Top Fuel racer McMillen breaks through at U.S. Nationals

Terry McMillen and his AMALIE Motor Oil XTERMIGATOR team accomplished what many thought was unobtainable for the Elkhart, Indiana driver. They won the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.


Just three years ago, McMillen was ready to quit racing after a particularly troublesome season, but the fans and his sponsor talked him into staying the course.


Under hot, humid conditions McMillen qualified 13th for the event that made for tricky conditions for the crew chiefs, especially from the bottom half of the ladder that saddled the team with the right lane, which seemed to be the trickier of the two lanes. McMillen got a gift in the first round as Scott Palmer turned off his dragster, then McMillen worked his way past Steve Torrence, Blake Alexander and Doug Kalitta to get the win.


“There are two things that everyone remembers about a season,” McMillen said. “They remember the season champion and who won Indy. I’m very proud of my team for accomplishing that goal. We won Indy and no one can ever take that away from us.”


Other pro winners were: JR. Todd (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle). We’ll have complete coverage coming tomorrow.    

Daniels three-peats in Hemi Challenge

Jimmy Daniels got his third Dodge HEMI Challenge win in a row at the U.S. Nationals on Friday, getting past Gary Wolkwitz.


See all of the action at here.   

Pritchett takes Factory Stock win; re-sets records

Leah Pritchett raced to Factory Stock Showdown victory behind the wheel of her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak at the 64th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday afternoon.


Complete domination best describes the performance by Pritchett and her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak team. Pritchett, once again pulling double duty in Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown (FSXX), ran low E.T. of every single qualifying and elimination round during the race weekend, including resetting the FSXX Elapsed Time and speed records with an 8.002 second at 172.56 mph run to claim her second career pole in the class.

In the all-Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak final, Pritchett powered past Mark Pawuk on an 8.108/170.26 pass to claim her first Factory Stock win in her first final-round appearance in the class. 


Pawuk believed his chance at a U.S. Nationals win was over after apparently losing to Joe Welch in the opening round, but his opponent was later disqualified by the NHRA, moving Pawuk on to round two.  

Pro Stock class seeing big changes for 2019?

Gray, Butner done, Mountain Motors in?

Say, isn’t a big number on the side the way they identify the cars in NASCAR? Hmm….


The NHRA's Pro Stock class and its racers made most of the doorslammer news at the U.S. Nationals last weekend. The Agent has heard from several well connected NHRA Pro Stock sources that perhaps one of the reasons the NHRA brought in Mountain Motor Pro Stocks and floated the rumor that those cars could be part of NHRA's Pro Stock class in 2019 would be the apparent loss of budding Pro Stock superstar and U.S. Nationals winner Tanner Gray.


The Agent’s sources say Gray will most likely leave the NHRA Pro Stock series to drive in the NASCAR truck series in 2019. There are also strong indications that both Drew Skillman and Bo Butner will "ankle" the class.


The Agent suspects that the rumored $45,000 per race fee for a competitive 500-inch Pro Stock motor could be part the problem. On the other hand, if the rumored addition of Mountain Motor Pro Stocks turns out to be true, the Agent thinks there are many ex-IHRA Pro Stock teams and some current Pro Mod teams who would jump at the chance to be part of the NHRA's three official Mello Yello professional classes instead of one of the NHRA's secondary pro classes.  

Rockingham Dragway is not sold says Earwood

A note was dropped in the mayo jar on the Phlegm Building’s porch with the words “Fake News” hastily scribbled at the top. It seems that many news outlets have announced that Rockingham Dragway was sold as part of the recent sale of Rockingham Speedway, located directly across from the ‘strip.


Rockingham Dragway was originally constructed back in the 1960 by Bill Land and L.G. Dewitt, who were heavily involved in the original North Carolina Motor Speedway, now known as Rockingham Speedway, but it has been owned as a separate business by Steve Earwood for the past 27 years.


“That is simply not true,” commented Steve Earwood, owner of Rockingham Dragway. “Though I would entertain good offers, (laughs) we are in business as usual here as we gear up for a big group of 14 fall events like our upcoming 19th annual SmokeOut Rally all-Harley event.”


Earwood describes that there have been many good business ventures regarding the speedway in the past. “In the NASCAR days, we would host over 2,000 cars and 350 motorhomes. The dragstrip is actually closer to the speedway spectator entrance than the speedway owned parking.”


Rockingham Speedway was closed in 2016 after a lengthy ownership “game” took place in an effort to gain NASCAR dates for the superspeedways emerging at the time. The speedway has gone into great disrepair over the recent years.


“I am glad to get the news out that the dragstrip is still under my ownership and the 2018 season is moving along quite well. Earwood explains. “The rumors have our phone ringing quite a bit from concerned drag racers.”  

All SHRA classes will run at Bee Godwin Memorial

The Southwest Heritage Racing Association will hold the third annual Dee Godwin Memorial Nostalgia Nationals at Wichita Falls, TX, this Saturday, Sept. 8. This event, held in memory of SHRA racer Bee Godwin, will feature Nostalgia Eliminators, Old School Brackets and Nostalgia Super Stockers.


Currently leading the points are Steve Matthews (NE1), Kevin Wendland (NE2), Doug Morrison (NE3) (shown), Michael Rhea (Old School No Electronics), Jim Bien (Old School Electronics), and Vic Corlett (Nostalgia Super Stock).


There are two other events left in the SHRA season: Sept. 22 in Denton, TX, and the Championship Finals on Oct. 13 at Ferris, TX.  

Busy Labor Day weekend at Gateway

What are the odds? It’s an all-Stewart winner-take-all final round on mom’s birthday: Sarah Stewart of Washington, MO, won the final round of Jr. Dragster Thunder eliminations by defeating Kennedy Hale of Pevely, MO.


Big brother Sam Stewart won the Jr. Dragster Lightning class by defeating Luke Albietz of Wentzville, MO, in the final round of eliminations.


Sarah faced Sam in the Jr. Dragster Run-off, and won. She also won Saturday night’s Jr. Dragster Thunder and Jr. Dragster Run-off finals.

Veteran drag racer Angelo Belosi of Hillsboro, MO, picked up the coveted NHRA “Wally” trophy after winning the 2018 edition of Gateway Motorsports Park’s NHRA King of the Track competition.


Belosi defeated Ron Beach of Troy, IL, in the final round of eliminations. Beach fouled on the starting line, handing the win to Belosi, who ran 6.267 sec/109.86 mph in the 1/8-mile to Beach’s 7.548/90.27.     

Rocky Mountain Superchargers race at Inaugural Funny Car Rampage

Racers from four states gathered at the historic SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend Kansas for the 2018 appearance of the Rocky Mountain Superchargers. Headlining the event, billed as part of the Melling Performance Weekend, was the inaugural Competition Products Funny Car RAMPAGE. Perennial favorite North Dakotan Jim Chase brought his "Wicked Quick" 57 Chevy funny car to the final against Great Band's own Mike Newkirk. Newkirk's Dodge left the line first and remained ahead to the 330 mark when the car moved slightly toward the right wall and Newkirk, briefly, lifted. Chase's 6.22 blast sealed the deal for the win, the trophy, and the big check.

The Top Supercharged Thunder field fell round by round to Nebraskan Matt Nissen's "Runnin' Down a Dream" Corvette funny.


Better results for the Wayne's World team occurred in the Pro Supercharged / All Stars final, however. There, Rodney Ferguson (“Prairie Rattler” FED) overcame Colorado's Steve Stracener in his "Last Starfighter" Dodge Challenger for the win.   

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