Darts, Daytonas, Challengers, Chargers and other classic cars will cruise into Monster Mopar Weekend, July 28-30 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.
Some will be there just for beauty, while others will go down the drag strip trying to win part of a purse set at over $40,000. [07/25/17]
Schwartz Performance of Woodstock, IL, was awarded the Pro-Builder of the Year title during the Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals held July 21-23 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY.
Schwartz entered a custom pearl orange ’70 Plymouth Barracuda powered by a supercharged Gen III 426 ci Hemi with over 800 horsepower. This car is driven from the right-hand side and required custom floor modifications, steering system, and one-of-a-kind dashboard and interior. The car is built on Schwartz’s proprietary G-Machine Chassis, which is offered for 30 different applications.
Schwartz also won the Pro-Builder of the Year award in 2013 with a ’67 Chevelle. [07/25/17]
Ford Motor Co. says the freshened 2018 Mustang will be its fastest pony car ever, going from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds with its new optional "drag strip" mode.
The vehicle, which goes on sale this fall, will also gain horsepower and torque over the outgoing model, thanks in part to the automaker's new 10-speed transmission. Horsepower for the 5.0-liter V-8 engine jumps to 460 from 435, and torque increases to 420 pounds-feet from 400.
The four-cylinder, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine gets 310 hp -- same as the 2017 model -- but the torque increases 30 pounds-feet to 350.
The 0 to 60 time for the V-8 engine bests that of the Porsche 911 Carrera, Ford says. It's achievable with the automaker's new "drag strip" mode, which comes as part of an optional performance package.
"Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time," said Carl Widmann, Mustang's chief engineer. "In Drag Strip mode, the engine torque doesn't drop when you're shifting. You get peak engine torque and horsepower straight through thanks to our new Ford-built 10-speed transmission."
The four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in "drag strip" mode goes from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds. [07/25/17]
Tony Mandella, Justin Lamb, and Brian McClanahan grabbed wins at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Sonoma Raceway presented by Korbel.
Mandella of Eastvale, Calif., ran down Ryan Warter, Olalla, Wash., in the Comp Eliminator final round to capture the win. Mandella completed his winning pass at 8.409 seconds, 151.89 mph vs. Warter 8.765 seconds, 154.07 mph.
Nevada-based Super Stock standout Justin Lamb of Henderson, had an easy day at the office cruising to a 9.206 seconds, 117.10 mph victory run in the final round as Brad Burton, Snohomish, Wash., cut the light too early, triggering red.
California driver Gerald Stein of Brentwood made his first final round appearance in Stock Eliminator and nearly made the most of it running .005 seconds within his dial in; finishing at 10.855 seconds, 119.30 mph. But Stein gave up a huge starting line advantage to fellow Californian McClanahan from Alta Loma, who won the duel finishing at 9.925 seconds, 123.09 mph.
In the Top Sportsman final round, Don Meziere, Escondido, Calif., triggered a .008 second reaction time at the tree and successfully kept Paul Gladden from Tracy, Calif., out of reach for the win light. Meziere recorded a winning pass of 6.939 seconds, 195.45 mph. Paul Rolandelli, Oakley, Calif., withdrew from the Top Dragster final round due to mechanical issues, giving Steve Casner, Sheridan, Calif., the automatic win.
The other drivers visiting the winner’s circle were Greg Boutte in Super Comp, Steve Williams in Super Gas, Ryan Herem in Super Street, Don DePeel in Sportsman Motorcycle, and Jeremy Hanger in Extreme Pro Mod West.
The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series hits the NHRA Pacific Division next at Rocky Mountain Raceways Sept. 21. [07/25/17]
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Thomas Dunford, driver of the Dark Horse racing team’s car, was fatally injured in the second round of eliminations at the Superbowl of Bracket Racing at Maryland International Raceway.
Dunford, 60, was from Tazewell, VA.
Dunford won the round, but his car did not decelerate at the end of the run and crashed through the water safety barrels, coming to rest in the trees at the end of the track. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Our sincere condolences to family and friends. [07/25/17]
Linda Vaughn is now recuperating at home after surgery.
During her convalescence, she will be signing copies of her book. They are available for $50.00 plus $7.95 per book for shipping and handling. Please indicate names for personalization when ordering. Send to Linda Vaughn, PO Box 9348, South Laguna Beach, CA 92677.
A little get-well wish might help too. [07/25/17]