Rumor Mill

:::::: News ::::::

FRIDAY QUALIFYING CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER AT DODGE NHRA NATIONALS

NHRA officials cancelled the first two rounds of qualifying at the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Friday, Sept. 30, after rain and persistent mist. The Dodge NHRA Nationals is the third race of the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six-race playoffs that will decide the 2016 world champions.

Officials consistently worked throughout the day to dry the track but as the temperature dropped and misting continued, racing for the day was called at 4:25 p.m. NHRA Mello Yello Series qualifying is set to begin as scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11:15 a.m.

RINI RETURNS TO SITE OF FIRST RACING ACCIDENT, THOUGH IT WASN'T HIS FIRST CRASH

Chris Rini had to see the movie, if only out of curiosity.

Rini, a Pro Nitrous racer in the Professional Drag Racers Association, a series which regularly races at NHRA facilities, went to see Sully, a film based on US Air Flight 1549 and its pilot Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger.

Rini didn't let the fact he knew how the movie ended spoil the experience because he lived it. He was one of the 155 passengers who survived the January 2009 Miracle on the Hudson, described in the movie as a controlled water landing on the Hudson River.  

The ironic part of the whole scenario for Rini is he'd been drag racing for nearly a decade, and experienced his first airplane crash before wrecking a race car. Adding to the already ironic scenario, Rini walked away from the plane crash without as much as a scratch while his first racing incident left him hospitalized. 

DIXON RELISHES OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE AGAIN

 

Driving opportunities have come few and few in between for Larry Dixon since being released from Bob Vandergriff Racing at the start of this season.

This weekend, as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to Maple Grove Raceway for the Dodge NHRA Nationals, Dixon will scratch his itch to drive a 10,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster as he climbs behind the wheel of the Rapisarda International Top Fuel dragster. Earlier this year the three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion drove the Santo Rapisarda-owned dragster to victory down under in Australia during their Winternationals event outside of Brisbane. 

ANTRON CHAMPIONING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS IN OCTOBER

 

Antron Brown doesn't think twice about his bold statement. 

He'd rather crash a dragster at 330 miles per hour than to see someone have to face breast cancer. He's walked away from crashing his race car time and time again, but for breast cancer victims the track record isn't as successful. 

"I knew the risk involved in doing what I do," Brown said without hesitation.  "To see somebody living their life normal day-to-day, just to be told, 'Hey you have cancer.'

CRUZ PEDREGON AND SNAP-ON BRING SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER PATIENTS TO THE TRACK

The Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway will kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness month with Cruz Pedregon and Snap-on helping to bring attention to The Pink Fund®. The non-profit organization provides short term financial assistance to cover non-medical living expenses for cancer patients.
 
Snap-on is making an initial $50,000 donation to the organization, plus providing additional donations generated through a Snap-on sales promotion. Cruz and team will sport a special paint scheme, helmet and crew shirts for NHRA fans to see and learn more about the work of The Pink Fund.

FIRST LOOK - MIKE CASTELLANA'S JERRY BICKEL-BUILT MUSTANG

 

Holy Smokes, Batman. Mike Castellana has a new Mustang from Jerry Bickel Race Cars.

We have a feeling this wild horse will be tough to tame largely due in part to a behemoth Sonny Leonard, EFI with nitrous engine ready to pull double duty in NHRA Pro Modified and PDRA Pro Nitrous competition.

AUSSIE TF SUPERSTAR LAMATTINA MAKES HIS WAY BACK OUT TO THE TRACK

 

Phil Lamattina went for the ride of his life June 6, 2015. Unfortunately for the veteran Australian Top Fuel driver, it was also the last time he's driven his 300-mile per hour Top Fuel dragster.

Lamattina crashed during qualifying at the Australian National Drag Racing Association's Winter Nationals at Willowbank Raceway, and the impact appeared almost a carbon copy of the same one Larry Dixon experienced last season at the NHRA Gatornationals.

Lamattina crushed the L3 vertebra, which was replaced. Doctors implanted two rods to support the newly replaced area. He also experienced a fracture of the T6, which is between the shoulder blades.

BOJEC CLAIMING PERSONAL MILESTONES WITH EACH OUTING

 

Suppose you own a multi-national company that manufactures racing parts. You need a way to test said parts prior to sale. What do you do?

If you're John Bojec, you put those parts in your nitro Funny Car, of course.

John Bojec runs Speed City during the week and races his Nitro Funny Car on the weekend as a way to not only research and develop parts, but also as a way to promote his company.

RACING FOR JUNIOR INSPIRES CHIP ELLIS

 

NHRA Carolina Nationals Pro Stock Bike champion Chip Ellis said team owner Junior Pippin was more concerned with making sure his team had enough equipment to compete in the next five races than celebrating their first victory.

Ellis admits he wasn't surprised by the reaction; this is just how Pippin operates.

"The first thing he said was, 'How many motors do we have in the truck?" Ellis recalled.

The response, as Ellis explained, didn't mean he wasn't proud.

LIVING IN THE SHADOWS OF THEIR FAMOUS COUSINS FINE FOR THESE TOP SPORTSMAN RACERS

They live in the shadows of their famous cousins, and they are okay with it.

Top Sportsman racers Jack Robison and Dylan Stott are two of NHRA Division II's premiere Top Sportsman racers, and for them, they are just carrying on a family tradition.

Robison's cousin is Scotty Cannon, the six-time Pro Modified champion, and an iconic figure in the early years of the volatile division.

Pages