VOLUME XX, NUMBER 11 - NOVEMBER, 2018
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Wilkerson to celebrate decade ...
Team owner and racer Tim Wilkerson will celebrate his 10th anniversary with a ...
Matusek takes Pro Mod to Elite ...
Steve Matusek will drive a twin-turbo Mustang Pro Mod with Elite Motorsports ...
Dodge to sponsor NHRA live ...
The Dodge brand will bring the trade show right to enthusiasts and race fans ...
Schumacher Racing hosts annual ...
NHRA drivers will be joined by IndyCar drivers and others for the annual ...
Butner changes mind, will stay in ...
Bo Butner, the 2017 class champion, has decided to stay in the Pro ...
‘Eastern Raider’ returns to …
A new “Eastern Raider” jet dragster is currently being built for Hanna ...
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine …
The first half of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge 2018 Dual Championship ...
Factory Stock expands to 8 ...
Going into the NHRA season ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Dragway ...
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Steve Matusek will drive a twin-turbo Mustang Pro Mod with Elite Motorsports next season, joining Erica Enders and Alex Laughlin. Matusek’s former partner, Danny Rowe, has suspended his Pro Mod racing operation for 2019.
“We have a lot of work to do to get ready for Gainesville (where the NHRA Pro Mod season begins), but I think it’s going to be a neat deal,” said Richard Freeman, who has been moving into Pro Mod along with Pro Stock. “It’s a lot of tough competition, but give us two-three races and we’ll be right there.”
“To me, the thrill of just driving a Pro Mod is over,” said Matusek, president of Aeromotive, Inc. “I’m not doing this to say I drive a Pro Mod. I want to freaking win races and win a championship.” [12/07/18]
There was plenty of news coming out of the PRI Show Friday from the newly formed Straightline Strategy Group that has taken over the Parts Plus, Strutmasters.com Top Fuel Dragster driven by Clay Millican.
On the administrative side of things, industry veteran Steven Cole has joined Straightline Strategy Group (SSG) as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Cole brings over 25 years of marketing experience to SSG and will be handling corporate marketing efforts with SSG Partner, Scott Gardner. Prior to joining SSG, Cole worked for John Force Racing as Vice President, Sales. Prior to that, Cole served as a Senior Director of Sales at the International Hot Rod Association as well as at Action Performance Companies, Inc., as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and PR. In addition, he has prior experience working in professional sports marketing agencies and player management groups within NFL, NHL, and minor league baseball.
LaHaie with his daughter and fellow crew chief, Kim Richards, back in the days of the “Beer Wars.”
Legendary drag racer Dick LaHaie died on Dec. 4 at age 76. The former NHRA Top Fuel champion turned crew chief spent 47 years in the sport. He quit driving in 1991 and retired from his crew chief role in 2005. He was a crew chief for Kalitta Motorsports and later Don Prudhomme Racing.
The Michigan native was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame and the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. He was No. 31 on NHRA’s all-time Top 50 Racers list.
Rob Tucker Racing, anchored by driver Shane Tucker, has joined forces with veteran engine supplier and consultant Nick Ferri.
The Statesville, NC-based Rob Tucker Racing team will for the first time run all the NHRA national events at which Pro Stock is contested next year with an eye toward qualifying for the Countdown to the Championship.
“We have been working on our own for a number of years with some assistance here and there,” explained Shane Tucker. “We were building our Auzmet Architectural business here in the States so we could only run select events. We are excited to finally be able to focus a little more on racing and working with Nick Ferri Racing shows how serious we are. Nick has done amazing things with previous world champions and we have that same kind of championship attitude here at Rob Tucker Racing.”
Nick Ferri Racing will supply engines and consult with Tucker and his team on the set-up. In the past, Ferri worked with Jegs, Cagnazzi Racing, Mike Edwards Motorsports and most recently Elite Performance for a combined five world championships in Pro Stock. [12/07/18]
We’re starting to get in the Christmas spirit here at the Phlegm Building and in honor of editor Jeff Burk’s Texas roots, we want to share this item. Texas Motor Speedway officially lighted the state’s largest living Christmas tree as part of Tuesday evening’s Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter’s grant ceremony in Fort Worth. And since everything is bigger in Texas, that’s really saying something.
The speedway lit the massive 74-foot, 7,000-pound Norwegian Spruce with more than 10,000 LED lights and then followed with a Christmas-themed fireworks display as part of the celebration.
Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas distributed more than $250,000 in grants to North Texas children’s organizations, including a $139,000 Founder’s Grant to the Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco, Texas. SCC also distributed free bicycles, bike helmets and baby carriers to less fortunate children and families that were on hand at the event.
To contribute to the nationwide charity go to https://www.speedwaycharities.org/donate/. [12/07/18]
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