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ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK - TO CHANGE OR NOT TO CHANGE QUALIFYING WIN-LIGHTS

 

CompetitionPlus.com recently revealed changes to the NHRA's win-light system during qualifying in an attempt to simplify the qualifying experience for novice drag racing fans.

JIM OBERHOFER STEPS DOWN AS KALITTA GM; WILL REMAIN CREW CHIEF

Jim Oberhofer knew something needed to change in his burning-the-candle-at-both-ends lifestyle. Today, he confirmed with CompetitionPlus.com that he's stepping away from his extensive role as General Manager of Kalitta Motorsports and will focus solely on his original role with the Michigan-based team as crew chief for the Mac Tools dragster driven by Doug Kalitta.

"It’s tough because I’ve never been somebody to say, ‘I can’t do something," Oberhofer admitted. "Or, ‘no.

 

STRANGE THROWBACK SHOWDOWN2 FINALS SET

 

Jeff Diehl and his Jungle Jim tribute avenged a painful loss in the inaugural Strange Throwback Showdown by stopping defending champion Del Worsham in the semi-finals on Friday.

Diehl will face Tim Wilkerson in the revered Chi-Town Hustler, who stopped Bob Bode in the Tom Hoover Showtime tribute.

BRITTANY FORCE TO BE ON HALLMARK CHANNEL’S HOME AND FAMILY

 

Reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force will be a featured guest on Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show airing Monday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. ET and re-airing Tuesday, Jan. 30 at noon ET.
 
Force was on set at the Universal Studios Backlot talking about the ups and downs of her season, the support of her team and family, and the emotional reaction her farther and team owner, 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, had after she became the first woman in 35 years and only the second woman ever to win a Top Fuel world championship.
 

NEW WIN LIGHT FORMAT STARTING AT WINTERNATIONALS

Competition Plus has learned that there will be a new WIN LIGHT format starting at NHRA’s Winternationals Feb. 8-11 in Pomona, Calif.

Announcers, led by Alan Reinhart, asked for this change, and it was approved by NHRA’s Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Graham Light.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... KEEP NHRA AT 3 DAYS

 

Never has there been a tighter question we've asked.

By a margin of four votes out of the 6,600-plus cast, the readers of CompetitionPlus.com were in favor of NHRA keeping the show as it has been with two days of qualifying and eliminations on the final day. The alternative offered was one day of qualifying and the one race day.  

Our faithful Facebook followers had some interesting observations. 

ALEX LAUGHLIN HEADED DRAG RADIAL RACING

 

NHRA racer Alex Laughlin confirmed to Competition Plus that he'll add another ride to his busy drag racing schedule for 2018.

Laughlin will compete in the Lights Out 9 drag radial event on Feb. 15-18 at South Georgia Motorsports Park, as well as the Sweet Sixteen event there in March.

The Lights Out event marks the first time the Pro Stock winner will compete in a drag radial event. When asked why he wanted to give radial racing a try, Laughlin had a simple answer.

STRANGE THROWBACK SHOWDOWN - SEMI-FINALS

Here we go! The semi-finals of the Strange Engineering Throwback Showdown 2, and this round promises to be a dogfight. The A-side of the ladder match between Bob Bode and Tim Wilkerson runs through Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8 PM EST. 

The B-side battle begins on Wednesday and ends Friday, at 8 PM, EST.

DONALD LONG: THE SWEET SIXTEEN TICKET WILL BE THE TICKET TO HAVE

 

Donald Long, the flamboyant and brash promoter, the one who essentially put drag radial drag racing on the map, could understandably rest on his laurels for the next 10 years and not miss a beat in the small tire, street-themed drag racing world. 

After nine years of setting the standard with his popular Lights Out and No Mercy events at South Georgia Motorsports Park, located outside of Valdosta, Ga., those who know the former high school academic letterman have come to expect the unexpected. 

NEW NHRA ON FOX PRODUCER UNDERSTANDS THE MONUMENTAL CHALLENGE AHEAD

 

Steve Reintjes understands what is expected of him. He must hit the ground running as the newest producer of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing on FoxSports. 

For many watching, there's no period of adjustment, no mulligans or excuses.

Reintjes is expected to perform on a level established by his predecessors, dating back to the old days when Diamond P Sports produced a syndicated hour-long broadcast delivered to drag racing's hungry masses. 

This pressure comes not from his new employer, the National Hot Rod Association, which moved their television production in-house two years ago. This is the edict handed down by the hundreds of thousands of NHRA fans who tune in for the television broadcasts of 24 events annually.

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