VOLUME XX,  NUMBER 2 - FEBRUARY,  2018

Going the distance!

Ron Lewis just sent in another view of the John Force-Jonnie Lindberg tangle at Phoenix, showing just how far Force’s car body parts were flying. Wow. 

M/T sponsors Horsepower Wars, add $10K prize money

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels is sponsoring the 2018 Horsepower Wars $10K Shootout, the head-to-head building competition that pits teams against one another in a battle to build the quickest drag car — with a $10,000 budget — in just 10 days.

 

This year, in addition to taking home the winning car, the top team will also receive a $10,000 cash prize.

 

The competition kicks off with five teams receiving $3,000 in cash and $7,000 in Summit Racing gift cards to buy their car and get it ready for the dragstrip. Along the way, teams have the chance to win bonus prizes and help (or penalties) through challenges, and fans will get to watch all the action unfold online.

 

After just 10 days of building at the Horsepower Wars Tech Center Facility, the teams will put their cars to the test and settle the shootout during the 2018 Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson in Norwalk, Ohio. The team with the quickest car will take home the $10,000 cash prize and the winning car.

 

Preliminary rules and applications are now available for the 2018 Horsepower Wars $10K Drag Shootout. Teams must complete applications by March 1, 2018.    

Rampy gets 59th divisional win at Orlando LODRS opener

Eight racers took home wins and the NHRA Wally trophy Feb. 25 at the NHRA Southeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season opener at Orlando Speed World Dragway.

 

Les Feist, Clearwater, MN, and Donny Urban, Selma, NC, led the way taking the win in the Sales Top Dragster class and the Top Sportsman class respectively. Feist went up against Danny Waters Jr., Lagrange, NC, as the pair left the line together with Feist clocking in at 6.266 seconds at 212.63 mph for the win with Waters running 7.261 seconds at 182.75 mph. Urban took a close win against Travis Harvey, Burlington, NC, running 6.707 seconds at 203.34 mph in his ’06 Cobalt to Harvey’s 6.779, 200.41 in his ’68 Camaro. This is Urban’s second Top Sportsman divisional event win.

In Comp Eliminator, two of the east coast hitters went head to head. David Rampy, Piedmont, AL, ran his ’32 Altered to a 7.194 second, 181.30 mph lap to beat Frank Aragona, Freehold, NJ, in his dragster at 7.382 seconds, 167.55 mph. The win was Rampy’s 59th at the divisional level. 

 

In Super Stock Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, VA and his ‘98 Grand Am, faced off against Tom Callis, Statesville NC, in his ’69 Camaro. Callis left early and Bertozzi got his 19th divisional event win.

 

Jerry Wallace, Zebulon, Ga., ran 11.159/108.50 mph in his ’69 Camaro against Dick Kincaid, Navarre, OH, in his ’67 Chevy II (11.263/113.13) for his first divisional event win in Stock.

 

Local racer Gene Quinn, Gainesville, FL, was to race Raymond Miller, Spring City, TN, in the Super Comp final, but Miller could not make the call and Quinn went down the track solo with an 8.88 second, 161.04 mph run for his first divisional event win. Super Gas saw David Griffith, Winter Garden, FL, power his ’65 Corvette to a9.877/`59.91 to 9.848,141.65 win over Vito Basca, Bathurst, N.B., in his ’86 Camaro. This was Griffith’s first divisional event win as well.

 

In Super Street Matt Weston, Hendersonville, NC, went up against another local racer in Brendan George, Gainesville, FL.  Weston took the win in his ’70 Camaro clocking in at 10.930 seconds at 137.58 mph to George’s 10.916 at 128.40 mph.

 

JR DRAGSTER 13-17: Maverick Palmatier, Deland, FL, dragster, 7.874, 77.87 def. Ozell Brown, Renick, WV, dragster, 8.025, 78.90.

 

JR DRAGSTER 10-12: Logan Westmoreland, Greenwood, SC, dragster, 9.069, 70.52 def. Jimmy Cavanaugh, Melbourne, FL, dragster, 9.056, 71.14.

 

JR DRAGSTER 6-9: Dylan MacNicol, N Port, FL, dragster, 12.176, 49.08 def. Hayden Miller, Mobile, AL, dragster, 12.027, 51.29.

 

NHRA Southeast division racers head to Gainesville Raceway for their next Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, March 9-10.  

Truck Grand Champion class added to LS Fests

Holley has announced the addition of a Truck Grand Champion class for future LS Fest events, beginning with LS Fest West in May and carrying on through LS Fest in Bowling Green this September. Each year, the number of trucks at LS Fest continues to grow.

 

In order to spur LS and current-gen LT truck enthusiasts on in friendly competition, Holley has amended the current prize structure. The Truck Grand Champion class winner will take home a $1,000 payout along with a plaque and a Grand Champion jacket.   

Fuel dragsters ready for March Meet

Jim Murphy, 2017 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing series Top Fuel Champion and four-time winner of the March Meet, will return in his WW2 Hemi-powered dragster and hopes to become the second five-time winner. Don Garlits is the only five-time winner so far. 

 

The All-American Fuel Dragsters coalition is bringing a dozen original Top Fuel dragsters to the 60th Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA, March 1-4. The Nitro Dirty Dozen supercharged front-engine AA/Fuel dragsters will fight for eight qualified slots in a battle for March Meet supremacy at the 2018 season opener of the five-race NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series.  

Martin Technologies expands with new facility

Harold Martin, CEO of Martin Technologies, has been an innovative drag racer for many years.Martin Technologies has expanded to a new facility at 100 Hicks Dr., Lawrenceburg, TN 38464. Phase I will immediately support Engineering and Testing services for automotive, aerospace and defense customers. Phase II will provide additional services for OEM as well as Tier suppliers.

 

Martin Technologies will remain headquartered near Detroit, MI.  

YouTube ‘celebrity’ will bring truck to NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem

YouTube sensation Cleetus McFarland will be running wild during the NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem event at Bradenton Motorsports Park on March 8-11. McFarland and his “The Dale Truck,” a street-legal NASCAR truck in tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt, will be meeting fans and signing autographs.  

BILSTEIN hires Morey as head of motorsports

Performance suspension company BILSTEIN has named Aaron Morey its new Head of Motorsports for the U.S. As Head of Motorsports, Morey will implement strategies across the various motorsports segments to increase market share growth.

 

Morey has more than 15 years’ experience in motorsports sales and marketing leadership. Most recently, Morey served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Keyser’s Port City Racing, where he led global sales for the leading aftermarket suspension manufacturer.

 

He started kart racing at age 11 and then moved on to BMX bikes, UMP Dirt Modified cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, sprint cars, and the USMTS Modified Tour.    

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