Thu, 2018-10-11 22:00
Larry Carrier couldn’t wait to kick off the 1974 IHRA season in Charlotte, N.C.
Three days later, the IHRA founder and president couldn’t get out of town quick enough.
The only national event drag race staged on the hallowed grounds of what is now Lowe’s Motor Speedway featured plenty of entertaining and competitive drag races, but in the end a single-car crash accounting for three deaths cast a pall on the event. It was more than many could endure, especially Carrier.
So what inspired a race at what is now one of the most famous oval track racing facilities in the world?
Carrier’s networking prowess was the primary reason.
By Susan Wade Thu, 2018-10-11 20:10
Robert River, 25-year-old son of Pro Stock journeyman Dave River, was the odd man out in the 17-car Pro Stock field by .025 of a second two weeks ago in his NHRA debut at St. Louis. He absorbed another DNQ last weekend, as well, falling .18 of a second short of recording bis first NHRA pro start.
Before he took to the Texas Motorplex track last Friday, the Maquoketa, Iowa, native who followed his father and older sister Amanda in the sport, said, “Our plan is to be safe, keep the car and motor intact. You know, progressively get better through the weekend. Keep going solid A to B’s. Just do our best and have some fun out here. That’s kind of the bottom line.”
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2018-10-11 16:08
Top Alcohol Dragster racer Justin Ashley understands the importance of driver safety. He's also in tune with the importance of a driver's well-being, which is just as important.
Ashley, throughout his second season, has been racing with the aid of a custom-fitted GuardLab mouthguard. While some might be content to get something from a local sports store, he believes you get what you pay for.
"Personally, it’s helped me with performance, relaxation, and concentration," Ashley explained. "As it pertains to NHRA, it can help other drivers do the same. There’s something to be said about having a nice, comforting, safe mouthguard backed by the necessary sciences to prove it."
By Susan Wade Thu, 2018-10-11 15:10
The recently completed event at the Texas Motorplex is a special one for Top Fuel racer Clay Millican, mainly because it’s “one of the first races my parents let me go to without them when I was racing Super Comp. I raced Super Gas first, but one of my parents usually would go.”
However, the high-schooler from tiny Drummonds, Tenn., had chaperones – his two sisters.
“Now, because I travel so much, the Texas Motorplex seems like a short trip to me. It’s basically eight and a half hours from home. But at that age, it was like a trip across the world because it wasn’t like we traveled that often,” Millican said. We certainly raced all the time, but it usually was within an hour or two of the house. So coming here was a huge deal, especially without my parents coming with us.
by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2018-10-10 19:15
Defending NHRA champion Robert Hight is quick to shake off praise for his toughness. After all, the 49-year old doesn't play baseball, a sport he gave up 31-years ago, or any stick and ball sport for that matter. He's a race car driver; piloting a 10,000-horsepower, 320-mile per hour Funny Car in the National Hot Rod Association's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Hight climbed behind the wheel of his race car a little over a week after surgery to repair a broken collarbone suffered three days earlier when the engine in his Camaro exploded during the final round of the NHRA Midwest Nationals. The force of the explosion destroyed the body on his race car, sending the chassis housing Hight head-on into the left retaining wall.
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2018-10-10 09:40
Lee Beard can add another line to his ever-impressive career resume.
Beard, an NHRA world championship crew chief and team manager, will be inducted into the Great Pueblo Sports Association Hall of Fame Nov. 14 at the Occhiato Ballroom at the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus.
Beard is a native of Pueblo, Colo. Beard was a 1971 graduate of Pueblo Central High School, and a 1975 graduate of the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo with a degree in industrial arts.
By Susan Wade Tue, 2018-10-09 19:57
Former Top Fuel driver Spencer Massey still is at the dragstrips. He still gets his nitro fix. And the Fort Worth native, who’s competing in the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the NHRA FalolNationals, said he’s having a lot more fun than he ever had as a pro.
“I have a bracket-racing program. I have a ’71 Nova that I’ve had forever, my street car that I turned into a bracket car. And I have a 2007 Super Comp dragster that I bought from Megan Meyer. Since she went to an alcohol dragster, she stopped running Super Comp. So I bought her bracket dragster. I’ve been running that and my Nova every weekend and having fun,” Massey said.
“The bracket-racing program with all the sportsman racers around the country is the best family and the best people out here in drag racing. I can go anywhere in the country every weekend and find a great bracket race to go to with great money and have fun doing it.
Tue, 2018-10-09 10:05
Good Vibrations will have their "compound" set-up at the California Hot Rod Reunion, October 18 - 21. Please call or email them if you are planning on attending and would prefer them to bring your parts to the track. Their display can be found on the manufacturer's mid-way adjacent to the Nitro Pits.
By Susan Wade Mon, 2018-10-08 18:26
Tanner Gray’s departure from drag racing strikes a blow for an exciting, ultra-competitive class that has been struggling for relevance through rules changes and manufacturer indifference (except for Chevrolet). But he’s not the only one leaving after this year.
Drew Skillman, whose team is affiliated with Gray Motorsports, told Competition Plus Friday that he, too, will not return to the class after these final four races.
“I’m not running Pro Stock next year,” Skillman said. “I’m going to go back to sportsman racing” and “focus a little more on business.” Skillman’s family operates several Indianapolis-area auto dealerships.
Skillman said he will race in the Stock and Super Stock classes in 2019.