Heritage points tighten after Utah

Ryan Hodgson was the winner at Utah. Can Jason Rupert make up the points difference for the championship?  (Brian Losness photo)Both Ryan Hodgson and Jason Rupert were awarded runner-up points for the Boise Nightfire Nationals and 20 more points will be awarded to the winner of the rain-delayed Final Round at the California Hot Rod Reunion in October.


1. Ryan Hodgson  481

2. Jason Rupert  438

3. Bobby Cottrell  281

4. Michael Peck 257

5. Dan Horan  152

6. Shawn Bowen  149

7. Mark Sanders 130

8. Tim Boychuk  117

9. Marc Meadors 114

10 Tim Nemeth  106


See the results from the Heritage Series Nitro Shootout at Rocky Mountain Raceway at here

Gladstone team grades NHRA performance so far this year

Joey Gladstone moved to the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class this year and going into the U.S. Nationals, which marks the end of the regular season, the team is eighth in the points. That gives him a bit of a cushion to make the 10-racer Countdown to the Championship.


Even though this is Gladstone’s first full year on the tour, he and owner/tuner of the San Marino Excavating Suzuki, Joe Riccardi, made a few races last year, including Indy. “It's great to get back to the tracks that I have data from last year,” said Riccardi. “It gives us confidence.”


“Up to this point we’ve been to a lot of tracks that I’d never been to before, and a lot of tracks that Joe hadn’t been to with his previous rider, and none of them that we’d been to together,” said Gladstone. “There have been ups and downs and a lot of learning curves, but there’s been a lot of people that have been willing to help and show us the ropes of Pro Stock Motorcycle. “


As good of a year as it’s been, there is one honor on the table that Gladstone realistically feels is out of reach. “I don’t think Rookie of the Year is in our grasp anymore with the way (Pro Stock Car rookie) Tanner Gray has been racing, but it’s been a great season so far. I’m really enjoying the experience, going out to all these races, meeting new people and new fans. It’s been fun. It’s the way I envisioned racing is supposed to feel.”


Although the team didn’t test at last week’s session at Lucas Oil Raceway, they’ve still been busy preparing for the back half of the season. Back in Delaware, Gladstone, who had 10 motorcycle drag racing championships in other series, has been using his bracket bike to break in new tires for the remainder of the season -- on his driveway.


And Riccardi’s been busy back in his Michigan shop. “We have plenty of parts and pieces, and multiple engines, to possibly make some noise in the Countdown,” said Riccardi, adding “If you’re afraid to lose you will never win.” 

Woodburn Dragstrip to host 2017 NHRA Summit Racing ET Finals

NHRA’s top drag racers from tracks across the Northwest division will be at Woodburn Dragstrip to square off in head-to-head competition at the 40th annual NHRA Summit Racing Series Northwest Division Finals, Sept. 1-3.


Drivers in eight classes: Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Motorcycle/Snowmobile, High School, Jr. Street and two NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League classes, will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors at the event.


Sunday’s action will also feature the Race of Champions where the best racers from each track in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Motorcycle/Snowmobile will compete for top honors and a chance to compete for the Summit National Championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, in November. They will run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for a $5,000 winner-take-all purse. 

NMCA names Norwalk’s All-American winners

Josh Klugger got the Radial Wars win over Issac Preston. 


The NMCA All-American Nationals were held Aug. 24-27 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.


In the Xtreme Pro Mod qualifying, 13 of the 24 cars made 3-second passes. Billy Banaka led the field with a 3.78 in his Camaro, but in the final Jason Hamstra’s Camaro ran 3.86 to Banaka’s 4.05.


Pro Stock: Rob Pearce, Studebaker, 7.29 def. Kevin Lawrence, Cobalt

Factory Super Cars: David Barton, ‘17 COPO Camaro, 8.14 def. Carl Tasca, ‘16 Cobra Jet, 8.19

Street Outlaw: Manny Buginga, Mustang, 4.38 def. Andrew DeMarco, 4.42

Pro Street: Andy Vogt, Trans Am, 7.39 def. Don Bakin, Camaro, 7.41

Xtreme Street: Jessie Coulter, Camaro, 4.71 def. Alex Hays, Mustang, 4.78

NA 10.5: David Theisen, Firebird, 7.96 def. Leonard Long, 9.26

Stock/Super Stock: Daryl Bureski, Oldsmobile, 11.45 def. Ricking Pennington, Cobra Jet, 10.66 (break out)

