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SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS TO UNDERGO RACING SURFACE RECONSTRUCTION

 

While many record-setting and remarkable passes have been made on the track surface at Summit Motorsports Park through the years, a $1.6 million track reconstruction project is in the works.
 
As part of it, the staging lanes will be new asphalt and the head of the staging lanes through 100 feet past the finish line will be concrete from barrier wall to barrier wall, with new asphalt from that point to the sandtrap at the end of the track.
 
"Our track surface has worked well, but since we became part of the NHRA in 2007, I've been thinking about ripping out the track and starting over so that we have an all-concrete surface rather than a concrete and asphalt surface," said Bill Bader, Jr., president of Summit Motorsports Park. "We really got aggressive about it three years ago, and we've been researching it and talking with Jim Head, who races a high-horsepower car and is a concrete paver, so he has an understanding of what's needed to ensure a high-quality track."

‘SANTA’ RAPISARDA GIVES EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO ASHLEY SANFORD

 

Rising NHRA Top Fuel star, Ashley Sanford, will return to Australia to drive for Rapisarda Autosport International at Willowbank Raceway on January 6.

The 23-year-old Sanford last raced for RAI at the opening round of the 400 Thunder series at Sydney Dragway in November, finishing in 6th spot.

“To be invited back to race for Santo and his family team is a great Christmas present,” said Sanford. “I’m so excited. I know that Santo usually runs three cars in Australia and there are a lot of drivers here in America who would jump at the opportunity to drive for the team in Australia. After driving for Santo in November it was a dream that one day I would be invited back. When the phone rang last week and I saw it was Santo calling I took a big breath and crossed my fingers. It was the perfect Christmas present and can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be returning to Australia.”

RESPECTED AUSSIE JOURNALIST DOIG JOINS COMPETITIONPLUS.COM TEAM

 

Australian drag racing has been a staple of CompetitionPlus.com's editorial package since the popular e-zine launched in 1999.

Today, CompetitionPlus.com added to its Down Under package by bringing longtime respected journalist John Doig into its staff to serve as Australian correspondent.

"John Doig has every quality we look for in a CompetitionPlus.com reporter," said Bobby Bennett, Publisher/Editor. "He is a respected journalist who just like us, seeks the truth in his reporting and delivers a high level of credibility in his reports. We are honored to have John as part of our family."

DRAG RACING LEGEND JOHNSON A GUEST AT THE PINNACLE SPEEDWAY IN LIGHTS

Former NHRA star and local drag racing legend Allen Johnson may have called it a career following the 2017 season, but he found himself at Thunder Valley once again Thursday evening.
 
Johnson was honored by Bristol Dragway employees and family with a special champagne toast celebration. Bristol Dragway GM Jerry Caldwell also presented Johnson with a customized Thunder Valley golf bag to honor Johnson’s career accomplishments and all that he’s done to support the track and its region.

GIAGRANDE REFLECTS ON HIS RETURN TO DRIVING

After being out of the driver’s seat for nearly two years, Matt Giangrande returned to the cockpit in 2017.

The New York native, who now calls North Carolina home, drove in PDRA’s Extreme Pro Stock.

BICKEL ROLLS OUT THE FIRST OF THE REPLACEMENT CARS FROM MARCH FIRE

Jerry Bickel Race Cars suffered a fire at a secondary storage facility on March 4, 2017, destroying a number of race cars, an RV and a trailer at the Moscow Mills, Mo.-based shop. Insurance covered only a part of the losses, the rest was from Bickel. Today, the first of the replacement vehicles rolled out of the shop.

This first car, a 2018 Camaro, is destined for Galot Motorsports, where Kevin Rivenbark will drive it in NHRA Pro Mod and PDRA Pro Boost.

EVENT NOTEBOOK - INDUSTRY UNITES FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY PRI TRADE SHOW

 

PDRA PRO EXTREME, PRO NITROUS AND PRO BOOST WILL PAY $10,000 TO WIN IN 2018

At the PRI Show this past week, the Professional Drag Racers Association announced that the payout in their top three classes will increase in 2018. PDRA Pro Extreme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC and Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost will now all pay $10,000 to win. That’s an increase of $3,000 for Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous and $4,000 for Pro Boost.

“We’re entering into year five,” stated Bob Harris of the PDRA. “We have put down strong roots and we recognize that the cost of racing will always continue to rise. We felt the timing was right to increase the payout for these classes. This organization has always been ‘by racers, for racers’ and one of our main goals is to give back to the racers as much as possible. We hope our racers will continue to see our commitment to them through moves like this. Our series consists of an elite group of racers and we want to treat them as such.”

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK - WHICH NEW BODY STYLE DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN NHRA PS?

 

Recently, the NHRA, at the request of Pro Stock teams, abandoned one of the original rules of Pro Stock which mandated the body style of a car must mach the manufacturer of the engine. The idea was to inspire cars other than Camaros for competition. In this week's ARP Question of the Week, tell us which body style you'd like to see more.

NITRO OUTLAW DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION FORMED

A new drag racing association finalized its formation during this year's PRI show in Indianapolis. The new association, known as the NITRO OUTLAW DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION (www.nodragracing.com), has plans to host a limited number of events during 2018 with an emphasis on bringing the fun back into racing.

Nitro Outlaw is "owned by racers for racers" and has an impressive list of members, including driving superstar Cory McClenathan, Funny Car owner/driver Jack Wyatt, and race winning Crew Chief Tony Shortall.

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