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POSTPONED TOP ALCOHOL ELIMINATIONS TO CONCLUDE IN READING

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NHRACarolinaNatsNHRA officials announced that the postponed elimination rounds for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car from the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals will be contested at the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, Oct. 2-5.
 
NHRA considered a number of different options as well input from the racers and felt this was the best solution to a tough situation.  Round 1 of eliminations for both classes was completed in Charlotte with the remaining rounds being held in conjunction with qualifying rounds for the event at Maple Grove.  Additional information will be made available as it is finalized.

 

SUPPORT FOR CROWDERS IN THEIR CANCER BATTLE

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

unnamedThe racing community is truly one big extended family.

This fact was brought home with the recent announcement that veteran competitor Ronnie Davis has stepped up to rally racer support for a family in need.

 

 

COMMENTARY: THE RACE WHERE NOBODY WINS

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

NHRA JEGS NORTHERN SPORTSNATIONALS REVISED RUN SCHEDULE

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 unnamed 9While excellent weather is forecasted for most of the event days for the 10th annual NHRA JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals this weekend at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, several weather sources are forecasting as much as an 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms on Sunday that may carry over into Monday.  With that in mind NHRA officials have made the following changes to the event schedule to help ensure completion of the event this weekend.

All categories will have two qualifying runs on Friday with the start time moved up from 10 a.m. to 9 a.m.  This will include a second qualifying session for Competition, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman that was originally scheduled for Saturday.  All qualified fields will be set Friday for Saturday’s eliminations.  The DRAW/RFC Super Eliminator Shootouts presented by Moser Engineering originally scheduled for Saturday will also be run on Friday.

 

 

EVERYONE INVITED TO DRAW'S AUCTION AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

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indexFans and racers are welcome to enjoy a special night for a special cause when the annual DRAW Auction takes place on Saturday (September 20) beginning at 7 p.m. during the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas.  

The live auction will be held inside the  Champion Club which is located next to the staging lanes.

 

 

LINDA MCCULLOCH PASSES

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Linda McCulloch, wife of iconic Funny Car racer Ed McCulloch, passed away on September 17, 2014.

 

PDRA EXTENDS INVITATION TO PRO STOCK FOR 2015

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10422397 538344862932613 3091557419933893838 nFollowing a productive meeting with Extreme Pro Stock drivers at the recent PDRA Dragstock event in Rockingham, N.C., both the PDRA and the Mountain Motor Pro Stock teams are making efforts to have the class back for the PDRA’s sophomore season. PDRA Race Director, Bob Harris, stresses that they want to have Pro Stock as part of the their program and hopes that teams and sponsors support the class.

“We’re willing to do what it takes to have Extreme Pro Stock as a regular class with the PDRA,” said Harris. “We’ve enjoyed having them this year. We just need to see that the drivers and sponsors are willing to support us in this as well.”

 

 

JEGS NORTHERN SPORTSNATIONALS ON TAP THIS WEEKEND

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unnamed 9NHRA will showcase the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors at the second of three JEGS SPORTSnationals events taking place this year when National Trail Raceway hosts the tenth annual JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals, Sept. 19-21.  Featured are drivers in eight NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories, who will vie for valuable points leading to divisional and national championships.
 
The JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals boasts a guaranteed purse of nearly $65,000 with an additional $300,000 up for grabs in contingency postings.  Competing classes include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  NHRA Lucas Oil Series national event points will be awarded to drivers in all categories except Super Street.

 

 

GOD SPEED MINISTRY SETS UP FUND TO AID INJURED IHRA OFFICIALS

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godspeed logoAt the 2014 Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, two longtime IHRA officials were injured in accidents. Marc Kinton, head of safety and rescue for IHRA, had to be airlifted to University Hospital with head and shoulder injuries. Soon after, Thomas Czaplicki was rushed to the same hospital after he wrecked his scooter in responding to an on-track accident.
 
While Marc was released from the hospital and cleared to fly home on schedule, Thomas’ injuries were worse than originally thought and he had to remain in the hospital in Edmonton for several days before being transported to a hospital closer to his Virginia home.

