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CASTELLANA UNVEILS NEW SONNY'S ENGINE PROGRAM WITH 5.76 BLAST

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Roger Richards.

 

dsa 1472 20140906 2064224104Trying to keep their move on the down low, Mike Castellana and crew chief Shannon Jenkins didn't make major announcements regarding their switch over to a Sonny Leonard-prepared, 903-inch, electronic fuel injected engine combination. Yesterday, while testing at Virginia Motorsports Park outside of Richmond, the new engine yielded a 5.76-second pass at 244.89 mph while running in NHRA legal trim.

 

 

 

 

TERA-WENDLAND GRAVES EARNS NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR LICENSE

Written by Chris Graves.

 

 

Tera1A dream became reality for 24-year-old Tera Wendland-Graves as she earned her NHRA "Special Fuel" license behind the wheel of John Hale's nitro Nostalgia Funny Car September 22nd at the historic Texas Motorplex.  

Wendland-Graves, a photographer for CompetitionPlus.com, has an impressive resume as a former Champion of the Holley Hot Rod Reunion at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and this year is on track to be crowned the Nostalgia Eliminator 1 class Champion in the Southwest Heritage Racing Association.  On the Monday after the NHRA Fall Nationals at Ennis, Texas, the lifelong dream of wheeling a nitro-burning Funny Car became a reality thanks to the support of her husband, Chris Graves, and the graciousness and masterful teaching of veteran fuel racer John Hale.

 

 

CARNAGE REIGNS SUPREME IN FRIDAY PRO MOD

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Michelle Simmons, Roger Richards.

farber 02Pro Mod racers Pete Farber and Harold Martin damaged their race cars during Friday qualifying at the NHRA AAA Midwest Nationals outside of St. Louis.

Farber, of Baldwin, Mass., experienced severe tireshake which turned his 1969 Dodge Daytona sideways headed directly for the left lane retaining wall. He corrected enough to avoid a head-on collision but still made contact with the side of the car. He was checked on scene and released by NHRA emergency services officials.

 

VIDEO: WATCH THE FORCES ON CBS SUNDAY MORNING

Written by Administrator.

The entire John Force Racing family and team was featured on CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday, September 28th.

 

MAV TV ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER IHRA NITRO JAM PREMIER

Written by Administrator.

 


unnamed 8The International Hot Rod Association and MAV TV announced that the new Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series television show will debut on the popular automotive network on Thursday, November 6, in the first in a 13-week series.

MAV TV, with its unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, will air all 12 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series (NJDRS) events and a special season in review episode in a unique, character-driven show that will focus on equal parts behind the scenes stories, car and driver profiles and on-track racing.

 

 

QUARTER-MAX SPONSORING ‘TOP END ZONE’ ON PDRA LIVE FEED

Written by Administrator.

 

revised-logoAs the Professional Drag Racers Association prepares to put the exclamation point on a stellar opening season with the Championship Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, Quarter-Max is joining the team of PDRA sponsors with a new, exciting addition to the PDRA Live Feed. The Quarter-Max ‘Top End Zone’ will feature top end driver interviews after each round of the Championship Finals. Fans can get the immediate reaction of drivers as event and season champions are crowned.

The Live Feed, produced by Motor Mania TV, has been a key feature of the PDRA season, a favorite among fans and racers alike. Rickie Jones, Vice President of Quarter-Max, is looking forward to Quarter-Max’s involvement with the PDRA.

 

 

NEW CORVETTE C-07 BODIES ARRIVE AT JERRY BICKEL SHOP

Written by Administrator.

DSCN1584We have just received these spy pics from jerry Bickel Race Cars as Velocity Composites has just delivered the first of six C-07 bodies ordered. JBRC said they are ready to accept orders. All pricing and availability is in place. 

 

LARRY LARSON AND THE WORLD’S FASTEST STREET-LEGAL CAR

Written by Tracy Renck, photos courtesy of Bangshift.com.

 

Drag-Week-2014-Larry-Larson-Plans-S10-Pro-Mod-011 - CopyLarry Larson has nothing to prove when it comes to building race cars. He’s renowned for the job he has been doing since 1992.

Ever since 1996, when he established Larson Race Cars, his business in Oak Grove, Mo., has flourished.

 

 

JUST TO CLARIFY . . .

Written by Susan Wade.

 

NHRA Plain Oval 4CTony Schumacher's feat last weekend at Dallas of earning two Top Fuel trophies in a single weekend marked the first time that happened in the Top Fuel ranks -- even in the nitro-powered ranks.

However, Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Eddie Krawiec won the rain-delayed final round of the 2012 Reading event at the fall Las Vegas race that Saturday, then won the Las Vegas event, as well. Krawiec was the first and only other professional competitor to win twice in one weekend.

 

 

WOODLAND RECALLS HIS, OLDSMOBILE’S GLORY DAYS

Written by Susan Wade.

