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GOLDEN GREEK’S GRANDAUGHTER EARNS A-FUEL LICENSE

Racing is the only life Krista Baldwin has ever known.

Her grandfather is the “Golden Greek” Chris Karamesines, the ageless driver who was named No. 30 on NHRA’s 50 Greatest Drivers list as part of NHRA’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2001.

DOUG KALITTA TO RUN PATRIOTIC DEWALT SCHEME AT U.S. NATIONALS

Kalitta Motorsports, in partnership with DEWALT and Mac Tools, are pleased to announce the extension of the DEWALT Made in the USA with global materials initiative to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Championship contender Doug Kalitta will run the DEWALT scheme during the biggest event on the NHRA schedule, the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. 

“I am honored to fly the colors of DEWALT during NHRA’s biggest weekend,” said Kalitta. “Both DEWALT and Mac Tools do a lot to employ American workers, and it is awesome to be able to highlight this program, especially on Labor Day weekend.”

CRAMPTON, HAGAN QUICKEST DURING PRE-INDY TESTING

 

Defending Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner Richie Crampton and defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan made the quickest runs in their respective categories Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis during the opening day of testing for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

NHRA teams utilized the first day of the two-day open test to prepare for the world's most prestigious drag race, which will be held Sept. 2-7 at the famed NHRA-owned multi-purpose motorsports facility that sits just west of downtown Indianapolis. The event, which will also feature the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel and Funny Car, is the final race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2 with expanded coverage during Labor Day weekend.

AARON STANFIELD RACING PRO STOCK AT INDY

After 10 months away from driving an NHRA Pro Stock car, Aaron Stanfield will get behind the wheel at the U.S. Nationals (Sept. 4-7) in Indianapolis.

Stanfield is going to be driving one of Allen Johnson’s cars, likely a Dodge Dart.

CLEVITE “GUESS THE STEPS” CONTEST RETURNS

The tradition continues during next week's NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Clevite has stepped up as the sponsor of the fourth annual "Guess the Steps" competition, a contest where CompetitionPlus.com Publisher/Editor Bobby Bennett keeps track of his steps throughout the event.  The reader who guesses closest to the six-day (Wed - Fri) final tally without going over is declared the winner. The winning prize is $100 plus a t-shirt of an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series driver.

The popularity of this event inspired Clevite to step up as this year's sponsor.

JACKSON LOMBARDO RACING TO HOST CHILDREN FROM HOOSIER BURN CAMP AT U.S. NATS

                     

The upcoming 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is a much-anticipated highlight on the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. The event at venerable Lucas Oil Raceway is the most prestigious race on the tour, and Jackson Lombardo Racing is determined to make it a race to remember – but not just for driver John Lombardo Jr. and the NAPA Batteries/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car Team. This time around, they are sharing the experience with a very special group of young burn survivors from Hoosier Burn Camp of Indiana.

  

Hoosier Burn Camp is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing experiences for young people who have suffered the physical and emotional trauma associated with a severe burn injury. Their annual summer camp and monthly events create experiences for burn survivors where they can be “just one of the kids” in a safe and supportive environment.

PHOTO REVIEW: 2015 NITROLYMPX, HOCKENHEIMRING, GERMANY

The fourth in the FIA and FIM European Drag Racing Championship Series at Germany’s famous Hockenheimring became the hottest race in town – literally as Germany recorded its highest temperatures on record - a roasting 44 degrees Celsius for the 30th year drag racing anniversary. The track this year, after weeks of preparation led by England’s Santa Pod Raceway’s crack team was good after two years of suffering Formula One insisting all rubber was removed for their event prior to the drag race. Worries of this year’s track conditions made the Pro Stock class withdraw and not bother to show up but the track, despite the exhausting heat provided the necessary traction and provided some great racing for the many of partisan race fans. Only three qualifiers were run in the Pro classes as a massive Sportsman oil down put paid to a Friday’s second session and then Sunday’s two first elimination rounds in Top Fuel put the event a little over the local curfew at the day’s end.

PHOTO REVIEW: THE BIG GO BLOCK PARTY IS BIG SUCCESS

The stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series were in the spotlight during the Big Go Block Party on Aug. 25, as the town of Brownsburg celebrated the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. The free event was held at the Brownsburg town hall and hosted by the Town of Brownsburg, NHRA, Lucas Oil Raceway, Don Schumacher Racing and John Force Racing, and featured family activities, entertainment and concessions.

Numerous drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series also participated in an autograph session.

Take a stroll through the event thanks to Susan Wade.

DSR TO REVEAL EXPANSION PLANS DURING OPEN HOUSE IN INDY

A lot has changed at Don Schumacher Racing since the drag racing juggernaut opened its massive headquarters near Indianapolis in 2005, and there's more to come.

A year after opening, DSR invited the public to attend an open-house tour before the 2006 NHRA U.S. Nationals and used the event to begin raising funds and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

At the first Open House DSR had 82 NHRA event titles and three world championship trophies.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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This week on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro Lucas Oil Nationals Winners Richie Crampton, Robert Hight, Erica Enders, and Eddie Krawiec all stop by along with the NHRA's Alan Reinhart! All Winnersviews are On Location from Brainerd International Raceway following what might be considered the greatest drag race of all time, in terms of overall performance. Super Comp winner Luke Bogacki, Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman, and Brian Lohnes from Bangshift.com all stop by. Host, Joe Castello, gives his perspective on the weekend and previews the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. 

 

 

 

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