What a way to win for McGaha

In what had to be one of his wildest days of racing, Chris McGaha got his first Pro Stock win of the year at Epping, NH.


It started with a holeshot win over Jeg Coughlin Jr. (0.009 RT to 0.030) and another one over Greg Anderson (0.025 to 0.079). In the semifinal, McGaha’s Chevrolet went into severe tire shake and coasted to a humiliating 16.762 at 49.34 mph, however, opponent Kenny Delco had turned on the red light and McGaha went on to the final, where a resurgent Erica Enders also red-lighted, handing the win to McGaha.


With eight different winners in 13 races this season, Pro Stock is much more competitive than it has been in the past.


“You look at it and Greg (Anderson) and Jason (Line) haven’t won a race yet,” said McGaha. “That’s pretty serious after the dominant seasons they’ve had coming up to this point, so the fact they haven’t won says a lot. It says a guy like me even has a chance.”  

Might we suggest long pants at least

This incident happened during a cackle session last weekend at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Do we need to remind everyone that NITRO is dangerous?  

Sackman set to make NHRA TAD debut at Joliet

Top Dragster driver and Top Fuel crew member Matt Sackman will make his NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster debut this weekend at Route 66 Raceway’s Burndown at Sundown NHRA Division 3 event, July 13-15. With support from Gemini Farms and Hangsterfer’s Metalworking Lubricants, Sackman will drive a nitromethane-injected A/Fuel dragster out of the Kansas-based Randy Meyer Racing camp.


Sackman, 25 and a cylinder head specialist on Antron Brown’s Top Fuel dragster, will compete alongside Randy Meyer Racing driver Julie Nataas.


His 22-year-old brother, Zach, will be competing in Top Dragster, coming off a win at Indianapolis last week.


“Zach and I haven’t raced together at an event since we moved out of Jr. Dragsters, so that will be something new,” Matt said. “We’re both racing at our home track where we used to race in Jr. Dragsters and watch the alcohol cars and pros race at the Route 66 Nationals.”   

Hart wins TAD at ‘Summer Spectacle’ at Indianapolis

Josh Hart and Steve Burck raced to victory July 8 at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Summer Spectacle at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Hart took home the honors in Top Alcohol Dragster as Burck ousted the field in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Hart, Ocala, FL, qualified No. 2 and met up with third generation racer Troy Coughlin Jr., Delaware, OH, who was coming off a win at the last Lucas Oil North Central Division event in Norwalk, Ohio. Hart was out first and pulled away for his sixth win running 5.369 seconds at 268.44 mph as Coughlin slowed to a 6.686, 147.86.


Ray Drew, Hales Corners, WI, was out first on Burck only to have Texas racer Burck come around him for the win. Burck clocked in at 5.696, 261.07 in his ‘17 Camaro funny car for the third win of his career.


Devin Isenhower advanced to the final in both Super Gas and Super Comp looking for the elusive double-up. He first faced off with Rusty Cook in Super Gas with Cook taking the holeshot with a perfect .000 second reaction time. Isenhower, Lebanon, IN, made it up on the top end taking the win and the first half of the double-up with a 9.908 on the 9.90 index. In Super Comp, Isenhower got the early lead but it was Adam Gerber, Massillon, OH, with the better package running 8.908 at 172.32 for his first career win, denying Isenhower a second win for the weekend.


Stock Eliminator saw a heads-up final round with Ken Whitcher, Beloit, OH, taking on Bo Fowler, Mooresville, IN. Fowler left a tick too quick and Whitcher ran it out to a 11.320-second pass in his ’69 Camaro for his first win.


COMP ELIMINATOR: Jim Greenheck, Schofield, WI, '12 Camaro, D/AA, 7.619, 176.03 def. Chad Voges, St. Peters, MO, '32 Bantam, K/AA, 7.645, 158.48.


SUPER STOCK: Brad Zaskowski, Grand Rapids, MI, '87 Camaro, GT/L, 10.108, 130.23 def. Todd Matthias, Monroeville, OH, '86 Camaro, SS/BS, 9.215, 146.18.


TOP DRAGSTER: Zach Sackman, Channahon, IL, '10 Spitzer, 6.252, 214.83 def. Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, AL, '14 Miller, 6.414, 219.65.


TOP SPORTSMAN: Bob Mandell Jr., Culleoka, TN, '55 Belair, 6.781, 196.67 def. Don O'Neal, Evansville, IN, '99 Monte Carlo, 7.078, 178.71.


PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE: Glenn Hall, Gordon, WI, '18 Arctic CAT, 8.150, 155.96 def. Scott Hagen, Oxford, MI, '13 Ski DOO, 8.327, 152.81.


In the DRAW/RFC Super Shootouts presented by Moser Engineering, Raymond Miller took the win in Super Comp, Paul Fidler won in Super Gas and Jay Wilson captured Super Street.


NHRA North Central division racers head to Route 66 Raceway outside Chicago for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event this coming weekend, July 13-15, and the Burndown at Sundown.  

New track coming to California

The Agent has now confirmed that plans for a new multi-use motorsports facility and drag strip near central California’s Santa Maria Valley have just about cleared all of the necessary governmental approvals. With county board of supervisors hurdles cleared, the plot of land has been acquired and may begin grading in the next sixty to ninety days. Santa Maria has a rich drag racing history, having held races dating back to the early 1950’s on what is now Foster Road and on a portion of the municipal airport grounds. 

ADRL races this weekend at Orangeburg, SC

The ADRL will be at the South Carolina Motorplex in Orangeburg, SC, on July 13-14 for their US Drags.


On the schedule of entertainment are Outlaw Pro Mods, Nostalgia Pro Stocks, Gassers, Monster Trucks, Jet Cars and Larry Dixon’s two-seat Top Fuel dragster.


Racers will be competing for a $25,000 purse in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Jr. Dragster, Box and No-Box bracket classes.


The 2018 ADRL World Finals will be held at Orangeburg on Oct. 12-13.   

Central Illinois Dragway gears up for Funny Car Chaos

With over twenty pre-entries, Funny Car Chaos is set to bring the thunder to Central Illinois Dragway for what should shape up to be the biggest event in track history, July 27-28 in Havana, IL.


Cars from 10 states have signed up for this rules-free outlaw showdown including John Hale, Keith Jackson, Mike McIntire Jr. (shown) and more. Sixteen cars will qualify and be split into 'A' and 'B' eight-car fields for eliminations with qualifying starting on Friday night under the lights.


This is the third of four events on the 2018 tour as the final event of the year will be held at North Star Dragway in Texas on September 14-15.    

Second half of IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular about to begin

The double-race weekends of the Summit Sportsman Spectacular return after a short summer break to Keystone Raceway Park in New Alexandria, PA, on Aug. 3-5. The weekend features a $10,000-to-win event on Moser Engineering Saturday and $5,000-to-win on Sunday.


In addition to having the opportunity to get two races for the price of one, the Summit Sportsman spectacular events feature cash bonuses for the IHRA Summit SuperSeries member that goes the furthest in eliminations or wins the event.


Weekend round prizes are given for the best losing package and national contingency is available for all IHRA member who advance to the final two rounds each day.


Pre-entries for the Keystone event are available until Monday, July 23, at here.


The remaining Summit Sportsman Spectacular events are:


Aug. 17-19: US 131 Motorsports Park, Martin, MI

Aug. 24-26: Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, MD

Sept. 28-30: Memphis International Raceway, Millington, TN

Oct. 5-7: Farmington Dragway, Mocksville, NC   

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