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CPTV BAKERSFIELD - THE 2014 CHRR CACKLEFEST IN VIDEO

Written by CPTV, Bobby Bennett.

10 18 CHRR videoSit back, and crank up the speakers because CompetitionPlus.com had three cameramen covering this year's California Hot Rod Reunion Cacklefest. It's nitro like it was back in the day, and you can hear the engines zings we take you back to an era long gone. Produced by Bobby Bennett. Camera work by Les Mayhew, Bobby Bennett and Chris Graves.

 

RAPISARDA RETURNING AT POMONA

Written by Susan Wade.

 

rapisardaQuale cosa meravigliosa! Si tratta di una grande partita per gli altri.
 
What a wonderful thing! They're a good match for each other.

 

 

MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK EDGES TOWARD NEXT MAJOR MILESTONE

Written by Bobby Bennett Jr., Photo by Roger Richards.

 

dsa 1995 20140907 1727416337Rickie Smith established the first major milestone for Mountain Motor Pro Stockers when he dipped into the seven-second zone back in April 1980. Smith also became the first to run a Mountain Motor Pro Stocker over 200 miles per hour in 1991. Later in the same season, Harold Denton eclipsed the six-second zone.

Twenty-four years later, another piece of history is on the line, and a lot has changed since those first memorable moments.

 

 

GRIMES FACES 220 MILE-AN-HOUR ‘SHARK ATTACK’ AT ROCKINGHAM

Written by Administrator.

 

grimes rockIf he is to repeat as Top Fuel champion at this week’s 23rd annual Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway, American Motorcycle Racing Association (AMRA) world record-holder Tommy Grimes may have to stave off a “Shark” attack.

Texan Ricky House, the man rivals call “Sharkey,” is the biggest threat to another Grimes’ victory astride the fuel burning hybrid of Harley Hall-of-Famer Ray Price of Raleigh.  House, a resident of Humble, Texas, is trying to overtake an idle Randal Andras of Amelia, Louisiana, for the No. 1 spot in AMRA points.

 

 

WESTCOTT JR. TO COMPETE IN PRO STOCK IN 2015

Written by Tracy Renck, Photo by Roger Richards.

 

DSB 8842For over a decade, Charlie Westcott Jr. has been a dominant force in the Mopar HEMI Challenge.

This past August, Westcott Jr. won his sixth career Mopar HEMI Challenge at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

 

 

LEGENDS: THE SERIES - STEVE REYES: MY PHOTOS ARE MY LEGACY

Written by Bobby Bennett, CompetitionPlus.tv.

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If you were a drag fan of the 1970s, there's a good chance Steve Reyes was a large contributing factor to your passion. Reyes grew up in the drag racing rich confines of Northern California and early in life filled a void of chronicling the sport on film. He was an improviser. Wherever he went, he succeeded.

Reyes was given sound advice from his first credential, "Kid don't get run over." And, he never did despite coming close on occasion. When he was denied a starting line photographer pass in Bakersfield, he turned a top-end exile into a way of life. The first dragster he shot unloaded the top end of the engine, and the rest is history.

Reyes had a tendency to be in the right place at the right time. In this episode of Legends: The Series, go behind the scenes with one of drag racing's iconic photographers. He'll share the upside of photographing drag racing to the downs of watching friends either maimed or killed in an accident. As always in this series, we want you to walk away with an understanding of what made Reyes a legend.

LEGENDS: THE SERIES - TONY CHRISTIAN: I HAD THE MOST FUN OF ANYONE

Written by Bobby Bennett, CompetitionPlus.tv.

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Tony Christian is many things but shy isn't one of them. The former Modified eliminator icon who stepped up to NHRA Pro Stock before making the move into the Pro Street world, has enjoyed a colorful drag racing career.

Christian didn't win as many races as Bob Glidden or Lee Shepherd, but during his time he stood toe to toe with them. From Pro Stock, Christian came over into the Pro Street movement where he was one of the pioneering icons in the world's fastest street movement.

Christian leads a much easier life these days as a crew chief on Dan Stevenson's Pro Modified entry. In this latest instalment of Legends: The Series, Christian discusses the good old days of gear-jamming Modifieds and the days when he held his own against the giants of NHRA Pro Stock.

DEMKE LEAVES NO DOUBT HE'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATERIAL

Written by Bobby Bennett Jr., Photo by Roger Richards.

 

Nothing says champion like sweeping an event. At least that's how Chris Demke saw it last weekend.

Demke won not only the NHRA Nationals at Reading, Pa., but also the postponed NHRA Carolina Nationals during qualifying. He entered the event needing only two rounds to clinch his first career series championship.

 

 

SAN ANTONIO WINS D4 SUMMIT TEAM FINALS CHAMPIONSHIP

Written by Administrator.

 

The IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals presented by AMSOIL season continued this past weekend with the Division 4 Team Finals at Pine Valley Raceway.

