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DSR TERMINATES SPENCER MASSEY

On Friday October 28, Spencer Massey was released from Don Schumacher Racing as driver of the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

"Spencer is no longer with DSR," team owner Don Schumacher said Friday evening.

ENCORE: THE DAY SHOE, BLAINE CROSSED PATHS

Originally published 9-1-2006

On one weekend the careers of Blaine Johnson and Tony Schumacher intersected...

indymemories_blainecover.jpg Many drivers look back on the first elimination-round passes of their professional careers as a bit surreal. But nothing could come close to the emotional swing that Tony Schumacher experienced in his first race in a Top Fuel dragster.

It promised to be intimidating enough for Schumacher because it came at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the National Hot Rod Association's oldest and most prominent race.

But 10 years ago, that first quarter-mile ride, which should have taken about 4.7 seconds, seemed to take an eternity.

Schumacher was the No. 16 qualifier. As such, he was paired against No. 1. But this time the No. 1 qualifier didn't pull up to the starting line. He had died two days before of massive head injuries from a top-end accident during qualifying.

So Schumacher had a single pass instead of getting to race Blaine Johnson, the 34-year-old sensation who was running away with the Top Fuel championship, owned the national speed record, and set a track-record 4.61-second elapsed time on his final run. Gone was the likeable Californian whom veteran publicist Rick Voegelin called "a tiger in a race car." But little did anyone know just how much this rookie Schumacher, this rather overwhelmed 26-year-old from Chicago, would turn out to be the same kind of driver.

KHALID ALBALOOSHI TO DRIVE RED FUEL DRAGSTER FOR DSR AT U.S. NATIONALS

Don Schumacher has selected Khalid alBalooshi to begin driving the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing on Friday in the NHRA U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis over Labor Day Weekend.

alBalooshi, a Los Angeles resident and citizen of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, won four NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel titles in eight championship rounds from 2012 through 2014 while driving for Alan Johnson Racing.

CLEVITE “GUESS THE STEPS” CONTEST RETURNS

The tradition continues during next week's NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Clevite has stepped up as the sponsor of the fourth annual "Guess the Steps" competition, a contest where CompetitionPlus.com Publisher/Editor Bobby Bennett keeps track of his steps throughout the event.  The reader who guesses closest to the six-day (Wed - Fri) final tally without going over is declared the winner. The winning prize is $100 plus a t-shirt of an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series driver.

The popularity of this event inspired Clevite to step up as this year's sponsor.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1970 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

Travel back to one of the more famous NHRA U.S. Nationals. Watch the ABC Wide World Sports Coverage of the most famous crash of Jim Nicoll and Don Prudhomme's impulse-driven retirement. If you can get past the incorrect car sounds and the constant referrals of Don Schumacher as Shoe-maker, it's a neat video. You'll even get to see Pro Stock and Top Gas, as well as bikes. 

BARTONE HEADLINES SECOND DAY OF NEW ENGLAND HOT ROD REUNION

The sights and sounds of the history of NHRA Drag Racing came to life on the second day of the New England Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance Saturday at New England Dragway.
Nostalgic quarter-mile drag racing thrilled the fans with two sessions of Top Fuel being the highlight of the day. 2014 Nostalgia Top Fuel champion Tony Bartone claimed the No. 1 qualifier for eliminations with a 5.602-second pass at 235.64 mph. He will face Phil Burkart Jr. in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. Also included today were exhibition runs in Nostalgia Funny Car and Fuel Altered.

ENCORE ARTICLE: REMEMBERING INDY'S 32-CAR TF FIELDS

Back in the days of push starts and dry hops, Top Fuel drivers didn't battle for one of 16 qualifying spots at the U.S. Nationals – it was dr-1034.jpgone of 32 spots. And it was just as hard to get in as it is now.

Great drivers routinely missed the cut. Tom McEwen, James Warren, Larry Dixon Sr., Frank Bradley, Gary Ormsby, and even future Indy winners Steve Carbone, Connie Kalitta, Dick LaHaie, and Terry Capp all failed to qualify at least once. As late as 1973, there were 41 alternates in Top Fuel – not 41 drivers for 32 spots. Seventy-three drivers attempted to qualify, more than three times as many are trying to get modern Indy fields.
 
There were no qualifying sessions. NHRA ran a set number of cars in each class in a never-ending rotation, and drivers got as many qualifying attempts a day as they could get back in line to make.

CORDOVA’S WORLD SERIES OF DRAG RACING GETS OFF TO SOGGY START

 

Cordova International Raceway’s World Series of Racing battled rain showers during the first of the two-day event. Having grown into the longest running annual drag race event, the event has evolved to showcase the nostalgia genre, featuring current Top Fuel and Funny Car stars in match race competition.

NOSTALGIA PRO STOCKS TO GRAB SHARE OF NOSTALGIA ACTION AT CORDOVA'S WORLD SERIES OF DRAG RACING

 

While much of the attention at the annual World Series of Drag Racing in Cordova, Ill., is focused on nitro-burners, there will be a group of gasoline-burning, naturally aspirated doorslammers on hand to put on a show for the Pro Stock fans.

However, these are not the modern day factory hot rods. These cars aren't Avengers, they're Colts, Arrows and Dusters. The new Camaros are instead f-body classics. There's even an Olds Firenza and an AMC Hornet in the show.

BECKMAN, BROWN LEAD FINAL DAY PRE-INDY TESTING

 

Funny Car points leader Jack Beckman and Top Fuel world championship challenger Antron Brown posted the quickest runs in their categories Thursday to close testing for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

NHRA teams utilized the two-day open test to prepare for the world's most prestigious drag race, which will be held Sept. 2-7 at the famed NHRA-owned multi-purpose motorsports facility that sits just west of downtown Indianapolis. The tradition-rich event, which will also feature the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel and Funny Car, is the final race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2 with expanded coverage during Labor Day weekend.

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