NHRA promotes Cromwell to president; Clifford to CEO

The National Hot Rod Association today announced that Glen Cromwell, who rose through NHRA’s ranks from Division Director to become Senior Vice President, Media and Marketing, is promoted to President, effective January 1, 2018.


Cromwell succeeds Peter Clifford as President. Clifford will assume the newly created post of Chief Executive Officer, following over 20 years with the organization, including serving as its president since 2015. Cromwell, who joined NHRA in 1997, will head up NHRA’s leadership team and will report to Clifford and the board.


“Glen Cromwell takes the helm of NHRA at an exciting time, with all of our metrics on the upswing,” said Dallas Gardner, Chairman of the NHRA Board of Directors. “With the forward momentum created by Peter Clifford’s leadership, including leading NHRA’s transition to producing its own television programs in-house and creating an entirely new broadcast and media organization, Glen will be able to build the sport even further. Glen began his career with NHRA as a division director, and was hands-on in running NHRA’s grassroots racing series in the southwestern United States and Hawaii. He soon moved into a broader marketing role and has played a major part in NHRA’s growth over the years, leading countless initiatives to bring the sport to more people and to support racers, teams, sponsors, and always our fans, both on-site and at home.” 

SEMA Show begins in Las Vegas

The 2017 SEMA Show runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Las Vegas with thousands of attendees walking among the displays of new products.


The Traxxas Top Fuel Experience Sweepstakes will give one lucky winner the chance to ride along in a Top Fuel car piloted by three-time champion Larry Dixon or indulge in a $10,000 shopping spree.


“Starting during the SEMA Show, we are giving people a chance at the Traxxas Top Fuel Experience." Traxxas Marketing Manager Damron Atkins explained, "we will offer signups at SEMA, and in the Traxxas display at select events, along with the opportunity to enter through our website at Traxxas.com.


“It will all come together ahead of next year’s SEMA Show, when we pick a winner and strap them into the car for an unforgettable ride.”


Look for Dixon’s NitroX2 dragster and enter for your chance to win the Traxxas Top Fuel Experience at SEMA Booth #21429. 

Services set for Gas Ronda

A memorial service will be held for legendary driver Gas Ronda on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert, CA.


Following the service a Celebration of Life will be held just down the road at Cactus Jack’s, a popular watering hole. 

Tucson hosts WCHRA ‘Duel in the Desert’

The West Coast Hot Rod Association ran on the eighth mile at Tucson Dragway on Oct. 27-28. This was another mostly “no time” event.

This non-descript ’55 Chevy was driven to the Big Tire win by Cole Dow from Vacaville, CA.

Lee and Mary Baltzell’s “Terminator” Firebird based in Lake Havasu, AZ, was second to Dow in the Big Tire final with Mary driving.

Michael Orban from Santa Maria, CA, won the Small Tire final.

Josh Edwards (near lane), seen here against Vic Brum in the quarter finals, was the Small Tire runner-up.

Super Pro went to local favorite Joe Kidd Jr. with his Chevy S-10 truck, 7.90 at 113.16 mph. (Brad Baker photos)


Other winners were: Brett Bukowski (Outlaw 8.5), Bill Wallace (Ultra Street), and Mark Johns (Pro). 

Mears, Cameron and Morrison get SHRA Alkydigger Shootout wins

The Dooley & Sons Hot Rod Shop Alkydigger Shootout is a big event each year at the season-ending SHRA Championship Finals. This year 24 race (eight in each class) battled for the $1,500 cash prize. 

Andy Mears in the “Dragon Slayer” was the NE1 champion when opponent Tommy Drozd broke out running a 4.61 while Mears had a nearly perfect 4.655.

In the 5.0 Index NE2 class Jeff Cameron took the final win against a red-lighting Mike Caknupp.

Doug Morrison took another win in NE3 when his opponent, Josh Moseley, also fouled at the start.



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