‘Blue Max’ skids off the runway

Dan Shaw posted this video on Facebook of Ronny Young in the “Blue Max” AA/FC driving off the end of the racetrack at the Nitro Chaos event at North Star Dragway in Denton, TX.


A call to his old friend by the Agent says that Ronny is OK, but the car is not. It will be repaired at Ty Baumgartner’s Hallsville, Missouri shop. 

DRO AA/FC Challenge is finished

Paul Romine won two events this year and was leading the points. 


The DRO AA/FC Challenge portion of the Goodguys event at Bowling Green, KY, will not be held.


The Goodguys will hold their drag racing event on Oct. 13-14, and may invite some AA Funny Cars, but it won’t be under the DRO name.


Due to lack of participation in the DRO series, it will not continue says series director, Jeff Burk.


“I tried to make a go of this,” said Burk, “but could not get enough racers to make it viable.


“I want to thank the racers that did participate. I certainly appreciate their loyalty and support, but I’m not going to do this again.”


Funny Car drivers that wish to participate should contact Jason Bunker at the Goodguys.  

DeJoria to hang up driver suit?

The Agent hears from a reliable source that Alexis DeJoria probably will quit driving the Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car after this season.


After two bad crashes and not making the Countdown this year, the Agent certainly understands if DeJoria wants to spend more time with her kids and husband.   

T.J. Coughlin to test in A Fuel Dragster

A note is the mayo jar on the Phlegm Building porch tells us that Troy Coughlin Jr. will be testing in Randy Meyer’s Top Fueler after the Texas NHRA Nationals. 

NHRA adds events to Factory Stock Showdown; will be stand-alone class

Scott Libersher (near lane) and Stephen Bell during the Factory Stock showdown at the U.S. Nationals. 


The School of Automotive Machinists & Technology NHRA Factory Stock Showdown will be expanded to compete at seven events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. For the first time, the category will race at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. and AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Dallas.


Drivers will once again be competing for a year-end NHRA Wally based on the best six of seven events.


There will also be changes to the category including an expanded field of 16 cars taking part each weekend. Also, the SAM Tech NHRA Factory Stock Showdown will be contested as its own eliminator.


2018 Factory Stock Showdown


March 15-18 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.

April 27-29 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.

June 15-17 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn.

June 21-24 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio

Aug. 29-Sept. 3 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis

Sept. 21-23 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis

Oct. 4-7 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas  

Gibbs may hold another ‘Nitro Revival’

After the smashing success of Steve Gibbs’ “Nitro Revival” last weekend at Barona Drags in Barona, CA, the Agent hears that Gibbs (seen above with Linda Vaughn) is thinking of staging another event at Tulsa, OK, or Amarillo, TX.


Just when and where remain to be seen, but it’s a pretty good bet that cars, racers, and fans will turn out.


We will have a look at the Barona event coming Monday in the October issue of DRO.   

SHRA holds final season event at North Star Dragway

The Southwest Heritage Racing Association presented by MalloryPrint.com and Mears Mazda Volvo will hold its ninth and final event of the season on Saturday, Oct. 7, at North Star Dragway in Denton, TX.


Gates will open at noon and racing begins at 3 p.m. for the NE1, NE2, NE3, Old School No electronics, Old School Electronics and Nostalgia Super Stock classes.   

Lawrence buys Xceleration Media

James Lawrence, owner of Dragzine.com has reportedly purchased Xceleration Media.


Xceleration Media Network, owned by COMP Cams Co. produces several automotive titles including Drag Racing Scene, Gearheads 4 Life, One Dirt, Power & Performance News, and Street Rod Life.


The Agent thinks one reason for the purchase may be that since the Discovery Channel bought TEN, publishers of Hot Rod and Motor Trend among many others, their focus may be more on Fortune 500 national advertisers, pricing out smaller advertisers. Having a stable of publications may allow for smaller automotive advertisers to have an economic way to reach their customers.


And the Agent must remind you that DRO is a great buy for your advertising dollars.

Bullock takes original Super Chevy Show win at Rockingham

Nashville’s Phillip Bullock extended his mastery at Rockingham Dragway by driving his venerable 1966 Chevy station wagon to its second Top ET victory in three years in the Original Super Chevy Show Series.


Bullock beat Raeford’s Tommy Strickland in Sunday’s final giving him bookend wins in the all-Chevy event: victories in 2015 and 2017 around a runner-up finish in 2016. Phillip Bullock, Nashville, 1966 Chevy wagon, .031, 6.031 on a 5.990, 107.59 mph, def. Tommy Strickland, Raeford, .012, 16.691 on a 4.530, 43.17 mph.


