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OCIR VIDEO DOCUMENTARY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

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Looking for your lasting, written impressions of Orange County International Raceway! Can be no more than one paragraph... would be brief accounts - to be read during the video as "first-person" voices (including your name). Similar to a newspaper account, letter or diary. What do you remember most... the smells, sights, sounds, the "tower", chips with salsa, Doner or Evans on the mic, the Manufacturer's Meet, PDA, Nitro Champs, Bug-Ins... bracket racing? Your first or last race, being with your dad, meeting your future wife there, blowing the crank out of the framerails... whatever! Here's your chance to be included in a very important project!!

KALITTA MOTORSPORTS PARTNERS WITH SEALMASTER® FOR 2014 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES

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Kalitta Motorsports, one of the largest and most successful teams in NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) professional drag racing history, announced today that SealMaster®, a global leader in providing pavement maintenance products and equipment, has signed on to be a major associate sponsor on the team’s two 10,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Top Fuel dragsters driven by Doug Kalitta and David Grubnic.

The SealMaster® logo will adorn the front sides of the Kalitta’s Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster and the front sides of the Optima Batteries Top Fueler driven by Grubnic, for the entire 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series consists of 24 national events all across the United States.

K&N SPRING FLING 5 DAY REPLACES SPRING FLING 20S

Written by John DiBartolomeo.


bristolfling01Last year, over 500 of the best bracket racers east of the Mississippi and even some as far as California, descended upon Bristol Dragway’s infamous Thunder Valley to compete in the fourth annual K&N Spring Fling 20s bracket race. Over the past four years, the event has grown not only in car count but stature in the racing community as well. It has become the event everyone looks forward to each year. With not only big dollars up for grabs in the actual racing, the whole atmosphere is one of fun, which is what everyone is looking for today.
 
With this year’s event set to take place on May 13-18, it marks the fifth anniversary for the race and with that comes a big change. Out goes the Spring Fling 20s and enter the NEW K&N Spring Fling 5 Day. The three traditional $20,000-to-win main events will stay in place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. However, bookending the main events will be a $15,000 to win Warm-Up race on Wednesday and another $15,000 to win event on Sunday. As is always the case, the entire 5 Day purse is 100% guaranteed. 

PAST NHRA CHAMPION TATUM FACES THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY AFTER THEFT

Written by Tracy Renck.

tatum4The racing career of David Tatum III, the NHRA’s 2010 Super Gas world champion, is very much in doubt thanks to thieves.

Tatum’s car and trailer were recently stolen from his home on Roosevelt Highway in Palmetto, Ga.

The trailer was a 1993 Gold Rush and inside was Tatum’s prized 1967 Chevy.

MAGGIO CONTINUES WCOPMA DOMINATION WITH BAKERSFIELD WIN

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maggio1The Maggio Motorsports team won the 2014 West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (WCOPMA) season opening event run in conjunction with the National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA). Mike Maggio and his Maggio Motorsports team ran the table for their sixth WCOPMA event win since first racing with the group in 2011.

The victory continues the dominating trend of this team. Of Maggio’s six total WCOPMA victories a total of five of them have been clean sweeps which included a number 1 qualifying spot, event win and low ET of the event, This past weekend’s victory was no different.

JFR TEAM LOOKING FORWARD TO FRIDAY NIGHT WITH FANS AT MONTE CARLO

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The entire John Force Racing quartet of drivers will be signing autographs in The Pub at the Monte Carlo Resort on Friday, March 28 from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The drivers will have hero cards, sharpies and smiles as they look forward to recounting their Friday qualifying day success and look forward to another successful weekend on the track at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“We are excited to be doing a special autograph session at The Pub at the Monte Carlo on Friday. We have been staying at the Monte Carlo for a couple of years and to be able to have a big autograph event that is free to the fans will be really cool. Doing the event on Friday night made sense to us since we will have a day of qualifying under our belt and we will be able to talk a little racing as well as sign some autographs,” said Robert Hight.

TONY ELMO RETIRES FROM MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY AFTER 22 YEARS ON SERVICE; JOHN CLAIR NAMED NEW EVENT SERVICE DIRECTOR

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maple grove raceway logoEvent Services Director Tony Elmo has retired from Maple Grove Raceway after 22 years of service and John Clair has been named as his replacement. Clair has been working at MGR for 30 years and will report directly to Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas.

“We’re going to miss Tony,” Dudas said. “He put his heart and soul into Maple Grove Raceway and was not only a great team member, but I was proud to call him a friend.  We wish him the best in his retirement.  He will still be with us in a consulting role.”

MSD'S ATOMIC EFI RECEIVES DISTINCTIVE CARB EXEMPTION STATUS

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atomic efiMSD Performance is excited to announce that the Atomic Fuel Injection System (PN 2900 & 2910) has been granted an Executive Order Number from the California Air Resources Board! This E.O. Number makes the Atomic the only aftermarket EFI system that is legal on 1987 and older GM vehicles in California!
 
