The third race of the Aeroquip Heads Up Racing Series that was rained out last Friday, has been rescheduled to Friday, July 14, at Michigan’s Milan Dragway. Racing begins on the quarter mile at 4:30 p.m. [07/11/17]
MagnaFuel has stepped up to present a pair of $2,500-to-win shootout races for Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors at the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by One Cure and J&A Service, Aug. 4-5, at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, CO.
The MagnaFuel Quick Star 16 (door cars) and Pro Star 16 (dragsters) Shootouts will supplement the $10,000-to-win Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout and $100,000-to-win World Series of Pro Mod.
Racers competing in the Pro Star 16 Shootout and Quick Star 16 Shootout will receive three qualifying sessions on Friday, Aug. 4. The 16-car qualified fields will race on Saturday and will follow standard Top Sportsman/Top Dragster rules. The winners of the two MagnaFuel Shootouts will square off for a $1,000 “King of the Hill” bonus race.
Also on the schedule will be the JR Race Cars 7.90 Shootout. [07/11/17]
Summit Racing Equipment recently announced the promotion of Al Noe to Chief Marketing Officer. Noe replaces Jeff Winters who retired last month after 15 years with Summit.
Noe’s new role will provide leadership and direction for all marketing activities, departments and their managers including: Advertising, Business, Development, Catalog Production, Costing and Pricing, Events and Motorsports, Internet Marketing and Purchasing.
Noe started working with Summit in 2007 and has held several positions over the years, most recently as Chief Product Officer. [07/11/17]
United Nitro Funny Cars held their second Northwest Invitational over the weekend at Seattle with nitro funny car rookie Bobby Cottrell taking the trophy and handing the winner’s purse over to “Northwest Hitter” Camaro owners Bucky Austin and Mike O’Brien.
After a huge top-end fire in the first qualifier, Cottrell and the team pulled out a fresh engine to qualify second at 5.694 at 257.38 mph, behind “Mr. Explosive” Mark Sanders’ 5.677 at 224.81 mph. The all 5-second field was rounded out by Chris Davis in the “Old School Nitro” Arrow with a stout 5.875 ET at 238.85 mph.
On the way to the late Saturday night final, Cottrell twice reset the Pacific Raceways’ track record (5.658 and 5.641), then lined up against former 7.0 Pro rival Mike Peck driving Don Nelson’s “California Hustler” Firebird, tuned by Ronnie Swearingen.
At the green, Cottrell left first with fellow funny car rookie Peck right behind. Both cars shook the tires before mid–track and both drivers pedaled on and off the throttle while Cottrell crossed the finish line first, running a 6.350 ET at 235.89 mph to Peck’s trailing 8.018/124.82.
Four weeks ago in Spokane, Danny Gerber’s “Wasn’t Easy” Firebird took the UNFC cash in a tough eight-car field. After the success of these two Invitationals, the United Nitro Funny Cars is expecting to expand their schedule for the 2018 season farther into the Southwest and possibly Texas. [07/11/17]
For the first time in the Professional Drag Racers Association’s three-season history, the all-eighth-mile series will race at the historic Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend. The inaugural PDRA Mid-America Indy Showdown, July 13-15, is the fifth stop on the PDRA’s eight-race 2017 tour, bringing the stars of eighth-mile doorslammer racing to Indianapolis.
One match-up that fans can see only at the PDRA Mid-America Indy Showdown is a Friday-night grudge race between 2015 Pro Extreme world champion Jason Scruggs and NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster star Dave Hirata. It’s a one-of-a-kind pairing that will see Scruggs’ screw-blown “Mississippi Missile” ’69 Camaro line up alongside the nitromethane-injected A/Fuel dragster of Hirata.
Joining Scruggs and his Pro Extreme competitors at the PDRA Mid-America Indy Showdown will be the stars of Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle. The PDRA’s sportsman standouts in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Junior Dragster, Top Junior Dragster and Bracket Bash will also take to the Lucas Oil Raceway eighth mile for the first time. [07/11/17]
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