NHRA approves Top Fuel canopy beginning this weekend at Brainerd

Don Schumacher Racing plans on using the canopy in the first qualifying session at 3 p.m. Friday at the Minnesota track. (photo courtesy DSR)

NHRA Technical Dept. officials have announced that a cockpit canopy for Top Fuel dragsters has been approved for use starting with this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.

The cockpit canopy will be manufactured and distributed by Aerodine Composites Group and will be available for use by all Top Fuel teams. The equipment is an optional component, not mandatory.

“We were able to see the finished product yesterday and give our final approval to the Aerodine representatives,” said Glen Gray, vice president of technical operations, NHRA. “The product includes a fresh air system, fire bottle, and kick-out panels. The cockpit canopy will be available to any team that wants to use it starting this weekend in Brainerd.” [8/15/2012]

Gingles gets first TAD win ever at Cordova regional

At the August 12 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools event at Cordova Dragway Park, Canadian Gord Gingles (Right) picked up the first win of his Top Alcohol Dragster career. Yes, Gord, that’s for real!  

See the rest of the results in our Sportsman Report.  (Mike Garland photo) [8/15/2012]

NHRA approves better heads for nitro cars?

The Agent has heard from a very reliable source that the predicted development of new cylinder heads for nitro cars by Alan Johnson has occurred and has been approved by the NHRA Tech department. The Tech department hands were basically tied in approving the new AJ heads since they have already approved new heads from the DSR teams.

The Agent has to ask: 1) how much more power do these cars need and 2) who is going to make a track and tire that can handle more power from a nitro car? [8/15/2012]

Tim Kushi dies suddenly; funeral is Friday

Tim Kushi of the Yankee Peddler / Yankee Sizzler AA/FC passed away on Sunday, Aug. 12. Kushi, 69, was playing golf with friends the afternoon before and he felt ill. They took him to the clubhouse and called an ambulance. He died the next morning.

Kushi had also been crew chief for the dragsters of Tommy Johnson Jr. and Scott Weis.

Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, Main St., Dalton, Mass. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Dwyer Funeral Home www.dwyerfuneral.com is in charge of arrangements.  (photo courtesy Tommy Johnson Sr.) [8/15/2012]