By Susan Wade; Photos by Mike and Jeff Burghardt Sat, 2017-09-09 21:23
One year ago during qualifying for the NHRA U.S. Nationals, Funny Car driver Ron Capps’ NAPA Dodge sailed off the end of the track and into the sand trap deeper than he ever had gone in 19 years in the cockpit. It flipped into the catch net. One or both of the car’s extruding body latches became tangled in the net, and as he was suspended upside down in his seat, he said he feared a fire, despite the highly professional Safety Safari’s best rescue efforts.
“They couldn’t get those [latches] out of the net. They couldn’t pull me back, nor could they turn me over,” Capps said. “The bodies are latched so well on the front and the back that it stayed on the way it’s designed to stay on. Unfortunately, with our only way out [obstructed] and me being upside down, I was trapped. There’s no kicking a window out. There’s no unbuckling and trying to kick a side window out. The side window’s so small our helmet won’t fit.
Sat, 2017-09-09 18:33
Multi-time Australian Top Doorslammer champion John Zappia had quite the interesting run on Friday.
Sat, 2017-09-09 18:23
Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey announced today that they will be taking time off the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing circuit to focus on their engine program and will return to Pro Stock Motorcycle competition at the end of October for the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“We decided as a team to take a step back to regroup and get ready for next year,” Team owner and 2016 Rookie of the Year Cory Reed explained. “We have a lot of shop plans while we take this break. Our dyno is on the way and we’ve got a bunch of little things to do that we haven’t been able to do while on the road. It sucks not to race because we’re racers and that’s what we want to be doing but sitting out these next few races will benefit us in the long run.”
by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Jeff Berghardt Sat, 2017-09-09 11:48
Greg Anderson turned some heads in the third qualifying session as he raced up to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday night with 6.561-second time at 210.11 mph in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro.
That run left him in the No. 1 qualifying spot heading into Monday.
But, during his runs, he didn’t participate in the “Pro Stock Battle Of The Burnouts: Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” initiative that was introduced by NHRA at the U.S. Nationals.
by Nate Van Wagnen; Photos by Roger Richards Sat, 2017-09-09 10:03
Fri, 2017-09-08 14:41
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Fri, 2017-09-08 12:00
In conjunction with preparations for the Sept. 15-17 NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte Motor Speedway will open its Rock City Campground beginning at 7 a.m. Friday morning for evacuees heading north or inland from Hurricane Irma.
With severe weather in the forecast for other southeastern states, accommodations will be available as long as possible prior to potential landfall. Evacuees should access Rock City Campground off Bruton Smith Boulevard through Entrance Z and will have access to bathhouse facilities on speedway property.
by Tracy Renck Fri, 2017-09-08 11:45
Dave Connolly has proven himself as an NHRA driver in Pro Stock and Top Fuel and as a crew chief for the Gray Motorsports Pro Stock car team, specifically Tanner Gray.
Gray has had an outstanding rookie season, winning four races and becoming a viable contender to win a world championship.
Connolly had plenty on his plate last weekend as Johnny, Shane and Tanner Grayall raced the Pro Stock class at the U.S. Nationals.
By Susan Wade Fri, 2017-09-08 11:37
Veteran nitro tuner and consultant Lance Larsen has a new project: helping organize a Funny Car team that plans to debut next season in a limited run.
“A group of friends of mine from the nostalgia side of things has decided to race what they a ‘big show car.’ They bought what was left of Tony Pedregon’s car stuff – no engine stuff. They proceeded to go to the Lucases and buy some more stuff. And we’re slowly but surely putting it together. The plan is to finish it toward the end of this year and test and get the licenses done. The two gentlemen who own it are Richard Townsend and Dustin Davis, Central Californians who have raced nostalgia Funny Cars for five or six years. They really have a passion for the sport, and it’s something they want to do,” Larsen said.