VOLUME XX, NUMBER 8 - AUGUST, 2018
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That’s a wrap for Europe
The weekend saw the completion of the FIA and FIM-E European drag racing ...
Paschal brothers sweep Top ET ...
McLeansville, North Carolinas’s T.G. Paschal is not unfamiliar with the ...
Funny Cars News and Notes
The Agent found a note in the mayo jar this morning written on the back of an ...
‘Black Sunday’ event at Gateway ...
Officials at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL, have rescheduled this ...
Top Fuel racer McMillen ...
It was quite a weekend on the European drag racing tour at the Nitrolympx ...
New partnership for Stringer ...
Stringer Performance, the owner of the Great Clips, Parts Plus, ...
New engine gives Gaydosh hope for ...
Qualifying at the historic U.S. Nationals has eluded John Gaydosh during his ...
Team Aruba to debut new Pro Stock ...
Ten Mountain Motor Pro Stocks were invited to be a part of the most prestigious ...
ET DRAG RACING
Mountain Motor Pro Stocks will make their first appearance with the NHRA as part of the U.S. Nationals this Labor Day weekend. The class, which boasts 800+ c.i. engines, was a part of the IHRA for many years, until that sanctioning body dropped pro classes.
Drivers expected at Indy include John DeFlorian (shown), Trevor Eman, John Konigshofer, John Montecalvo, Elijah Morton, Dwayne Rice, Dillon Voss and Brad Waddle.
“We are looking forward to seeing the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class run at an NHRA national event,” said NHRA vice president of competition, Ned Walliser. “There’s been some interest in incorporating these cars into our current Pro Stock field. In order to determine if that’s even a possibility, we need to see these machines perform under the same conditions as our Pro Stock category.”
These cars would certainly bring some excitement to the class, but the Agent has to ask, how would they fit into the NHRA’s eternal quest for a “level playing field”? [08/28/18]
This past weekend, Cordova International Raceway hosted the 65th Annual World Series of Drag Racing. The Victory Nostalgia Super Stock series helped headline this legendary Midwest race with 31 classic Super Stockers on hand for their fifth points race of their season.
For the second year in a row, Shaun Johnston and his wedge-powered 1967 Plymouth turned on the win light in the final taking home the coveted World Series Crown. Johnston's victory in front of the standing room only crowd was an incredibly close – a double breakout race against Dennis Spurgeon.
These two racers are in a close Points Race for the Championship as they and several other racers chase Leader Jim Hagenhoff into the final points race. The championship will be decided at Gateway Motorsports Park's Monster Muscle Car Weekend on September 14-15. [08/28/18]
Fairmont, NC’s Timothy Thomas, Raeford, NC’s Michael Spencer and Jefferson, SC’s Kevin Crawford were the big money winners, Makala Stevens of Lexington, SC, made it to the final round in all three Jr. Dragster races and Angier’s Steve Alford got the Ironman award during Yuengling Carolina Powerfest 6 completed Sunday, Aug. 26, at Rockingham Dragway.
Thomas, Spencer and Crawford took home $5,000 shares of the posted purse as the Top ET winners on Sunday, Saturday and Friday, respectively.
Timothy Thomas (shown) got the final share by besting Wilmington’s Chad Duke in the Sunday final by .011 of a second.
The best race of the day, however, was the one between reigning Rockingham Dragway champ Mark Soles of Delco and Cole Williams of Zebulon. Soles had a perfect .000 reaction time and was just .020 off his target time, but still lost the fifth-round showdown.
Steve Alford drove his venerable 1971 Pinto to a Footbrake victory over the 1978 Chevy Malibu of Jim Woods of Laurens, SC, on Saturday, was runner-up to Chris “Hot Rod” Gibson of Lexington on Friday, and reached the round of six on Sunday before fouling out to eventual winner Ricky Bullock of Sanford.
