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GAINESVILLE RACEWAY INSTALLING NEW RACING SURFACE

 

NHRA and Gainesville Raceway officials announced today that the historic facility will be installing a new concrete racing surface prior to the start of the 2019 season and the historic 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Construction kicked off on Monday, December 10, at the NHRA-owned facility with plans to have the track prepped well in advance of the Gatornationals. As part of the project, the old track surface will be removed and replaced with an all concrete surface. New asphalt will also be installed beyond the finish line.

“We are excited to have a new and improved concrete racing surface just in time for the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals,” said NHRA vice president of track management and operations, Kasey Coler. “There’s been so much enthusiasm and anticipation for this historic event and the new track will further enhance the level of competition that fans can expect.”

US 131 MOTORSPORTS PARK SIGNS MULTI-YEAR RENEWAL WITH IHRA

 

US 131 Motorsports Park, “The Fastest Track in Michigan,” has entered into a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).

The Martin, Michigan, facility features racing on both the eighth-mile and quarter-mile and hosts multiple big events throughout the season. In 2018, those events included the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular, the IHRA Division 5 Summit Team Finals and one of the largest IHRA Summit SuperSeries programs in the country.

LE TONGLET TO RUN LIMITED PSM SCHEDULE WITH FAMILY TEAM IN 2019

MOTORSPORTS VETERANS JOIN SANDS IN WILD HORSE MANAGEMENT TEAM

 

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix has tapped three motorsports professionals with a combined 100 years of racing and track experience as it prepares for its 38th season.

NASCAR marketing veteran Jon Sands, formerly of Roush Fenway Racing, recently was elevated from consultant to general manager and has added drag racing publicist Jeff Wolf, a professional journalist for more than three decades, to his staff as the business development/communications manager.

ENCORE - KENNY BERNSTEIN: BEFORE HE WAS THE KING OF SPEED

04_02_2010_bernsteinIt's hard to picture it now because he's been so big for so long, but even Kenny Bernstein was once a little guy like everybody else. He worked on the car, rode in the truck with the rest of the team, and once drove a truck by himself from Texas to Puyallup, Wash., to race, not knowing who was going to be there to help unload the car when he got there.

"Prudhomme, Force – probably anybody you can think of – started out that way," Bernstein said. "People see what we have today and presume everything was handed to us. Trust me, it wasn't. Almost all of us had nothing when we started except a love for the sport."

Ever heard the one about how Bernstein got his original Budweiser deal by towing his car to Budweiser's St. Louis headquarters and unloading it in the parking lot for employees to see on their way to work? It's true.

ENCORE - SCHUMACHER REMEMBERS: THE UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED WONDER WAGONS

3schuIf you ask former Funny Car driver, turned championship team owner, Don Schumacher, Ralph Nader spoke too soon.

Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile book was published in 1965 with the first chapter devoted to the Corvair.

Schumacher is confident had this book been written in 1973, the Vega panel wagons he ran under the Wonder Bread sponsorship would have had a chapter of its own, too. While Schumacher readily admits this was the most popular Funny car he ever fielded amongst race fans, he absolutely categorized the off-the-beaten path ride as the most dangerous too.

“Unsafe at any speed for sure,” Schumacher said. “The panel wagon on a race track was certainly unsafe. Actually, Chevy gave me three of them that I had across the country that I drove on the road. I mean one was in California, one was in the Chicago-land area, and I think the third one may have been down in the southeast. We flew into that airport and used that vehicle to get me to whatever match race I was going to. They were perfectly fine on the road; they just did not translate into being a good race car.”

CREW CHIEF BARLAM IS BACK WITH VANDERGRIFF’S TOP FUEL TEAM

 

NHRA Top Fuel crew chief Joe Barlam has rejoined Bob Vandergriff Racing.

Barlam, who was a co-crew chief at Don Schumacher Racing for the dragster driven by Leah Pritchett for most of the last three full seasons, confirmed to CompetitionPlus.com that he has signed back on with Vandergriff Racing.

“Ron (Douglas) obviously was the crew chief here (at Vandergriff Racing) last year and now that there are two cars, they need two Rons,” Barlam said with a chuckle. “We are going to kind of run them together because they don’t always race at the same time and we will just kind of combine everything.”

LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING: MICKE AND THE BEASTLY '78 MALIBU

 

At first glance, the 1978 Malibu Mark Micke drives isn't overly intimidating. Those who know this car and driver understand fully that looks can be deceiving.

Jason Carter owns the Radial vs. The World Car and Micke drives it.

Earlier this year, Micke drove the boxy looking vehicle to the victory at the most prestigious event in Drag Radial competition by winning the $101,000-to-win Sweet Sixteen developed and promoted by Donald "Duck" Long, the Pied Piper of small tire racing. Micke stopped the timers with an outstanding 3.62-second pass at 214.79 mph that lowered the previous elapsed time record by nearly a full tenth.

CA.-BASED NHRA STARS PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY TRAGIC FIRES

 

Three of NHRA's nitro-racing superstars are giving back to their community this week.

California natives Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Leah Pritchett watched in horror as their state suffered tremendous devastation due to the Camp and Woolsey Fires that consumed large portions of Northern and Southern California last month.

CORNWELL QUALITY TOOLS NEW OFFICIAL TOOL OF JOHN FORCE RACING

John Force Racing announced that Cornwell Quality Tools, a family owned business since its inception, will become the official tools of the 20-time NHRA world championship team beginning in the 2019 season. Cornwell Quality Tools, founded in 1919 by Eugene Cornwell in Northeast Ohio, will be celebrating 100 years of creating the best quality tools out of the best quality materials when it joins John Force Racing during the 2019 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

“We are looking forward to this new partnership with Cornwell Tools,” said John Force, CEO and owner of John Force Racing and driver of the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevy Camaro. “Cornwell Tools and John Force Racing share the same commitment to family. We’re a family run business, our teams and sponsors are our family out there on the road. Cornwell will be joining that family and we’re excited to be celebrating their 100 year anniversary with them in 2019.”

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