Funny Cars News and Notes

The Agent found a note in the mayo jar this morning written on the back of an old Dragway 42 time slip saying that there are a lot of nitro Funny Cars for sale or recently sold in the Midwest. Let’s go to press: Mike McIntire has sold his championship-winning “McAttack” Nostalgia F/C to an unknown party and is rumored to have then bought a turnkey Big Show flopper from Kalitta Racing.


Paul Romine made his “retirement” from racing official. His three-time DRO National Champion “Man O’ War” War Mustang is sitting in his showroom complete and ready to race at Bakersfield in October. Cavalieri says $78,000 for the complete car.


And finally, the Agent hears that Bruce Litton’s “U.S Male” Vega is up for sale as a roller.   

Tropical storm forces NHDRO to reschedule Louisville race (again)

The NHDRO is rescheduling their Louisville event one more time as the rain from tropical storm Gordon is expected to sweep across the Midwest all weekend. The CC Powersports NHDRO Mid Season Nationals at Ohio Valley Dragway near Louisville, KY, is now set for October 19-21.


The NHDRO event is still on for Sept. 28-30 at Indianapolis. 

Santa Pod to livestream European Finals

This weekend sees the culmination of the FIA and FIM-E drag racing championships at Santa Pod Raceway, England, with a whole host of titles to be decided as well as the aim of finishing the season on a high at one of the most prestigious and longest running events on the European calendar.


FIA Top Fuel is close to being a done deal with Anita Makela (shown) destined to take the title back to Finland and FIA Pro Modified is definitely sorted as Jimmy Alund will pick up his first Pro Mod title to go alongside his 10 Pro Stock championships.


Santa Pod management is providing a hi def free livestream over the course of the weekend via their YouTube channel.     

Easton takes Outlaw 660 win at Dragway 42

One door closes, another door opens. Australian Pro Mod racer Steve Easton has been touring the U.S. this summer. He was hoping to drive or crew on a racecar at the U.S. Nationals, but decided to race at the Outlaw 660 event at Dragway 42 in Ohio instead. As it happened, his team picked up their first win of the year in the eight-car qualified Pro Mod team, beating Jerry Martino.


“We were going for lane choice (in the semis) but we came up a little short. Our opponent in the finals had run a 3.99 in the semis and we ran a 4.02,” Easton explained. “On the last run I tried to smash the tree as hard as I could. We went out and won on another holeshot with a .062 margin of victory with our 4.02 beating his 4.01.”


Easton will be racing in several more events in Ohio over the next month.    

Ford keeps Mustang in the corral, turns most of herd loose

Ford has ended all nationwide, or Tier 1, marketing for the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Taurus and also is dialing back regional spending in certain markets — even though the Fusion will remain in showrooms for at least the next two years. Mark LaNeve, Ford's VP of U.S. marketing, sales and service, said the automaker plans to redeploy that money on vehicles such as the Mustang, EcoSport and a slew of next-generation utilities coming by the end of the decade.


In April, Ford revealed plans to end sales of all sedans in North America as it transitions to a crossover- and SUV-heavy lineup. The automaker had said it would import a wagon version of the Focus to the U.S. from China but nixed that plan last week because of the Trump administration's escalating trade war, leaving the Mustang as its lone car nameplate within a few years.


While Ford already has stopped building the North American version of the Focus and will end production of the Fiesta and Taurus by the middle of next year, the Fusion will stick around for at least a couple more years.


Whew, thank Ford those Cobra Jets are safe.  

Off the Track: Hot Wheels Stamps

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels, the United States Postal Service will issue 20 Forever stamps showcasing some of the most outrageous car designs from Hot Wheels. Arranged in diagonal rows, the 20 stamps showcase photographer Len Rizzi’s images of 10 Hot Wheels cars – two of each design – speeding along a bring orange track.


The USPS has chosen the Goodguys  26th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals as the place for the first day of issue ceremony. This will take place at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, on the Goodguys Stage on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m.


Five Hot Wheels cars will be on display all day Saturday for fans to see along with being able to buy the stamps at the USPS booth on Saturday at the event.   

New Product of the Day


S-Trac Differentials from Strange

Strange Engineering announces three S-Trac Differentials. Shown is the differential that fits Dana 60 with 35 spline axles. Also available to fit 8.8 Ford and 9-inch Ford with 35 spline axles. These helical gear differentials offer smooth and progressive power transfer that maximizes traction and acceleration. All internal gears are made from 8620 steel, chrome moly material and are vacuum heat treated for superior strength. Materials made in USA. Use only petroleum based 85W-140 gear oil, not synthetic. 



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