The Atomic EFI system received E.O. Number D-722 which permits the system to be installed in place of the factory carburetor on 1987 and older GM passenger cars and trucks originally powered by a V8 engine. This Executive Order also means the Atomic EFI system provides "reasonable basis" for satisfying the anti-tampering requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act, thus allowing its use in all other States.

'GOT RACING' APPAREL TEAMS WITH PSCA

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got racingThe Pacific Street Car Association and Kenzevich Motorsports are partnering with 'Got Racing?' Apparel, a brand that will be marketed to drag racers and drag racing fans.

The clothing line has been named as an associate sponsor of the Kenevich Wild Street Mustang starting with this weekend's Chris Alston's Chassisworks NorCal Nationals. "The company is thrilled to be with us and we will do our best to bring home a trophy for them," said Kenzevich Motorsports owner Jason Kenzevich.

NHRA ANNOUNCES SPORTSMAN 2014 - 2015 ADVISORY COUNCIL

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ssThe NHRA Sportsman Racer Advisory Council (SRAC) advisors have been selected following online polling. The SRAC which is entering into its seventh year is designed to maintain the level of communications between participants and NHRA. The SRAC provides a means for discussing and evaluating rules and race policies and procedures pertaining to Sportsman racing at all NHRA events.

The advisory council consists of drivers, owners or crew chief representatives from each NHRA region or division in five eliminator sub-committee groupings including Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, Competition, Super Stock / Stock, Super Comp / Super Gas / Super Street and Top Dragster / Top Sportsman.

CHECK OUT ELVIS' LAST RIDE NEXT WEEKEND AT CHARLOTTE AUTO FAIR

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elvisstutz 580xElvis famously bought dozens of cars for himself and friends during his career, but by all accounts, Elvis’ favorite car and the last automobile he drove in public was his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III. Because the ’73 Blackhawk enjoyed special status among Elvis fans, as well as being so beloved by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, officials from Elvis Presley Enterprises recently decided to have the car undergo a special preservation process.

“Elvis Presley’s love of unique and fast cars is legendary, something he shared with millions of other Americans,” said Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “Graceland in Memphis is honored to work with the team at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the preservation of Elvis’ 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III, one of over 30 vehicles in the Graceland Archives. We look forward to having this historic vehicle on display at the speedway’s AutoFair, and then bringing it back to Graceland, where visitors can see it on permanent display in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.”

THEY DON'T PLAY WELL WITH TOYS

Written by Bobby Bennett; Video by Bobby Bennett.

Mike Guger's voice sounded like a coroner at work.

"We’re going to need some rice hull ash here," Guger intoned. "There is shock oil everywhere. I’ve never seen anything like this accident. There’s a tire. The front end was over in the grass on the other side of the wall; it flew about thirty feet out there. I’ve got a little more evidence here, there’s a shock that is hemorrhaging right there. There’s another shock that’s hemorrhaging. There you go, there’s another wheel. Probably the biggest crash that we’ve ever seen. Good effort."

In a sense, Guger was a coroner, effectively pronouncing a Dickie Venables-driven Traxxas car as good as dead.

CHANGING QUALIFYING TO AVERAGES POSSIBLE, BUT NOT PRACTICAL

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

DSD 4570In a recent commentary written by Whit Bazemore, and published by CompetititionPlus.com, many suggestions for improving the current drag racing presentation were presented. One of those presentations included a suggestion that drag racing’s qualifying format could be changed from a best pass format to an average run format.

4 WIDE JR. DRAGSTER CHALLENGE AT THE NHRA 4WIDE NATS

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NHRA 4WideNationals 4cFor the first time in Drag Racing History, Four JR Dragsters will be racing 4 wide with all four drivers being teenage girls.  The winner of the Four Wide Challenge will then return to race a second time. This time it will be against Three Mello Yello Drivers who came up from the ranks of JR Dragsters and are now getting back in the Summit JR Dragster League Dragsters to promote kids in racing.
 
This event will mark the first time Summit JR Dragster League dragsters have competed during a NHRA televised 4 Wide Event.  This also marks the first time Professional Drivers will step back in the ranks to challenge the kids on the JR Dragster level.

MOVE OVER FUNNY CAR SUMMER, IT'S FUNNY CAR BIRTHDAY

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2014.JDR.KopplRacingFour races into the 2014 NHRA season and Jim Dunn Racing will debut a 4th body design highlighting a new sponsor. Koppl Pipeline Services, Inc will be front and center on the Grime Boss Nitro Funny Car at the 2014 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals March 28th – March 30th.
 
Jim Dunn Racing will be celebrating a major milestone at the Las Vegas race: Big Jim’s 80th Birthday. The escape hatch on the Dodge Funny Car will feature a special design paying tribute to Jim and his passion for racing.  A pioneer of the sport, Dunn has dedicated his life to drag racing since 1950. Since retiring from driving in 1990, Dunn’s career has continued to flourish as a respected crew chief, technical adviser and car owner.

DAVID PACE NAMED GRAND MARSHALL OF SHRA SPRING NATIONALS

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David PaceThe Southwest Heritage Racing Association presented by MalloryPrint.com is proud to announce that former NHRA Top Fuel driver David Pace will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 season opening race for the SHRA on April 5th in Denton, Texas.

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