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MUSI/FRANKLIN WIN 2018 FLATOUT GASKETS NITROUS WARS

 

The 2018 Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars is one for the history books. Although a quick look at the 2018 season Pro Nitrous pole setters shows incredible parity in the class, all but one of those drivers relies on Musi Racing Engines power. When it was all said and done after Virginia, a Musi driver was on top of the pack seven out of eight events, with Jay Cox giving Buck Racing Engines one lone #1 qualifier award at the second tour stop. 

The incredible part of the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars dynamic is that only one driver was able to repeat the pole position all year. Tommy Franklin topped Pro Nitrous qualifying at the season opener and then again at the Drag Wars. Other #1 qualifying awards in the first half of the season went to Musi customers Jason Harris and Randy Weatherford.

JOHN FORCE RACING AND PIT BOSS GRILLS ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR DEAL

John Force Racing, the 20-time NHRA world championship winning team, and Pit Boss Grills announced a multi-year agreement that will add one of the fastest growing grill brands to the fastest team in motorsports. The marketing partnership, which will officially begin in 2019, will strive to elevate Pit Boss Grills’ brand awareness across the 24-race national NHRA schedule.

Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion, John Force is racing with the Pit Boss logo on his PEAK Antifreeze and Coolant Chevrolet Camaro for the final two races of the NHRA 2018 season. These races include the most recent event in Las Vegas and the upcoming Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

MIKE KLOEBER REUNITED WITH CLAY MILLICAN IN 2019

 

Straightline Strategy Group, recently announced as the new ownership group of NHRA Top Fuel team Stringer Performance, is proud to announce the addition of Mike Kloeber as Crew Chief of the Parts Plus, Strutmasters Top Fuel dragster for the 2019 Season and beyond. Kloeber, who led veteran driver Clay Millican to an impressive 50 IHRA Top Fuel wins and six IHRA World Championships within a seven-year period is excited to have the opportunity to team up with Millican once again.

“Getting a call from Doug Stringer with the opportunity to race with this team provides a path to conclude some unfinished business for us all - winning a NHRA Mello Yello Championship,” said Kloeber. “With the addition of partners Scott Gardner and J.J. Koehler to the team, along with Doug whom I also share a history with, my motivation couldn’t be any higher.  Their expertise and additional resources position the program for exceptional growth and performnace,” he concluded.  

SAMPEY LEADS A BUSY LIFE BOTH ON AND OFF TRACK

 

A lot has happened to three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Angelle Sampey since the Halloween weekend at Las Vegas in 2014. That’s when her return to the racetrack came to a gruesomely abrupt halt: she suffered a severely lacerated Achilles tendon and two others in her left leg as he helped unload the bike that Friday.

She said this Friday in Las Vegas that she had shoved that incident to the back of her mind,“ but the medic cart just passed a little while ago, and I saw it and I literally got a sick feeling and I went, ‘Uh-‘ I think about safety. I think about things now, stupid little things you don’t think you can hurt yourself with. I don’t help with the set-up [of the pit], and sometimes I feel bad, because I used to help all the time. But that’s how I got hurt.” She relented last year and was trying to put her motorcycle on the trailer when, she said, “my foot got caught on something and they were pushing the bike and the peg pushed against my Achilles real hard.” She shuddered. She said, “I didn’t think rolling the bike with me sitting on it on the ramp would be dangerous. And just that little thing right there, I almost busted it again.”

LARRY MORGAN HAS NEW FOCUS

 

Longtime Pro Stock owner-driver Larry Morgan is elbow-deep in engines these days – Pro Stock Motorcycle motors.

He said he has no interest in returning to the Pro Stock class but would entertain a return to the intriguing and uber-competitive Pro Mod class: “If I race a car, it will be with Jim Whitley in Pro Mod.”

Morgan this year has headed the engine program for Team Liberty, working for Cory Reed and parents Jim and Annie Whiteley on the bikes that Reed, Angelle Sampey, and Joey Gladstone ride.

GARY TURNER'S BICYCLE INSPIRATION CAME FROM DRAG RACING

 

Little did Gary Turner realize, crafting a custom bicycle for his five-year-old son would lead to one of the more iconic brands in BMX racing. 

Turner, the owner of The Pedaler AA/FC, created the GT brand and for years integrated the worlds of bicycles with drag racing. 

"For my five-year-old son, I was always digging around for something for him to play with," Turner recalled. "So I cut up a bicycle, and I found out about these kids that were riding in this parking lot, not a parking lot, but in a little dirt field a few miles from where we lived, so I had taken and cut up a bicycle, and I rearranged it a little bit. I had taken him down there and let him play around with these other kids, and that’s how it started."

Turner smiles when he recollects of being involved in both the golden eras of drag racing and the bicycle motocross movement. He was in the dead-front center in the middle of two extreme sports. 

2018 SEMA SHOW IN PHOTOS

Walk the floor of the SEMA Show with Roger Richards as he brings you the highlights of the longest running automotive aftermarket trade show. You'll see the cars, parts and knowing Roger, the girls on display in Las Vegas.

 

FORD UNVEILS 2019 MUSTANG FUNNY CAR BODY

 

At the SEMA Show one year ago, Ford Motor Company announced a return to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to regain a foothold in the Funny Car classification.

In 2019, Ford has plans to dive deeper into the class with a pair of brand-new developments.

The first development is an all-new 2019 Mustang Funny Car body, to replace the body currently in use that was developed for the 2009 season. The drivers currently running Fords in the class in 2018 have done well with the old design, which has generated excitement for upcoming car.

TASCA CAN’T WAIT TO DEBUT 2019 FORD MUSTANG BODY

 

When talking to nitro Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III is not hard to hear the excitement in his voice.

And for good reason.

Tasca after having a solid 2018 campaign in NHRA’s Mello Yello Series, he can’t wait to compete in 2019 with his team’s newly-designed 2019 Ford Mustang body.

YOUNG VANDERGRIFF NEW FACE FOR SPORT?

 

The NHRA continues to insist it indeed is attracting younger racers and fans, yet it’s making a concentrated effort to target both. So maybe 23-year-old Jordan Vandergriff has come along at the perfect time. Team owner Bob Vandergriff Jr. announced Oct. 19 that his nephew will drive a second Top Fuel dragster, with D-A Lubricants and its PennGrade Motor Oil brand as primary sponsor, as a partner to Blake Alexander.

Jordan Vandergriff is licensed in Super Comp and this year has been racing Anthony Dicero’s A/Fuel Dragster this year as part of a driver-development association between the two operations that Bob Vandergriff called exciting. The program isn’t for the benefit of only Jordan Vandergriff. “Our plan is to create opportunities for other young drivers to compete and help them with the progression of their careers, as well,” Bob Vandergriff Jr. said.

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