The Australian Nostalgia Fuel Association has honoured Willowbank Raceway board member Lex Swayn for his 35-year contribution to the sport of drag racing by awarding him one of their six Pioneer Awards.
Swayn has been a member of Willowbank Raceway’s Management Committee since 1983 and became a full board member in 1992. He was also the editor of the track’s magazine The Elapsed Times for 27 years and has been the South Queensland correspondent for Dragster Australia magazine since 1979.
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With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas fast approaching, those looking to get the perfect holiday gift for the drag racer or fan in the house don’t have to go far.
Maple Grove Raceway is once again offering gift certificates in $25 denominations. These certificates can be used toward the purchase of tickets for any Maple Grove event during the 2014 season. They can also be applied toward race entry fees.
One of Australian drag racing’s nitro wizards, Paul Shackleton, is putting the finishing touches to a brand new car and will team with a brand new driver in Anthony Begley to take on the huge field of Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars on November 23.
Shackleton is a man with a huge amount of experience in nitro racing and he’s looking forward to this event and this style of racing.
Racers that take advantage of the performance and advanced tuning of Holley’s Dominator or HP EFI systems can now share their EFI operating system parameters with their Racepak data recorders.
Being able to record information straight from the ECU provides a long list of important engine data without the need for extra wiring or duplicate sensors. Rather than mounting a second TPS, water temp, WB02 or other sensors, you have access to all of that information straight from the source. Plus, all of this data can be reviewed on one screen rather than toggling through different software screens.
NHRA officials announced today that Randy Simpson has been named general manager of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Simpson will oversee the daily operations of the historic multipurpose facility located in Brownsburg, Ind.
“We are thrilled to have such a passionate individual like Randy to take over as the new general manager of Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Curt Winiecki, NHRA Controller, who also oversees operations at all of NHRA’s owned and operated facilities. “He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge about our sport to the position and we are confident his efforts will ensure continued success at one of the busiest motorsports facilities in the country.”
Erica Enders-Stevens has joined Elite Motorsports for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Enders-Stevens will drive the team's new Camaro, which will be tuned by the father/son duo of Rick and Rickie Jones, with in-house horsepower crafted by Nick Ferri and Jake Hairston.
"I'm really excited to start this next chapter of my career," Enders-Stevens said. "It's hard to believe that 2014 will be my 10th year in Pro Stock but it's true. We want to make it our best year yet, and we're all going to be working very hard towards that goal.
"The last three years we've been in contention for the championship very late in the season, and we expect to be there again with Elite Motorsports. Rickie just won the NHRA Finals, so it's obvious they have all the pieces in place to be successful.
Veteran crew chief Lee Beard has been named Top Fuel and Funny Car Consultant to NHRA and will work closely on Top Fuel and Funny Car initiatives with NHRA’s tech department, it was announced today by Glen Gray, vice president of technical operations, NHRA.
“Lee’s vast experience in the sport, as well as his knowledge of current technologies, will be a valuable addition to the NHRA Tech Department,” Gray said. “We are looking forward to having Lee, with his knowledge and experience in nitro racing, work alongside us to continue to improve these two categories.”
Beard is a three-time NHRA world champion who has earned 55 victories and 66 No. 1 qualifying positions during his 33-year career. As a crew chief, he guided Gary Ormsby to the Top Fuel world championship in 1989, and served as team manager for Larry Minor Racing when Cruz Pedregon won his first Funny Car title in 1992. He also served as team manager at Don Schumacher Racing when Tony Schumacher won the Top Fuel world championship in 2009.
CompetitionPlus.com has confirmed Bob Vandergriff Racing has released crew chief Rob Flynn as the tuner on the C&J Energy Top Fuel dragster.
NHRA has extended its contract with Maple Grove Raceway to host the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals for an additional five years.
That means The Grove will continue to showcase the Top Fuel Dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stockers and Pro Stock Motorcycles of the NHRA Mello Yello Series through the 2019 season.
The professional ANDRA category of Top Bike will be renamed Top Fuel Motorcycle for the 2014 season in a rebranding move for some of the most powerful motorcycles on the planet.
