NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors circle on their calendars each year. It’s a storied tradition in the sportsman world and drivers race for national points, prize money, and most importantly, their legacy.
 
The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals made its first appearance in 1974 at Beech Bend Raceway Park and quickly became a favorite among Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racers. The sportsman-only national event hasn’t been held at the famed Kentucky track since 1986, and to celebrate its return, some familiar faces will be on site to welcome the event home.

REAREND, AXLE FAILURE RULED OUT IN WILKERSON CRASH

Strange Engineering, the rearend and axle manufacturer for Tim Wilkerson's Funny Car team, has ruled out those components as a possible cause of his crash at the NHRA Kansas Nationals following a Tuesday inspection.

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