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PRO STOCK DRIVER GRAY PREPARES FOR 2014

Written by Tracy Renck.

 

shane gray2This season NHRA Pro Stock driver Shane Gray is doing something different.

Gray Motorsports has joined forces with Cagnazzi Racing and Gray has become a teammate to Dave Connolly.

Gray received a preview of the new partnership last week when he and Connolly were testing at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park.

1200 HORSEPOWER STREET LEGAL CAMARO TAKES DOWN DYNO WARS

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996600 601373399934710 712847517 nMike Serrano’s final pull of the night was just enough to be crowned  the Fonse Performance / K&S Race Cars Dyno Wars 2014 Champion.  Mike’s turbocharged 602 cubic inch big block powered street legal Camaro laid down an impressive 1185 horsepower to take the top spot.  For his efforts Mr. Serrano pocketed $1,000 plus a $250 Mickey Thompson Performance Wheels and Tires gift certificate.  It was standing room only as over $4,000 in cash and prizes were taken home by the competitors at the 2nd annual event.

GLIDDEN GETS READY FOR NHRA PRO MOD SEASON

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Glidden-2013With continued support from Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels, second-generation drag racing star Billy Glidden with his wife, Shannon, have teamed up with veteran nitrous racer Brian Shaw for a full-season run in the quarter-mile NHRA Pro Modified class.

“We’re very excited and happy to continue working closely with the folks at Mickey Thompson,” Glidden stated. “We’ve had a long-standing relationship with them and appreciate Mickey Thompson President Chris Barbara and Vice President of Marketing Ken Warner choosing to keep the progress of tire development rolling with us.

ANDERSON UPBEAT AFTER BRADENTON TEST

Written by Tracy Renck.

bradentontesting 27 20130116 1912059000Greg Anderson has been dealing with some changes this offseason.

The four-time Pro Stock world champion is adjusting to having Vincent Nobile in the Summit Racing Equipment camp, along with his longtime teammate Jason Line.

Nobile announced November 18 to Competition Plus that he is getting engines from the Summit Team and Anderson and Line’s team owner Ken Black.

THE CAROLINA KID IS READY TO IMPROVE IN 2014

Written by Charles Myers.

DSD 3545The “Carolina Kid” is ready to improve in 2014.

The 2013 season was a milestone in Travis Harvey’s career, finishing second in both Pro Modified and Top Dragster in the ADRL.

Going into the final race of the season at Baytown Texas, Harvey's points lead in Top Dragster fell short in the semi- final round. Harvey lost to Barry Brown, who won the race and the championship.

SCHUMACHER: IN SO MANY WORDS, CHAMPION IS BEST

Written by Susan Wade.


schumacher tony2To Tony Schumacher, words matter.

He uses a lot of them, the talkative seven-time NHRA Top Fuel champion. But each one of them has a special significance, just like each one of the 72 Wally trophies that decorate his home in the Chicago suburb of Long Grove.

Take, for instance, the word “problem.” In Tony Schumacher’s fantasy dictionary, it wouldn’t even be in there. He would leaf through the pages and jump straight from “probity” to “pro bono.” The word “problem” simply wouldn’t exist.

MAPLE GROVE RACERS HONORED

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maple grove racersMaple Grove racers honored at the NHRA Northeast Division banquet Saturday night at Hershey are, from left, Hollie Ray-Bausher (Jr. Dragster), Scott Smith (Street Eliminator), and Mark Price Jr. (Jr. Dragster).Three Maple Grove Raceway drivers were recognized during the NHRA Northeast Division banquet held Saturday night at Hershey Lodge:
 
Hollie Ray-Bausher (Shillington, Pa.) for winning the 12-13 year-old age group at the NHRA Northeast Division Jr. Dragster League Championships last August at Mason-Dixon Dragway.

WATCH ARABIAN DRAG RACING LEAGUE ACTION LIVE

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Catch all the Arabian Drag Racing League action here at CompetitionPlus.com and CompetitionPlus.tv.

KALITTA MOTORSPORTS BRINGS NEW SIDE BURST PANEL DESIGN TO PBIR

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards.

