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AEROSPACE COMPONENTS STEPS UP AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR COMPETITIONPLUS.COM FOR THE BALANCE OF 2015

CompetitionPlus.com and Aerospace Components announced today a partnership for the balance of the 2015 season. Aerospace Components will assume the role of title sponsorship and actively promote their vast product line.

CompetitionPlus.com, a leading online drag racing magazine, has been a primary go-to source for news you can trust since it launched in 1999. Providing up to the minute news reporting, the Spartanburg, SC-based publication has also become a strong marketing platform for Internet advertising.

MAJOR AUSSIE TRACKS REVEAL PLANS FOR 2015 - 2016 SEASON

They have a vision.

Following the major announcement on Tuesday, June 30 of Australia's three major drag racing facilities leaving the Australian National Drag Racing Association to form a new series, today the group revealed more of their vision. RELATED STORY: TRACKS LEAVE ANDRA

Leading the group will be Racing Onn Promotion, a group with strong ties to Adelaide International Raceway.  The Adelaide facility joins Willowbank Raceway [Brisbane], Sydney Dragway and the Perth Motorplex.

NHRA LEADERS TIPTOE THROUGH POST-COMPTON RETIREMENT PRESS CONFERENCE

With its announcement Wednesday that longtime Executive Vice-President / General Manager Peter Clifford has replaced the "retiring" Tom Compton as President, the National Hot Rod Association publicly concluded a messy, awkward transition of authority that had dragged on for at least a month.

Dallas Gardner, chairman of the NHRA Board of Directors, indicated the Glendora, Calif.-headquartered organization wasn't interested in "an on-the-job training session" for Compton's replacement. He said in an afternoon teleconference, "It made all the sense in the world" to choose Clifford.

"Peter has had his hands on everything that goes on in NHRA for a period of time and at all levels," Gardner said of the former CEO who has been with the company since 1997.

AN OPEN LETTER TO NHRA PRESIDENT PETER CLIFFORD FROM AN OPENLY OPTIMISTIC FAN

First let me say how excited I am for you to be taking the reins of NHRA. Your experience in understanding the complexities of the sanctioning body will be a great attribute as you move this organization forward. I know there are a number of exciting announcements on the horizon for the sport. My hope is this change will invigorate the entire organization from Glendora to the local tracks to fans around the world.

As the NHRA explores its broadcast options, I hope the NHRA is seriously considering adding a live streaming element or even a delayed stream of a fully produced broadcast. We can all agree that live TV is crucial but in this constantly changing media landscape it is also vital our current fans, and new fans have the ability to consume our sport on their schedule. Having live streaming available would reach younger viewers, address one of the biggest complaints we receive from our TV viewing fans, make our sport compelling for advertisers, and create value for our existing sponsors.

BREAKING NEWS - COMPTON OUT AS NHRA PRESIDENT

The National Hot Rod Association today announced that Peter Clifford, the organization’s longtime executive vice president and general manager, has been promoted to president.

Clifford succeeds Tom Compton, who announced his retirement from the NHRA following 15 years as president.

Dallas Gardner, Chairman of the NHRA Board of Directors, made the announcement and introduced Clifford as president to NHRA employees assembled at the organization’s headquarters in Glendora, Calif.

SCRUGGS CONFIRMS HENSON HAS LEFT PDRA OWNERSHIP GROUP

Jason Scruggs, a member of the original PDRA ownership group, confirmed with CompetitionPlus.com today Roger Henson has left the group in an effort to spend less time racing and more time with family.

“To my understanding, Roger and Shirley Henson wanted to scale back their racing some and spend more time with family,” Scruggs said. “I do believe Roger will race from time to time, but at this time he is no longer an owner with the PDRA as we talk now.”

TAMMY O’S LEGACY LIVES ON THROUGH JIM O., DAUGHTER ASHLEY

 

Crew chief Jim Oberhofer has that cool swagger, that strong physique that signals that he can take as well as he can give when the infamous Kalitta Motorsports moshpit erupts on the winning starting line at a dragstrip.

But he has a sensitive side, too, evident when he spoke recently with Competition Plus’ Bobby Bennett during the weekend that marked the second anniversary of wife Tammy’s passing.

AUSTRALIA’S MAJOR FACILITIES DECLARE THEIR INDEPENDENCE, KINDA-SORTA

 

Australian’s three major racing facilities announced today they will not participate in the proposed 2015/2016 Australian National Drag Racing Association Series. Officials from Willowbank Raceway, Sydney Dragway and the Perth Motorplex revealed today plans to present a series headlined by the Group 1 categories, yet still run under ANDRA rulebook. The statement also said Sportsman brackets will support the new series, with all events likewise run under the ANDRA rules and regulations.

PRITCHETT, DOTE TEAM MAKING PROGRESS, PUSHING HARDER

Leah Pritchett unveiled Dote Racing's "Gumout Solid Gold" Dragster at Bristol Dragway last weekend. But what's solid gold, as well, is the team's progress this season.

"For people who have followed us, you can definitely see progression, and it’s not accidental," the Top Fuel racer told Competition Plus.

AA/FC RACER ROGER GARTEN PASSES FOLLOWING RACING ACCIDENT

Roger Garten, 69, a nostalgia Funny Car racer who drove the War Horse Mustang, died Sunday June 28. Garten was involved in a two-car crash with racer Matt Bynum, but there is no confirmation at this point that Garten died as the result of injuries sustained in the accident.

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