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MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK CARS RETURN IN 2020 TO NHRA

 

NHRA officials released the 2020 schedule for the Mountain Motor Pro Stock category, which will compete at six of the 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

RECOVERED ADDICT, ALCOHOLIC HEPP USES DRAG RACING TO REACH THE STRUGGLING

 
Mike Hepp, an NHRA Northeast Division Super Comp driver, has a unique story. He is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, who is using racing to help a Road to Recovery program that he and his crew member Glenn Moore founded.
 
Hepp has been racing since 2012. Mike Hepp Racing has a focus on battling the drug and alcohol epidemic in America with their recovery program.

MURDER NOVA, SCOTT PALMER HEADLINE THROWDOWN IN T-TOWN

 

Street Outlaws' Shawn "Murder Nova" Ellington and NHRA Top Fuel racer Scott Palmer have each confirmed they'll be on the track and racing at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park this weekend (Oct. 11-12) for the 25th running of the epic Throwdown in T-Town!

AUSSIE TOP FUEL PRE-SEASON TESTING WASHED OUT

 

Rain has forced the cancellation of two days of test and tune for leading Australian Top Fuel teams, PremiAir Racing and Lamattina Top Fuel Racing.

The decision is a setback for both teams with the opening round of the 400 Thunder season scheduled for November 1-2.

THE POWER WHEELSTANDERS ARE BACK

 

In front of a packed house, Chris Pearce , of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin was crowned Champion of the 25th Byron Dragway World Power Wheel Standing Championships.

Immediately prior to the first of two rounds of Wheel Stand competition, Randy Simpson, Byron Dragway's General Manager, played classic audio of the late great Ron Leek announcing past World Power Wheel Standing events over the PA. Among his many accomplishments, Leek was the founder of the World Power Wheel Standing Championships, and CompetitionPlus was fortunate to have interviewed him in 2017, in what turned out to be his last Wheel Standing event.

MUSI SETTLES INTO ROLE AS PDRA'S PRO NITROUS QUEEN OF ET, SPEED

 

It was a record-setting weekend for Lizzy Musi and the Musi Racing team as the Pro Nitrous star raised the bar for performance in the class at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Fall Nationals at North Carolina's Darlington Dragway.

Musi, who already held the speed record of 209.23 mph in the class, put a complete stamp on the quickest and fastest marks in Pro Nitrous thanks to her record-setting pass of 3.615-seconds at 208.62 mph on Saturday in the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart. If the conditions presented themselves, a new record was the goal and Musi accomplished it in style.

ALEXIS DEJORIA SET TO RETURN TO NHRA FUNNY CAR COMPETITION

Alexis DeJoria will once again strap into the seat of a nitro Funny Car when she returns to NHRA competition full-time in 2020. After a two-year hiatus, DeJoria will make her reentry into the sport beginning with the 2020 NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.

DeJoria made her NHRA debut at the 2011 Texas NHRA FallNationals and went on to win five races, including the prestigious 2014 NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, before hanging up her helmet at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

ABILITY TO ADJUST IS BECKMAN'S KEY TO WINNING

 

Jack Beckman is very much still in the 2019 NHRA Funny Car championship battle despite an early exit last weekend in St. Louis. He came into the second race of the six-event Countdown to the Championship, leading the point standings and with a lot of momentum on his side.

“We missed the beat here this weekend,” Beckman said, following the loss to defending series champion J.R. Todd. “We made it down the track two of four qualifying sessions, and our car the last two races had been absolutely stellar. I don’t think by any means we were lost. I was very confident heading into race day. The bottom line is this one goes down as a holeshot loss, and that was on me. Had my right foot been three-thousandths of a second quicker, we wouldn’t be talking about this; we’d be heading into the next round and racking up points. I feel like I let the team down.”

CORY MCCLENATHAN TO BE NAMED TEXAS MOTORPLEX LEGEND AT FALLNATIONALS

Three-time Texas Motorplex Top Fuel winner and 34-time Top Fuel NHRA national event winner Cory McClenathan will be honored at the upcoming 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals as the first recipient of the Texas Motorplex Legend award. 

McClenathan who announced he will race the final three NHRA Mello Yello Series national events of the 2019 season and then retire last appeared at the FallNationals in 2018. He has 18 starts, two No. 1 qualifiers, five finals, three wins and 32-15 record at the NHRA super-track located just south of Dallas. McClenathan will be racing a Top Fuel dragster owned by Dexter Tuttle and sponsored by Revchem Composites and Nordic Boats.

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STRUTMASTERS JOINS AS SPONSOR FOR DAVE RICHARDS

 

Nitro Funny Car driver Dave Richards has added Strutmasters.com as a sponsor on his Paul Richards Racing Ford Mustang for this weekend’s 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals. Strutmasters.com will join a broad roster of long-time sponsors like Prestige Site Works, Upper Cut Turf Management, and FarmBoy Custom Co. on Richards’ Funny Car.

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