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NHRA TO STREAM 37 LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES RACES FOR FREE IN 2023, STARTING THIS WEEKEND IN ORLANDO

 

 

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series officially opens its 2023 season this weekend at Orlando Speed World Dragway and fans will be able to watch for free on the NHRA YouTube page.

It’s part of a comprehensive coverage plan for the upcoming divisional season, as NHRA will stream 37 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional races on either NHRA.tv or the NHRA YouTube page for free during the 2023 campaign.

All 21 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events this year can also be viewed on NHRA.tv and is available for $149.99 for the entire season or $24.99 per national event.

BROWN NOT EXACTLY FIGHTING OFF THE DOORSLAMMER FEVER

 

Top Fuel superstar Antron Brown had just finished mixing fuel for his next run during a private test session at Gainesville Raceway. He started walking towards his Matco Tools dragster, then stopped and looked left. The 11,000 horsepower race car is his occupation, but lately, the car on his left has become his high-speed fling. 

Manny Buginga's Pro Modified entry was parked under the canopy alongside Brown's dragster in an alliance of sorts. 

Brown, the two-wheeled standout who became a Top Fuel champion, has been acting on his doorslammer impulses lately, driving Buginga's PRO275 drag radial car most recently at Bradenton's U.S. Street Nationals. 

JOHN HALL TO BE SECOND RIDER FOR WAR’S PSM TEAM IN 2023

RIGHT TRAILERS RETURNS AS MARKETING PARTNER WITH CARUSO IN 2023

 

When the 2023 NHRA season-opening Gatornationals gets underway, last year’s NHRA Rookie of the Year Camrie Caruso will have plenty of new to deal with – starting with a new team KB Titan Racing engine program.

However, one thing that will stay the same for Caruso is she will have longtime marketing partners, Florida-based Right Trailers, along for the ride, starting with them being her primary sponsor at the Gatornationals, March 9-12 in Gainesville, Fla.

Caruso also will be wearing a Right Trailers branded firesuit and her Pro Stock team will wear Right Trailer crew shirts. 

A YEAR INTO HIS ROLE AS TUNER, ANDREW HINES KNOWS WHERE HE STANDS, OR MAYBE NOT

 

There's one thing Andrew Hines has yet to grasp since he assumed the role of full-time crew chief, and it's different from the kind of challenge one would think. Sure, as a rider, he checked almost every box of knowledge, straddling his Harley-Davidson by winning six series championships and 56 national events, the most in the class.

As a crew chief, he still has one unmastered detail.

"I've been joking with everybody; I still don't know where to stand on the starting line," Hines admitted. "After being on the bike and knowing my position there for so many years, I'm like a butterfly bouncing around all over the place; I just don't know where to go.

WESLEY EXPANDS IN-HOUSE TUNING SERVICES FOR CHALLENGER DRAGPAK RACERS

 

Wesley Motorsports is expanding its role in providing pre-race vehicle prep and onsite chassis tuning for Challenger Drag Pak owners. The latest competitors running out of the newly expanded Wesley Motorsports facility are David H. Davies and Warren Walcher, two seasoned veterans who've competed in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown and NMCA Factory Super Cars classes for the last two years. During the 2022 race season, both Davies and Walcher made significant performance strides as the team at Wesley Motorsports applied their knowledge and skills in chassis set up to make the Drag Pak’s suspension work more consistently when harnessing the supercharged HEMI’s 1500-plus horsepower.  

ED PINK’S SON, BILL TRIES HIS HAND AT DRAG RACING

 

The last name of Pink is synonymous in drag racing. 

Ed Pink, nicknamed the “the Old Master,” was a popular American drag racing engine builder in the glory days of nitro racing. His company, Ed Pink Racing Engines, supplied motors to star racers like “TV” Tommy Ivo, Shirley Muldowney and Don Prudhomme.

Last month, Bill Pink, Ed’s son, tried his hand at drag racing at the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School in Gainesville, Fla.

HERRERA READY TO TAKE ON THE ROLE AS VANCE & HINES RIDER

 

Fourth-generation racer Gaige Herrera has been added as a rider for the Vance & Hines team in 2023, joining four-time world champion Eddie Krawiec as they will ride Suzuki Hyabusa entries tuned by Andrew Hines. Herrera qualified in four of six events last season.  

Herrera comes to Vance & Hines and the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle  division with experience in both Pro Street and Outlaw disciplines of bike racing. 

"This is such a tremendous opportunity," Herrera said. "I never expected to get a call with an invitation to join the Vance & Hines team, and when I told my dad [longtime drag racing fixture Augustine Herrera], he was as excited as me."

AUSSIE TOP FUEL CHAMP PETER XIBERRAS RETURNS FROM WILDERNESS TO CLAIM VICTORY AT SYDNEY DRAGWAY.

 

PremiAir Racing team owner-driver Peter Xiberras snapped a nine-round losing streak to defeat local racer Phil Read in the A-Final of the Atlantic Oils Top Fuel Slam meet at Sydney Dragway, January 27-28.

NHRA star Larry Dixon upstaged his Rapisarda Autosport International teammate Wayne Newby to win the B-Final and Shane Olive took out the C-Final on a solo when team boss Phil Lamattina was a no-show.

“It’s been a while,” said Xiberras, who also paid tribute to Sam Fenech, the much-loved Doorslammer racer who lost his life at Willowbank Raceway earlier this month.
“This one was always about Sam.” 

NEW TEAMMATES SCHUMACHER, WILKERSON MORE ALIKE THAN NOT

 

 

They aren’t exactly the Odd Couple, Tony Schumacher and Tim Wilkerson.

But the new NHRA teammates with the Joe and Cathi Maynard / SCAG connections seemed an unlikely pairing at first.

Schumacher, for example, has a Top Fuel-leading 86 victories and eight series championships. Wilkerson has won a respectable 22 Wally trophies but no Funny Car titles. Both have won the U.S. Nationals – Wilkerson twice but Schumacher an unprecedented 10 times. They were born nine years apart, almost to the day. One competes in the Top Fuel class, the other in Funny Car. Schumacher is a driver; Wilkerson is a team owner, tuner, and driver. Schumacher’s demeanor is more nonchalant, while Wilkerson constantly is tiptoeing that tightrope between high performance and high anxiety – Schumacher is breezy, Wilkerson intense.

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