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PAUL LEE TO DRIVE THIRD KALITTA FUNNY CAR

 

Paul Lee will become the fifth driver for Kalitta Racing, driving a third Funny Car team for the Ypsilanti, Mich.-based operation. Although the move was speculated for weeks, the official announcement came on Friday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Ca.

Lee will drive the McCleod Clutches Toyota Camry starting at the NHRA Keystone Nationals in Reading, Ca.

ASHER’S DENVER INSIDER – THE PHOTO ISSUE

 

While every event on the NHRA Mello Yello Series tour is unique unto itself, there are several that stand head and shoulders above their fellows. We’re not sure what makes them so distinctly different, but among the best of the bunch is the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Well, actually Morrison, Colorado, but who’s counting?

Not surprisingly, photographers “see” races from a completely different perspective than most people. What we care about are things like light, how shadows impact our photos, what the background is like, and if the track is bright and clean. Bandimere Speedway gets high marks in all areas, and from the way the fans turn out, we’re obviously not the only ones who like the place. Few venues can boast of the kind of loyal fans that helped make the Mile-Highs one of the year’s biggest races, at least visually.

FORMER NBA SUPERSTAR NANCE PLANS TO BRING BACK CATCH 22 CAMARO

Larry Nance never had a doubt about his role in the afterlife. 

The afterlife Nance refers to is life after 13 years of playing hoops in the National Basketball Association. 

While his fellow NBA colleagues Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan took up golf, Nance took up drag racing. 

"My dad was a mechanic, and I went to high school intending to learn how to be a mechanic," Nance admitted. "I was always into cars, and my cousin had a fast car, so naturally I gravitated towards spending time with him. To be honest, in high school, I was around cars more than I was basketball."

MARTIN TO SUB FOR INJURED JONES AT PDRA MEMPHIS EVENT

 

Wesley Jones made the best pass of his career at the PDRA Spring Nationals earlier this year. He took his popular‘41 Willys to a 3.55 elapsed time at almost 215 miles per hour. On the very next pass, just past the finish line, Jones took a wild ride, slamming into the Rockingham Dragway guard wall.  Jones suffered an L4 vertebra compression and fracture. His Batman-themed Willys was damaged significantly and Jones would be sidelined as he and the car both recovered.

“We put a front half on and a body on the car,” Jones explained of fixing the Willys, built in 2002 by Tommy Mauney. “The front firewall-forward was damaged so I had to replace a lot of front end parts. The body on both sides got damaged and I just decided to replace it instead of repairing it, which was a good thing, because the car ended up losing some weight. It’s going to be legal weight now. 

STRANGE ENGINEERING TO RACE STRANGE DURING YELLOWBULLET.COM NATIONALS

 

Strange Engineering, has announced a Race Strange appreciation promotion for the Yellowbullet.com Nationals, September 2-4, 2016 at Cecil County Dragway. 

Strange Engineering has committed $20,000 to the 2016 Yellowbullet.com race. $2,000 for each class: Outlaw 10.5, Pro Modified, 275 Drag Radial, 8.50 Index, Ultra 275, Top Sportsman, Super Street, Pro Street, Pro Dial and 10.00 Index. The $2,000 will be paid for Strange Axles (Pro Race or Alloy) OR Strange Rear Brakes with display of the corresponding Strange decal. Decals must be displayed before the first qualifying session and will be readily available at Cecil County or you can email [email protected] to have them mailed prior to the event. 

SNEAK PEEK - MORE DOORSLAMMER EYE CANDY FROM JERRY BICKEL RACE CARS

CRUNCHING THE VIEWERSHIP NUMBERS FROM NHRA’S LIVE NETWORK TELEVISION DEBUT

Live NHRA drag racing at the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals attracted 902,000 viewers (0.6 rating) to its major network television debut Sunday afternoon. These numbers initially reported on SportsMediaWatch.com, indicated the show garnered a 50-percent increase in ratings and 74-percent viewership from last season's 0.4, 519K ESPN broadcast.  

The race day initial broadcast was fourth highest of the season behind Englishtown (1.1 Million), Atlanta (1.4 Million) and Las Vegas (1.3 Million). Those races were aired on FS1 with a NASCAR lead in. 

NHRA RACER HIGHT WILL BE ROUGHING IT, KINDA-SORTA IN THE WESTERN SWING

 

Life on the road can be a strain for many leading drag racers. 

This weekend, past NHRA champion Robert Hight plans to chart a different pathway to the races than his usual planes, trains and automobiles regimen. 

Hight plans to drive the remaining two-week stretch on the NHRA's famed Western Swing behind the wheel of a 29-foot Fleetwood Flair RV compliments of Sterling Motors RV. He will be joined by his daughter Autumn on the nearly 2,500-mile journey from Orange County, Ca. upstate to Sonoma, and then up to Seattle, Wash., and then back home. 

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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Mopar Mile High Nationals winners John Force, Tony Schumacher, Allen Johnson, and Andrew Hines all go WFO to discuss their win at Thunder Mountain. NHRA National Dragster's Kevin McKenna gives his "hot takes" from the weekend, Seth Angel previews NHRA fantasy for Sonoma, and Danny "Poe" Pomponio III talks about winning the Lucas Oil Series Eastern Regional race at New England Dragway. The NHRA's Alan Reinhart recaps Denver and previews the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals with host Joe Castello.

 

 

 

 

 

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HALE CAPS EVENTFUL DENVER RACE ON HIGH NOTE

When John Hale arrived at Bandimere Speedway, he was going to run the Circle K-sponsored Funny Car for Jim Dunn Racing. Hale’s plans changed when the body was damaged during Saturday’s Q3 session.

“I love that Circle K on the car, I don’t love it when that body gets banged up,” said Hale, who is in his second season driving for Jim Dunn Racing. “There’s nothing more than we would like to do out here than do well for Circle K, but we’ve had some bad luck with that car.”

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