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CRUZ PEDREGON RACING AND A.J. BENDER JOIN FORCES FOR 2022 CHILI BOWL

ENCORE - THE ORIGINAL PRO NITROUS: THE AHRA PRO STOCKERS

6-4-07ahra.jpgA common misconception suggests the origin of nitrous-injected doorslammer racing can be traced back to the International Hot Rod Association’s Top Sportsman division. In fact, the first organized competition for nitrous-aided door cars dates back to the American Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class. During the last four years of the AHRA’s existence, officials bucked conventional Pro Stock regulations of the day by allowing the use of nitrous oxide.

In 1980, Pro Stock was a class in transition. On the National Hot Rod Association side, Pro Stock cars were running on a pounds-per-cubic-inch basis with special weight breaks and/or handicaps based on the make of car. The IHRA took advantage of their rival’s complicated and rather unpopular structure and countered with a simplified unlimited cubic-inch format. As a result, the first Pro Stock car to break into the seven-second zone was racing under IHRA sanction

So where does AHRA Pro Stock fit into the equation? At the start of the 1980 season, the AHRA was deep in the same quagmire as the NHRA, struggling to maintain a level playing field through the use of a cumbersome rules package. To their credit, those in charge of the AHRA recognized the quandary they were in, and they reacted accordingly, making sweeping rules changes. 

The 1980 AHRA Pro Stock season had gotten off to a lackluster start, but that was soon to change. The organization decided that implementing a Mountain Motor format was the best way to give the class the publicity it deserved, and inject new life into it.

There was a major problem, however.

THIRD-GEN COUGHLIN HEADED FOR UNCHARTED FAMILY TERRITORY

 

Third-generation drag racer Paige Coughlin is making a dramatic step in 2022, trading in the Super Comp dragster she's been competing in for the last few years for a '92 ProCharger Chevrolet Camaro. The college-aged daughter of three-time Pro Mod world champion Troy Coughlin will be vying for wins and national prestige on Discovery Channel's "Street Outlaws No Prep Kings" television program, the latest series in a line of extremely-popular drag-racing-centric reality shows.

QUALIFYING UNDERWAY - VRHRA RACE 2 OF 9, 2021 THUNDER IN THE DESERT AT BEELINE DRAGWAY

 

Fire up your computers, call your friends. It's time for the second season of the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association; the race series created out of a pandemic.

So, how does this work?

Each event features the top 20 finishers of the previous season in a ballot where your votes determine qualifying and race results, and inevitably series championships. Since we are fantasy drag races, we can stage the events at any facility we choose, regardless of whether the track exists or not.

The top eight qualifiers advance to final eliminations, where your votes determine the race winners.

This week we are at Beeline Dragway, the old truck which used to be in Scottsdale, Az.

 

NEW ADVANCED BIOFUELS FROM VP RACING FUELS INTENDED TO TRANSFORM RACING

 
VP Racing Fuels, Inc., a global leader in performance fuels, lubricants and additives, announced that advanced bio-renewable components are available for adaptation with the company’s current race fuel portfolio.

2021 PRI SHOW IN PHOTOS - PHOTO GALLERY

Walk the floor with CompetitionPlus.com Director of Photography Roger Richards and Bill Swanson as they bring you the sights of the 2021 Performance Racing Industry held in indianapolis. Tune in multiple times daily as we recap the show in photos.

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.”

WORST-KEPT SECRET IN DRAG RACING REVEALED AS RON CAPPS UNVEILS RON CAPPS MOTORSPORTS

 

Ron Capps has been teasing the news for weeks, but on Friday afternoon at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, the reigning and two-time NHRA Funny Car world champion made it official, announcing the launch of Ron Capps Motorsports, a new NHRA race team which has Capps pulling double-duty, serving as team owner and driver as he makes a bid to go back-to-back and win a third series title in 2022.

“It’s probably been the worst kept secret out there,” joked Capps of the rumors and speculation surrounding his new single-car team that have been swirling around the NHRA community for weeks. “It’s hard to keep something secret that you’re so excited about, you just want to shout it from the rooftop! But, I’m so thrilled that it’s finally out there.

PMRA AND NEOPMA FORM RACING PARTNERSHIP

 

The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) and the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA) announced a marketing alliance between the two Pro Mod racing groups.

This year the NEOPMA Challenge at Empire Dragway, Leicester NY was an amazing success. In 2022 the two self governing organizations will work together to make the Empire / NEOPMA Challenges on June 17-18 and August 5-6, 2022, Pro Mod extravaganzas. 

LUCAS OIL RETURNS TO NITRO RACING WITH ANTRON BROWN’S AB MOTORSPORTS

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown announced today that longtime motorsports industry supporter, Lucas Oil Products, Inc., has joined his team, AB Motorsports, as its official lubricants partner for the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.

Lucas Oil has manufactured and distributed automotive oil, additives, and lubricants since it was founded by the husband-and-wife team, Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, in 1989, and has been a fixture in the NHRA community ever since. Brown has enjoyed a longtime relationship with the Lucas family for decades, and part of what spurred this new partnership between Lucas Oil and AB Motorsports was the family values shared by the owners on both sides.

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