DeJoria to return to Funny Car in 2020

Alexis DeJoria, who retired from drag racing at the end of the 2017 season, will return next year in a Funny Car. No sponsor has been announced as yet. The self-funded operation will run out of the newly renovated Worsham Racing shop in California.


Reportedly, Del Worsham and Nicky Boninfante, who currently work on Shawn Langdon’s Funny Car, will tune DeJoria’s car with new tuners on Langdon’s Global-sponsored car for next season.   

Marinis sets nitrous Pro Mod record

Dean Marinis made the quickest nitrous-powered run in Pro Mod history on Saturday, Oct. 5, during the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association event at Maryland International Raceway, going 5.572 seconds at 255.19 mph. Marinis’ Camaro is powered by a 959 ci Pat Musi engine. 

All-Harley Finals set for Rockingham

The 28th Jim McClure Memorial All-Harley World Finals will be this week, Oct. 11-13, at Rockingham Dragway. Also featured will be the Ray Price Top Fuel Challenge.


Among the riders in competition will be two-time and reigning NHRA Top Fuel Harley champion Tii Tharpe, two-time NHRA and two-time IHRA champ Jay Turner, and two-time IHRA champ Doug Vancil (shown), the defending event champion. 

Cory Mac will race at 3 NHRA events; to be honored as Motorplex Legend

Cory McClenathan got the win at the inaugural Nitro Outlaw Drag Racing Association race at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix last year. In a Top Fuel vs. Funny Car final, Cory Mac’s dragster left first and ran 4.08 at 301 mph to Jack Wyatt’s 6.72 at 114 mph.


Three-time Texas Motorplex Top Fuel winner and 34-time Top Fuel NHRA national event winner Cory McClenathan will be honored at the upcoming 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Oct. 17-20) as the first recipient of the Texas Motorplex Legend award.


McClenathan, who announced he will race the final three NHRA Mello Yello Series national events of the 2019 season and then retire, last appeared at the FallNationals in 2018. He has 18 starts, two No. 1 qualifiers, five finals, three wins and 32-15 record at the NHRA super-track located just south of Dallas. McClenathan will be racing a Top Fuel dragster owned by Dexter Tuttle and sponsored by Revchem Composites and Nordic Boats.


“Cory McClenathan is a big part of the record setting history of Texas Motorplex and the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We are thrilled he is closing out his amazing career with another race in Ennis. We are honored to recognize him as the first Texas Motorplex Legend award recipient. We will have a special presentation for him during opening ceremonies and he will forever be recognized in the Texas Motorplex Champion’s Club.” 

Bill Leavitt passes on

Word reaches the Agent that Bill Leavitt died on Sept. 25 at age 80. He was best known for his series of “Quickie Two” Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars.


Originally from Michigan, he helped Connie Kalitta to build Motor City Drag Strip in Michigan and worked with Bruce Crower to help develop the Crower Glide. He moved to California in the late 1950s and made the first sub-6.0 Funny Car run in late 1971 at Lions Drag Strip. He moved to Virginia in 1972 and began running on the East Coast match race circuit. 

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