Written by Tracy Renck Tue, 2016-02-09 18:00
Veteran NHRA Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan has been a mainstay at the Winternationals since 1984.
That streak is in jeopardy with the 2016 Winternationals approaching Feb. 11-14 in Pomona, Calif.
Written by Susan Wade Sun, 2016-02-07 12:00
Former Funny Car contender Jerry Toliver, irked once by some baseless rumor, used sarcasm to denounce it: “Pretty soon the story is that the Mississippi River is cresting and I’m dating Madonna.”
As comical as Scott Palmer can be (including promising to sing “Boomer Sooner,” the fight song of his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, when he qualifies for the first time), the Top Fuel owner-driver took a different path. He decided to ignore a rumor that has been circulating since the April 2014 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and move on with his career.
Written by Tracy Renck Sun, 2016-02-07 12:00
For at least one day, Tommy Johnson Jr. can say he’s the fastest NHRA nitro Funny Car driver in the world.
Johnson, who drives the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger for Don Schumacher Racing, clocked a 3.874-second elapsed time – the quickest 1,000-foot ET ever recorded – Feb. 6 during the Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Ariz.
By Susan Wade Fri, 2016-02-05 20:32
Troy Coughlin Jr. thought he was in trouble.
He was at work at JEGS, the family automotive mail-order business in Delaware, Ohio, one day last September. And The Boss – his grandfather – called him into his office.
But Granddad – “Pappy” to the youngest generation of racers – had something besides sales on his mind. He encouraged 25-year-old T.J. to think about giving Top Fuel dragsters a whirl.
by Tracy Renck Fri, 2016-02-05 18:48
When Ron Hodgson and his son Ryan arrived at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion this past October in Bakersfield, Calif., their Nostalgia Funny Car didn’t go unnoticed.
Their brand-new Victory Race Cars-built 1969 Camaro Funny Car – primarily the body – didn’t sit well with some fellow Nostalgia Funny Car competitors as they felt it was against the spirit of the rules.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2016-02-05 18:37
Not everyone is pleased with the NHRA's decision to eliminate to point-reward procedure about national elapsed time records. Two individuals who have "skin" in the game voiced their displeasure on Thursday during testing in Phoenix, Az. Team owners Bob Vandergriff Jr. and Don Schumacher said the decision removes an exciting aspect of the game, an aspect desperately needed at this time as Peter Clifford seeks to take drag racing to higher visible profile.
"I just don't understand the whole premise of why it needed to be messed with in the first place," said Vandergriff. "I mean, it only comes into play in very few instances, and for a sport trying to grow excitement and drama it just doesn't add up to what we've already done.
"We've added points to qualifying, to add excitement. Then there's the Countdown ... again, to add excitement and drama. Then we turn around and remove probably the most drama-filled experience from our sport? A sport built on performance, speed and excitement, we've done the equivalent in football of removing the Hail Mary pass play."