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EVENT NOTEBOOK - INDUSTRY UNITES FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY PRI TRADE SHOW

 

PDRA PRO EXTREME, PRO NITROUS AND PRO BOOST WILL PAY $10,000 TO WIN IN 2018

At the PRI Show this past week, the Professional Drag Racers Association announced that the payout in their top three classes will increase in 2018. PDRA Pro Extreme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC and Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost will now all pay $10,000 to win. That’s an increase of $3,000 for Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous and $4,000 for Pro Boost.

“We’re entering into year five,” stated Bob Harris of the PDRA. “We have put down strong roots and we recognize that the cost of racing will always continue to rise. We felt the timing was right to increase the payout for these classes. This organization has always been ‘by racers, for racers’ and one of our main goals is to give back to the racers as much as possible. We hope our racers will continue to see our commitment to them through moves like this. Our series consists of an elite group of racers and we want to treat them as such.”

NITRO OUTLAW DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION FORMED

A new drag racing association finalized its formation during this year's PRI show in Indianapolis. The new association, known as the NITRO OUTLAW DRAG RACING ASSOCIATION (www.nodragracing.com), has plans to host a limited number of events during 2018 with an emphasis on bringing the fun back into racing.

Nitro Outlaw is "owned by racers for racers" and has an impressive list of members, including driving superstar Cory McClenathan, Funny Car owner/driver Jack Wyatt, and race winning Crew Chief Tony Shortall.

MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES & WHEELS EXPANDS FOOTPRINT WITH LARGER FACILITY

Mickey Thompson’s street, strip and off-road tires and wheels are now rolling out of a new facility in the company’s hometown of Stow, Ohio.

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels opened its state-of-the-art headquarters and warehouse in September. The new location covers 200,000 square feet, including 20,000 square feet of office space.

SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK NAMED TRACK OF THE YEAR

Summit Motorsports Park was named Track of the Year during the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) North Central Division awards banquet, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West in Indiana.
 
The event honored the 2017 champions in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Summit Racing Series, Top Sportsman Series, Top Dragster Series, Jegs Super Quick Series and Summit Racing Equipment Junior Drag Racing League.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... EXTEND THE CENTERLINE BOUNDARY

An overwhelming majority of the readers who participated in the ARP Question of the Week believe NHRA should extend their nitro centerline boundaries to beyond 1,000 feet.

The majority, 75-percent, of nearly 4,000 voters believe for safety reasons this should be extended following several high-profile incidents just past the current finish line.

THE ORIGINAL PRO NITROUS: THE AHRA PRO STOCKERS

6-4-07ahra.jpgA common misconception suggests the origin of nitrous-injected doorslammer racing can be traced back to the International Hot Rod Association’s Top Sportsman division. In fact, the first organized competition for nitrous-aided door cars dates back to the American Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class. During the last four years of the AHRA’s existence, officials bucked conventional Pro Stock regulations of the day by allowing the use of nitrous oxide.

In 1980, Pro Stock was a class in transition. On the National Hot Rod Association side, Pro Stock cars were running on a pounds-per-cubic-inch basis with special weight breaks and/or handicaps based on the make of car. The IHRA took advantage of their rival’s complicated and rather unpopular structure and countered with a simplified unlimited cubic-inch format. As a result, the first Pro Stock car to break into the seven-second zone was racing under IHRA sanction

So where does AHRA Pro Stock fit into the equation? At the start of the 1980 season, the AHRA was deep in the same quagmire as the NHRA, struggling to maintain a level playing field through the use of a cumbersome rules package. To their credit, those in charge of the AHRA recognized the quandary they were in, and they reacted accordingly, making sweeping rules changes. 

The 1980 AHRA Pro Stock season had gotten off to a lackluster start, but that was soon to change. The organization decided that implementing a Mountain Motor format was the best way to give the class the publicity it deserved, and inject new life into it.

There was a major problem, however.

SUMMER SLAMMERS COMING TO SYDNEY DRAGWAY

After the loss of the 400 Thunder Australian Professional Drag Racing Series  championship round due to be run at Calder Park in January, Sydney Dragway will now host round 4 of the 2017-18 Pro Slammer Championship at the Santo’s Summer Thunder in January of 2018.

Working in close consultation with the 400 Thunder board and 400 Thunder General Manager, Kevin Prendergast, Sydney Dragway extended the opportunity to replace the lost round of the championship in January.

GAYDOSH WELCOMES RECENT PRO STOCK CHANGES

NHRA recently announced a historic decision regarding the Pro Stock class.

The sanctioning body is going to allow Pro Stock racers to run any currently approved engine combination in any currently approved body, regardless of the manufacturer, during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

NEW MWPMS MESSAGING SERVICE TAKES RACER COMMUNICATIONS TO NEXT LEVEL

To better inform its racers, sponsors and fans, the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) has introduced a new, live text, voice and e-mail service. An opt-in form is available now at www.MidWestProModSeries.com/signup.

“Effective immediately, anyone who wants to know the absolute latest on anything to do with the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series needs to go visit our Web site and sign up now. We’re taking racer communications to the next level, giving practically instantaneous MWPMS information about scheduling, sponsor offers, rule changes and anything else that affects our racers and teams going forward,” MWPMS organizer and promoter Keith Haney said.

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