Cover Photo: Bengt Ljungdahl at NitrOlympx in Hockenheimring, Germany  (Ivan Sansom photo)

Germany’s NitrOlympx

Burk Blasts Again

Tom McCarthy’s Motorcycle Memos

Outlaw Fuel Altereds at Denton, Texas

Jim Baker Has OCIR Memories

E T  D R A G R A C I N G

NHRA Sportsmen at Indianapolis

The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in full effect during the 63rd annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals as Josh Hart, John Lombardo Jr., and ... more

[09/06/17]

Pro Gas and Super Street Championships at Fontana, California

John Ross and Daniel McClelland won their respective Southern California Pro Gas and Super Street championships, the first title for both drivers.  The event was contested at ... more

[08/18/17]

Sportsman Racing at Sonoma, CA

Don Keen launches in Super Stock. He made it through four rounds before red-lighting against Justin Lamb.  In the final results from Sonoma Raceway and ... more

[08/02/17]

NHRA LODRS at Woodburn, Oregon

Defending Lucas Oil World Champion Joey Severance and Jimmy DeFrank took home Wally trophies from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip. more

[07/18/17]

F E A T U R E S

2017 Meltdown Drags at Byron, Illinois

Even though this is called the Meltdown Drags, it could also be called the Straight Axle Nationals. The name “Meltdown” comes from the nuclear cooling towers ... more

[08/11/17]

Fire Cracker Nationals at Albuquerque, NM

The FIRECRACKER NATIONALS at Albuquerque Dragway in New Mexico featured the WFA (Western Fuel Altereds) along with ‘Outlaw Door Slammers’; AA/FC Funny Cars; Big $$$ Brackets; and ... more

[07/13/17]

Detroit Dragway Reunion at Milan, Michigan

The 8th Annual Detroit Dragway Reunion was held on Saturday, June 10, at Milan Dragway and it was one for the history books. The Nitro Funny Cars, the cacklefest, record-setting Nostalgia Funny Car passes, Run What Ya Brung cars, huge bracket count -- they ... more

[06/19/17]

Nitro night plus Jr. Dragsters at Barona, CA

Tucked away in the hills of Barona, Calif., is the beautiful Barona eight-mile Drag Strip. Its located on the Barona Indian Reservation. Once again Del Worsham showed what a special racer he is by attempting to run a nitro show on a very untested race facility. It may not have ... more

[06/15/17]

C O L U M N S

Notes scribbled on my coaster from Marko’s fish sandwich shop in Granite City, IL

NHRA erases/ignores your choice and its own history

I still depend on the written word as much as my computer for research. Recently I was doing an article for an upcoming issue of Drag Racer magazine about how NHRA Funny Cars have usurped the Top Fuelers as ... more

[08/11/17]

A ‘Strange Challenge’ can be fun

We, as in Editor Jeff Burk and myself, are adding a “STRANGE Challenge” to our DRO AA/FC Challenge series at the Cedar Falls Motorsports Park’s Night of Fire event on July 14-15.  more

[07/13/17]

ORANGE COUNTY REVISITED

About all that is left of the physical track at Orange County International Raceway is this center line sign from the track’s last few years. It was captured and kept at the NHRA Museum on the ... more

 

[08/12/17]

46th Annual Nightfire Nationals Prelude

Good evening from a very hot (yet a dry heat) back patio of my humble home in Idaho to bring to you this month’s edition of Getting Nostalgic. As we know, well, I should say for all seven of you who read my column, August means the Nightfire Nationals in Idaho. Moreover, it is home game for yours truly.  more

[08/11/17]

On Clay Millican Tears of a Clown

OK, I will openly admit that I had tears running down my face while watching an NHRA TV broadcast. It isn’t what you think. It wasn’t because something tragic happened during the broadcast. It was something that triggered deep ...  more

[08/11/17]

