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ASHER’S NORWALK INSIDER - FINAL EDITION

Written by Jon Asher; Photos by Jon Asher.

Jon Asher, the seasoned Senior Editor for CompetitionPlus.com, will bring you his four decades worth of insight to the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk. Follow along daily with the seasoned journalist as he brings you this weekend's race from a different angle - HIS!

ASHER’S DENVER INSIDER - FINAL EDITION

Written by Jon Asher; Photos by Jon Asher.

Jon Asher, the seasoned Senior Editor for CompetitionPlus.com, will bring you his four decades worth of insight to the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver, Co. Follow along daily with the seasoned journalist as he brings you this weekend's race from a different angle - HIS!

BROWN BULLISH ON JAPANESE STEAKHOUSES AND LIVE ESPN COVERAGE

Written by Susan Wade.

 

antron by michelle simmonsCount Top Fuel driver Antron Brown as an enthusiastic cheerleader for live National Hot Rod Association racing broadcasts on ESPN.

“It’s very important for our sport to have live TV,” he said Sunday after winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago. “The best way I can say it for our NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing is nobody likes leftovers. Nobody wants a show that comes on at midnight that you already ran six hours ago that they watched on ESPN3.

 

 

BONINFANTE CLUTCH POWERS FEZELL TO NEW STOCK ELIMINATOR RECORDS

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

437The 2008 factory original Ford Mustang Cobra Jet piloted by Don Fezell of DuBois, Pa., has always been fast in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator class.

The stick shift car has been a record-setter in an automatic dominated division.

 

 

TASCA HAS NOT MADE ANY FINAL DECISION ABOUT 2015

Written by Tracy Renck.

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It’s no secret that NHRA nitro Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III has struggled during the last nine national events.

Tasca, who pilots the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car, failed to qualify at the Las Vegas race March 28-30 and then subsequently has lost in the first round at eight of the last nine events. His lone round win came over John Force at Topeka, Kan., May 25.

Tasca, who was as high as fourth in the point standings after the season-opening Winternationals has dropped to 12th. Tasca has four career NHRA national event victories and he has competed in 152 races since making his NHRA nitro Funny Car debut in 2008.

 

CPTV FEATURE - THIS '55 CHEVY BARN FIND STILL KICKS IT

Written by Bobby Bennett, CompetitionPlus.tv.

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John Harper doesn't know much about the history of his 1955 Chevy other than it has been a race car for a long time.

Harper, a Super Street racer from Wisscasset, ME., purchased the shoebox from chassis builder Bob Mandell, who purchased the car from an elderly gentleman who had stored the car for nearly three decades.

 

 

 

DSR, ANTRON AND MATCO TOOLS EXTEND CONTRACT THROUGH 2017

Written by Administrator.

Matco Tools and Don Schumacher Racing have agreed to extend their partnership through the 2017 racing season. Matco will be the primary sponsor of DSR’s Top Fuel Dragster and will participate in all 24 races during each of the 2015 – 2017 seasons. Behind the wheel of the Dragster will be the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel World Champion driver, Antron Brown.

LOMBARDO HEADLINES NHRA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS SPORTSMAN WINNERS

Written by Melissa Coleman; Photos by Roger Richards.


tafcIn the final results from Route 66 Raceway and the 17th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chris Demke, Tujunga, CA, and John Lombardo Jr., Brea, CA, took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. This event also marked the 30th year where the best racers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series face off in the Jegs Allstars. Any Allstars representative who wins the Allstars event and goes on to win the national event will have their Allstars prize money doubled, and that is just what Lombardo accomplished this weekend at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals.

GLORY DAYS NOSTALGIA DRAGS EVENT CONCLUDES AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY

Written by John Bisci; Photos courtesy of Maple Grove Raceway .


glory daysMaple Grove Raceway's annual Glory Days Nostalgia Drags meet was a throwback to drag racing's wild, colorful early days and included nostalgia drag racing, a car show, oldies music and a swap meet. The event enjoyed strong support from a number of nostalgia-style drag racing organizations.

The two-day event concluded on Sunday, June 29, with Nostalgia 1 and Nostalgia 2 class eliminations.

JULY 11th IS “COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY” THANKS TO SEMA

Written by Administrator.

sema logoThe U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 493 (S. Res. 493) designating July 11, 2014 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils.  The date marks the fifth commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

IHRA MOPAR ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONALS RETURN TO EDMONTON

Written by Administrator.

ihra 1The International Hot Rod Association's (IHRA) Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series returns to Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the IHRA Mopar Nitro Jam Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Parts Canada.
 
On the schedule every year since 2003, this year's Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals marks the 12th consecutive year the IHRA has traveled to Castrol Raceway to celebrate one of Canada's biggest and most exciting drag racing events. The 2014 IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals will feature three full days of drag racing action in more than a dozen professional and sportsman categories with qualifying on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 and eliminations on Sunday, July 6, all at Castrol Raceway.

MID-ATLANTIC ENERGY TO SPONSOR NORWALK NHRA PRO MOD EVENT

Written by Administrator.


pmIt was announced today that the NHRA has named Mid-Atlantic Energy, which services well completion needs of the shale gas industry in the Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia tri-state area, as presenting sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, July 3-6 at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. It is the sixth of 10 races in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

HISTORY? BROWN SAYS HE’S OUT TO MAKE HIS TEAM’S OWN TOP FUEL HISTORY

Written by Susan Wade.

DSB 2309On a day when the Pro Stock Motorcycle class pitted a father and his son and two other classes saw teammates face each other, all Top Fuel winner Antron Brown had to battle Sunday was drag-racing history at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Joliet, Ill.

With a 3.814-second, 317.34-mph pass on the 1,000-foot Route 66 Raceway course in the Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota Dragster, Brown earned his class-best fourth victory in five final rounds this year and his 45th overall triumph.


 

HAGAN RETURNS TO FUNNY CAR WINNERS CIRCLE

Written by Tracy Renck
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DSB 2281Last season, Matt Hagan was accustomed to going to NHRA’s winners circle as he had five nitro Funny Car wins.

Hagan, who finished the 2013 season second in the points, didn’t have things translate into 2014.

His fortunes finally changed Sunday at this season’s 12th race as he beat his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Tommy Johnson Jr., to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals in Chicago.


 

NOBILE TAKES CHICAGO PRO STOCK WIN

Written by Tracy Renck
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DSB 2260This past offseason, NHRA Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile turned some heads when he switched teams.

Nobile left the team of Allen Johnson and Jeg Coughlin and joined the Summit /Ken Black Racing team with drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line.

WINNERS CROWNED AT O'REILLY AUTO PARTS ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS

Written by NHRA Communications: Photos by Roger Richards .

Matt Hagan ended an eleven race winless streak in Funny Car with a victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals.
 
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway.
 
Hagan, the 2011 Funny Car world champ, ran his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger past Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. with a 4.098-second pass at 310.48 mph to claim the 11th victory of his career. It was Hagan’s first win since the season-ending race in Pomona last year and his second final round appearance of 2014.

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