 

 

STEVEN COLE JOINS IHRA AS VP OF CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

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unnamed 10The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment are excited to welcome Steven Cole as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for IHRA Motorsports.

Cole brings over 20 years of sports marketing experience to the IHRA, with the past 17 years almost exclusively in motorsports with NHRA, NASCAR and IndyCar. Cole resides in southern California and will be handling corporate partnerships under the guidance of IHRA President Scott Gardner and IRG Sports + Entertainment CEO Jason Rittenberry.

 

 

CHRISTIAN BYRD - WE WILL DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO FIX THIS

Written by Bobby Bennett.

The General Manager of zMax Dragway is confident he is taking the right steps for NHRA race fans.

Christian Byrd has confirmed the track located in Concord, NC, has emailed those who purchased Sunday tickets for the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals extending both an apology and intent to honor their ticket purchase price toward any zMax Dragway event in 2015.

"It was an easy decision," Byrd admited. "Our customers are 100-percent of the lifeblood of what we do. The policy states fifty-percent, but we feel with what they endured, it was what we needed to do."

 

 

HENSON PREPARING TO CAMPAIGN PRISTINE COBRA JET

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

 
smIMG 1524Fred Henson had a vision of the Cobra Jet that he wanted.

He then gave renowned car builder Mike Roth, the owner of MR2 Performance in Lebanon, Ind., the time to make it happen.

 

 

BARTONE SCORES HERITAGE TITLE WITH FOURTH VICTORY IN A ROW

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DK1437-01278For the fourth time in as many events, an undefeated Tony Bartone helmed the “Bartone Bros.” AA/Fuel Dragster to yet another win in Top Fuel Eliminator, this time at the New England Reunion in Epping, New Hampshire. Moreover, for the fourth consecutive race this year the New York-based Bartone also set both Low ET and Top Speed of the meet.

His command of the class has been so thorough that with one race still left on the NHRA Heritage Series schedule, Bartone has already claimed the 2014 points title.

 

 

US 131 TAKES DIVISION 5 SUMMIT TEAM FINALS WIN IN MICHIGAN

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The IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals presented by AMSOIL continued its championship tour with the team championship and Summit SuperSeries runoffs at the Division 5 Summit Team Finals at US 131 Motorsports Park.

US 131 Motorsports Park took the team crown over Grand Bend Motorplex. It was the third year in a row US 131 Motorsports Park has taken the Division 5 Summit Team Finals team championship. Wisconsin International Raceway, the last team other than US 131 to win the team championship back in 2011, was third, followed by Osceola Dragway and Cordova Dragway Park. The remaining teams in competition were Marion County International Raceway, Eddyville Raceway Park, Ubly Dragway, Cedar Falls Raceway and Central Illinois Dragway.

 

 

PRITCHETT ADDING DALLAS TO SCHEDULE TO CONTINUE WINNING MOMENTUM

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DSB 5689The NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas were not on Leah Pritchett and Dote Racing’s 2014 schedule. But with a round one win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals and the eventual postponement of the race, the Gumout-sponsored Top Fuel Dragster is headed to the Lone Star State to finish what they started.

Pritchett and the Dote Racing team ran four solid runs in qualifying and earned the number 10 position with a 3.857 elapsed time at 307.65 mph. That set her up for a first round match up against Brittany Force. It’s the first time the two female drivers have faced each other in competition. Pritchett got the advantage off the starting line and beat Force on a hole-shot for the round one victory.

 

 

FIRST LOOK AT GAS MONKEY GARAGE TOP FUELER

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unnamed 2Here's an exclusive first look at the Hennen Motorsports / Gas Monkey Garage Top Fuel Dragster owned by Roger Hennen, driven by Kebin Kinsley and tuned by John Smith.  The team has been working long and hard to prepare for their NHRA Top Fuel debut this weekend at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.  

Crew chief John Smith spent several days in Dallas last week, ensuring the team and car are prepared for the big debut event.  The team is not a Countdown contender, but has high hopes to play spoiler to the biggest names of the sport with strong runs and a solid outing this weekend.  We will be featuring the team's big weekend on CompetitionPlus TV so be sure to catch that exclusive coverage.

 

 

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