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NITRO SIDE SHOW AND BIG MONEY MATCH RACES START RACING ACTION FOR STAMPEDE OF SPEED

Stampede of Speed racing action got underway Monday night with a variety of race cars, Top Fuel Harleys and music from country musician Scott Sturgeon as the Texas Motorplex hosted the Scott Palmer Nitro Side Show. The show was scheduled to highlight match races, grudge races, exhibitions and big money payouts. 

Frankie Taylor took out Doug Reister for $10,000 as the opening pair of grudge match competitors. The pair of Pro Mods blasted down the track with Taylor keeping it hooked up for the whole 1/8 mile to grab the dough. In a preview to the big money grudge match for an estimated $140,000 Stevie Fast Jackson and Bubba Stanton each took a shakedown run. Neither driver tipped their hand to their full potential, setting up a high stakes run for all the cash. Chuck Loftin and Terry Haddock took to the track with their nostalgia Funny Cars and it was Loftin getting the best of the Nitro Top Fuel and Funny Car pilot. Two Top Fuel Harley’s from the Jay Turner stable closed out round one of the Nitro Side Show as Jay Perry took off on Jay Turner to get the win light. Turner had issues off the starting line and Perry kept his 5,000 hp bike firing on all eight as it belched header flames down the left lane.

WITH VIDEO: RIVENBARK DISCUSSES SCARY PDRA INCIDENT

 

Kevin Rivenbark had no clue his Thursday was about to go upside down -- until it did.

In the blink of an eye, Rivenbark’s best test pass of the day at GALOT Motorsports Park on Sept. 30 went all kinds of wrong. The parachute on his 200-plus-mph Pro Boost Camaro didn’t deploy properly and sparked a crash. The incident did significant damage to the car whose driver was comfortably atop the standings entering last weekend’s PDRA Drag Wars at the Benson, N.C., track.

“It went through the (timing) traps at 3.637 (seconds), the fastest of the day except for Johnny Camp,” said Rivenbark, a 2016 and ‘19 PDRA champion. “It can be good one minute and then bad very quickly.”

Soon after his return to the team’s hauler, another competitor, Stan Shelton, offered Rivenbark the use of his car for the weekend and beyond. Rivenbark entered the event with a 322-point edge over fellow North Carolinian Todd Tutterow, but when the weekend ended, a first-round loss by Rivenbark and a runner-up finish for Tutterow had slashed that margin to a mere 19 points.

MEYER'S TEAM PROVING YOU CAN TEACH OLD SANCTIONING BODY NEW TRICKS, INCLUDING FRIDAY-NIGHT QUALIFYING BONUS CASH

 

It’s clear that NHRA drag racing’s primary industry is neither automotive nor sport. It’s entertainment.

The majority of individuals involved in the Camping World Drag Racing Series would say, as NHRA President Glen Cromwell did, that “we are in the entertainment business.”

COMPULINK TIMING SYSTEM REVEALS IT WILL NOT HAVE SUPPORT STAFF AT NHRA FALL NATIONALS

 

Just days before the NHRA Fall Nationals are scheduled to kick off at the Texas Motorplex outside of Dallas, Texas, Compulink released an official statement to the media on Sunday evening. The creators of the official timing system for the NHRA announced that while their timing system will be used for the event, their staff will not be in attendance at the event for technical support. 

According to the statement, the issue dates back to October 2020, when the Texas Motorplex opted to go with another brand of timing system, thus ending a 35-year relationship. 

HANEY, MARSHALL WIN 2ND RACE OF THROWDOWN IN T-TOWN

Advancing to his third final round in four races, Pro Mod’s Keith Haney knew he needed to finish the job and he turned in a clutch performance at his home track to win the second race of the Osage Hotel Casino Throwdown in T-Town for the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service.

Haney picked up his first win of the season, knocking off Jim Whiteley in the final round at Tulsa Raceway Park to finish off an impressive weekend in style.

SEMA DEBUTS NEW WEB SERIES FOR ANNUAL LAUNCH PAD COMPETITION

​The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has debuted the first episode in its new five-episode streaming series chronicling the ninth year of its Launch Pad competition. The series showcases the ingenuity of rising entrepreneurs in the automotive industry as they pitch their new product or service to a panel of industry experts.

Fifteen individuals have been selected out of a record number of applicants last spring to advance to the semi-final round. From there, five of them will be chosen to compete for cash and prizes at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev., where the series finale will be filmed before it airs on the History Channel on a future date.

MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS OFFERED FALL NATIONALS TICKET DISCOUNTS

It has become a tradition during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series for race tracks across the country to recognize and honor first responders and members of the armed forces. The Texas Motorplex has been a consistent supporter of both remarkable groups of people and their families over the years. This year during the 36th annual Texas NHRA Fall Nationals and Stampede of Speed, the Texas Motorplex will once again offer members of the active or retired military, government employees and first responders a variety of ticket discounts to the NHRA national event.

 

“We look at all the sacrifices first responders and members of the military make every day or have made throughout their careers, and we just wanted to say thank you,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We will be recognizing representatives from the Dallas Five as well as members of the armed services and first responders throughout the event. We also have a special promotion with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation on Saturday.”

OKSAS HEADLINES WINNERS AT THROWDOWN IN T-TOWN

 

Joey Oksas continued his impressive run in Pro Mod, picking up his third straight win with his victory on Friday at the first race of the Osage Hotel Casino Throwdown in T-Town for the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service.

It’s a perfect start to the double-race weekend at Tulsa Raceway Park as Oksas knocked off Jim Whiteley in a pivotal final round to extend his points lead in Pro Mod. Oksas has won every race since the MWDRS returned to action in August in his turbocharged ’67 Mustang, getting the win on Friday when Whiteley went red.

FLASHBACK - IT'S THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE WORLD OF THE 2020 WORLD POWER WHEELSTANDING NATIONALS

Brian Amrosini, the acknowledged "Wheelie King" from Kenosha Wisconsin was crowned overall winner of the 26th World Power Wheel Standing Championships at Byron Dragway.

After climbing atop the leader board with a 410-footer in Round 1, Ambrosini sealed the deal with his 447-foot wheelie in his second attempt of three in Round 2. Ambrosini was presented with the $10,000 Champion's check and handcrafted trophy by Byron Dragway owner B.J. Vangsness.

FRANKLIN, PHARRIS, GILLIG TOP GALOT PDRA WINNERS

 

Two-time world champion Tommy Franklin scored his first Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous victory of the season Saturday night at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Proline Racing DragWars presented by Modern Racing. Franklin in his “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro defeated fellow two-time world champion Jason Harris in the final round at GALOT Motorsports Park. 
 
Daniel Pharris (Penske/PRS Pro Boost presented by WS Construction), Wes Distefano ($hameless Racing Pro Outlaw 632) and Travis Davis (Drag 965 Pro Nitrous Motorcycle) added victories to their 2021 scorecards, while Tony Gillig scored his first Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock presented by AED Competition victory in the debut of his new family-owned car. 

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