Todd hopes momentum carries him to Charlotte win

Coming off the biggest win in his career, J.R. Todd hopes to put the momentum from his U.S. Nationals win to good use. Starting from the eighth position in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, the Funny Car standout knows he can’t waste any time, either.


For Todd to have any thoughts of a first world championship, he’ll need a good start at this weekend’s NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, the first of six playoff races to conclude the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.


“I'm really looking forward to the Countdown, especially the way our Toyota Camry Funny Cars have performed these last few races,” said Todd, who has two wins in the last four races. “I'm hoping that we can get hot like these DHL guys did in 2015 (with Del Worsham) and end up holding the big trophy in Pomona at the end of the year.” 

Meyer and Williams win in Earlville

Racers Megan Meyer (shown), Olathe, KS, and Kirk Williams, Glenwood, IA, took home wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car Sunday evening, Sept. 10, at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa. This event concluded the six race Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in the NHRA West Central division.


Meyer faced off against Mike Edstrom, Maple Grove, MN, running 5.337 seconds, 272.39 mph, for the holeshot win.  Edstrom runner upped at 5.294 seconds, 271.62 mph.


Williams captured the Top Alcohol Funny Car victory with a pass of 5.617 seconds, 256.26 mph. Kris Hool, Evansville, WY, had mechanical issues midway through his pass, finishing up at 7.508 seconds, 126.33 mph.


COMP: David Billingsley, Decatur, IL, '14 Camaro, D/EA, 8.204, 158.24 def. Matt Harris, Nebraska City, NE, '05 Grand AM, E/A, 7.709, 177.14.


SUPER STOCK: Michael Lund, Bettendorf, IA, '88 Camaro, GT/HA, 9.929, 130.19 def. Brett Speer, Pierz, MN, '87 Camaro, GT/JA, 9.920, 127.73.


STOCK: John Cooper, LaPorte, CO, '64 Fairlane, A/SA, 10.043, 130.17 def. Ryan Montford, Wichita, KS, '13 Camaro, FS/C, 9.327, 139.60.


SUPER COMP: Don Nichols, Lincoln, NE, '07 Davis, 8.912, 163.04 def. Jon Medlin, Olathe, KS, '03 Undercover, 8.917, 164.41.


SUPER GAS: Kurt Potach, Austin, MN, '97 Don Ness, 9.859, 144.06 def. Dale Evens, St. Cloud, MN, '62 Chevrolet, foul.


SUPER STREET: Matt Kohl, Lisbon, IA, '56 Chevy, 10.900, 159.42 def. Tony Leonard, Hastings, MN, '70 Chevrolet, 10.930, 117.54.


SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: William Homuth, Hampshire, IL, '97 Suzuki, 9.273, 130.43 def. Kyle Olson, Moorland, IA, '12 Hayabusa, 8.887, 140.31.


TOP SPORTSMAN: Michael Freischel, Cottage Grove, MN, '01 Pontiac, 7.473, 183.37 def. Terry Pope, Blair, NE, '02 Cavalier, 7.058, 195.82.


TOP DRAGSTER: Al Peavler, Olney, IL, '13 American, 6.397, 218.09 def. Scott Cusey, Buffalo, MN, '01 Boulton, 6.888, 193.05.


JR DRAGSTER: Alexis Halverson, Earlville, IA, '06 KCS, 8.998, 71.44 def. Arley Ballard, Byron, IL, '14 Halfscale, 7.875, 79.51.  

Tiffin coming to DRO AA/FC Challenge event in Tulsa

Vic Tiffin called to say his team will be at the DRO AA/FC Challenge’s next event. His “Gold Digger” has a new look for the Raymond Beadle Memorial at Tulsa Raceway Park on Sept. 22-23.


This will be the first DRO event of the season where 44-amp mags will be allowed.  

No-time racing gains in popularity

D/Gas racers B.B. Brown (near lane) and Brian Higginbottom.


Quain Stott’s Southeast Gassers Association put on another no-time event, this one at Ringgold, GA, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Donovan Stott got the A/Gas win over Jimmy Finley; Rusty Sampsell took the C/Gas win over Dean Harris; and Todd Oden was the D/Gas winner over Josh Pruitt.


Racing without caring about Elapsed Time or speed seems to be the newest fad that has taken hold across the country.


For example, the No ET Nationals will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at Michigan’s Milan Dragway. Beginning at noon, it’s just $40 to race and $20 to watch.

Donnie and Darr talkin’ nitro tonight

Tonight, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. (Pacific) there’s a jam-packed Nitro Reports with Donnie Couch and Darr Hawthorne.


The guests and topics include: Steve Gibbs on the Nitro Revival; Pat Austin on the Heritage series and sportsman nitro racing; 7.0 Pro Champ and nitro funny car rookie Bobby Cottrell; Nitro Funny Car Champ Kris Krabill; Heritage Top Fuel at Tulsa; John Hale on Funny Car Chaos in Texas; and the new Auto Club Famoso Raceway PR guy, Kleet Norris, on the Group 2 Heritage Series Finals this weekend.


You can watch for free at or LIVE on the Nitro Reports Facebook page. 

Linke clinches Divisional championship in Stock

Russell Linke


Russell Linke and Scott Benham scored big victories in front of a cheering home crowd during the NHRA Northeast division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Sept. 10.


Linke, who lives minutes away from the track in Old Bridge, NJ, gave up the starting line to charging Fred Thibeault, Middleton, Nova Scotia, but Thibeault took too much stripe and broke out. Linke earned the Stock Eliminator divisional Wally trophy, making a winning pass of 10.519 seconds, 115.65 mph; Thibeault 10.212 seconds, 126.01 mph.


New Jersey Comp Eliminator standouts Benham of Jackson and Frank Aragona of Freehold squared off in the final round. Benham pulled the minor upset, running 8.076 seconds, 162.02 mph to hold off Aragona, 7.365 seconds, 177.72 mph.


SUPER STOCK: Joseph Santangelo, Marlborough, CT, '87 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.031, 121.87 def. Paul Guenther, Galloway, NJ, '03 Mustang, FGT/F, 9.372, 133.63.


SUPER COMP: Philip Smida, Canfield, OH, '15 American, 8.896, 176.12 def. Mike Robilotto, Albany, NY, '13 Undercover, 8.883, 174.30.


SUPER GAS: Jason Kenny, Kutztown, PA, '03 Corvette, 9.909, 166.11 def. Tom Goldman, Allentown, PA, '58 Corvette, 9.908, 163.04.


SUPER STREET: Karri Khoury, North Salem, NH, '84 Chevy Pickup, 10.906, 141.67 def. Mark Proulx, Osgoode, Ont., '65 Comet, 10.874, 119.18.


TOP SPORTSMAN: Sandy Wilkins, Mount Ulla, NC, '69 Camaro, 6.689, 190.94 def. Joseph Heffernan, Aston, PA, '69 Opel GT, 7.225, 187.50.


TOP DRAGSTER: Peter Frisina, Farmingville, NY, '06 Spitzer, 6.774, 194.49 def. Val DiGenova, Derry, NH, '00 Dan Page, 6.737, 199.52.


PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE: Ed Armstrong, Westfield, MA, 'ch Z, 8.433, 155.94 def. Heath Smith, Westmoreland, NY, '03 Skidoo, 9.037, 153.30. 

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