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RICKIE SMITH EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE NHRA PRO MOD TITLE

Written by Tracy Renck, Photos by Roger Richards.

 

pm winnerA year ago, veteran racer Rickie Smith hinted he may retire after winning his inaugural NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship.

Smith decided to come back for another season in 2014, and the decision paid dividends.

 

 

IRG SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES CORDOVA DRAGWAY PARK

Written by Administrator.

 

unnamed 19IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) announced that it has closed on the transaction to acquire Cordova Dragway Park, and has assumed control of the facility's operations. The motorsports venue has been renamed Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR), joining sister tracks Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida; Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tennessee; and Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Arizona.
 
IRG has named Bobbi Jo Cox as the new General Manager for CIR. Cox has 16 years of experience at the facility, serving in many roles over that period. She will take over the day to day operations from Scott and Laura Gardner, as they both have transitioned to new roles within the IRG family of companies.

 

 

CPTV VIDEO NOTEBOOK - NHRA TOYOTA NATIONALS: LAS VEGAS

Written by Les Mayhew.

10 30 2014 vegas2 videoVeteran Videographer Les Mayhew provides a neat look at this weekend's NHRA Toyota through his exclusive video notebook presented by The AmalieStore.com. We've compiled his videos over thr course of the weekend on this page.

 

 

2014 SEMA SHOW IN PHOTOS

Written by Administrator.

semaWalk the floor of the SEMA Show with Roger Richards as he brings you the highlights of the longest running automotive aftermarket trade show. You'll see the cars, parts and knowing Roger, the girls on display in Las Vegas.

 

MELANIE SALEMI TO MAKE PRO MOD DEBUT IN 2015

Written by Administrator.

 

cid inlineImage0Melanie Salemi, a Top Dragster standout from Buffalo, New York, will step out of her Toyrific Racing dragster and move into the ever-popular class of Pro Mod for 2015.
 
The opportunity comes from Jay Santos and his Santos Motorsports Pro Mod team, based in Milton, Ontario Canada. Santos, who has been competing in Pro Mod since 2011, will start the season with his teammate Melanie and two brand new 1969 Camaros from Jim Salemi's G-Force Race Cars Inc. Mike Stawicki of MSR Performance will provide the supercharged power for both cars.

 

 

BIONDO, WILLIAMS CLINCH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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biondo champPeter Biondo locked up the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Stock World Championship and Austin Williams clinched his first in Stock Eliminator this past weekend.
 
Biondo racked up 690 points with four wins in five final rounds to secure his fifth Super Stock title to go alone with one in both Stock and Super Gas.  The Maspeth, N.Y. , racer grabbed a pair of wins early in the season winning the divisional event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, and the NHRA National event in Vegas in March where he also won in Stock Eliminator taking his national event win total to 48.  He then added another pair of divisional wins at Atlanta Dragway and Maple Grove Raceway and was well on his way to the championship.

 

 

PRITCHETT’S NHRA TOP FUEL STAR RISING

Written by Susan Wade, Photos by Roger Richards.

 


pritchett2NHRA legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme knows full well what the fuel additive and cleaner product Gumout is all about. But he couldn’t help indulging in a little comedic shtick.After learning at the start of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season that Leah Pritchett was ushering Gumout back into the sport’s elite level, he declared, “I’m going to start using Gumout. Do you chew it? What do you use it for? Whatever you do with it, I’ll drink it. I’ll put it in my car. Whatever. But I’m a Gumout fan.”

 

 

INTERNATIONAL DRAG RACING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

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garlits museumThe International Drag Racing Hall of Fame (IDRHOF), housed at the famed Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (Ocala, Fla.) has revealed its inductee Class of 2015. This group has a particular significance, as they mark the 25th anniversary of honoring significant individuals who contributed to the sport during their careers.

The induction ceremony will take place in Gainesville, Fla. at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites on Thursday, March 12, 2015, immediately preceding the NHRA Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals. Bob Frey, the very popular retired NHRA event announcer, will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

 

 

ENDERS-STEVENS NAMED TO BOARD OF SERVING ORPHANS WORLDWIDE

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2014 Erica Enders-Stevens HeadFurthering a successful partnership that began at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Serving Orphans Worldwide (SOW) has invited Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens to fill a seat on its Board of Directors.
 
"After being introduced to Richard Baker and Serving Orphans Worldwide earlier this year in Indianapolis and learning the significant impact they have on kids around the world, I was honored when they asked me to serve on the Board of Directors," Enders-Stevens said. "This charity has really touched me and Richie (Stevens, husband and fellow driver). We've been able to learn so much from them and how they help kids.

 

 

FINAL ROUND PHOTOS FROM 2014 VEGAS-2

Written by NHRA Communications: Photos by Roger Richards.

Sunday's final results from the 14th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the 23rd of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

MASSEY GETS BIG WIN IN VEGAS

Written by Tracy Renck, Photos by Roger Richards.

 

tf winner3Just when it appeared Spencer Massey wasn’t going to be a contender for NHRA’s 2014 Mello Yello Series Top Fuel title, he delivered a huge performance.

The veteran driver for Don Schumacher Racing mowed down the competition to win the Toyota Nationals Sunday at The Strip at Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

 

WORSHAM DRIVES TO IMPRESSIVE FUNNY CAR VICTORY

Written by Mike Perry, photos by Roger Richards.

 

nfc winner2Jon Oberhofer gave Nicky Boninfante carte blanche to do what he wanted to Del Worsham’s 2015 Toyota Camry on Sunday at the Toyota NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.

Anything…with two specific exceptions.

 

 

ENDERS-STEVENS BACK ON TOP

Written by Mike Perry, photos by Roger Richards.

 

ps winner2Erica Enders-Stevens took a lot of criticism for a decision that was out of her hands.

The Pro Stock driver, who had a large points lead at the time, did not compete at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals July 25-27 and the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle Aug. 1-3 as her team owner decided to focus on the season-ending Countdown to the Championship.

 

 

HINES TAKES HUGE STEP TOWARD ANOTHER PSM TITLE

Written by Tracy Renck, Photos by Roger Richards.

 

psm winner3Andrew Hines knows how to win NHRA world championships. He has three world Pro Stock Motorcycle titles on his resume – 2004-2006.

Hines took a huge step toward capturing his fourth crown by winning the Toyota Nationals Sunday at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

 

RICKIE SMITH CLAIMS SECOND NHRA PRO MOD CHAMPIONSHIP

Written by Administrator.

 


pm winnerRickie Smith took home his second consecutive world championship title with a victory during the final race of the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season Sunday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals. Pro Mod racing at this event is presented by Aeromotive, Inc.
 
Smith powered his nitrous-injected IDG Camaro to a 5.912 second pass at 242.63 mph, defeating No. 1 qualifier Don Walsh in the final round at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was Smith’s third win of the season and seventh of his career. He had previously clinched his second career title with his second round victory over Rick Snavely.

 

 

PEAK ANNOUNCEMENT RE-ENERGIZES FORCE

Written by Susan Wade.

 

PEAK JFR reveal 3John Force has acquired more than just a primary sponsor for his Funny Car for the majority of next season’s races. He has gained peace of mind.

Winding down what he called “the toughest year in my career,” the 16-time champion announced Peak Antifreeze and Coolant and the BlueDEF brands from the automotive aftermarket company Old World Industries as his new primary sponsor Saturday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The burden of replacing longtime marketing partner Castrol and manufacturer Ford had just gotten incredibly lighter.

 

 

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