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STRIP OPERATOR SUES, WINS RIGHT TO OPEN TRACK

Rodney Viehland stared down an extreme situation.

Sometimes extreme situations require an intense response.

Viehland, the owner of Coles County Dragway, was told by local health officials and government officials he could not open his drag strip located in the southern part of Illinois.

UPDATED - FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON ROUTE 66 RACEWAY STORY

According to NASCAR-oriented website www.kickinthetires.net, the future of Chicagoland Speedway and likely Route 66 Raceway is intact and will not go away.

“Yes, the track would remain,” Michael Schwarz, Joliet’s Director of the city’s Planning Commission told www.kickinthetires.net, via email. “The proposed sale only involves accessory parking on the east side of the property."

MORGAN LUCAS NAMED PRESIDENT OF LUCAS OIL PRODUCTS

 

When Morgan Lucas left the driver’s seat of his Top Fuel dragster, he did so with intentions of settling into an increased role in the family’s Lucas Oil business. He has now been promoted to President of Lucas Oil Products.

Morgan will now report directly to his father, CEO Forrest Lucas.

“Today, I am honored and humbled to assume the role of President of Lucas Oil Products,” Morgan said. “This incredible opportunity is one that I do not take lightly and thanks to our amazing executive management team and all of our hard-working employees, I know our future is bright. I have watched my father and mother work tirelessly and make countless sacrifices to take Lucas Oil from its modest beginnings to grow it into the thriving enterprise that it is today.

“The mission they have instilled has always been to exemplify hard work and integrity through the creation of high quality, problem-solving products with an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Continuing their successful approach and being open-minded to new opportunities amidst the ever-changing marketplace, I am confident we will continue to grow as a company for many years to come.”

SPECTATORS TO BE ALLOWED FOR WOOOSTOCK 2020

 

Keith Berry's annual Wooostock race, an event featuring Drag Radial cars at Darlington Dragway, scored a major victory on Sunday, May 10, before the first car turned a tire under power.

Wooostock 2020, scheduled to begin Thursday, May 14, and continue through Saturday, has been given a reprieve by Darlington County health officials enabling the popular event to host spectators.

The event was originally scheduled for April 16-18, but was postponed due to local health regulations. 

UPDATED:THE TALK ABOUT ROUTE 66'S FUTURE

 

Plans have been unveiled that could mean an eventual end to a facility that has hosted NHRA national events for almost two decades.

Last week, it was learned that the planning commission for the city Joliet, Illinois, is to hear from a group that plans to turn much of the existing Chicagoland Speedway into a subdivision. The 1.5-mile track, which opened in 2001, is one of 13 facilities owned by NASCAR, which last fall completed an acquisition of a sister company, International Speedway Corporation.

A dozen of those tracks are designed to host NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series events and more. The lone exception is Route 66 Raceway, which has been a staple on the NHRA schedule since 1998. The dragstrip is located across West Schweitzer Road from Chicagoland Speedway’s main entrance.

ENCORE SUNDAY: A MOTHER'S DAY TRIBUTE

On February 22, 1979, my life changed forever.

That was as far as she always got. Maybe a few sentences further each attempt, but the effort always ended in the same fruitless result. She always aspired to be a writer but things never materialized. Robbie Elizabeth, as my grandparents named her in February of 1935, was the second oldest among four children. I just knew her as “Momma.”

That fateful date she continually referenced provided a memory that affected more than just her life. It changed mine, my sisters Deborah and Karen and most certainly my Dad’s – Bobby, Sr., as well as our entire family Momma was diagnosed with an aggressive growth that began as ovarian cancer. By the time the physicians performed a “look-and-see” operation, the growth had swollen to the size of a football.

The doctors basically gave Momma a month or two to live, tops. Of course, they didn’t know her resolve to succeed against all odds. They certainly didn’t understand her mission from God. Her assignment was to touch as many lives as she could in the short time she had left. Momma’s illness came at a time when cancer research and treatments were in the formative stage and essentially rocket science to the medical community. In those days, you just didn’t beat the disease.

MASTERS ENTERTAINMENT ENTERS LIVE-STREAMING BUSINESS

 

Soon there will be a new player in the live streaming game.

Ted Jones, a former sanctioning body executive who transitioned into television production, confirmed his Bristol, Tenn.-based Masters Entertainment Group, Inc. have added a live streaming division.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Jones said. “We’re having fun putting the trailer together because it’s going to be more like a TV truck, in that we’ll be able to do things they don’t now do in streaming. We’ll still use the PA announcer as the main announcer, but we’ll do things like RF transmitting top-end interviews and paid interviews and stuff like that live. 

ENCORE - THE FAMOUS NHRA FUNNY CAR BOYCOTT RACE

05 densie earwoodI’m always amused when I hear drag racing fans, racers or officials talking about how, in the history of the entire high speed universe, there never has been a strike or a boycott of an NHRA national event.  If you believe the conventional wisdom, pro racers simply don’t have the fortitude to effectively rage against the establishment.

It’s an interesting theory and there’s a lot of data to support it.  I mean, it is really hard to get pro racers to agree on anything.  Sit in a meeting with four or more pro racers and they can’t even agree on refreshments and drinks.

However, the declaration that there’s NEVER been a boycott of an event run by the guys my partner always has called the High Sheriffs, simply isn’t true.  I know, because I was there.  So was my press relations partner, Dave Densmore.  The year was 1981 and the site was State Capitol Raceway outside Baton Rouge, La. 

PDRA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO RETURN TO COMPETITION

 

As states begin to loosen restrictions set in place to control the spread of COVID-19, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) is preparing to start its 2020 season, nearly two months later than planned. The PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech is now set to take place May 29-30 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina. 
 
“We are extremely excited to finally get back racing, and to do it at GALOT Motorsports Park, the original season opener, is important and great as well,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “The team at GMP has been great to work with, along with the local authorities who have helped daily.”

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1972 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Travel back in time to the NHRA Springnationals in it's debut at National Trail Raceway outside of Columbus, Ohio. You'll see the legends like Chip Woodall, Ed McCulloch and Bill Jenkins hold their on in this event. 

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