NHRA Jr. Dragster finals return to Tulsa and Bristol

The NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League’s Western and Eastern Conference Finals will return to familiar surroundings for the 2019 season. The Western Conference Finals will take place at Osage Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, OK, and the Eastern Conference Finals will be held at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.


Oklahoma’s Osage Tulsa Raceway Park will host the event for the fourth consecutive season on June 27-28, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals will return to Eastern Tennessee’s famed Thunder Valley, July 18-20.


Nearly 1,000 young racers ages 5-17 compete for individual and team honors at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Each winner will take home the NHRA Wally champion’s trophy as well as a share of the event purse. Tracks in NHRA’s divisions 1, 2 and 3 will send teams to the Eastern Conference Finals while tracks in divisions 4, 5, 6 and 7 will compete at the Western Conference Finals.

Magic Dry moves to sponsor House’s Harley

Midwest Organics will promote Magic Dry Organic Absorbent on Rickey House's Top Fuel Harley in 2019 in addition to Scott Palmer’s Top Fuel dragster. House, a two-time national event winner in the NHRA's Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series, was supported by CatSpot Organic Cat Litter in 2017-2018.


"We want to win the championship this year and I think we can," House said. "We are about halfway through getting ready for the season and we have about three more weeks to get this finished so we're working daylight to dark to make sure we are set to go. All of this while running my regular business as well.”


House owns American V-Twin Services in Humble, TX. 

‘SEMA: Battle of the Builders’ to air Jan. 7

The all-new “SEMA: Battle of the Builders” TV special airs on MotorTrend, Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m. (EST/PST), giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at top vehicles from the 2018 SEMA Show.


Now in its fifth year, the competition features hosts Tanner Foust and Adrienne “AJ” Janic, who take viewers on an epic journey as builders share the stories behind their creations. This year’s program features more up-and-coming young participants than ever before. 

Happy anniversary, S&W!

S&W Performance Group, based in Spring City, PA, will be celebrating their 60th year in business in 2019.


The company was founded in 1959 by Walter Weney and then has been run by his sons, the late Scott and now by Michael. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, DRO will begin a look back at the 50 years of the Gatornationals through the lens of photographer Steve Gruenwald. This is Walter at the 1975 Gatornationals.


“The Weney family is grateful and humbled,” said Michael Weney, president of S&W. “It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears from family members and our dedicated group of employees to reach the 60-year milestone. Our past and continued success in commercial manufacturing and the performance racing industry would not be possible without the support of loyal customers, vendors, track owners, promoters and sanctioning bodies.” 

Off the Track: Penthouse to sponsor female driver in Dakar Rally

Penthouse World Media LLC, publisher of PENTHOUSE magazine, and Penthouse Clubs Worldwide LLC have partnered to sponsor veteran off-road driver Olga Rouckova at the 2019 Dakar Rally.


The world-renowned off-road endurance rally will be held from January 6 to 17 in Peru. The 10-stage race will feature a variety of off-road vehicles in four classes and covers 3,100 miles from start to finish. Rouckova will be one of 17 female competitors in the race made up of a total of 334 racers. Although a traditionally male-oriented event, the 2019 Dakar Rally hit a huge milestone with the most female drivers to date.


“We are excited to be supporting the highly-accomplished Olga Rouckova in this amazing challenge which is the Dakar Rally,” said Catherine Brandt, COO of Penthouse World Media LLC. “It is an honor for PENTHOUSE to represent a female driver who embodies beauty, strength, and determination, and this is a direction the brand is excited to embrace.”


Oh, how the times have changed! 

New Product of the Day


Deep Clean Engine Cleaner from Lucas Oil

Lucas Oil Products, Inc. introduces a new engine cleaner to its lineup, the Deep Clean GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection). This professional grad formula can remove up to half of all valve deposits after one use by using a concentrated solvent and fuel detergent bland. It will clean an engine’s air intake like the runners, ports and valves as well as the turbo. Designed to remedy and prevent problems associated with harmful carbon deposits that rob an engine of performance and fuel economy. Also effective with port fuel injection engines.  



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