by J.T. Gonzalez Fri, 2017-08-11 13:16
Many racing experts would agree that Outlaw 10.5 racing peaked in the mid-2000s once the Outlaw Racing Street Car Association (ORSCA) was created and it organized a 10-race series, but a lack of a rules package that allowed better-funded teams to run roughshod over the rest of the competition drove many racers away, and by the early part of this decade, the class was in dire straits.
One group of Outlaw 10.5 racers, under the tutelage of Jim Halsey and Dave O’Donnell at Cecil County Dragway, decided to reign in the class and set parameters that would equal the playing field. Those efforts eventually resulted in the creation of the Mickey Thompson Outlaw 10.5 National Championship Series by Jerry Morgano, who now serves as director of the series.
Wed, 2017-08-09 07:17
Josh Hart and Phil Burkart raced to victory at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Atco Raceway in Atco, N.J. Former NHRA Lucas Oil World Champions Frank Aragona, Joseph Santangelo and Dan Northrop also posted wins this weekend.
Hart extended his win streak to three as the Ocala, Fla., racer knocked out Dan Page, Hampstead, N.H., in the final of Top Alcohol Dragster. Hart qualified No. 1 then ripped off a 5.244 second lap at 272.83 mph to Page who qualified No. 2 but slowed to a 7.530, 112.79 in the final. Hart won at both Lebanon Valley Dragway and at New England Dragway last month.
Wed, 2017-08-09 06:56
Kim Parker, Jay Payne, and Bryan Hyerstay all celebrated in the winner’s circle with their teams following their final round victories at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.
Local Top Alcohol Dragster runner, Parker of Graham, squared off against Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., in the final round. The Defending Lucas Oil Champion, Severance came out of the gate hot but let off the throttle as he experienced mechanical issues. Parker overtook Severance, to take home her first National Event Wally, hitting 5.748 seconds, 246.48 mph.
Story and Photos by Bill Swanson Tue, 2017-08-01 18:01
Go behind the scenes as the NMRA-NMCA kicks off its biggest event, the Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL.
by J.T. Gonzalez Tue, 2017-08-01 08:48
For Mickey Thompson Outlaw 10.5 National Championship Series racer Jesse Lambert and his 2004 Ford Mustang, which he purchased last year and has a new J&E Automotive engine, being at the top of the leaderboard has been 30 years in the making.
“This is our first full season in Outlaw 10.5, and our goal was to come out and be competitive while learning the car, the 10.5 tire, and the new engine combination,” said Lambert. “There is still a lot of racing left this season, which will be very tough. We are going to focus on one race at a time and see where everything falls at the end.”
Tue, 2017-08-01 08:39
In the final results from Sonoma Raceway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Brain McClanahan, Evan Kowalski, Chris Borges and Bart Smith each scored their first NHRA national event win at the 30th Annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
McClanahan, Alta Loma, Calif., got the early lead on Dwayne Scheitlin in Stock Eliminator and nearly gave it up as Scheitlin ran 10.116 on the 10.11 dial. McClanahan held on for the win powering his ’69 Camaro to a 9.871 second lap at 129.54 mph.
Sun, 2017-07-30 09:20
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is in town this weekend for it’s double header at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan. Chad Voges, Jeff Strickland, and J.R. Baxter celebrated with their teams in the winner circle Friday night following their final round victories, ending the first half of the double header.
Voges, racing out of St. Peters, Mo., lined up against former Lucas Oil World Champion and current NHRA host on FOX, Bruno Massel, Elmhurst, Ill. Massel cut the better light but Voges was able to chase him down for the competitive victory in the Comp Eliminator final round; posting a winning run of 7.601 seconds, 162.27 mph. Bruno Massel came in a close second at 6.950 seconds, 197.91 mph.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-07-28 21:27
Bo knows how to do No. 1 qualifier, regardless of which steering wheel he turns.
After three sessions of Super Stock qualifying, Bo Butner, the fan favorite drag racer from Floyd's Knob, Ind., added to his bulging resume with yet another superior performance.
Butner drove Bill Skillman's FSS/C Mustang to the top of the 37-car Super Stock qualifying with an 8.647 elapsed time, -1.003 under the index.
by J.T. Gonzalez; Photos by Jay Livingston Wed, 2017-07-26 20:39
In a season that has seen him score two NHRA national event wins and two regional victories, Shawn Cowie added to his stellar 2017 campaign by setting the e.t. and speed records with his Norm Grimes-tuned Mundie’s Towing Top Alcohol Dragster during the Division 6 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Woodburn, Ore., July 14-16. The record run, a stunning 5.165 at 280.54 mph during a first-round bye, shattered the 5.178 mark that Jim Whiteley had set at the 2012 Auto Club NHRA Finals.
CompetitionPlus Sportsman's J.T. Gonzalez caught up with Cowie to talk about his stunning record-setting run, his chances of winning a world championship this year, and the people who have gotten him to this point in his racing career.