Ford Motor Company will join Barrett-Jackson Auction Company among the Las Vegas lights from Sept. 26-28, 2013 to sell the star of the show – a one-of-a-kind prototype of the NHRA competition-ready 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet. The Cobra Jet will be sold at no reserve on Saturday, Sept. 28, with proceeds benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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Next year marks the fifth anniversary of the K&N Spring Fling series of races promoted by Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel. Normally an anniversary reserved for wood, the Spring Fling will be awarding money… and lots it. And along with the money will be some important changes for both the Spring Fling Vegas event and the Spring Fling 20s held in Bristol, Tennessee.
Eight years ago Brad Plourd cemented his reputation as one of the most talented and versatile young racers on the NHRA Lucas Oil tour when he won Super Comp eliminator at the 51st annual NHRA US Nationals. Plourd, who had already tasted victory on the biggest stage in both Stock and Super Stock, won the biggest event in drag racing driving John Coughlin’s JEGS.com dragster, a car he’d never previously sat in, competing in Super Comp, a category he had rarely raced in prior to that event.
Eight years later, Plourd is a professional drag racer boasting a list of accomplishments that racers twice his age would covet. He’s won over a dozen NHRA national events, and is on the elite list of competitors to “double” in national event competition. He’s earned division championships and finished in the top ten of NHRA’s national Lucas Oil standings on numerous occasions. He’s claimed the JEGS All-Stars crown and has several big dollar bracket wins on his ledger.
Coming off a successful race weekend that drew competitors from 24 states and six foreign countries, Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood announced Wednesday the hiring of Fayetteville native Billy Weeks as Operations Manager.
“We’ve already had one of our best seasons ever,” Earwood said, “and we have several major events still ahead in October and November. We’ve been very fortunate. We have a very loyal fan and racer base that continues to support our efforts to remain viable in a changing motorsports landscape.
AJ Ashe is no rookie when it comes to big dollar bracket racing. The Mississippi native cut his teeth and quickly became known as one of the top bracket racers in the Southeast nearly two decades ago. He earned a reputation as a racer who could drive anything: dragsters, back-half cars, and he proved to be especially proficient behind the wheel of fast tube-chassis door cars. Ashe even spent some time on the other side of the payout window, managing and promoting the successful B&M Racer’s Appreciation Series in the early ‘00’s.
This season Jerry Savoie planned on competing in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class full-time.
Savoie’s plan had to be modified because of a nagging neck injury.
So far this season, Savoie has competed in six of the 10 Pro Stock Motorcycle events and he is 16th in the point standings.
Two of drag racing’s leading NHRA Super class icons believe their categories need updating, if only for the safety of the drivers.
Both Jim Hughes and Steve Williams, accomplished Super racers and team owners, believe the NHRA should consider adjusting the indexes, which have been in existence since 1980. This is their personal opinion and no legislation is moving forward at present with the NHRA.
Like a champion boxer collecting himself from a couple of staggering punches, NHRA Funny Car owner-driver John Force not only answered the bell for another round, but he came out of his corner swinging Thursday.
In a press conference at NASCAR's Charlotte Motor Speedway -- next door to zMAX Dragway, where drag racing's Countdown will kick off Friday -- Force landed a flurry of effective jabs at the bleak economy.
No longer reeling from the sponsorship-ending blows by Ford and Castrol (both of whom will stay on through next season), Force announced contract extensions with the Auto Club of Southern California for five years and Traxxas for four years.
John Force Racing, Inc., CEO John Force announced today the hiring of JMI as a strategic partner to help facilitate his pursuit of new sponsorship opportunities.
Force was joined by executives from JMI at a press conference in advance of the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals.
“I have been at a crossroads a few times in my career,” Force said. “In the early days, I was in the Midwest, broke, planning to give up my dream of racing when an opportunity to match race materialized. In 2007, I was at a crossroads when we lost Eric Medlen and when I crashed six months later. Doctors told me I would be lucky to walk again but I came back in 2010 and won my 15th NHRA Funny Car Championship.
At a press conference today at which he announced a strategic partnership with JMI to pursue new sponsorship for his race teams, John Force also announced his intentions to go back to Hollywood with a reality television show and a more aggressive public relations push to entertainment and lifestyle media outlets.
Moving forward, John Force Racing, Inc., and John Force Racing Entertainment will be working with John Ferriter and Octagon Entertainment along with Rogers & Cowan in an effort to increase the team’s visibility in non-traditional media.
To All MSD/Racepak Racers:
Thank you for the support that you have given MSD and Racepak over the years and thank you for expressing your concern about our future. Please be assured MSD and Racepak have a bright future. Consistent with the announcement of September the 6th, we do not foresee layoffs, plant closings or changes in MSD/Racepak product quality and delivery. MSD and Racepak will remain innovative and will continue to introduce cutting edge racing products. On that note, when you win using MSD/Racepak products, we will honor all contingency programs currently in place with our sanctioning body partners. Please submit your claims as you normally would and they will be processed accordingly. Good luck at the races and, again, thank you for your support.
ANDRA Top Fuel racer, Phil Lamattina, will turn his attention to the new Outlaw Nitro Funny Car class as he gets behind the wheel of a former NHRA Championship winning nitro funny car.
“The car looks like it’s brand new, I have to thank Graeme Cowin for sourcing the car for our team, it’s a nice bit of gear,” exclaimed Lamattina.
GALOT RACING, LLC purchased the historic Dunn-Benson Dragstrip, located in Benson, NC.
Located in rural North Carolina, the original Dunn-Benson Dragstrip was first opened in 1957 and has attracted a wide variety of motorsports enthusiasts ever since. The track's founder, Dallas Parker, set out to bring a new type of entertainment to the people of central North Carolina.
The Don Carter Racing team took delivery of a brand new Jerry Bickel Race Cars 1969 Camaro in late June and from the time they picked the car up it has been an all uphill ride. The first outing with the new car was July 4th at Sonoma Raceway where the team made 3 strong half track passes with driver Dan Myers behind the wheel.
The team’s first event entered was with the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association at Sonoma Raceway during the July 19-21 weekend at the NHRA Division 7 event. The team was still in the learning process with the new car and through 3 qualifying sessions they barely failed to make the field with a 6.202/200.17 pass where the blower belt came off around the 1000’ mark, that was the team’s first attempt at a full quarter mile pass with the new lightweight car.
The International Hot Rod Association has added Bahamas International Raceway and its organizational group the Bahamas Hot Rod Association to the IHRA member track family.
Located on the southwestern section of Queen’s Elizabeth Sports Centre in The Bahamas, the multi-million dollar drag racing facility will host a soft opening on the island’s Discovery Day Holiday weekend in October with a full opening slated for the 2014 season.
www.ifitsgotamotor.com Inc., today announced it has sponsored the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod MIR Supercharger Showdown International Pro Mod Challenge Nationals, which runs from September 21-22nd in Mechanicsville, MD.
“As a builder of custom project cars, I was constantly frustrated when I couldn’t find local suppliers on the internet, and that led us to create www.ifitsgotamotor.com,” said Eric Latino, champion race car driver and serial auto entrepreneur.
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