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ED RENCK BETTERS HIS C GAS ROADSTER WORLD RECORD AT BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

 

Ed Renck has established a trend of breaking world records at the Bonneville (Utah) Salt Flats.

That trend continued this past fall.

On Sept. 30, at the 2021 Bonneville World Finals, Renck set the world record again in the C Gas Roadster Class with a speed of 258.803. That bettered the mark of 258.257 mph he established on Oct. 1, 2020 in Bonneville.

“It’s really cool to set this record again,” said Renck, 79.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - 2022

Today is a day of do-over. January 1st is traditionally the day that we establish a new baseline for the year. Every list of resolutions differ but the one common trait is that virtually every list includes self-improvement or ways to help others.

We hope today brings a great outlook for your 2022 season.

The staff at CompetitionPlus.com wishes you and your family a prosperous 2022.

NITRO FC DRIVER MATT HAGAN PREPARES FOR NEW SEASON WITH NEW TEAM

 

After winning three NHRA nitro Funny Car world championships – 2011, 2014 and 2020 – Matt Hagan is embarking on a new journey in 2022.

In mid-October, it was announced that Hagan, along with Top Fuel driver Leah Pruett, were leaving Don Schumacher Racing and joining newly-formed Tony Stewart Racing.

Stewart, a NASCAR star, world champion and team owner, married Pruett, a nine-time NHRA Top Fuel event winner Nov. 21.

VETERAN PRO STOCK RACER VINCENT NOBILE TO RUN SUPER COMP IN 2022

 

 

Veteran Pro Stock racer Vincent Nobile is changing his drag racing career path in 2022.

Nobile confirmed to CompetitionPlus.com he will be competing in a dragster in the Super Comp ranks with a JA Performance Engine in the upcoming season.

“I’m actually working on my engine as we speak,” said Nobile, who lives in Long Island, N.Y. “As of right now I have a (Ray) Miller dragster in my garage and Billy Torrence is building me a car, which should be done shortly. Assuming everything gets finished in time and we get to test everything I will probably end up being in the new Torrence car, which is a dragster.”

Nobile, who has 13 national event wins in NHRA’s Pro Stock class, explained what took him down the Super Comp path. He last competed fulltime in Pro Stock in 2018.

STEVIE FAST FINALLY BEATS LYLE; BALDWIN REMAINS UNDEFEATED

 

Stevie "Fast" Jackson finally pulled it off. And while holeshots are a key to winning on the drag strip, the two-time NHRA Pro Modified champion pulled a voting holeshot that the dominant Lyle Barnett couldn't overcome. 

Joining Jackson as winners at the third annual VRHRA Thunder in the Dome fan-vote race at the fictional CompetitionPlus.com Thunderdome was Krista Baldwin (Top Fuel), Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Bruno Massel (Pro Stock), and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Jackson, who is sponsored by the country of Bahrain, became the first driver to defeat Barnett this season in a match where readers from 11 different countries cast votes. 

EVENT COMPLETE - WELDON THUNDER AT THE DOME, SPARTANBURG, SC

 

It's race day at the CompetitionPlus.com Thunderdome located in Spartanburg, SC. Qualifying is complete, now it's time to begin the process of eliminating down for a winner of the Truharvest Thunder at the Dome, Race 4 of 9 in the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association. 

It's all fun in fantasy land to get away from the troubles of what is happening in the real world. 

For those new to this fantasy world, this is how it works. The race with the most votes advances to the next round. We had a day of voting to seed the eight-car fields. 

First-round ends tonight at 6 PM EST. 

REMEMBERING THE PRE-PRO MODIFIED WORLD'S FASTEST GROUP

If you raced IHRA Top Sportsman during the years of 1986 through 1989, it was important that you brought a label to the race. Usually, that label was the world’s fastest [insert car year and make here] and that was usually enough of a calling card to generate match races, t-shirt sales and magazine articles.

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The growing popularity of the Pro Modified movement afforded the pioneering drivers such as Charles Carpenter an abundance of match races. He booked as many as 55 races/match races in one season.

There was no official World’s Fastest Group per se, but the ability to claim a niche in the fast-growing class was enough for the multitude of teams in the fledgling movement to seek out a unique identity.

R.C. Sherman’s unheralded introduction didn’t inspire any real titles, but when Dave Bishop proclaimed Charles Carpenter’s 1955 Chevy as the “World’s Fastest ’55 Chevy” – those immortal words spoken by a part-time journalist was enough to inspire other racers.

ENCORE - WJ’S WHITE KNUCKLE RIDER

Every high profile drag racer has that one car that just didn’t meet their expectations.

ImageScotty Cannon had his 1997 version of the 1941 Willys, the first car he ever failed to qualify after winning five world championships and he had been the only driver to qualify at every Pro Modified event up until that point.

Bob Glidden had his Ford EXP, a Pro Stock car built at the urging of Ford to run under the pounds-per-cubic format and converted to 500-inch competition. Glidden said it was the worst car he ever owned in his career.

 

ImageScotty Cannon had his 1997 version of the 1941 Willys, the first car he ever failed to qualify after winning five world championships and he had been the only driver to qualify at every Pro Modified event up until that point.

Bob Glidden had his Ford EXP, a Pro Stock car built at the urging of Ford to run under the pounds-per-cubic format and converted to 500-inch competition. Glidden said it was the worst car he ever owned in his career.

AUSSIE NATIONALS ON THE MOVE AND CHANGES TO 2022 TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

 

The most prestigious event on the ANDRA calendar, the Australian Nationals, returns to Sydney Dragway for the first time since 2015 on February 11-12.

Initially scheduled for Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, a week earlier, the event has been moved due to unavoidable delays in finalizing the track re-surface.

The good news for race starved Victorians is that racing at Calder Park is set to resume early in 2022 and will host the 2023 Australian Nationals. 

ELITE, ENDERS AND CHE PRECISION TEAM UP FOR 2022 AND BEYOND “

 

CHE Precision is a family-owned company built on hard work and strong partnerships and we are excited to announce our new partnership with Elite Motorsports and Erica Enders Racing in 2022,” said Rochén Holguin, Business Development and wife of the owner.

“We look forward to supplying the team with the best high-performance valve train components on the market and high-performance building a relationship on and off the track with great people like the Enders, and the Freemans.”

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