In Footbrake, Richard Alford Jr., Raleigh, .007, 6.193 on a 6.160, 101.29 mph, def. Wesley Roberts, Benson, .035, 5.778 on a 5.760, 118.04 mph.


DOT Street Tire: Ken Myrick, Julian, 1970 Chevy Nova, .006, 12.748 on a 12.770, 100.17 mph, def. Ted Carter, Ellerbe, 1967 Chevelle, .065, 10.514 breakout on a 10.540, 126.23 mph.


Trophy: Ronnie Locklear, Rowland, 2004 Buick, .246, 18.171 on a 15.600, 59.02 mph, def. John Sobczk, Kill Devil Hills, 1991 Camaro, .173, 15.199 on a 9.500, 82.58 mph.

Rockingham’s Terry Rosberg won the jet car match race with Joe Zaccaro at a best e.t. of 5.46 seconds with a speed of 290.01 mph.


Walter Reardon of Savannah, Ga., drove Scott Cozzali’s 1955 Chevy Bel Air to victory over Kip Kauffman of Elgin, S.C., in the “Clash of the Classics” shootout. 

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Maddox wins Fall Fling Final on Saturday

Saturday was Day Last for the Sparco Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Bristol Dragway.


First up -- and an actual first for the ‘Fling -- was the wedding of Stephen and Kimmy Marinchek with the Minister of Parking, Sally Martini, officiating right on the starting line.


Then co-promoter Peter Biondo had an announcement for the crowd. “After another very smooth event and listening to our racers’ opinions, we have come to realize that our East Coast Fling events are growing rapidly. In order for us to continue to give our racers an optimum experience, we have made the decision to limit the amount of entries for our East Coast 2018 Spring Fling at Galot, and 2018 Fall Fling at Bristol.”


All the details have been finalized yet, but the cap number will be somewhere in the 350 to 390 car count range. As a loyalty gesture, anyone that has attended any one of the previous Flings will have first priority to pre-enter both events in 2018.


As for eliminations, round seven opened with nine survivors; Shane Maddox, Mike Moore, Bradley Chartier, Ivey Brannon, Carroll Click, Jake Woodring, Cameron Manuel, Severn Johnson and Joe Gary. Winners of that round included Moore, Woodring, Brannon, Gary and Maddox taking the bye into the quarters.


For the quarterfinals, Maddox used a better reaction time than Moore to move to the semis, while Gary used a .002 reaction time to defeat Woodring, and Brannon took the odd car bye run. The ladder is reset every round to reaction time, with the exception the best driver might have already had a bye. In this case, all three drivers already had bye runs so the ladder reverts to the best reaction time, which was the newly crowned as of this point, Todd’s Extreme Paint MVP Award recipient Joe Gary. Gary would move to his second $20,000 ‘Fling final after winning on Racepak Thursday, while Maddox and Brannon would do battle.


Ironically, all of the semifinalists reside within 30 minutes of one another and it was Maddox Race Cars who built Gary’s car along with rebuilding Brannon’s dragster. With Brannon doing an admirable job all day driving, it was Maddox who laid down a .028 package making Brannon’s .032 reaction time mathematically ineligible for a win. So, with Gary taking the odd car bye, the final day of the Fall Fling will come down to two door cars.


For the final, only .05 separated them in handicap with Maddox leaving first, but Gary’s -.004 red-light ended the night and moved Maddox into his second Spring Fling final.


Next Fling event will be the K&N Spring Fling Million at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 16-21. Then comes the K&N Spring Fling at Galot Motorsports Park in North Carolina, May 1-5.

Lancaster Dragway crowns champions

Lancaster (NY) National Dragway's 2017 season came to an end on Friday, Sept. 29, after the final Franco's Pizza IHRA Drag Racing event of the year was rained out. With the schedule now in the books that means the 2017 drag racing track champions have been decided, and they will be honored at the Season Awards Banquet on Friday, Nov. 10.

Dale Eckert captured his first career Mallare Enterprises Top ET championship following a run of 10 titles in 11 years while competing in Mod ET. Eckert edged Jan Winkowski by just ten points to lock up the title.

Reid Ricketson became just the third different driver in 12 years to win the McGard Mod ET championship. Ricketson and teammate Ray Thurston IV combined to win two races in 2017 to help clinch the track title one week before the season ended.

In Hebeler's Sales Bikes and Sleds, Mike Peters won his second-straight track championship. Peters won three out of the first four races of the season and then won the final race of the year to edge fellow four-time race winner Lucas Salemi for the title. He has won the Bikes & Sleds championships in three out of the last four years.

Mason Fix repeated as track champion in Tread City Tire Street ET. Fix won the final two races of the year to help propel him ahead of Eddie Semlitsch for the Street crown.

In the Tuesday night Junior Dragster program, Zac Vitez won his second track championship in three years.     




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