 

Whoever knew that a post-war fascination with mechanical innovation in construction and drag racing would lead to hobnobbing with Hollywood headliners?

Such is the history of Ty-Rods and New England Hot Rod Hall of Famer Loyed Woodland.

 

 

LIMITED RUN WELD WHEEL HONORS LARSON ACCOMPLISHMENT

Written by Administrator.

 

Larson-Front-Wheel-Web-ResWhen Larry Larson was considering all the challenges faced by racing in the 2014 Drag Week events, he knew it would take special parts and pieces to complete the grueling endeavor. To take a highly modified 1998 Chevy S-10, named Reason #8, built for all out speed, and drive it hundreds of miles a day on the streets and highways of the Midwest, called for some out of the box thinking.

“I knew I wanted to change front wheels between what I used on the street and what I used once I got to the race track, but there isn’t an aftermarket brake kit that allows for quick changes. I had planned on running a spindle mount front wheel and just loosening the brakes each time I changed wheels to make it work. Scott (Rider, V.P. of Engineering) at Weld Racing knew that would cause eventual problems with the brakes. He came back to me with drawings for something new,” explained Larson.

 

 

NHRA LUCAS OIL WINNERS CROWNED IN TEXAS

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Lucas Oil DRSIn the final results from Texas Motorplex and the 29th Annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Shayne Lawson, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Steve Harker, Gainesville, Ga., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
 
Shayne Lawson, who was driving Randy Meyer’s ’09 dragster for the weekend, worked his way through the field and ran 5.299 seconds at 270.64 mph in his final round victory over Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., who clocked in at 12.519 seconds, 61.01 mph. This was the first time that Lawson and Severance have faced each other in eliminations. Severance had the starting line advantage but then had problems once he left the starting line and shut it off. Lawson had a nice straight pass down the groove to take the win. This is Lawson’s second national event win this year and second of his career. He received his first national event win at the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka.

 

 

THIS WEEKEND HOLDS COUGHLIN'S CHAMPIONSHIP ASPIRATIONS IN THE BALANCE

Written by Administrator.

1711This weekend's NHRA AAA Midwest Nationals represents the half-way mark in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Championship series. For Jeggie Coughlin, the defending series Pro Stock champion, the race contested outside of St. Louis represents a go or gone moment if he wants a sixth championship.

Coughlin has only one round win during the Countdown.

"We haven't quite gotten the start we wanted in the first two races of the Countdown to the Championship," said Coughlin. "A first-round and a second-round finish isn't going to get the job done. Fortunately, we have four races left in the fight for this year's Mello Yello championship, and that's enough to reach our ultimate goal."

 

MORGAN FINISHED WITH FORD PROGRAM, MAYBE PRO STOCK TOO

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Michelle Simmons, Roger Richards.

morganLarry Morgan made the conversion over to a Ford Pro Stock program in 2010 with a high hopes and potential. Saturday, the iconic Pro Stock driver from Newark, Ohio, says change is in his future in multiple ways. He's through with racing a Ford, and depending on some pending deals, Pro Stock as well.

"I'm not saying I am over racing Pro Stock," said Morgan. "I'm over racing a Ford in Pro Stock. The reason I say that is I cannot support the program properly. No one else wants to run a Ford and the day Jim Cunningham passed away; I knew I was done running a Ford. I believe the Ford parts are the best.

 

 

RACERS FOR CHRIST GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR POMONA

Written by Administrator.

 

 
index"Fairway to Heaven," the 6th Annual Racers For Christ Golf Tournament, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona, California.

The tournament is hosted by Team RFC with 100% of the proceeds going to RFC. It will be another great day of golf the day before the NHRA Auto Club Finals begin. It is a best ball tournament. The cost per player is $75.00, and includes golf, golf cart, range balls, concert, dinner, and lots of trophies.

 

 

MIR HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PRO MOD CHALLENGE

Written by Administrator.

 


NEOPMA v PMRAThe Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association [NEOPMA] announced the return of the Second International Pro Mod Event and one of the largest quarter-mile Pro Mod Fields in 2014 at Maryland International Raceway on Sept. 26th-27th, 2014.

Qualifying two 16-cars fields, featuring a 16 car International Pro Mod Challenge with Canada’s fastest Pro Modified Racing Association [PMRA] Pro Mods vs. Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association [NEOPMA] Pro Mods to crown the International Pro Mod Champion. NEOPMA will also have a second 16-car Pro Mod Field featuring some of the fastest Pro Mods on the planet.
 
“We are thrilled to continue to make NEOPMA history at this year's Superchargers Showdown by qualifying 32 wild Pro Mods and holding the second International Pro Mod Challenge," said Royce Miller of MIR. "This is one of only a few races in the entire nation where you can see a 32-car field on the full quarter-mile. With awesome track and atmospheric conditions in late September and a 32-car Pro Mod field it will truly be an extraordinary weekend!”

 

 

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