New look for Cruz Pedregon’s Funny Car

Cruz Pedregon’s Funny Car will have a new look at The Strip this weekend. The paint scheme on the Dodge is focused on Snap-on franchisees with the name of an area franchisee on the side of the car at each event.


“The car looks awesome, and it’s gonna run even better than it looks,” said Glenn Huszar, Pedregon’s crew chief. “Four-wide is an exciting way to race, and it paid off last year for Cruz when we won in Charlotte. We’ll be tuning with that win in mind this weekend.”  

Frank Pedregon breaks leg, will miss Vegas race

Cruz’s brother Frank Pedregon suffered a broken leg in a passenger car accident and will not be driving at this weekend’s Four-Wide Nationals. He underwent surgery to repair his femur broken in three places.


Frank returned to racing at this year’s Winternationals. The Worsham Family Racing Funny Car team plans to return at the Sonoma Nationals on July 26-28. 

Automotive journalist Tom Madigan dies

Tom Madigan, an award-winning automotive author and journalist who documented more than 50 years of automobile racing, died peacefully in his Sonora, California, home, March 28. He was 80 years old.


Madigan was also the owner/driver of a fuel dragster in the ’60s before joining Argus Publishing Co. in 1967, where he quickly became the editor of Motorcade magazine. Later in his Argus career, he became the feature editor for Popular Hot Rodding magazine, and then the editor of Off-Road magazine. After nine years, Madigan left Argus to start his own company, Tom Madigan Productions.


Over the last 10 years, Madigan had teamed up with Ed Justice Jr. and ejje Publishing Group to produce three books that contributed to the recorded history of racing and the automotive world. At the same time, he continued to contribute to noted automotive publications. He had authored many definitive books in print for some of the nation’s top racers and performance industry giants: The Loner/The Story of a Drag Racer; Boss/The Bill Stroppe Story; Edelbrock/Made in USA; Fuel & Guts/The Birth of Top Fuel Drag Racing; Snake vs. Mongoose/How a Rivalry Changed Drag Racing Forever; Hurricane/The Bob Hannah Story; The Chrisman Legacy/Always Faster; Follmer/American Wheel Man and Legacy of Justice/An American Family Story. There are several books that were written prior to his death that will be published in the future.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 127 West Jackson St., Sonora, CA. Private interment will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora.    

Sherman joins Irwindale Dragstrip, begins ‘Thunder Struck’ program

Steve Sherman has joined the Irwindale (CA) Dragstrip team for 2019 as the Dragstrip Event Coordinator.


Sherman brings his “Match Race Madness” concept to the eighth-mile track with new “Thunder Struck” grudge races on Thursday nights. The events began April 4.


“Thunder Struck” will feature three to five invitation-only grudge races, which will be chosen one week in advance. Factors deciding the match-ups will include Index, ET, fan requests, car appearance, make and model.  

Ahten will drive his own A/Fuel dragster at Vegas

Johnny Ahten has secured three new sponsors with the signing of Montauk Native Gas, Advanco Fire Protection, and ODYSSEY® Batteries. To celebrate the new partners, Ahten commissioned One 11 Ink to whip up a new wrap for the Ahten Racing A/Fuel dragster. Familiar supporters Island Renovations, DJ Safety, ARP Bolts, NGK Spark Plugs and CleanBoost Oil along with Combust Filters are back with the team.


In the season opener at Pomona, Krista Baldwin was the driver and Ahten the team owner. Last year Cameron Ferre drove the Ahten Racing dragster for several races.


It’s been great having Krista and Cameron driving our cars, but now it’s my time,” Ahten said. “The whole team has been crushing it to prepare for this race and it’s going to be a good one with some strong Vegas runners. We know this track and now we have even more data and a variety of combinations in order to tune from.”


Al Ahten will be in charge along with team partner Howard Katano. Providing support and turning the wrenches will be Bob Ahten and Kevin "Shark" Colvell.

Ashley/Davis team revise Top Fuel debut to this fall

Justin Ashley, son of former Funny Car and Pro Mod driver Mike Ashley, and partner Dustin Davis have moved forward their NHRA national event debut to this fall. The team had earlier announced a 2020 12-race schedule for the Justin Ashley Racing/Davis Motorsports Top Fuel dragster.


They now plan to make their debut sometime during the Countdown to the Championship, but will run no more than four events to maintain the 24-year-old Ashley’s rookie status for next season.


Last year Ashley drove an A/Fuel dragster he purchased from Anthony Dicero Racing after driving with Randy Meyer Racing’s rent-a-ride program. Davis and racing partner Richard Townsend campaigned the “Nitroholic” nostalgia Funny Car in 2017. Lance Larsen will be crew chief for the Top Fueler.

Off the Track: Drunk Online Shoppers Spend More

We’ve been touting the advantages to advertisers of advertising online for 20 years now, but here’s a bit of unexpected information we can add to our marketing spiel: Customers are often drinking while shopping online and drunk shoppers spend more money than sober ones.


A recent survey by The Hustle found that drunk shopping is an estimated $48 billion industry – a majority of it going to Amazon’s coffers.  Among a sample of more than 2,000 alcohol-consuming adults, nearly 80 percent admitted to making at least one drunk purchase.  According t0 The Hustle’s data, Millennials and GenXers with disposable income are inebriated e-commerce’s key demographic.


While we don’t condone over indulging (and certainly not drinking and driving) … still, we’ll drink to that!

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