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CAPPS WINS RAIN-DELAYED BRAINERD RACE

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

IMG 4289The setting had completely changed and 13 days had passed, but none of that bothered veteran Funny Car driver Ron Capps.

Capps was all smiles because on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, he defeated John Force to win the Lucas Oil Nationals which were postponed at Brainerd, Minn., on July 17.

 

 

SCHUMACHER CLAIMS $100-GRAND IN TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT

Written by Susan Wade.

IMG 4245That “Indy magic” continues for U.S. Army Dragster driver Tony Schumacher at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

The most successful Top Fuel racer in NHRA and U.S. Nationals history added to his riches Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway. He defeated talented class rookie Richie Crampton with a powerful 3.748-second, 328.54-mph run for the $100,000 winner’s share of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel.

 

 

 

BECKMAN BLAZES TO TOP OF U.S. NATIONALS FUNNY CAR FIELD

Written by Mike Perry.

 

beckmanWhen the chips were down, Jack Beckman rose to the top.

Beckman moved to the top of the provisional Funny Car qualifying sheet, and took a big step towards climbing into the Countdown to the Championship, with a track-record 4.004 pass at 312.13 miles per hour, during the Saturday evening qualifying session at the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

 

CONNOLLY NO STRANGER TO DRAGSTERS

Written by Tracy Renck, photo courtesy of Michael Dennis.

 

20140816 180743 AndroidEarlier this month, Competition Plus broke the news that Pro Stock driver Dave Connolly is planning to drive a Top Fuel Dragster for Bob Vandergriff Racing in 2015.

If that plan does come to fruition, Connolly is no stranger to at least driving a dragster. Connolly has driven about every type of car in bracket racing.

 

 

SCHUMACHER SEIZES CHANCE TO TAKE SUREST SHOT AT 10TH INDIANAPOLIS VICTORY

Written by Susan Wade.

 

Tony Schumacher literally hurt with each step he took Friday.

But figuratively speaking, he put a spring in his gait by blasting his U.S. Army Dragster to a 3.777-second, 322.65-mph pass for the early lead in Top Fuel qualifying for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

 

 

WORSHAM HOLDS SERVE IN COUNTDOWN POINTS, TAKES TOP SPOT FRIDAY AT INDY

Written by Mike Perry.

 

Heading into the 60th Annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway, Del Worsham was one of three drivers still alive for the final two spots in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.

Worsham (Villa Park, CA) sat in ninth place with 900 points, 52 in front of Tim Wilkerson (Springfield, IL) in 10th and 68 clear of Jack Beckman (Norco, CA), who entered the race 11th in points.

 

 

2014 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS - ASHER'S INSIDER

Written by Jon Asher; Photos by Jon Asher.

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SPECIAL INDY HELMET FOR KON RODZ RACING

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

image 5When Kon Rodz Racing driver Sean Bellemeur gets strapped in to compete at the U.S. Nationals this weekend, he will be wearing a unique helmet.

“The helmet was something I wanted to do since this is the 60th Anniversary of the most prestigious race NHRA puts on and I wanted the helmet to serve as a reflection piece to show all of the important milestones at Indy that have made our sport what it is,” said Stefan Kontos, president of Kon Rodz Racing, a Canadian Top Alcohol Funny Car team based out of King, Ontario, Canada. “There are so many great moments that have pushed our sport into mainstream media and a lot of them happened in Indy, so I figured we should do something to celebrate that.”

 

 

SPORTSMAN RACER: STEVIE COLLISON WAS DRAG RACING'S BEST FRIEND

Written by Bobby Bennett.

photoAlton Smyth, best known for his Porta Tree Timing Systems business, has a neat Super Stock/AH Barracuda. On the eve of the most prestigious event for this type of car his car is in the least likely place for a car of this pedigree -- his shop back in Uxbridge, Mass.

Smyth knows if the late Steve Collison were alive he'd likely catch an earful for the decision to race his two other cars and not the big fish.

"When we first began to build the car I discussed the idea with Stevie and he was more excited than we were about it," explained Smyth. "I knew the class was going to be tough. I even made him the offer ... when we get the car tested and sorted out, you can take it for a run. I thought he was going to wet his pants he was so excited.

 

 

PRO STOCK DRIVER DAVID RIVER ON CLOUD NINE

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

sun10Rain may have prevented the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals from being finished, but Mother Nature didn’t wipe the smile off Dave River’s face.

For good reason.

 

 

MATURITY, FOCUS AND HEART LEAD TO JR. DRAGSTER RACER'S FIRST WIN

Written by Administrator.

 

a-franklin-1Twelve-year-old Amber Franklin says she’s a good student not because she enjoys school, but because she has to be. Dad and Mom (PDRA Pro Nitrous racer Tommy Franklin and wife, Judy), have set the standard of A and B grades for their daughter in order for her to continue racing in Top Junior Dragster. It’s clear, however, that Amber is not only a good student in the classroom. She’s taking notes - and taking names - at the dragstrip.

Amber says her father taught her, “to be consistent and do the same thing every time” - advice that has led to the elder Franklin’s own victories in the Pro Mod ranks. Now Amber has made her way to the winners circle, claiming her very first win at the recent PDRA event at Tulsa Raceway Park.

 

 

TANKSLEY, JACOBS TOP SECOND DAY INDY QUALIFYING

Written by Bobby Bennett.

DSB 8403Joey Tanksley made his trip to the NHRA U.S. Nationals worthwhile as he drove his A/Dragster to the No. 1 qualifying position after two sessions on Thursday.

After jumping out to an early lead with a -.59 under performance, the Greenwell Springs, La.-based driver became the first driver in the eliminator to go six-tenths under his index with a -.606, 6.414 performance. Todd Patterson was .011 behind in second with a -.595, 7.895 effort against the A/Super Modified Automatic standard.

2014 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS - INDY VIDEO NOTEBOOK

Written by Les Mayhew.

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BECKMAN BLUNT ABOUT HIS COUNTDOWN SCENARIO – AND LOADED WORDS

Written by Susan Wade.

 

Jack Beckman said he's frustrated that he's facing the stark possibility that he might not leave Indianapolis after next weekend's Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals with a chance to repeat his 2102 NHRA Funny Car championship.

But he'll never say he needs to "dig deep." That's a phrase he said he loathes.

 

 

THREE GREAT DAYS OF RACING AT FAMOSO

Written by Administrator.

 

nfc-2014-nat-drag02Auto Club Famoso Raceway wraps up the Summer with a spectacular weekend of racing September 5-7, 2014, The three-day event will be the penultimate event for the Saturday Night Nitro, Boise-Bakersfield Blitz series and will also be the final round for the Group 2 participants in the NHRA Heritage Series. To add to the event, the show will be featuring the West Coast Outlaw Pro-mods as well as hosting the Fun Ford Weekend.

 

 

PDRA ROOKIE HANGS ON TO TOP SPORTSMAN POINTS LEAD

Written by Administrator.

 

freg-1They say necessity is the best teacher. Dan Ferguson is finding that out the hard way. As a 26 year old college student, he has all of the financial woes that normally accompany college students. Unlike most college students, however, Dan isn’t satisfied playing backyard games and beach volleyball on the weekends. Dan has his sights set on the PDRA Top Sportsman World Championship.

With necessity as his guide and hard work and determination as close companions, Ferguson has not only solely funded his racing for the year, he’s successfully led the Top Sportsman (TS) points since race two of the PDRA’s inaugural tour.

 

 

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