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HOGAN, TORRENCE HUNTING FOR TITLE TOGETHER AGAIN

Written by Susan Wade; Photos by NHRA, Roger Richards.

hoganFriendship goes beyond drag racing for longtime NHRA crew chief Richard Hogan and Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence.

A pettier man than Hogan might have had his feelings bruised last year following the April race at Houston, when he and the Capco Dragster owner-driver parted ways. Torrence said at that time, “Richard Hogan is a very close friend of mine, and he and I were friends before any of this race stuff even started.” But of course, racers often say happy things like that when they let personnel go.

HEAD RACING INKS WSM AUCTIONEERS SPONSORSHIP FOR PHOENIX

Written by Administrator.

DSD 8581Head Racing and Western Sales Management Auctioneers are joining forces with a sponsorship of the Columbus, Ohio-based team for the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Feb. 21-23.

“Obviously, we’re very excited to partner with WSM Auctioneers and they’re a family business and so are we and I think it’s a great fit for us,” said Funny Car driver, Chad Head.  “This is the first step of acquiring funding of this race team and with WSM Auctioneers on board; hopefully we can attract future sponsors so we can campaign the entire NHRA season.”

 

TAD STAR DEMKE SET A HIGH STANDARD IN WINNING POMONA

Written by Charles Myers; Photo by Roger Richards.

tadThe 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing national series is officially underway with a familiar face returning to the Winner Circle in Pomona. Former Top Alcohol Dragster champion Demke not only qualified number one; he won the event giving him a “clean sweep” to start off the season.

"One race doesn’t win a championship but it defiantly helps,” Demke admitted. “Jerry Maddern my team owner and crew chief is making maximum horsepower and my car chief Kevin Watson has all the parts to make it happen.”

FOR THIS AUSSIE FAMILY, SUPER STOCK IS A WAY OF LIFE

Written by Tim Baker.

geoff chaistyThe name Chaisty is well known around the West. In fact, Chaisty is a name synonymous with Super Stock racing around the country.Geoff Chaisty is a former Australian Super Stock champion, multiple record holder and father of Jake and Jamie of Chaisty Motorsport.

Running the only H/MSA in Australia, both Jake and Jamie are licensed with the plan to alternate season by season giving both drivers time to get settled in the car. All three contributed to the engine build and between meetings Geoff and his sons work on maintenance or upgrades.

2014 LEGION OF HONOR NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Written by Administrator.

The nominees for the 2014 Legion of Honor Awards presented annually at the Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion event presented at the York Expo Center, York Fairgrounds on July 11-12th were announced today by the National Nostalgia Drag Racing Association.
 
The annual induction of the legends and pioneers of the drag racing performance industry from the early days of the 1950’s thru the 1970’s era.  Each recipient receives an individual award, a prized photo from the archives, and their names placed upon a perpetual award that is on display at the Eastern Museum of MotorRacing located just off Route 15 in York Springs, Pennsylvania.  The perpetual award remains in the museum in perpetuity.

FINAL REGULAR SEASON 2014 POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING INDY

Written by NHRA Communications.

ChevyPerformanceUSNats 4cPoint standings (top 10) following the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the 18th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

AlBALOOSHI FLYING HIGH AFTER WINTERNATIONALS VICTORY

Written by Susan Wade; Photos by Roger Richards.

balooshi tfwinnersKhalid alBalooshi might not have been a household name among NHRA fans when he joined Al-Anabi Racing in 2012, although he was the reigning NHRA Pro Modified champion at the time.

To be honest, he wasn’t a known quantity to his own crew, who had been immersed in the nuts and bolts of sending Larry Dixon to his third Top Fuel championship in 2010 with 12 victories in as many final rounds and to a two-victory showing in 2011 with a 38-20 elimination-round mark.

Looking back, crew chief Jason McCulloch said that at the start of the 2012 season, “my team didn’t know Balooshi. But now that they know Balooshi, they’re his biggest cheerleaders.”

PETE BERNER TURNS A PAGE, ANTICIPATES RETURN TO MOUNTAIN MOTOR ROOTS

Written by Administrator.

pete berner photoThis year, Pete Berner Racing will look a lot more like it did when Pete won his World Championships (2006, 2008). After a doleful four year absence absence, the International Hot Rod Association welcomes Mountain Motor Pro Stock back to its lineup and Berner is thrilled to return to where his beloved class took root.

“I’m really excited to get back to the origin of Mountain Motor racing with the new IHRA,” told Berner. “We’ll be racing and working with many old and new friends. IHRA is heading in a great direction. We hope to work closely with Scott Gardner and his team to build the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class and the organization as a whole. Gardner is a visionary and door car enthusiast with the personality to lead IHRA forward with great success.”

