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ENCORE ARTICLE: REMEMBERING INDY'S 32-CAR TF FIELDS

Back in the days of push starts and dry hops, Top Fuel drivers didn't battle for one of 16 qualifying spots at the U.S. Nationals – it was dr-1034.jpgone of 32 spots. And it was just as hard to get in as it is now.

Great drivers routinely missed the cut. Tom McEwen, James Warren, Larry Dixon Sr., Frank Bradley, Gary Ormsby, and even future Indy winners Steve Carbone, Connie Kalitta, Dick LaHaie, and Terry Capp all failed to qualify at least once. As late as 1973, there were 41 alternates in Top Fuel – not 41 drivers for 32 spots. Seventy-three drivers attempted to qualify, more than three times as many are trying to get modern Indy fields.
 
There were no qualifying sessions. NHRA ran a set number of cars in each class in a never-ending rotation, and drivers got as many qualifying attempts a day as they could get back in line to make.

CLEVITE “GUESS THE STEPS” CONTEST RETURNS

The tradition continues during next week's NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Clevite has stepped up as the sponsor of the fourth annual "Guess the Steps" competition, a contest where CompetitionPlus.com Publisher/Editor Bobby Bennett keeps track of his steps throughout the event.  The reader who guesses closest to the six-day (Wed - Fri) final tally without going over is declared the winner. The winning prize is $100 plus a t-shirt of an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series driver.

The popularity of this event inspired Clevite to step up as this year's sponsor.

DSR TERMINATES SPENCER MASSEY

​Effective immediately, Spencer Massey has been released from Don Schumacher Racing as driver of the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

"Spencer is no longer with DSR," team owner Don Schumacher said Friday evening.

NOSTALGIA PRO STOCKS TO GRAB SHARE OF NOSTALGIA ACTION AT CORDOVA'S WORLD SERIES OF DRAG RACING

 

While much of the attention at the annual World Series of Drag Racing in Cordova, Ill., is focused on nitro-burners, there will be a group of gasoline-burning, naturally aspirated doorslammers on hand to put on a show for the Pro Stock fans.

However, these are not the modern day factory hot rods. These cars aren't Avengers, they're Colts, Arrows and Dusters. The new Camaros are instead f-body classics. There's even an Olds Firenza and an AMC Hornet in the show.

BECKMAN, BROWN LEAD FINAL DAY PRE-INDY TESTING

 

Funny Car points leader Jack Beckman and Top Fuel world championship challenger Antron Brown posted the quickest runs in their categories Thursday to close testing for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

NHRA teams utilized the two-day open test to prepare for the world's most prestigious drag race, which will be held Sept. 2-7 at the famed NHRA-owned multi-purpose motorsports facility that sits just west of downtown Indianapolis. The tradition-rich event, which will also feature the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel and Funny Car, is the final race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2 with expanded coverage during Labor Day weekend.

GOLDEN GREEK’S GRANDAUGHTER EARNS A-FUEL LICENSE

Racing is the only life Krista Baldwin has ever known.

Her grandfather is the “Golden Greek” Chris Karamesines, the ageless driver who was named No. 30 on NHRA’s 50 Greatest Drivers list as part of NHRA’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2001.

DOUG KALITTA TO RUN PATRIOTIC DEWALT SCHEME AT U.S. NATIONALS

Kalitta Motorsports, in partnership with DEWALT and Mac Tools, are pleased to announce the extension of the DEWALT Made in the USA with global materials initiative to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Championship contender Doug Kalitta will run the DEWALT scheme during the biggest event on the NHRA schedule, the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. 

“I am honored to fly the colors of DEWALT during NHRA’s biggest weekend,” said Kalitta. “Both DEWALT and Mac Tools do a lot to employ American workers, and it is awesome to be able to highlight this program, especially on Labor Day weekend.”

CRAMPTON, HAGAN QUICKEST DURING PRE-INDY TESTING

 

Defending Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner Richie Crampton and defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan made the quickest runs in their respective categories Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis during the opening day of testing for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

NHRA teams utilized the first day of the two-day open test to prepare for the world's most prestigious drag race, which will be held Sept. 2-7 at the famed NHRA-owned multi-purpose motorsports facility that sits just west of downtown Indianapolis. The event, which will also feature the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel and Funny Car, is the final race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2 with expanded coverage during Labor Day weekend.

AARON STANFIELD RACING PRO STOCK AT INDY

After 10 months away from driving an NHRA Pro Stock car, Aaron Stanfield will get behind the wheel at the U.S. Nationals (Sept. 4-7) in Indianapolis.

Stanfield is going to be driving one of Allen Johnson’s cars, likely a Dodge Dart.

JACKSON LOMBARDO RACING TO HOST CHILDREN FROM HOOSIER BURN CAMP AT U.S. NATS

                     

The upcoming 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is a much-anticipated highlight on the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. The event at venerable Lucas Oil Raceway is the most prestigious race on the tour, and Jackson Lombardo Racing is determined to make it a race to remember – but not just for driver John Lombardo Jr. and the NAPA Batteries/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Team. This time around, they are sharing the experience with a very special group of young burn survivors from Hoosier Burn Camp of Indiana.

  

Hoosier Burn Camp is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing experiences for young people who have suffered the physical and emotional trauma associated with a severe burn injury. Their annual summer camp and monthly events create experiences for burn survivors where they can be “just one of the kids” in a safe and supportive environment.

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