VOLUME XX, NUMBER 8 - AUGUST, 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, Scott Bessee, 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
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
Photos by Chris Haverly and Ron Lewis
Jimmy Daniels (far lane) got the better of Gary Wolkwitz in the final.
Jimmy Daniels wrote his name in the NHRA Dodge HEMI® Challenge record books, defeating No. 1 qualifier Gary Wolkwitz in the final round to become the first driver to claim three consecutive victories in the event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Daniels, 22, bested his 72-year-old Ray Barton Racing Engines teammate Wolkwitz in the first-ever all-1968 Dodge Dart final round in the 18th year of the fan-favorite event, held during the NHRA U.S. Nationals. The win is the fourth overall for the Daniels family, including the 2010 victory by Jimmy Daniels Sr. in the same Mopar-powered Dart.
“Congratulations to Jimmy Daniels on claiming his third consecutive victory in the NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “His hard work and dedication has special significance this year, as his victory comes during the 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary 1968 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda Super Stock cars. The Dodge brand is proud to serve as title sponsor of the event and help recognize the legacy of these racecars, which continues on with our modern-day ‘package car,’ the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.”
Daniels qualified No. 2 in his 1968 Dodge Dart and promptly threw down the gauntlet in round one with an 8.522-second elapsed time (ET) to send home Mark Howes.
He sped to a steady 8.542 in round two after his opponent Dan Zrust fouled out after leaving the starting line early, and after a bye run in round three, Daniels defeated the “Missouri Mule” 1968 Plymouth Barracuda of Russ Campbell with the quickest run of the weekend, a monster 8.511 pass.
In the final, held under the lights just prior to NHRA Nitro qualifying on Friday, Aug. 31, the dental student from Pennsylvania launched first with an .033 reaction time paired with an 8.662/156.15 to claim victory over Wolkwitz, who spun the tires and slowed to a 10.110/97.63.
“It’s incredible. I just couldn’t imagine it,” said Daniels of his win, which came in his first race action in almost a year. “It’s unbelievable. There’s so much that goes into this, it’s insane. We put so much into this. The first qualifying run was my first pass (since the NHRA Dutch Classic last October). The car and I just get along. It’s cool, to be able to have us both (teammate Wolkwitz) here, and qualify one and two.”
New Jersey native Wolkwitz locked down his second consecutive NHRA Dodge HEMI Challenge No. 1 position on Friday and then clocked an 8.523 ET on his first-round bye run, paired with the fastest speed of the meet at 157.04 mph. He was quickest in round two, posting an 8.526 ET to take down Wendell Howes, and then used an 8.525 to trailer the uniquely painted 1968 Plymouth “Psycho Kuda” of inaugural 2001 HEMI Challenge race winner Bucky Hess. Wolkwitz advanced out of the semifinals after opponent Gus Mantas bowed out on a red-light foul.
“I’m happy, it’s great to race my teammate and a young kid who I respect completely,” said Wolkwitz, who made his first career final-round appearance at the Indy HEMI Challenge. “He spun too, but not as bad as I did.”
Darren Robinson’s Cuda got the first-round win after Stephen Herbert’s Cuda broke after staging, but lost to Steve Kent in round 2, despite Kent’s slow 0.247 RT.
Gus Mantas (far lane) drove his Barracuda to an 8.632/151.89 win over Doug Fazzolare’s Dart, which clocked an 8.792 at 153.49 mph in the first round. Mantas went on the knock out Joe Teuton 8.618/152.81 to 8.641/156.17 and then an off-pace Stephen Kent before losing with a red light against Wolkwitz in the semifinal.
Joe Teuton got past Don Morgan in the first round, but then met Mantas.
Marlin Bogner (far lane) ran an 8.883/148.99 in his Cuda to get the win over Tony DePillo’s Cuda. Bogner then met Russ Campbell’s “Missouri Mule” and his 8.961/144.26 was not enough against Campell’s 8.725/154.90.
Despite a horrible 0.328 Reaction Time, veteran campaigner Jim Pancake’s Dart charged to an 8.630/156.53 win over the 8.933/152.55 run by Rick Johnson’s Barracuda in the first round. Pancake went on to defeat Stephen Yantus 8.674/151.10 to 8.884/152.88 in the second round, but was shut off in the third because of causing a leak on the track.
Bill Kraft’s Cuda left the starting line too soon in the first round match with Wendell Howes, who then lost to Wolkwitz in the second round.
Stephen Yantus sports some fish scales on his Barracuda.
The Barracuda of Bucky Hess has a new paint job. After getting the first-round win over Matt Welker and then the second-round win over Jerry Kassin, lost to Wolkwitz in the third.
Jerry Kassin, driving one of the eight Darts that made the field against 17 Barracudas, got a bye in the first round when Lloyd Wofford was a no show and then lost to Hess with a 9.370/142.15 to Hess’s 8.691/153.72.
BACK TO TOP