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DRAG ILLUSTRATED ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL DI AWARDS, HALL OF FAME

 

Drag Illustrated will honor 2021’s most outstanding racers, tuners, promoters, moments and more when it unveils the winners of the inaugural DI Awards on Thursday, February 3, 2022. The winners will be revealed on the DI Awards show streamed live on the Drag Illustrated Facebook and YouTube pages at 6:30 p.m. Central. The winners will also be featured in the new Racer of the Year Issue launching in early February. 
 
“I've labored over this for a long time and spoken about it a lot, but it's worth repeating: drag racing is hard,” said Wes Buck, founder and editorial director, Drag Illustrated. “This is an extremely competitive sport with some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows – sometimes coming in the same weekend. You don't see 'undefeated' drag racers. This is a sport where losing is simply part of the game, it's part of the journey, and, honestly, I think that is why this community is full of such incredible human beings...because that's what this sport, this level of competition, oftentimes produces.

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BALDWIN, BARNETT PULL CLOSER TO CLINCHING FAN-VOTE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH WINS

 

Top Fuel's Krista Baldwin and Pro Modified's Lyle Barnett pulled closer to clinching their first Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association series championships by winning their fifth race. The Strange Engineering Be There Nationals at the legendary U.S. 30 Dragstrip is the sixth of nine races in the 2021 - 2022 season. 

Baldwin pulled out early on final round opponent TJ Zizzo and then fought off a late hour charge from the defending series champion and second place in points. She holds a 138 point lead over Zizzo, while four drivers still have a mathematical chance of winning the title. 

A 218 point lead is needed to clinch following next week's Grandnational in Montreal, Quebec.  

DODGE//SRT AND MOPAR PARTNER WITH TONY STEWART RACING FOR 2022

Dodge//SRT and Mopar have announced their support of the newest team in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Camping World Drag Racing Series, Tony Stewart Racing (TSR). Dodge//SRT and Mopar will be primary sponsors for Top Fuel driver Leah Pruett and three-time Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan in TSR’s inaugural 2022 NHRA season. 

The announcement opens the sixth “garage door” of the Dodge Never Lift campaign, a 24-month road map to the brand’s performance future. 

ERICA ENDERS AND ELITE MOTORSPORTS TEAM UP WITH CTECH FOR 2022

Pro Stock legend Erica Enders will have additional support in 2022 as CTech Manufacturing comes on board to sponsor her Elite Motorsports entry. The four-time NHRA Pro Stock Champion begins her ninth season at the season opener of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series in California this February.

Elite Motorsports is a multi-car ‘Mega Team’ that not only competes, but wins at every level of the NHRA and has been a customer of CTech long before this partnership was even a thought.

MOTORTREND ANNOUNCES 2022 DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR HOT ROD POWER TOUR AND DRAG WEEK

 

MOTORTREND has confirmed the 2022 dates for two of its premier annual events. The world’s largest traveling car show, HOT ROD Power Tour Driven By Continental Tire, will return to early summer taking place Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17. Additionally, HOT ROD Drag Week Presented By Gear Vendors Overdrive, the fastest street car competition in America, is back beginning Sunday, Sept. 18 through Friday, Sept. 23. Both events combined boast upward of 6,000 participating vehicles. Registration opens in early 2022.

“The exciting tradition continues as we bring back two of our signature annual events, HOT ROD Power Tour Driven By Continental Tire and HOT ROD Drag Week Presented By Gear Vendors Overdrive,” said HOT ROD’s Editor-in-Chief John McGann. “The growth we continue to see with these events is a testament to our loyal fan base. We’re grateful to be able to share our passion for cars with our readers and fans.’”

WHEN DON GARLITS CALLS, BETTER ANSWER - JUST ASK SCOTTY CANNON

 

Scotty Cannon was on the verge of landing a 30-pound fish and was in a much bigger struggle than he ever experienced with any of his 1990s Pro Modified adversaries. Then the phone rang. 

Cannon, who was reeling and pulling, and rasslin' with something underneath his family's iconic lake, looked down at his phone, and it was drag racing legend Don Garlits. He was somewhat torn with what to do. Answer the phone or finish the fight?

Then he hit the wrong button and accidentally declined the call from Big Daddy. Immediately, he returned to what seemed like a battle with a Great White shark off the coast of Amity Island. 

NITRO FUNNY CAR VETERAN BOB TASCA III WANTS TO TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP STEP IN 2022

 

Nitro Funny Car driver/team owner Bob Tasca III had a memorable 2021 NHRA Camping World Series Drag Racing season.

He finished third in the point standings, highlighted by three wins in Las Vegas, Atlanta and the season finale in Pomona, Calif. Tasca also had impressive 32-17 elimination-round record.

Despite his accomplishments, Tasca isn’t patting himself on the back because he knows there’s more goals for his team to reach.

PRI SOLIDIFIES COMMITMENT TO RACING INDUSTRY

 

Performance Racing Industry (PRI) is strengthening its commitment to the motorsports industry and cementing its presence in the racing capital of the world by purchasing a 42,500-square-foot building in Speedway, Ind., just outside of Indianapolis. Located within walking distance of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the building will serve as PRI Membership Headquarters and offer a broad range of programs and services to assist the motorsports community.

“Indianapolis is the epicenter of motorsports in America and the world, and we are excited to work alongside our Indianapolis neighbors and racing industry icons, and be at the forefront of the racing community,” said PRI President Dr. Jamie Meyer. “PRI Membership is a groundbreaking program that unites the industry and creates a collective voice for the motorsports community to address any challenges and needs."

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2022: AN INTERVIEW WITH DON SCHUMACHER

 

This season will be drastically different for Don Schumacher, the winningest team owner in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Just five seasons ago, Schumacher entered the 2017 season with eight teams. When the season kicks off next month in Pomona, Schumacher will roll through the gates with just one professional team, the one driven by his son Tony Schumacher.

Schumacher addresses the downsizing in this exclusive interview with CompetitionPlus.com editor Bobby Bennett. He also reflects on his successful run as a mega-team owner and his time in the sport as a drag racer. 

Schumacher also looks ahead to the landscape of his team and if he plans to reexpand or remain as he is now in this first interview ahead of the 2022 season. 

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