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IT'S NOT CONVENTIONAL, BUT SURE IS THE SCOTT PALMER WAY

​As odd as it might seem, running the full 24-event NHRA Mello Drag Racing Series will be an easier proposition for Scott Palmer, the working class hero of the Top Fuel fraternity. 

Just because he wasn't running every event in years past didn't mean he wasn't fooling with nitromethane. Last year Palmer and his tireless crew spent 34 weekends on the road either racing by land or water. In addition, Palmer's doorslammer diversion took up four spare weekends. 

"It’s pretty much the same as what we are used to doing," Palmer said. "Tommy Thompson and his World Championship Top Fuel Hydro team that he owns, they are running our Top Fuel boat at the races that overlap, so we actually can just concentrate on these 24 races. So to us, at least mentally, it’s going to be a little bit easier for us because they’re handing the boat. We love nitro."

SPORTSMAN PERFORMANCE BONUS AWARDS INCREASE PURSES

 

Stanfield Racing Engines has signed on as the Sportsman Performance Bonus Award sponsor for Super Stock and the 2017 Division 4 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The Stanfield Racing Engines Sportsman Performance Bonus Award will aim to increase payouts to racers in the Super Stock Eliminator class at all six NHRA Division 4 Lucas Oil events.
 
With years of experience in the engine building world the Stanfield Racing Engines sponsorship will provide the winners and runner-ups with some extra bonus money this season. The Sportsman Performance Bonus Award is worth an additional $500 for the winner and $250 for the runner-up.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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Get ready for the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas with WFO Radio. Scott Palmer, John Hale, and Justin Ashley are this week’s driver guests. Palmer gives the details of his journey to Top Fuel. John Hale talks about running a Mello Yello Series Nitro Funny Car in Vegas, along with his latest entrepreneurial venture. 

Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals Top Alcohol Dragster winner, Justin Ashley talks about winning his first ever NHRA national event competition. NHRA National Dragster’s Candida Benson shares her thoughts heading into the weekend. 

​Seth Angel helps listeners set their NHRA fantasy teams, and NHRA’s Alan Reinhart discusses the K & N Horsepower Challenge with host Joe Castello.

 

 

 

 

 

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BLIND GEORGIA RACER SEEKS 225-MPH LAND SPEED RECORD

Despite the devastation of losing his sight in a severe drag racing accident five years ago, Dan Parker refuses to give up his love of speed and competition. “I’m not a blind man who wants to go racing,” he declares. “I’m a racer who just happened to go blind.”

Within months of his life-changing crash, the 2005 American Drag Racing League Pro Nitrous World Champion began personally constructing a three-wheeled cycle car powered by a single-cylinder engine that he eventually drove at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

ENDERS SCORES K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE FAN VOTE BERTH

 
No one in drag racing has enjoyed a better run of luck at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway than two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders, who returns to her favorite drag strip this weekend with two chances at glory thanks to her legion of loyal fans, Enders will be taking part in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a special race-within-a-race for the top eight Pro Stock drivers from the previous 12 months, during the 18th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.. Enders earned the final spot in the elite field by virtue of an online fan vote.
 
"Our fans have proved, once again, to be the best in all of motorsports," Enders said. "I feel so blessed and I am so thankful for their incredible support. We will do everything we can to show our appreciation by running the wheels off this Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to try and win this year's K&N Horsepower Challenge."

RTRA DRAG RADIAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SET TO KICK OFF IN TEXAS

The Radial Tire Racing Association (RTRA) is set to kick off its third season of drag radial racing action in Texas on April 6-8th with the Texas Radial Round Up.

North Star Dragway in Denton, Texas will again play exclusive host to this elite series with three points races on tap for this season. RTRA series racers have repeatedly broken national records in Pro Drag Radial, X275 and Limited 275 class racing at NSD, a track most would argue is the best drag radial prepped surface in the country.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK - SHOULD NHRA OFFER WEIGHT BREAKS TO INCREASE DODGE, FORD PST?

 

Jokingly, a Pro Stock racer of one of the off-brands competing in what now appears to be Pro Camaro eliminator made the suggestion to a tech official to offer weight breaks for the Ford and Dodge entries to inspire participation. 

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... GET RID OF THE PRO MOD BODIES IN AA/FC

The new Pro Modified-style Funny Car bodies are ruining Nostalgia Funny Car [AA/FC] racing says the majority of CompetitionPlus.com readers in the most recent ARP Question of the Week.

An overwhelming 87% of the 4,600 readers who participated in the poll said these cars are not representative of the era they are promoting.

FORMER NHRA DIVISION CHAMP RENCK TO BE INDUCTED INTO COLORADO MOTORSPORTS HOF

 

The last several months have come with two notable events for former NHRA drag racer Ed Renck, a lifelong resident of Pueblo, Colo. On Aug. 17, at “Bonneville Speed Week” Renck set a new record in the C Gas Roadster Class at 236.162 mph.

“It was like winning an NHRA national event because of the prestige of it,” said Renck, 74 about the record.

Then, recently Renck learned he was chosen to be inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame.

CASTELLANA BREAKS TRADITION WITH MOVE TO SUPERCHARGED PRO MOD

 

A decade ago, the prospect of getting nitrous stalwart Mike Castellana behind the wheel of a supercharged Pro Modified entry was as believable as getting the hot place to freeze over.

Let the record reflect on the afternoon of March 17, 2017, the temperature in Hades dipped below the freezing mark.

Castellana, at the NHRA Gatornationals, made his debut behind the wheel of the supercharged Camaro tuned by the legendary Frank Manzo.

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