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
The second season of Outlaw Drag Wars gets under way on Friday, June 8, on zMAX Dragway’s quarter mile. Hot rods, street rods and junior dragsters will compete each Friday through Aug. 10.
All vehicles must pass NHRA technical inspection and all competitors must have an SFI-approved helmet. [06/07/18]
Tony Schumacher and Morgan Lucas at Richmond in October 2008.
Don Schumacher Racing drivers Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher and Jack Beckman hold the track records at Virginia Motorsports Park, but can they hold onto them this weekend?
Tony Schumacher set the Top Fuel ET record of 3.771 seconds in 2008; Brown set the speed record of 319.60 mph a year later, and Beckman set the Funny Car ET record of 4.004 seconds, also in 2009, the last year NHRA held a national event at the track.
“A lot has changed since the last time we were there as far as our series,” said the younger Schumacher. “We’re much quicker, much more powerful than ever before, and it’s been a long time since they’ve (the fans) seen anything like that.”
The Virginia track was recently purchased by longtime Pro Mod racer Tommy Franklin.
“You can appreciate someone buying a racetrack and doing the things that need to be done to give us a safe and competitive place to come back to,” Schumacher added. “The track itself – all concrete – is going to be pretty nice and I’m really looking forward to it.” [06/07/18]
At Joliet Jeg Coughlin Jr. earned his 59th Pro Stock win and first since June 2014 by defeating No. 1 qualifier Greg Anderson in the final.
Dominating the class, Chevrolet has won every Pro Stock race this season, but only Vincent Nobile (Mountain View Tire Camaro SS) is a two-time winner. Elite Performance-prepared Camaros have won five of the past six Pro Stock events.
"There's absolutely no reason to stop now," said Jeg Coughlin, who won the 2000 race at Virginia Motorsports Park. "When you run through race day like we did in Chicago with the best car in every round, you become a believer in the fact you should be able to do that time and again.
"Our goal now is to repeat and get this JEGS/Elite Chevy to be as consistent as possible, so we can have a lot more days that end in the winner's circle. If the guys continue to give me a stout race car and I do my job behind the wheel, it should happen more and more." [06/07/18]
Out of 501 total entries, 433 are sportsman racers for the 400 Thunder’s Gulf Western Oil Winternationals this weekend at Willowbank Raceway. Championships for all the classes are still up for grabs coming into the final event of the season.
Classes include Super Comp, Super Stock, Competition Bike, Supercharged Outlaws, Modified, Top Sportsman, Super Sedan, Modified Bike, Super Street, and Junior Dragster. [06/07/18]
Groups 1 and 2 of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage series will be at the Nite of Fire on Saturday, June 9, at Sacramento Raceway. Qualifying begins Friday at 5 p.m. with a second qualifying session on Saturday at 11 a.m. before eliminations begin at 2 p.m.
There is plenty of other action scheduled including four jet dragster, nitro match racing, CIFCA funny cars, NOR CAL Drag Bikes, and vintage street hot rods. [06/07/18]
Fathers Day weekend (June 15-17) is coming and Grand Bend Motorplex is getting ready for one of its biggest events of the year. The Ultimate Showdown 1 (formerly called the Stratford Spectacular) organizing committee, with support from the Stratford, Ontario, area businesses are increasing the purse to over $60,000 for 2018.
Pro Modified will see the following payouts: $7,000 to Win; $2,500 to Runner-Up; $1,600 for the semis; and $1,000 to the quarters (with non-qualifiers getting $300.
Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, the fastest bracket racing classes in Canada, will see the following payouts: $5,000 to Win; $1,500 to Runner-Up; $750 for the semis; and $250 for a quarter final finish.
The GBM Thunder Series bracket classes will also see an extra $4,600 added to the purse. Extreme 32 and each Thunder Series Car classes will increase by $800 and $300 for the Junior age classes).
As an added bonus, all racers buying tech cars for the weekend will be able to Test & Tune for FREE on the Friday night. [06/07/18]
JEGS Posi Traction Differentials
JEGS Posi Traction Differentials[06/06/18]
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