With nitro-methane burning, supercharged, turbocharged and nitrous-assisted machines all featuring in Top Fuel Motorcycle, several competitors submitted proposals to alter the name and to build upon the brand of their nitro burning cousins in Top Fuel dragsters.
VP Racing Fuels, Inc. today announced that Steve LeSueur, a fixture on the NHRA national tour for over 30 years, is the newest addition to its sales team. LeSueur will be based at VP’s Regional Distribution Center in Newark, Delaware with primary responsibility for servicing the Mid-Atlantic region, where he and his family enjoyed great success for many years with their company, World Wide Racing Fuels.
“Steve and I worked side by side, me on the VP rig and Stevie on the World Wide truck, for probably 15 years on the NHRA National and Divisional level,” said Jim Kelly, VP’s Regional Manager for Eastern North America. “He’s a very well known, well respected member of the performance aftermarket business. I’ve wanted Steve as part of the VP team for some time and I’m glad the stars have finally aligned for him to join us.”
Prestolite Performance, a performance auto parts manufacturer of brands including Mr. Gasket, ACCEL, ACCEL Motorcycle, Hays, Lakewood, Mallory and Prestolite Proconnect, announced today it has changed its name to ACCEL Performance Group effective immediately.
The name change, first announced at the company’s press conference during the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, is the next step in a major rebranding strategy and growth initiative launched by ACCEL Performance Group President, Don Barry, since assuming his role in January 2012. As part of the name change, each of the brands manufactured by Prestolite Performance will continue to benefit from a host of marketing assets, however two – Mr. Gasket and ACCEL – will undergo significant branding identity and positioning overhauls making them flagships of the group with clearer, separate, target markets, from which the other brands will operate .
The live drag racing experience, as we know it is about to change! Action Audio Apps is pleased to announce a partnership with the North East Outlaw Pro Mod Association for the upcoming racing season starting April 2014. NEOPMA will be the first professional drag racing association to give fans exclusive live access to on-the-track audio via Action Audio Apps.
This new partnership will revolutionize the way fans experience live drag racing by doing something no other professional racing sport has ever done before. During the racing event, select crew pit team members, drivers, starting positions, and finish line positions will be wired with the most technologically advanced microphones on the market. Fans will be able to hear all the inside action, in the car audio, fast decision making, thrills of victory and agony of defeat, live as the action unfolds. Through the Action Audio App, downloaded to their Android Smartphone, iPhone or other Apple device, mp3 player or tablet.
Brandon Bernstein and Joe Barlam, released yesterday from Morgan Lucas Racing, have joined Al-Anabi Racing, the team announced today.
Bernstein, a 19-time Top Fuel race winner, joins Al-Anabi Racing as the team’s general manager filling the position vacated by Chad Head one year ago. Prior to joining Morgan Lucas Racing in 2012, Bernstein served as the driver and general manager of his father’s NHRA race team from late in 2009 through the end of the 2011 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. With his extensive experience running Kenny Bernstein Racing, he is fully aware of the many responsibilities that come with such a position. Bernstein began his new job this morning and will report directly to Al-Anabi Racing team manager Alan Johnson.
“Yesterday, Morgan came in over at Morgan Lucas Racing and notified us that we weren’t going to be able to run our car (the Protect The Harvest/MAV TV Top Fuel dragster) next season,” Bernstein said. “We didn’t have the extra funding to go along with the Lucas Oil funding, and they decided not to run the car. Obviously, I was out of a job at that point and started making phone calls.
Howard Moon has built a reputation as being a championship winning Pro Modified and Top Alcohol tuner. With this level of success comes the stress of maintaining a winning record.
In his downtime, a 1964 Chevy II helps to keep the anxiety to a minimum.
The TV audience for NHRA’s Mello Yello series on ESPN and ESPN2 declined for the third consecutive year in 2013.
All three categories -- ratings, households and average viewers -- were down, according to data furnished to ESPN by Nielsen Media.
The numbers are very important within the drag racing industry. They are a key measure of the sport’s overall popularity and are considered by most companies when deciding whether or not to commitment sponsorship dollars to teams, tracks or NHRA.
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