Smith hoping Pro Bike Battle gives momentum a second year

Matt Smith (near lane) against Scottie Pollacheck at Denver. Smith made it to the semifinal round.


Matt Smith wrapped up his third career NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship with a record-breaking performance on the final day of the 2018 season in Pomona. But the Pro Stock Motorcycle standout fully believes that championship run was set in motion thanks to his impressive performance at Sonoma Raceway.


Smith won the Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle as part of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, which takes places at Sonoma Raceway, July 26-28. The victory over Eddie Krawiec in the final of the bike battle on Smith's Denson/Stockseth/MSR EBR netted him $25,000 and provided a huge boost of momentum as he prepared for his title chase. Returning to the facility in the heart of Northern California's wine country fourth in points, Smith is after a similar spark in 2019.


"It assured us we could really go after that championship last year," Smith said. "To me, when we beat (Krawiec), it really showed us we could race for a championship and have a chance to win it. Last year was the first time anyone on my team won the bike battle, and it was just great to finally win it. We really appreciate Mickey Thompson doing this for the class. It's been a good journey and a good fit for the class. So, to get that win, it was pretty awesome. If you do well at Sonoma, you know you're in a good spot come Indy."

Jr. Dragster champs crowned at Eastern Conference Finals

The NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Jr. Drag Racing League held the Eastern Conference Finals presented by Huddleston Performance at Bristol (TN) Dragway July 18-20. The event was run on the eighth-mile distance.


16-17-year-old: Jesse Marshall, Langhorne PA, .014 RT, 7.91 dial, 7.935 ET, 79.13 def. Patrick Richardson, West Deptford NJ, .006, 8.00 dial, 8.092, 71.64

15-year-old: Bryce Buehrer, West Unity OH, .065, 7.90 dial, 7.933, 80.01 def. Brooke Baarda, Sully IA, .102, 7.90 dial, 7.949, 80.84

14-year-old: Gage Rachford, California KY, .053, 7.90 dial, 7.896, 81.03 def. Ava Lawson, Sandusky OH, .067, 7.90 dial, 7.883, 81.49

13-year-old: Nathan Tanner, Mechanicsville VA, .038, 8.07 dial, 10.789, 44.07 def. Jonathan McClain, Bossier City LA, red light

12-year-old: Sean Kershner, New Tripoli PA, .056, 8.91 dial, 8.939 ET, 71.60 def. Jaiman Dietz, Hanover PA, .096, 9.35 dial, 9.346, 68.42

11-year-old: Brendan Nuttall, Rutledge TN, .089, 8.93 dial, 8.958, 72.99 def. Grant Cook, Franklin TN, .071, 9.00 dial, 8.987, 71.43

10-year-old: Morgan Harp, Souderton PA, .085, 8.90 dial, 8.930, 69.26 def. Stephen Skelton, Cleveland GA, .017, 8.90 dial, 8.887, 72.09

6-9-year-old: Gage Blevens, Louisville KY, .044, 11.96 dial, 11.965, 53.85 def. Corey Reed, Winder GA, .130, 12.03 dial, 11.994, 53.42


For the second straight year Numidia Dragway finished atop the team standings.


Each of the ten members of the Team Champions at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals event received an NHRA Wally trophy. Individual champions each earned $1,500 along with a Wally trophy and champions jacket.  

Horsepower Wars starts second season of $10K Drag Shootout

The second season of the Horsepower Wars $10K Drag Shootout is almost ready to begin.


Teams from all over the U.S. and Australia will compete to build a racecar in just 10 days and with a budget of $10,000. Each team will receive $7,000 in gift cards from Summit Racing Equipment to purchase new parts along with $3,000 in cash to buy whatever else they need.


The car must be completed in 10 days at the Horsepower Wars shop and then will be raced this October at No Mercy 10.


Back for the second season are returning champions Team Bigun along with the Comp Cams Dream Team. New to this year’s competition are Team Enemies Everywhere from Australia and Team Midwest Mayhem from the U.S.


The first episode of the competition airs Tuesday, Sept. 10, 8 p.m. EST on the Horsepower Wars website.   

Off the Track: UK plans for only electric cars to be available by 2035

The United Kingdom wants the cars on its roads to go electric, and it intends do so five years earlier than previously announced.


In the signing of legislation ordering the U.K. to reduce its emissions to net-zero come 2050, a proposal to make all new cars sold in region electric by 2035 is now on the table. Phys.org reported the all-electric new-car fleet is one of a few proposals the government will look at to achieve its net-zero emissions goal. The legislation to end carbon emissions by 2050 passed both houses of parliament earlier this month without a vote before Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore signed the legislation into law.


The goal is to reduce U.K. emissions by 80 percent. Although a previous regulation was put in place to end the sale of new cars powered by an internal-combustion engine in 2040, existing vehicles still on the road won't be driven away by the new rules.


Still won’t replace the smell and sound of nitro on a dragstrip, says the Agent.  

New Product of the Day


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Well, here’s a New Product that is also a little bit Off the Track. Renegade Bushwhacker premix fuel is a specialty fuel developed for lawn mowers. Use of this product will reduce maintenance cost and increase time in service of all the 2 stroke power equipment it is use in. Bushwhacker utilizes race fuel technology along with premium HP synthetic 2-stroke oil to give your power equipment a performance edge. No word on how much faster you can get your lawn mowed. 



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