Wed, 2019-08-07 12:11
Stevie “Fast” Jackson was already itching to get back to the dragstrip.
A phone call from Jim Whiteley on Saturday was the final nudge the star driver needed to return to Bandimere Speedway for this weekend’s Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefiting One Cure.
Jackson, the NHRA Pro Mod points leader, had begrudgingly planned on sitting out the race in 2019 as he honed in trying to win his first NHRA world championship.
Wed, 2019-08-07 09:23
After a tornado touched down yesterday, Aug. 6, 2019 at Summit Motorsports Park and surrounding areas in Norwalk, Ohio, minimal damage occurred, no one on-site was injured and a story was posted to the park’s website and social media to assure fans that repairs would be made in time for the 42nd Annual Kelly Night Under Fire, this Saturday, Aug. 10 at Summit Motorsports Park.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photos by Burghardt Photography Tue, 2019-08-06 19:00
The memories blew through John Force’s brain like a freight trail barreling through a crossing. One minute they were there, and the next - gone.
Sunday, Force celebrated a monumental 150th career victory; one which took him 25 races to achieve. It was a stretch of frustration which led Force to utter multiple f-bombs on live television and kiss final round opponent Ron Capps on the lips, and later giving wife Laurie one on the cheek.
Mon, 2019-08-05 18:02
Mick Snyder has fond memories of racing at Bandimere Speedway, even if the lone trip to Thunder Mountain came two decades ago.
Snyder, J.R. Todd, the reigning NHRA Funny Car world champ, and Aaron Glaser all went on a road-trip together with Snyder’s family to the Jr. Dragster championships in the late 1990s. They all pitted together at the end of the track, providing a last memory at Bandimere Speedway.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Burghardt Photography Mon, 2019-08-05 08:05
The chase for his latest milestone is over for John Force.
The legendary 16-time world champion won his 150th career national event when he took home the title at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday in Seattle.
Written by Susan Wade, photos by Mike Burghardt Mon, 2019-08-05 08:00
Austin Prock, the fresh face of the NHRA’s Top Fuel class, has been anything but timid since he burst on the scene this February, gaining a ride in a dragster almost literally on the eve of the season-opener but asserting himself right out of the gate.
He has had fun, pedaling the throttle to defeat 2017 champion Brittany Force (on whose crew he worked last year) in his first elimination round, challenging fellow rookie and buddy Jordan Vandergriff to a T-shirt sales contest, and throwing class dominator and reigning champion Steve Torrence off-guard by telling him, “I’m coming for you” – in his first-ever day of qualifying.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Burghardt Photography Mon, 2019-08-05 04:00
Pro Stock driver Matt Hartford played the spoiler Sunday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals Sunday in Seattle.
And, he was all right with that fact.
by Susan Wade Sun, 2019-08-04 20:50
NHRA Communications, photos by Mike Burghardt Sun, 2019-08-04 18:00
John Force powered to his 150th Funny Car win on Sunday, rolling to the milestone victory at the 32nd annual Magic Dry Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals.
While Force earned his 150th career win, John Force Racing teammate and Top Fuel rookie Austin Prock picked up his first career win as part of a historic day for JFR. Matt Hartford also won in Pro Stock at the 16th of 24 races during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. It was the final of three races on the famed NHRA Western Swing.
By Susan Wade; Photo by Mike Burghardt Sun, 2019-08-04 12:44
Bob Tasca III’s Motorcraft /Quick Lane Ford Mustang team had a mad thrash before the final qualifying session Saturday, courtesy of a sizeable engine blast toward the end of his third overall run. Tasca was unhurt, but his carbon-fiber body didn’t fare as well. It was destroyed as it exploded and piled up behind the cockpit at grotesque angles.
But Tasca took it in stride and even used a little humor immediately afterward.
“We want to put on a show for these fans, give them a little excitement,” Tasca teased.