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CPTV VIDEO DIARY - LEAH PRITCHETT'S CHARLOTTE DIARY: SATURDAY EDITION

Written by CompetitionPlus.tv.

DSB 5689Go behind the scenes during the NHRA Carolina Nationals with Top Fuel driver Leah Pritchett. Tune in as the driver of the Gumout dragster provides insight on their day's racing.

 

CPTV VIDEO FEATURE: THE ANATOMY OF A DRAG RACING MOSH PIT

Written by Les Mayhew, CPTV.

1959716 10152306584503234 1105070726 nLosing a drag race can be a punch in the gut. However, if you're a winner and you work at Kalitta Motorsports, you are going to get punched in the gut. Only the strong survive in success with the Ypsilanti, Michigan-based Kalitta gang. In this Les Mayhew video for CompetitionPlus.tv, we find out the origin of the legendary mosh pit and why they beat the crap out of one another in triumph.

 

TOP FUEL HEADLINES FINAL DAY OF INDY TESTING

Written by Administrator.

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Several Top Fuel drivers, including nine-time Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals winner Tony Schumacher, defending winner Shawn Langdon and noted rookie Richie Crampton, raced to impressive performances Thursday during the final day of testing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

NHRA teams utilized the two-day open test to prepare for the world's most prestigious drag race, which will be held next weekend (Aug. 27-Sept. 1) at the famed NHRA-owned multi-purpose motorsports facility that sits just west of downtown Indianapolis. The tradition-rich event is the final race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season and will be televised by ESPN2 with more than 10 hours of coverage on Labor Day weekend. The event also will feature the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel and Funny Car and many special activities with the sport’s legendary drivers in celebration of the milestone 60th anniversary,

 

 

TF WINNER LUCAS KNOWS HIS ROLE IN THE FAMILY BUSINESS

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

Morgan Lucas admits his role in learning the family business is clearly defined.

"Right now I am in the middle of an apprenticeship, trying to learn everything," said Lucas. "When I look at the big picture, and you draw a circle on a chart, I'm the little dot in the corner as far as my knowledge of the big picture. I have a lot to learn. I love what I am doing and getting to meet and talk to customers. I'm making up for lost time in learning the business when I was so busy drag racing. I'm not saying I regret it; it's just time for me to get my hands dirty in a different way."

 

 

LITTLE WESTCOTT TURNS UP BIG IN MOPAR HEMI CHALLENGE

Written by Administrator.

 

westcott Mopar Hemi Challenge racer Charlie Westcott Jr. allowed his prey a little running room before successfully tracking him down for the kill in the lights.

The veteran Super Stock/AH racer wasn't deterred by a .005 reaction time by Wendell Howes. He used an 8.557, 157.28 to pass Howes at the stripe, who turned in a strong but losing 8.669, 154.05.

En route to the final round Westcott stopped Fred Henson, Steve Comella, Joe Teuton and Steve Kent. For his part, Howes eliminated Russ Campbell, Larry Perkins, Bucky Hess and Charlie Westcott Sr.

 

RICKIE SMITH TESTING NEW CAR DURING CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE

Written by Administrator.

 

Some people were surprised when defending NHRA Pro Mod Champion Rickie Smith recently unveiled a new '69 Camaro from Jerry Bickel. Going into the NHRA U.S. Nationals in under two weeks, Smith is the Pro Mod point leader, but has several other drivers close behind him.
 
“From day one, the plan was to get a new car this year; I just had to wait in line to get the car I wanted from Jerry,” said Smith. “I’ve had all different types of Corvettes and Camaros, but I really wanted a '69.”

 

 

JEGS NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF PRO MOD AT U.S. NATIONALS

Written by Administrator.

 

JEGS, one of the largest mail order automotive performance equipment companies in the United States, will be presenting sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 27- Sept. 1 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
 
“The U.S. Nationals is the crown jewel,” said Troy Coughlin, vice president of JEGS. “To have the name JEGS associated with the most prestigious NHRA race on tour is something our family and the 350-plus associates at JEGS will take great pride in.”

 

 

MOMENTUM ON BOGACKI'S SIDE GOING INTO SEPTEMBER

Written by Administrator.

