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SNAP-ON INKS NEW THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH FUNNY CAR DRIVER CRUZ PEDREGON

Longtime racing supporter Snap-on Incorporated announced the extension of its contract with two-time National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car World Champion Cruz Pedregon. As the primary sponsor of Cruz Pedregon Racing (CPR), the agreement will extend the contract for three seasons through the 2023 season.

"Snap-on and Cruz have had a partnership since 1992 that showcases the brand on the track, in the pits, and off-track in repair shops where critical work is done," says Samuel Bottum, Snap-on chief marketing officer. "We were a sponsor when Cruz won his first NHRA Funny Car championship, and over the years he's fought hard to bring together the best crew members and put down so many great runs in the Snap-on Funny Car.

REMEMBERING THE PRE-PRO MODIFIED QUICK EIGHTS IN THE CAROLINAS

Throughout the Southeastern United States, many eighth-mile tracks, especially those in the Carolinas, booked in the IHRA’s mountain motor Pro Stockers and Alcohol Funny Cars for match races. When the local races began to run quicker and put on a better show than the aforementioned entities, some of the promoters, namely the ones around Charlotte (NC) and Orangeburg (SC) began to offer these teams guaranteed money to withdraw from the bracket race competition and race against a similarly prepared entry.

hoover_shuffletownLet the record reflect that Ed Hoover won the first of the Quick Eight shootouts at Shuffletown Dragway in Charlotte, NC.

The intuitive nature of these promoters led them to believe they had stumbled upon something and that if two put on a great show, then eight would be simply awesome. Instead of paying the individual appearance fees, these track operators, offered up decent purses for Quick Eight action.

SNEAK PEEK: SCHWEEN'S NEW CORVETTE

 

Here's a first look at Gary Schween's new Corvette rolling out of the Jerry Bickel Race Cars shop. We hear that the car is destined for either Pro Nitrous or Top Sportsman,

ENCORE - POUNDS PER CUBIC HEADACHE - THE DAYS BEFORE 500-INCH PS

1-13-07-cubic.jpgWe all take for granted that Pro Stock has been a simple formula. Today, those that participate in the class carry a common weight of 2,350 pounds in a two-door American made coupe no older than five years old with the source of motivation coming from an engine that displaces 500-cubic inches. Sounds pretty simple, huh? It has always been the nature of man to start with things in a difficult fashion and make it easier as knowledge and technology permit. Such was the case with NHRA Pro Stock as it took them nearly a decade to make the drag racing equivalent to NASCAR an easy proposition.

When the NHRA announced that they would be changing to a "mountain motor" format for the 1982 season, they were the last of the three major sanctioning bodies to abandon the small block Pro Stocks. The AHRA, whose rules had initially mirrored those of the NHRA inevitably allowed small blocks the use of nitrous oxide as they converted over to the mountain motor format a year prior to the NHRA's decision to abandon ship.

 

 

 

TECH: TORQUE CONVERTERS 101 WITH HUGHES PERFORMANCE

If you're a technical novice seeking to learn more about high-performance parts, the folks at Hughes Performance have created an excellent multi-part series discussing the ins-and-outs of the torque converter, and its technology.

RACE COMPLETED - VRHRA STRANGE ENGINEERING BE THERE! NATIONALS

 

It's race day at U.S. 30 Dragway outside of Gary, Ind. Qualifying is complete, now it's time to begin the process of eliminating down for a winner of the inaugural VRHRA Be There! Nationals, Race 6 of 9 in the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association. 

It's all fun in fantasy land to get away from the troubles of what is happening in the real world. 

For those new to this fantasy world, this is how it works. The race with the most votes advances to the next round. We had two days of voting to seed the eight-car fields. 

First-round ends tonight at 6 PM EST. 

JEGS NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF DRAG ILLUSTRATED'S WORLD DOORSLAMMER NATIONALS

An incredible inaugural event, coupled by a win for the ages in Pro Stock led to a memorable weekend for JEGS at the CTech World Doorslammer Nationals in Orlando, prompting the industry giant to return as a race sponsor for the 2021 event.
 
The worldwide high-performance parts powerhouse has been named the presenting sponsor for the second annual event, which takes place March 5-7 at Orlando Speed World Dragway.

NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS DROPPED FROM NHRA SCHEDULE

 

NHRA and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park have made the decision to not host the 2021 NHRA Arizona Nationals, leaving an opening on the 2021 schedule which NHRA is optimistic will be filled with an event at a facility that has not hosted a national event before. The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions due to the public health situation in the Phoenix area and state of Arizona were taken into account by officials at NHRA and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in determining to not hold the event this year.

A GREAT DRAG RACING AMBASSADOR - DAVE BISHOP HAS PASSED

 

The drag racing community has lost an iconic voice for the sport.

Dave Bishop, an iconic drag racing photographer, passed away on January 12, 2021. He was a contributor to many drag racing publications, either as a photographer or writer. However, his proclamation of Charles Carpenter's nitrous-injected shoebox as the "World's Fastest '55 Chevy," which is largely credited for creating a groundswell of media attention, would lead to the Pro Modified movement.

Days after Bishop's passing, his friends and members of the drag racing community are trying to come to grips with the passing of the talented photographer who was a champion for the sportsman racer.

Greg Burrow, one of Bishop's closest friends, said the two met while attending High Point University classes back in 1967.

AFTER VIRUS VEXATION, NITRO REVIVAL CACKLES AGAIN IN 2021

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