Pritchett to be featured on HLN on May 4

Leah Pritchett, NHRA Top Fuel points leader and Don Schumacher Racing driver, is scheduled to appear as a live guest on the HLN network’s program “Morning Express with Robin Meade” on Thursday, May 4.


The interview will take place in their Atlanta studios in advance of the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals. The interview is set to take place at approximately 9:40 a.m. EDT. 

Warick wins a dragster at GALOT Spring Fling Tuesday

This year, the K&N Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries moved from its home at Bristol Dragway for the past seven years to the new Galot Motorsports Park in Dunn, NC.


Thirty-two entries of those received were pulled out of a hat to be part of the Dragster Shootout field. Going into the semifinals were Paul Warick, Jeff Dobbins, Jason Lynch and John Taylor Jr.


Warick, driving a door car, and Lynch met in the final round. Although Warick’s Nova left first because of a slower dial-in, Lynch had the better light, but Warick’s car ran closer to his dial, taking the win light by less than one-thousandth of a second.


“I’ve driven a dragster before, but I just like door cars,” Warwick admitted. His prize for winning was a choice of either an American Race Cars or Racetech dragster. Lynch received the one not chosen by Warick.


Racing continues throughout the week.

Rain and cold move this week’s events at Milan Dragway

Because of rain and cold temperatures in the forecast, the Thursday, May 4, Rocky’s Rental race at Michigan’s Milan Dragway  has been moved back a week to May 11. The Friday, May 5, Aeroquip Heads Up race will also be moved to next week on May 12.


VOLUME XIX,  NUMBER 4 - April  2017

Can Atlanta be the win for Coughlin and Elite Motorsports?

No one in Pro Stock has had a quicker racecar than Jeg Coughlin Jr.'s Performance Chevrolet Camaro at the last two NHRA drag races, which has the 58-time national winner excited about his prospects heading into this weekend's 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.


"Credit this Elite Motorsports group," Coughlin said. "These guys have been working so hard, so many late nights, so many off days, to get my car and Erica (Enders') car back to the top of the class like they were in 2014 and 2015 when she won back-to-back championships.


"They pretty much dominated the sport those two years and we switched brands last year and it didn't work out like we had hoped so they switched everything back. It's so satisfying to see the cars respond and to feel the energy in the pit. It's

really cool."


Not only has Coughlin been top qualifier for the last two races, but last weekend in Charlotte, Enders qualified No. 2, putting Elite Performance-powered racecars 1-2 on the grid for the first time this year.


"It's been very encouraging to say the least," Coughlin said. "But I know we'd trade these No. 1 qualifiers for race wins any day. That's the next thing on the to-do list, to be honest, and I don't care if it's me, Erica or (teammate) Vincent Nobile that gets it done. We want all of our cars to do well.


"The Pro Stock class is so close right now. We've had six different winners in the first six races! How's that for parity? Now we need to add a seventh different winner this weekend in Atlanta." 

‘Hotlanta’ won’t be so hot this weekend

Dickie Venables tuned Matt Hagan to back-to-back event titles at the first two NHRA races of the season in the Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Powered by Pennzoil. Last week, however, they hazed the tires at the starting line and finished last in the four-car final round at zMax Dragway.


This week they return to Atlanta where they are the defending event winners.


But all the teams could be thrown for a loop this weekend where typical "Hotlanta" conditions won't be the case. Friday's forecasted high is 57 degrees with Sunday's high in the low-70s.


"It's going to be interesting for sure," Hagan said. "I feel so confident no matter where we go with Dickie (Venables) making the calls. If the track can hold the power, I have no doubt he'll be telling me to pull my buckles down tight and hold on."


The Southern Nationals is the third race in three weeks for the Mello Yello tour. 

Goodguys introduce

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has introduced, a new performance lifestyle website. Fuel Curve is a destination site for performance news and more, blending photos, video and podcasts from America and around the world to give gearheads the information they crave. Whatever “moves the needle” will find a home on its pages.

Aeromotive to host HROT event during Open House

Aeromotive will sponsor a Hot Rodders of Tomorrow qualifying event in conjunction with the company’s annual open house and car show on Saturday, May 13, in Lenexa, Kansas. 

Sacramento National Open is this weekend

Jennifer Hoffman's Top Dragster will be participating in the Top Comp class. Hoffman's last big win was the 2015 NHRA Jegs Pacific SPORTSnationals at Fontana, CA.


This weekend’s (May 5-7) NHRA National Open at Sacramento Raceway Park will feature the NHRA sportsman classes including Stock/Super Stock combo, Top Comp (Top Dragster Top Sportsman combo), Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Chassisworks/NHRA ET Racing and Junior Dragsters.


The Pro Gas Door Slammers (A/Gas-E/Gas) will also race on Friday afternoon, with eliminations starting at 4 pm on Saturday. The NHRA classes will qualify on Saturday, with eliminations beginning on Sunday morning. The Junior Dragsters will have full eliminations on both Saturday and Sunday. 

‘Ignitor’ opens Firebird season

The 47th annual NAPA Ignitor will open the season at Firebird Raceway near Boise, Idaho, on May 5-7.


This will mark the first race with Bobby Cottrell driving for Bucky Austin. Former driver Kris Krabill won the AA/FC class last year.

Hot Rod Reunion events to be featured on NHRA All Access

Both of the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hot Rod Reunion events for 2017 will be featured on NHRA All Access, Museum and NHRA officials announced. The June Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance in Bowling Green, Ky., and the October California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California will be featured during the race weekends.


A weekend pass can be purchased at $14.95 and current subscribers to NHRA All Access will receive the content at no additional charge. The weekend pass will go on sale June 12 and will include action from the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and as a bonus, access to historic racing footage from past NHRA National events.


Coverage from Bowling Green will start daily with the first cars down the track at 10 a.m. on June 15, 8:30 a.m. on June 16, and 10 a.m. on June 17. Coverage will also include action of the Cacklefest® that concludes the event on Saturday evening. 

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