by Bobby Bennett, Jr.; Photos by Roger Richards Sun, 2021-09-26 11:13
Don’t say that Greg Anderson didn’t offer a fair warning. He just didn’t allude that he’d be the one the competition had better look out for.
After running a 6.536 to take the provisional top spot, Anderson counseled, “It’s not safe, and we’re going to have to come out and give it all we got tomorrow to get those three points and try and keep that pole.”
Anderson upped the ante with a 6.519 in Saturday’s Q3 session at the NHRA Midwest Nationals outside of St. Louis, Mo.
NHRA. photos by Roger Richards Sat, 2021-09-25 19:00
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Fri, 2021-09-24 23:13
Dom Lagana sadly knew the odds were likely not in his brother’s favor.
Dom, then 14, was in the team’s tow vehicle making a mad dash to the New York Raceway Park shutdown area just moments after his old brother Bobby had just made a run in the family’s Top Fuel dragster. The throttle had stuck, sending the Twilight Zone dragster off the track, through the sandtrap, and deep into the woods in Leicester, New York.
“It was like an airplane wreck,” Dom recalled. “They kept pointing towards the sandtrap when we drove down the racetrack to get the car. Unfortunately, stumbling upon the car, it was like, ‘He’s gone. There ain’t no way anybody survived this.’ I mean, we ran through the woods for a quarter-mile, me, my dad, my uncle Alfie and a couple of our crew guys, and it was insane. It seriously looked like an airplane wreck.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-24 19:00
In baseball, there’s a term called an upper deck shot. An upper deck shot is when a batter hits a baseball as far as possible without going entirely out of the stadium.
When it comes to Top Fuel racer Mike Salinas Friday night during the opening qualifying session at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, upper deck shot seems such an inadequate description.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-24 18:55
Consider Funny Car racer Ron Capps to be the reluctant No. 1 qualifier.
Capps, who ran a 3.888-second elapsed time at 332.59 miles per hour to secure the provisional No. 1 spot at the NHRA Midwest Nationals, is grateful for the top spot, but given his druthers would have been satisfied with being second on the qualifying sheet.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-24 18:50
One might think Greg Anderson wants to win the NHRA Midwest Nationals to secure his place in drag racing history as the winningest driver in the Pro Stock division.
And one might be wrong.
NHRA, photos by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-24 17:55
by Bobby Bennett, Jr. Thu, 2021-09-23 14:02
Veteran motorsports writer and nitro crew guy Brad Littlefield said it best.
On his Twitter feed, the son of the supercharger expert Mert Littlefield wrote, “Godspeed Chris Vandergriff. Thank you for always being a kind, fun, generous dude. The lights dimming at the PRI Show meant it was time to beeline to the Hedman Hedders booth and watch you hold court.”
In one post, Littlefield said what thousands of Chris Vandergriff’s friends were thinking following his unexpected death following complications from a major heart attack on September 21, 2021. He was 51 years old.
Thu, 2021-09-23 12:01
On Wednesday at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, long before any nitro or Pro Stock vehicles have either unloaded or even arrived, the Stock and Super Stock community prepares for the annual ritual of determining whose car is the best in class.
Following the pandemic-shortened format of 2020, the 2021 event returned to a bit of normalcy with the Class Eliminations format. With the event shortened by a day, the battle for class was moved up a day to Wednesday.
In this video feature, you see the sights and sounds of the A/Stock Automatic classification, the top of the food chain for the traditional Stockers dating back to the 1960s.
Wed, 2021-09-22 18:55
Funny Car team owner, crew chief and driver Tim Wilkerson will add one more title to the every-growing list of job responsibilities this weekend at the NHRA Midwest Nationals: Top Fuel team owner. Wilkerson will debut a Top Fuel dragster with Kentucky businessman and former Top Fuel racer Keith Murt behind the wheel when the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series gets underway at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis, September 24-26. The most recent Funny Car national event winner will have his son Daniel Wilkerson operating as crew chief for Murt during the event.
“I started putting this Top Fuel dragster together earlier this year with the plan to get Daniel licensed in it,” said Wilkerson, following his victory at the DeWalt NHRA Carolina Nationals. “I ran into Keith at the San Antonio Funny Car Chaos race, and we got to talking. He wanted to get back into racing, so we worked out a deal. He is going to run the car this weekend and then Daniel is going to get his license in it on Monday after the race.”