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M. SMITH WINS NHRA PRO BIKE BATTLE; MILLICAN, C. FORCE, ANDERSON AND KRAWIEC NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT SONOMA·

Matt Smith raced to his first career NHRA Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle win during the Toyota NHRA Nationals at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday. Smith earned a $25,000 payday in the all-star bonus race featuring eight top riders in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category.
 
In other racing, Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 15th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

COURTNEY FORCE ONCE AGAIN TOPS FIELD IN SONOMA

Stop us if you have heard this one before.

Continuing what has been a season of absolute dominance in the performance category for the young Funny Car pilot, Courtney Force drove the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car to the top of the charts Friday evening at the 31st annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

CREW CHIEF PREDICTS NO. 1 FOR MILLICAN, DELIVERS

Perhaps David Grubnic should play the lottery.

The ace crew chief, known for his uncanny ability to make nitro-fueled machines run deadly accurate, bracket-like numbers, left even his longtime friend and driver Clay Millican speechless with his performance on Friday.

CRAFTSMAN NAMED PRIMARY SPONSOR FOR CRAMPTON'S TOP FUEL DRAGSTER BEGINNING IN INDIANAPOLIS

Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce that CRAFTSMAN, a Stanley Black & Decker brand, will be the primary sponsor on Richie Crampton’s Top Fuel dragster starting at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and continuing through the balance of the season.

“I am very excited to represent an iconic brand like CRAFTSMAN as we finish out the NHRA season,” said Crampton. “The CRAFTSMAN identity is built on quality-made high-performance products and we look forward to bringing that same mentality to the race track delivering success to the CRAFTSMAN brand.”

C. FORCE, MILLICAN, ANDERSON AND KRAWIEC EARN PROVISIONAL NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT SONOMA

The dominant campaign of Courtney Force continued Friday night in Sonoma, California as the current Funny Car points leader took the preliminary No. 1 qualifier at the 31st annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 15th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

SCOTT OKSAS' NEW RJ RACE CARS PRO MOD '67 SHELBY MUSTANG

 

Check out this new '67 Shelby Mustang that just rolled out of RJ Race Cars & Quarter-Max Chassis & Racing Components for Scott Oksas!

The RJ Race Cars full tube 4130 chromoly chassis features an upgraded double frame rail designed to handle well over 4000 horsepower. The exterior of the car features an all carbon fiber body with Ford Sonic Blue paint by SD Enterprises. This standout Pro Mod car is optioned out with high quality Quarter-Max products from tip to tail.

AUSSIE PRO MOD RACER STEVE EASTON REVVED UP FOR MONSTER MOPAR

Australian drag racer Steve Easton heads to the Monster MOPAR Weekend at Summit Motorsports Park, part of the Rumble Wars Extreme 8 Series, looking to put on an entertaining show for the thousands of fans in attendance. During this weekend’s 6th annual running of the largest all MOPAR drag race in the world, Easton will be squaring off against a tough group of Pro Mod racers on Friday - Sunday.  
 
“Although I race a lot of different cars, Pro Mods are my favorite,” explained Easton. “The car doesn’t talk to you as much as a Funny Car and they aren’t as fast as a Funny Car but they are technically challenging to drive and a whole lot of fun at over 200 mph.”  

JUSTIN ASHLEY RACING ACQUIRES COMPLETE A/FUEL DRAGSTER OPERATION

 

​Justin Ashley Racing has acquired a complete A/Fuel team from Nitro University’s Anthony Dicero Racing. The team, based in Pittsboro, Indiana, plans to compete at select events for the rest of the year in preparation for the 2019 season. 

As part of the acquisition, Anthony Dicero has joined the team as a consultant through at least June of 2019. Dicero will use his experience to help Ashley organize and run the team, which is  led by veteran Crew Chief, Lance Larsen. In addition to Dicero and Larsen, Tom Abbett and Mark Adkins, both former crew of Mike Ashley, will be joining the team. Krista Baldwin has been named Director of Social Media and Public Relations. She is expected to compete at least 5 events with the new team. 

ROTTLER MANUFACTURING SHOWCASED ON MATT HARTFORD'S PRO STOCK CAMARO IN SEATTLE

Rottler Manufacturing will provide a striking new look for Matt Hartford Racing and his Total Seal Piston Rings / CIP1 Pro Stock Camaro during the CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, August 3-5, 2018.

Rottler is a name that is synonymous with leading edge machinery technology. Since 1923, engine builders and remanufacturers around the globe have relied on Rottler for their machinery needs. Thanks to unmatched dedication, diversity and innovative product development, Rottler’s advanced designs and equipment continue to meet the most demanding engineering needs for their customers.

IT'S BEEN A WILD SEASON FOR MATT SMITH

 

It has been a crazy season for two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith.

Despite it all he has had success on the track. He arrived at the Mile-High Nationals in seventh place in the points on his Victory Magnum.

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