WHY MOHAMMED'S PN MONSTER MUST GO 3.60S THIS WEEK

Written by Bret Kepner; Photos by Khalid Saif ALMesalam.

JS5A6034 filteredSince January 17th, Bahrain's Khalid Abdul Mohammed has been relentless in his obliteration of the Pro Nitrous Eliminator Elapsed Time and Speed records during the five completed events of the 2014 Arabian Drag Racing League series at Doha, Qatar. Now, he must produce yet another record in uncharted territory during this week’s final point-earning series race.
 
Prior to the start of the 2014 series, the Arabian Drag Racing League eighth-mile Pro Nitrous records were held by American superstar Mike Castellana’s Shannon Jenkins-tuned Al Anabi/Western Beef ‘69 Camaro at the best runs ever clocked in the class, 3.721 seconds and 200.83 miles per hour set during the second event of the 2013 Qatar tour. Mohammed and his Pat Musi-powered EKanoo '69 Camaro wasn’t in attendance at the 2014 series opener on January 9-10 but, during qualifying for the second event on January 16-17, he became the third driver in Pro Nitrous history to record a speed over 200 mph with a 3.765 at 200.08 mph. Mohammed then set the new World Record at 201.16 mph en route to winning the race when Castellana, (winner of the first 2014 event), redlighted in the final round.

K&N STRENGTHENS ALLIANCE WITH LUKE BOGACKI MOTORSPORTS

Written by Administrator.

luke 2014 scK&N Engineering will have an increased presence on reigning NHRA Super Comp world champion Luke Bogacki's Super Comp dragster throughout the 2014 season.  Bogacki will campaign the same American Race Cars dragster that he drove to the title in 2013, but the machine will feature a new color scheme featuring the K&N logo and company colors.  That scheme will come in the form of a vinyl wrap designed and applied by PCD Wraps.

DILLARD: IF WE CAN GET .920 - .930 SIXTY-FOOTS …

Written by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Khalid Saif ALMesalam.

JS5A6263 filteredWhat Eric Dillard and Steve Petty are attempting during the 2014 Qatar Racing Club series defies logic in the Pro Extreme world. The duo of talented driver and tuner are attempting to put a turbocharged doorslammer on equal footing as their screw-type supercharger competition.

Right now they are within a tenth of the fastest car in the class and this is a major milestone for this top-end-blistering combination. Prior to the fourth event in the six race series, the Q80 Camaro blasted out a 3.592 elapsed time at 216 miles per hour. 

VP RACING FUELS NAMED OFFICIAL FUEL OF THE PDRA

Written by Administrator.

 

The recently formed Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) today named VP Racing Fuels as the “Official Fuel Supplier” for the all-eighth-mile drag racing series. In addition, VP Racing Fuels will sponsor a Low Qualifier award for Extreme Pro Stock at each of eight scheduled PDRA events this year.

“We’re very happy to be associated with the PDRA,” VP Racing Fuels Director of Marketing Steve Scheidker stated. “We’ve been a longtime supporter and fuel supplier for eighth-mile outlaw doorslammer racing and this relationship with PDRA further demonstrates our commitment to this important segment of drag racing.”

BEALKO AND BLACK DIAMOND PREPARE FOR IHRA MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCKI RETURN

Written by Administrator.

 

Black Diamond Motorsports The Black Diamond Motorsports team is looking forward to Pro Stock’s return to IHRA competition.In West Virginia, coal mining is life.
 
From the biggest cities to the smallest of towns, even the very people who breathe life into one of America’s most naturally beautiful states, the coal industry plays a very important part in the lives of the people of the Mountain State.

CPTV: FINAL ROUND VIDEO FROM QATAR RACING CLUB EVENT

Written by Bobby Bennett.

Final round results from Round % of Qatar Racing Club from CompetitionPlus.tv.

JIM DUNN RACING RETURNS TO PHOENIX WITH USD, INC

Written by Administrator.

2014.JDR USDinc2Fresh off a strong showing at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Jim Dunn Racing will run the special edition Grime Boss/USD, Inc Mopar Funny Car at the CARQUEST Auto Part NHRA Nationals in Phoenix.
 
“We’re looking forward to teaming up again with our marketing partner at USD,” said Jim Dunn Racing team manager, Jon Dunn. “We’re proud to represent USD at their home track and help them reach their customers who love NHRA Drag Racing.”

FLATOUT GASKETS TO SUPPORT FLEDGLING PDRA

Written by Administrator.

flatoutFlatout Gaskets has joined the PDRA as a sponsor.

“We have signed up and are happy to support drag racing’s newest sanctioning body, the PDRA, said Mark Adelizzi of Flatout Group”. Check them out at: www.pdra660.com.

“We were also looking for a way to reach out with a program and give back to professional racers that support Flatout in this awesome new series and one we hope becomes one of drag racing’s premier sanctioning bodies in the future.”

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