Written by Bobby Bennett, photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-17 18:00
Growing up in drag racing, Brittany Force is aware of the legends and their great accomplishments. The second-generation drag racer entered this weekend's DeWalt Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals knocking on the door of a nearly 30-year old Top Fuel record.
In the 1982 and 1983 seasons, Gary Beck drove the Larry Minor Top Fuel dragster to nine consecutive No. 1 qualifiers. Friday night, Ms. Force pulled to within one race, at least provisionally, of Beck's longstanding mark on the strength of a 3.662 elapsed time at 331.85 miles per hour.
Written by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-17 17:55
One could easily conclude that 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force is on a mission.
Force, in Friday's lone qualifying session at the DeWalt Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals, drove his way to the provisional top spot with a 3.860 elapsed time at 332 miles per hour. If the run holds through Saturday's heat of the day sessions, it will mark the third time this season that Force has gone into Sunday as the No. 1 seeded driver.
Fri, 2021-09-17 14:35
The team at Jerry Bickel Race Cars, known for their talents in cranking out top-notch Pro Modified cars, recently rolled out a Top Sportsman entry worth showcasing. This Camaro belongs in Artesia, New Mexico's Craig Liles and is destined for NHRA Div. 4 competition.
Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-17 14:00
When Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Steve Johnson pulls off something spectacular, tempering his enthusiasm isn’t an option. However, after riding his four-valve Suzuki to the provisional No. 1 Pro Stock Motorcycle run during opening day qualifying at the DeWalt Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals, he was a bit more subdued than usual.
Johnson, who entered zMax Dragway as the leader in Pro Stock Bike pits, was someone confused by what had transpired during the 6.807 seconds it took him to reach the finish line stripe while speeding along at 196.47 miles per hour.
Written by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2021-09-17 14:00
It’s hard to imagine a driver who has already achieved so much success in Pro Stock by winning four races in his relatively sho rt career may have finally gotten around to scoring his first career No. 1 qualifying effort. The action took place during first-day competition at the DeWalt Tools NHRA Carolinas Nationals.
“If it holds, this would be the first pole position,” Aaron Stanfield said with a smile. “I guess I haven’t been holding the throttle down hard enough. But I held it down good that time.”
Thu, 2021-09-16 19:55
NHRA officials announced today the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule to include 22 national events throughout the course of the season. Details on Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle schedules will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
NHRA looks forward to its 22-event schedule next season with the return of fan favorite events such as the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond and the Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, which will serve as the traditional conclusion of the annual Western Swing.
Video by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2021-09-16 19:15
Krista Baldwin was destined to drag race. In this video, the third-generation Top Fuel racer showcases the enthusiasm which lifts the spirits of those around her, and inevitably the sport. Sit back and watch as she talks about her relationship with her grandfather, the legendary Chris "The Golden Greek" Karamesines, as well as he father, the late Bobby Baldwin.
Baldwin takes time to extol the virtues of drag racing, and why it needs to be on Corporate America's radar. She brings a refreshing spirit for a sport which can sometimes be tough on those who take part in it.
Thu, 2021-09-16 16:00
Pro Stock young gun Dallas Glenn announced that Summit Racing Equipment will be joining on as an associate sponsor on his RAD Torque / KB Racing Chevrolet Camaro for the remainder of the season.
“I’m real excited to have Summit Racing Equipment believe in me and want to be a bigger part of what we’re doing at the end of my rookie season,” Dallas Glenn said. “I’ve had a great relationship with Summit’s Jim Greenleaf for about a decade thanks to working on Jason Line’s car all these years.”
by Thomas Pope Thu, 2021-09-16 09:19
Four years ago, Ryan Peery became a motorcycle drag racer and finished second in AMRA’s Funny Bike points.
Three years ago, Peery won AMRA’s Funny Bike championship.
Two years ago, a testing crash put his racing on the back burner as he rebuilt the bike for Top Fuel Harley competition.
by Bobby Bennett, Photos by Roger Richards Wed, 2021-09-15 23:06
A pair of past Funny Car champions exchanged words Sunday in the shutdown area of Maple Grove Raceway following the second round of the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, the first race in the seven-event Countdown to the Championship.
Ironically, it was the second time in as many races the seasoned drivers had met in the second round, and also the second time something outside of the routine pre-stage, stage, and green light scenario transpired.