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ACCIDENT FORCES FC DRIVER SIMPSON TO LEAVE DENVER EARLY

Part-time nitro Funny Car racer Todd Simpson confirmed to Competition Plus that he will not compete in the remainder of the Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colo., near Denver.

Simpson was forced to withdraw from the NHRA national event because of damage to the front-end of his Funny Car’s body.

PDRA SUPER NATIONALS CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

Despite multiple attempts to dry the racing surface, Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) officials decided to cancel the remainder of the PDRA Super Strip Nationals at National Trail Raceway. The decision was announced Saturday afternoon after rain showers prevented the completion of the first of three planned qualifying sessions.
 
“This was a tough decision,” said Bob Harris, PDRA race director. “We fought it from Thursday through today. The racers were getting edgy after sitting here for 2-3 days, especially knowing we’re probably not going to get it done even if we do get in one round of qualifying. We just made a final decision to let everyone go home and enjoy Sunday.”

PRITCHETT FEELING TOP FUEL VIBE AT DENVER

Don Schumacher Racing’s Leah Pritchett said the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, near Denver, “is a huge weekend for us. You might as well put it up there with the U.S. Nationals.”

So to start the weekend of her sponsor’s race in the Top Fuel class’ catbird seat, “this vibe is like none other,” she said after roaring from seventh place to first Friday night with a 3.806-second elapsed time at 317.19 mph on the 1,000-foot Morrison, Colo., course.

FORCE OVERCOMES TROUBLES TO ZOOM TO NO. 1 SPOT IN FUNNY CAR

Sometimes drag-racing performance at Bandimere Speedway is unpredictable. It wasn’t Friday in Funny Car qualifying.

Courtney Force, who has started from the top position at eight of the season’s first 13 races, continues to have the upper hand on the rest of the class – even though she didn’t start off with a pass under full power and followed with a run punctuated by what she called “a hiccup.”

DSR MAKES MAJOR COMMITMENT TO CONCUSSION RESEARCH

 

Don Schumacher Racing made history today when all seven drivers of the winningest NHRA Drag Racing team, along with team patriarch and racing legend, Don Schumacher, pledged to donate their brains to the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF).
 
At 4:30 p.m. MST, Schumacher and his roster of drivers signed the paperwork, making their commitment official. 3,500 former and current athletes and veterans have pledged to donate their brains for research since 2008, but DSR’s public declaration at Bandimere Speedway during the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals marked the first time an entire team has made the commitment.
 
Schumacher and his cadre of drivers, who experience intense vibrations, extreme g-forces and high-speed explosions behind the wheel of their 330-mile-per-hour, 11,000-horsepower nitromethane-burning race cars, will immediately begin a comprehensive brain monitoring process to ensure an in-depth brain profile upon donation.

C. FORCE, PRITCHETT, ANDERSON, AND KRAWIC EARN PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT MILE-HIGH NATIONALS

Courtney Force is the current No. 1 Funny Car qualifier at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, the first of three consecutive races of the daunting NHRA Western Swing.

Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at Bandimere Speedway, the 14th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

INTRODUCING THE NEW DODGE CHARGER HELLCAT FUNNY CAR BODY

 

A new, wickedly quick, Mopar-powered National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car version of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has been let loose and is coming soon to a drag strip near you.
 
The new 2019 Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat NHRA Funny Car body will make its competition debut this weekend at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, July 20-22. The Mopar and Dodge//SRT brands will show the new body for the first time this afternoon during a pre-race press conference.

DODGE CHALLENGER UNVEILS NEW R/T SCAT PACK 1320

Dodge//SRT engineers are regulars at the drag strip and well known for creating the record-setting Challenger SRT Demon. Now, once again, they are using their proven experience to create a new street-to-strip drag car. The result: the drag-oriented, street-legal 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, unveiled today in Denver prior to the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Powered by Mopar, taking place July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway.
 

DELAGO TO HELP TUNE CARRILLO’S TF ENTRY IN DENVER

 

World champion NHRA nitro Funny Car crew chief Tommy Delago will be returning to work this weekend at the Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colo., near Denver.

Delago, who was released as the co-crew chief of the Funny Car driven by Shawn Langdon for Kalitta Motorsports earlier this season, will help tune the Top Fuel dragster driven by Greg Carrillo at Bandimere Speedway.

“This should be cool,” Delago said. “I just got here to the track (Wednesday) and we will get to work to see what we can do.”

POPULAR STREET LEGAL DRAGS CHAMPION CURRAN DIES

 

Bob Curran, 53, a popular racer in the NMCA community, was on killed on July 30, a victim in a motorcycle accident. 

More commonly known as "Spongebob," Curren was popular amongst his peers. He was also a three-time champion behind the wheel of his Strange Engineering-sponsored Corvette. 

"“Sponge Bob” was loved and respected in the racing community making everyone feel like they were part of the family. Always with a smile on his face, Bob is one of the most loyal and good hearted people you will ever meet and it is a true privilege to be associated with him," said Strange Engineering's Jeff Stange. 

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