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JUSTIN ASHLEY TO DRIVE DAVIS MOTORSPORTS TF DRAGSTER

 
Second generation driver, 24-year-old Justin Ashley, will advance in the next steps of his career behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster with Dustin Davis and the Davis Motorsports team by his side. Shifting gears to Top Fuel came as more of a surprise to Ashley than it did to most avid fans of the sport. The talk was not if, but when, young Ashley would work his way into the pros and the answer is: at the NHRA NTK Carolina Nationals October 11th in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

HEAD GAMES: CHAMP-SIGNED HELMETS YOURS FOR THE RIGHT PRICE

In more than half a century as a racing journalist, Al Pearce has spent countless hours driving, flying, riding buses and motorcycles, and taking trains to cover races -- and in at least one instance, hitching a ride when a colleague left him stranded. He estimates he’s spent at least a year’s worth of hours catching a few winks in his car in getting from Point A to Point B.

BY GAVEL AND GRAVEL, PACIFIC RACEWAYS POISED FOR UPGRADES

Before the end of this calendar year, Pacific Raceways will see construction of motorsports garages that are part of Phase One of the sweeping tech innovation center initiative on this multipurpose property, according to facility President Jason Fiorito.

His family, which has owned the 320-acre multiuse property southeast of Seattle for decades, also owns an excavation business that has been a source of revenue to operate the racetracks, which include a showcase 2.25-mile road course that incorporates the dragstrip. And that gravel on the grounds, which has been used for such projects in the past as a new runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, is about to fetch some serious money to prop up the new construction.

WARREN JOHNSON AND GREG ANDERSON GO HEAD-TO-HEAD IN "BACK TO SCHOOL" MATCH RACE AT U.S. NATS

After victories in Denver and Sonoma this year, Pro Stock’s Greg Anderson sits just four wins shy of tying “The Professor” Warren Johnson for the second winningest pro driver in NHRA history. The two powerful forces will come together during the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on August 31 and September 1 for a one-time-only match race, appropriately titled, “Back To School,” to reveal plans for the upcoming 50th anniversary of Pro Stock.

Johnson’s impressive 97 career victories in an NHRA pro category (second only to John Force’s 150 wins) make him the winningest Pro Stock driver of all time but with 93 wins and no signs of slowing down, Anderson is hot on the heels of the Professor.

LUCAS OIL, PAUL LEE TO PARTNER IN BRAINERD

 
Funny Car racer Paul Lee plans to make a big splash at the upcoming Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. He will unveil a major partnership, and accompanying special scheme with the popular Lucas Oil Slick Mist Car Care product line on Friday at the 17th stop on the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 

FERNANDO CUADRA AND SONS OVERCOME ODDS THROUGH HARD WORK, LOYALTY AND TEAMWORK

Follow the rules and live by your word.

That is the key to success from a man who knows plenty about being successful.

PASSION, JOY MARK TROY COUGHLIN JR.’S TAD LEARNING PROCESS

Troy Coughlin Jr. stepped away from his Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster ride in August 2017. He was replaced by Richie Crampton.

The young Coughlin Jr. partnered with the Pennsylvania-based McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster team in 2018. Rich McPhillips departed the drivers seat for Coughlin Jr. to receive seat time.

DONER MAGIC PART OF PACIFIC RACEWAYS LORE

It never was a fancy place, the dragstrip at Seattle, but Bill Doner hasn’t forgotten just how beautiful the image was. Those tall fir trees ringed the place, and a slightly cooler breeze that East Coasters were jealous of on hot summer nights danced through the crowd. For drag racers and their fans, it was like the lyrics in a Toby Keith song: “It’s our little piece of paradise way out here in the woods.”

Wistfully, Doner said, “A sight to behold,” as if he were describing majestic Mount Rainier or a bald eagle perched on a lush, green branch.  

MICHALEK BROTHERS COMPETING, AND CELEBRATING LIFE OF STEPHANIE MICHALEK AT NIGHT UNDER FIRE

On Feb. 23, drag racing took a back seat to tragedy for Kyle Michalek.

After his wife, Stephanie, gave birth to their son, Andrews Edward Michalek, on that day, she passed away. Stephanie was 34.

PATON NOW RUNNING PERFORMANCE DATA SYSTEMS

On Aug. 2, Todd Paton began Day 1 of his new job. The Top Fuel and Funny Car driver, after 12 years at Racepak, walked across the street to a new building and started his own company – Performance Data Systems, in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

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