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NEW FORD MUSTANG FUNNY CAR TO DEBUT AT 2019 NHRA SEASON OPENER

Ford made headlines this year when it officially returned to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series after a three-year hiatus.  Next year figures to be just as noteworthy when Ford Performance rolls out a new Mustang Funny Car body for NHRA competition.
 
Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, made the announcement today as part of a week-long Mustang birthday celebration.

RECORD-SETTING SHOW FOR SOUTHEAST GASSERS AT SHADYSIDE

 

Kenneth Phillips enjoyed a near-perfect day Apr. 14, as he qualified second, then went on to win the Southeast Gassers Association (SEGA) A/Gas final at Shadyside Dragway in Shelby, NC. Also victorious were Todd Blackwell in B/Gas and Jimmy Huff with his first-ever C/Gas title.

A record-setting crowd of more than 3,000 fans squeezed into the historic eighth-mile facility for the 2018 SEGA season opener and witnessed two fast-paced rounds of qualifying, followed by eliminations for all three classes. From a 2 p.m. start nearly non-stop, on-track action entertained the crowd for just over five hours. 

NEURALOG JOINS CHRIS MCGAHA AT SPRINGNATIONALS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Neuralog has signed on for the third consecutive year to sponsor Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha. Coming into the 31st annual SpringNationals No. 2 in the Pro Stock points, McGaha is heading into the fifth race of the 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing season in the best position he’s been in his Pro Stock career thus far.
 
“We live about eight hours away from Royal Purple Raceway but we still consider it one of our home races,” McGaha said. “Texas is big but we’re all neighbors.”

TASCA USES YES PROGRAM TO ADVANCE NEXT GENERATION INTO AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS

 

The late Bob Tasca spearheaded the dominance of Ford in drag racing in the 1960s and coined the phrase “win on Sunday, sell on Monday.”

His grandson, Bob Tasca III, is expanding on that mantra to be “teach on Friday, win on Sunday and hire on Monday.”

Tasca, 42, returned for full-time racing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series this year with major financial support from the Ford Motor Company along with its Motorcraft and Quick Lane parts and service divisions.

PHARRIS ACQUIRES EKANOO RECORD-HOLDING LEXUS

 

 On February 1, 2018, Radial vs. The World standout Daniel Pharris from Sikeston, Missouri made a game-changing move by acquiring the world known Ekanoo Racing Lexus RC-F, the quickest and fastest Super Street V8 in the Middle East.

This is one of the few cars ever purchased overseas by an American for the sole purpose of competitively racing in the states, making this an extremely unique acquisition, since it's usually the opposite scenario.  Since The Ekanoo Racing team debuted the car two years ago, it has qualified and won every race in the Super Street V8 class in the Bahrain Drag Racing Championships (BDRC).  Not only did the PTE boosted Super Street Lexus RC-F win back-to-back class championships, it also became the first small tire car in the Middle East to break the 3-second barrier.  Ekanoo Racing's best eighth-mile pass in the 2015 Lexus RC-F is an astonishing 3.92 at 202 MPH on twin GEN2 Pro Mod 94mm Precision Turbochargers.

IT'S THE NEW DRAG RACING: ROLL DRAG

 

The International Roll Racing Ass’n (IRRA) will make its debut April 28 at Palm Beach Int’l Raceway in Florida. Instead of starting from a complete stop like traditional drag racing, a roll drag heads-up race starts with both cars rolling at an agreed speed (40 mph).

The International Roll Racing Ass’n (IRRA), a sanctioning body for the sport of roll drag racing, will make its debut April 28 at Palm Beach Int’l Raceway in West Palm Beach, Florida.

DON LAMANA’S MISSION WAS TO SET THE NEW PRO 275 STANDARD

 

When Don Lamana departed his south-Florida home for South Georgia Motorsports Park almost a month ago he harbored no delusions of even qualifying for the elite Sweet 16 field, nevermind actually winning the $101,000 top prize. After all, the event was designed to showcase the absolute best of the best in Radial vs. the World (RvW), with educated predictions for the bump spot typically falling in the high-3.70s to low-3.80s.  

Meanwhile, Lamana was showing up at SGMP with his twin-turboed ’89 Fox-body Mustang in full-legal Pro 275 trim, which meant carrying at least 200 pounds more than the RVW 2,750-pound minimum weight and hooking up with Mickey Thompson 275 drag radials instead of the wider RvW 315-series tires. For him, Sweet 16 represented a glorified test session.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WHICH DO YOU MISS MORE?

 

Many race fans are outspoken in their longing for two distinct practices missing from major league drag racing, particularly in the fuel ranks. 

One of those lost practices was the art of seating the clutch during the nitro warm-ups, an art lost to the advancement of clutch technology. The other is the "dry-hop;" the practice of nailing the throttle and quickly engaging the clutch once the car has lept forward. 

IT'S THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF NO/TIME DRAG RACING

 

There's a place for everybody in drag racing.

Consider Grudge drag racing to be the straight-line sport's version of cloak and dagger competition. 

Grudge racing has been around since the early days of automobiles has seen its popularity with both contestants and fans spike recently.  It has evolved from two friends deciding on who has the faster car or two archrivals  throwing out the rulebook and racing for a few dollars, as well as bragging rights, to all out purpose built race cars and full events dedicated to just this 
style of racing.

DAN PARKER IN ‘DRIVEN BLIND’ DEBUTS ON WORLD TV

Since early this year, Driven Blind, a 25-minute documentary about Pro Mod driver and chassis builder Dan Parker, who was permanently blinded in a 2012 racing accident, has been making the rounds and winning awards at independent film festivals nationwide. This Sunday (Apr. 15) at 9:30 p.m., the short film will also make its televised debut on the World Channel (WorldChannel.org) digital network.

“The film just talks about the struggles of blindness, about me adapting to being blind, and just how life changes when everything you’re used to changes: your job, your passions, just everything,” the 2005 American Drag Racing League Pro Nitrous world champion explains.

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