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‘KID CHAOS’ COOL, CALM, COMFORTABLE

 

Second-year, second-generation Pro Stock racer Kyle Koretsky has (the second-hand-ish) nickname “Kid Chaos.” It’s a play-on-words taken from dad Kenny Koretsky’s reputation as “Captain Chaos.” But Kyle Koretsky rather likes it.

“Yeah, I like it. Gives a little twist to it,” Koretsky, the newest KB Racing team who’ll turn 32 next month, said.

It’s fitting. He caused a little chaos in his previous appearance here, advancing to Pro Stock’s final round against Erica Enders at the 2020 Finals. (He missed his chance to earn a Wally trophy in his rookie season by leaving the starting line .051 of a second too early.)

TEAM KALITTA EXTENDS HOSPITALITY OFFER FOR SOUTHERN NATIONALS

 

Heading into the final NHRA Southern Nationals, May 1-2, Kalitta Motorsports wants to say thank you to all our loyal fans with a special promotional VIP hospitality offer. Fans heading to Atlanta Dragway can get a once-in-a-lifetime, all-inclusive experience with the multi-time world championship team. So far this season Kalitta Motorsports has been one of the most dominant teams on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series with J.R. Todd’s season-opening victory at the Gatornationals and Shawn Langdon’s runner-up finish. Last weekend at the Las Vegas Four-Wide Doug Kalitta took runner-up honors. Currently, Todd is No. 2 in Funny Car points while Langdon and Kalitta hold the No. 2 and No. 4 positions in Top Fuel, respectively.

HOLLEY ACQUIRES AEM PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS

 

Holley, the Bowling Green, Kentucky-based performance automotive enthusiast platform, has announced the acquisition of AEM Performance Electronics, the developer and supplier of electronic control and monitoring systems.   

“We are very excited to have the vast resources that an industry-leading company like Holley provides to help us accelerate the development of our products, particularly in the EV conversion space,” AEM Division President Greg Neuwirth said. “Additionally, AEM and Holley each possess unique skillsets which will undoubtedly complement each other’s development.”  

AEM joins the Holley portfolio of brands, including Holley EFI, APR, Earl’s Performance Plumbing, Flowmaster, GearFX Driveline, HANS, Hooker, Hilborn Fuel Injection, MSD, Nitrous Oxide Systems, Racepak, Simpson, Stilo, STS Turbo, Tremec, and more.   

NMRA ANNOUNCES ALL-FEMALE TRUE STREET DIVISION

 

The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals is excited to announce the addition of an All-Female True Street category to the upcoming Ohio event. Presented by Baer Brake Systems, All-Female True Street will take place during the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park the weekend of June 10-13, 2021. Summit Motorsports Park is a world-class facility located in Norwalk, Ohio, and is the fourth stop of the NMRA series tour. 

RUPERT EARNS FUEL FUNNY CAR LICENSE

Last fall, Jason Rupert began the licensing process behind the wheel of a Big Show nitro-burning Funny Car. The experience got his attention. Five months later, another run further down the track had him revaluating his mission.

Rupert, on his first run at The Strip at Las Vegas to finish the procedures for his driving credentials, said the hit of the throttle on his Ford Mustang Funny Car "knocked the wind out of him."

An experience, Rupert added, which left him feeling that he'd launched on the starting line in the front seat and went through the lights in the trunk.

INDEPENDENT TF RACER ROB PASSEY LIVING HIS PASSION

 

Back when drag racing was really hip – and when it was really hip to say “hip” – kids all over America gathered used Coca-Cola bottles and returned them to stores to collect the deposit. (Customers paid a deposit on each bottle purchased and would get that deposit back when they returned the bottles for recycling.) Hardly a youngster did it to be environmentally conscious or beautify the community – it was all about the money. For Rob Passey, he spent many a summer afternoon in his Salt Lake City neighborhood scrounging for discarded Coke bottles so he could use the change to buy the latest issue of Super Stock magazine.

He was around 10 years old at the time, and lingering over those pages stoked his romance with the sport and kindled the idea that some day he could be like those men on the pages. He could see himself hurtling down a dragstrip at breakneck speed, throwing out a parachute that fluttered in the air with a “so-there” kind of daredevil flair, then stepping from the land rocket ship as cool as an astronaut returning from outer space. And astronauts were kings in those days, when the Space Age was gaining traction. Passey said of those pioneering race-car drivers, “I looked at those guys as a 10-year-old kid, growing up, [and thought], ‘That’s it. I’m going to drive a fuel car.’

CHANGES PROMPT ANDERSON TO THINK ABOUT END OF HIS CAREER

 

One day, it seems, four-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson was grooving along, comfortable in his ability to accumulate victories. (He just added another, his 95th, on his 60th birthday last month at the season-opening Gatornationals.) He was comfortable with teammates and fellow champions Jason Line and Bo Butner, as well as with his competitors. He still was at least one of the class dominators, secure in his Summit Racing Equipment banner-carrying at KB Racing.  

But all of a sudden, he looked around and the landscape was different. Line and Butner stepped away from their driving duties. He didn’t win any one of the 11 races last season – while Matt Hartford and Aaron Stanfield won in Texas and were runners-up at other races, as were class rookies Troy Coughlin Jr. and Kyle Koretsky. His chief rival, Erica Enders, was gaining on his legacy with her fourth series title. And his longtime Summit primary sponsorship evaporated, leaving him to chase new funding sources.

 Anderson’s world in 2021 definitely is different. But he’s rolling with these rather painful – or at least stinging – punches.

DRAG RACER CYNTHIA PHILLIPS PASSES AWAY

Drag racing lost one of its finest on April 19, 2021, as longtime crewmember turned Gasser racer Cynthia Phillips passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Phillips was drag racer turned Gasser promoter Quain Stott's companion for over 35 years. The two started dating in 1985, and from this point, she worked alongside him until she started drag racing a 1956 Chevy on the South East Gassers Association tour. Her foundation as a driver was laid many years before she began driving.

SNEAK PEEK - CHRIS AND WAYNE NEWMAN'S NEW RJ RACE CARS TOP SPORTSMAN

When Chris and Wayne Newman saw their new 2021 Camaro from RJ Race Cars, it was love at first sight. It was also validation they had made the right decision.

The father and son team from Southern California plan to race the car in NHRA's Division 7 Top Sportsman, and have hinted they may drift out of division for a few races.

TORRENCE FEELS PRESSURE AS NEW DAD BUT DELIVERS 41ST TOP FUEL VICTORY AS FOUR-WIDE KING

Four-wide NHRA drag racing is wild enough by itself. Top Fuel racer Antron Brown calls it “controlled chaos.”

But if the Denso Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is double the trouble and double the excitement, double that for Steve Torrence – or triple that.

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