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FOURTH SEASON OF LEGENDS: THE SERIES STARTS WITH EMOTIONAL ERIC MEDLEN EPISODE

Competitionplus.com owner and publisher Bobby Bennett had an idea back in 2013 for an online video series looking at the legends of the NHRA Drag Racing Series. From the outset Legends: The Series told the behind-the-scenes stories of drag racing's storied subjects who often reveal untold stories in these interviews.

The pilot episode featured 16-time Funny Car champion John Force talking about his early days chasing sponsors as an upstart Funny Car driver, the episode, Chasing Uncorporate America, was viewed almost 50,000 times. The inaugural season featured eleven episodes and highlighted a diverse group that included Bill Doner, Graham Light and Steve Reyes to name a few.

ANOTHER STAPLE OF NHRA PRO STOCK TRADITION ELIMINATED

 

Another staple of NHRA Pro Stock fell by the wayside today, as the sanctioning body announced late Monday afternoon it was abandoning its original rule of engine manufacturer matching the body style. Starting in 2018, Pro Stock racers will be allowed to run any currently approved engine combination in any currently approved body, regardless of the manufacturer

“The NHRA Technical Department worked very closely with the Pro Stock teams and the vehicle manufacturers in finalizing this rule change,” said NHRA Vice President-Technical Operations Glen Gray. “The cooperation from all of those involved in the process was very encouraging and we look forward to the 2018 Pro Stock season.”

The NHRA revealed their decision in a letter to Pro Stock teams, with the anticipation the move should provide fans with a wider variety of entries in the class, including more Dodge Darts and Ford Mustangs. Since 2013, NHRA's Pro Stock title has been won by Chevrolet Camaros. 

FORCE RACING EXPANDS NEXT GENERATION PROGRAM

In an expansion of a Next Generation initiative that, over the last 14 years, has developed some of the top driving and mechanical talent in the sport, John Force Racing has announced 26-year-old Sara Slaughter, most recently Media Relations Manager for the NHRA, as its new Public Relations Director.

“Our team has worked with Sara over the last two seasons and John and I were very impressed with her work ethic and her relationship with the media,” said JFR President Robert Hight, the reigning NHRA Funny Car Champion.

TOPEKA FACILITY OFFICIALLY CHANGES NAME TO HEARTLAND MOTORSPORTS PARK

Jake Schmidtlein, General Manager for Heartland Park Topeka, announced today at the facility that the company will officially be changing its name to “Heartland Motorsports Park” effective immediately. As part of the rebranding, the organization has also unveiled a new logo and redesign of its website.

Schmidtlein explained that the new name would reflect the evolving focus and standards of the company, adding, “As we continue to grow and improve Heartland Motorsports Park we want our name and logo to emphasize our position as one of the premier motorsports facilities in the United States.”

NEWEST TECHNOLOGY IN RACING EQUIPMENT FEATURED AT PRI SHOW

Attendees at the 30th Anniversary Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show will discover the latest in machining and trailer offerings as more than 100 manufacturers showcase and demonstrate their newest equipment in the Machinery Row and Trailer Exhibit areas. Taking place December 7-9, 2017, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, the industry’s premier motorsports trade show features everything race professionals need to succeed and compete.
 
Machinery Row features aisles filled with the latest shop machining equipment, cutters and abrasives, and fabricating equipment from leading manufacturers. Attendees will see firsthand how they can enhance their cutting, honing, surfacing, fabricating, and welding efforts through live demonstrations on actual race parts, and will be able to meet with vendors, ask questions, and share information. It’s a must-see for any professional race team, race engine builder, or race fabricator planning on making a machinery purchase or wishing to keep up with the latest machining trends.

SNYDER PREPARING POWERSOURCE '68 CAMARO FOR 2018 DEBUT

The chance to try something new has always caught Mick Snyder’s attention. For 2018, that means driving a new car. Snyder, who has been a champion in Alcohol Funny Car, Pro Extreme and Top Sportsman, will debut a Powersource Transportation ‘68 Camaro for the upcoming Top Sportsman season. After excelling in the orange ’63 Corvette still owned by Jason Scruggs for the past eight years, Snyder is now eager for the challenge in a new car.

“It’s kind of cool having something new,” Snyder said. “I’m always excited about new stuff.”

TF RACER PRITCHETT TO RECOGNIZE HEARTLAND PARK BRACKET RACERS

 

Racers who competed in the Karl Performance Bracket Racing Series at Heartland Park during the 2017 season are in for a treat at the upcoming banquet where NHRA Top Fuel Dragster driver, Leah Pritchett, will be the host.  The season long bracket racing competition is part of NHRA’s Summit ET Racing Series that culminates with the NHRA Division 5 Bracket Finals and sends competitors to NHRA’s World Finals to compete for national honors in Pomona, California.

DUNN NAMED IHRA SENIOR CONSULTANT

IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a leading promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, announced that Mike Dunn has been named senior consultant for the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).
 
One of the most accomplished figures in drag racing, Dunn served as IHRA President from Feb. 2016 until moving to this new position. The change allows him to pursue other interests outside of the sport, while continuing to serve as a trusted advisor to IHRA management and officials with the sanctioning body recently re-affirming its commitment to grassroots, Sportsman racing.

NOBILE PLANS ON COMPETING IN PRO STOCK CLASS AT WINTERNATIONALS

 

If things go according to plan, Vincent Nobile will return to competing in NHRA’s Pro Stock class at the 2018 season-opening Winternationals Feb. 8-11 in Pomona, Calif.

“We are definitely coming out in 2018 and more than likely we will be at Pomona,” said John Nobile, who tunes the car driven by his son Vincent Nobile. “We have a brand-new car coming from Jerry Haas. We are going to leave on Dec. 11, so Vincent can get fitted for it. We are hoping Jerry can get it done in time, so we can go testing (at Phoenix before the Winternationals) and then go to Pomona.”

John Nobile said his son will be campaigning a 2018 Chevy Camaro in the upcoming season.

EYE CANDY FROM JERRY BICKEL RACE CARS

When it comes to creating four-wheeled candy, Jerry Bickel is indeed the Candy Man. His latest creation is a sleek Mustang destined for Top Sportsman/Fast Brackets racer Brian LaFlam. The Blue Oval beauty has a ProCharger underneath the hood. 

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