VOLUME XX, NUMBER 4 - APRIL, 2018
DRAGRACINGOnline will be published on or around the 8th of each month and will be updated throughout the month.
DRAGRACINGOnline owes allegiance to no sanctioning body and will call 'em as we see 'em. We strive for truth,integrity, irreverence and the betterment of drag racing. We have no agenda other than providing the drag racing public with unbiased information and view points they can't get in any other drag racing publication.
Editor & Publisher, CEO Jeff Burk
Managing Editor, COO Kay Burk
Editor at Large, Bret Kepner
Editor at Large, Emeritus Chris Martin
Bracket Racing Editor, Jok Nicholson
Motorcycle Editor, Tom McCarthy
Nostalgia Editor, Brian Losness
Contributing Writers, Jim Baker, Steven Bunker, Aaron Polburn, Matt Strong
Australian Correspondent, Jon Van Daal
European Correspondent, Ivan Sansom
Poet Laureate, Bob Fisher
Cartoonists, Jeff DeGrandis, Kenny Youngblood
Senior Photographer - Ron Lewis
Contributing Photographers - Aaron Anderson, Donna Bistran, Steven Bunker, Pam Conrad, Adam Cranmer, James Drew, Don Eckert, Steve Embling, Mike Garland, Joel Gelfand, Steve Gruenwald, Chris Haverly, Rose Hughes, Bob Johnson, Bret Kepner, "Bad" Brad Klaassen, Jon LeMoine, Eddie Maloney, Tim Marshall, Matt Mothershed, Richard Muir, Joe McHugh, Dennis Mothershed, Ivan Sansom, Paul Schmitz, Dave Stoltz, Jon Van Daal
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Director: Casey Araiza
Director: Dave Ferrato
Webmonkey: Axel G.
Production Monkey: Axel G.
Racing Net Source LLC
607 Seib Drive
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Editor & Publisher
CEO Jeff Burk
COO Kay Burk
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Director: Casey Araiza
Director: Dave Ferrato
Contact: Casey Araiza
Arend ignites ‘California Hustler’
Don Nelson, the owner of the California Hustler nostalgia funny car, has been ...
Women lead the nitro way at Atlanta
Just ahead of Mother’s Day, the ladies topped the winners of the NHRA Southern Nationals ...
Winners named at .90 series ...
This Mid Atlantic .90 Association began its season April 28 and 29 at Jersey’s Atco ...
Farmer takes Wednesday win at ...
New this year at the Spring Fling at Galot Motorsports Park was the addition ...
‘Mr. Dirt’ takes ‘new AHRA’ win ...
The American Hot Rod Association made its grand return to actual ...
Cruz, Enders, Savoie and Torrence ...
Cruz Pedregon got his 36th career win on Sunday, but the last NHRA national ...
That’s a Corvette?
YouTube personality Cleetus McFarland is bringing his world-famous “Leroy the ...
Paul Smith returns with sons to ...
Working with sons John and Mike on the family Funny Car, Paul Smith returns ...
ET DRAG RACING
Cruz Pedregon got his 36th career win on Sunday, but the last NHRA national event he won was at Englishtown, NJ, back in 2014. The Snap-On Funny Car team got its first win in 92 outings.
“I knew we had our work cut out for us when I pulled up to the starting line in the finals,” Pedregon said, “and I actually didn’t believe my ears when my team manager told me I won. It was surreal, and I cannot believe that I won this race.”
In Pro Stock, Erica Enders got her first victory since Epping last season and the 23rd of her career. She took down Vincent Nobile, Chris McGaha and No. 1 qualifier Drew Skillman in the final round.
Jerry Savoie emerged victorious in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, as he earned his ninth career victory and first at zMAX Dragway when he ran a 6.784 at 195.73 on his White Alligator Racing Suzuki in the final round. He bested Andrew Hines, Scotty Pollacheck and Matt Smith in the final round to lock down his first victory since Brainerd last season.
Steve Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to a 3.813-second pass at 326.56 mph as he became the first driver to reach three victories in the first six events of the season. He defeated Doug Kalitta, Terry McMillen and Clay Millican in the final round for his 19th career win. With the victory, Torrence moves back into sole possession of the Top Fuel points. [04/30/18]
Jose Gonzalez (orange car) took the Pro Mod win.
