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ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK - SHOULD NHRA EVENTS BE ONLY TWO DAYS?

 

A recent commentary by our friend Jerry Bownkowski over at NBC Sports rekindled a conversation we've had before in the editorial pages of CompetitionPlus.com, and we'll ask again should NHRA shorten it's events to two days for the professional classes.

Can less be better?

ADAN HORNBERGER NAMED CREW CHIEF FOR MCGAHA PS TEAM

 

Adam Hornberger has been named the new crew chief for the Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro driven by Chris McGaha in 2018. The Reading, Pennsylvania-native has an impressive resume serving as crew chief for Allen Johnson since 2015, Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 2014 and Mike Edwards prior to that.
 
“Adam [Hornberger] is adding knowledge to our team that we’ve never had before, especially with shock packages, and that’s really cool because I know nothing about that stuff,” McGaha laughed. “I know a lot about my Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro but his knowledge about shocks is huge; that’ll only help our team moving forward.”

POLLACHECK RETURNING TO UNDERDAHL-STOFFER PSM TEAM

 

After a career-best fourth-place finish in the in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings last year, Scotty Pollacheck is staying put in 2018.

Pollacheck confirmed to Competition Plus on Thursday he will return to ride for the Underdahl-Stoffer Pro Stock Motorcycle team in 2018 and ride the same Suzuki he campaigned in 2017 with backing from Suzuki Extended Protection.

“I’m definitely excited to go back to this team,” Pollacheck said. “We did have a really good year last year. The team is good, and the bike is good. It seemed like we made progress throughout the year and I’m looking forward to it (the 2018 season). I think we definitely have the pieces of the puzzle to be very competitive and I think we should win a race or two and we should be in the hunt at the end of the year.”

ARP RACE TO QUALIFYING - FORCE, JOHNSON TO MEET IN FRIDAY'S SEMI-FINAL

For two days, you the READER will vote on which of this cars will reach the next round of the special race-within-a-race. One vote per computer or device. These are the four cars on the A side of the ladder. The highest vote getter in each race advances to the next round.

NITRO REVIVAL COMING TO MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, MAY 18 - 20

 

The distinct cackle of Nitro Revival will be coming to the Monterey Peninsula during the second annual Spring Classic on May 18-20. The gathering of vintage and restored nitromethane-powered drag cars and legendary drag racing personalities will take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the iconic facility's vintage racing event with feature activity occurring on Saturday, May 19. The Spring Classic celebrates motorsports eras from the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s.

ARP RACE TO QUALIFYING - CREASY, TASCA TO MEET IN SEMIS

For two days, you the READER will vote on which of this cars will reach the next round of the special race-within-a-race. One vote per computer or device. These are the four cars on the A side of the ladder. The highest vote getter in each race advances to the next round.

RICHARD FREEMAN: TIME TO GET POSITIVE ABOUT PRO STOCK

Richard Freeman will be the first to admit he is more than willing to forget the 2017 season. And, who could blame him?

Freeman doesn't mince words in saying his team delivered subpar results; at least by the championship team owner's lofty standards.

However, performance has little to do with Freeman's melancholy spirit. It's the impression the drag racing community has towards Pro Stock, a class with which he's symbolically sold his soul for, which has him seeking a way to right the ship in the choppy waters of public opinion. 

CAMPBELL READY FOR SECOND SEASON DRIVING FOR JIM DUNN

LAST MINUTE CHARGE PUTS BODE NO. 1 QUALIFIER IN THROWBACK SHOWDOWN II

When is the last time you've ever heard of Bob Bode overtaking Jeff Diehl in the final day of qualifying to secure the No. 1 seed headed into final eliminations of an NHRA Mello Yello Drag racing Series event?

Welcome to the wonderful world of virtual reality drag racing. 

Friday evening, as the polls closed for the Throwback Showdown II, a virtual reality drag race which is decided on a fan vote, Bode's Tom Hoover-themed Showtime entry passed original No. 1 qualifier Jeff Diehl's popular Jungle Jim Liberman-inspired machine.

CAPPS KEEPS SKILLS SHARP WITH ONLINE RACING

 

Ron Capps has been racing NHRA nitro Funny Cars full-times since 1997 – winning the 2016 world championship in his Don Schumacher Racing NAPA Dodge in 2016.

Capps has established himself as one of NHRA’s elite Funny Car drivers, yet he never rests on his accomplishments, he’s always trying to get better.

During the offseason downtime in December, Capps keeps his racing skills sharp by competing in races on iRacing.com, which dubs itself as the premier motorsports racing simulation.

This past weekend and into this week, Capps was competing in virtual racing against stars in other forms of motorsports.

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