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SMITH HEADLINES WINNERS OF HISTORIC 64-FUNNY CAR CHAOS EVENT

 

Nitro Madness at the Motorplex, the season-opener for the Redline Shirt Club Funny Car Chaos event, lived up to its billing as it crowned winners in four competition divisions. Kyle Smith, Doug Schneider, Bill Bernard, and Tom Furches took home Funny Car wins. Aaron Morrow won the Outlaw Fuel Altered division.

The quickest eight Funny Cars comprised the Rodak's Custom Coffee "A" Field and was paced by past NHRA Funny Car champion Del Worsham, who turned in a 3.210 elapsed time at 270.90 miles per hour.

While Worsham was dominant in qualifying and eliminations, Smith methodically worked his way through the field starting from the No. 6 position.

MILAN DRAGWAY OPENING DELAYED; FUTURE UNCERTAIN

 

Milan (Mich.) Dragway announced Tuesday, March 30, that it won’t open as planned April 10. 

A release on the milandragway.com homepage stated:

WILL SMITH, HIRATA MOTORSPORTS RACE HARD AND HAVE FUN

 

You could consider the Hirata Motorsports team a double threat.

Driver Will Smith, team owner Dave Hirata and crew can go toe to toe with anyone in the Top Alcohol Dragster ranks, and they would be an odds-on favorite to win the party after the Christmas tree is shut down for the night. 

Hirata owns and tunes, and Smith drives, an A/Fuel Dragster that covers the quarter-mile in the low to mid 5.20s at more than 280 miles an hour.

NHRA ANNOUNCES SUMMIT RACING SERIES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO LAS VEGAS

 

NHRA Summit E.T. Racing Series competitors will compete across the country to become one of the 32 racers to converge upon the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to compete for the Summit Racing Series National Championships. After a midseason move in 2020, NHRA has announced early this year that the Summit National Championships will once again return to Las Vegas at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil October 29-31, 2021.
 
Thousands of competitors in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and E.T. Motorcycle will compete at participating NHRA member tracks, earning track championship points. Top points earners at the end of the season will be selected to represent their home track in the divisional Summit Racing Series E.T. Finals. Seven Division E.T. Finals events will crown champions in each category who will earn a spot on drag racing’s most prominent stage in Las Vegas to compete for the NHRA Summit E.T. Racing Series National Championship.

TF DRIVER MORRISON INKS ASSOCIATE DEAL WITH D-A LUBRICANTS

 

D-A Lubricant Company has confirmed an associate marketing partnership with NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Driver Joe Morrison for the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and beyond. The partnership will ensure that the Leverich Racing Top Fuel Dragster team’s engine will be lubricated by USA born PennGrade 1® High-Performance Oil – “The Original Green Oil.” The partnership also extends Morrison as an authorized dealer of D-A Lubricant solutions.

Family-owned and operated, located in a state-of-the-art facility in Lebanon, Indiana, D-A stays true to its roots. D-A has historically taken great pride in producing industry-leading engine oils, transmission lubricants, greases, gear lubricants, hydraulic oils, antifreezes, specialty products and industrial grade lubricants. Today, D-A Lubricant Company includes the brands of Reliant (HDEO), PennGrade® (PCMO), PennGrade 1® (Racing), Wearguard™ (Industrial), Blue Flame™ (Natural Gas) lubricants.

AUSTRALIA’S RETURN TO RACING CANCELLED

​The Apex Epoxy Flooring Super Thunder meeting at Willowbank Raceway, April 2-3 has been cancelled.

Race organizers made the decision after the Queensland State Government imposed a mandatory 3-day lockdown for the capital city Brisbane and surrounding districts including the city of Ipswich the home of Willowbank Raceway.

AUSSIE TOP FUEL RESUMES WITH MATCH RACING AS STARS GO MISSING.

 

The first event on the 400 Thunder Top Fuel calendar since January 2020, The Apex Epoxy Flooring Super Thunder meeting at Willowbank Raceway on April 2-3, has attracted two entries and will feature three-time champ Phil Read match race Sydney team owner-driver Peter Xiberras.

Missing from the entry list are leading Australian teams Rapisarda Autosport International and Lamattina Top Fuel Racing.

Xiberras is no stranger to match racing having gone head-to-head with Phil Lamattina at Perth Motorplex in March 2020. The Brisbane based team is scheduled to test prior to the meeting and will be hoping for better luck after their previous attempts to go testing were thwarted by Covid-19 restrictions and rain.

HARTMAN NAILS THE QUICKEST AND FASTEST AA/FA RUN

 

It's been a while since Richard Hartman has been behind the wheel of a nitro-burning vehicle at the Texas Motorplex. But Friday afternoon, Hartman, the former Funny Car racer who now tunes for Tim Wilkerson, thundered his way to the quickest and fast run in Fuel Altered history during first-day qualifying at the Funny Car Chaos event.

Hartman recorded the mark as he ran a 4.920 elapsed time at 296.28 miles per hour in a roadster with a chassis which Wilkerson once drove to an NHRA Series championship runner-up.

64 FUNNY CARS IS A DREAM FOR CHAOS FOUNDER GRAVES, PLEDGES SERIES TO REMAIN GRASSROOTS

 

Chris Graves grew up a Texas Motorplex kid. As early as he could remember, Graves accompanied his father on trips to the famous Lone Star facility. So it is only fitting that the driving force behind the Funny Car Chaos series staged one of the largest gatherings of Funny Cars since Bill Doner's 64-Funny Car events in the 1970s.

At last count Friday, there were over 70 entries on the grounds of the super track located outside of Dallas.

"When Funny Car Chaos started, would you have said there'd be 64 cars four years in on this deal? Graves asked. "I don't know. I might've believed you. After the first race, we proved that we had something there with the interest and that the racers turned out. We had 25 at the first race. We did baby steps, and we're still taking baby steps in what we're doing.

CUNNINGHAM, BELLEMEUR TOP WINNERS AT MWDRS TEXAS SEASON OPENER

Fast times and exciting action marked the opening of the 2021 season for the Summit Racing Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service Mar. 19-20, at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, TX, where Tommy Cunningham and Sean Bellemeur scored wins in the marquee Pro Modified and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes, respectively.

"My dad, Larry Cunningham, he's our crew chief and he did a lot of laptop tuning all winter long, so he felt pretty confident on where he was and each round he just stepped it up a little bit," Cunningham said. "We ended up having our career-best pass in the final, so he did a great job."

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