by Bobby Bennett Jr. Thu, 2023-12-07 10:37
Funny Car racer Paul Lee clearly sees the value in drag racing’s business side.
Lee, President of the Wharton Automotive Group, is taking the FTI brand to another level by announcing a performance torque converter and automatic transmission parts warehouse. Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, FTI Performance Parts will provide high-performance torque converter components as well as high-performance automatic transmission components.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2023-12-07 10:18
Leah Pruett has announced her decision to step away from racing in 2024 in order to prioritize starting a family with her husband, Tony Stewart.
Stewart, who had a successful season racing as a Top Alcohol Dragster for McPhillips Racing, will take over Pruett’s seat in the Top Fuel category at Tony Stewart Racing (TSR).
Pruett, a 12-time NHRA Top Fuel event winner, expressed her gratitude for the impact racing has had on her life and acknowledged the difficulty of her decision. She finished the 2023 season in third place in the Top Fuel championship standings, marking her highest ranking in her 14-year Top Fuel career.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Thu, 2023-12-07 07:05
Killin Time Racing (KTR), the brand made famous by multi-time doorslammer champion Stevie "Fast" Jackson, has added a key element in its plan to elevate their team to the next level.
KTR has hired respected engine builder Bob Reinhardt to spearhead their in-house engine development division. His wealth of knowledge and expertise in the intricacies of engine building and development KTR feels is crucial in their objective to drive further growth and enhance their dominance in the fast doorslammer racing scene.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2023-12-07 07:01
NHRA officials announced today that Simpson Performance Products, a well-established name in motorsports safety, has been named the title sponsor of the NHRA Safety Safari. This multi-year partnership is set to commence with the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Wed, 2023-12-06 17:10
NHRA officials announced today that Holley EFI will be the title sponsor of the Factory X category for the upcoming NHRA season. Factory X is a category exclusively dedicated to 2019 and newer manufactured automobiles, featuring musclecar models such as the Chevrolet COPO Camaro, Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, and Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.
NHRA Holley EFI Factory X will participate in eight events throughout the 2024 campaign. The first race will take place at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on April 12-14 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Having appeared at four events in 2023, NHRA Holley EFI Factory X, which combines supercharged Hemi, LS, or Coyote engines with manual transmissions and lightweight factory-appearing bodies, has captured the attention of drivers and race fans alike.
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2023-12-06 09:05
Ron Capps saw his chances of scoring a three-peat as NHRA’s nitro Funny Car world champion vanish late last season as he finished fourth in the season points standings.
After being part of how things unfolded Capps – the driver and team owner – has had some time to reflect on what took place namely his team’s struggles in the six-race Countdown to the Championship, which included four first-round losses.
“Pretty much everybody who has won for a championship in the last decade knows you can’t have very many mistakes or bad results in the Countdown, the competition is just so tight,” Capps said. “We always talked about being in position going into Vegas (the second to last race of the season) and you don’t want to change the way you race. I talked about that this year. We did OK in (Reading) Pennsylvania and then we went out in the first round in Charlotte.”
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Wed, 2023-12-06 08:59
The list has landed.
Days ahead of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, Drag Illustrated magazine continued their tradition of honoring the next generation of drag racing superstars. The coveted 30-Under-30 list was released in the latest issue and will be recognized during a special press conference on Friday, Dec. 8.
“This issue is one of the most important projects on our schedule,” said Nate Van Wagnen, editor-in-chief, Drag Illustrated. “The 30 Under 30 list started as a way to recognize the rising stars of the sport while reminding the world that drag racing’s future is in good hands. Now in its eighth year, the 30 Under 30 list has become a movement. Thousands of people submitted nominations this year. Parents, siblings, teammates, friends, mentors, and other supporters helped us learn more about the young men and women who are contributing to the success of the sport in innumerable ways.”
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Tue, 2023-12-05 19:46
For 36 years, John Medlen became a student of the game, developing his craft as a nitro tuner. He’s enjoyed the ride so much that he hopes to spend the next 36 years mentoring aspiring nitro tuners on what he learned along the way.
One might consider Medlen as the nitro-tuning version of Mr. Myagi shaping the next Karate Kid of drag racing on how to kick the volatile cars down the track.
“I want to help the young guys learn by maybe what information of what to do and what not to do based on 36 years of trying and failing,” Medlen said. “I learned what worked and doesn’t work. The biggest thing is the hows and the why’s of it, why and how we got to our tuning parameters today, and where that all came from. Because if they don’t understand the hows and the whys, then it’ll be difficult for them to form other opinions later because they’re missing the foundation and the base. You can only get that by thousands of runs down the racetrack, and yep, this works, and nope, that doesn’t work.”
Mon, 2023-12-04 21:23
The CompetitionPlus.com PRI booth, in conjunction with the Rooftec Competition Eliminator Bonus Fund, and QuarterMileClassifieds.com promises to be a must-stop destination for many attendees at the Performance Racing Industry trade show at the Indiana Convention Center, December 7-9, 2023.
“I want to thank Rodger Brogdon and the Rooftec Competition Eliminator Bonus Fund for proving us with this incredible opportunity,” said CompetitionPlus.com founder and publisher Bobby Bennett. “We’ve been coming to the PRI Show since we launched in 1999, and never had a booth. When Rodger came to us with this plan, we didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Mon, 2023-12-04 19:26
When you’re the largest professional team in drag racing, naturally you do large things. Elite Motorsports has revealed a significant game plan for the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.
The biggest news for the 2024 season will be the full-time return of Jeg Coughlin Jr., driving a SCAG Power Equipment-sponsored Camaro. Coughlin raced the last two races of 2023.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Jeg Coughlin Jr. return to the seat of a Pro Stock car at Elite Motorsports,” said Freeman. “SCAG Power Equipment came on board for the last two events of the 2023 NHRA season to put Jeg behind the wheel of Erica’s new car to break it in during real competition. SCAG Power Equipment is another of our partners that share the same values we share. Jeg is a great fit for SCAG, and seeing him interact with dealers in Vegas at and away from the track only proved what a great ambassador to a brand he can be. In addition, Outlaw Mile Hi Light Beer will also play a major role in his return.”