Ricky Bullock’s (shown) Sunday Footbrake victory came at the expense of Jason McCandless of Graham, NC, who was guilty of a breakout foul by .004 of a second. Nevertheless, it was an impressive showing for McCandless, the former Jr. Dragster standout who is the grandson of Pro Stock legend Herb “Mr. 4-Speed” McCandless of Burlington, NC.
After final round disappointments on both Friday and Saturday, Mikala Stevens (shown) turned back Conner Caulder of St. Pauls to get the win on Sunday. Overall, she won 17 rounds during weekend, only two fewer than Alford. She lost the Friday final to Cam Whisnant of Dallas, NC, and on Saturday broke out by .005 against Rowland’s Hayden Dial. [08/28/18]
At last year’s Finals in Pomona, Chip Ellis rode a third Vance & Hines Harley in remembrance of legendary bike racer Jr. Pippin, who died on Nov. 4, 2017. Ellis won the first round against Katie Sullivan, but next lost to LE Tonglet (far lane).
Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Chip Ellis will make his first appearance of the 2018 season aboard a Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson this week at the U.S. nationals. Doug Vancil, who returned to competition this year, will serve as crew chief for Ellis, and will not race. [08/28/18]
Gary Pritchett, husband of Leah Pritchett, will drive the Top Alcohol Funny Car owned by Jonnie Lindberg at the U.S. Nationals.
Mr. Pritchett is the clutch specialist on Steve Torrence’s Top Fuel dragster, but has been looking for a Funny Car ride for a while. He previously held a Top Fuel license and got his Funny Car license last Wednesday during pre-U.S. Nationals testing. Pritchett drove the car last year at the PDRA event at Indianapolis.
Lindberg’s brother, Johan, had been scheduled to drive the Camaro, but he is at home awaiting the birth of his first child. [08/28/18]
Evidently, it’s not only neighbors surrounding racetracks that complain about the noise. Months of negotiating between the city of Carmel, IN, and Forrest and Charlotte Lucas over the parties, galas, soirees and fundraisers that they frequently host at their estate have ended in stalemate, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports.
What still stands is a ruling from Carmel zoning officials that declined to give the Lucases leeway to hold semi-public events on their property. The city says it will enforce its zoning rules if they are violated, and the Lucases are planning to host more parties -- even as they promise to continue working with the city to appease frustrated neighbors. [08/28/18]
Chevrolet will bring back its SEMA Design Awards program for this year’s SEMA Show, set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Las Vegas.
Those wishing to partake in Chevrolet’s pre-SEMA Show marketing activities must register their vehicle before Sept. 14. All registrations must be received before Oct. 12 to be eligible for an award.
Those hoping to get a Chevy award must: Preserve the Chevrolet bowtie emblem, if originally equipped, on the front of vehicle; Use of a Chevrolet powertrain (mixing or matching fuel types and generations is allowed); The use of current body-style Chevrolet vehicles, performance parts, accessories and crate engines is highly encouraged; and Vehicles with current body styles (i.e., sixth-gen Camaro, seventh-gen Corvette) will be included in the Late-Model award category, in addition to all other categories.
Award categories include: Chevy SEMA Late Model Car of the Year; Chevy SEMA Late Model Truck of the Year; Chevy SEMA Classic of the Year; Best use of Chevy Performance Crate Engine; Best use of Chevy Performance Parts & Accessories; and Designers Choice.
Those with questions can email ChevySEMADesignAwardsProgram@gm.com. [08/28/18]
Aeromotive Stealth Tank Upgrade Kit
Aeromotive now offers fuel system upgrades for many popular Corvette, Camaro and Mustang applications in the form of a convenient, all-in-one kit for street or race engineered to work with the stock fuel tank. Each kit contains everything required to upgrade the vehicle’s OE tank for improved fuel delivery and added power including: Aeromotive’s Stealth in-tank fuel pump, 40 micron high flow filter, one piece CNC Y-block, billet high flow fuel rails, billet EFI pressure regulator and all required Aeromotive high-flow ORB port fittings and necessary hardware. [08/28/18]
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