Torrence, McGaha, Tonglet get first wins of the season

Saturday saw the zMax Dragway stands full as (from bottom) Brittany Force, Steve Torrence, Doug Kalitta and Clay Millican made a qualifying pass. 


Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Chris McGaha (Pro Stock), and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) got their first wins of the season Sunday in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway outside of Charlotte, NC. Ron Capps won Funny Car.


The four-wide format proved to be difficult for some of the regular winners on the NHRA circuit, but the four were not fazed.

Haltech Door Wars is May 5-7 at MDIR

Featuring over 250 Northeast Outlaw Pro Mods, a $10,000-to-win Radial vs. the World, and the Nitrous Small Block Shootout, the 9th annual Haltech Door Wars will be held at Maryland International Raceway on May 5-7.


In addition, Melanie Salemi and Lizzy Musi will match race their Pro Mods and the IHRA Summit National Sportsman Championships will be run.

VOLUME XIX,  NUMBER 4 - April  2017

What’s allowed, what’s not allowed?

Not that the Agent has anything against the club, but he just had to remark on Terry Haddock’s sponsor at Charlotte that evidently was OK with the NHRA brass. But, as you recall, the track name on the side of Larry Dixon’s dragster at the Gatornationals did not pass the NHRA censors. Guess it depends upon where the NHRA management would prefer to be seen. Hmm?  

Morgan hopes to gain points at 400 Thunder

Australian racer Darren Morgan has won four Top Fuel titles and he is hoping for another with a win this coming weekend, May 5-6, in the Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder at Sydney Dragway. He is 37 points behind 400 Thunder leader Wayne Newby with only one more event after this one.


With a new Top Fuel dragster this season, the team led by crew chief Ben Patterson is coming around.


“The new car has been a pleasure to work on,” Patterson said. “It took us a while to get a handle on it but once we figured out what it needed, it really started coming to life. No two Top Fuel cars are the same, no matter how hard you try to make them similar, and now that we know what it wants then we can start getting after it this weekend.”


Former NHRA Top Fuel champion, Richie Crampton, will return home to Australia to compete in the event. Other classes include Pro Slammer, Pro Alcohol, Top bike, Pro Stock, and Pro Bike. All classes will race under the “all run” format with no eliminations.


The 400 Thunder Sportsman series will also be in competition.

Sigra team tests new bike; rebuilds Doorslammer engine

After a rebuild of engine and drivetrain, Geoff Gradden and the Sigra Rollingstock Components team will be racing their Saratoga Doorslammer at Sydney this weekend.


In addition, the team have run in the low 9’s at 150 mph on their new bike in testing. 

GALOT hosts Spring Fling this week

For the past seven years the K&N Spring Fling has been held in the middle of May at Bristol, TN, but not this year.  This year GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, NC, will host the event.


Action begins Tuesday, May 2, with a test & tune session followed by the American Race Cars/Racetech Dragster Shootout for an elite 32-car field. Both winner and runner-up receive a new dragster. Then on Wednesday the action really heats up with a $15,000 to win event and only gets hotter all weekend with a cool $50,000 up for grabs by the winner of Friday’s main event. Both Thursday and Saturday will have $20,000-to-win races each day. For more information go to


The Bristol event, now called the Sparco Fall Fling, will move to late September to take advantage of a better weather forecast. 

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