Written by Tracy Renck Wed, 2017-07-12 12:00
Drag racing is an extremely humbling sport – especially in the nitro classes of Top Fuel and Funny Car.
Nitro Funny Car driver Jim Campbell knows that all too well since the middle of March.
Photo by Katie Anderson Wed, 2017-07-12 08:00
MagnaFuel has stepped up to present a pair of $2,500-to-win shootout races for Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors at the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service, Aug. 4-5, at Bandimere Speedway. The MagnaFuel Quick Star 16 (door cars) and Pro Star 16 (dragsters) Shootouts will supplement the $10,000-to-win Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout and $100,000-to-win World Series of Pro Mod.
“Top Sportsman and Top Dragster are the perfect complement to the Pro Mod show we’ve put together,” said Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief and race founder Wes Buck. “When we were laying the groundwork and putting together the class structures for this event, adding Top Sportsman and Top Dragster just made perfect sense. These are world-class cars, world-class drivers and wonderful people; really, in our opinion, two of drag racing’s most exciting and fastest-growing categories. You hear me talking about our efforts to ‘Make Drag Racing Great Again’, and these are some of the guys who are out here doing just that. They’re racing week in and week out for all the right reasons. We share their passion, and we’re excited to have them racing with us at the World Series of Pro Mod.”
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2017-07-11 19:56
Never had Sweet Cheeks wanted to win so badly for Nellie.
Sweet Cheeks, a.k.a. Tommy Johnson Jr., reached the Funny Car finals of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill., losing a close race to teammate Ron Capps, who seemed somewhat like a reluctant winner.
Sunday's race was the first national event since the passing of Terry Chandler, a drag racing philanthropist who funded the car driven by Johnson, honoring the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
by Tracy Renck Tue, 2017-07-11 18:56
T.J. Zizzo knows his role.
The last few years the veteran Top Fuel driver has competed in a small number of NHRA national events.
However, when the Illinois native shows up – he swings for the fences.
That’s exactly what he did at the 20th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals last weekend in Chicago, and he had and his team had an amazing performance.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2017-07-11 17:55
Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force has a tendency to overthink a situation.
While this might come as a shock, throwing out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs was one of those rare instances where Force was not in his usual hyperactive schtick.
Force, whose high school athletic prowess included being a quarterback on a winless team, rared back, and threw a strike, right down the middle.
by Nate Van Wagnen Tue, 2017-07-11 15:55
For the first time in the Professional Drag Racers Association’s three-season history, the all-eighth-mile series will race at the historic Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend. The inaugural PDRA Mid-America Indy Showdown, July 13-15, is the fifth stop on the PDRA’s eight-race 2017 tour, bringing the stars of eighth-mile doorslammer racing to Indianapolis, “the racing capital of the world.”
“We’re really excited about our first visit to Indy,” said PDRA Race Director Bob Harris. “We’re going to have a lot of new racers joining us who haven’t raced with us before – a lot of guys in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and our Jr. Dragster categories. Indy is one of the most famous racetracks in the world, and it has a lot of prestige. It’s nice that we can stop to race there at least once a year now.”
Written by Allen Gregory, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2017-07-10 12:00
Steve Torrence is starting to solve his hex against Antron Brown.
Written by Josh Hachat, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2017-07-10 12:00
A remarkable 2017 Funny Car season got even better for Ron Capps on Sunday. The defending world champion set a career best with his sixth win of the year at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals – needing only 13 races to do so – picked up his first win at Route 66 Raceway and helped Rahn Tobler earn his 60th win as a crew chief.
But the weekend for Capps and Don Schumacher Racing will truly be remembered as a tribute to Terry Chandler, who funded Funny Cars teams for DSR drivers Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman. Chandler passed away on Tuesday after a valiant fight with brain cancer, but not before making an incredible impact within DSR and the entire NHRA.