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COURTNEY REALIZES THE COLD-HARD NATURE OF A DNQ

 

Courtney Force admits her emotions overshadowed her ability to maintain her composure.

The Advance Auto Parts-sponsored driver has been a machine of sorts; for 130 consecutive races since she stepped into fuel Funny Car racing. This season was especially impressive; in 12 races she'd qualified No. 1 five times and no lower than fourth.

B. FORCE, HIGHT, ANDERSON & TONGLET SECURE NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT ROUTE 66 NATIONALS

BRITTANY FORCE FINDS FORMULA FOR SPEED

Brittany Force entered the Route 66 Nationals searching for her first No. 1 NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series qualifier of the season.

Judging from Friday’s performance, Force is on a fast track to reaching that goal.

HIGHT’S PREDICTION COMES TRUE

The fans at the Route 66 Nationals were buzzing Friday night over Robert Hight’s record blast, but Hight was not surprised to set both ends of the track record.

“I called it Thursday at the press conference that track records were going to fall,” Hight said. “This is a great racing surface. “The fans look for those big numbers, and we’re trying to go harder. It’s exciting.”

PRO STOCK TEAM OWNER BELIEVES PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY

Richard Freeman knows it takes powerful engines to win in Pro Stock, and has the championships to prove it. 

On the WFO Radio Show (wforadio.com) with Joe Castello, he made a good case for how to get Pro Stock headed in the right direction during what many have declared a transitional period. Under no circumstances, he believes, is killing the factory hot rod division the answer. 

Perception is not always the reality. 

ENCORE - CHICAGO WAS ONCE FUNNY CAR HEAVEN!

Once upon a time there were facilities a third the quality and size of stunning Route 66 Raceway in Joliet that were slam-packed with 6_3_2009_chicago_funnycars.jpgrace fans who couldn’t get enough straight-line action. It was roughly the 10-year period from the early 60s through the early 70s, and the place was “Chicagoland,” an area that roughly encompassed not only the Windy City itself, but the surrounding environs. From northern Indiana on the south, all the way to Cordova in the distant southwest, to Rockford directly west on I-90, and even into Wisconsin north of the city, this was the region that locals knew as Chicagoland.

ENCORE - BEFORE THE ROUTE 66 STADIUM, THERE WAS US 30

Chicagoland drag racing is much different now than it was back in the 1970s.

A stadium-style facility, built in the late 1990s, plays host to the 13th stop on the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Joliet, Ill. Up until 1984, a coliseum of sorts, located 30 miles east of Joliet, once served as the host to the nitro gladiators of yesteryear.

Don’t be confused, US 30 Drag Strip in Gary, Indiana was no Route 66 Raceway. However, it served a purpose for hundreds of thousands of drag racing fans in Chicago.

HIGHT, BRITTANY FORCE, GRAY & MATT SMITH ALL PRELIMINARY NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY

Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday evening at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N Filters at Route 66 Raceway.

Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 13th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

DONER RETURNS TO HIS HOME OF PROMOTING FUEL FUNNY CARS IN SEATTLE

 

Five-decade Funny Car veteran Gary Densham remembers the time when race promoter Bill Doner had a heavy hand in Funny Car racing. 

"You had to race for Bill Doner; at one time he owned the entire west coast," Densham recalled in an episode of Legends: The Series. "If you wanted to race Orange County, Fremont, Portland and Seattle. If you didn't race with Doner, you didn't race. It's just that simple."

ZIZZO TO MAKE SEASON DEBUT AT CHICAGO

Veteran Top Fuel driver T.J. Zizzo is going to make his 2017 debut at the 20th annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals July 6-9 in Chicago.

“The first run will absolutely be getting my feet back wet,” Zizzo said. “I’m excited and apprehensive all at the same time. It’s our hometown track and it’s cool to race at Chicago. I’ve been helping the track promote this event for the past several months, which has been great. I do things here and there for them, like go to downtown Joliet, talk with the mayor, appear on the radio in Joliet and in Chicago. All that kind of stuff, which has been cool.”

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