by Susan Wade Thu, 2020-05-28 16:03
The NHRA is finalizing details for its return to action – although it isn’t 100-percent sure which month or which venue will kick off the ambitious re-revised 2020 schedule.
“We’re very much on the positive side of starting in Seattle and working through a schedule that starts there. There’s an opportunity for some events to go before that. I just don’t know if that’s going to happen. They’re talking through it,” Jeffrey Young, the NHRA’s vice-president of marketing and communications, said.
His remarks came on the eve of an expected announcement from NHRA headquarters at Glendora, Calif. But that announcement has been postponed until next Tuesday, June 2.
Reportedly, the remainder of the season will start with the July 31-August 2 event at Pacific Raceways, near Seattle.
Thu, 2020-05-28 14:00
Aeromotive, a leading manufacturer of aftermarket fuel systems and accessories, has opened an in-house Customization Shop for fuel systems. The program is designed to help builders and customizers find fuel system solutions for race cars, street rods, off-road vehicles, marine, powersports, heavy equipment and other vehicles.
Using existing Aeromotive fuel pumps and components, the Customization Shop provides access to the company’s in-house expertise for specifying a fuel system tailored to the application’s needs. All customized fuel systems will be benchmark tested for performance and durability. For applications with factory OEM fuel tanks, the complete fuel tank unit must be sent in for a minimum of two weeks for evaluation and installation of the custom fuel system.
Thu, 2020-05-28 11:44
The past Mountain Motor Pro Stock Champion who now serves as crew chief/teammate for J.R. Carr, recently drove to Galesburg, Illinois to take delivery of a new hood scoop-bearing, large displacement powered Camaro built by the team at R.J. Race Cars.
"It's taken me five years to come full circle," Frank Gugliotta said. "I'm here to pick up JR Carr's brand new Mountain Motor car and I got to tell you, I am really, really happy. This thing is gorgeous. Same guys here did the first chassis that I came here 20 years ago, the same guys that did this one. And that says a lot. And I know JR's going to be happy with his car."
Carr plans to race in PDRA Extreme Pro Stock as well as the new NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock Series.
by Susan Wade Wed, 2020-05-27 22:37
John Force stepped in dog poop.
The drag-racing icon has become gardener at his Yorba Linda, Calif., home. In the valley of his sullenness about the uncertainties of his business and life recently, he turned to pruning rose bushes and was surprising himself by making decent progress.
And then he made his misstep.
As Force kicked off his soiled sandals, he accidentally planted his foot on a thorny stem. After he finished screaming, Force said he wondered if things could get any worse: “Are you kidding me?! I’m out here, pruning flowers. I had trimmed it, and I was cutting the vines in half to put them in this bucket. I turned around, and I had cut off a limb, and it was on the ground. And I stepped on it, and about seven thorns went into my foot. And I mean, I screamed. It was the most painful thing. I stepped right down on it.”
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2020-05-27 08:52
The COVID-19 pandemic halted NHRA Mello Yello Series races in mid-March.
Since that time COVID-19 has dealt a devastating blow to the American economy.
Bob Tasca III, a veteran NHRA nitro Funny Car driver and team owner, knows all about the business side of things. Tasca Automotive Group was founded in 1943 by Bob Tasca, Sr. Presently, Tasca Automotive Group operates new vehicle dealerships in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. Their corporate office is in Cranston, Rhode, Island.
Tue, 2020-05-26 08:00
With twenty six cars pre-entered for Funny Car Chaos at Eddyville Raceway Park this Friday and Saturday, flopper fans worldwide have a first time opportunity to stream the Chaos LIVE on BangShift.com.
This is the first time a full FCC event will be live streamed and the action will be non-stop as over 200 total cars are expected across the line-up that includes a Pro Testing Session, Ozark Mountain Super Shifters, Victory Performance Nostalgia Super Stockers, Nostalgia Gasser Racing Association and sportsman competition.
Tue, 2020-05-26 08:00
May 26, 2020, St. Louis Region – World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois – as an outdoor recreation venue – will be hosting participant events during May and June of 2020. WWTR is following the guidelines for Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan that was issued on May 24, 2020, and will go into effect on Friday, May 29, 2020. All social-distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced for the following events:
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2020-05-25 23:44
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2020-05-25 20:54
Morris Johnson Jr. can’t help it. Every time he hears those lyrics from the famous Lee Greenwood song “Proud to be an American” his eyes well up with tears.
“I am the kind of guy who looks at the flag for the greatest country in the world and gets goose bumps,” Johnson admits. “I get a tingle that I don’t know that everyone gets when they see the flag or the Star Spangled Banner is sung. When Lee Greenwood sang that song it became almost as popular as the national anthem.”
Johnson, of Smith Mountain Lake, Va., remembers the day a pair of brothers approached him on behalf of their deceased brother who lost his life during the Vietnam War. The Pro Stock driver was already emotionally charged after watching the skydiver fly above him carrying the flag as the Greenwood song played over the public address system.
by Ian Tocher Sun, 2020-05-24 21:33
He always runs fast and has come close a few times, so it was sweet relief for Radials vs. The World veteran Marcus Birt to finally steer his Houston Auto Auction 2016 Corvette into the winner's circle.
"They say the first one is always the hardest one to win, so hopefully now it'll just start to fall into place," Birt said after defeating Shawn Ayers in the Covid 8 RVW final May 23, at Orlando Speed World Dragway.
Birt dominated the weekend, qualifying number one with a 3.57-seconds blast at 205.41 mph in the third of five qualifying rounds for the eight-car RVW field. Following him on the list were Florida's own Bryan Markiewicz, David Reese, Stevie Jackson, Jamie Hancock, Melanie Salemi, Ayers and Jeff Miller.