Oh, scary!

It’s Halloween and we’re taking a special look at all the costumes and appropriately named cars at the CHRR.


And special birthday greetings to DRO photographer Dave Stoltz and the Burkster’s grandson, AJ Araiza. (You guys aren’t scary at all.)  

NHRA Hot Rod Heritage champions crowned

The 2019 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series champions were named at the final event of the season, the California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield, CA.


Mendy Fry had already sewed up the Nostalgia Top Fuel title going into the event. Bobby Cottrell took the Nostalgia Funny Car championship along with Drew Austin in A/Fuel; Brad Woodard in Jr. Fuel; Steve Faller in 7.0 Pro; Dave Lawson in Nostalgia Eliminator 1; Eddie Lucas in NE2; Don Morris in NE3; Casey Treuer in A/Gas; Neal Westbrook in B/Gas; Mike Rabener in C/Gas; Bill Norton in D/Gas; and Henry Roberson in Hot Rod.


See Brian Losness’ report from the event and plenty of photos at here.  

JEGS SPORTSnationals moves to National Trail in July 2020

The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals, will be back at National Trail Raceway on July 18-19, 2020. The JEGS company will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next year.


After a three-year hiatus from National Trail Raceway, the race made a return to the track, located just outside of Columbus, Ohio, in 2019 following owner and management changes. The race was previously held at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, KY, during the hiatus.


New for 2020, Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funn Car will compete. The race will also feature action in multiple Sportsman classes, including Super Stock, Stock, Super Gas, Super Street, Super Comp, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Comp Eliminator, along with Sportsman Motorcycle, returning for the third time.


As an added bonus, all sportsman Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories will earn an event Grade Point towards national event entries, giving racers the opportunity to enter into national events.  

Tera Graves to drive Jackson’s Funny Car at Chaos event

Jackson’s car at last year’s Funny Car Chaos event at Havana, IL.


Tera Graves will again take the wheel of Keith Jackson’s “High Heaven” nostalgia Funny Car at the non-points Funny Car Chaos event Nov. 1-2 in Odessa, TX.


A regular on the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association circuit, she got her nostalgia Funny Car license in 2014. She first drove Jackson’s car last year and before that was in John Hale’s “One Bad Texan.” 

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow to hold first championship at SEMA Show

The regular season is over for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow dual national Engine challenge championship. Twenty-seven teams will compete at the SEMA Show Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas with four teams going on to the Elite 8 at the PRI Show Dec. 12-14 at Indianapolis.


The schedule of competition to tear down and rebuild an engine at SEMA is here

New Product of the Day


‘Skinny’ Street & Strip Sportsman S/R Tires from Mickey Thompson

Drivers of custom street and high-horsepower strip machines have another chance to go skinny with the latest 27-inch sizing option added to Mickey Thompson Tire & Wheels’ Sportsman S/R front radial tire line. Available in 2020, the new 27x7.00R20LT size joins the popular 27X6.00R15LT, 27X8.00R15LT, 27X6.00R17LT and 27X8.00R17LT 27-Inch tall skinny offerings. This new size is approved for 5 to 6-Inch wide wheels. The premier skinny front tire for drag racing and other performance applications, the Sportsman S/R skinnies pair well with Mickey Thompson’s ET Street S/S, ET Street R (radial) or Sportsman S/R wide rear tires for an excellent performance combination. Particularly suited for street and strip use, the Sportsman S/R line provides decreased weight and rolling resistance for easier launches and quicker ETs at the track. 



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