Sat, 2017-10-21 15:47
Frankie "The Mad Man" Taylor, the world’s quickest and fastest blown Doorslammer driver over the quarter-mile, will drive a Pro Slammer for Team Bray Racing and Gulf Western Oil at the upcoming AC Delco East Coast Thunder at Sydney Dragway.
To be held at Sydney Dragway across November 3 and 4, the event will see the Texan drag racing star debut for the team in a driving capacity in a brand-new Corvette.
The race car is a twin-sister of Ben Bray’s own Gulf Western Oil-supported Corvette, and allows Taylor to fill-in for team principal and six-time champion Victor Bray while keeping Victor’s ’57 Chev just for him.
Taylor will arrive on the 26th of October from his home in Texas ready for testing ahead of the November event.
Sat, 2017-10-21 15:42
Pro Stock standout Shane Tucker announced today that he will be taking the wheel of a Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro next weekend at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Shane Gray-owned Camaro was last contested at the U.S. Nationals with grandfather Johnny Gray at the helms where it qualified in the top half of the field.
“This deal started when I had an engine issue in Dallas last weekend in the second session,” Tucker explained. “We fixed it for the third session but hurt it again and Shane [Gray] came over and gave us a motor to run for Q4 [final qualifying session]. We didn’t get it in in time but we were able to run in the first round. After Dallas, Shane and I talked and kind of discussed where we were at with our program and I wanted to test before Las Vegas but since we don’t have the chance to test, Shane offered to let me drive one of his cars until we sort our program out. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.”
by Nate Van Wagnen; Photos by Roger Richards Sat, 2017-10-21 12:41
A record turnout of nearly 400 cars was on hand for Friday qualifying at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Performance records were also set as the all-eighth-mile series completed three professional qualifying sessions.
The provisional No. 1 qualifiers going into Saturday’s final session are Terry Leggett in Pro Extreme, Tommy Franklin in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, Jose Gonzales in Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost, Cary Goforth in Extreme Pro Stock, and Chris Garner-Jones in Drag 965 Pro Extreme Motorcycle.
by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2017-10-21 10:37
Bobby Cottrell didn't let the disqualification of his first run during the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion didn't deter him. The driver of the Bucky Austin Chevrolet Camaro had laid by far the quickest run of the opening session with a 5.62, but because he deposited oil on the racing surface the run was thrown out.
No problem for Cottrell who entered the event third in Funny Car points, as he just corked off an even quicker 5.563 elapsed time at 256.06 miles per hour.
Fri, 2017-10-20 09:51
Check out this new C7 Corvette that just rolled out of RJ Race Cars & Quarter-Max Chassis & Racing Components for Pat Warr of Warrpath Racing.
The RJ Race Cars full tube 4130 chromoly chassis features an upgraded double frame rail designed to handle well over 2500 horsepower. The exterior of the car features an all carbon fiber body from Cynergy Composites with paint by SD Enterprises. This stunning car is optioned out with high quality Quarter-Max products from tip to tail.
by Bobby Bennett, Photos by Mark Rebilas Thu, 2017-10-19 23:55
Dealing with pressure is nothing new for Top Fuel point leader Steve Torrence. After all, regarding a world championship, Torrence has been there and done that. He even has the t-shirt to prove it.
Torrence, who won the 2005 Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster championship, says this season's run for a Top Fuel title is eerily reminiscent of that memorable season.
"You don’t think about anything other than just winning the race and winning rounds," Torrence explained. "The rest of that crap’s going to take care of itself. I reflect back on that actually quite a bit myself, just to make sure that I don’t get distracted from what we’re trying to do here, and we’re just trying to win rounds."
Thu, 2017-10-19 18:00
Just in time for this weekend’s PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), PDRA co-owners, Tommy and Judy Franklin, are excited to announce the purchase of the central-Virginia facility, currently sanctioned by NHRA.
As longtime racers, the Franklins upped their investment when they co-founded the PDRA in early 2014. Over the last three and a half years, the Virginia natives have continually shown their commitment to eighth-mile drag racing as well as the entire sport in a variety of ways. Their purchase of VMP allows them to further support the racing community in Virginia, the PDRA and beyond.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Randy Anderson, Will Lester Thu, 2017-10-19 16:51
He barely fixes one issue before another pops up. Little does he know four others also urgently need to speak to him.
Welcome to the world of Steve Gibbs, who retired as NHRA's Competition Director in 1998, only to accept a role as the original Director of the NHRA Museum, and later became the point man in the NHRA Heritage Series. He unexpected retired again in March, stepping away from his association with the NHRA in March.
One might think Gibbs, who is pushing 80 years old, is ready to throw his feet back and relax.
Thu, 2017-10-19 12:51
The Professional Drag Racers confirmed the Outlaw 632 category will be a part of the PDRA program again in 2018, with a fresh name, Pro 632. East Side Auto Transport will retain title rights of the category, which will be run at five of the eight races on the 2018 tour.
The class, which originated in Florida, has enjoyed a strong following by both racers and fans during its time with the PDRA. Named for the max cubic inch size allowed, East Side Auto Transport PDRA Pro 632 provides a more cost effective option while still allowing racers to tour and compete for a championship in a national series.
"The PDRA has my full support for next year," said Ken Quartuccio, owner of East Side Auto Transport and Pro 632 competitor. "I'm glad to be back. Having Outlaw 632 as part of the PDRA program has worked out well, and we're excited to see it continue in 2018 as Pro 632."
Thu, 2017-10-19 08:53
Seven rookie drivers representing the four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories, Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, were announced today by officials from NHRA and Automobile Club of Southern California as the eligible candidates for the 2017 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award.
The award, which recognizes the top rookie competitor in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and offers a $20,000 prize and traditional trophy to the winner, will be presented during NHRA’s annual championship awards ceremony on Monday, Nov. 13 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, Calif. The nation’s leading auto racing journalists will select the winner through a voting system based on the following criteria: number of events competed in, performance on and off the racetrack, participation in NHRA promotions and relationships with fans, sponsors and media.