Written by Susan Wade, photos by Burghardt Photography Sat, 2018-02-24 12:00
Tony Schumacher never doubted himself or his team or Don Schumacher Racing’s ability to give him the right resources to compete for a record eighth Top Fuel championship. He struggled last season but vowed his U.S. Army Dragster was better than that. And he knew at some point he was going to have to deliver proof.
If a runner-up finish in the season-opening Winternationals weren’t evidence enough, Schumacher’s provisional No. 1 qualifying performance Friday at the Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park should be.
Sat, 2018-02-24 08:00
Legendary drag racer Bob Glidden was known for a lot of things – his 85 NHRA victories, 10 NHRA championships, 122 final round appearances and nine U.S. Nationals titles.
But one of the things the Ford racing icon was best known for was his work ethic - the grit and determination of he and his Glidden Family Racing team that made he, his wife Etta, and sons Bill and Rusty, legends in the sport of drag racing.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Chris and Tera Graves Fri, 2018-02-23 23:36
Pleasant surprises have become the norm for Nostalgia Top Fuel driver Pete Wittenberg.
Wittenberg, of Anaheim, Ca., scored his first career Nostalgia Top Fuel crown Sunday evening at the Good Vibrations 60th Bakersfield March Meet in Bakersfield, Ca.
It certainly wasn't the kind of monumental victory he'd envisioned for such a prestigious race, stopping the timers at 14.224 seconds, when his opponent Mendy Fry crossed the centerline to surrender a sure victory.
For the sophomore driver of the Circuit Breaker Top Fuel car, he'll take them as he can get them; absurd or conventional.
Written by Tracy Renck Fri, 2018-02-23 16:00
Veteran Pro Stock driver Matt Hartford confirmed to Competition Plus he will be making his 2018 season debut Feb. 23-25 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
“We look forward to racing in Phoenix because it is our hometown track,” Hartford said. “You get friends and family that can’t make it to any of the other races around the country, so you get to see them, and they get to see you race, and we look forward to that.”
NHRA Communications, photos by Jeff Burghardt and Mike Burghardt Fri, 2018-02-23 16:00
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continued Friday as Tony Schumacher powered to the Top Fuel qualifying lead at the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Fri, 2018-02-23 12:18
Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, will sponsor Alan Prusiensky for three races this season. The sponsorship is in support of the launch of the new Kinetic Internet powered by Windstream brand.
“Kinetic by Windstream is proud to represent Prusiensky Racing this season in three races spanning Georgia and North Carolina,” says Stacy Hale, North Carolina area president of operations at Windstream. “We are confident that Alan will represent Windstream with honor as he races towards the Winner's Circle in the same high-speed fashion that Kinetic internet offers."
Written by Tracy Renck Fri, 2018-02-23 12:00
There’s no question Vincent Nobile and his Mountain View Tire Pro Stock team was in dire need of a positive jolt.
Nobile, who sat out the final five races of 2017 the season – Reading, Pa., St. Louis, Dallas, Las Vegas and Pomona – when his team owner Nick Mitsos decided to pull the plug, received a shot in the arm at the 2018 season-opening Winternationals Feb. 9-11, in Pomona, Calif.
Fri, 2018-02-23 08:00
Edelbrock is bringing back its annual "Big Carb Deal" consumer promotion for the 9th year in a row. Participating consumers can get a free air cleaner assembly (a $69.99 value) when they purchase a new Edelbrock AVS2 carburetor between March 1 and April 30, 2018.
Eligible purchases include any new AVS2 Series carburetor; this also includes Edelbrock's popular manifold and carburetor kits. Consumers can choose from the following Pro-Flo air cl
Fri, 2018-02-23 08:00
Aeromotive, the market leader in fuel delivery systems and components, announces the promotion of Jon Pestinger to vice president of sales. Formerly the company’s national sales manager, the new position became effective January 1.
Pestinger joined Aeromotive in 2012, soon after graduating from Kansas State University with a B.B.A. in Business Administration and Management. Immediately prior to employment at Aeromotive he was the top selling Camaro salesman in the state of Kansas at Hendrick Automotive Group.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2018-02-22 23:42
Ten days after a harrowing crash, NHRA Top Fuel champion Brittany Force depends on others to tell her what went wrong during the first round of eliminations at the NHRA Arizona Nationals outside of Phoenix, Az.
Force was racing Terry Haddock when her Monster Energy-sponsored dragster lost traction just shy of the 330-foot mark, spinning the tires and turning left. She was able to straighten the car just as the dragster crossed the centerline, but the momentum of the errant dragster carried into a solid side impact with the retaining wall.
The subsequent retaining wall strike spun the dragster around, propelling it through the 1000-foot mark backward. Force's dragster then spun around yet again and rolled over on its side, and then upright where it slid to a stop with a trail of burning fuel behind it.
To this date, she has watched only part of the incident, and for her, that small sampling was more than enough.