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ANTRON: HE CAN CATCH A LIGHT BUT NOT A PIG

 

Antron Brown understands in this world of magical cell phones, and ever-reaching social media, the absurd really doesn't happen unless someone catches the experience on video. 

Thus begins the sordid tale of Brown's absurd interruption during an interview with CompetitionPlus.com discussing the merits of reformulating the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing's Countdown to the Champion. 

"So your solution to fixing the Countdown is to ensure playoff cars only run playoff cars?" Brown was asked.

2018 NHRA HOT ROD HERITAGE RACING SERIES SCHEDULE RELEASED

The 2018 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule was announced by series officials.  The series, in its eleventh season, includes classes for front engine dragsters, altereds and gassers, and is highlighted by the nitro burning Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars.
 
The season opener moves back to famed Auto Club Famoso Raceway and the 60th Good Vibrations March Meet, March 1-4 in Bakersfield, Calif., followed by the Nostalgia Reunion at Sacramento (Calif.) Raceway in early April.  The series then heads north for the first of two stops at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho, the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor with a second stop at Sacramento Raceway slated for June 9-10, a Friday-Saturday night event.
 

ANTRON BELIEVES COUNTDOWN NEEDS MAJOR REWORKING IF IT’S TO REMAIN

Let the record reflect, multi-time Top Fuel champion Antron Brown would not openly defy the rules of drag racing. He will play by them. 

This doesn't mean he has to like them.

And, when it comes to the current configuration of the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship, he's anything but a fan. 

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE OWNER JUNIOR PIPPIN PASSES AWAY

Lewis G. (Junior) Pippin Jr., of Conyers, Ga., a longtime racer/owner in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class, passed away Nov. 5. He was 64.

The Junior Pippin Racing Facebook page posted the following comment as part of a post on Nov. 6.

ROBERT HIGHT: "WE DON'T NEED HELP, WE'RE CAPABLE OF WINNING ON OUR OWN"

 

Jimmy Prock is a man who speaks few words; Robert Hight is a driver who needs few reminders. Together their actions speak volumes. 

Hight, on the strength of a Ron Capps first round loss and a semi-final finish at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas, thundered into the Funny Car point lead with one race left in the 2017 season. 

Earlier in the season, when the Auto Club Camaro was qualifying good yet not racing well at all, the two met to talk things over. 

"Jimmy Prock’s exact words were, 'We need to have our act together by the time the Western Swing comes around. If we go out west and we’re still struggling and not consistent, it’s going to be a long rest of the year," Hight recalled. 

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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Get ready for the Auto Club Finals! Courtney Force talks about her new Taylor Swift Funny Car, Bo Butner discusses his championship chances, Chip Ellis pays tribute to his fallen friend Junior Pippen, Racing RVS world champions Lynn Ellison and Jeff Barker both stop by to discuss winning the title, Larry Dixon talks about his two seat Top Fuel dragster from the SEMA Show, and Bobby Bennett brings the heat. NHRA's Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello preview the final race of the 2017 NHRA season.

REED'S GINGER BREW JOINS MOONEYES AND JIM DUNN RACING AT NHRA FINALS

Reed’s Ginger Brew, the top selling product in its beverage category, will join Mooneyes in sponsorship of the Jim Dunn Racing team at the NHRA Finals in Pomona.  The race team will showcase the popular Mooneyes yellow Funny Car with the addition of the Reed’s logo.  In addition to these two great Southern California based companies, Jim Dunn Racing will entertain more than 300 guests in its pit area hospitality from Murray Company, Koppl, and the Pipe Fitters Union.

“We are looking forward to a busy week during the NHRA Finals to close out a great season,” expressed Team Manager, Jon Dunn.  “We will have the Funny Car on display with an autograph session at Sprout’s market near the Pomona Fairplex track for Reed’s Ginger Brew this Thursday, and then the Wednesday following the race our driver Jim Campbell will be back in St. Louis signing autographs at multiple Menards stores.”

DIXON ON NHRA SUSPENSION: CRUSHED AT FIRST, NOW EMBARRASSED

Three-time Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon says the situation which got his competition credentials suspended indefinitely was ignorance on his part.

NHRA, on Monday afternoon, announced Dixon was suspended indefinitely for violating NHRA Rules, particularly Section 1.3.1 Participant Conduct and 1.6.3 Chassis Inspection of the 2017 NHRA Rulebook.

In a prepared statement NHRA said, "NHRA Tech Department discovered the use of an NHRA chassis tag on an unauthorized and unapproved two-seat dragster. Any further incidents could result in further action. Larry can appeal the decision, per the 2017 NHRA Rulebook."

Dixon didn't deny the certification sticker was on there.

HATERS GONNA HATE - COURTNEY FORCE FUNNY CAR TO FEATURE TAYLOR SWIFT SCHEME

 

John Force Racing announced today that Advance Auto Parts driver Courtney Force will drive the Big Machine Records Funny Car at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., this weekend in her final bid for the 2017 championship.

Through JFR’s partnership with the powerhouse record label, the Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car will promote Big Machine Records’ 10-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift's highly-anticipated sixth studio album reputation, out Friday.

NHRA SUSPENDS LARRY DIXON INDEFINITELY

The NHRA imposed an indefinite suspension of competition privileges against Larry Dixon for violating NHRA Rules, particularly Section 1.3.1 Participant Conduct and 1.6.3 Chassis Inspection of the 2017 NHRA Rulebook.  

NHRA Tech Department discovered the use of a NHRA chassis tag on an unauthorized and unapproved two-seat dragster.  Any further incidents could result in further action.  Larry can appeal the decision, per the 2017 NHRA Rulebook.

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