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CROMWELL NAMED TO NHRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

NHRA president Glen Cromwell has been elected to the NHRA Board of Directors, announced NHRA Chairman of the Board, Dallas Gardner. 

Cromwell joined NHRA in 1997 and became president at the start of 2018. He rose through the ranks from his first position as a division director and has been a key player in leading NHRA’s marketing efforts over the past 21 years.

ARBY’S NAMED TITLE SPONSOR FOR THE ARBY’S NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS

 

NHRA officials announced today that Arby’s will be the title sponsor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race at Atlanta Dragway. The 39th annual Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals takes place May 3-5 at the track just outside of Atlanta. Tickets for the tradition rich event are on sale now.

Founded in 1964, Arby’s is headquartered in Atlanta and is the second-largest sandwich brand in the world. Arby’s has more than 3,300 restaurants in seven countries and is part of Inspire Brands, a multi-brand company that includes a portfolio of more than 8,300 restaurants.

JOHN FORCE DEALS WITH TOUGH 2018 SEASON, EVEN TOUGHER OFF-SEASON

 

John Force has never been so happy to see an offseason draw to a close, but not for the reason one might think. It was supposed to be a time for rest for Force, whose team destroyed four cars during a mechanically plagued 2018. 

"The season was pretty rough, but the offseason was worse," Force admitted, shaking his head in bewilderment. "But that’s all part of doing business. I’m really fortunate to have Robert Hight as company president. He runs so much of the race car side."

LIVE VIDEO - PRO WINTER WARM-UP, NITRO-TESTING

BRITTANY FORCE CLOCKS 3.70 IN FINAL DAY OF TESTING

 

The final day of the 2019 Winter Testing Saturday left Top Fuel pilot Brittany Force with a confidence boost.

Force, who drives the Advance Auto Parts John Force Racing dragster, clocked a 3.70-second time at 321.27 mph, which was the quickest elapsed time in Top Fuel for the day at Wild Horse Motorsports Park.

Force, who finished fifth in the points standings a year ago, is working for the first time with her new crew chief David Grubnic. Grubnic helped guide Clay Millican to a third-place finish in the points a year ago.

BRIAN CORRADI - JOHN FORCE'S MECHANICAL VOICE OF REASON

 

Brian Corradi has had his share of Funny Car personalities to tune for. 

He's tuned for the colorful Dean Skuza, turned the wrenches for Frank Pedregon, and even Pro Modified champion turned U.S. Nationals winner Mike Ashley. Last season Corradi tuned Courtney Force to 11 number one qualifiers, and four victories in six final rounds. 

Never has Corradi had an assignment the likes of which he's been given this season.

PROCK TO MAKE LAPS IN JFR TOP FUEL CAR DURING PHOENIX TEST

 

Austin Prock, the son of world championship NHRA crew chief Jimmy Prock, is expanding his drag racing driving options.

Prock, who finished the nitro Funny Car licensing process June 25 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, is scheduled to make his first laps in a Top Fuel Dragster Feb. 3 at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.

Prock’s brand-new John Force Racing Top Fuel Dragster arrived at Wild Horse Motorsports Park Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2.

HIGHT ROCKETS TO TOP OF FUNNY CAR DURING DAY 3 PRO WINTER WARM-UP TESTING

The second day of the 2019 Winter Testing Friday was a fruitful one for nitro Funny Car driver Robert Hight at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz.

Hight, the two-time world champion driver for John Force Racing, had the fastest elapsed time with a 3.863-second elapsed time at 326.87 mph.

Hight drives the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car and his ET was the quickest in nitro Funny Car of the test session which began Thursday.

SAMPEY ADJUSTS TO THE NEW NORMAL ABOARD A HARLEY-DAVIDSON

 

To hear Angelle Sampey describe her initial rides aboard the Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson Street Rod Pro Stock bike, you'd think she accidentally jumped on Doug Vancil's Top Fuel Harley-Davidson.

Sampey was named a part-time third rider for the Screamin-Eagle Vance & Hines team on January 4, 2019, and will make her competition debut next month at the NHRA Gatornationals. For the past two days, she's been at Wild Horse Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix, Az., making test runs to become acclimated with what she describes as the most powerful bike she's straddled in her career which includes three NHRA championships.

TORRENCE WORKS IT LIKE A TRUE-BLUE COLLAR CHAMPION

 

There's a fine line between winning and losing — a fine line between being confident and cocky.

"I think I figured that out two years ago," NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence admitted. "I’m very confident. I think that maybe some of my confidence comes off as cockiness and looking back on it I regret that because maybe some of the ways that I've acted [in the past] wasn’t a true indication of who I really am.

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