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NHRA PRO MOD TITLE TO GO DOWN TO WIRE

 

NHRA's J&A Services Pro Modified championship has whittled down to a pair of titans, and this weekend in Las Vegas, one of the two will walk away with the jackpot. 

Troy Coughlin, a two-time winner in the series, leads the points headed into the NHRA Toyota Nationals, uncharted waters for the Jegs-sponsored driver who won both titles from behind. 

Mike Castellana, a longtime nitrous stalwart, is challenging in his maiden season driving a supercharged entry tuned by Frank Manzo. 

SNEAK PEEK - TOMMY FRANKLIN'S NEW JERRY BICKEL CAMARO

Not only does Tommy Franklin have a new drag strip of his own to test at, recently the newly crowned PDRA Pro Nitrous champion took delivery of a new Camaro he'll likely be testing at Virginia Motorsports Park soon. 

ENDERS, BALDWIN TO CELEBRATE MCLEOD GIRLS WEEKEND IN VEGAS

McLeod Racing will be celebrating “Girls Weekend,” at the upcoming NHRA Toyota Nationals with two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders and Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Krista Baldwin.
 
At the race – Oct. 27-29 – Enders and Baldwin will each have McLeod as their primary sponsors. Throughout the weekend, JEGS High Performance will be running a 10-percent discount for the entire McLeod Racing line, visit, www.jegs.com. McLeod Racing is the leader in driveline technology.

REDLINE SHIRT CLUB GROWS TO KEEP CLASSIC DRAG RACING T-SHIRTS ALIVE

 

Randy Ranew, the driving force behind the popular Redline Shirt Club is excited about what he sees these days.

The Redline Shirt Club, a program which specializes in delivering nostalgia-themed t-shirts to its members monthly for a monthly fee with no required length of membership, has enjoyed considerable growth in the last few years. 

"This month's t-shirt we did Jeb Allen," Ranew said.  "It was a really beautiful shirt; it came out great. I had always wanted to do a Jeb Allen shirt, but I wasn’t able to contact him. So our good buddy Tom McEwen found him, contacted him for me. Jeb Allen gave his approval; we came out with a design and that shirt is a shirt for October."

GOFORTH WINS EIGHTH CHAMPIONSHIP WITH SONNY'S POWER

This season Cary Goforth secured his eighth Mountain Motor Pro Stock Championship across four organizations. All eight championships came with the aid of Sonny’s Racing Engines, attesting the prowess of Sonny’s horsepower on both the eighth and quarter-miles.

“I'm proud of this because there have been a lot of people from day one when we started this journey that helped us get started, that helped us with advice, that helped us on the team, that were with us through the years,” Goforth said of the 2017 PDRA Extreme Pro Stock World Championship. “I think about those people. I think about our families at home, and all the people that have supported us, like Sonny and his team.  

SALINAS READY FOR BREAKTHOUGH TOP FUEL PERFORMANCE AT VEGAS

Top Fuel racer Mike Salinas has been competing on a limited basis in the NHRA since 2011.
 
When Salinas made his Top Fuel debut in 2011 at Sonoma, Calif., he was remembered more for the look of his pumpkin-orange, show car-quality Scrappers Racing Top Fuel dragster than for its performance.

DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY EXTENDS DRAG RACING INVOLVEMENT

 

Over the last two decades, the National Hot Rod Associations Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has been in contact with the Department of Homeland Security over the use and availability of nitromethane. This communication was largely due to the fact convicted terrorist Timothy McVeigh used nitromethane purchased at an NHRA event as an ingredient of the bomb which blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Ok. 

Thursday at the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, Ca., the dialogue opened to include the NHRA Heritage Series and its participants and Cacklefest cars. 

The reason for the meeting, NHRA's Josh Peterson confirmed, was to reenforce the regulations established with the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series contestants and suppliers. 

SAMPEY TALKS ABOUT TEAM LIBERTY RETURNING TO ACTION AT VEGAS

The 2017 NHRA season has been a hectic one for the newly-formed Team Liberty Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle team of riders Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey, a three-time NHRA world champ (2000-2002).

Sampey and Reed each competed at the first 10 races of the season, and each qualified for every race. They are riding Victory Magnum motorcycles.

JIM MURPHY WINS SIXTH NTF TITLE; FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE

 

 Nostalgia Top Fuel champion Jim Murphy loves the Starfish story.

The veteran drag racer had just captured his sixth drag racing series championship (five in the Heritage Series and one in AHRA) yet, he couldn't seem to get the fictional, but inspirational tale out of his head. 

For those unfamiliar with the story by Loren Eiseley, an elderly man happens upon a young man on the beach partaking in what appeared to be a futile act. The kid was surrounded by thousands of starfish, which has washed ashore and were in imminent danger of drying out in the sun before high tide could rescue them. One at a time, the kid was tossing them in the ocean. 

TOP FUEL RACER ZIZZO TO COMPETE AT LAS VEGAS

After a 3½-month layoff, veteran Top Fuel driver T.J. Zizzo is returning to action at the NHRA Toyota Nationals (Oct. 26-29) at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway.

“The reason we decided to race at Vegas is because it is tied to SEMA,” Zizzo said. “I do a lot of work for Rust-Oleum. I work with their R&D, I work with their chemists, I work their marketing people, and I work with their sales guys. I work with all facets of Rust-Oleum and because they have a large booth at SEMA, they wanted us to kick that off with racing in Vegas.”

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