by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2018-03-14 22:42
Tim Mcamis was the original Pro Modified champion back in 1990 and has watched the form of racing he helped to pioneer go through many phases, but the latest inspired him to create a video.
An outspoken critic regarding issues related to the class, McAmis has had rants about everything from Chinese product knockoffs to drivers in over their heads, but one released in November 2017 has some laughing at the parody, and others shaking their heads in disgust because as they see it, "McAmis is spot on."
McAmis believes the NHRA Pro Modified provides the truest example of what the class has become with the latest rule allowing lock-up converters on nitrous cars.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Roger Richards Wed, 2018-03-14 18:00
John Gaydosh Jr.’s plans were set.
The veteran NHRA Pro Stock driver who competes on a limited budget with his own team, was going to make his 2018 NHRA debut at the Gatornationals March 16-18 in Gainesville, Fla.
by John Doig, CompetitionPlus Australia Wed, 2018-03-14 11:13
Californian speedster Ashley Sanford will be reunited with Rapisarda Autosport International team mates Damien Harris and Wayne Newby at the Santo’s Super Thunder meeting at Willowbank Raceway on March 30.
Sanford who occupies fourth spot in the 2017-18 400 Thunder championship, will be making her fourth appearance down-under this season with RAI.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to Australia to race for Santo and the Rapisarda family,” said Sanford. “It is a real honour and privilege and I can’t wait to be reunited with my ‘Aussie’ family - Santo, Santino, Santo Junior and Gianna. The Santo’s Super Thunder meet is a major event on the Australian Drag calendar. My best result this season was runner-up at Willowbank in January and I’m keen to go one better and score my first Christmas tree for the team.”
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2018-03-13 14:14
Leah Pritchett has proven her versatility throughout her drag racing career in driving everything from Nostalgia Funny Car to Pro Modified to Top Fuel.
This weekend she's set to showcase her skills running three different cars in three different platforms. Two of the three cars will be active NHRA competition with a third for charity.
In addition to racing her Top Fuel dragster, she's also scheduled to race in the Factory Stock Showdown and participate in the Papa John’s Charity Challenge, a side-by-side winner takes all race with Papa John’s Pizza founder ‘Papa’ John Schnatter to benefit the Infinite Hero Foundation and Overcome Academy.
Tue, 2018-03-13 13:00
Two days after the recent season opening NHRA Winternationals in California, Funny Car driver, Jim Campbell, and Jim Dunn Racing team manager, Jon Dunn, took the 7-Eleven / Oberto Beef Jerky Funny Car to the 7-Eleven North America franchisee convention. That Funny Car will make its racing debut at the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida, March 16-18, 2018.
The Gatornationals will be the first of multiple primary sponsored races for 7-Eleven and Oberto Beef Jerky with Jim Dunn Racing this season. The partnership between the race team, c-store retailer, and product vendor has grown over the past three seasons to include the race team in high profile events such as the franchisee convention. Jim Campbell found himself signing autographs among other notable celebrities including Gene Simmons from KISS, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, former baseball slugger Jason Giambi, and IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.
Mon, 2018-03-12 22:00
Earlier today, NHRA notified drivers of a rule change regarding centerline crossing and/or the striking of timing blocks. In addition to the current centerline policy of disqualifying runs/times, additional penalties of a rule change regarding centerline crossing and/or the striking of timing blocks will be imposed on drivers crossing the centerline or striking the timing blocks during any qualifying or elimination round. The following penalties apply to all drivers in every NHRA category contested at each NHRA National Event.
by Bobby Bennett Mon, 2018-03-12 13:12
Rain put a damper on the NMCA Musclecar Mayhem, but it couldn't dampen the performances the multitude of teams turned in at the series season-opener.
The top of the food chain, the VP Racing Fuels Pro Modified division, Don Walsh wheeled his turbo entry to the winner's circle with the low elapsed time of the event, a 3.705, 208.96 to repel the effort of Jason Hamstra, who turned in a respectable but losing 3.747, 204.68.
Mon, 2018-03-12 12:00
The NHRA Pro Modified season begins in Gainesville, Fla., this weekend. And, when qualifying kicks off on Friday, veteran driver Khalid al Balooshi will roll to the line Friday with a new nitrous-injected Camaro (racing under the Rickie Smith Racing banner) filled with a few hidden perks straight out of the Jerry Bickel Race Cars shop.
by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2018-03-10 20:19
Steve Easton didn't react the way many thought he would.
Easton, a Nostalgia Funny Car driver on the NHRA's Heritage Series, was racing at the Good Vibrations 60th March Meet when during Friday's Q-2 session, the engine backfired just shy of half-track and less than a second later the classic 1972 Barracuda body on the Robert Godfrey-owned racecar went flying into the air.
Easton wrestled the errant body-less chassis to a stop, emerged from the carnage covered in oil but uninjured.
The Bakersfield incident isn't the first time Easton has met mayhem on the strip, and while an average person would have been frightened, fear wasn't the emotion which gripped him. He was more disappointed than scared.
by Roger Richards Sat, 2018-03-10 08:05