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B. FORCE LEADS TOP FUEL PACK ON DAY TWO OF INDIANAPOLIS TEST SESSION

The defending Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force powered atop the Top Fuel competitors on day two of the Indianapolis test session. The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues with the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals August 29-September 3, and the test session allows teams an opportunity to dial in their respective tune-ups prior to the final regular season race of the NHRA schedule.

Force drove her Monster Energy dragster to a run of 3.739 seconds at 330.55 mph to send her to the top of the day's leaders.

2019 WORLD SERIES OF PRO MOD DATES SET

 

The date is set for the 2019 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service. Race officials announced today that the third annual World Series of Pro Mod will take place Aug. 9-10, 2019 at Bandimere Speedway. 
 
Continuing to build on the momentum of the $100,000-to-win race, having a date secured for the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe was important for race founder Wes Buck.
 
“We are extremely excited to announce that the date for the 2019 World Series of Pro Mod has already been set and we will be returning to Bandimere Speedway,” Buck said. “It was important to make an announcement immediately to show just how fired up we are, not only about how this year turned out but what we are expecting in 2019 and beyond. We were just so happy about this year and we wanted to lock in the date for next season.” 

NOONAN INCORPORATES MANUFACTURING CHANGES

 

Noonan Inc will be adding the production of cylinder heads and manifolds to their American capabilities, designing and producing high-end components under one facility.

A little over a year ago Noonan Inc announced the purchase of the NAS Racing facilities and subsequently moved existing USA operations from Utah to Spartanburg, SC, where they have been operating since. 

 “Our business plan has always been to bring the operations under one roof, as this will allow us to improve many facets of our business” said Jamie Noonan.  “We have listened to and acted on the advice of our customers and believe we can create a more efficient end to end service delivery capability. We are looking forward to being able to improve our customer philosophy”.

DODGE HEMI SHOOTOUT BRINGING 30 ENTRIES TO INDY

 

A record-tying 30 drivers hailing from 17 states will gather at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on August 30-31 to fight it out in the NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge, held during the historic NHRA U.S. Nationals, August 29 – September 3. The victor’s Wally trophy will have even more of a “golden” luster this year, as 2018 also marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the Mopar-powered 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars that compete in the fan-favorite event.

The current field of entries, matching the largest in the event’s 18-year history, will duke it out for the iconic 42.6-lb NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge trophy, created as a callout to the 426 HEMI engine, and the $15,000 winner’s purse. Three returning Indy HEMI Challenge champions will be among those vying for the win in the first event with Dodge as title sponsor, including two-time and defending champion James Daniels in his Dodge Dart, 2015 winner and Plymouth ‘Cuda pilot Lloyd Wofford and inaugural 2001 HEMI Challenge race winner Bucky Hess.

BECKMAN PACES FUNNY CAR FIELD AT FIRST DAY OF INDIANAPOLIS TEST SESSION

The 2012 Funny Car world champion Jack Beckman led all competitors in the class at the Indianapolis Test Session on Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues with the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals August 29-September 3, and the test session allows teams an opportunity to dial in their respective tune-ups prior to the final regular season race of the NHRA schedule.

Beckman powered his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T to a pass of 3.908 seconds at 327.35 mph to send him to the top of leader board.

JUSTIN ASHLEY RACING TO DEBUT AT INDY WITH NEW TEAM, NEW SPONSOR

 

Last month Justin Ashley Racing announced it acquired a complete A/Fuel operation to compete in the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster class. The team got off to a fast start and in just one month, opened its shop in Indianapolis, secured several important sponsors and prepared the car for competition. 

A successful day of testing on Wednesday showed real potential for the newly formed team. In total the team made four runs, two were planned half-track and the other went to the finish line. The car ran it’s quickest elapsed time of the day right out of the box at 5.39 seconds with a top speed of 269.68 MPH. coming on the final run. The majority of the day was spent testing different clutch and tune-up combinations and a lot was learned. 

FORD'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY COBRA JET IS A BEAST

Ford executives expect the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet by Ford Performance to be the most potent offering to date.

“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day Cobra Jet racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build the Cobra Jet brand based on its success at the track over five decades,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. “That, in turn, has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WHO HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF CRACKING THE FC TOP TEN?

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There's a battle which could go dow to the final round for a final spot in the Funny Car portion of the Countdown. With the points being a awarded at 150-percent, the battle for one of the four unclinched positions could be one for the ages. Our ARP Question of the Week asks, "Which driver on the outside has the best chance of getting in the Countdown."

NHRA RELEASES 16-RACE 2019 SCHEDULE FOR PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

NHRA officials announced the 16-race 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, which will once again feature exhilarating drag racing at a variety of scenic tracks across the country. The intense racing action features two-wheeled racing at its finest with side-by-side competition where victories are regularly determined by just thousandths of a second.
 
As in years past, the 2019 season will begin at the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17 at historic Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. and conclude at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. with the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 7-10.

NHRA MOSER SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT SET FOR BEECH BEND

The NHRA North Central Division Moser Sportsman Shootout is set to take place on Saturday, August 25, in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Ky.
 
Jacob Elrod returns this year and has again qualified in two categories, Super Gas and Super Comp.  He is joined by division points leaders Lester Johnson (Top Sportsman), Devin Isenhower (Super Gas) and Dalton Deffenbaugh (Super Street) who lead the field in search of the Moser Sportsman Shootout Championship

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