Stine is Wednesday winner at Fall Fling

Yukon Gear & Axle Wednesday at the Sparco Fall Fling presented by Optima Batteries had blue skies and hot weather.


Three hours of time trials followed by eliminations found 323 cars making the first-round call. For round six, there remained 15 racers: Million Dollar winner Jeff Verdi; Pro Stock crew chief Tommy Lee; Mike McKay, Austin Durham; Tommy Zimmerman; Anthony Bertozzi still left in with two entries; Chris Stine; Jamie Bridge; Scott Albrecht; Jeff Taylor; Johnny Ezell; Cody McDaniel; Taylor Sweeton; and Bobby Spence. Six of the remaining were door cars.


Survivors of round six included Bridge, Taylor, Zimmerman, Ezell, McDaniel, Stine, and Bertozzi still hanging tough with both of his entries. Unfortunately, Bertozzi’s Cinderella ride ended in the quarterfinals with him being defeated by McDaniel and Stine. The two remaining combatants for the semifinals were Bridge and Ezell.


For the semis, Ezell and Stine faced off with Stine getting the win, while McDaniel and Bridge raced to the finish line with McDaniel getting the nod into the $15,000-to-win final. Indiana versus Tennessee, respectively.


Racing any of the Flings is a tough proposition and Chris Stine showed just how tough it can be. He used a .006 reaction time coupled with a dead-on the dial with a “2” to turn away Cody McDaniel. McDaniel’s reaction time was a .014 which actually left him “mathematically ineligible” for the win, but still earned him a $3,000 check to get his weekend started, while Stine walked away with his $15,000 winnings. 

Pro Mod championship is still within reach for Troy Coughlin

Two-time Pro Mod world champion Troy Coughlin will be the first to tell you he dodged a big bullet at the last J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event two weeks ago in Charlotte when he inexplicably lost in the first round yet kept his championship hopes very much alive when title rival Mike Castellana exited one session later.


"It could have been a walkaway for Mike but he ran into a tough opponent Round 2 when he raced Jonathan Gray so we're still in the hunt," Coughlin said. "I don't think anyone is surprised Jonathan is running so well. He's got Rickie Smith tuning that car and they're going gangbusters, for sure. It's a good thing they haven't run all year or they may be the ones we are all chasing at this point."


The unexpected turn of events for the two most dominant cars in the class left Coughlin just 48 points, or a little more than two rounds of racing action, behind Castellana with two races left in the season, including this weekend's sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.


"We still need Mike to get beat early and we need to go a round or two more on race day to tighten this thing up for the finale in Las Vegas," Coughlin said. "They definitely should out-qualify us with recent rule changes and the weather we're expecting this weekend, so it'll be the work we do on race day that'll ultimately put us over the top.


"The good news is that even though we lost a bunch of horsepower with that unexpected rule change, we've still got a fighter jet here with our twin-turbo Chevrolet Corvette C7. We plan to go as hard as we can every single round, including during qualifying, and we will not quit until it's over." 

NHRA changes Countdown schedule for 2018

The NHRA has changed some dates for next year’s Countdown to the Championship.


The six race Countdown will begin at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA, on Sept. 13-16 followed by Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis on Sept. 21-23; the Texas Motorplex in Dallas, TX, on Oct. 4-7; zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, NC, on Oct. 12-14; The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 25-28; and ending at Pomona, CA, on Nov. 8-11. 

Rogers reigns at San Antonio MWPMS race

Starting from a fourth-place qualifying effort of 3.97 seconds over the eighth-mile at San Antonio Raceway this past weekend, Eddie Rogers went on to score his second Mid-West Pro Mod Series victory of the season. Rogers steered his supercharged ’69 Chevelle to a winning 4.04-second pass in the final over the blown, late-model Corvette of Jonas Aleshire, who was disqualified for leaving a fraction of a second before the green light flashed.


“Neither one of us knew he had redlighted until we got down to the end of the track,” said Rogers, from Berryville, Arkansas. “Apparently he got loose anyway and slowed down a little bit and we didn’t make a great pass, but you just race to the conditions you’re given. It was enough to win and that’s all that really counts.”


