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OPTIMISTIC ARONSON MAKING REMARKABLE PROGRESS

Fun-loving grown-ups often lament that the mark of being an adult means having to work on one's birthday.

But Cale Aronson was grateful to be celebrating behind his desk earlier this month at ACE Racing Clutches headquarters at Sullivan, Mo., southwest of St. Louis.

PASSION FOR DRAG RACING KEEPS THIS COUPLE AND THEIR COMPANY MAXED OUT WITH INVOLVEMENT

 

 

Their passion for drag racing comes second to only their passion for one another.

Al and Kim Kussy, owners of Aerospace Components, have their company's fingerprint throughout the drag racing world.

“Drag racing pretty much is the total package of our company,” said Kim.  “I mean we strictly appeal to the drag racers.  All of our components are made for drag racers I have our billet aluminum made products here in our facility so we really can say truthfully that it is designed and built here in our warehouse, our machine shop so we can say Made in the USA.”

NHRA PRO STOCK DRIVERS BELIEVE INCREASED PURSES WILL INCREASE PARTICIPATION

Change is taking place in the NHRA Pro Stock class because the decline of participation in the class.

The changes were announced at a meeting July 25 during the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

BROGDON CLOSES UP SHOP, HEADS ON VACATION

NHRA Pro Stock racer Rodger Brogdon completed the sale of his drag racing operation to Richard Freeman and Elite Performance on Monday of this week, effectively alleviating the Tomball, Texas-based driver of his involvement in drag racing.

The bottom line for the three-time NHRA Pro Stock national event winner, he was no longer willing to fund his Pro Stock racing habit.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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This week on WFO Radio NHRA Nitro the Mopar Mile High Winners take center stage. Steve Torrence, Jack Beckman, Larry Morgan, and Eddie Krawiec all stop by to Winnerviews with WFO host, Joe Castello. The NHRA's Alan Reinhart recaps the event and discusses the recently announced changes to the Pro Stock category. The Western Swing rolls on to Sonoma this weekend.

 

 

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MEL BUSH MOTORSPORTS NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF PDRA SUNSHINE STATE SHOOTOUT

 

Team owner Mel Bush has made evident just how dedicated he is to the growing Professional Drag Racers Association by stepping up to sponsor the organization’s ninth event in the 2015 tour. Bush has supported the PDRA thus far by contesting cars in NAS Racing Pro Extreme and Precision Turbo Pro Boost with driver Tommy D’Aprile. After a complete overhaul of his program during the off season, Bush got a late start in PX this year and is still waiting for updates to be completed on his 409 bubble top Chevy for Pro Boost. However, the Florida businessman has never slowed down in his enthusiasm for his racing operation or for the PDRA.

“You can’t say enough about the Scruggs family,” said Bush. “They keep that thing going. You can’t find better people than that. I just love those guys, Jason and Mitchell. They’re doing a great job with the PDRA. They do whatever they have to do and go above and beyond. My wife and I enjoy being around those people, being around the PDRA as far as that goes. We look forward to every race. We missed the first three because the car wasn’t ready yet, but we’re on board now. It’s great out there. It’s a great bunch of people. I’m just hoping we can get some sponsors on board to help fund it and take some of the burden off the owners. That’s one of the reasons I’m stepping up. I felt like I needed to. They’re just so damn nice to me. I really wanted to do it, because they’re just such a great bunch of people.”

LARRY DIXON DISCUSSES ATTRACTING NEW DRAG RACING FANS

With Terry Blount eager to listen, learn, and improve NHRA drag racing's image throughout various media platforms in his newly appointed role as the sanctioning body's Vice President of Public Relations and Communications, the sport already is refreshed and strengthened.

Part of his challenge is inheriting not just a task neglected but a public that needs some direction, as well.

As Top Fuel veteran Larry Dixon pointed out, "The three sports that were the most popular in our country at one time were bowling, horse racing, and boxing. They're not the top three anymore. People's lives change. Things are different. And I think it’s our responsibility as a sport to stay up to date."

LOW BUCK TF RACER SCOTT PALMER HEADS BOAT RACING

Top Fuel driver Scott Palmer hasn’t competed in an NHRA national event since St. Louis last September.

Palmer, an independent owner/driver, was back competing at the Mile-High Nationals Sunday at Bandimere Speedway, and he nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the day in first round.

Palmer, the No. 16 qualifier, was pitted against top qualifier Larry Dixon of Bob Vandergriff Racing. Dixon began smoking the tires during his lap and was able to pedal the dragster enough to edge Palmer.

RAIN DELAYED ROUTE 66 NHRA NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL EVENT COMPLETED

Final winners were crowned over the weekend for the postponed Burn Down at Sundown Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event from Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., with Rick Brown leading the charge. The final rounds of competition were held at National Trail Raceway in conjunction with their Lucas Oil event. 

Brown, Lebanon, Ohio, held off Troy Galbraith, Indianapolis, to take the win and the trophy in Comp Eliminator and was joined by Ashley Tidrick and Curt Fredrich in the division’s Spitzer Race Cars Top Dragster and the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman respectively. 

ASHER'S DENVER INSIDER - FINAL EDITION

Jon Asher, the seasoned Senior Editor for CompetitionPlus.com, will bring you his four decades worth of insight to the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals from Norwalk, Ohio. Follow along daily with the seasoned journalist as he brings you this weekend's race from a different angle - HIS!

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