San Antonio Raceway won the team championship by three points over Big Country Raceway in a closely contested team battle. San Antonio Raceway finished the event with 43 points, just ahead of Big Country Raceway with 40 points. Host track Pine Valley Raceway was third with 36 points, followed by Redline Raceway (29) and Little River Raceway (28). Other teams in competition at the Division 4 Team Finals were Lonestar Motorsports Park, Wichita Raceway Park, Edinburg Raceway and State Capitol Raceway.

 

 

CREW CHIEF DENNER MANAGES PEOPLE, PARTS, CAR AND WEATHER ON TYPICAL RACE WEEKEND

Written by Administrator.

 

mark 01One might not expect an NHRA crew chief to be an amateur meteorologist, but the weather plays such a big role in how a nitro hot rod is set up that the first thing Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car crew chief Marc Denner does each day his car is running is check the weather.
 
“Weather affects everything,” said Denner, who was co-crew chief on Bob Tasca III’s Funny Car from 2009 until midway through this season when he became the sole crew chief.

 

 

STEVENS, ENDERS TO VISIT THAILAND IN SUPPORT OF SERVING ORPHANS WORLDWIDE

Written by Administrator.

 

Serving Orphans Worldwide (SOW) recently hosted NHRA Pro Stock drivers Richie Stevens and Erica Enders-Stevens at its offices in Bristol to plan the couple's upcoming trip to SOW orphanages in Thailand.
 
Stevens and Enders-Stevens helped raise more than $40,000 for SOW during the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals with branding on their race cars and on-air promotion during the ESPN2 television coverage. Serving Orphans Worldwide Chief Operating Officer Richard Baker accepted the check from the decorated couple.

 

 

KEITH HANEY RACING COMING BACK WITH A VENGEANCE

Written by Administrator.

 

HaneyThe Oklahoma-based team is testing a new Pro Nitrous race car this week at an undisclosed location in preparation for the PDRA Championship Finals this weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park.
 
Haney recently took delivery of a new Larry Jeffers Race Cars Pro Nitrous Chevrolet Camaro, a state-of-the-art drag race vehicle. The new car will be unveiled to the public later in the week.

 

 

IHRA SUMMIT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS PREVIEW

Written by IHRA.

 

unnamed 10The battle for the 2014 IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions officially gets underway in Memphis, Tennessee on October 10-11 as the best drivers from across North America travel to Memphis International Raceway for the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals.

At the center of this huge weekend are IHRA's two premier championship tournaments - the Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions and the Summit SuperSeries. A total of 10 championships will decided during these two unique competitions, as well as over $250,000 in cash and prizes.

 

 

IHRA WELCOMES CHRIS MCMAHAN TO TRACK DEVELOPMENT, DIVISION DIRECTOR POSTS

Written by IHRA.

 

unnamed 20IRG Sports + Entertainment™ and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) are pleased to welcome Chris McMahan as the Corporate Director of Track Development and Division Director for IHRA's southeastern region.

McMahan will take over duties as Division Director for IHRA's southeastern region, overseeing track relations and serving as race director in IHRA's Division 2. He will also work directly with IRG's extensive network of member tracks, overseeing track development for all IRG facilities. McMahan will be based out Memphis, Tenn., in addition to attending IHRA events throughout the southeastern region.

 

 

FARMINGTON DRAGWAY DOMINATES AT D9 SUMMIT TEAM FINALS

Written by IHRA.

 

The IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Team Finals presented by AMSOIL season continued over the weekend with the Division 9 Team Finals at Piedmont Dragway in North Carolina.

In the team competition, Farmington Dragway won the event with a commanding 30 point margin over Mooresville Dragway. Farmington Dragway racked up 72 points over the course of the weekend, followed by Mooresville Dragway with 42. Fayetteville Motorsports Park finished third with 35 points, followed by Piedmont Dragway (35) and Greer Dragway (34) Other participants included Elk Creek Dragway, Rockingham Dragway and Coastal Plains Dragway.

 

 

16TH ANNUAL NITTO TIRE NMRA WORLD FINALS WRAP

Written by Administrator.

nmra beech bendThe 2014 racing season has been an insanely-competitive one, making the weeks leading up to the 16th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals filled with anticipation. This was the closing event of the NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals series. As the weekend progressed, so did the excitement as championship battles came closer to a head. By the end of Sunday's activities the NMRA had crowned 10 new World Champions and 12 class winners.

In ATF Speed Street Outlaw, reigning champion Phil Hines led the qualifying with a record-shattering 6.87 at 202. That pass put him at the top of the field, but also lifted a cylinder head, putting his championship bid in peril. The championship came down to the semis, where Hines met John Urist, and the repaired cylinder head didn't hold, causing Hines to skim the wall and allowing Urist to advance into the final and take the championship. Urist capped off his ninth championship with an anti-climactic final round single as Andy Manson was unable to make the final round call.

 

 

 

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