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THE KING OF FUEL CLUTCHES, WAS ALSO THE SON OF DESTRUCTION

 

Some might see Rob Boninfante as one of the most influential people in professional drag racing. After all, three of the most significant manufacturing needs in fuel racing remains tires, nitromethane, and clutches.

Rob serves as the driving force behind Boninfante Friction, the largest supplier of clutches for the fuel ranks.

Rob, who stands as one of the more colorful manufacturers in drag racing, purchased the brand from his father Nick Boninfante Sr. some years ago.

ROGER CONLEY JOINS HOLLEY TEAM

 

Roger Conley has joined the team at Holley Performance as Motorsports Sales Manager.

Conley brings with hi.m three decades worth of experience, which includes product development, sales, technical support, and engineering. Previously he has held General Manager Positions with Racepak and Precision Turbo and Engine and currently serves as the Technical Director for the NMRA/NMCA sanctioning bodies.

REMEMBERING THE DRAG RACING'S SECRET SOCIETY OF THE ANVIL

 

They didn't come with pitchforks and torches in the middle of the night, but that kind of a mob might have been easier to deal with at the time. They were a secret circle of sorts, the kind that traveled with a chrome-plated anvil replica seeking to make everyone remember their most forgettable moments.

While the multitude of personalities we interviewed couldn't say definitively who created the "anvil award," they didn't hesitate to point out who kept the recognition of shame going.

It was all on former crewman Mike Guger, a Dale Armstrong protege who tuned Leah Pritchett to her first NHRA Top Fuel win. He readily takes the credit for drag racing's version of the Darwin Awards.

BOWLING FOR RILEY, PRI GRAND BREAKFAST HIGHLIGHT PRI WEEK FOR DSR

 

The week of December 9th is shaping up to be a busy one for Don Schumacher Racing, NHRA’s preeminent drag racing team. The 32nd annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show gets underway in Indianapolis, Thursday, December 12th, and DSR’s star-studded roster of drivers have been selected to be the featured guests at the trade show’s prestigious Grand Opening Breakfast that morning.

Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr., Leah Pritchett, and Tony Schumacher will join noted motorsports broadcaster Ralph Sheheen on-stage for a live talk-show style panel in front of more than 3,000 industry professionals. The event is available to all PRI attendees, free of charge, and will be held at the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. 

RUPERT FORGES AHEAD WITH BIG SHOW PLANS

 

Jason Rupert understands there are 24 hours in a day. That reality hasn't prevented him from petitioning God for an extension.

"Either that or stop time," Rupert said. "It's coming. We'll be ready. I've got just about everything. I just lack a few things, and we'll have to push forward and get ready for that test session, and hopefully, everything will go good, and it'll all work out."

Rupert is gunning to have his big show Mustang Funny Car ready for the PRO Winter Warm-up in Phoenix, at the end of January.

MATLOCK'S MWPMS PRO X275 TITLE SEALED WITH MEMPHIS WIN

 

With son Cory calling the shots on his turbocharged '92 Mustang, Randy Matlock won the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) X275 championship.

"We've won several races in different classes before, but this is our first big championship," the Wentzville, MO-based driver said. "So it was especially gratifying to do it as father and son, a lot of fun."

After scoring his lone Mid-West Series race win at Memphis in September, Matlock, 60, took over the points lead from Kenny Hubbard and his Procharger-equipped '74 Nova, then followed up with a runner-up finish to seal the deal a month later at the MWPMS World Finals in Tulsa.

SCOTTY CANNON'S RISE TO STARDOM BEGAN WITH HUMBLE BEGINNING

 

Scotty Cannon was the benchmark standard for Pro Modified's first decade. In nine seasons of racing the IHRA's volatile doorslammer division, he won six world championships, finished in the top ten every season, and won 28 of 45 final rounds. A full decade [2008] after the Lyman, South Carolina driver pursued an NHRA fuel Funny Car career, Cannon remained the winningest driver with nine more victories than second-place Shannon Jenkins. He had reached 14 more finals than Jenkins, clearly his fiercest challenger.  

Cannon heard the whispered jeers of how he'd cheated his way to success. His opponents protested him dozens of times, only to lose their money and watch as Cannon was declared in compliance with the rulebook every time. 

"I was trying hard," Cannon said. "I was working harder than anybody. Carl Moyer even said that more than once when he did his interviews: 'The reason I won, I was winning so much,' he said. 

TUNER ERIC LANE JOINS CRUZ PEDREGON RACING

 

Eric Lane has joined Cruz Pedregon Racing as co-crew chief on the team’s Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger Funny Car for the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 

Lane has worked with some of the sport’s biggest names including Jimmy Prock, Rahn Tobler and Austin Coll. He has been a part of over 30 wins and two world championships. Lane will team with Nick Casertano, who he worked with at Tasca Racing on the team’s rebuild in 2018, as co-crew chiefs on the team’s entry. 

FOLSE'S HOT START SEALED THE DEAL FOR MWPMS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Wins in each of the opening pair of races for the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series season led to a championship-winning season for Top Sportsman veteran Earl Folse.

In the season opener in March at the Texas Motorplex, Folse beat eventual points runner-up Bob Gulitti in the Race Star Wheels Top Sportsman final. Hailing from the aptly named Raceland, LA, he repeated the feat the next month in St. Louis, where last-round opponent Mark MacDonald broke out at the eighth-mile stripe.

"You always go out there hoping to get the win everywhere you go, but we really didn't expect to win two in a row," Folse admitted. "That really got the ball rolling.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK - WHO IS THE BEST FUNNY CAR DRIVER TO NEVER HAVE WON AN NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP?

 

This week's ARP Question of the Week asks, out of these Funny Car drivers, who was the best driver who failed to take home an NHRA World Championship? 
        
 

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