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A HEALED VENABLES READY TO RACE AGAIN

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 

2013 Dickie VenablesDickie Venables is on the mend and ready to go racing again.

The championship winning tuner, who guided Matt Hagan to the 2013 NHRA Funny Car series runner-up, missed the final event of the season while hospitalized battling diverticulitis (a painful bowel inflammation). He underwent surgery during the days leading up to the event.

“Everything turned out really well, still a little slow getting over the surgery,” said Venables.

THERE'S GONNA BE A CHOOTOUT IN BELLE ROSE

Written by Administrator.

No Problem Raceway (NPR) and NHRA's Division Four are pleased to announce the Inaugural Tim Hebert Hemi “Chootout” to be contested during the Cajun Sports Nationals March 21-23, 2014 in Belle Rose, La.

Tim Hebert was a long time NHRA D4 racer who passed away suddenly at age 53 on June 2, 2013 after participating in the NHRA Englishtown National Event. His orange and white 1968 Barracuda has been seen at NHRA and Hemi Shootout events throughout the United States for decades and will be participating in the inaugural “Chootout” with his son Rory at the wheel.

HOLIDAY TREAT - WHEELS OF FIRE VIDEO

Written by CompetitionPlus.

04_22_2011_cptv_wofWe’ve uncovered another one of the popular 1970 drag racing documentaries, this one titled Wheels of Fire.

This documentary, according to the youtube.com channel was written and directed by Douglas Kent Hall. Wheels of Fire focuses on the lives of five major drag racers of the era: Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, Shirley Muldowney, Richard Tharp and Billy Meyer.

This hour long movie was produced by Texas race promoter Buddy Boren.

You can buy this video on DVD AT Dave Wallace’s Hot Rod Nostalgia online store. This video is a neat find on YouTube but to be appreciated you must see it on the big screen in your living room.

The video can be purchased here – HOT ROD NOSTALGIA

CPTV VIDEO: FUNNY CAR SUMMER AT CHRISTMAS

Written by CompetitionPlus.

07_02_2011_cptv_funnycarsummerOn this Christmas Day, if you have an hour or so to spare, tune into an American drag racing icon -- Funny Car Summer. This drag racing movie follows Jim Dunn, his family and their unique rear-engine Funny Car into the legendary California tracks and beyond.

Grab some eggnog, get comfortable in your chair and enjoy this blast from the past. Hook your computer speaker to the arm of the chair and pretend you're at the drive-in theatre. Ah, those were the days.

 

THE 2013 NHRA SEASON IN REVIEW

Written by Administrator.

Take a trip back with Competitionplus.com as we review a year's worth of drag racing action.

JFR DONATES TO PEYTON MANNING CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Written by Administrator.

 

Christmas gifts editEach year around the holidays, John Force Racing employees come together to make the Christmas season special for others in their community. This year, employees raised money to buy Christmas gifts for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in coordination with the Hospital’s “Giving Tree,” a program put together to ensure that each child in the hospital receives a gift on Christmas Day.

“We are so blessed to have the support of John Force Racing for the children served by Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.  When companies step forward with such generosity, it says a lot about the commitment and dedication of the owners as well as the employees.  We are so grateful and appreciative for your support, and want to relay how much these gifts mean to our patients,” said Nancy Frick, Director of Foundation Advancement.

 

REAL PRO MOD ASSOCIATION DEFINES GOALS FOR 2014

Written by Bobby Bennett, CompetitionPlus.tv.

pmThe Real Pro Modified Association, a group of Pro Modified racers who race in the fast doorslammer class under the NHRA sanction, defined their goals recently at a press conference in Indianapolis.

“I think it’s the most exciting racing venue there is on the planet,” said Harry Hruska, an RPM board member said. “With the different power adders of nitrous, turbos and blowers … racers switching over from one power adder to another and learning how to drive other combinations. The fastest doorslammers in the world are going to be racing in these venues.

John Waldie, series spokesperson, addressed a standing room only crowd assembled in the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show press center.

LIZZY MUSI HEADED TO PRO MODIFIED IN 2014

Written by Bobby Bennett.

 


photoLizzy Musi has been following in her father Pat Musi’s footsteps for many years. In 2014, she plans to make a gigantic leap.

