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500-INCH PRO STOCK RACERS READY TO RESUME TITLE CHASE

 

For six weeks, the 500-inch Pro Stock cars have remained idle.

One of NHRA's new wave superstars is ready to bring back the high winding factory hot rods.

"People are definitely excited to see the class back out there, and we're excited to be back out there," Pro Stock racer Alex Laughlin, second place in the championship points behind Bo Butner, said. "I've never been this high in points, but it's so tight in this class. Bo (Butner) is way out there (as the points leader), but the position we're in now, we're trying to race for a championship, the pressure is on, to say the least. There's no room for mistakes, and we have to be on our game. The Countdown (to the Championship) will be here quicker than you think."

SCHAFFER TO JOIN LANE AS ASSISTANT CREW CHIEF FOR TASCA

 

Don't say Bob Tasca III didn't tell you so.

The cryptic crew chief carousel tuning rumor on CompetitionPlus.com has been revealed today as John Schaffer, who recently departed John Force Racing will join Bob Tasca Racing as a co-crew chief starting at this weekend's NHRA Virginia Nationals.

In return, Mike Green is headed to JFR, and is expected to tune Top Fuel rookie Austin Prock.

MARONEY LAUNCHES HIS OWN TOP FUEL TEAM

 

The “unloading party” in Gilbert, Ariz., is over, and the “work party” is underway for Top Fuel Jim Maroney.

The longtime nostalgia Funny Car and fuel altered racer has launched his own Top Fuel team, building on his five-race rookie season driving Terry Haddock’s dragster and his brief partnership this year with aspiring Top Fuel racer Kim Davidson.

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SNEAK PEEK - RICHARD FREEMAN'S NEW MUSTANG NHRA PRO STOCKER

 Check out this all new 2019 Ford Mustang built by RJ Race Cars/Quarter-Max for owner/driver Richard Freeman and his Elite Motorsports team. Richard plans to debut and drive this car in NHRA Pro Stock at a national event soon. What a beauty!

BROGDON HAPPY WITH DIRECTION HIS SEASON IS HEADED

 

Rodger Brogdon was hopeful the situation he was getting into for the 2019 NHRA season would be a good one. Joining the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock team, Brogdon saw an opportunity to jump back into the sport, drive a fast car with a proven team and still tend to his successful businesses.

A NEW FORD HOT ROD ROLLING OUT OF JERRY BICKEL RACE CARS

 

Ford fans are going to love the latest hot rod to roll out of Jerry Bickel's hot rod shop in Missouri. 

ANDRA AND NHRA FORM NEW PARTNERSHIP

 

A  new partnership between the Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) will deliver new benefits to all ANDRA members.
 
The partnership will allow ANDRA members to access discounted NHRA digital membership and associated benefits and discounts specifically tailored to the Australian market, while also seeing the NHRA promote ANDRA drag racing through its NHRA.TV platform.

TASCA PROMISES BIG CHANGES HEADED INTO VIRGINIA NATS

 

When Bob Tasca thinks back to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ return to Virginia Motorsports Park in 2018, there is nothing but good memories for the Funny Car veteran. Promising big changes to his car and within his team ahead of this year’s second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals on May 17-19, Tasca hopes those memories in 2019 include a trip to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2012.

Tasca called last year’s race in front of a sold-out crowd one of the biggest highlights of the 2018 NHRA season, and he’ll look to make his personal highlight reel at Virginia Motorsports Park in his 10,000-horsepower TrueCar Ford Mustang. The brand new racing surface yielded rave reviews and stellar performances a year ago, and Tasca is eager to enjoy that again in 2019.

LION’S DRAG STRIP MUSEUM GRAND OPENING IN JUNE

 

On June 22, 2019 The Lion’s Drag Strip Museum will open its doors to the motorsports community for a one day Grand Opening Celebration that will take you back in time to the early beginnings of professional drag racing and provide fans an opportunity to meet the legends that called Lion’s Drag Strip their home track. 

Doors will open at 1:00pm with Opening Ceremonies to begin at 2:00pm with Master of Ceremonies and former Nitro Funny Car Drive, Mike Dunn and a warm greeting from The Lions Drag Strip Museum founder Rick Lorenzen. Following opening ceremonies, the day will be filled with exhibits and cars that will bring back memories beginning with a Guest Panel Discussion that includes Ed Iskenderian, TV Tommy Ivo, Carl Olson, Larry Sutton, Danny Thompson and Steve Chrisman. The Lions Drag Strip Museum accommodates a 4000 sq. ft. reproduction of the Lion’s Drag Strip starting line within its 15,000 sq. ft exhibit area which will include 5,388 sq. ft of wall painted murals created by Kenny Youngblood, Yvonne Meclalis and Keith Mooreland. The Museum proudly displays a Memorial Wall honoring the 12 men killed in competition at Lions with photos and heartfelt stories assembled by museum volunteer Mike McCarthy. 

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