VOLUME XX, NUMBER 5 - MAY, 2018
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Burk Blasts once more
DRO Editor Jeff Burk has some kind words for NHRA and the nitro team owners ...
Outlaw Drag Wars returns to ...
The second season of Outlaw Drag Wars gets under way on Friday, June 8, on ...
Oddy and Ward repeat U.S. 131 ...
Owner Jim Oddy and driver Junior Ward set a gasser record of 4.75 seconds ...
Reisterer tops at TOPMA outlaw show
Outlaw Pro Mod racing is alive and well at the famed Texas Motorplex, where ...
New NHRA track prep level challenges ...
Tim Wilkerson just has to make a short trip from his hometown of Springfield, ...
New track surface proves fast at ...
The European FIA/FIM-E drag racing series kicked off for the bulk of the four ...
Gassers will add to PDRA ...
The Supercharged AA/Gassers of America will bring their period-correct ...
Lancaster finally opens season ...
Any memories of the long, cold and wet Western New York winter were melted ...
ET DRAG RACING
Owner Jim Oddy and driver Junior Ward set a gasser record of 4.75 seconds back in September 2016 at “The Fastest Track in Michigan”, U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. The duo repeated that ET in the “Junkyard Dog” last weekend during qualifying at the PDRA Summer Drags.
The rest of the competition was not far behind with 4-second times all weekend.
Driver Dan Szewczyk in “Calamity Jane” wowed the crowd with a fantastic burnout. When it cleared, “Jane” was practically parallel-parked on the drag strip.
Ward went on to drive to the win with a 4.84 at 145 mph.
Next up for the Supercharged AA Gassers of America is June 28-30 at Virginia Motorsports Park for the PDRA Firecracker Nationals. [06/06/18]
Brent Lancaster (shown) was the winner of Saturday’s $10,000-to-win IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular race at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, TX.
The Fort Worth driver had a .018 reaction time and posted a 5.778-second run (116.10 mph) on a 5.76 dial-in to beat Bob Koski from Red Oak, TX, 5.226 seconds (130.93) on a 5.20 dial-in in the final round of Moser Engineering Saturday action.
Sid Marrs from Forney, TX, captured a $1,000 bonus as the final No Box racer. He posted a run of 6.247 seconds at 109.44 mph on a 6.23 dial-in. Runner-up Ed Box of Grand Prairie, TX, red-lighted to negate a run of 6.593 seconds at 103.66 mph.
The Junior Dragsters final was a matchup of the Green boys from Abilene. Austin Green won with a quick .004 RT coupled with a 7.927 ET at 73.70 mph. Runner-up Caden Green went 7.892 at 79.55 mph after a .076 reaction time. Caden came back to win on Sunday.
With plenty of other fun activity, Lawrence Jones beat Slade Jones in the final round of Saturday’s golf cart race.
On Sunday, Curt Harvey II took the $5,000 prize money and Josh Reynolds was the highest finishing no-box car.
The next stop for the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will be at Dragway 42 in West Salem, OH, June 8-10. [06/06/18]
The Victory NSS group surrounds Doug Duell in the winner’s circle during the Nostalgia Rendezvous at Gateway Motorsports Park. We’ll have complete race results in Monday’s new June issue of DRO.
The Victory Nostalgia Super Stock racers will be in Eddyville, IA, this weekend for WHAT?????? It is the second event of the 2018 season. [06/06/18]
The sleek Poteet & Main "Speed Demon" Bonneville racer unloaded at Lucas Oil Products Headquarters in Corona, CA, for the annual Employee Appreciation BBQ over the weekend. Many Lucas Oil-supported racecars, funny cars and jets were on display with food, drink and great times for employees and friends.
It was the first time that Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas (second from right) had the opportunity to see the 437+ mph record setting Duttweiler Performance Mopar-powered streamliner. Lucas Oil Motorsports Manager Tom Bogner is third from right. [06/06/18]
The NHRA Big Show returns to Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, VA, this weekend. The track was added back into the National event lineup after the Englishtown, NJ, track dropped from this year’s schedule. It last held an NHRA national event in 2009.
This will be the second of four weekends in a row for the pros. John Force is scheduled to drive less than a week after hitting the guard wall repeatedly at Joliet, his fourth incident of the season. It has to be a difficult weekend for the 61-year-old driver.
Steve Torrence holds the Top Fuel points lead, but is feeling pressure from Clay Millican, who has won the last two events.
“You need somebody pushing you and Clay’s definitely giving us a shove,” Torrence said. “Those guys are definitely contenders and it’s pretty awesome that ours are the two teams that are leading the points right here, halfway to the Countdown.”
Since the NHRA changed to the countdown format in 2007, every Top Fuel champion has come from one of the sport’s mega-teams. But that may not be the case this year. [06/06/18]
A note written on butcher’s paper was in the mayo jar on the Phlegm Building’s second story penthouse porch this morning along with a couple of photos of the new funny car for John Troxel.
The note tells the Agent that the car is a tribute to Lew Arrington's “Brutus” Mustang F/C. It has a Brad Anderson 500" alcohol Hemi with a 14-71 blower. The car has never been down the track since being built approximately five years ago by Bob Rosetty at Funny Farm Fabrication. It is going to Ty Baumgartner's Missouri shop for a few changes and updates and will be with the Victory NSS racers this week at Eddyville making a few shake-down runs.
Owner Troxel and driver Chris Schneider hope to debut at the Funny Car Nationals at Keystone Raceway Park in Pennsylvania on July 14th if all goes well. Troxel’s old Challenger F/C and all Donovan parts are for sale. [06/06/18]
Ricky Thomas IV of St. Louis won the final round of High School class eliminations May 30 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL. Thomas faced Luke Albietz of Wentzville, MO, and won on the starting line when Albietz fouled by .020-second.
To reach the final, Thomas waded through a 17-car field by defeating Clay Crowe in the first round, Austin Maylor in the second, Brian Garcia in the third. Thomas singled in the semi-final. [06/06/18]
COMP Cams FSL™ Camshafts for GM LS Engines
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