Thu, 2018-06-21 02:30
Sharon Thomas was set to light the world on fire in the Small Tire Class at the Missouri Outlaw Shootout at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL. last month, when the “Perfect Storm” of events occurred. After an impressive A to B pass on the engine during the first round of qualifying, the decision was made to turn it up. During qualifying round two, things took a turn for the worst when the combination of antiroll bar failure and throttle sticking suddenly forced Sharon Thomas’ 78 Malibu “Bu Thang” to cross the center line and hit the wall around the 330 mark. Thankfully, the car and safety equipment did their job and no one was injured.
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2018-06-20 23:14
Finding sponsorships in NHRA Top Fuel racing is never easy.
Gary Leverich Racing & Audrey Worm Racing did land something to help their 2018 season progress.
On June 20, Edelbrock announced Worm as the latest addition to Team Edelbrock Racing.
Wed, 2018-06-20 22:28
Check out this new hot rod for Randy Weatherford which just rolled out of the Jerry Bickel Race Cars shop. Thiks classic first-gen Camaro is slated for action in PDRA Pro Nitrous and will feature horsepower from Musi Enterprises.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Mark Rebilas Wed, 2018-06-20 22:27
Sunday was not the kind of day Pro Modified racer Chad Green envisioned.
Pro Modified racer Chad Green was uninjured Sunday at Bristol, Tenn., climbing from his Camaro after its parachutes didn’t deploy and slid upside down into the sand trap.
The Midland, Texas, driver lost his second round and control of his Camaro. After Green crossed the finish line, the parachute failure prompted him to jump on the brakes. His nitrous-aided car then toppled over onto its roof and skidded across the track – in front of Rowe – on its roof into the sand trap.
Wed, 2018-06-20 12:47
Over the past three years, Legends of Nitro has printed color calendars to support the current class of nitro funny cars and fuel altereds competing in the Heritage Series, the former Nitro Jam and at some Independent events.
So, in order to have all of the 2019 Calendars printed in time for distribution at October’s California Hot Rod Reunion, the folks at Stith Printing are sending out an early call to those racers who’d like to be included for next year. All 2018 calendar participants are guaranteed First Refusal for placement in the 2019 editions, but they need to know of your interest in participating by July 15, 2018 - sincethere is a waiting list for new additions.
Story and photos courtesy of Cole Coonce Wed, 2018-06-20 10:28
Mendy Fry took the Top Fuel win in the High-Speed Motorsports dragster at the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion with a 5.72 ET at 252 MPH over Jim Young, who ran a 5.84 ET at 256 MPH. The final round was a dramatic conclusion to three days of sweltering racing action as front-engine Top Fuel contenders fought for a slot in eight car eliminations. Fry and Young tossed the lead back and forth until everything changed at half track. "He left on me with a .78 light to a .134 light. The lead changed a few times. The incrementals were pretty close until about half track and then I didn't see him until I pulled the chutes!"
by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2018-06-20 09:31
Versatility is in Alex Laughlin's DNA.
Laughlin, the face of the Gas Monkey enterprise in drag racing, has raced a variety of race vehicles from Pro Stock to an A/Fuel Dragster to a 10.5-inch tire Drag Radial entry and soon a turbocharged Pro Modified.
"A lot of people asked last year the difference between the A/Fuel Dragster and the Pro Stock car and how you adjust because they’re so different, and they are," Laughlin admitted. "Everything about them is different, wherein the Pro Stock car the shifter is the brake handle in the Dragster.
by CompetitionPlus Australia; Photo by Dave Reid Wed, 2018-06-20 02:31
Among the many performance marks smashed during the running of Willowbank’s 51st Gulf Western Oil Winternationals was the raceway’s oldest track record.
Thirty-nine track records were broken at the June 7-10 event, including the B/Modified Altered marks of 9.95sec and 133.53mph (214.88km/h) which were set as minimums for the opening meeting of Willowbank Raceway in September, 1985. When Willowbank officials were preparing to open the track 33 years ago, the elapsed time records from Surfers Paradise International Raceway were adopted as minimums, along with the national speed records.
Tue, 2018-06-19 16:29
Impressed with the success of the inaugural DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, MagnaFuel is back as a sponsor for the second year of the event, and it is bringing big Top Dragster and Top Sportsman purses with them.
Drag Illustrated officials announced today that MagnaFuel has been named the title sponsor for both the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes at the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway. The winners in both the MagnaFuel Pro Star 16 for Top Dragster and Quick Star 16 for Top Sportsman will receive $4,000, an impressive purse that has already gotten the attention of racers in both classes.
Tue, 2018-06-19 14:28
NHRA officials confirmed today that Summit Racing Equipment has renewed its title sponsorship of the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, a popular racing league for kids ages 5-17.
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2017 season and continues to enjoy impressive growth and participation from youth across many of NHRA’s 120 member tracks throughout the United States and Canada. Competitors in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League race cars called Jr. Dragsters, which are half-scale versions of Top Fuel dragsters. They go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in the eighth-mile using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, though younger age groups are restricted to slower times and speeds.