 

Comp champion Luke Bogacki is enjoying what may be the best season in his decorated career.  While Bogacki has not been able to duplicate his 2013 success behind the wheel of his K&N Filters-backed Super Comp entry, he has been an absolute terror in the Super Gas category.  Thus far, Bogacki has driven his RacingRV’s backed, Charlie Stewart Race Cars-built Corvette to six NHRA Super Gas final round appearances in 2014, winning five of them.  With his most recent win at the Division 3 Lucas Oil Series event at Gateway Motorsports Park (Madison, IL), he’s already posted a massive 711 point total which gives him a comfortable lead in the Super Gas points chase.

 

 

ROY HILL LAUNCHES NEW JR. DRAGSTER PROGRAM

Written by Administrator.

 

As autumn approaches and the weather begins to turn cooler, Roy Hill is heating up.

Entering a stretch of races he considers to be the most critical of the year, the 69-year-old drag racing legend is simultaneously competing in Super Stock and spearheading the launch of a brand-new Jr. Dragster program at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School.

 

 

ENGINES INC. TO SPONSOR ENDERS-STEVENS AT INDY

Written by Administrator.

 

Engines Inc. will serve as primary sponsor on the Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro driven by Erica Enders-Stevens at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals next week at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
 
"It'll be neat to have Engines Inc. on Erica's car," Engines Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Wofford said. "She's doing so well this year and we're all very proud of her. I think she has a great chance at winning the championship. They do it right at Elite Motorsports and we're happy to be partners."

 

 

JIM CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL INFORMATION

Written by Administrator.

 

As reported earlier, Pro Stock driver and team owner Jim Cunningham, 77, passed away August 19 at Annapolis, Md.

Viewing will be Friday, August 22, from 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 P.M.

 

 

BLAINE JOHNSON MEMORIAL PLAQUE BRINGS ‘CALM’ TO BROTHER ALAN

Written by Susan Wade, Photos courtesy of Scott Smith .

 

The drive through the main spectator entrance to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, just off U.S. Highway 136, courses over a railroad track and through some sweeping and well-manicured grassy fields.  

And sitting there off to the side, under a sentry-like oak tree, on a brick base, affixed to a slab of stone, is a reminder that this fabled racetrack which has anointed drag-racing careers is equally capable of extinguishing them.

 

 

LEGGETT'S NEW PDRA RIDE

Written by Administrator.

 

Terry Leggett and "LEGBONE" Racing will soon debut a new 1971 Mach 1 Mustang built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars.

Terry hopes to have the car completed for the final PDRA race of 2014 at Virginia Motorsports Park. This car will be a replica of the first car Terry owned but will be equipped with something a little fiercer than the 351 Cleveland with a 4-speed that was in his street car.

 

 

SAFETY ADVOCATE DR. JOHN MELVIN PASSES AWAY

Written by Susan Wade.

 

MelvinForceThe drag-racing world met Dr. John Melvin in 2007, in the most heartbreaking of circumstances.

But it embraced him for his knowledge that heartened spirits – that driver protection indeed is possible, that folks are diligently at work to ensure that fatal accidents such as Eric Medlen’s don’t happen again.

 

 

COUGHLIN STOKED ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN ST. LOUIS PSCA EVENT

Written by Administrator.

 

NHRA Pro Modified world champion Troy Coughlin will look to make more history this week when he competes in the Pacific Street Car Association's Street Car Super Nationals, Aug. 20-23, at Gateway Motorsports Park.
 
In the past, this race has been held in Las Vegas with the express purpose of pitting the best drivers from each coast against one another for big money and bragging rights. Now that the race is on more neutral ground, Coughlin and crew are as anxious as ever to go rounds and reclaim the title of Outlaw Pro Mod winner.

 

 

GLADSTONE WINS BIG; GUARINO CLAIMS $5,000 PRIZE

Written by Administrator.

 

Reigning MIRock Mickey Thompson Performance Tires Champion Joey Gladstone shook off a final round loss to DME teammate Terence Angela in Saturday’s completion of the Adams Performance Spring Open and crushed his Orient Express Pro Street rivals Sunday in the 18th annual FBR Shop Summer Sizzler at Rockingham Dragway.

After fumbling his opportunity for a double victory weekend, Gladstone blistered the Rockingham Dragway quarter mile in 6.925 seconds at 211.96 miles per hour Sunday.  Those are MIRock bests for time and speed and they got the Townsend, Del., rider to the final where he got a free pass when Jason Dunigan of Jackson, Mich., was guilty of a foul start.

 

 

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