by Nate Van Wagnen; Photos by Bill Swanson Tue, 2018-07-17 18:11
Matt Sackman entered last weekend’s Burndown at Sundown at Route 66 Raceway with just a handful of Top Alcohol Dragster passes under his belt. Late Sunday evening, he left the event with five additional passes, the No. 1 qualifier award and the NHRA North Central Region event victory.
“To be able to qualify No. 1 and win the race in my debut is pretty unbelievable,” said Sackman, a cylinder head specialist on Don Schumacher Racing’s Antron Brown-driven Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. “It definitely shows there's light at the end of the tunnel, that all of the hard work is worth it. This opportunity will hopefully lead to more opportunities in the future. I'm just very fortunate that everything worked out the way it did.”
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2018-07-16 23:36
While its policy might not be common knowledge among its competitors, NHRA contends it has an effective concussion protocol in place. This, according to NHRA's Medical Consultant Dr. Phillip Surface.
“I think the NHRA is proactive and becoming more so every day,” Surface said. “I think in the past few seasons they have really taken ahold of the closed head injury concussion issue and updated policies and procedures and made certain that all the training is standardized and up to date and everything.
"This has been going on for several seasons, but especially in the past three to four seasons there’s been a renewed interest, an increased interest in it.”
by Tracy Renck Mon, 2018-07-16 19:45
Things couldn’t be going much better lately for Matt Hagan.
The two-time NHRA nitro Funny Car world champion has won the last two races on tour in Norwalk, Ohio, and Epping, N.H.
It doesn’t seem like a time to make any changes, but that’s what is going to happen when Hagan competes at the Dodge Mile-High Nationals July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.
Mon, 2018-07-16 09:17
Clint Satterfield might have lost in the first round of the inaugural DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod a season ago, and his 2018 NHRA Pro Mod season hasn’t gone according to plan thus far.
But good luck convincing the Pro Mod veteran that the $100,000 check going to the 2018 winner of the WSOPM, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway, won’t be coming home with him.
"I’m just saying I'm going to win,” Satterfield said. “After I started looking at time slips last year, I believe I had fastest car there. I know I had faster time slips. Plus what we learned last year, we've got some tricks for them. I know the car hasn’t shown a lot of promised on the track yet, but I promise you, it's one bad ass hot rod."
Mon, 2018-07-16 04:00
In advance of this weekend's third annual SFG Promotions’ Super Bowl of Drag Racing and its half million dollar cash purse, Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood has commissioned Rockingham-based Hudson Paving, Inc., to refurbish the track’s feeder roads and thereby provide greater ease of access for an expected field of 500 of the nation’s premier racers.
"Our goal is to provide the best possible experience for everyone,” Earwood said, “not just on our world-class dragstrip but in the pits and grandstands, too.”
Sun, 2018-07-15 09:28
With go-go boots, back up girls and dragsters straight out of the past, the pit lane drag strip gave fans a glimpse of the past during Nostalgia Night presented by Harbin's Mechanical Services at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The Southeast Gassers Association brought 22 vintage dragsters, including the "Dixie Twister" and "Georgia Shaker", that dazzled the crowd with huge burnouts, wheelie stands and a deafening roar as they battled nose to nose down the strip.
"Everything on those cars has to be from the 1960’s - 4 speeds, straight axles, all that," said David Harbin, of Harbin's Mechanical Services. "A really cool thing about the gassers is that it has kind of brought the older baby boomers back into drag racing and the younger kids who enjoy the older cars. It’s a neat thing to see."
Sun, 2018-07-15 08:22
A jam-packed crowd was on hand Friday night at Lancaster National Dragway for the annual Nitro Night of Fire. The crowd saw a pair of thrilling match races between the Top Fuel Dragsters of Todd Paton and Dom Lagana plus a battle between the nitrous-powered A-Fuel Dragster piloted by Chuck Getz and the supercharged “Moonshine Express” 1940 Ford of Gary Kraus.
The Top Fuelers of Paton and Lagana did not disappoint once again with both runs featuring side-by-side action for the length of the 1/8-mile dragstrip. Lagana took the first race with a 3.79 second run. For the second pass, Paton wanted to break the track speed and elapsed time records he set in 2016 (3.306 seconds, 233 mph). His determination nearly paid off as Paton nearly broke the ET record with a 3.399 second run at 211 mph. Lagana was also faster on his second run at 3.669 seconds.
by Ian Tocher Sat, 2018-07-14 14:22
Hargett Wins O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Pro Mod Race at Texas Motorplex
Consistency paid off for Dallas racer Kevin Hargett at the Texas Motorplex July 7, where he opened with a 4.29-seconds pass at 179.44 mph to qualify his turbocharged 2013 Camaro fourth for the track’s monthly O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Pro Mod event. Hargett then ran a series of mid-4.20s to reach victory lane, which marked his second race title for 2018 and his first Texas Outlaw Pro Modified Association (TOPMA) win of the year.
“Despite the heat the track was killer out there and that really helped for me to tell the car what I wanted it to do,” said Hargett, 52. “The car has a twin-turbo setup, so we can control how much boost it has, so instead of turning it way up and trying to run a number that would make my team happy we just decided to make it run just good enough to beat the competition and it worked out okay.”
by Lisa Day Fri, 2018-07-13 21:40
Part-time NHRA Top Fuel racer Kebin Kinsley could hardly contain the excitement on the tow back following a final round in Grove, Oklahoma. As soon as the cockpit to his CatSpot/Magic Dry-sponsored race vehicle opened, the words came rushing out like those of a hurricane attacking land.
“That was the most insane thing I’ve ever done in my life," Kinsley exclaimed. "Totally out of control.”
Kinsley was not behind the wheel of his 300-mph hour land-based rocket, but rather piloting a Top Fuel hydro boat for the first time in five years.
Fri, 2018-07-13 18:41
A year ago, Erica Enders was drawing names out of a hat and making bets with her team on who would win the inaugural DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod.
This year, she’s betting on herself.
The two-time Pro Stock world champion has officially thrown her name into the hat as a participant in 2018, as Enders will compete Aug. 10-11 in the World Series of Pro Mod at Bandimere Speedway.