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TORRENCE HOLSTERED FOR NEXT DUEL

 

Steve Torrence showed up at preseason testing at Phoenix and this weekend at Pomona with longer hair, and he said not to read anything into that.

“We’ve been so busy that I just haven’t had a chance to get a haircut. No, really, that’s all it is. We’ve been bidding jobs six days a week,” the Capco Contractors Dragster driver said, referring to the Kilgore, Texas-based family pipeline construction and maintenance business.  “It looks like it’s going to be one of those fly-in-on-Thursday, fly-out-on-Sunday seasons, but that’s good. That means we’re laying pipe.”

NHRA'S GRAHAM LIGHT TO RETIRE AT THE END OF 2018

 

After 34 years of dedicated service, Graham Light, NHRA’s senior vice president of racing operations, announced today that he will retire at the end of 2018. Light will continue to serve on NHRA’s Board of Directors and as a consultant to the sport. 

Stepping up to fill Light’s role will be current NHRA vice president of racing administration Josh Peterson, whose role will expand; and former NHRA director of racing operations Ned Walliser, who will be named vice president of competition. Walliser will rejoin NHRA in May 2018 to work and train with Light. Current vice president of technical operations Glen Gray will round out the team.

JR TODD LIKELY WON’T FLY UNDER RADAR MUCH LONGER

MILLICAN, BECKMAN AND SKILLMAN CURRENT NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT LUCAS OIL NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season kicked off Friday and Jack Beckman powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the first of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Beckman leads the Funny Car category with a run of 3.860 seconds at 332.84 mph recorded during his second pass of the day. He’s chasing the top position at the season-opener after wrapping up 2017 with a stretch of two consecutive No. 1 qualifiers.

TOWNSEND TO MAKE NITRO FC DEBUT AT WINTERNATIONALS

 

When the 2018 NHRA season begins – Feb. 9-11 at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Richard Townsend will be there.

The veteran Nostalgia Funny Car driver is going to make his NHRA nitro Funny Car debut. Townsend will make the transition with his teammate Dustin Davis.

According to Townsend’s crew chief Lance Larsen, Townsend completed his nitro Funny Car license at NHRA’s Nitro Spring Training last week at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Ariz.

‘DADDY DAVE’ JOINS KEITH HANEY RACING FOR MWPMS SEASON OPENER

Vowing to “drive his car better than he does,” veteran street racer “Daddy Dave” Comstock has agreed to step into Keith Haney’s 2017 championship-winning Radials vs. the World (RvW) ride Mar. 2-3, for the season-opening Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) event at the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas.

“Keith knows I can drive and I’m real competitive and more than ready to push things right to the edge,” stated Comstock, a regular on the Discovery Channel’s runaway hit Street Outlaws TV show. “I’m going to drive it like it’s my own and I’ve been known to grenade stuff before in order to win, so …,” his voice trailed off. “No sense in leaving anything on the table.

McMILLEN READY FOR MORE

 

Terry McMillen had planned simply to go 300 or 330 feet on the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports dragstrip Thursday to test a list of new equipment in his Amalie Oil Dragster before the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello season. But the joy on his face was hard to disguise.

“It’s good to be back and for Team Amalie, we’re just going out there and we’re going to hope for the best and try to get some more wins like we did in Vegas last year,” McMillen said, “because that was just overwhelming. I want some more of those overwhelming experiences. So it was really good, and you know, I’m just excited to be back out here and doing what we do.

“It’s just exciting. I can’t wait. Pomona’s a week away. It’s a week away. When we left Pomona, we were what, 90 days out from the next race? Those 90 days felt like about 15 because it’s flown by,” he said.

TASCA ROLLS WITH THE PUNCHES IN TESTING

 

The Ford Motor Company returned to fulltime Funny Car racing last Wednesday with a big bang – literally.

Bob Tasca’s car grenaded during a practice run during the first day of Nitro Spring Training, then had a mishap at the starting line Thursday. However, the Rhode Island auto dealer and staunch Ford associate at the racetrack and in business wasn’t angry.

“We just broke an intake valve. It’s just one of those things in these cars where everything in the car is brand-new. I mean, brand new, so you can’t blame it on an old part. It is what it is. Things happen and we’ll bounce back from it,” he said afterward. “The car made two great runs. I mean, up until the time it broke, the intake valve, it was some of the quickest 60’ times of my career. So, I mean, the car ran fantastic. And the first run, we shut it off at 330’, our planned shutoff. And the second run, we were outpacing the first run substantially, and it just broke an intake valve. So, hey listen, that’s nitro racing.”

JOHN FORCE RACING AND ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE WEB SERIES ON DOMINANT 2017 SEASON

John Force Entertainment will be releasing a ten-episode web series to the John Force Racing YouTube page on Friday, Feb. 9 at noon ET. The series, titled “Force”, follows the four-car team throughout the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Season offering behind the scenes views of the Force family.
 
When John Force Entertainment began filming in 2017, they had no idea they’d be chronicling the team’s path to a pair of world championships.

TOP FUEL PILOT HADDOCK UPBEAT ABOUT 2018 SEASON

 

Terry Haddock’s NHRA nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel career has been a case study in perseverance.

The Temple, Texas, team owner/driver, however, has kept plugging away and he’s more optimistic than ever about what his team can accomplish in 2018 when he competes in the Top Fuel class.

“We had a brand-new Top Fuel car built and we are trying to get everything squared away and we are working hard trying to be there next week to see how it all plays out,” Haddock said. “We finished 12th last year (in the point standings) and we are going to try and improve on that. My heart is still in those Funny Cars, but sponsorship is so tough, and at least right now I can get those qualifying checks in Top Fuel that keep you going. It’s not enough, but at least we can keep trying.”

Next week is NHRA’s season-opening Winternationals Feb. 8-11 in Pomona, Calif.

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