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CHRISTMAS VIDEO TREAT: DRAG RACER, THE MOVIE

As part of our CompetitionPlus.com holiday tradition, we've searched the YouTube.com site for rare and entertaining videos to pass the time during your time away from work.

A MUST WATCH VIDEO - A JOHN FORCE CHRISTMAS

Christmas time is about family, and for one storied drag racer, a metal toy log truck.

Sixteen-time NHRA champion John Force opens his heart about a five-year old's Christmas, and the challenges of growing up poor in the 1950s. This 20-minute video will tug at your heart, and if you are not careful, will have you shedding a tear or five.

A very emotional video where Force talks about his youthful lesson of learning the real meaning of Christmas. 

TOP FUEL VETERAN T.J. ZIZZO PLANS LIMITED SCHEDULE AGAIN

The 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule has been released.

However, how it will unfold is unknown because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY ANNOUNCES 2021 DRAG RACING SCHEDULE

QUALIFYING COMPLETED - VRHRA RACE 3 OF 9, 2020 NITROUS SUPPLY SUPERNATIONALS AT LIONS DRAG STRIP

 

Fire up your computers, call your friends. It's time for the second season of the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association; the race series created out of a pandemic.

So, how does this work?

Each event features the top 20 finishers of the previous season in a ballot where your votes determine qualifying and race results, and inevitably series championships. Since we are fantasy drag races, we can stage the events at any facility we choose, regardless of whether the track exists or not.

The top eight qualifiers advance to final eliminations, where your votes determine the race winners.

This week we are at the legendary Lions Drag Strip, once located in Long Beach, Ca. 

 

INAUGURAL NITRO CHAOS EVENT SET FOR JULY 2021

Tally up another white knuckle, never been done before drag racing creation from the mind of promoter Chris Graves as the announcement was made in a partnership with Gerald Kramer and Iowa’s Eddyville Raceway Park to host the Inaugural Nitro Chaos event, set for July 30-31st. From the Funny Car Chaos series to the Pro Mod vs. Fuel Altered Showdown event in Texas each summer, Graves adds another unique entertainment minded drag race to the calendar for next year at a facility known for its nitro-themed spectator draw. It’s an all nitro affair and it should be thrilling as the ‘run whatcha’ brung’ format from Funny Car Chaos is carried into this event with only one rule, you must run a minimum of 80% nitromethane in the fuel tank.

“I’ve had this race outlined on paper for a few years, but couldn’t find the time to dive into making it happen," said Graves. "Gerald Kramer (owner of Eddyville Raceway Park) called one day this summer about doing a similar event and thirty minutes later we had a deal. A well-managed facility is critical to an event’s success, and Gerald and his son Kyle and the team at ERP bring years of experience to the table, which made this decision an easy one. We get requests all the time from racers wanting to add a class for their style car to the Funny Car Chaos series, but that takes a lot more than most realize. This event caters to anything, and we mean anything, on nitro. Fuel altereds, Funny Cars, rear engine dragsters, front-engine dragsters, door slammers, whatever. If it's tippin’ 80% or better in the tank, it's game on at Nitro Chaos.”

NHRA ANNOUNCES EIGHT-RACE 2021 NHRA HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES SCHEDULE

NHRA has announced the eight-race schedule for the 2021 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, featuring the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hot Rod Reunions. The series will feature thrilling racing action, highlighted by the crowd-pleasing, nitro-burning Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars.
 
The 2021 season will begin at the Heritage Nostalgia Reunion, April 29-May 1 at Sacramento Raceway. The traditional season opening Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway was postponed until May due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be the series’ third event, following the Ignitor Funny Car Opener at Firebird Raceway.

VIDEO FEATURE - TONY STEWART GOES TO DRAG RACING SCHOOL

 

Well, the rumors are out there.

Veteran roundy-round racer Tony Stewart has admittedly had a fascination for straight-line racing. Recently, Stewart scratched the itch at Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School.

Speculation suggests Stewart is headed to the Top Fuel ranks. He started the day at Bradenton Motorsports Park outside of Tampa, behind the wheel of a Super Comp dragster. Later, he graduated to the supercharged alcohol dragster.

Watch as noted drag racing instructor Frank Hawley shows a motorsports icon the ropes of driving a dragster.

PSM OWNER/DRIVER RYAN OEHLER TO ADD TEAMMATE IN 2021

 

In the uncertain season that was the 2020 NHRA season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pro Stock Motorcycle Ryan Oehler plowed ahead.

Oehler, campaigning an Erik Buell Racing motorcycle, finished a career-best seventh in the points standings, highlighted by winning Indy 1 and a runner-up performance in Houston.

“We are absolutely ready to race and win a championship next year,” Oehler said. “It has taken this long and this much work to get to a point where we honestly feel like we are a championship contender.”

Oehler most recently competed in the Man Cup presented by Vance & Hines 44th annual FuelTech World Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Nov. 20-22.

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