Wed, 2019-07-31 08:14
Oberto is announcing the most significant innovation in the company’s history in a most unique manner. The brand, once delivered around the Seattle area by Art Oberto on his bicycle, will reveal the new Oberto Specialty Meats logo on the hood of the 10,0000 horsepower Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car July 31st at Pacific Raceways during the NHRA national event. “This fall we will launch a broad range of delicious new products, new packaging to celebrate our Seattle heritage, and improved products from our core business,” said Stephen Oberto, Vice President of Marketing and fourth generation Oberto. “Furthermore, we will be expanding our portfolio to include charcuterie and sausages, the same specialty meats our company was built on 101 years ago.”
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Mike Burghardt Tue, 2019-07-30 22:39
When Clay Millican won his first national event in 2000 while racing IHRA, he was as wet behind the ears as any rookie could be.
Millican won his first-ever Top Fuel event in 2000, beating veteran Shirley Muldowney to win the IHRA Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ont. The sophomore driver was under the tutelage of tuner Mike Kloeber, a wrench-turner who came up on the rough side of the tracks in nitro racing.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Jeff Burghardt Tue, 2019-07-30 22:15
by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Mike Burghardt Mon, 2019-07-29 23:57
There was a time last season when NHRA was prepared to begin testing to create the semblance of a plan to return to the traditional quarter-mile nitro racing distance. The plan fell apart, and not much was done to revive the idea.
When Del Worsham visited Qatar during the off-season, he decided to attempt to run a quarter-mile in his Funny Car for Sheik Khalid and the Qatar Race Club.
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2019-07-29 21:02
Matt Smith fussed and pleaded with the NHRA regarding their decision to declare the dimpled belly pan on his one-year-old EBR body illegal and to give him one more race to come into compliance. His pleas fell on deaf ears.
It turns out, it didn’t make a difference, as Smith on the first run with a flat belly pan established a Sonoma track record with a 6.779 elapsed time, at 200.83 miles per hour.
One racer who was not surprised that Smith’s EBR-bodied bike ran that quick, is ironically the one who sold him the package - Hector Arana.
Mon, 2019-07-29 20:38
It’s been two-plus decades since Doug Winters was last at Bandimere Speedway. While his feelings about racing at Thunder Mountain haven’t changed, he needed a great reason to make the 1,600-mile trip from Kernersville, N.C. to Denver to return.
A $100,000 payday at the third annual Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefiting One Cure classifies as a great reason.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photos by Burghardt Photography Mon, 2019-07-29 08:00
There was a time when Robert Hight looked at Sonoma Raceway just like it was Dodger Stadium. The facility looked pristine, and the players were larger than life.
Hight was like the kid who had aspirations of playing big-league ball but as hard as he tried couldn’t get any traction on the sandlot. All the kid from Alturas, Ca., needed was a chance.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Burghardt Photography Mon, 2019-07-29 08:00
Another week – another win for the Torrence family in Top Fuel.
In an NHRA Mello Yello Series dominated by Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence, who has eight wins, his father Billy has also added two wins of his own in the Capco family-owned dragster.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Burghardt Photography Mon, 2019-07-29 04:00
The amazing 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle season for Andrew Hines got even better this weekend at the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals.
Hines, a five-time world champion, (2004-2006, 2014-15), won the $25,000 Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle Saturday.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photos by Burghardt Photography Mon, 2019-07-29 04:00
Pro Stock veteran Greg Anderson is on an island of his own. Not only did Anderson score career victory No. 93, but has ensured going into this weekend’s NHRA Nationals in Seattle; he’s the only professional drag racer capable of sweeping the heralded Western Swing.
Don’t think for a moment, the driver who has virtually claimed every accolade in the factory hot rod division isn’t “having a moment” at the prospect of becoming the only Pro Stock driver who has swept the swing twice.