Wed, 2020-01-15 07:05
High-performance parts giant JEGS.com has entered an agreement to become the title sponsor of Kyle Riley's wildly successful SFG series of high-dollar bracket races. The sponsorship gives JEGS.com title rights to three of the four scheduled races in 2020 and presenting sponsorship rights to the fourth event.
Additionally, JEGS is sponsoring the live video feed of each race, bringing all the on-track action to the Internet each day via MotorManiaTV.com.
With a combined purse of more than $3M this year, the JEGS SFG 500, JEGS SFG $1.1 Million, JEGS SFG Superbowl of Bracket Racing and the FTI SFG 350 presented by JEGS are guaranteed to bring the top drag racers from across the country.
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2020-01-13 18:43
Scott Duggins had no idea what his purpose in life was in 1977. All the 10-year old understood was that a trip to Bristol Dragway, then Thunder Valley, with his parents Butch and JoAnne, was going to be the time of his life.
Three years later, when his dad strapped him into the driver's seat of the family's six-second Chevrolet Vega, with drag racer Quain Stott in the passenger seat, then he knew.
"I went like 6.90 [eighth-mile], and I knew at that point that's all I was going to do," Duggins admitted.
by Anthony Caruso III Sat, 2020-01-11 12:59
by Bobby Bennett; Photos courtesy of Dave Wallace, Bunker Racing, Super Stock & Drag Illustrated Magazine Sat, 2020-01-04 21:14
The indexed-pro tree classes competing in NHRA’s Super classes weren’t always part of the regular menu of sportsman drag racing. In fact, before 1980, it didn’t exist on the national scene.
Many consider the “Super” style of racing as one style which revolutionized sportsman drag racing. This style of heads-up sportsman racing can be traced back to 1971.
On a sunny day in March 1971, promoter Dave Dorman sat down with his tech officials at Redding Dragway.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Bobby Bennett, Dave Bishop Sun, 2019-12-29 20:01
The idea had merit, but in the long run, lacked longevity and support.
Former IHRA President Billy Meyer had the vision to simplify sportsman drag racing, and in one fell sweep kicked the popular Modified, Super Stock and Stock eliminators to the curb They were replaced by indexed bracket divisions ranging from 7.90 to 12.90 indexes.
Meyer wanted to simplify the explanation of grassroots racing to the casual race fan.
The plan was Factory Modified.
Sun, 2019-12-29 17:52
Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from the New Year Nationals at Palm Beach International Raceway.
by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2019-12-28 16:35
Back in the 1970s, long before any of the Super class racing existed, sportsman drag racers sought an affordable style of racing where they could race heads-up, with no breakout and do so on a pounds-per-cubic inch basis similar to their class racing. Their wants eventually led to the creation of Super Modified, the original 10.5 tire form of racing.
Not so far removed from the 1974 U.S. Energy crisis, class racers, then the only option for national event sportsman racing, had begun to feel the sting of extreme operating costs. Many opted for the new craze of the time, bracket racing, while a good number remained true to their craft seeking creative ways to preserve the only kind of racing they knew.
As was the case with many of the good ideas of the era, the plan began on a scratch sheet of paper and through the support of a major magazine became reality.
Car Craft Magazine presented the Super Modified concept in their July 1974 issue.
Fri, 2019-12-06 10:26
Dan Phelps wasn't even on the grounds at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park when he clinched the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series Race Star Wheels Top Dragster championship.
"We had lost in the first round and it was cold and there was nothing more that I could do anyway, so my wife and I just decided to pack up and go home," the Labadie, MO-based champ explains. "After qualifying I was 47 points ahead of Danny (Nelson), so at 20 points per round he had to at least win a semifinal to beat me.
by John DiBartolomeo Thu, 2019-12-05 06:29
There’s been something on my mind for a long time now, and I guess it might be the time to discuss it. That being the often talked about and maybe sometimes swept under the carpet idea of finish line racing, brake light racing, where a racer might sometimes have to hit the brakes rather hard in order to not run under his or her dial-in.
We’ve all heard of the stories; cars smoking the tires at the finish line, cars getting out of control, and in some cases racers being disqualified for hitting the brakes too hard. After a number of accidents, it was one NHRA official who I spoke with who said, “We have to stop this from happening.”
Thu, 2019-12-05 05:46
Officials at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, today announced the addition of the new Midwest SuperStar Bracket Series to its 2020 track schedule. The series, which will pay $10,000 to the winner of each day’s bracket event, will consist of six races over two weekends. The first event will be held April 17-19, 2020, in conjunction with the NHRA Division 3 JEGS Super Quick Series. A second event is scheduled for June 12-14, 2020.
“Our sales team, drag strip staff and our core racing community are working hard to secure additional sponsorships and bonus awards for the series so that participants are competing for a true championship,” said World Wide Technology Raceway Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “Our team will be aggressively working the floor at the PRI Show in Indianapolis in hopes of securing both cash and product awards for the top 10 points earners in the six-race series. We hope to have some exciting announcements prior to the start of the 2020 season.”