by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2018-03-01 18:33
There was a time when Mike Dunn found his comfort zone behind the wheel of a nitro-burning race car. These days he's traded in the steering wheel for a microphone.
Dunn, the former ESPN color commentator, will undertake his latest role as the lead commentator for the inaugural Pay-Per-View broadcast of this weekend's Good Vibrations 60th Bakersfield March Meet at Auto Club Famosa Raceway located outside of Bakersfield, Ca. He'll be joined by Chad Reynolds of Bangshift.com, who has brought race fans live streaming of the event for over a decade.
Written by Susan Wade Thu, 2018-03-01 08:00
If Jeremy Ray’s victory over Shane Molinari last weekend at Orlando is any kind of a harbinger for the NHRA’s E3 / J&A Service Pro Modified Series, the already wildly popular class is growing and buzzing like a swarm of bees.
Ray, driving the third car in Jim Whiteley’s operation, claimed the $10,000 winner’s share of the purse Saturday at the Aeromotive Winter Warm-up at Orlando Speed World Dragway.
Thu, 2018-03-01 08:00
For years, Don Schumacher Motorsports (DSM) has been regarded as a leading parts supplier for teams competing in NHRA’s nitro categories. After spending much of the 2017-2018 off-season ramping up its inventory of products, DSM is now branching out to supply NHRA Sportsman racers in its role as a performance parts distributor.
For NHRA Sportsman competitors who race a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, DSM and Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) have worked in collaboration with Mopar, SRT and BES Racing Engines to offer a variety of parts and components for the modern-day package car, including aluminum HEMI® engine packages that utilize Mopar blocks and heads as building blocks.
by Jeff Wolf Wed, 2018-02-28 23:57
NHRA naysayers were skeptical when Mike Salinas said last year he would campaign his Scrappers Racing Top Fuel team full time in 2018.
Countless others have made that promise, and few have been able to deliver on the pipedream, but Salinas is living up to the commitment.
Many of the other hopeful racers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series were not Salinas, a highly successful businessman from San Jose in Northern California.
Written by Tracy Renck Wed, 2018-02-28 18:00
Legendary drag racer John Force has countless great NHRA memories, most of which were compiled during the time he raced to 16 nitro Funny Car world championships.
Still, during his illustrious career, Force’s emotions have traveled the full spectrum, and that was no more evident than last weekend at the Arizona Nationals near Phoenix.
Wed, 2018-02-28 08:00
Willowbank Raceway Vice-President, Paul Casos has announced his resignation from the track’s management board after 20 years of dedicated service.
Casos cited his need to reassess his many community commitments and a desire for fresh ideas at the Willowbank board level behind his decision to stand down.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Burghardt Photograohy Mon, 2018-02-26 12:00
It was an emotional roller-coaster ride Courtney Force didn’t want to take.
After watching her legendary father John Force sent to the hospital after a horrific crash following a second-round win over Johnnie Lindberg, Courtney had to summon the courage to move on Sunday at the Arizona Nationals.
Written by Susan Wade, photos by Burghardt Photography Mon, 2018-02-26 12:00
Steve Torrence was perturbed enough last November that he wound up second in the final Top Fuel standings after being in the catbird seat for so long. Then he became further annoyed in the season-starting Winternationals at Pomona, Calif., where he disqualified himself with a red light start in the second round.
So the tenacious Texan said he was looking for a “do-over” for the Capco Contractors Dragster team here this weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Written by Susan Wade, photos by Burghardt Photography Mon, 2018-02-26 08:00
Who wouldn’t enjoy besting a three-time champion?
Pro Stock’s Chris McGaha sure did in the final round Sunday afternoon at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park at Chandler, Ariz.
by Dave Densmore Sun, 2018-02-25 21:55
In an accident eerily reminiscent of his 2007 crash in Dallas, Texas, John Force won his second round race in Sunday’s 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals before an engine explosion sent his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Camaro careening into the Toyota of Jonnie Lindberg.
The two cars, linked together by tangled parachutes, hit one wall, then the other before coming to a stop in a cloud of smoke. As a precaution, the 68-year-old veteran was transported for further evaluation and released Sunday evening from Chandler Regional Hospital.