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THE ORIGINAL PRO NITROUS: THE AHRA PRO STOCKERS

6-4-07ahra.jpgA common misconception suggests the origin of nitrous-injected doorslammer racing can be traced back to the International Hot Rod Association’s Top Sportsman division. In fact, the first organized competition for nitrous-aided door cars dates back to the American Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class. During the last four years of the AHRA’s existence, officials bucked conventional Pro Stock regulations of the day by allowing the use of nitrous oxide.

In 1980, Pro Stock was a class in transition. On the National Hot Rod Association side, Pro Stock cars were running on a pounds-per-cubic-inch basis with special weight breaks and/or handicaps based on the make of car. The IHRA took advantage of their rival’s complicated and rather unpopular structure and countered with a simplified unlimited cubic-inch format. As a result, the first Pro Stock car to break into the seven-second zone was racing under IHRA sanction

So where does AHRA Pro Stock fit into the equation? At the start of the 1980 season, the AHRA was deep in the same quagmire as the NHRA, struggling to maintain a level playing field through the use of a cumbersome rules package. To their credit, those in charge of the AHRA recognized the quandary they were in, and they reacted accordingly, making sweeping rules changes. 

The 1980 AHRA Pro Stock season had gotten off to a lackluster start, but that was soon to change. The organization decided that implementing a Mountain Motor format was the best way to give the class the publicity it deserved, and inject new life into it.

There was a major problem, however.

GAYDOSH WELCOMES RECENT PRO STOCK CHANGES

NHRA recently announced a historic decision regarding the Pro Stock class.

The sanctioning body is going to allow Pro Stock racers to run any currently approved engine combination in any currently approved body, regardless of the manufacturer, during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

NEW MWPMS MESSAGING SERVICE TAKES RACER COMMUNICATIONS TO NEXT LEVEL

To better inform its racers, sponsors and fans, the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) has introduced a new, live text, voice and e-mail service. An opt-in form is available now at www.MidWestProModSeries.com/signup.

“Effective immediately, anyone who wants to know the absolute latest on anything to do with the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series needs to go visit our Web site and sign up now. We’re taking racer communications to the next level, giving practically instantaneous MWPMS information about scheduling, sponsor offers, rule changes and anything else that affects our racers and teams going forward,” MWPMS organizer and promoter Keith Haney said.

AUSTRALIA'S LTFR DRAGSTER TO RACE IN HONOR OF ANITA BOARD AT WILLOWBANK RACEWAY

As a tribute to Anita Board, Lamattina Top Fuel Racing will run a unique #ponypowerforever livery at the upcoming New Year’s Thunder event at Willowbank Raceway.

LTFR team driver, Kelly Bettes, recently drove the Jett Racing junior dragster at Willowbank Raceway on the 25th of November as a part of a tribute to Anita and her family.

2018 WILL BE ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAYS FINAL RACING SEASON

Spencer Young Sr., CEO of the Young Automotive Group, announced the 2018 season will be the final racing season for the storied Rocky Mountain Raceways.

The venue, located in West Valley City, Utah, is comprised of an NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, 3/8-mile asphalt oval track, and a premier motocross facility.

SEE THE 2017 PRI SHOW IN PHOTOS -

Walk the floor with CompetitionPlus.com Director of Photography Roger Richards and Bill Swanson as they bring you the sights of the 2017 Performance Racing Industry held in indianapolis. Tune in multiple times daily as we recap the show in photos.

LUCAS OIL EXTENDS NHRA SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT

Lucas Oil Products announced that the organization is renewing its longstanding sponsor partnership with NHRA. This multi-year agreement includes Lucas Oil’s recent decision to sign on as the title sponsor for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series opener, the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.

Most notably, Lucas Oil sponsors NHRA’s premier sportsman series, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. More than 30,000 sportsman drivers compete in the series each year at venues across the nation. Additionally, this agreement includes Lucas Oil’s designation as the “Official Oil of NHRA.”

DRAG ILLUSTRATED REVEALS THIRD ANNUAL '30 UNDER 30' LIST AT PRI SHOW

Drag Illustrated magazine announced during a press conference the members of its third annual ’30 Under 30’ list. Made up of honorees from every corner of the drag racing community, the Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 list seeks to shine a light on 30 of drag racing’s youngest, brightest stars. The 2017 DI 30 Under 30 list and its members will be featured in Drag Illustrated’s upcoming 30 Under 30 Issue.

“We’re always eager to take on the challenge of identifying 30 young drivers, crew members, fabricators, promoters and drag racing industry insiders through our 30 Under 30 list,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief. “There are so many young people dedicating their free time to going drag racing in some form. The 30 Under 30 list is our way of showing our appreciation for the efforts and achievements of our 30 honorees, but also inspiring the next generation.”

PDRA, PRO MOD RACER LIZZY MUSI INKS EDELBROCK AS MAJOR SPONSOR

Ever since Lizzy Musi made her debut in the Professional Drag Racing Association in 2014 in the Pro Nitrous class she has been on a meteoric rise to stardom.

Now, that star that is Musi has a primary sponsor for 2018 as Edelbrock will be backing her in her racing endeavors in the PDRA and NHRA.

DSR’s ANNUAL BOWLING EVENT RAISES MORE THAN $35,000 FOR RILEY KIDS

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) successfully raised more than $35,000 for Riley Children’s Foundation during their annual ‘This is How We Roll’ bowling event presented by USA Compression at Western Bowl in Indianapolis on December 6.

With 100-percent of the event’s proceeds benefitting Riley Children’s Foundation, DSR exceeded its fundraising goal of $30,000 and surpassed last year’s contribution of nearly $23,000. The 2017 ‘This is How We Roll’ event resulted in a year-to-date contribution of $108,902 to Riley Children’s Foundation.

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