Top Sportsman: Dave Granger, Henry J, 7.57 def. Chris Osborn, Camaro, broke

Nostalgia Super Stock: Doug Wright, Belvedere, 9.30 def. Rick Neumeyer, Plymouth Fury, 11.06

Nostalgia Muscle Car: Andy Warren, Caprice, 10.03 def. Carl Gilbert, Nova, 10.55

Open Comp: Susan Roush McClenaghan, Mustang, 9.48 (9.46 dial) def. Larry Geddes, Mustang, 10,.86 (10.83 dial)


The drivers in Gear Vendors True Street hung on through a late night of racing, and in the end, Justin May was the overall winner with an 8.23 average in his Firebird and Mike Martyn was the runner-up with an 8.72 average in his Mustang. George Chaboudy, III was the 9-second winner in his Mustang, Jeff Brady was the 10-second winner in his Camaro; Scott Smith was the 11-second winner in his Camaro; Nicholas Massengale was the 12-second winner in his Camaro; Pat Tyner took the 13-second win in his Mustang and Anthony Jager took the 14-second win in his Mustang.


Additional special components of this race were the Ford Performance Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Diversified Products Marketing, which Paul Roderick won with a 9.07 on a 9.04 over Rick Rodgers, who turned in an 8.90 on an 8.92. John Calvert won the Cobra Jet Challenge.


FSC Bracket 1 Box winner Bryan Yaeger opted to split the purse with Bracket 2 finalists AJ Buchanan and Tim Jordan.


Season championships are on the line at the conclusion to this year’s NMCA race season, the 16th Annual NMCA World Street Finals, Sept. 21-24 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.  

Melling extends Enders sponsorship through end of season

Following a very successful five-race stint as title sponsor of two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders and her Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, Melling Performance announced a contract extension through the end of the 2017 season with the most acclaimed female driver in Pro Stock history.


Melling Performance initiated its involvement in the world's quickest and fastest motorsport after CEO Mark Melling attended one of the Charlotte drag races in 2016.


"All I knew was NASCAR," Melling said. "Coming to the drag races really opened my eyes to what a great sport the NHRA has going. If you can't get excited about all the horsepower going on out there, you're not a race fan whatsoever."   

Chevrolet Performance Challenge held at Norwalk

Al Corda 


The Chevrolet Performance Challenge was held in conjunction with the NMCA All-American Nationals in Norwalk, OH, on Aug. 24-27.


Drag Radial: Ray Litz, Camaro, 5.02 def. Andy Essary, Trans Am, 5.15

Real Street: Jessie Coulter, Camaro, 4.68 def. George Farkouh, Camaro, 4.76

Stock: Jesse Wilson, Camaro, 10.15 def. Haley Rounsavall, COPO Camaro, 10.22

Rumble: Nicholas Massengale, Camaro, 12.04 (12.00 index) def. David Rickey, 11.24 (11.25 index)

Street King: Al Corda, Camaro, 10.09 (10.00 index) def. Josh Bryant, Mustang, 10.36 (10.25 index)


Because of rain during the 16th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Bluegrass Nationals, presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, in mid-May at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky, the semifinal and final rounds for Wiseco BoostLine Connecting Rods Drag Radial were completed at Summit Motorsports Park. The win went to Anthony Manna, whose Camaro clocked a 4.39, while Andy Essary was the runner-up in his Trans Am with a 4.49.


The next stop on the Chevrolet Challenge Series tour is the 9th Annual Holley LS Fest, Sept. 8-10 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY. 

Mageau will add Fiat Altered to racing stable

The Canadian Mageau Family Racing will be adding a 1948 Fiat Topolino Altered to their stable of Funny Cars, “Prospector” and “Girl Trouble.” The “Nitro Hobo” will compete in the 6.0 class at NHRA Hot Rod Heritage events in 2018. 

Lucas to sponsor LA County Fair, hold drawing for NHRA Finals tickets

Lucas Oil Products, Inc., the world's leading producer of high-performance lubricants and problem-solving additives, is once again a proud sponsor of the LA County Fair, Sept. 1-24 located at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

This will be the fifth year Lucas Oil will showcase at the Fair. Products will include Lucas' world class Motorcycle, Agriculture, Marine, Winter Assortment, Hot Rod, Heavy Duty and OutDoor lines.


Lucas Oil will be on display and sale in Exhibit Hall 4, South. All Lucas Oil purchases at the Fair will include a ticket in a daily opportunity drawing for a family 4-pack of tickets for either the Glen Helen Off Road event Sept. 16, the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo in Pomona on Sept. 30, or the NHRA Finals in Pomona on Nov. 11. 




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