VOLUME XXI, NUMBER 1 - JANUARY, 2019
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Frank Pedregon returns!
Frank Pedregon, older brother of Cruz and Tony, has returned to the drag ...
And so we begin
On the heels of yesterday’s surprise announcement that Courtney Force would ...
Line says so long to ‘old blue’
Jason Line will be at the wheel of a new grey Camaro Pro Stocker this season ...
Austin Prock to make debut at ...
Austin Prock, son of championship tuner Jimmy Prock, will make his ...
Nitro teams gets some testing ...
Some of the NHRA nitro teams took Jan. 30-Feb. 2 to get in some testing at ...
ANDRA adds Top Doorslammers ...
The Australian National Drag Racing Association has announced that the Top ...
Carolina Coalition to hold first of ...
T.G. Paschal (shown) of McLeansville, NC, and Kelly Stevens of Hudson, NC, ...
Where are the racers for Pomona?
Veteran driver Rodger Brogdon with join Elite Motorsports Pro Stock drivers ...
ET DRAG RACING
The sportsman classes took to the track on Thursday at Pomona, beginning the 2019 NHRA season. Here Fred Moreno gets his Mustang up in the air. [02/08/19]
Two more racers will field Mopar-powered entries in the battle to bring home the 2019 Funny Car championship for Dodge//SRT and Mopar.
Two-time NHRA World Champion Cruz Pedregon will debut a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car for the 2019 season at Pomona, and will give the brand another championship contender in the division.
“The timing was right and it’s a great opportunity with the new body style and all the other components to the relationship,” said Pedregon. “We will utilize the Dodge SRT Durango for support vehicles and it just enhances our entire program. And from an historical perspective, I think back to my dad racing in the early ‘60s with a 392 HEMI engine, and that’s what we have (HEMI engines) in these cars today. So, there’s sentimental value in this too. We are really excited about this opportunity.”
The team has four Dodge Charger bodies, an additional chassis and a new silver, black, and Snap-on red paint scheme for the Funny Car and haulers. The team asked fans to name two of the new bodies and chose “El Demonio” (The Demon) and “Los Chingasos” (loosely interpreted as The Fighter).
Glenn Huszar, who has been with the team since 2017, has been named crew chief. Nick Casertano will be assistant crew chief, and the team has added three new crew members.
"The drivers and the tuners get all the glory, but the crew is vital," Cruz says. "This is a new era for our race team, and I’m excited for the season to start. We spent testing week getting the car as close to 100 percent as we can and putting our guys in positions where they can be really successful. We took the time for the newer team members get a better feel for the fast pace it takes to make things work as needed on race weekends. Our team goals are to get down the track at least three times in the top five and getting the car to where it can win rounds again."
Jim Dunn Racing’s Jim Campbell will also carry the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat graphics on his Funny Car this year. Campbell enters his third season behind the wheel of a Mopar-powered Dodge machine for Jim Dunn Racing, which has a long history of fielding Dodge Funny Cars.
These team’s entries will bring to six the number of Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat drivers fighting for the 2019 Funny Car crown. DSR regulars Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Leah Pritchett will return in Mopar entries. [02/08/19]
Chevrolet is marking the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the COPO Camaro this year. Entered in their Chevrolet COPO Camaros this weekend at the Winternationals in Stock Eliminator are Jeff Taylor of Sellersburg, IN; Dan Fletcher of Churchville, NY; Al Corda of Elk Mound, WI; and Tim Seymour of San Dimas, CA.
Driving their COPO Camaros in Super Stock will be Ryan Priddy of Chino, CA (shown); Tom Ferruggia of Menifee, CA; and Lane Goldstein of Calabasas, CA. [02/08/19]
Daniel Wilkerson, son of Funny Car driver Tim, will be handling the tuning duties on Blake Alexander’s Pronto-sponsored Funny Car. Alexander will compete at 12 events this season. [02/08/19]
Preparing to race for just the second time since the 2015 NHRA season, Pro Stock veteran Rodger Brogdon has just one goal in mind when he returns behind the wheel at this weekend’s Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals.
“I just want to go out there and not have it look like I haven’t been out there the last 3-4 years,” Brogdon said with a laugh. “That’s going to be all on me because there’s a great group of guys around me. But as long as we run like we did last weekend we’ll be fine.”
Those series of runs came at the preseason test session in Phoenix, where Brogdon, who has three career Pro Stock wins, put together a series of strong passes in a Chevy Camaro driven last year by Elite Motorsports teammate and two-time world champ Erica Enders.
Brogdon went as quick as 6.542 at 210 mph, which were impressive numbers for a team led by his longtime tuner, Pete Smallwood, and Brian “Lump” Self.
“It’s all been very smooth and I’m 100 percent confident when I get in the car at Pomona everything will be the way we need it to have success,” Brogdon said. “It’s going to be important to go out there and make a good run on Friday, but I’m confident we’ll be able to do that. It’s just a great group of guys and we’re excited to see what we can do.” [02/08/19]
Erica Enders took her new Pro Stock to the Phoenix test session.
Erica Enders will debut a new Elite Motorsports/Melling Performance Chevrolet Camaro from RJ Race Cars at the Winternationals, adding to an excitement level that is apparent after an offseason full of activity.
“It was probably one of the most productive off-seasons we’ve had,” Enders said. “We added another Pro Stock team with Rodger (Brogdon). We made the best of the time we were testing and we’re getting our feet wet with this new chassis right off the bat. Rick and Rickie Jones do an amazing job and we’re really pleased with the car we have.”
Despite the reduction to an 18-race Pro Stock schedule in 2019, Enders will be busier than ever as she tackles a full NHRA Pro Mod season for the first time as well. Teammate Alex Laughlin will join her in that undertaking. [02/08/19]
Since it isn’t safe to drink and drive, how about if the drink comes to you? The firm Makr Shakr has announced an autonomous vehicle with robotics capable of serving adult beverages. Just call it “Guido.”
Users will order and pay for the drink of their choice using an app and Guido will mix it up.
Makr Shakr said Guido will remain under development this year, but the company has already launched a handful of robotic bartenders for purchase. The fixed Makr Shakr costs $112,000, plus a small fee per drink mixed to cover maintenance costs.
But with no bartender, who will listen to your troubles and call you a cab if you’ve been over-served? [02/08/19]
Super Fox Rearend from Moser
Moser Engineering has developed the Super Fox line of rearends for sportsman drag racers. The 9-inch rearend has many adjustment points including coilover mounts, double-adjustable upper and lower control arms and a tuned built-in anti-roll bar. Comes with all necessary installation hardware. [02/08/19]
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