Mobil 1 returns to drag racing with Kalitta Motorsports

Mobil 1™ will return to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2020. ExxonMobil, in partnership with Toyota Racing Development (TRD), will become Kalitta Motorsports’ official lubricant partner in 2020 and Mobil 1 racing oil will be used in all team cars.


Under the agreement, ExxonMobil will supply Kalitta Motorsports, the seven-time NHRA world championship-winning team, with a newly developed Mobil 1™ Drag Racing motor oil, along with other lubricants, while also providing engineering support throughout the season. In addition, ExxonMobil will continue to develop next-generation lubricants to improve engine and gearbox performance.


“NHRA is one of the most extreme forms of motorsports on the planet, and it is the perfect place to showcase the performance of our advanced Mobil 1 synthetic lubricant technologies,” said Kai Decker, global motorsports and sponsorships manager at ExxonMobil. “ExxonMobil last competed in NHRA back in the 1990s.  Our return to the NHRA is the result of a true development and competition partnership between TRD, Kalitta Motorsports and our Motorsports Technology team at ExxonMobil Engineering and Research Company (EMRE).”  

Strutmasters joins Butner Pro Stock campaign

Bo Butner, the 2017 NHRA Pro Stock champion, has inked a deal with Strutmasters for the 2020 season of NHRA's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Butner will campaign a sleek new look on his Strutmasters/JBA Chevrolet Camaro featuring branding of partners Jim Butner Auto Group, Summit Racing, Nitro Fish, and Speed Dawg as well.


Butner, who led the Pro Stock points throughout the entire regular season in 2019, is eager to return to piloting his Ken Black-owned Pro Stocker and grateful to have the support of Strutmasters for the entire 18-race Pro Stock schedule next season.  

Holley to sponsor NMCA Ford Nationals

Holley Performance Products will be the title sponsor for the National Mustang Racers Association all-Ford motorsport series. The six-event Holley NMRA Ford Nationals will culminate with the World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival on Oct. 1-4 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY.   

Jegs Speedweek expands at National Trail

Officials with JEGS High Performance and National Trail Raceway have unveiled "JEGS SPEEDweek", which will take place July 15-19. It adds a Division 3 race to the already scheduled JEGS SPORTSnationals.   

Indy Cylinder Head sold

It was announced prior to the 2019 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show that longtime drag racers Chris Wheatcraft and Charli Wheatcraft have purchased Indianapolis-based Indy Cylinder Head.


The company, founded more than 40 years ago by brothers Russ Flagle and Fred Flagle, has supplied engine parts and complete engines for aftermarket purchase.  

ADRL will return under new president Mel Roth

Kenny Nowling announced a new chapter of the American Drag Racing League with the series returning to national facilities in 2020 under the leadership of newly named president, Mel Roth.


Roth recently completed the 15th running of his signature drag race, the Street Car Super Nationals, and is the owner of the Premier Street Car Association, entering its 21st year in 2020. He will continue his involvement in both while running day-to-day operations of the ADRL.


"When you've seen what Mel has done in the past,” said Nowling, who founded the original ADRL, “and you've seen the success he's had on a shoestring budget and continued to build and grow the Street Car Super Nationals into what it is today...If Mel wouldn't have agreed to (come to ADRL), I wouldn't have done it."


Most of the ADRL’s original staff from its heyday are returning, including Vice President of Competition Bubba Corzine, along with his wife, Letha, and longtime Vice President of Technical Affairs, Rick Moore.


All announcements regarding the complete schedule, event classes, and class and series title sponsorships will be made after Jan. 1.   



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