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MULDOWNEY TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL OF THE ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

 

Route 66 Raceway announced today that drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney will attend the Route 66 NHRA Nationals May 31 – June 2 to serve as the event’s honorary Grand Marshal. Muldowney will appear throughout the weekend at various autograph sessions and Championship Sunday’s pre-race ceremonies.

RICKIE SMITH BACK IN A NITROUS CAR, FOR NOW

Rickie Smith all but said at the beginning of the season a pack of wild horses couldn't drive him back to racing with a nitrous combination. However, the 11-time doorslammer world champion said nothing about missing horses.

Smith, who made the switch to a turbocharged combination at the end of 2018, said a broken engine at the NHRA Southern Nationals left him with no other choice but to return to his former combination.

"When you don't have a motor the choice is pretty clear," Smith said. "It's just another day in the office, no big deal. We hurt that engine, broke rods, hurt some parts. We are not going to bring the turbo engine out until we find out what's causing the problem."

CHILDHOOD TINKERING LED TO A JONES FAMILY TRADITION

Rick Jones couldn't help it; He had to see how everything worked. 

Jones, one of drag racing's premiere chassis builders and the driving force behind the RJ Race Cars/Quartermax brands, admits his tendencies began as a kid growing up in Illinois. 

At any given time he'd have his bicycle and any other toy his parents bought him torn apart in the family's garage. Even the soapbox derby car he built with his dad was in pieces again shortly after it was completed.

MMPS VETERAN DOBBINS ALL-ABOUT THE GOALS CHECKLIST

 

You’ll have to excuse Jeff Dobbins if his goals seem greedy. Hey, at least his list is short.

1. He wants to win a Pro Stock world championship.

1A. He wants to be the first Extreme/Mountain Motor Pro Stock driver officially in the 3-second zone. Unofficially, he’s had a taste of that with a 3.988 blast in testing at Virginia Motorsports Park last October, the day before the PDRA season finale. The next day, he came close to eclipsing that barrier with a 4.010 shot.

WILKERSON TO UNVEIL NEW MUSTANG IN VIRGINIA

 

Just before the first session of qualifying at the NHRA Virginia Nationals, veteran nitro Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson will seize the opportunity to reveal something he's kept a lid on for months. There at Virginia Motorsports Park before qualifying for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, Wilkerson and his team will remove the cover from his brand new 2019 Ford Mustang Funny Car.
 
The striking Mustang, newly designed by Ford Performance engineers and capable of speeds in excess of 320 mph, is adorned with a sleek paint job beneath a colorful wrap celebrating the 40th anniversary of Wilkerson's primary sponsor, Levi, Ray and Shoup.

FORCE TO RUN HERCULINER PAINT SCHEME IN VIRGINIA

John Force and his PEAK Chevy Camaro Funny Car will be debuting special Herculiner branding at this year’s Virginia Nationals. Herculiner, a product of PEAK, is a do-it-yourself truck bed liner that provides a tough, durable, skid-resistant protective coating five times thicker than other roll-ons. With more than 101 uses, it’s easy to use and can be applied to multiple surfaces, including metal, concrete, wood, and more. Herculiner also prevents rust and is resistant to gasoline, oil, solvents, and chemicals.

NITRO COMES TO ORLANDO SPEEDWORLD

 

A score of nitro superstars will be in action this weekend at Orlando Speed World Dragway. And these superstars have made plenty of thunder on the NHRA tour.

However, these racers are not in fire-breathing Funny Cars or Dragsters.

REGISTRATION FOR 2019 PRI TRADE SHOW NOW OPEN

Registration for the 2019 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show is now open at prishow.com. With links to Indianapolis-area hotel rooms at exclusive discounted rates as well as a sign-up page for PRI’s expanded educational program, the online application makes it easy and convenient for motorsports professionals to prepare for the Three Biggest Business Days in Racing, December 12-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  
 
By registering early, buyers and exhibitors will receive their credentials before the Show — beginning in October — allowing them to bypass lines at the registration desk and save time on site. Journalists covering the PRI Show will be able to pick up their credentials on site in the PRI Trade Show Media Center. Located in the Convention Center’s Green Hall, the Media Center is available exclusively to credentialed media and offers Wi-Fi, printer access, and work tables, among other amenities.

AFTER ATLANTA DNQ, MCMILLEN MORE FOCUSED THAN EVER

 

There was a time when DNQs were not that uncommon for veteran Top Fuel driver/team owner Terry McMillen.

That time has long passed.

However, it reared its ugly head for McMillen at the Arby’s Southern Nationals in Atlanta May 3-5 when he didn’t make the 16-car show.

NHRA RELEASES 24-RACE MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE FOR 2020 SEASON

NHRA officials announced the 24-race 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, which will again feature intense racing action at tracks across the country. Millions of fans will experience sensory overload at its best with side-by-side racing action where victories may be determined by mere thousandths of a second. Competition schedules for individual categories will be released this summer.
 
Throughout the season, NHRA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pro Stock Car. Fans will experience special treats and features along the tour to commemorate this important category and honor its history.

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