Track co-owner and MWPMS organizer Keith Haney also races his nitrous-boosted 2014 Camaro in the series and qualified number one with a 3.90 that stood up as quick time for the meet. Haney lost traction, however, in the semi-finals against Rogers.


“The rear tires just broke loose 280 feet out,” Haney explained. “Just like a fuel car; I had never had that happen like that before.


“It was still a good weekend, though,” he continued. “The track was good, the management and staff at the San Antonio track were great to work with, and everyone with the Mid-West Pro Mod Series had a great time there. We were a little short on cars because some were previously committed to attending another event and a couple were out of service, but contrary to some Internet rumor starters, we still paid out a full purse in cash at the track, which I know Eddie and his team very much appreciated.”


After also winning there earlier this year, Rogers now looks forward to a return to Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park for the 2017 MWPMS World Finals Oct. 13-14, which with 27 pre-entries is shaping up to be the biggest race in series history.    

‘Bloodhound’ barks to life

We have been telling you about the “Bloodhound” world land speed record project over the past few months. The team hopes to reach 1,000 mph in the streamline that uses jet and rocket motors.


The car is now in the UK and our own Motorcycle Editor, Tom McCarthy, will be following the crew for the next few days and hopes to bring us an interview with the driver, Andy Green.


The car will return to South Africa for the speed record attempt. 

Another hound in the DRO fold

And speaking of hounds, we introduce Ace the bluetick hound that has joined the DRO office staff. Here he is trying out the Burkalounger with DRO editor Jeff Burk (Ace is certain he is a lap dog). He is 2 years old and was a rescue dog. Still a little rambunctious (hence the blurry photo), but daily long walks seem to calm them both down.    

Wild Horse holds Summit final

Jay Thompson was the winner of the event and the season champion in E.T Motorcycle Eliminator. 


The NHRA Summit Final was held Sept. 24 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park under the direction of Special Events Coordinator, Victoria Griffey. Several hundred Arizona racers vied for the trophies and a final No. 1.


Sportsman Eliminator went to Jim Mower driving a ’62 Fairlane over Steven Watkins’ Formula Pontiac.


The large field in Pro came down to two Mustangs in the final with Paul Lorton’s 1990 model taking the win over the ’79 of Todd Beaudoin.


Russ Stzryker’s dragster got the Super Pro win over the Pontiac of Bernie Polvadore. 

Arrington Performance sold, will move operation to Michigan

Mike Copeland, CEO of Diversified Creations, has purchased Arrington Performance, which deals with Chrysler and Dodge HEMI-powered vehicles.


As part of the purchase, Copeland is moving Arrington Performance from Martinsville, VA, to Brighton, MI. The new location will be adjacent to the Diversified Creations facility but will have its own full complement of specialized salespeople and fabricators, along with vehicle-build, engine-build, dyno, and warehouse facilities.


Arrington Performance will continue the use of its existing website and will be updated to include many products not previously available through the site.


“Diversified Creations builds all types of performance and off-road vehicles, including resto-mods and pro-touring cars,” said Copeland. “The first ever Hellcat engine swap into the Roadkill’s ‘General Mayhem’ Dodge Charger was performed by Diversified.


“Our goal is to expand Arrington’s performance presence by adding innovative products and services for the vehicle platforms they’re already well-known for, while adding new offerings for other MOPAR-powered vehicles.   

PTE offers ‘trifecta’ contingency program for No Mercy 8

PTE has a special All or Nothing Trifecta Contingency Decal program for racers taking part in No Mercy 8 at South Georgia Motorsports Park on Oct. 5-8.


Drivers must race with PTE turbochargers, wastegates and blow-off valves (all three) with the PTE Trifecta Contingency Decal on the car. Winners must send a photo of the car with all three products to Decals will be available at the Precision Turbo & Engine booth near the tower.


PTE will award the class winners: Radial vs. the World - $2,500; X275 - $1,250; Ultra Street - $2,500 twin turbo or $1,250 single turbo; Limited Drag Radial - $1,250.  




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