ANDRA has released its historic 2014 calendar for both the ANDRA Drag Racing Series and the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship.
In response to racers, the season has transitioned into a calendar year for the first time since the nineties, running from January through to December.
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Three more drivers punched their tickets to the Summit SuperSeries championship runoff at the Summit World Finals over the weekend, as Kevin Thorp, Larry Cannon and Lizzie Low will represent their home tracks at Memphis International Raceway in October.
Thorp won the Top ET runoff at the Division 7 Summit Team Finals at Caprock Motorplex on Friday, while Larry Cannon claimed the Mod ET win and Lizzie Low won in Junior Dragster. Low had a huge weekend in Junior Dragster, winning the Main Event later that weekend while also reaching a third final in three days of racing.
Melanie Simmons Salemi piloting her Toyrific Racing Top Dragster had a great 2013 season competing in the NAPA Quick 32 Sportsman Series. Simmons Salemi finished fourth place overall in Q32 Points and first place in her respective Top Dragster class. Melanie racked up an event win at the Canadian Nitro Nationals in July and had solid performances at all of the NAPA Quick 32 series events. She lowered her personal best performance to a 6.50 Seconds at 206 mph and qualified in the top 6 at all attended events. Melanie stated, I could not have had a year like this without all of my great sponsors. They are the reason my Toyrific Racing team and I can travel and compete in such a competitive arena. The largest thanks go out to my father and crew chief Roger Simmons. His love for this sport is reason I am wrapped up in it and also to my step Mom Sue. She looks after all of us at the track like none other.
Garrett Bateman and Steve Gasparrelli took home wins this past weekend for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series West Region event at Woodburn Dragstrip.
Bateman, Albany, Ore., grabbed his first win of the year in Top Alcohol Dragster taking out local favorite Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., in round 1, fellow Oregonian Jeff Ashwell in the semifinals and then former Pacific Division Champion Chris Demke in the final. Bateman ran quicker in each round posting runs of 5.588, 5.545 and a final run of 5.454 to Demke, Tujunga, Calif., who slowed to a 5.639 second lap in the final.
Not qualifying for the NHRA'S Countdown to the Championship has no upside for past NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines. However, if there is one silver lining in the dark cloud, having no pressure to win a championship will enable Hines to work on his cageyness on the starting line. In other words, Hines plans to take a course in Gamesmanship 101.
Whatever it takes to make life a nightmare for those who did qualify is what he plans to master.
"I want to be a nightmare so helping Eddie [Krawiec] out is being a nightmare to the top ten," said Hines, who took out four Countdown finalists in his Sunday win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals. "If LE [Tonglet] would have beat me he would have gone around Eddie in points and I didn't want that. We obviously want Eddie to get as high as he can since we got one of our V-rods in the top ten. I can be a thorn in the side and play games and learn from it."
The ride was slow by his standards, but plenty of fun.
This is how veteran nitro pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. described his runs Monday afternoon behind the wheel of a sleek Camaro owned by NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick.
The Camaro, which has no definite classification other than a fun fast hot rod, was built by B&B Race Cars and is equipped with a 762-inch engine connected to a Turbo 400 transmission. Johnson made seven runs between 7.78 and a 7.84.
The impromptu test session was arranged by a mutual friend and longtime Hendrick crew chief Lance McGrew.
The New York Yankees traded Babe Ruth to the Boston Braves, and hockey great Wayne Gretzky bounced around the NHL a bit late in his career. Budweiser dropped Kenny Bernstein after almost three decades, and STP broke its longtime ties with Richard Petty. Even strong relationships can fall apart.
Still, it was a jolt recently when first Ford, then Castrol, announced their exits from professional drag racing and synonymous client John Force Racing.
"It knocked the wind out of me," Force said. "We lost 45 percent [of JFR's income].
Most drag racing fans who are familiar with my story, know that I worked as a photographer for many years before my own racing career finally got underway in 1986. Once I started racing, I put away my cameras and focused (pun intended) solely on my career. All of my past work was no longer important to me. But even though I no longer cared about my past, I did manage to lug around 11 big plastic bins of negatives and transparencies from the mid eighties all over the country. They've been stored in numerous storage units, moved from Atlanta to Indy back in 1994, stacked up in the not-so-dry 1932 era basement of my first house, and most recently, stored in the garage next to all of my and my family's cycling and ski equipment out here in Oregon. How I kept them, and why, I am not sure, but, boy, am I glad I did. I kept all of my camera equipment too, for the most part, although I did sell my 500mm lens to noted photographer and fellow Super Stock Magazine contributor Francis Butler after we had blown something up in the funny car in 1990. I last did a professional shoot (for WInston) in 1989 to raise some quick money when Gary Evans and I formed our own team, Bazemore Evans Racing. I next shot our car in 1996 for the cover of National Dragster. That was it until 2005 when my son Dashiell was born. In 15 years, I had picked up a camera exactly one time.
