Records fall at Midwest Nationals

National and track records were set Friday evening during qualifying for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois.

Clay Millican, 51, of Drummonds, Tennessee set a new national elapsed time (E.T.) record of 3.631 seconds during the second round of Top Fuel Dragster qualifying. The old record of 3.640 seconds was set by Leah Pritchett in Brainerd, Minnesota, in August.


“That’s the shortest amount of time I’ve ever worked,” Millican said. “That is 100 percent David Grubnic doing his thing.” Grubnic, a former Top Fuel Dragster driver, is Millican’s crew chief. “He does it his way, there is no shared information because this is a one-car team.”

Robert Hight broke the track record for Funny Car top speed during the first round of qualifying. The new mark is 338.60 miles per hour. He then set a new Funny Car track E.T. record with a blistering pass of 3.830 seconds during the second qualifying session.

A new Gateway track record for Top Fuel Dragster top speed was set by Doug Kalitta -- 331.85 miles per hour – eclipsing Dave Connolly’s record of 329.99 miles per hour, set in 2015.

Mike Castellana ran the quickest during the first day of qualifying at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Castellana raced a track elapsed-time record of 5.713-seconds at 253.85 mph in his Al Anabi Racing Chevrolet Camaro during the second round of qualifying.


See the professional class results at here.   

Nobile team to sit out rest of season

A note in the old mayo jar on the Phlegm Building second-story penthouse porch says that the Mountain View Pro Stock team with Vincent Nobile driver will not be racing the rest of the season. They currently are 10th in Countdown to the Championship points. Contrary to some rumors, they are not quitting, they are putting all of their effort into a new race car for 2018. They’re not happy with the performance of the car this year and want to get back on top. Don’t expect to see them before the Winternationals.   

Fall Fling Friday Results

Troy Williams Jr.


For Friday’s ATI Performance Products-sponsored race at Bristol Dragway, the purse increased with a whopping $50,000 going to the winner and 390 cars made the first-round call. Besides the purse, over $50,000 in hardcore products are randomly awarded directly to racers. And the awards are not simply a gift certificate or piece of paper but rather the products themselves.


“There aren’t enough thanks we could offer everyone who made the trip here and have helped to make this event run as smoothly as it has,” echoed the sentiments of both co-promoters Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel.


Moving along in the program, at the ladder round nine remained: Stephen “Champ” McCrory; Spring Fling winner Bug McCarty, Door Car Shootout winner Jeremy York, one of the “voices” of the ‘Fling, Jared Pennington, also a Spring Fling winner; Darren Lotts, Tuesday’sDragster Shootout winner Troy Williams Jr.; former NHRA world champ Kevin Brannon; Kyle Cultrera; and finally Josh Lueke. Four door cars left to do battle with the dragsters.


Survivors of that round included Williams, McCrory, McCarty, Luedke and York; three door cars and two dragsters. The door cars hung tough in the quarters with McCarty and York sliding through to the semis with Williams defeating McCrory with a .002 reaction time that gave him the bye run at three cars, assuring it would be a door car versus dragster final.

Jeremy York


In the semis, McCarty fouled away his chances with a -.001 red-light. Unfortunately, York hurt his engine on that run and was unable to return for the final to give the newly crowned IHRA Top Dragster world champion Williams a $50,000 payday to add to his resume of wins.


“I feel so bad for Jeremy,” said Williams, “and I didn’t want to win that way. I have to thank FTI Transmissions, Steve Schmidt, Mickey Thompson Tires, and all my sponsors for the great support they give me.”

The final run of the day was the Brodix Best Package Award for the door car and dragster with the best package all week. It turned out to be a battle of age versus youth, with 74-year old TC Smith and 30-year old “Nasty Nick” Hastings. At the finish line, it was proof that old age and treachery can still beat youth and exuberance with Smith taking home a set of Brodix SR20 cylinder heads.   




official DRO sponsors

 © 1999-2017 - Drag Racing Online and Racing Net Source LLC - 607 Seib Drive, O'Fallon, MO 63366 Phone: 636.272.6301 - Privacy Policy

fficial ponsors