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ADAM ARANA RULES VEGAS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE CLASS

Written by Tracy Renck; Photos by Roger Richards.


psm 2With two races left in the 2013 NHRA season, Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Adam Arana is trying to finish his rookie season with a flurry.

On Friday, Arana made a statement, clocking a 6.946-second time at 192.71 mph to capture the provisional pole at the Toyota Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

BY THE NUMBERS: GOODGUYS 20TH SOUTHEASTERN NATIONALS

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cmsw by the Fans from 30 states and as far away as Canada will travel to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 20th annual Goodguys Southeastern Nationals Oct. 25-27. (Photo courtesy of Goodguys)Soon the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway will be filled with the colors of fall, as more than 2,500 beautifully colored hot rods, classics, muscle cars and more kick off the Goodguys 20th Southeastern Nationals this weekend. Fans will come from all around to see everything this car show has to offer, including Autocross racing, a swap meet and a track cruise.

After three decades of hosting Goodguys events across the country, the organization has racked up some impressive statistics.

BROWN, MATCO TOOLS TEAM FACE TALL TASK AT LAS VEGAS BUT NOT GIVING UP FIGHT TO DEFEND TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP

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When Antron Brown arrives at Las Vegas this week for the NHRA Toyota Nationals, he will face a vastly different scenario then he did toward the end of the last season.

A year ago, Brown arrived at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ranked first in the Top Fuel standings with a 104-point lead over Don Schumacher Racing teammate Spencer Massey. Although Brown lost in the first round last fall, he was able to hold onto the points lead and left the final race of the season two weeks later as the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion.

FRIDAY QUALIFYING COMPLETED IN LAS VEGAS

Written by NHRA Communications: Photos by Roger Richards.

Top Fuel points leader Shawn Langdon continued his push to a world championship by racing to the qualifying lead Friday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
Courtney Force (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Adam Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their categories at the fifth of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Qualifying continues Saturday at 12:15 p.m. (ET) and 2:45 p.m. before Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations.
 
Langdon, who is seeking his first series title, powered his Al-Anabi Racing dragster to a run of 3.778 seconds at 324.28 mph to lead the qualifying field. If it holds, it will be his seventh No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 13th career in his career. Langdon has a class-best six wins on the season, including the most recent event in Reading, Pa.

BAZEMORE BLOGS BAKERSFIELD

Written by Whit Bazemore; Photos by Whit Bazemore.

bazemore 08Last year, my good friend Chris (Butch) Horn, who is a former race mechanic for the likes of Shirley, Conrad, Rob Bruins, Billy Meyer, Segrini, and yes, even me, among many others, invited me to go to the California Hot Rod Reunion with him. I couldn't make it happen then, but the stories he came back with meant that this year's edition was a must attend.

The CHRR is a lot of things; a cool drag race, but also a storytelling festival of speed and memories. After attending my first one last week, all I can say is it is very, very cool. In fact, for many of us who have been in the sport for, well, a lifetime, it is probably the only drag race which we can attend without a racecar or "real" job and still have fun. And not just fun, but LOTS of fun, because of the people who go. It is a drag racing "who's who," with a few of today's players, who apparently can't get enough nitro, mixed in. Take these ultra successful, highly competitive, Type  personalities; remove the competition; add some age (like a fine wine); throw in 40 or 50 years of memories and bench racing; and, presto, you have the makings of a great party not to be missed.

BARRING A MIRACLE, TF POISED TO CROWN A FIRST TIME SERIES CHAMPION

Written by Bobby Bennett.

langdon shawn tfCLINCH SCENARIOS - A driver in any category needs a lead of 151 points or more at the conclusion of the event to earn his or her respective NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship title at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas. A maximum of 150 points is available at this event to one racer in each category. Only eight rounds of racing remain in the season.

Shawn Langdon holds an 83 point lead over second place Doug Kalitta and 86 point lead over third place Spencer Massey. In order to clinch in Las Vegas, Langdon needs to increase his lead by 68 points (more than three rounds) over second place. There are still nine drivers mathematically in contention for the championship title in Top Fuel.
Shawn Langdon stands as the only point leader in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series to possibly win his first professional series championship. However, he's challenged by two potential first-time NHRA champions Doug Kalitta and Spencer Massey.

Right now Langdon has a more than four round lead over Kalitta with just eight left in the season.

RIGHT NOW, FUNNY CAR CHAMPIONSHIP LOOKS LIKE AN ENCORE CLASH OF THE TITANS

Written by Bobby Bennett.

force john fcCLINCH SCENARIOS - A driver in any category needs a lead of 151 points or more at the conclusion of the event to earn his or her respective NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship title at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas. A maximum of 150 points is available at this event to one racer in each category. Only eight rounds of racing remain in the season. 

John Force is up by 65 points over second place Matt Hagan. In order to clinch the title in Las Vegas, Force needs to increase his lead by 86 points over second place (more than four rounds). All 10 Countdown drivers in Funny Car are still mathematically alive.
The NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car title has shaped up to be a battle of two titanic drivers with one looking to sink the other during the penultimate race of the 2013 season this weekend at the Toyota NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.

