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THE REAL CHAD HEAD SCOOTER STORY

Former track prep specialist turned Funny Car driver Chad Head learned a lesson last weekend in Denver he should have already known. Never mess with another man's heavy equipment.

DERRICK BEACH NAMED PDRA SENIOR VP OF MARKETING

Derrick Beach has stepped up in his role with the PDRA, taking a position as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Beach joined the PDRA as a commentator for the 2015 season, working alongside veteran announcer Brian Olsen. It quickly became evident that Beach was not being used to the fullness of his potential. The Ohio native is working toward a degree in accounting and sports marketing from Ohio State University and has cut his teeth in his own Beach Marketing Solutions company. Now Beach is ready to use his expertise in branding and promoting the world’s quickest and fastest eighth mile drag racing organization.

“The PDRA has a really good brand,” stated Beach, who is excited about his new role and helping to promote an organization he’s already passionate about. “It’s the fastest eighth mile drag racing series in the world. So there’s nothing else like what we’re doing. We’re the only family-based organization in drag racing. We can relate to every single person that comes through the gate because they are families, and they bring their family to the race track. Our organization is run by families. So we have a pretty unique brand to market.”

OBERTO BEEF JERKY SECURES PARTNERSHIP WITH JIM DUNN RACING



Drag Racing Hall of Fame member, Jim Dunn Racing, will introduce another major partner to its team, Oberto Brands, for the NHRA national event in Seattle. 

Known around the world for its popular all natural beef jerky, Oberto, will engage the motorsports audience through association with the 300 mph Nitro Funny Car team.  The race in Seattle completes the third leg of NHRA’s “Western Swing” which has seen other major brands in the consumer segment such as ALO Drink gain exposure on-site at the races, through televised broadcasts, and interactive social media campaigns. 



 

95-YR OLD PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR EXPERIENCES NITRO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SONOMA

 

When you're 95 years old, there aren't many first-time opportunities available. That's why Mickey Gamitch, one of the few surviving Pearl Harbor attack survivors was offered the chance to go he didn't flinch.

Gamitch, retired from the Navy after tours in both World War II and Korean War, was at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals as a guest of Lucas Oil.

While Gamitch clearly understands it was his generation which takes credit for the birth of the hot rod, he understands and accepts the fact he missed the memo.

PROCK LAYS DOWN SERIOUS WORDS WITHOUT OPENING HIS MOUTH

 

To understand veteran nitro tuner Jimmy Prock, one must first understand actions speak louder than words. A man of few words, Prock elects to let his race car do the talking.

The performance of his Jack Beckman-driven, Infinite Hero Funny Car spoke volumes recording the quickest elapsed time in Funny Car history with a 3.92 and backing up the feat with a 3.95 on a 110-plus degree track.

Even the eloquently spoken Beckman was at a loss after three-second run No. 17, the most of any Funny Car driver in competition, after a winning run in the second round simply said, "I have no more superlatives."

BRIAN OLSON PASSES; FRIENDS REMEMBER HIM AS "THE BEST FRIEND YOU COULD HAVE"

Drag Racing has lost a great fan and friend today.

Veteran drag racing announcer Brian Olson, 58, of Peru, Ind., passed away sometime during the night on August 2, 2015.

Olson, lead announcer for the Professional Drag Racers Association, had sustained injuries from a motorcycle accident on July 3, 2015. However, Olson was making a positive recovery from the incident.

BROWN WINS SONOMA TOP FUEL TITLE

What a difference a week makes for Antron Brown.

A week after losing in the first round at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver, Brown, the 2012 world champion, was Top Fuel royalty at the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals Aug. 2.

BECKMAN COMPLETES PERFECT WEEKEND WITH WIN, NATIONAL RECORD AND 147 POINTS AT SONOMA

How would you describe the perfect race weekend?

A race win? Consistency? A national record? Huge ground made up in the championship standings? How about all four. In the same weekend. By one team.

KRAWIEC CONTINUES PSM ROLL AT SONOMA

It’s safe to say things have been clicking the past two weeks for Pro Stock Motorcycle driver Eddie Krawiec.

The pilot of the Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson won his second NHRA national event in a row, his latest coming Aug. 2 at the Sonoma, (Calif.) Nationals.

MCGAHA FINALLY A WINNER WITH FIRST-CAREER PRO STOCK WALLY AT SONOMA

Finally.

After three decades behind the wheel, countless passes, three career final rounds and six number one qualifier awards, Chris McGaha can finally call himself an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series winner.

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