VOLUME XX,  NUMBER 2 - FEBRUARY,  2018

2 Mikes + 1 dragster = 1 win

Mike Halstead pulled double duty driving the “Code Red” AAFC and Mike Stewart’s rear engine Top Fuel dragster at the March Meet. In the dragster Halstead drove 5.546 at 257.14 in his first-round defeat of Brad Thompson (6.417/171.79) and took the final-round win when Billy McDevitt had problems getting down the track.

 

Must have been that Mike’s Transmission fluid.

Severance sets TAD record

Joey Severance was the TAD number one qualifier at the Phoenix NHRA Division 7 race and ran the fastest ever speed by a blown alcohol dragster.  

Pingel sponsors 5-second club for Top Fuel Twins

Man Cup is ready to go and on April 6-8 they will lead the way in all bike class motorcycle drag racing action. They kick off the 2018 season at South Georgia Motorsports Park as they do every year and have a new treat for the Top Fuel Twins: The official Pingel Top Fuel Twin 5-Second Club has been announced.

 

There will be a $1,000 cash bonus for the first T/F-Twin to run a 5-second elapsed time pass during Man Cup-sanctioned competition in either T/F or T/F-Twin. Wayne and Donna Pingel leaped at the chance to sponsor the award and it will honor the first five racers who run in the fives with a T/F-Twin.  

Off the Track: It’s the little things that add up

It’s Friday, so the Agent has been perusing the news to bring you something a little different. This week it is money. Although the ratings for NHRA on FS1 have not been spectacular, NASCAR has seen its ratings plummet almost steadily from 2009. This year’s Daytona 500 was down 22 percent from last year.

 

Costs are going up and teams have to stretch their budgets. Ralph Sheheen reports in Speed Sport that some NASCAR teams are bringing their own ice to the race tracks. It’s cheaper than buying it at the venue, saving the teams as much as $700 a weekend. Add that up over 30-plus weekends and it’s a significant savings.

 

That’s how tight budgets are getting these days, even for the top-tier organizations. And that’s a chilling thought. 

MAVTV joins fuboTV’s ‘Adventure Plus’ lineup

The sports-first streaming TV service fuboTV is expanding to include a strong breadth of adventure, outdoor and motorsports content - on top of the 30,000 sporting events per year already offered to its viewers.  It is doing so through new agreements to carry Lucas Oil Products' MAVTV Motorsports Network; Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks - Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network; and Outside TV - America's Premier Adventure Sports Network.

 

These channels are available as part of fuboTV's new "Adventure Plus" package, available to subscribers of the Fubo Premier base package for an additional $4.99 per month.  

Clontz to run entire NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule

After 14 seasons as a sportsman motorcycle drag racer, Kelly Clontz made her first dip into NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing last year, qualifying at her debut race in Englishtown and then again at Charlotte and Maple Grove.

 

Clontz now plans to run the entire 2018 PSM season on the Mello Yello circuit, with big goals of qualifying at all 16 races, scoring round wins, claiming a spot in the Countdown to One, and earning the Road to the Future award—the National Hot Rod Association’s version of Rookie of the Year.

 

Along with her husband Chris, Kelly owns her own Suzuki TL and Vance & Hines motor but will be pitting with Joe Riccardi’s San Marino Excavating team, where Chris (also a sportsman racer) started wrenching for the 2017 season. Riccardi will make the tuning calls, Chris will tighten up the bike, and Kelly will throw the clutch.

 

Riccardi is also partnered with two-time NHRA champ Matt Smith this year, and Smith will be lending his broad tuning and riding experience to the San Marino team.

 

“I’m really looking forward to getting some coaching from Matt and his wife, Angie,” said Kelly, who has already picked up some tips in February testing at Bradenton. “That will be a huge part of our program this year, having that veteran support and knowledge.”    

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