DSC 4385Alexis DeJoria's Toyota Camry body is equipped with technology Kalitta Motorsports hopes will replace the tethering systems made optional by the NHRA last July. On the side of the Funny Car are two side-mounted carbon fiber panels attached to hinges intended to relieve pressure in the event of an engine explosion. The intent is for the device to remain attached to the body.

The engineering of this system was the collaborative effort between DeJoria's crew chief Tommy Delago, co-crew chief Glenn Huszar, DHK Funny Car tuner Jon Oberhofer and engineers from Toyota.

FORCE THE RACER MEETS FORCE THE PT BARNUM IN PACE-SETTING RUN

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards.

DSC 4510For one moment Saturday afternoon at Palm Beach International Raceway, John Force the racer crossed paths with John Force the PT Barnum of the straight-line. Force made sure the capacity crowd at the track located outside West Palm Beach, Fla., left with more than they paid for.

An odd number of dragsters provided the opportunity for the 16-time champion to enjoy an opportunity he's never taken advantage of. He finally got a chance to race against his daughter Brittany Force and her Top Fuel dragster.

ANTRON CLIMBS TO THE TOP OF THE HILL ON SATURDAY

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Rhonda McCole.

 

RHM 5525Antron Brown was the king of the hill during Saturday’s Top Fuel testing at the PRO Winter Warm-up in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Brown, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel series champion, posted Saturday’s quickest elapsed time during the final test session, recording a 3.737 elapsed time at 325.85 miles per hour. He was also the quickest of the first session with a 3.753.

CPTV VIDEO FEATURE - A NEW START FOR VINCENT NOBILE IN 2014

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Last season Vincent Nobile won three NHRA event races while racing a Mopar under the Allen Johnson umbrella. The 2014 season brings change over to KB Racing and a new Chevrolet Camaro. In this CPTV video, the second-generation Pro Stock driver discusses what's ahead in the new season.

CPTV VIDEO - PRO STOCK TESTING IN BRADENTON

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While the nitro teams were down in West Palm Beach, Fla., a gathering of leading Pro Stock teams converged on Bradenton Motorsports Park for the annual factory hot rod version of Speed Week. This CompetitionPlus.tv video talks with many of those leading drivers about their outlook for 2014.

LANGDON REELS OFF 3.726 IN TESTING

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards.


langdon no1Shawn Langdon drove to a new Palm Beach International Raceway track record during first day testing at the PRO Winter Warm-up as he thundered to a 3.726-second elapsed time at 324.28 miles per hour. Earlier in the day the defending NHRA Top Fuel series champion recorded a 3.756, 322.42 pass.

As impressive as the first run was; it paled in comparison to Langdon’s final Friday pass.

CAPPS, TOBLER FIRE MAJOR SHOT FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT PBIR

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards.


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Ron Capps has many reasons to admire his crew chief Rahn Tobler. Last year during the NHRA Awards Banquet only justified his feelings.

“He was fidgeting [while sitting at the table] and he had planned to go fishing with [team owner] Don Schumacher a couple of days after that,” said Capps. “He told Don that night he wasn’t going to be able to go with him. He was so motivated by the speeches of the other drivers, the videos and the whole atmosphere. It so motivated him. Instead of relaxing for a while, he immediately went to work.”

DJ COX TO DRIVE FOR ANDERIKA RACING

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djcoxDJ Cox has been named the driver of the Anderika Racing TA/FC Monte Carlo for 2014.

As they begin their defense of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Eastern Region championship, Cox will be making the transition from driving a clutch-operated Funny Car to the Lencodrive/Neil Chance converter used by the Anderika team. Cox is a veteran NHRA Division 1 TA/FC driver who will bring his Dixie Construction sponsorship to join the East Coast Auto Electric sponsored team with additional support from Keystone Automation, Lucas Oil and Mahle/Clevite bearings. Cox will be replacing John Anderika who announced at the beginning of the ‘13 season that he would be retiring at the end of the year. With Anderika behind the wheel, the team went on to appear in five final rounds, winning the final two and the NHRA Eastern Region Championship.

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