This championship battle is a reverse of the epic 2010 battle John Force and Matt Hagan staged. Then Hagan led Force by 105 points leading into the Las Vegas event. By winning the event, Force whittled the cattle farmer's lead to just 37 points.

2013 PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP PROMISES EPIC CONCLUSION

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jeg coughlin psThe 2013 NHRA Pro Stock championship battle during the Countdown phase has looked more like an eBay bidding war than the title battles race fans have seen in the past. There have been five lead changes, some during the course of an event, spread amongst three different drivers, Jeg Coughlin, Jason Line and Mike Edwards.

Headed into this weekend's NHRA Toyota Nationals, Coughlin is 45 ahead of 2009 champ Edwards, a six-time winner this season, 50 up on two-time champ Line and 73 ahead of teammate Johnson, who won the spring Vegas race.

MATT SMITH COULD BE FIRST CHAMPION CROWNED THIS WEEKEND

Written by Bobby Bennett.

psm 3Matt Smith would love the opportunity to be part of history, and based on his large point lead in Pro Stock Motorcycle, he has a great opportunity to make it happen.

For Smith, he'd love to share the proverbial championship podium with his father and newly crowned Pro Modified champion Rickie Smith.

ANDERSON BETS ON RED IN VEGAS

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andersonIf there has been one consistent for the KB Racing team in 2013, it has been in change. The Summit Racing team has changed cars multiple times this season, each time hoping for better performance. Thus far, the results haven't been up to their usual high standards.

This weekend they will change once again.

FOLEY REBRANDS PROGRAMS

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Pure Speed logoAfter over fifteen years operating under the Doug Foley’s Drag Racing School and Experience name, former Top Fuel driver Doug Foley announced today the rebranding of his popular motorsports experience. The program, now known as the Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience, will undergo a series of changes to conclude the 2013 season. A partnership with The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and a brand-new website, including a state-of-the-art booking system, top the list of changes.

MAHLE CLEVITE INC. INTRODUCES SMART PART(NER) CAMPAIGN

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MAHLE Clevite Inc. introduces its “SMART PART(ner)” campaign. Focused on the message to all Aftermarket partners, the new campaign highlights the added benefits technicians receive when selecting a MAHLE part, and the enhanced partnership established with distributors when they choose MAHLE Clevite. Added benefits include technical expertise, superior customer service and product training support.

The SMART PART(ner) campaign supports the complete MAHLE Clevite product offering – from gaskets, engine bearings, and engine parts; to filters, turbochargers, and the new thermostat offering. Additionally, it places an emphasis on the MAHLE Clevite customer service programs, including product training, online catalog and technical bulletins.

SYDNEY DRAGWAY MAKES IMPROVEMENTS TO RACING SURFACE

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One of Australia’s best motorsports facilities has undergone some recent upgrades with work undertaken in the braking area at Sydney Dragway, the home of the Australian Nationals.

Originally opened in 2004, Sydney Dragway is multi-million dollar purpose-built facility, tailored for quarter mile drag racing.

With the surface in the braking area recently starting to form some bumps due to some underground plumbing, Sydney Dragway management agreed to make the requisite changes to help keep the cars and bikes more stable when slowing down from the enormous speeds achieved in modern drag racing competition.

SHANE GRAY, CAGNAZZI TO COMBINE FORCES IN '14

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grayGray Motorsports and Cagnazzi Racing will combine forces in 2014 to create a powerful multi-car team with sites set on winning Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championships. The two established NHRA Pro Stock programs will merge together as one and operate under the Gray Motorsports banner.

Engine development for both the Pro Stock and Cagnazzi's successful COPO Camaro Stock Eliminator programs will take place at the Gray Motorsports facility in Denver, N.C., and chassis development for both will take place in Victor Cagnazzi's facility in nearby Mooresville. The new Gray Motorsports team is currently seeking support for a three-car team to include drivers Shane Gray, Dave Connolly, and Erica Enders-Stevens.

The merger will allow Cagnazzi and Gray Motorsports owner Johnny Gray to follow an already proven method of success.

CPTV FEATURE- JOHN FORCE CHASING UNCORPORATE AMERICA

Written by Bobby Bennett.

10 09 2013 forceJohn Force didn’t need to lose two major sponsors to realize the pitfalls of drag racing sponsorships.

The 15-time champion had been down this path before.

When both Ford and Castrol announced they would be stepping away from the iconic drag racer at the end of the 2014 season, he immediately hired a marketing, social media and reality television dream team to chase what he coined as “Corporate America”.

Decades ago, Force didn’t have this option. He didn’t have the wherewithal to chase the corporate dollars.

ALWAYS-LEARNING ARANA JR. READY FOR COUNTDOWN BATTLE

Written by Susan Wade.


183-HectorAranaJrTrophySonomaSundayPro Stock Motorcycle rider Hector Arana Jr. said he's refreshed, his Lucas Oil Buell is ready to rock, and that he's ready to win his first NHRA series championship.

He said if he can "get over that second round hump and just go rounds and not have any mistakes, I think we can do it."

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