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BO BUTNER: MAYBE NHRA SHOULD LOOK AT DOING THE WHOLE SERIES LESS, NOT JUST ONE CLASS

 

Like many of the drivers in the Pro Stock pits, Bo Butner is worried about the short fields and perceived lack of competitiveness in the class.

Despite a much more competitive season than the class endured a year ago, the reality is that the Pro Stock class just doesn’t have the competition - or competitors - that it has enjoyed in the past.

While rumors continue to circulate as to the future of the class, with whispered changes ranging from more car alterations to a reduction in the number of Pro Stock-contested races similar to the Pro Stock Motorcycle arrangement, one thing is certain, the future is uncertain.

TORRENCE RELISHES BEING A TOP FUEL THROWBACK

 

The glory days of drag racing.

Often times, when someone talks about the glory days, they are talking about a time before corporate sponsorships and public relations teams ruled the day, a time when drivers could be drivers and if that meant a few choice words, or a punch or two following a disagreement out on the track, that is just how it went.

But those days are long gone. Today, drivers watch every word that comes out of their mouth and they practice, race after race, plugging every sponsor, every crew member, and make sure to congratulate every competitor without missing a beat.

And then there is Steve Torrence.

FORCE TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH AT CUBS GAME JULY 5

 

 A pair of world champions come together when 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a World Series champion Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field on July 5.
 
John Force Racing President Robert Hight, who won the 2009 Funny Car championship, will also be at the game and will sign autographs before with Force. Hight’s daughter, Autumn, will deliver the lineup card.

The Cubs ended the longest drought in American sports history by beating the Cleveland Indians in a thrilling Game 7 last November to win the World Series. That snapped a 108-year streak of frustration for the Cubs and their loyal fans, as Chicago last won a world championship in 1908.

NEW PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA AD FEATURES UNDERDOG STORY OF TOP FUEL DRIVER LEAH PRITCHETT

Last year Leah Pritchett lost her dragster when her team owner retired. Through a relentless persistence to remain in the top 10 of points earners, she found a way to continue to compete and caught the eye of Papa John's.

"When I met Leah I admired her hard work and determination from the get go. She had some burn marks on her forearms from working on the clutch of her Top Fuel dragster," said Papa John, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Papa John's Pizza. "Back when I started making pizzas, I had oven burns on my arms all the time. We did what we had to do to get by because we were doing something we loved. Leah was devoted to pursuing her dream like I was."

TORRENCE PUTS HEART INTO CLOSE TOP FUEL VICTORY AGAINST FINALIST KALITTA

Grudgingly but sensibly sitting out last year’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals following what doctors called a “minor” heart attack only made Top Fuel racer Steve Torrence more resolved to show everyone what they missed.

This time the feeling was simply heartening.

BECKMAN COLLECTS FIERY WIN IN NORWALK

Jack Beckman sure does know how to make a race entertaining.

In the final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, in the lane that no one wanted, after a less than stellar weekend, Beckman matched up with Robert Hight in his third consecutive Funny Car final and won in dramatic fashion, crossing the finish line sideways and on fire following a spectacular explosion at Summit Motorsports Park.

NHRA FUNNY CAR WORLD CHAMPION CAPPS NOMINATED FOR 2017 ESPY BEST DRIVER AWARD

Ron Capps’ 2016 Funny Car world championship season and hot start to the 2017 season has earned him a nomination for an ESPY award in the Best Driver category, it was announced this week. This is the first time he has been nominated for the prestigious honor in his 23-year NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series career.
 
Capps is nominated alongside Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud and NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. The ESPY Awards, for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, was created by ESPN in 1993. The nominees are selected for their performances over the past 12 months.

TONGLET GRABS THIRD PSM VICTORY AND TEAM FOURTH FOR STORM-BOUND BOSS IN LOUISIANA

Jerry Savoie, the most recent Pro Stock Motorcycle winner before this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, knew he wouldn’t make the trip to Norwalk, Ohio. The two-bike team owner opted to stay home at Cutoff, La., to protect his alligator farm business and property in the wake of Tropical Storm Cindy and leave the racing to partner L.E. Tonglet.

But Savoie told crew chief Tim Kulungian, “Put our best stuff in L.E.'s bike and go out there and kick everyone's ass. We've got a good thing going right now, and I want it to continue."

BUTNER PERFECT IN WIN OVER TEAMMATE AT SUMMIT RACING NATIONALS

Perfection.

It is not very often a driver can use that word to describe a race win, but it is the only word to describe Bo Butner’s win Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

MOLINARI WINS FIRST CAREER NHRA PRO MOD EVENT AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NATIONALS

Shane Molinari raced to his first career NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series victory Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by the Real Pro Mod Association, was the eighth of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.  

The finals were a re-match from the race in Bristol where Molinari faced off against Troy Coughlin who took that event win. In Norwalk, Molinari was able to reverse the outcome for the victory.

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