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ALESHIRE, MILLS AND HUBBARD SCORE BIG WINS AT THROW DOWN IN T-TOWN

Jonas Aleshire saved his best for last as he secured the Pro Modified win for the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) May 12, during the Throw Down in T-Town at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park. Also visiting the MWPMS winners’ circle were Oklahoma’s own DeWayne Mills in Radial vs. the World and X275 victor Kenny Hubbard.

Over the course of two days, the all-eighth-mile Throw Down in T-Town attracted nearly 20,000 fans to the historic Tulsa drag strip, where they enjoyed several other drag racing and exhibition classes, too, MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney pointed out.

MAUNEY RACES TO EXTREME OUTLAW PRO MOD VICTORY AT ROCKINGHAM

North Carolina Motorsports Hall of Famer Tommy Mauney cruised to victory in the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod portion of Saturday’s Spring Extreme Drags at Rockingham Dragway while Richfield’s Allen Furr and Riegelwood’s Michael Smith grabbed off the Footbrake and Top ET titles, respectively.

Mauney, the Shelby chassis builder who won the 1995 IHRA Pro Mod Championship, saved his best for last, guiding his replica 1968 Chevy Camaro through the eighth mile timers in 3.844 seconds in the final round to turn back the Camaro of Salisbury’s Tony Wilson (3.900).

ENCORE SUNDAY: A MOTHER'S DAY TRIBUTE

On February 22, 1979, my life changed forever.

That was as far as she always got. Maybe a few sentences further each attempt, but the effort always ended in the same fruitless result. She always aspired to be a writer but things never materialized. Robbie Elizabeth, as my grandparents named her in February of 1935, was the second oldest among four children. I just knew her as “Momma.”

That fateful date she continually referenced provided a memory that affected more than just her life. It changed mine, my sisters Deborah and Karen and most certainly my Dad’s – Bobby, Sr., as well as our entire family Momma was diagnosed with an aggressive growth that began as ovarian cancer. By the time the physicians performed a “look-and-see” operation, the growth had swollen to the size of a football.

The doctors basically gave Momma a month or two to live, tops. Of course, they didn’t know her resolve to succeed against all odds. They certainly didn’t understand her mission from God. Her assignment was to touch as many lives as she could in the short time she had left. Momma’s illness came at a time when cancer research and treatments were in the formative stage and essentially rocket science to the medical community. In those days, you just didn’t beat the disease.

ALEXANDER, VANDERGRIFF JR RACING TURN HEADS AT ATLANTA

 

So much for an adjustment period.

In just his second race behind the wheel of the Bob Vandergriff Jr.’s Top Fuel dragster Blake Alexander made it to the final round of the Southern Nationals near Atlanta before losing to Leah Pritchett when he had a red-light start.

Although Alexander came up short in the finals in his Valvoline and Pronto Auto Parts-backed entry, he did have an impressive run to get to meet Pritchett. He knocked off world champions Antron Brown and Brittany Force, and then upended points leader Steve Torrence in the semifinals.

JUSTIN RUSSELL CLAIMS SUPERCHARGED OUTLAWS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Following a hard-fought season, Justin Russell has been awarded the 2017/2018 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Australian Title for the Supercharged Outlaws bracket.
 
Russell and Jason Keily tied on points at the conclusion of the ANDRA Grand Final proceedings at Adelaide International Raceway. This week an ANDRA tribunal declared Russell as the champion.
 
“After a long wait, we have been declared the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Australian Champions for Supercharged Outlaws,” Russell said.

PDRA REEMPHASIZES COMMITMENT TO PRO EXTREME

Earlier this year, PDRA announced new partners for its Pro Extreme category including title sponsor Bryant Industrial Crane and Rigging, presenting sponsor ProLine Racing and sponsor of the Low Qualifier Award, Quick Drive. Companies, racers and the PDRA recognize the value of the class which boasts the quickest and fastest eighth-mile cars on the planet. It was the premier class when eighth-mile Pro Mod racing got its start and is still a fan favorite. PDRA has been committed to the class since the organization began and is not wavering in their devotion.

This is highly evidenced by the Pro Extreme payouts. The winner takes home $10,000. First round losers get $1,000.

AREND AND CALIFORNIA HUSTLER EARN FIRST HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES WIN

Jeff Arend has had an accomplished racing career.

Now, the veteran Funny Car driver can check winning a NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series race off his list.

Arend, piloting the Don Nelson’s California Hustler, won the Nostalgia Funny Car class at the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor May 6 at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho.

WATCH THE NOMEX EFFECT WITH J.R. TODD AND SHAWN LANGDON, TODAY AT 3 PM, EST

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MAUNEY, HARRIS, O’DAY HEADLINE SPRING EXTREME DRAGS

A Pro Modified field that includes former EOPM Series champion Randy Weatherford of Danville, Va., 2014 PDRA Pro Nitrous Champion Jason Harris of Pittsboro and 1995 IHRA Pro Mod Champion Tommy Mauney of Shelby shares center stage with Danny O’Day’s record-shattering ’34 Ford wheelstander and a pair of jet cars Saturday (May 12) when Rockingham Dragway presents its inaugural Spring Extreme Drags.
 
Qualifying at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. will set the field for first round Pro Mod racing and exhibition runs at 7 p.m. Pro Mod semifinals are tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. with the final round at 9.

MANDELL SHARES EMOTIONS OF DREADFUL TOP SPORTSMAN CRASH

The hush of the motorhome was a palpable contrast to the indescribably harsh smashing, clanging, grinding sounds that pierced his ears and his soul in a flash of horror Saturday. It lasted for barely 10 seconds, but it will stay with him a lifetime.

Bob Mandell III, already a quiet 29-year-old, spoke in reverential tones, recounting his unavoidable Atlanta Dragway wreck that took the life of longtime family friend Randy Alexander but left him without a scratch. Mandell said he barely had some soreness and stiffness the next day, a day Alexander never would see.

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