by JT Gonzalez Wed, 2018-05-09 10:14
To many NHRA Sportsman drag racing fans, the name Jody Lang is one they've heard often before. And for the few who do not know the name, they have surely seen his trusty '81 Chevy Malibu station wagon turn on win lights on the track.
During a racing career that has spanned more than 30 years, Lang has been able to establish himself as one of the most successful Stock and Super Stock racers in the world. His resume includes 29 NHRA national event victories in 45 final-round appearances, a national event double (winning two different classes at the same national event), and multiple NHRA Pacific Northwest Division championships and Top 10 finishes in the national standings.
By Susan Wade Mon, 2018-05-07 20:58
Bob Mandell Jr. knew he had to keep his emotions in check.
But he could let them out Sunday afternoon after winning the NHRA Southern Nationals Top Sportsman final round over Vince Hoda, using a nearly perfect .007-second reaction time.
His elapsed time of 6.856 seconds at 191.97 mph in his Chevy were numbers that mattered only to determine whether he would keep his promise. Mandell had decided that a victory on the Atlanta Dragway quarter-mile – a racetrack that about 24 hours previously had produced one of his most heartbreaking moments – would be a tribute to Randy Alexander.