One week after earning the first No. 1 qualifier of his career in Houston, Jose Gonzalez notched his first career victory in the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service portion of the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Gonzalez ran a 5.743-second pass at 254.09 mph in his Chevrolet Q80 Camaro to take down Steve Jackson, Rickie Smith and Brandon Snider in the final round. Gonzalez became the first Dominican-born driver to earn a victory at an NHRA national event. [04/30/18]
Scott Cook of Festus, MO, won the final round of Super Pro eliminations during the third round of the Carl’s 4WD Bracket Series today at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL. Cook defeated Tom Tignor of Hillsboro, MO, (brown 1979 Malibu), 4.827 sec./136.07 mph to 6.158 sec./108.25 mph in the eighth mile. Cook’s near-perfect reaction time of .004 sec. sealed the win.
PRO: Tommy Barbero (Wentzville, MO) 1978 Malibu, .053, 6.877 sec. 96.70 mph def. Jeremy McKague (Chamois, MO) 1974 Vega, .040, 6.804, 98.64
SPORTSMAN: Erik Lipka (Wright City, MO) 1999 Camaro, .065, 11.916, 112.88 def. Kyle Jennings (Maryland Heights, MO) 2013 Challenger, -.032 (fouled), 12.142, 114.03
MOTORCYCLE: Mark Abrahms (Bethalto, IL) 1980 Kawasaki, .042, 9.255, 135.51 def. Scott Leonard (Glen Carbon, IL) 2009 Hayabusa, .116, 9.213, 148.48
TROPHY: Neil Kuykendall (Moscow Mills, MO) 1981 Camaro, .281, 13.157, 101.13 def. Mark Vatlon (Edwardsville, IL) 1998 Camaro, .283, 9.034, 68.43
JR. DRAGSTER THUNDER: Lilly Kinne (Canton, IL) .087, 9.025, 72.76 def. Cohen Hale (Pevely, MO) .084, 9.034, 68.43
JR. DRAGSTER LIGHTNING: Paige Teel (Quincy, IL) .020, 8.049, 74.89 def.
Allysia Vaultonberg (Canton, IL) .154, 7.868, 82.30
JR. DRAGSTER RUN-OFF (LIGHTNING WINNER VS. THUNDER WINNER): Paige Teel (Quincy, IL) .037, 7.985, 76.66 def. Lilly Kinne (Canton, IL) .031, 8.934, 73.39
The next special event will be Sunday, April 29, for an Import Face-off. [04/30/18]
Ten days ago, the K&N Spring Fling brand crowned it’s latest Million Dollar champion in Randell Reid at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This week, the brand moves to Galot Motorsports Park in Dunn, NC.
Tuesday will be for a Test & Tune session, with $15,000 to win on Wednesday, $20,000 to win both Thursday and Saturday. The Kooks Door Car Shootout will also pay $10,000 to win on Thursday. Friday is the main event where the winner of the Spring Fling could receive as much as $50,000. [04/30/18]
Flowtech Raptor Chambered Mufflers
Flowtech's all-new Raptor line of chambered mufflers feature a welded-baffle design that delivers a deep, throaty exhaust note and increased performance and fuel economy. Designed specifically for street and high-performance applications, they're available with 2.00-, 2.25-, 2.50-, and 3.00-inch inlet/outlet openings and feature a compact 13x9x4-inch case design with numerous inlet/outlet options to fit literally hundreds of different vehicles. They're manufactured from aluminized steel, MIG-welded for long-term durability, and reduce interior resonance and exhaust drone while supplying a deep exhaust growl at full throttle. [04/30/18]
BACK TO TOP
Frankie Taylor in a TBR doorslammer at the Summer Thunder event.
U.S. racer Frankie Taylor left his home in Texas after competing at the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC, and is heading for Australia for the Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway. Traveling with him are his brother Paul and his crewman Jeremy to work together as Frankie drives one of the Team Bray Racing (TBR) doorslammers.
Ben Bray is fourth in the points race with Taylor right behind. There are only two events left this season to add points for the 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Championship.
“Sydney is where I set my personal best pass of 5.700 seconds,” said Bray, “and was the host of Frankie’s first ever Australian event win, which came in what was his first race over here and his first event for TBR.” [04/30/18]