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TOP FUEL’S ALEXANDER ENJOYING HIGHLY-SUCCESSFUL LIMITED SCHEDULE

 

Success has come in droves for NHRA Top Fuel driver Blake Alexander this season – his first driving for Bob Vandergriff Jr. Racing.

Alexander has competed in just six of the season’s 15 races so far this season and had incredible success. He has advanced two three final rounds and won at Norwalk, Ohio (June 27) and Sonoma, Calif. (July 29), the last race on tour. He defeated eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher in the final round.

Alexander has posted a 16-4 elimination round record and is 12th in the point standings – just 88 points behind 10th place Richie Crampton. In addition to his wins, which where the first Wallys of his career, Alexander was runner-up at Atlanta and reached the semifinals at Chicago and Denver.

JIM DUNN RACING TO UNVEIL OBERTO 100TH ANNIVERSARY FUNNY CAR AT SEATTLE MARINERS GAME

Oberto brand ambassador, Jim Dunn Racing, will display its 10,000 horsepower Funny Car at the Seattle Mariners game on Thursday, August 2 with special graphics recognizing Oberto Beef Jerky’s 100th Anniversary.  Founded in 1918, the popular snack product is headquartered in Kent, Washington, which is also the host community to this weekend’s NHRA national event at Pacific Raceways.
 
Oberto Beef Jerky has partnered with Jim Dunn Racing for several seasons and has shown multiple versions of its graphics on the race car depending on product announcements and retailer tie-ins.  The 100th Anniversary scheme is special for everyone involved.  Team Manager, Jon Dunn, noted “It’s special for Jim Dunn Racing to have the opportunity to recognize such a great brand during their 100th Anniversary celebration.  Our race team has been around for more than 50 years so we can relate to how hard the Oberto group has worked to build their following over the decades.”

EIGHT LEGENDS HIGHLIGHT INAUGURAL WORLD SERIES OF DRAG RACING HALL OF FAME CLASS

Eight legends and contributors in the sport of drag racing will be inducted into the inaugural World Series of Drag Racing Hall of Fame class, Saturday, August 25 at the Cordova (Ill.) International Raceway.

Each inductee will receive a plaque to commemorate their achievements located in the pavilion. Additionally, each inductee will also receive a lifetime pass to Cordova International Raceway.

NHRA PS DRIVERS ADDRESS TALK OF MOUNTAIN MOTOR/500 BLEND

 

NHRA's Pro Stock has been a prime example of parity this season with ten different winners, and it took until the seventh stop on the tour before there was the first two-time winner.

While point leader Greg Anderson sometimes wonders what else a class can do to be exciting with unpredictability in the winner's circle, he understands many believe its still not enough.

A rumor has been making the rounds first in Denver, and more prevalent at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals suggesting NHRA plans to follow through on their plan to handicap mountain motor Pro Stock into their 500-inch arena.

PALMER RACING WITH THE FRONT-RUNNERS, ONE AGRESSIVE RUN AT A TIME

 

There was a time when Top Fuel's Scott Palmer was on a Ramen noodle budget. These days he's clearly living in the world of the cheeseburger.

Successful businessman Tommy Thompson can be attributed for the culinary upgrade.  That and sponsorship from CatSpot Organic Litter has made all of the difference.
 
"When I was running part-time all those years I had to run defensively," Palmer said. "I liken it to the way my grandparents said it was here in America during the Great Depression because we had to save everything we could. We'd take parts and pieces others were throwing away and make them work. We really didn't have a choice if we wanted to race.

MEMORIAL FOR PR ICON JOE SHERK

A memorial for public relations standout Joe Sherk is scheduled for Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 1pm.

The gathering will take place at:

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM 2018 NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

Sunday's final results from the 31st annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. The race is the 15th of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

HIGHT CONTINUES JFR DOMINANCE OUT WEST, WINS SONOMA FOR SECOND TIME

John Force Racing has been tough to beat this season, and that has proven especially true during the famed Western Swing.

With Courtney Force winning both pole positions, John Force taking the Wally last weekend in Denver and Robert Hight now collecting the trophy in Sonoma, it has been absolute dominance for JFR in the Funny Car ranks during the first two legs of the three-race western stretch.

TOP FUEL PILOT ALEXANDER SNARES SONOMA TITLE

Top Fuel driver Blake Alexander is getting the maximum out of racing a limited schedule for Bob Vandergriff Jr. Racing.

Alexander, who is in his first year driving for Vandergriff, has made it to three final rounds – winning twice while just competing in six of the season’s 15 races so far.

COUGHLIN CONTINUES RETURN TO PROMINENCE, COLLECTS THIRD WIN OF SEASON

When Jeg Coughlin crossed the stripe first last month at Route 66 Raceway, it marked the first time the hall of fame racer had won an NHRA national event in Pro Stock in more than four years.

Since then, the floodgates have opened and the five-time champion has found himself back at the top of his game.

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