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RICKIE SMITH PREPARES FOR 2018 WITHOUT MAJOR SPONSOR

 

Rickie Smith has been resilient if anything when it has come to putting together major sponsors over his decades of doorslammer drag racing. This year might provide his biggest challenge. 

Smith confirmed with CompetitionPlus.com; his major sponsor Vallen notified him they weren't picking up his 2018 option. 

Smith's program began with IDG, which was bought out three years ago by Vallen.

TOMMY JOHNSON JR. IS READY FOR 2018 SEASON

 

There have been a slew of crew chief and crew member changes with the Don Schumacher Racing teams this offseason – but not with the Make-A-Wish Nitro Funny Car driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

John Collins remains the crew chief of the car and his crew remains intact, which is something that isn’t lost on Johnson Jr. as he focuses on the upcoming season.

“The least amount of change you can have it should help you, and mostly it will help at the beginning of the season and you should start off a lot better than guys who are all trying to get to know each other and work together,” Johnson Jr. said. “It should be a beneficial thing at the start of the season for sure.”

ARP RACE TO QUALIFYING FINAL ROUND - CREASY DEF. FORCE, WILL BE IN THROWBACK SHOWDOWN 2

Dale Creasy Jr. will be headed into the Strange Throwback Showdown II, by defeating Courtney Force in the final round of the ARP Race To Qualifying.

AUSSIE TF RACER XIBERRAS DENIES AMERICAN SANFORD FIRST TF WIN

Sydney team-owner driver Peter Xiberras scored his maiden win in Top Fuel after defeating American speedster Ashley Sanford in round two of the 400 Thunder Series at Willowbank Raceway.

Rapisarda Autosport International duo Damien Harris and Wayne Newby finished third and fourth ahead of Queensland rookie Kelly Bettes.

The one-day event attracted only five entries. Missing in action were the highly fancied Darren Morgan and Rachelle Splatt. As a result, race organizers were forced to introduce a variation of the Chicago Style format. All cars made two runs with the top two in the points facing off in the ‘A’ final and next two in the points racing for third and fourth places.
 

SONNY LEONARD SCORES ANOTHER ACCOLADE

 

Sonny Leonard established a solid drag racing career in making mega-inch displacement race engines perform successfully. This pathway in his career has yielded numerous accolades along the way through his Sonny's Racing Engines brand.

Today word comes to us via veteran freelance writer Rod Short that Leonard has been presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from HPL Oil and the Virginia Transportation Museum.

STEVE REINTJES NAMED PRODUCER FOR NHRA ON FOX

 

Emmy Award-winning television producer Steve Reintjes has been named Coordinating Producer for all NHRA television productions and video content. Reintjes will be the producer of all NHRA television programs on FOX, and for producing and overseeing all NHRA video content that is created at the NHRA Wally Parks Studio, displayed at NHRA events and utilized online.

Reintjes will hit the ground running, with extensive motorsports experience including experience producing NHRA race shows in 2015. Reintjes joins NHRA from ESPN, and brings over 17 years of experience in network television production, having produced over 500 live events for 11 different sports including production responsibilities on multiple Indy 500 broadcasts. His in-depth knowledge of NHRA championship drag racing extends to his youth when he would attend events at Pomona with his family.

HIGHT TO MAKE APPEARANCE AT SAINT LOUIS AUTO SHOW

 

The reigning NHRA World Champion and driver of the AAA Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car, Robert Hight, will make a special appearance during the annual Saint Louis Auto Show, Jan. 25-28.

Hight’s appearance, taking place Jan. 27 at the AAA Missouri booth, has become an annual tradition for the now two-time world champion.

“After a long winter it’s pretty cool to get out to the Saint Louis Auto Show and get back with the fans and talk a little NHRA drag racing. It will probably be more special this year coming in their being the champion. In years past, the fans, every time I’ve gone to this auto show, they say things like, ‘I hope JFR gets their act together this year’ or ‘I hope you guys get back into your winning ways.’ Now I can go in there with a little confidence because we won two championships. So, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

BOOTH-HIGGS CONFIRMS NHRA RESIGNATION LETTER; DID NOT AUTHORIZE IT'S PUBLICATION

 

A year ago, NHRA touted the hiring of Kymberly Booth-Higgs to fill the role of producer for the FoxSports television last January. Today comes word of her resignation but not in the usual sense. 

Booth-Higgs December resignation didn't come in the form of a press conference, press release or interview.

Her resignation was broadcast in a post on www.scribd.com.

ARP RACE TO QUALIFYING - CREASY, FORCE ADVANCE TO THE FINAL

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