Musi, who has raced Top Sportsman for the last two seasons, will graduate to Pro Modified and drive Frank Brandao’s Dodge Stratus, the same car most recently driven by Pat. The car will be sponsored by the Brandao, Lucas Oil and Edelbrock.

GARDNER HEADLINES INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE

Written by Charles Myers.

 

gardenerNewly appointed IHRA President Scott Gardner spoke about the future of IHRA Drag Racing at this year’s Industry Round Table at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.

Growing topics of concern among the sport of drag racing took center stage as sanctioning body leaders met to discuss their plans for the 2014 season at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.

The line-up of sanctioning bodies included IHRA, NMCA, WCSCA and special guest Peter Biondo, after Kenny Nowling (President of ADRL) didn’t participate.  For IHRA’s newly appointed President Scott Gardner this was his first opportunity to speak among other industry leaders.

THE WAR HORSE NEEDS A NEW HOME?

Written by CompetitionPlus.com Staff.

Farriesters Auto Wrecking is going out of business after 65 years. How does this affect drag racing? Perched high atop a sign at the business is the 1971 Mustang Mach 1 once known the War Horse Funny Car. We are told the horse needs a good home.

PARTS PLUS TO JOIN MILLICAN WITH DEXTER TUTTLE

Written by Administrator.

DSD 0721Parts Plus has reached an agreement to remain the primary sponsor of Top Fuel driver Clay Millican for a fourth straight NHRA season, said Mike Lambert, president of the Automotive Distribution Network.

2013'S NAUGHTY AND NICE LIST

Written by Administrator.

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St. Nick has a lot to be jolly about when he starts naming all the well-behaved drag-racing boys and girls and counting out candy canes for them.

But you’d better watch out. You’d better not cry. Go ahead -- you can knock yourself out pouting if you’re on the Naughty List, expecting a lump of coal in your stocking. But just remember . . . If you’re on there, you deserved it.

Actually, both lists could have been much longer. Our apologies to the deserving Nice List candidates. The Naughty List “unmentionables” should breathe a sigh of relief and be thankful.

Now, don’t be writing Santa any nasty letters c/o Competition Plus. He’s too busy wondering if he’ll make next season’s “Biggest Loser” cast while trying to justify cramming down sleighloads of cookies, Lebkuchen, and pan de pascua during his gluttonous global Christmas Eve whirlwind tour.

So save it – and just be nice so we don’t have to have a Naughty List at all next Christmas.

MSD NAMES NEW PRODUCT MARKETING COORDINATOR

Written by Administrator.

249MSD has named Alexandra (Alex) Loeza as Product Marketing Coordinator.

Ms. Loeza, who has worked at MSD since 2003, will be in charge of managing and supporting MSD's Dynaforce® alternator and starter product line. MSD recently expanded their entire line of Dynaforce products to include a new alternator line and an expansion of their highly sought after starter product line. Additionally, Alex will assist with the management of MSD's event marketing initiative. This initiative primarily focuses on the use of event marketing trucks that attend key racing and street car enthusiast events.

WILD HORSE COMING TO PASS

Written by Administrator.

Rennovations at the Wild Horse Motorsports Park, formerly Firebird Raceway, continues in advance of the NHRA Arizona Nationals next February. The current focus of the major project is the repaving of a racing surface which has at times been challenging for many racers.

WAR STORIES MEMORIES: 2010 LARRY SUTTON - WHEN WHEELSTANDS GO WRONG

Written by Administrator.

 

CompPlus_WarStories_LogoIn the days leading up to the seventh annual CompetitionPlus.com War Stories we will re-publish some of the finest moments from last three years' competition. You'll hear some of the finest stories laid down in competition. The program works like this: 8 figures within the drag racing community are voted on by the readers of CompetitionPlus.com to determine who they feel could tell the best story. From that voting, an NHRA professional elimination ladder pairs the contestants and they battle it out until one is left.

Today's story comes from Larry Sutton, the 2011 champion.

 

SNEAK PEEK: VINCENT NOBILE'S NEW CAMARO

Written by Administrator.

nobile sneak peekHere's a sneak peek at the new Vincent Nobile-driven Camaro owned by Nick and Irene Mitsos. The car will run under the KB Racing umbrella.

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