VOLUME XX,  NUMBER 2 - FEBRUARY,  2018

Altereds will go four-wide for first time at Las Vegas

With The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway a four-lane track for the first season, among the special participants are the AA Fuel Altereds. Taking part in the first ever four-wide AA Altered race are Ron Hope in “Rat Trap,” Randy Bradford’s Fiat, Dave Hough’s “Nanook” and the Marcellus & Borsch “Winged Express.”

 

The NHRA banned Fuel Altereds from national events in 1973, which led to the formation of the Southern California Fuel Altered Association. The group found success in recent years with the resurgence of “nostalgia” racing.

 

The Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals will be held April 6-8 in Las Vegas.   

Haney looking at NASCAR for race team sponsor?

Keith Haney was runner-up in the Radial V. The World competition at Lights Out 9. 

 

One of the Agent’s operatives was in Daytona for the 500 (no drag races that weekend) and sent a note saying that he saw outlaw doorslammer racer and Tulsa Raceway Park co-owner Keith Haney at the race in the garage area.

 

Could Haney have been at the Daytona 500 looking for a NASCAR team/sponsor for his race series, race team or racetrack? It is an enigma….  

Legendary race promoter Bob Bartell dies at age 96

Bob Bartel at the 2013 World Series of Drag Racing. Robert J. “Bob” Bartel died on Sunday, Feb. 18, at the age of 96. He will forever be known by some as the man who built Quad City Drag Strip in the tiny hamlet of Cordova, Illinois. To others, he was the creator of what would become the sport’s oldest event, the World Series of Drag Racing. History shows that Bob Bartel was one of the sport’s founding fathers and, in fact, was responsible for the early growth of a global sport and its superstars.

 

See Bret Kepner’s tribute at here

Stunt woman begins drag racing career at Fontana

Jennifer Caputo-Armstrong will start her drag racing career at Auto Club Fontana Dragway at the wheel of the Liquid Glow Racing 2007 Dodge Magnum.

Saturday, Feb. 24, is the opening of the Southern California Drag Racing Association season.

 

Caputo-Armstrong earned her Super Gas license four months ago and has never driven in competition. However, she is no novice, having raced six years in the Pro Woman motocross class. She makes her living as a stunt woman/stunt drive for the movies and television.

 

“The car is ready,” said crew chief, Richard Kratz (who is also Editor-Publisher of DRO sister publication, MoparMax.com). “The Magnuson supercharged Arrington Performance 426 [Gen III] HEMI is fresh and consistent. We have data on the car and our new crew has great team spirit and is working together really well. Jen has impressed the whole team with her incredible focus and meticulous approach to driving. From here, it’s a matter of her gaining seat time and the team keeping the car consistent and predictable.”

Teng Tools joins Hanna Motorsports Jets

David Crosbie, President and CEO of TENG TOOLS USA and Al Hanna, President of Hanna Motorsports Jets, have announced an Associate Sponsorship agreement between TENG TOOLS USA and Hanna Motorsports Jets.

 

TENG TOOLS offers Swedish design of hand tools and tool supply products. (Ya just gotta love that logo!)

 

Hanna Motorsports Jets first event for the 2018 season is at Memphis International Raceway on April 7-8.  

California fines JEGS for violating anti-pollution laws

JEGS Automotive Inc. will pay $1.7 million to resolve violations of anti-pollution laws related to the sales and marketing of illegal aftermarket performance parts in California, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The penalty is the largest in CARB history for a case involving aftermarket parts.

 

CARB staff initiated its investigation of JEGS after a complaint from the public. The probe revealed that from 2011 to 2014, JEGS advertised and sold in California modified aftermarket performance parts—such as engine programmers, air intake systems and throttle bodies—that were not approved by CARB for use on highway vehicles, according to CARB.

 

JEGS will pay $850,250 to Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) that will install air filters in schools located in economically and environmentally challenged communities. That sum will be split between the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District. The remaining $850,250 will be paid to the Air Pollution Control Fund to support clean air programs, according to CARB.

 

SEPs are regularly included with CARB settlements. They allow alleged violators to voluntarily agree to undertake an environmentally beneficial project related to the violation in exchange for mitigation of the penalty to be paid, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

PDRA increases payouts for Top Sportsman 32 and Top Dragster 32

Due to increased participation from racers and expanded sponsor support, the PDRA classes of Top Sportsman 32 and Top Dragster 32 will see a payout increase from runner up down. Top Sportsman 32 will enter its second season this year. This will be the first season for Top Dragster 32.

 

Since the PDRA’s inception, TS and TD have grown in number of entries to allow for these ‘32’ classes. If 42 or more entries in TS or TD make a qualifying pass, the class is split into Elite 16 and a second 32-car field. Both the 32 classes and the Elite 16 classes will crown world champions and now the payout will be the same up to the runner up finishers. See the payouts at www.pdra660.com.

 

Top Sportsman and Top Dragster have exploded in competition levels in recent years. The classes are now often considered “semi-pro” categories. The classes continue to grow in following and the PDRA’s groundbreaking programs allows for a greater number of participants without watering down the field. The approach seems to be working with 100 Top Sportsman entries at the 2017 World Finals.   

Brown to drive Pennzoil 400 pace car at Vegas

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown will serve as the honorary pace car driver at the inaugural Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brown will pilot a 2018 Toyota Camry Pace Car to lead the field to green on Sunday, March 4.

 

“It’s going to be my first experience as a pace car driver, and I’m just super stoked to go out there and drive the Camry pace car for Pennzoil and start those NASCAR boys off the right way. Throttle down, pedal to the metal. I just want them to get off to a great start.”

 

Although it will be Brown’s first time wheeling a pace car, he has enjoyed a long and successful history at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, having collected four event wins and five number one qualifiers at The Strip at LVMS, which sits adjacent to the NASCAR oval. He has been an NHRA champion in Pro Stock Motorcycle and Top Fuel.

 

Brown and his DRS teammate Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett will participate in many Pennzoil 400 pre-race activities.    

New Product of the Day

 

Phantom Returnless EFI Fuel Pump from Aeromotive

Aeromotive has announced its new, high performance Phantom Returnless EFI fuel pump and baffle system.  The Phantom Returnless has a built-in bypass valve set for 58-PSI of line pressure, eliminating the need for an external regulator and return line from the engine. The all-in-one Phantom fuel system adapts to any fuel tank from 6- 11” in depth and includes the patented Phantom foam and bladder baffle to maintain fuel flow and pressure even when the tank is low on fuel. The new Phantom Returnless supports up to 600 FWHP naturally aspirated and up to 450 FWHP forced induction on gasoline. The pump assembly features an internal bypass valve providing a stable 55-60 PSI and includes outlet and vent ports, foam baffle and bladder sump, sealing gasket, high flow pre-pump filter, and C-Ring mount. The kit is gasoline and ethanol compatible, and the turbine pumping mechanism can be pulse modulated, making it ideal for late model GM crate engines. The Phantom system fits inside the tank without the need for welding or extensive fabrication. Installation requires minimal hand tools including a simple drill and 3-1/4” hole-saw.  ORB-06 The Phantom Returnless EFI in-tank fuel pump eliminates hot fuel handling problems and vapor lock caused by cavitation while controlling fuel slosh in order to keep fuel at the pickup point (the pump inlet) at all times; even when the tank is low on fuel or during extreme driving conditions. 

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