Kicking Ass & Taking Names in 2017

As the month of August starts off, the motorcycle drag racers who are kicking ass and taking names at this time of the year are the ones headed for championships before the ... more

 

 

[08/20/17]

Night of the Living Gumballs

The great Dave Densmore (journalist and PR person) once told a story, I believe it was called "I'm in jail, I'm loaded and I'm screwed." Nobody can tell a story like Dave, and nobody should even TRY, but I ... more

[08/11/17]

table of contents

Todd hopes momentum carries him to Charlotte win

Coming off the biggest win in his career, J.R. Todd hopes to put the momentum from his U.S. Nationals win to good use. Starting from the ...  more

At The Finish Line

Tom Schiltz

Acknowledged as one of drag racing’s greatest photographers, Tom Schiltz will forever be remembered for his business acumen, affable personality and ...  more

RACE  REPORTS

NHRA Pros at U.S. Nationals

Steve Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors dragster to the Top Fuel victory Monday, Sept. 4, at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s ... more

[09/07/17]

Factory Stock Showdown at Indianapolis

With twenty-two drivers trying to make the 16-car field for the Factory Stock Showdown during the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, the qualifying was ... more

[09/06/17]

Mopar HEMI Challenge at Indianapolis

Jimmy Daniels is two-for-two in the Mopar HEMI® Challenge. The 21-year-old driver from Yardley, PA, made his second start in the prestigious annual event on ... more

[09/04/17]

Hot Rod Heritage at Salt Lake City, Utah

Rocky Mountain Raceway has held this event for many years and it is the second to the last event for the NHRA Heritage Series Funny Car points battle. This year the ... more

[08/31/17]

FIA/FIM-E NitrOlympx at Hockenheimring, Germany

The 2017 NitrOlympx on the Rico Anthes Quarter Mile at the fabled Hockenheimring in picturesque Rhine Valley as it winds its way through Baden-Württemberg, Germany, was ... more

[08/29/17]

OFAA at Denton, Texas

The Outlaw Fuel Altered Association, presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Lone Star Forklift, busted through the gates of North Star Dragway on ... more

[08/24/17]

NHRA pros at Brainerd, Minnesota

Leah Pritchett piloted her dragster to her fourth Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International ...  more

[08/22/17]

Nightfire Nationals at Boise, Idaho

If you do something for forty-six years, one could image it is possible that everything that could happen, would happen.  more

[08/21/17]

26th Annual LakeFest Drag Boat races at Lake Marble Falls, Texas

After two days of qualifying it was time for the final eliminations at the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, 26th Annual LakeFest. Sunday, Aug. 13, was the day to ... more

[08/16/17]

Nitro Harleys at Seattle

NHRA’s Nitro Harley’s made their final appearance of 2017 on the NHRA national-event trail at Seattle International Raceway and, as at their ... more

[08/13/17]

NHRA Pros at Seattle

Antron Brown piloted his dragster to the Top Fuel victory Sunday, Aug. 6, at the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Robert Hight (Funny Car) and ... more

[08/11/17]

VOLUME XIX,  NUMBER 8 - AUGUST   2017

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John Ross and Daniel McClelland won their respective Southern California Pro Gas and Super Street championships, the first title for both drivers.  The event was contested at ... more

Defending Lucas Oil World Champion Joey Severance and Jimmy DeFrank took home Wally trophies from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip. more

Even though this is called the Meltdown Drags, it could also be called the Straight Axle Nationals. The name “Meltdown” comes from the nuclear cooling towers ... more

The FIRECRACKER NATIONALS at Albuquerque Dragway in New Mexico featured the WFA (Western Fuel Altereds) along with ‘Outlaw Door Slammers’; AA/FC Funny Cars; Big $$$ Brackets; and ... more

Tucked away in the hills of Barona, Calif., is the beautiful Barona eight-mile Drag Strip. Its located on the Barona Indian Reservation. Once again Del Worsham showed what a special racer he is by attempting to run a nitro show on a very untested race facility. It may not have ... more