by Tracy Renck Wed, 2018-05-09 20:04
Following NHRA’s Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C., April 29, Pro Mod driver Richie Stevens Jr., who is competing full time in NHRA’s Pro Mod Series in 2018 for Al-Anabi Racing and Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al-Thani, stuck around to make some practice runs April 30.
Stevens, who failed to qualify for the Four-Wide Nationals, on his first two test laps made solid progress – the third one however, was a different story as he crashed the 2015 Camaro he was driving at zMax Dragway.
“We got he car out on Sunday because we have not run as well as we should have the first three races,” Stevens said. “Shannon Jenkins (Stevens’ crew chief) went over it with a fine tune comb and found some things here and there. The first run on Monday it picked up almost nine hundredths from what we ran on Friday and Saturday. I was excited about it. We came out and made a second run and it slowed down a little bit, but it was still way better than we had been running.”
Wed, 2018-05-09 17:58
A pair of successful race car drivers – NHRA Drag Racing’s Alex Laughlin and Josh Reeves from the world of stock car racing – met with students at Avoca Elementary School Tuesday afternoon to talk about the importance of math, science and learning and how it applies to the world of motorsports.
Laughlin, driver of the Fitzgerald USA Chevy Camaro in the Pro Stock category of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, will try to defend his victory from a year ago in the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17 at Bristol Dragway.
Reeves, who drives the Lopez Wealth Management Ford Pro Late Model, is entered in the Short Track U.S. Nationals, coming to Bristol Motor Speedway in two weeks, May 18-20.
Wed, 2018-05-09 12:04
Drag racing has lost one of its most dedicated race officials.
Former NHRA Div. 2 Director and past maple Grove Raceway General Manager, Lex Dudas who passed away on Tuesday, May 8th following a courageous battle with cancer.
Tue, 2018-05-08 04:00
After qualifying in the number-one position, Steve Wiley raced to a convincing O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Pro Mod win May 5, during the Texas Outlaw Pro Modified Association (TOPMA) event at the famed Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas.
Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter dedicated the race to the memory of Tom Conquergood, event and motorsports marketing manager for O’Reilly Automotive Inc., who unexpectedly passed away the morning of the event. Carter said Conquergood helped get O’Reilly Auto Parts on board with the TOPMA series at the Motorplex, which will feature four more races on the first weekend of the next four months.
Written by Susan Wade, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2018-05-07 08:00
Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel victory over final-round opponent Blake Alexander in Sunday’s Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway underscored the NHRA’s “Women of Power” initiative this month – particularly considering she shared the podium with Funny Car winner Courtney Force.
But for Pritchett, the real “girl power” was her bond with a Make-A-Wish guest named Lucy. Together they were Lucy and Ethel. Pritchett turned out to be Wonder Woman for the awed youngster. Or maybe it was the other way around as Pritchett shone for the first time since the 2017 Brainerd race.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2018-05-07 08:00
Courtney Force capped a superb weekend Sunday at the Southern Nationals.
Force, who qualified No.1, knocked out the competition culminating with a win over Matt Hagan in the finals at Atlanta Dragway.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2018-05-07 04:00
After an agonizing 2017 NHRA Pro Stock season, things are have rebounded nicely for Vincent Nobile so far this season.
Nobile has two national event wins in 2018 – his latest came Sunday at the Southern Nationals near Atlanta.
Written by Susan Wade, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2018-05-07 04:00
When Scotty Pollacheck earns his first Pro Stock Motorcycle victory, Eddie Krawiec just might be the first one to congratulate him. He’s still young enough that he can remember the first of his 45 and how it felt finally to be an NHRA winner.
But for now, for Sunday’s action at the Southern Nationals at Commerce, Ga., Krawiec had no mercy. He claimed his second triumph of the three bike-class appearances son far this seaso
NHRA Communications, photos by Roger Richards Sun, 2018-05-06 17:00
Female NHRA nitro racers dominated Top Fuel and Funny Car as Leah Pritchett and Courtney Force were victorious in their respective categories Sunday at the 38th annual NHRA Southern Nationals Powered by Mello Yello at Atlanta Dragway.
Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the seventh of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.