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BREAKING NEWS - LANGDON TF DRAGSTER PARKED

 

NHRA Team Owner Don Schumacher confirmed today he has parked one of his four Top Fuel teams until he can secure proper sponsorship to race the entire 24-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Schumacher will not field the dragster driven by past Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon. 

Langdon, who joined the team in late 2015 when Alan Johnson Racing ceased operations, was disappointed but understood Schumacher's decision.

ENDERS DETERMINED TO PUT TRAIN BACK ON TRACKS

 

Erica Enders readily admits she couldn't have pressed the throttle of her Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker to the floor any harder in her first burnout of 2017. 

Enders, a two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion, was in Nobile, Ok., participating in her first test session since what many would call a debacle of a season last year. After setting high standards with back-to-back titles,  Enders and Elite Motorsports finished ninth in the championship point standings, losing in the first round 14 times in 2016. 

The two championship seasons only netted a combined four first round losses. 

ROCKINGHAM SECURES PRESTIGIOUS NHRA SUMMIT ET FINALS

As if Rockingham Dragway’s fall schedule wasn’t busy enough with the Super Chevy Show, the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, the Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals, the Street Outlaws, ManCup, IDBL World Finals and the SRI Performance Fall Civil Wars, owner Steve Earwood announced Tuesday that the track has been named the new home of the NHRA’s Summit Racing ET Finals.
 
The Southeast Division ET Finals will be contested at The Rock Oct. 5-8, 2017, with racers from 19 tracks in seven states and Puerto Rico eligible to participate.  The series has been contested nationally, in seven separate divisions, for the last 41 years.  The Southeast Summit ET Finals most recently was contested at Atlanta Dragway.

NHRA ON FOX TO FEATURE 16 LIVE SHOWS; FOUR ON MAJOR NETWORK

 
Officials from NHRA and FOX Sports have unveiled the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series television schedule for the season’s Sunday eliminations shows. The 2017 season is highlighted by 16 live Sunday finals shows, including four on the FOX broadcast network.
 
The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will open with a live Sunday broadcast of the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals on the FOX broadcast network. The other three Sunday finals shows that will be aired live on the FOX broadcast network include the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle and the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis.

MICHAEL RAY’S 2017 PSM PLANS UP IN THE AIR

 

Michael Ray has been competing in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class – part-time and full-time – since 2011.

Ray, however, confirmed with CompetitionPlus he has no definite plans right now to compete in the class in 2017.

“I don’t have anything with NHRA working right now,” Ray said. “With me kind of being a privateer and always going in and renting power and not owning my own engine shop I really want to see what this year brings with the new motor from S&S and Victory and also what is going to come of the Buell motors. I know there are going to be a lot of good products still out there to go play with it, but really I don’t have much planned for NHRA right now. Funding is tight and tough, there are so many changes going on right now, for a privateer like myself, it makes it tough.”

ENCORE - FAITH MOVED MOUNTAINS - MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK RACING'S EARLY YEARS - FINAL INSTALLMENT

9-11-07mmps.jpgIn the early 80’s, the growing popularity of the IHRA mountain motor Pro Stock class made a huge ripple in the great drag racing pond – a ripple felt all the way past the front doors of NHRA headquarters in Glendora, Ca.

Headlines once reserved for Bob Glidden, Lee Shepherd, and Frank Iaconio now featured such names as Rickie Smith, Warren Johnson, and Ronnie Sox. The IHRA Pro Stockers had blasted their way into the 7.90s during the 1980 season and the 7.80s one year later.

Never mind the fact the NHRA had just staged the closest point championship in the history of the class, a battle that went down to the final run of the season. The IHRA had seven-second Pro Stockers and wasn’t afraid to flaunt them to the media.

NHRA cars ran 8.30s. IHRA cars ran 7.80s. Get the picture?

In the weeks prior to the end of the 1981 season, the NHRA announced that they would do away with the pounds-per-cubic-inch format and adopt an IHRA-type program.

Instead of the sky-is-the-limit mentality of the IHRA, however, the NHRA put a 500-inch ceiling on their “mountain motors.”

DON PRUDHOMME RETURNS TO SCOTTSDALE WITH THREE ICONIC FUNNY CARS DURING 2017 BARRETT-JACKSON COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

 International Motorsports Hall of Famer and drag racing legend, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, roars back to the desert with three of the most significant, original and restored funny cars in drag racing history during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction at WestWorld in Scottsdale, AZ (January 14-22).
 
Hand-picked from his personal collection of top fuel dragsters and funny cars located at his facility in Vista, CA, Prudhomme is presenting the following three iconic funny cars to bidders, both on-line and in attendance:

DRAG RACING LEGEND VERN MOATS PASSES

CP SPORTSMAN - BYRON DRAGWAY ANNOUNCES 2017 BIG BUCKS BRACKET BASH SCHEDULE

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Byron Dragway today announced the 2017 Big Bucks Bracket Bash Series schedule.  With over $400,000 in total posted prize money, it is the world’s richest track operated bracket program.  The series features bracket racing in the Super Pro, Pro Eliminator, Street Eliminator, and Sportsman categories.

Super Pro pays a guaranteed $2,500 to win on Saturdays and $5,000 to win on Sundays with the exception for increased payouts during the 18th Annual Firecracker Bracket Nationals (June 30-July 2) and Fall Bracket Nationals (October 14-15) weekends.  Super Pro is a combination Box and No Box class.  The final round is a runoff between the last Box and No Box cars.

BOOTH HIGGS NAMED SHOW PRODUCER FOR NHRA ON FOX TELEVISION BROADCASTS

 
Television production veteran Kymberly Booth Higgs has been named NHRA show producer for the 2017 FOX Sports television broadcasts of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA announced today. She will also produce the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the J&A Service NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series telecasts.
 
“I am excited to be a part of this incredibly talented crew of people who are passionate about our sport,” said Booth Higgs. “Our challenge as a production team is to translate the unparalleled experience of being at an NHRA event to the fans at home. The drama, the pressure, the sound, the smells, the athletes under the helmets and under the hood – those are the stories we want to tell this year on the FOX broadcasts.”

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