by Christopher Clough; Photos by Auto Imagery Sun, 2020-12-20 14:54
Once upon a time, less than 30 years ago, a foreign car maker could enter an American racing series dominated by American-made cars and not be the subject of continuing controversy.
Those of you who also watch circle track racing know a lot of hands have been wrung the past couple of years over NASCAR’s decision to grant Toyota eligibility to run its Camry coupes and Tundra trucks in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series.
Besides the idea of letting a Japanese manufacturer participate in what was always the all-American sport of stock car racing, the worry was, and is, that Toyota would spare no expense to engineer winning cars and trucks, possibly driving American car makers out of the game. It’s how Toyota and Honda engines came to dominate Indy Car and Champ Car racing in the late 1990s and early 2000s, forcing Ford and General Motors out of those series, although that hasn’t happened in NASCAR – yet.
by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2020-12-19 23:48
There were no cell phones, and some count their blessings.
There was no social media to add to the shame as if any of the willing participants had any.
And for some, this proved to be a blessing.
Many have labeled Brainerd International Raceway's Zoo as the wildest experience in drag racing. However, back in the 1970s, a pair of national event campground venues would have made the Zoo look like a Yacht Club gathering.
If you attended a race at Rockingham Dragway or its cousin drag strip, Thunder Valley Dragway, which is now Bristol Dragway, back in the IHRA days, then you know what we are saying.
Sat, 2020-12-19 23:23
It's race day at Beeline Dragway located in Scottsdale,Az. Qualifying is complete, now it's time to begin the process of eliminating down for a winner at the Hughes Performance Thunder in the Desert, Race 2 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 7 PM EST.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards, NHRA, Torrence Racing Sat, 2020-12-19 13:34
Where does one begin to put their life back together following a tragedy?
This was the pressing question that ran through Dom Lagana's mind as he lay in the hospital bed following an Aug. 9 highway accident that left him broken, burned and with both legs amputated at the knees.
Lagana was injured when the high-horsepower, 1957 Chevy he was driving late in the evening after leaving Lucas Oil Raceway Park, ran off the road, and struck a utility pole. Car owner Richie Crampton and Jake Sanders, passengers in the car, suffered undisclosed injuries.
by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2020-12-19 07:53
The key to winning virtual reality drag racing differs significantly from those on the NHRA's Camping World Drag Racing Series; just ask Denso Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Steve Johnson.
On Friday evening, Johnson secured his second consecutive VRHRA victory at the Thunder in the Desert event at the legendary Beeline Dragway, stopping Angelle Sampey in the final round.
Also scoring victories were first-time series winners Bruno Massel (Quartermax Pro Stock) and Doug Kalitta (McLeod Top Fuel). Inaugural season championship runner-up Alexis Dejoria (TruHarvest Funny Car) and Rickie Smith (Jerry Bickel Race Cars Pro Modified) also secured their first wins of the season.
Fri, 2020-12-18 13:00
Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio is proud to announce that Evan Bader has been named Track Manager.
Bader began working part-time at the famed family-owned facility when he was ten years old, and transitioned to full-time upon graduating in 2016 with a degree in Sport Management and Public Relations from Ohio Northern, where he also was a goalie for the university’s soccer team.
Thu, 2020-12-17 13:57
The Texas Motorplex, home of the NHRA FallNationals, will be hosting a live Facebook event today at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT to announce their 2021 schedule. The event will be hosted by Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter.
by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Tom Macht Thu, 2020-12-17 07:08
Auto Club Famoso Raceway management issued a statement on December 16, 2021, confirming the Good Vibrations March Meet in Bakersfield, Ca. has been postponed until May 27 - 30, 2020.
"The Pandemic is causing a new wave of issues with regards to case counts, travel restrictions, business closures and stay at home orders," the statement said. "In all likelihood, these issues are going to persist into the New Year. In response, the Famoso staff feels postponing the event is the best thing to do at this time.
Wed, 2020-12-16 22:29
You didn’t think Vincent Nobile was just going to leave drag racing behind when his Pro Stock gig went away, did you?
After two years on the sidelines, he’s ready for a comeback, though in a capacity that comes with a lower profile.
Nobile will return to action at some point in 2021 with a Kasey Lane Race Cars dragster and a 598-inch, naturally aspirated powerplant between the frame rails. As for a schedule, well, he’ll see you when he sees you.
“There’s really no timeline,” the 13-time NHRA Pro Stock winner said. “I’m not under the gun to get to a certain race. I don’t have a set schedule. I’m going to pick and choose when, where and how I want to go at all times. Who knows, I might end up racing three races next year, I might end up racing 20 races next year.
by Elon Werner Wed, 2020-12-16 14:27
As the most recent NHRA Rookie of the Year, Justin Ashley is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Drag Illustrated. The driver of the Strutmasters.com Auto Shocker Top Fuel dragster was singled out from a group of accomplished young drag racing professionals by the editors of the magazine. Usually this issue of Drag Illustrated features the annual 30 Under Thirty list; a collection of the brightest stars or future stars in drag racing. This year the magazine chose to update their readers on previous 30 Under Thirty members with a “Best of Issue.”