NHRA will have 8-car Pro Stock fields at 9 events in 2018

Greg Anderson and Bo Butner with a sparse grandstand at Charlotte last month. 


Trying to save the class, which has seen dwindling racers, sponsors and fan interest, the NHRA will make a change to the Pro Stock schedule for next year.


The Agent has learned that at nine of the 24 national events there will be eight-car fields instead of 16. Those events will be Houston, Topeka, Epping, Englishtown, Bristol, Denver, Sonoma, Seattle and Brainerd.


The sanctioning body is re-evaluating the viability of the class. 

NMCA WEST needs more racer support to survive

A West Coast hummingbird with really tired wings landed on the Phlegm Building porch this morning. NMCA West has not had the support they need from racers this year. Everyone knows that NMCA East and NMRA races are bursting at the seams with growing car counts at all events. But the West coast racers haven’t been turning out this year.


Word is that if the NMCA West Coast World Finals on Oct. 13-15 has another disappointing car count, there may very well not be an NMCA West in 2018.


After the DRO AA/FC Challenge folding due to not enough racer support, this sounds kind of familiar doesn’t it? West Coast racers, your fate may be in your own hands.   

Free mammograms at two NHRA events

Alexis DeJoria Racing’s annual ‘Free Mammograms for the Fans’ program has provided more than 440 free mammography screenings since 2013. Now in its fifth year, the program is on track to reach a major milestone in 2017: 500 free screenings.


Support from The Patrón Spirits Company, Toyota, Global Electronic Technology and Kalitta Motorsports, has enabled Alexis DeJoria Racing to once again partner with Baylor Health and Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) and bring their mobile mammography units (mammovans) to the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals and the NHRA Toyota Nationals.


With an event ticket, women ages 40 and older are able to attend the Dallas and Las Vegas races and receive a free mammogram regardless of health insurance status. Multiple sources cite lack of health insurance, high out-of-pocket cost, and lack of access to care as the primary reasons women forgo this important yearly screening.


Alexis DeJoria’s Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car will be decked out with bright pink accents in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.


“We’re so honored and grateful to be working with these amazing organizations and to be able to use our platform in the greater good for the fight against this horrible epidemic,” said DeJoria, who, as one of the few females in the male-dominated motorsports industry, felt compelled to do more than simply raise awareness for breast cancer, and instead provide a direct service for the NHRA’s female fan base.


No appointments are necessary.   

Tucson holds Fall Fuel Extravaganza

Greg Holman 2017 WFA Champ just prior to recording top speed of the meet with a 208.55 blast at the 3,000-ft. elevation track. 


Tucson Dragway held their Fall Fuel Extravaganza on Sept. 30.


The Western Fuel Altered group ran an eight-car show with Sheldon Lofgreen’s turbocharged entry taking down the hardware. However, Greg Holman’s “Carbon Copy” roadster from Kingman, AZ, won the WFA Season Championship by making the semifinals and winning at Albuquerque and Western Colorado during the season.


The WFA race was contested by more than the eight cars that qualified, making runs on Friday very interesting. A full field assembled for the first round on Saturday. Rich Nasby, Greg Holman, Sheldon Lofgreen, and Mitch Bowen advanced to the semifinal round. Lofgreen used a .076 RT at 6.63/195.48 to beat 2016 Season Champ Bowen, who was right there at 6.70/205.22. Nasby set the quickest RT of the event with a stellar .031 at 6.81/198.64 to stop new season champ Holman’s close .044 RT at 6.82/200.77. The final saw Lofgreen, .055 RT at 6.63/197.65 over Nasby’s 6.84/196.93.

In CIFCA action, Tony Trimp drove the ‘Happy Hour’ Nitro Funny Car to a close win over “Back in Black” using a .062 reaction time at 7.67 to the losing .080 RT and 7.66 seconds. It was that close! Event Champ Trimp did not have the quickest E.T. but his .007 RT in round one advanced him to the semifinals. 

The race featured the Summit season finale for the coveted NHRA #1 award, which was claimed by hard working Mike Gardner driving his Ford Falcon to the win over MX winner Marlene Patterson. 


The Pro bracket went to Jon Stoll with his dragster over Rodney Ward’s ’64 Chevy Truck from Willcox. Sportsman Eliminator went to Rusty Schaffer from Sahuarita over Tony Luceri of Hereford.  

Will IDBL records fall at Fall Nationals at Maryland?

The International Drag Bike League  will hold their Fall Nationals Oct. 6-8 at Maryland International Raceway.


Sixteen-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry "Spiderman" McBride made motorcycle racing history at the last IDBL event at Maryland in July. He posted a jaw-dropping, 5.74-second run on his 1,500-plus horsepower machine known as Star. It was the second quickest drag bike run of all-time and the best in American history.


McBride believes MDIR's outstanding track prep and cool fall air gives him the opportunity to become the first rider ever to break into the 5.60-second zone.


Championship racing will take place all weekend in all the following divisions: DME Real Street, Vance & Hines 4.60, FBR Shop 5.60, World Wide Bearings Crazy 8's, APE Trac King Top Sportsman, Shinko Pro ET, Lady Law, Street ET, and Cycledrag.com Grudge. 

ADRL scrubs Memphis event

The ADRL event on the 2017 schedule for this weekend at Memphis will not be held. The next and final event of the season will be Dragstock on Nov. 17-18 at Rockingham Dragway.


There are five tentative events on the 2018 schedule: March 2-3 TBA; May 11-12 at Texas Motorplex; July 13-14 TBA; Sept. 7-8 TBA; and Nov. 16-17 at Rockingham Dragway. 

Southeast Gassers notch Darlington wins

Darlington (SC) Dragway hosted the Southeast Gassers on Saturday, Sept. 24. There are no times given for this series, just winners. 

Alan Gauldin was A/Gas winner

Tim Bailey won C/Gas.

Todd Oden was D/Gas winner. 


Next event for the Southeast Gassers is Saturday, Oct. 14, at North Myrtle Beach Dragstrip in South Carolina. They close out their season on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Shadyside Dragway in Shelby, NC.

DigNight to hold no-prep event at Tucson early next year

DigNight Street Racing LLC has partnered with Tucson Dragway and Arizona No Prep Racing to bring the racing series known as DigNight to Tucson Dragway in early 2018.


DigNight will bring their standard classes including Big Tire, Small Tire, True Street and Factory Street along with the 5.80 and 6.50 index classes.


“After watching no-prep race events for the past two years, it’s time to take Arizona No Prep to the next level,” said Tucson Dragway’s Jim Hughes. “Traveling to Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana to watch how organizations like Shannon Morgan’s Redemption Series and Mike Murillo and Scott Taylor’s Dirty South No Prep event was awesome. Our goal was to follow in their footsteps.”


Doug Johnson, official DigNight announcer and promoter, said, “The Southwest portion of the country is ripe for a show like DigNight and we really appreciate the opportunity to work with Arizona No Prep Racing at Tucson Dragway.” 

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