New NHRA track prep level challenges tuners, Wilkerson says

Tim Wilkerson just has to make a short trip from his hometown of Springfield, IL, up to Joliet for this weekend’s NHRA Route 66 Nationals. Wilkerson’s first win in a Funny Car came at the track in 1999, when he defeated John Force.


The owner and driver of the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Mustang Funny Car also is tuner, which presents extra challenges for the independent campaigner. Wilkerson was one of just two single-car FC teams to finish in the top 10 last season. But the NHRA has changed to less track prep this season, challenging tuners and drivers to react to differing conditions at each track. Already this year the mega-teams are not dominating as they have in the past, giving the smaller teams more of a chance to win.


“NHRA has been prepping the track differently this year,” Wilkerson said, “and hopefully we can figure out how to make our car run well with it there.” 

JEGS Allstars go for championships at Joliet

The JEGS Allstars event will take place Saturday, June 2, during the Route 66 Nationals. The $124,000 race within a race will pit the top points earners from NHRA’s seven geographic divisions and four Top Alcohol regions against each other in the culmination of a yearlong points battle.


The defending JEGS Allstars winners are Joey Severance (Top Alcohol Dragster), Andy Bohl (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Brian Browell (Comp), James Antonette Jr. (Super Stock), Andrew Hill (Stock), Nick Folk (Super Comp), Ken Mostowich (Super Gas), Josh Dalrymple (Super Street), Steve Furr (Top Dragster), and Mark McDonald (Top Sportsman).  

Quick Drive to present PDRA Quickest Extreme Doorslammer award

Pro Extreme Low Qualifier sponsor Quick Drive has stepped up again to award outstanding performance. Quick Drive seeks to recognize car and driver performance that doesn’t always show up through top qualifying positions or win lights, so they developed the Quickest Extreme Doorslammer Award.


Beginning at this weekend’s PDRA Summer Drags at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, MI, the quickest doorslammer pass will be recognized, regardless of whether the pass happens during qualifying or eliminations. Each event will give an opportunity for a new leader and a new best time. At the end of the year the driver who has posted the quickest pass throughout the season will be awarded a custom Quick Drive trophy, created in-house at the Quick Drive headquarters in Parker, Colorado.


The elapsed time does not have to be backed up in order to be recognized. The Quick Drive Quickest Extreme Doorslammer Award is separate from the national ET records.   

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Nitro floppers return to Amarillo with Funny Car Chaos

The new Funny Car Chaos group will bring nitro floppers to Amarillo Dragway in Texas for the first time in more than 20 years on June 1-2.


There will be an A field and a B field all running on the eighth mile. Gassers, Altereds, and a jet dragster will be on the bill along with the 806 Top 10 List and more.

Off the Track: new SEMA board members elected

Results of the 2018 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Donnie Eatherly from P&E Distributors Inc., Dan Kahn from Kahn Media Inc., Brian Lounsberry from Motovicity Distribution, Dr. Jamie Meyer from General Motors and Steve Whipple from Edelbrock LLC elected to serve on the Board.


The 2018-19 SEMA Board of Directors:


Chairman of the Board: Wade Kawasaki, Coker Group

Chairman-Elect: Tim Martin, K&N Engineering Inc.

Immediate-Past Chairman and Secretary: Doug Evans, Crower Cams & Equipment Co. Inc.

Treasurer: Peter Lehman, Granite Creek Capital Partners LLC

Board Members: Greg Adler, Transamerican Auto Parts; Chris Douglas, COMP Performance Group; Donnie Eatherly, P&E Distributors Inc.; Kyle Fickler, Aeromotive Inc.; Dan Kahn, Kahn Media Inc.; James Lawrence, Power Automedia; Brian Lounsberry, Motovicity Distribution; Dr. Jamie Meyer, General Motors; Les Rudd, Bob Cook Sales and Steve Whipple, Edelbrock LLC

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Eddie Motorsports Raven Series Pulley Kits

Eddie Motorsports announces it new Raven Series S-Drive Serpentine Pulley Systems that feature all black components. Each kit comes complete with a full array of components: 170-amp Powermaster alternator, Sanden SD-7 A/C compressor, Gates spring loaded belt tensioner, GM Type II power steering pump, and aluminum water pump (all where applicable). Every pulley kit manufactured by Eddie Motorsports is offered in the all black Raven version including their six and eight rib Small Block, Big Block, and LS Chevy S-Drives and V Drives as well as their offerings for Small Block and Cleveland Ford, Big Block Mopar, and V-8 Pontiacs. Raven kits are in stock and ready to ship. Available in gloss or matte black powder coat or gloss black anodize custom finishes.  



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