by Bobby Bennett Jr. Fri, 2023-01-20 07:42
As former sportsman world champion Monty Bogan Jr. sees it, if you're going to be busy, you ought to make it worthwhile.
Bogan, a former IHRA Top Stock champion and Stock/Super Stock standout, made known his plans to travel from NHRA's Division 2 to race in the Rooftec NHRA D4 Comp Eliminator Bonus Fund.
Bogan plans to drive the H/Super Modified Automatic Camaro of Lee Sharp and Tim Freeman in chasing the richest payday that Competition Eliminator has ever seen.
by John Doig, CompetitionPlus Australia Thu, 2023-01-19 16:42
Three-time NHRA champion Larry Dixon will return to Australia to race for Rapisarda Autosport International at round four of the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship, Sydney Dragway, January 27-28.
Dixon will join RAI regulars Damien Harris and Wayne Newby.
Dixon last raced in Australia at the opening round of the ATFC championship in January 2022 when he substituted for Western Australian Harris, who was sidelined due to Government border closures.
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2023-01-18 15:57
Rick Jackson, a longtime highly successful Top Alcohol Funny Car owner in NHRA, passed away Jan. 16.
Jackson, a former drag boat racing owner, transitioned into the Top Alcohol Funny Car ranks and had great success with drivers including Tony Bartone (2009-2013), John Lombardo Jr. (2014-18) and Shane Westerfield (2019-2022).
“Rick was a cool guy,” Westerfield said. “I watched from the outside for years from when he was boat racing when I was a little kid at the races. He had a Pro Gas Flat he raced, and he always had the professional look. Everything was classy in the pits. He moved to the upper-class Alcohol Flat and I watched him progress and then when he went to the Funny Car thing, he carried over his professionalism.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2023-01-17 19:33
Scotty Cannon will be the first to admit there were many demons on his back when he left driving in the first decade of the 2000s, primarily for pain and health reasons. Almost two decades later, he's back with a greater passion than the one that fueled his six IHRA Pro Modified championships. Those hard-fought championships, which he made look easy at times, were the catalyst for his appointment as the first Pro Modified driver into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
"I'd like to clear some things up," Cannon said on the CompetitionPlus Power Hour. "When I got hurt in '97, the year before I went to Australia, which was the year before I had Oakley, I was on a 14 or 15-hour flight within two weeks after surgery. I flew over there, and I raced. The whole time I was in Australia, my doctor didn't even know I was there. I was afraid to tell anybody, but looking back on it, I should have had more faith in my sponsors and just told them I couldn't race. I probably should have taken a year off and gotten better. That was one of the bad decisions I made."