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TAD DRIVER JUSTIN ASHLEY NOW HAS TOP FUEL CREDENTIALS

There was a huge part of rookie Top Alcohol Dragster driver Justin Ashley that wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, two-time Pro Modified champion and successful fuel Funny Car racer Mike Ashley. He wanted to drive the same kind of race cars.

The idea flew as well as a lead balloon, but it wasn't for lack of effort.

Ashley broached the subject subtly with, "Maybe I should dip my feet in Pro Mod and try Pro Mod?" 

BRITTANY GETTING A FUNNY CAR?

 

Brittany Force, driver of the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster, will no longer be the nitro lone wolf in the family. 

While Force is not switching classes at this time, will have the opportunity to be like her famous father John, and siblings and drive a fuel Funny Car.

John Force Racing has confirmed a Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car is being built for her.

DAKIN STILL HAS FUN RACING, AND IT SHOWS

The first step to overcoming an addiction is admitting there's a problem. The problem is in the eye of the one making the diagnosis.

Pat Dakin understands his addiction all too well.

JOEY GLADSTONE RISING THROUGH THE PSM RANKS

 

Joey Gladstone has the looks. He has the personality. Heck, he has the name. Now Gladstone is ready to put the whole package together and start being competitive.

Joining San Marino racing on the San Marino Excavating Suzuki for the 2017 season, Gladstone checked one item off of his racing dream bucket list earlier this year. Now, he is ready to add his first career final and, eventually, that first Wally.

“This has been a dream of mine, probably since I was 12,” Gladstone said. “To finally be out here doing this, it is an awesome experience. It’s not cheap and it’s not easy, and this is a really difficult level of competition, but I am enjoying it and I feel like this is where I am supposed to be. It is humbling. Hopefully I can come up with some sponsors for next year and be able to do it and have more fun.”

PRO MOD OWNER, DRAG RACING FRIEND PAUL TRUSSELL PASSES

Paul Trussell left an indelible mark on those he befriended.

Trussell, 72, of Irmo, South Carolina, died on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, after a heroic battle with cancer.

To know Paul Trussell was to have spent time learning his life's lessons and infatuation with all things automobile. He loved both life and cars with a passion.

Trussell was the kind of person who thrived on picking up the spirits of those in his inner circle.

TODD NOT SURPRISED WITH CHALLENGES OF RACING FUNNY CAR

 

Top Fuel: The pinnacle of modern drag racing. The baddest machines on the planet. The kings of the sport.

But the fastest? That distinction now belongs to the Funny Car camp.

When J.R. Todd made the switch from Top Fuel to Funny Car at the beginning of this year, he knew he was making a big move. But what he didn’t expect was that he would be switching out of the former kings of speed in drag racing to the new fastest ride on the planet.

MCMILLEN NOT GIVING UP HOPE HIS DAY WILL COME

 

One of the added benefits of Clay Millican’s heartwarming victory a little over a week ago in Bristol is the motivation it provided to others.

Millican is not the only driver in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to be suffering through a drought on a smaller team. Terry McMillen, another IHRA alumnus who has found himself competitive, but winless, since his switch to the big leagues, said he felt as if he too had won watching Clay hoist the Wally trophy last week and admits that Millican’s win provides an extra boost of confidence.

SCHUMACHER STILL BEATS THE DRUM FOR THE CANOPIED TF DRAGSTERS

 

Tony Schumacher has a lot on his mind nowadays.

After eight championships and 83 victories, Schumacher finds himself a lot more reflective these days and he isn’t afraid to share what he has learned with the world.

Take, for instance, the canopy debate. Introduced just a few years ago, many of the cars in the Top Fuel category have traded in open air driving for a safer, bullet-proof shell to help protect them during a run. So why haven’t all of the teams adapted with the new technology? Schumacher believes it is perception - and old habits.

'GET THE EDELBROCK FLOW' WATER PUMP PROMOTION IS BACK

Edelbrock has announced that its water pump consumer promotion is back this year. Participating consumers can receive a fender cover and rebate when they purchase a new Edelbrock water pump.

This year's "Get The Edelbrock Flow" promotion allows participating consumers to receive a free Edelbrock Racing Fender Cover and $25 rebate when they purchase any new Edelbrock water pump; whether it's sold individually or included with an Edelbrock crate engine. The promotion will start on July 1 and end on August 31, 2017. For complete, promotion details and to download a redemption form, visit the official Edelbrock promotions website at www.edelbrock.com/promo.

PAT MUSI – LIFE’S LESSONS FROM VIC EDELBROCK JR. WERE INVALUABLE

Only about 15 years separated Vic Edelbrock Jr. and Pat Musi. But from the first time Musi met Edelbrock in 2003, he referred to Musi as “kid.”

Forget the fact that Musi had already passed 50 and Edelbrock was in his mid-60s. Musi was always “kid” and, in Musi’s eyes, from that point forward Edelbrock was his big brother. Musi might not have realized it then, but perhaps it was Edelbrock’s way of knowing their friendship and business partnership was going to be special.

“He said, ‘Kid, just remember you’re on our team and we’re going to have a lot of fun,’ and we really did,” Musi said. “I think we had a really good, strong relationship. I don’t know if I would call him a second father, but I would call him a big brother. We just got really close as the years went on.”

Their relationship was about much more than business and it’s the friendship Musi will miss most. Edelbrock died June 7, at the age 80, leaving an indelible mark not only in the drag racing world, but also in the entire automotive and motorsports industry.

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