Racers gear up for March Meet

Mendy Fry is the 2018 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Top Fuel champion.


This weekend marks the 61st March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA, the first event of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series season. On the schedule are Top Fuel, Funny Cars and Groups 1 and 2.

The Top Fuel Internship program will return for its second year. The team effort between the Jim McLennan Foundation, Bakersfield College, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, and All-American Fuel Dragster coalition (AAFD) racers places select automotive students on Top Fuel crews for a real-world introduction to drag racing and course credit.  

Gatornationals, Part 9

Stig Neergard had this dramatic fire during TF qualifying in 2013.


See more of Part 9 (2011-14) of Steve Gruenwald’s retrospective of 50 years of the Gatornationals here.  

‘Unfinished Business’ matchups announced for Gators

Fans have chosen the first-round pairings for the “Unfinished Business” competition at the 50th NHRA Gatornationals in which former drag racing stars will take part.


The first-round matches are: Don Garlits vs. Shirley Muldowney; Warren Johnson vs. Terry Vance; Kenny Bernstein vs. Joe Amato; and Don Prudhomme vs. Ed McCulloch. Darrell Gwynn will serve as honorary starter for this special competition.  

Factory Stock, Pro Mod popular with NHRA racers as season begins

Leah Pritchett will begin her defense of the 2018 Factory Stock championship. 


Making their first appearance of the season, the Factory Stock and Pro Mod racers are doing their part for the number of entries at the Gatornationals. Thirty-one Factory Stocks and 29 Pro Mods are on the entry list for the March 14-17 event.


By comparison, there are 18 Top Fuel dragsters, 15 each in Funny Car and Pro Stock, and 13 Pro Stock Motorcycles.   

New owners at Marion Co. Raceway sign with IHRA

Marion County Raceway  in La Rue, OH, is celebrating its 50th year of operation in 2019 and new owners Katie Lotsberg and Kevin Jewer have signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the IHRA.


The track opened as a motocross facility in 1969 and held its first drag race in 1971.


Lotsberg and Jewer, both drag racers, first met at a race in New Hampshire and when the engaged couple had the opportunity to purchase Marion County Raceway, they jumped at it.


“We are familiar with racing,” said Lotsberg, “but a good surprise was how much this community loves this track and wants to see it stick around for a long time to come. We hope to keep it a great racing facility for another 50 years.”   

Leong named Grand Marshal of FC Chaos season opener

Legendary driver and tuner Roland “The Hawaiian” Leong will be serve as Grand Marshal of the Funny Car Chaos season opener on March 29-30 at North Star Dragway in Denton, TX.


Series director Chris Graves tells the Agent that 19 floppers have already pre-entered and he expects up to 25 by raceday. Most teams are from Texas, but entries also are coming from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and even Massachusetts.


In addition to the Funny Cars, the Dirty South Gassers racers will be taking part along with the 5-second Old School Backhalf Shootout.  

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