Frank Manzo will close a chapter of his life at the end of the 2013 season.
The 16-time NHRA Lucas Oil series champion from Morganville, New Jersey, confirmed that he will hang up his driving suit following a career which included 103 national event victories. Manzo made this statement following his third consecutive final round win during the NHRA Carolina Nationals.
In the final results from the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Top Alcohol Dragster driver, Brandon Booher scored his first national event victory, while Frank Manzo, continued his late season tear in Top Alcohol Funny, earning his third win in as many races.
Starting from the No. 4 spot, Booher opened eliminations with a win over Karen Stalba, before then taking out Ken Perry in the quarterfinals with an impressive 5.320 e.t. at 275.39 mph, the third fastest mph ever for a blown car. In the semis, Booher easily moved past No. 1 qualifier, Jeff Veale before then meeting up with class veteran, Rich McPhillips in the final. Throughout the weekend, Booher was consistently in the low to mid 5.30’s and the final would be no exception. In spite of McPhillips recording his best et of the weekend, a 5.399, it would be no match for Booher, who left starting line first and never looked back, taking the win with a 5.357 at 266.16 mph.
In the final results from Royal Purple Raceway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas and John Warren, Pearland, Texas, took home the wins in Comp Eliminator and Super Comp respectively.
Smiley worked his way through the field and ran 7.837 seconds at 139.57 mph in his final round victory over Justin Rosen, Harahan, La.
Warren faced off against Jonathan Robin, Luling, La. and posted a winning run of 8.900 seconds, 159.66 mph in his. Robin drove to an 8.897 second, 164.87 mph lap for his runner up finish.
The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association [NEOPMA] will stage an inaugural International Pro Mod Event and one of the largest quarter-mile Pro Mod Fields in 2013 at Maryland International Raceway on Sept. 20th-21st, 2013. Qualifying two 16 cars fields, featuring a 16 car ‘International Pro Mod Challenge’ with 8 of Canada’s fastest Pro Modified Racing Association [PMRA] Pro Mods vs. Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association [NEOPMA] 8 fastest Pro Mods to Crown the first International Pro Mod Champion. NEOPMA will also have a second 16 car Pro Mod Field featuring some of the fastest Pro Mods on the planet. We have added additional sponsor support from New York Motorsports, G-Force Racecars, VP Race Fuels, IFITSGOTAMOTOR.COM, and not to forget our yearly sponsors listed below.
In the final results from Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and the NHRA North Central Division Summit Racing Series, Summit Motorsports Park captured its second team championship and both the Super Pro Motorcycle and Sportsman champions.
Adam Cline took home the Super Pro championship and was joined by Kip Norup, Nick Hastings and Craig Adams in the winner’s circle celebration.
In the final results from Heartland Park Topeka and the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series, Kansas International Dragway took home the Team Championship while four individual champions were crowned as well.
AJ Percival took home the Super Pro championship and was joined by Reno Loeffelholz, Alix Risse and Jon Haney in the winner’s circle celebration.
CARQUEST Auto Parts has signed an agreement to become title rights sponsor of the second stop in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.
“We are excited to return to NHRA Drag Racing by sponsoring the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at the new Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park,” said Ken Bush, senior vice president of merchandising and marketing, CARQUEST Auto Parts. “Phoenix is a great market for us and we are looking forward to working with the new management team at the facility and hosting a great NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.”
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, formerly named Firebird International Raceway, is managed by Copper Train Development Partners which is headed by Paul Clayton and Darren Smith. Dick Hahne has been hired by the group to oversee operations. The multi-purpose facility is owned by the Gila River Indian Community.
Watch the winners of the recently completed NHRA Carolina Nationals as they tell their stories, courtesy of CompetitionPlus.tv.
- HIGHT STARTS COUNTDOWN WITH BIG WIN
- PSM WINNER HINES RELISHES HIS ROLE AS 'NIGHTMARE' FOR TOP 10
- LUCAS NEW TO TOP FUEL TITLE CHASES BUT GETTING USED TO IT QUICKLY
- COUGHLIN SNARES PRO STOCK WIN AT CHARLOTTE
- HIGHT SCORES 55” FLATSCREEN FOR JFR FAN AGAIN
- VON SMITH GETS WIN PRO MOD AT NHRA CAROLINA NATS
- WINNERS CROWNED IN CHARLOTTE
- POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING CHARLOTTE
- ROUND-BY-ROUND PRO RESULTS FROM CHARLOTTE
- FINAL ROUND PHOTOS FROM CHARLOTTE
- TOP SPORTSMAN RACER TO GET CHANCE AT PRO STOCK
- COUNTDOWN ADVICE FROM A PAST CHAMPION
- ANTRON HAS SHOCKING DNQ
- LINE FINALLY BREAKS THROUGH WITH HIS FIRST 2013 NO. 1
- LUCAS TO INVOKE HIS OWN ‘McMILLEN RULE’ AS TOP FUEL’S NO. 1