Easter means drag racing at Santa Pod, England

Tony Betts drove the nitro-powered ex-Richard Hartman “Venom” Camaro Funny Car over the Easter weekend. 


After a long winter layoff, the UK National Championship series got under way at the traditional Easter weekend opener at England’s Santa Pod Dragway. We’ll have the complete results from DRO European correspondents Ivan Sansom and Rose Hughes tomorrow.

Wide Open Wednesday at Gateway starts April 26

The 2017 season of Wide Open Wednesdays at Gateway Motorsports Park's Dragplex in Madison, Ill., will begin on April 26. The popular mid-week test 'n' tune sessions also will include added attractions -- Street Bike Shootouts and High School Drags -- beginning May 3.


It costs only $30 to test a car or motorcycle from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Adult spectator admission is $10 and kids 15 and younger are free. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. 

VOLUME XIX,  NUMBER 4 - April  2017

Shell helps support Shirley’s Kids

From left, Shirley's Kids founders Stan and Sheila Holt, Deacons of Deadwood president Geoff Seaman, Zane Smock (front), Shirley Muldowney, Olivia Smock, and Shell representative John Chiborowski during the check presentation at the NHRA SpringNationals.


For the second straight year, Shell partnered with Shirley's Kids in support of a local child in need. Headed by drag racing pioneer Shirley Muldowney, Shirley's Kids selected 9-year-old Zane Smock of League City, Texas, to join the four-time world champion as a guest of honor at the annual NHRA Spring Nationals in Baytown, Texas.


Zane suffers from Cerebral Palsy (www.cerebralpalsy.org) and the donation will be used to offset some of his medical expenses. Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture caused by damage that occurs to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.


Shirley's Kids (www.shirleyskids.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity created by Stan and Sheila Holt, owners of locally-based Lupe Tortilla Mexican Restaurants.


The Shell Lubricants portfolio of brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, FormulaShell®, Shell TELLUS®, Shell RIMULA®, Shell ROTELLA® T, Shell SPIRAX® and Jiffy Lube®.

New Product of the Day


GM Transmission Rebuild Kits from McLeod by Raybestos

McLeod Racing has joined forces with Raybestos Powertrain to present a new line of Performance Automatic Transmission Rebuild kits. The line includes plenty of quality components that are affordable for the end user. The kits feature National Oil seals and Far Pak gaskets for superior sealing capabilities. Teflon coated rings make tighter seals and OEM thickness grooved friction plates increase the holding capacity. All filter materials are brass allowing better flow and filtration. Some kits include Kolene plates, which create a stronger seal than stock to prevent warping. For use in the Classic GM transmission such as Power Glide TH350 and TH400. Perfect for a Classic GM and hot rod build. With a holding power for up to 1000 HP these kits are great to be used at the track as well.


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