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IT'S BEEN A WILD SEASON FOR MATT SMITH

 

It has been a crazy season for two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith.

Despite it all he has had success on the track. He arrived at the Mile-High Nationals in seventh place in the points on his Victory Magnum.

MELTDOWN DRAGS PRESENTS ANOTHER STELLAR SHOW

 

The highly anticipated 9th Annual Meltdown Drags Association began under circumstances no track owner, promoter and racer wants. Heavy rain was forecast throughout the weekend. And so it began that way on Thursday set-up day, when Byron Dragway was drenched with 2-1/2” of the wet stuff. 

Some would (and have) thrown in the towel before the event even starts. Not these guys. Byron Dragway staff worked day and night to dry the track. Meanwhile 375 entries from across North America rolled through the racer gate. 

With that true vintage drag racing was underway. Make no mistake. This is not “nostalgia” drag racing, where the latest go-fast hardware is tucked under “old” bodies. Adherence to authenticity is the name of the game here. That authenticity, the mind boggling variety of cars and the people behind them, is what makes the Meltdown Drags unique and special in the world of drag racing.

TONY SCHUMACHER DEALS WITH HIS CLOUDY RACING FUTURE

 

On July 8, it was announced that The U.S. Army has decided not to renew its sponsorship with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) due to a reallocation of its marketing budget.

DSR is actively pursuing a strong brand to partner with the team and its roster of sponsors and personalities who have contributed to 325 NHRA national event titles and 16 championships. The U.S. Army has been a primary sponsor for Tony Schumacher’s dragster for nearly 20 years.

BO BUTNER TALKS ABOUT HIS HEALTH SCARE

 

Reigning NHRA Pro Stock world champion Bo Butner was on his way home from the Epping, N.H., race July 9 when he had a health scare.

“I drove for a long time, a long period without getting up and moving around. I was coming back from New Hampshire and I drove 11 hours straight without standing up,” Butner said. “I was in my bus. When I stood up, I had like a dizzy spell, so luckily, I was stopped right across the street from the hospital in Florence, Ky. I was almost home in Floyds Knobs, Ind. It worked out for me there because I didn’t know where I was at, and I walked to the hospital.

LARRY MORGAN IS DOING HIS THING IN PRO STOCK ... MOTORCYCLE

 

Veteran NHRA Pro Stock racer Larry Morgan had plenty of success during his driving career.

These days, Morgan is building Pro Stock Motorcycle engines for Team Liberty with drivers world champion Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed.

NHRA RELEASES 24-RACE MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE FOR 2019 SEASON

NHRA officials announced the 24-race 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, which will again feature intense racing action at tracks across the country. Millions of fans will experience sensory-overload at its best with side-by-side racing action where victories may be determined by mere thousandths of a second.

A special highlight on the 2019 tour will be the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Florida’s Gainesville Raceway March 14-17. To commemorate this momentous occasion, some of NHRA’s most beloved figures will come together to celebrate, marking the culmination of the yearlong NHRA Legends Tour. Never before have so many NHRA Legends been gathered in one place. This is a “can’t miss” event for any devoted NHRA fan.

JIM DUNN RACING FLYING LESCURE COLORS IN SONOMA

Lescure Company, based in Concord, California, brings neighboring sponsorship to the Jim Dunn Racing Oberto Funny Car team during this weekend’s NHRA national event at Sonoma Raceway.  Mechanical systems specialists, Lescure provides project assistance from concept all the way through to construction and management services.  The business has been around for 71 years, and involved in drag racing for a third of that time.

ARANA SR. STILL SMILING OVER FIRST 200 MPH PSM RUN

 

At the 2018 season-opening Pro Stock Motorcycle race, Hector Arana Jr. made history.

Arana Jr., on his Erik Buell Racing motorcycle sponsored by Lucas Oil Racing TV, broke the elusive 200-mph barrier with his 200.23 mph run in qualifying March 16 at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

With the run, Arana Jr. claims the $10,000 bonus for becoming the first rider to join the DENSO Spark Plugs 200 MPH Club.

TORRENCE CREW CHIEF RICHARD HOGAN SIDELINED IN DENVER

 

Point leader Steve Torrence didn't have a stellar weekend in Denver.

Not only did he lose to Blake Alexander in the second round of the Dodge Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, he was forced to race without crew chief Richard Hogan for the first time in more than four years.

Racing without crew chief Richard Hogan in his pit for the first time in more than four years, point leader Steve Torrence fell to Blake Alexander Sunday in the second round of the 39th annual Dodge Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

FRANKIE TAYLOR CLOSES AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH A VICTORY

 

Frankie "Madman" Taylor, the veteran doorslammer driver who filled in for the sidelined Victor Bray, finished his 400 Thunder tour in Australia the same way he started it, with a resounding victory.

It was November of 2017 when Taylor joined Team Bray Racing [TBR] to undertake his first race event in Australia, the Texan – formerly the world’s quickest and fastest blown Doorslammer driver over the quarter mile – took on and defeated now-champion Paul Mouhayet in Sydney.

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