Thu, 2021-02-25 13:00
Mike Callahan will see a dream come to fruition when he begins his quest to earn his Pro Stock license during the CTECH World Doorslammer Nationals presented by JEGS, March 5-7 at Orlando Speed World Dragway. The Frisco, Texas, business owner will compete in the event and then make his NHRA debut at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals the next weekend in Gainesville, Florida, racing as part of a two-car team with Pro Stock veteran Alan Prusiensky. The pair will be racing eCarMover Dodge Darts with Callahan also receiving support from Artisan Coffee. For Callahan, this is a dream come true that began through a mutual business relationship with Ron Capossela, the founder of Artisan Coffee, and some hands-on experience from Pro Stock driver Kenny Delco.
“I am excited to get to Orlando and take my shot at getting my Pro Stock license,” said Callahan, who owns a number of businesses in North Texas. “I have to thank Ron Capossela and Artisan Coffee for this chance as well as Alan Prusiensky and Prusiensky Racing. Alan and Kenny Delco have shown me the ropes for the past couple of years and now I am going to take this great opportunity. We will see what happens in Orlando but I couldn’t be more excited.”
by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2021-02-24 21:50
Jason Lee knew the timing meant everything. If he wanted to be the first Radial vs. The World racer to run in the 3.40s, there was no time to waste.
During the first qualifying session at the Lights Out 12, in the first pair down the highly-prepared South Georgia Motorsports Park, Lee went to the top of the qualifying list and established the quickest mark in small tire racing with a 3.502 elapsed time at 211.46 miles per hour.
Just how stout was Lee's first hit? Bryan Markiewicz was second quickest with a 3.567, while Marcus Birt was third with a 3.584.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Marvin T Smith Wed, 2021-02-24 19:13
Pro 275 racer Tim Slavens learned a valuable lesson on Wednesday afternoon at Lights Out 12, the Duck X Productions drag radial event hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Slavens will never hope for his car to fly. Instead, he will hope it just runs fast.
Slavens, during a testing pass, was along for the ride as his 1969 Camaro went airborne. He emerged uninjured but couldn't say the same for his wounded race car.
Wed, 2021-02-24 17:00
Last week Texas Motorplex, like much of the state of Texas, suffered massive property damage including severe water damage to the three-story suite tower complex, concession warehouse and a number of buildings in the Food Court. In spite of the damage, the staff of the facility, known nationally for host the NHRA FallNationals each October, showed their resiliency and #TexasStrong giving spirit by handing out 500 cases of bottled water last Saturday and Sunday. The staff spent eight hours on Saturday and five hours Sunday providing Ellis County and surrounding neighbors with clean water as the entire state begins recovering from a historic weather event.
“The suite tower building has massive water damage and we have already begun working to fix and refurbish the nearly three dozen suites damaged, as well as our race control center and media room,” said Billy Meyer, Texas Motorplex owner. “Even with all the damage to our facility we knew our community was in need, so we took all the bottled water we had on hand and began promoting on social media that we would be giving it away. There are so many people affected by this storm we knew we needed to help as best we could. We are always #TexasStrong and we are not going to miss a beat with our racing program even with the damage to the tower. We might not be back to 100 percent by the Funny Car Chaos event at the end of March but we will be working night and day.”
Wed, 2021-02-24 14:00
Acquiring his first major sponsor since the move to racing on four wheels, the man known as “Superman” believes he just landed a little closer to hoisting a winner’s trophy in Professional Drag Racing Association competition.
Pro Nitrous driver Rob Hunnicutt announced he will be carrying the colors of Strutmasters.com on his Ford Mustang for the 2021 season.
Tue, 2021-02-23 13:00
NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria is ready to begin her quest for her first NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series world championship as the season gets underway in less than a month. The accomplished driver will once again get behind the wheel of her new-look black and white Toyota Camry Funny Car with familiar sponsor ROKiT as well as a new sponsor Bandero Premium Tequila, as the 70th NHRA season gets underway officially at the 52nd annual NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, March 12-14.
“I can’t wait to start this season with my ROKiT Toyota Camry and new sponsor Bandero Premium Tequila,” said DeJoria, a five-time Funny Car national event winner. “We finished last season with some strong performances and we are looking forward to picking up where we left on the performance side. (Crew Chiefs) Del (Worsham) and Nicky (Boninfante) will have this Camry Funny Car flying and I am ready to turn on some win lights this season.”
Tue, 2021-02-23 11:25
CompetitionPlus.com in conjunction with Drag Racer TV will be hosting a free livestream of the PRO Winter Warmup scheduled for March 5-7 at Palm Beach International Raceway. In addition to the live stream CompetitionPlus.com, one of the first internet magazines devoted exclusively to drag racing, will be posting daily updates in their Event Notebook section presented by GuardLab.com. For over 21 year CompetitionPlus.com has been the go-to independent voice and broadcaster for drag racing and their coverage of the PRO Winter Warmup continues their longstanding tradition of bringing drag racing coverage to race fans across the country and around the world.
Tue, 2021-02-23 10:58
Here's the latest beauty to roll out of the Jerry Bickel Race Cars hot rod factory. The classic Chevrolet belongs to Tim Wallace and is already on its way to ProLine Race Engines to be equipped with a Procharger combination. The word is the car will be running both NHRA and MidWest Pro Modified Association events. Of course, this plan could expand.
by Thomas Pope; Photos courtesy of Steve Huff Motorsports, CycleDrag.com Mon, 2021-02-22 22:38
It doesn’t take but a few minutes of conversing with Steve Huff to realize he’s not like you -- and probably not like anyone else you’ve ever met.
And that’s not even taking into account that Huff, 54, has three kidneys, is battling a rare cancer, or that he is an accomplished innovator despite the fact that he and his mother were homeless for a time.