Story and photos by Whit Bazemore Tue, 2018-11-06 23:36
After losing the battle with Shirley Muldowney for the 1977 NHRA Top Fuel Championship, Don Garlits famously said to Sports Illustrated “Not to be a male chauvinist, but women are the weaker of the two sexes and need to be protected by men while they’re carrying the babies. I don’t understand these women like Muldowney who want to prove they’re as good as men. I wouldn’t want my wife sticking her hands down in an engine changing red hot pistons, getting her fingers all cut up and dirty. How can a woman expose herself to that … and all the rough talk around a race track, and still be feminine?”
by Ian Tocher Tue, 2018-11-06 20:37
In front of a packed house at North Carolina's historic Shadyside Dragway, the South East Gassers Association (SEGA) wrapped up an 11-event season Nov. 3, with fans witnessing two sets of race wins and celebrating champions crowned in three official SEGA classes.
Based on the strength of a recent four-race winning streak, Shannon Smith of Landrum, SC, earned the 2018 SEGA A/Gas championship; Todd Blackwell of nearby Spartanburg, SC, wrapped up the B/Gas championship; and Larry Noel from Aiken, SC, was named C/Gas champion.
Persistent rain two weeks earlier during the previous SEGA race at Carolina Dragway forced eliminations there up against the track's midnight curfew. A decision was reached to run the semis and finals from the Aiken, SC, event within two rounds of qualifying for the season-ending Showdown at Shadyside.
Tue, 2018-11-06 19:23
NHRA officials announced today that three dates on its 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule have been changed. The final three events of the season will now take place as follows:
October 17-20 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Dallas
October 31-November 3 NHRA Nevada Nationals Las Vegas
November 14-17 Auto Club NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif.
Tue, 2018-11-06 14:00
The NHRA changed a tradition in January 2016 of awarding points for competitors establishing a new elapsed time record citing the complexity for fans to understand the concept of the required one-percent back-up.
In this week's ARP Question of the Week, we ask you, the reader, should NHRA return to the process of requiring a one-percent back-up and rewarding records with points?
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2018-11-05 21:50
Gary Densham admits there's only so much nagging a man can take.
"He's only been bugging me to drive my car since he was 12 years old," Densham said with a smile. "It's only took about 20 years for me to get around to letting him do it."
Densham confirmed that on the Monday following the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas, his son and past NHRA Heritage Series AA/FC champion Steven earned his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series fuel Funny Car license. He ran a 4.08 second elapsed time, at 309 miles per hour in just his second pass ever in the car.
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2018-11-05 18:44
A Fuel Altered and a Doorslammer were the only two racing vehicles Richard Hartman hadn't driven in his career.
Since doorslammers don't burn nitro, for the crew chief of Funny Car icon Tim Wilkerson, the choice was an easy one.
Hartman, with the encouragement and assistance from Wilkerson, pursued the challenge on the Monday following the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.
Mon, 2018-11-05 11:54
Brian Prins believes RacersWarehouse.com is the future for the racing community. RacersWarehouse is a site run for the racers by the racers.
"Racers run this site," Prins explained. "People that know exactly what it is that you want. People that know exactly what you need. People that care about you and your company because they are in the same situation you are in and want to help your business make it and grow."
According to Prins, RacersWarehouse.com will have three major components to its business which will tie into a fourth important element.
Mon, 2018-11-05 10:05
It’s the event designed to test the heartiest of racer. Drag racing is a sprint. The Nitrous Outlet Street Car Super Nationals 14 Presented by FuelTech is a four-day marathon with a legacy of record-shattering runs, dominating performances by the greatest in the world, and stunning upsets.
The race is less than a month away, Nov. 15-18 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with the drag racing world eagerly awaiting the first-ever 4-Wide(ish) SCSN. The plan, developed by SCSN Promoter and Premier Street Car Association President Mel Roth, creates one pair of lanes for Radial Tire classes and the other for Slick Tire classes. After sellout NHRA crowds arrived at The Strip earlier this year for its debut of 4-Wide West, Roth knew he had to find a way to utilize both lanes for his signature event.
by John Doig, CompetitionPlus Australia Sun, 2018-11-04 17:25
Australian Top Fuel star Wayne Newby defeated his Rapisarda Autosport International teammate Ashley Sanford to win the opening round of the 400 Thunder season at Sydney Dragway, November 2-3. Damien Harris finished third to make it a clean sweep for the powerhouse force in Australian Top Fuel.
Newby raced to victory behind the wheel of a recently acquired ex-DSR canopy car that raced for the first time on Australian soil only two days before the event.
“The canopy car is a lot quieter,” according to Newby. “You feel like you are in a cocoon. There is a bit more room in the cockpit and it’s easier to get in and out of.”
Sun, 2018-11-04 07:52
The 2018 Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars is one for the history books. Although a quick look at the 2018 season Pro Nitrous pole setters shows incredible parity in the class, all but one of those drivers relies on Musi Racing Engines power. When it was all said and done after Virginia, a Musi driver was on top of the pack seven out of eight events, with Jay Cox giving Buck Racing Engines one lone #1 qualifier award at the second tour stop.
The incredible part of the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars dynamic is that only one driver was able to repeat the pole position all year. Tommy Franklin topped Pro Nitrous qualifying at the season opener and then again at the Drag Wars. Other #1 qualifying awards in the first half of the season went to Musi customers Jason Harris and Randy Weatherford.