Hale on the hook at Boise? Stay tuned to DRO

Reigning DRO AA/FC Challenge Champ John Hale may have a tough time qualifying for the 41st Pepsi Nightfire Nationals after being towed away for illegal parking while on display at a local Chevrolet dealership in Boise, Idaho. But wait, this just in from DRO Nostalgia Editor Brian Losness on the scene: “All is well and Hale’s Mike Burkhart Camaro was simply being transported to the Guest and Racer BBQ at Meridian, Idaho’s Hampton Inn & Suites.” Whew.  (Brian Losness photo)

Nitro and Pro Mod qualifying begins Friday evening, Aug. 10, where sixteen Nitro Funny Cars are expected along with a dozen Top Fuel Dragsters for the historic Nightfire Nationals event. DRO editors Darr Hawthorne and Brian Losness along with photogs Steven Bunker and Belinda Paddock will be uploading stories and photography from Boise this weekend in our special section sponsored by Phenix Industries.

Check out our coverage all weekend www.dragracingonline.com. [8/10/2012]

Large field (nineteen or more?) of DRO AA Funny Cars expected at Cordova’s World Series

Peter Gallen will return to the DRO series at Cordova. He has had a successful tour with the IHRA this season and will be at their Nitro Jam this weekend at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. Then on Sept. 7-8, US 131 will host its first DRO AA/FC Challenge.  (DRO file photo)

As of Friday, Aug. 10, the list of cars pre-entered for the Mickey Thompson Tires DragRacingOnline.com AA/FC Challenge held Aug. 24-25 at Cordova (Ill.) Dragway Park has reached an impressive number.

The drivers are Anthony Bronge in the “Punisher” Camaro; Brian Stewart in the “Bear Town Shaker” Mustang; Barrie “Bazz” Young in the “Down-Under Thunder” Camaro; Del Worsham in the Worsham Racing Plymouth Arrow; Chad Head in the Head Racing Firebird; Ronny Young in the “Blue Max” Plymouth Arrow; John Hale in the Mike Burkhart tribute Camaro; Joe Haas in Frank Ousley’s “Crop Duster” Cuda; Peter Gallen in the “Poverty Stricken” Chevrolet Monza; Randy Baker in the “Sin City” Corvette; Troy Ray in the “Wild Side” Charger; Marc White in the “Flashback” Trans Am; John “Bodie” Smith in the Texas “Jungle Jim” Vega; Mike Lewis in the “Brand X” Mustang; Mike Savage in Jim Broome’s Candies & Hughes “Cajun Cuda”; Troy Martin in the “Chi-town Hustler”; Shawn Bowen in the “Violator” Firebird; Greg Jacobsmeyer in the All-Star Dodge; and Brad Thompson in Mike Stallings’ “Wheel Vintiques” Nova.

Just a reminder that the DRO series is an open race and no cars are ever “booked” into a DRO event. So, although there are 19 pre-entries at this point some teams may opt to not come to the World Series even though they have indicated that they want to attend. That is why it is called “open competition” -- anyone can come and may the best team win. [8/10/2012]