by Tracy Renck Sat, 2019-02-02 23:41
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.
by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Roger Richards Sat, 2019-02-02 19:12
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.
by Tracy Renck Sat, 2019-02-02 16:55
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.
by Tracy Renck Sat, 2019-02-02 12:24
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.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2019-02-01 19:32
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.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2019-02-01 19:31
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.
Fri, 2019-02-01 19:27
Ken Black's championship Pro Stock team will gain fresh perspective in the 2019 season of NHRA's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with the addition of Pro Stock veteran Dave Connolly, who most recently tuned Tanner Gray to the 2018 series title. Connolly will join the KB Racing brain trust and work side-by-side with crew chief Rob Downing.
KB Racing includes the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stockers driven by Greg Anderson and Jason Line, as well as the Chevys campaigned by 2017 world champion Bo Butner, Deric Kramer, and Fernando Cuadra. The team has a total of eight Mello Yello Series championships and 149 Pro Stock event wins.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2019-02-01 18:12
Global Electronic Technology, a leader in credit card processing, has expanded their reach in the NHRA championship drag racing by signing up-and-coming Top Fuel driver Mike Salinas to an associate sponsorship for the 2019 season.
Salinas finished seventh in the 2018 NHRA Top Fuel point standings, his first full season on the tour. He plans to use the foundation of the strong season to make a championship run in 2019 and adding Global Electronic Technology makes for perfect timing.
Fri, 2019-02-01 08:02
Dodge//SRT and Mopar announced today a partnership with Pennzoil to pump up participation in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), doubling their number of event title sponsorships for the 2019 season.
Mopar will claim headline sponsor duties at the NHRA tour stop in Houston, and Dodge//SRT will take title rights for the fall NHRA Las Vegas race. The brands will also continue their primary sponsorship roles at NHRA events near Denver and Reading, Pennsylvania.