NHRA raises payouts for some Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors

The Agent has learned that the NHRA has informed team owners that the organization will increase the prize money for some Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors this year.


The event prize money will increase by $13,000 for each category with qualifiers number 19 and 20 receiving $6,500.


The year-end championship fund will increase by $51,000, with $10,000 increases for the fourth and fifth place finishers. Other increases for final points finishers will be: sixth place ($8,000), seventh place ($6,500), eighth place ($5,000), ninth place ($6,500) and tenth place ($5,000).


The NHRA had not increased any payouts for these two classes since the 2009 season.

TAD racer Callaway purchases Palmer dragster, moves up to Top Fuel

After 22 years of racing Top Alcohol, former NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Lee Callaway will be making the jump to Top Fuel in 2019. Callaway has purchased a complete running car from Scott Palmer Racing and will be competing at five NHRA Mello Yello events with assistance from Palmer.


Callaway’s car will fly the colors of his collision repair shop, Callaway Collision as primary sponsor when he makes his debut at his home track for the Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, April 12-14. His car will also receive help from Run-N-Hide Ranch. He will receive technical assistance from Scott Palmer Racing and Lagana Racing. Callaway’s long-time Crew Chief Stacy McLemore will be making the jump with him.


The Callaway Racing Top Fuel team, based in Baytown, TX, also plans to attend the Dodge Mile-High Nationals in Denver, the Northwest Nationals in Seattle, the AAA Texas FallNationals in Dallas and the Nevada Nationals in Las Vegas.

Schedule announced for New York gasser group

The New York state-based Gasser Racing Series has announced dates for 2019. Points races will take place at their home track of Empire Dragway on May 4, May 25, June 8, June 29, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 21 and Oct. 5.


Their racers will also be taking part in the Thompson Raceway Park Gasser Reunion at the end of May, Empire Dragway’s Gold Cup in July, and Dragway 42’s Rock N Race in August. 

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