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AREND AND CALIFORNIA HUSTLER EARN FIRST HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES WIN

Jeff Arend has had an accomplished racing career.

Now, the veteran Funny Car driver can check winning a NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series race off his list.

Arend, piloting the Don Nelson’s California Hustler, won the Nostalgia Funny Car class at the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor May 6 at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho.

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MAUNEY, HARRIS, O’DAY HEADLINE SPRING EXTREME DRAGS

A Pro Modified field that includes former EOPM Series champion Randy Weatherford of Danville, Va., 2014 PDRA Pro Nitrous Champion Jason Harris of Pittsboro and 1995 IHRA Pro Mod Champion Tommy Mauney of Shelby shares center stage with Danny O’Day’s record-shattering ’34 Ford wheelstander and a pair of jet cars Saturday (May 12) when Rockingham Dragway presents its inaugural Spring Extreme Drags.
 
Qualifying at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. will set the field for first round Pro Mod racing and exhibition runs at 7 p.m. Pro Mod semifinals are tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. with the final round at 9.

MANDELL SHARES EMOTIONS OF DREADFUL TOP SPORTSMAN CRASH

The hush of the motorhome was a palpable contrast to the indescribably harsh smashing, clanging, grinding sounds that pierced his ears and his soul in a flash of horror Saturday. It lasted for barely 10 seconds, but it will stay with him a lifetime.

Bob Mandell III, already a quiet 29-year-old, spoke in reverential tones, recounting his unavoidable Atlanta Dragway wreck that took the life of longtime family friend Randy Alexander but left him without a scratch. Mandell said he barely had some soreness and stiffness the next day, a day Alexander never would see.

RICHIE STEVENS TALKS ABOUT TESTING CRASH AT ZMAX

 

Following NHRA’s Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C., April 29, Pro Mod driver Richie Stevens Jr., who is competing full time in NHRA’s Pro Mod Series in 2018 for Al-Anabi Racing and Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al-Thani, stuck around to make some practice runs April 30.

Stevens, who failed to qualify for the Four-Wide Nationals, on his first two test laps made solid progress – the third one however, was a different story as he crashed the 2015 Camaro he was driving at zMax Dragway.

“We got he car out on Sunday because we have not run as well as we should have the first three races,” Stevens said. “Shannon Jenkins (Stevens’ crew chief) went over it with a fine tune comb and found some things here and there. The first run on Monday it picked up almost nine hundredths from what we ran on Friday and Saturday. I was excited about it. We came out and made a second run and it slowed down a little bit, but it was still way better than we had been running.”

LAUGHLIN AND REEVES TALK ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF MATH, SCIENCE AND LEARNING AT AVOCA ELEMENTARY

 

A pair of successful race car drivers – NHRA Drag Racing’s Alex Laughlin and Josh Reeves from the world of stock car racing – met with students at Avoca Elementary School Tuesday afternoon to talk about the importance of math, science and learning and how it applies to the world of motorsports.

Laughlin, driver of the Fitzgerald USA Chevy Camaro in the Pro Stock category of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, will try to defend his victory from a year ago in the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17 at Bristol Dragway.

Reeves, who drives the Lopez Wealth Management Ford Pro Late Model, is entered in the Short Track U.S. Nationals, coming to Bristol Motor Speedway in two weeks, May 18-20.

FORMER NHRA DIV. 2 DIRECTOR LEX DUDAS PASSES

 

Drag racing has lost one of its most dedicated race officials.

Former NHRA Div. 2 Director and past maple Grove Raceway General Manager, Lex Dudas who passed away on Tuesday, May 8th following a courageous battle with cancer. 

WILEY WINS TOPMA OUTLAW PRO MOD RACE AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

After qualifying in the number-one position, Steve Wiley raced to a convincing O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Pro Mod win May 5, during the Texas Outlaw Pro Modified Association (TOPMA) event at the famed Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas.

Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter dedicated the race to the memory of Tom Conquergood, event and motorsports marketing manager for O’Reilly Automotive Inc., who unexpectedly passed away the morning of the event. Carter said Conquergood helped get O’Reilly Auto Parts on board with the TOPMA series at the Motorplex, which will feature four more races on the first weekend of the next four months.

PRITCHETT, HER NEW PAL LUCY SHOW GIRL POWER IN TOP FUEL TRIUMPH

Leah Pritchett’s Top Fuel victory over final-round opponent Blake Alexander in Sunday’s Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway underscored the NHRA’s “Women of Power” initiative this month – particularly considering she shared the podium with Funny Car winner Courtney Force.

But for Pritchett, the real “girl power” was her bond with a Make-A-Wish guest named Lucy. Together they were Lucy and Ethel. Pritchett turned out to be Wonder Woman for the awed youngster. Or maybe it was the other way around as Pritchett shone for the first time since the 2017 Brainerd race.

COURTNEY FORCE CHALKS UP SECOND FUNNY CAR WIN OF 2018 AT ATLANTA

Courtney Force capped a superb weekend Sunday at the Southern Nationals.

Force, who qualified No.1, knocked out the competition culminating with a win over Matt Hagan in the finals at Atlanta Dragway.

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