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The Agent was surprised to see a listing for Sacramento Raceway being for sale. The quarter-mile drag strip is on a parcel just over 191 acres. [03/27/17]
Agent 1320 recently had some calls to inquire why a Nostalgia Funny Car couldn’t enter the Funny Car class. First, there is the five-year body rule that all Nostalgia FC’s fail, and then there is the small matter of no transmission allowed. All Nostalgia Funny Cars that we know of have a transmission, so the Agent says, “No way.” [03/27/17]
Although he came up short of the big money, “Nasty Nick” Hastings of Shelby, Ohio, got the “iron man” award by taking his 1981 Pontiac T1000 to round seven on all three days. His best finish, though, was runner-up to Shawn Carpenter on Saturday.
Rockingham Dragway’s return to big money bracket racing drew a weekend field of almost 350 bracket racers from 20 states but, when the tire smoke cleared Sunday, the bulk of the purse stayed in the host state with Michael Paschal, Shawn Carpenter and Tim Thomas.
Each of those Carolinians took home a $20,000 winner’s check from The Rock’s inaugural Top ET Challenge, its first big money event since track owner Steve Earwood and the late George Howard collaborated on several popular projects including the original Million Dollar Drag Race and the B&M Racers Appreciation Series.
The Top ET Challenge was co-produced by Tony Saraceni and 1320 Race Promotions. Racers earned more than $150,000 over the three days. In addition to the $20,000 paid to each day’s big winner, each runner-up earned $5,000 and the semifinal losers $1,500.
See all the results at here. [03/27/17]
Texas racing was on full display as local racers Clark Smiley and Joel Covington celebrated with their teams in the winner’s circle following their final round wins at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division, Texas Sportsman Challenge at Royal Purple Raceway.
Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ceded the starting line advantage to Ray Goodman, Boerne, in the Comp Eliminator final round. However, Smiley was able to pull out the win, registering a victory pass of 7.343 seconds, 183.72 mph while Goodman runner-upped at 7.435 seconds, 179.06 mph.
Fans in attendance were treated to an all Texas battle in the Super Stock final round. Joel Covington, Center, earned his third Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Wally and his first in Super Stock, as Korey Mawhee, Frisco, fouled at the starting line.
Brian Heath of Fort Worth, defeated Cole Prejean, St. Armant, La., in the Top Sportsman final round. Heath ran 7.102, 193.54, outpacing Prejean’s 7.340, 177.46. Mallori Rodgers, McAlester, Okla., gained the starting line advantage and never looked back as she ran 6.417, 211.76 to outlast Mark Jones, Marrero, La., in the Top Dragster final round.
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Kevin Helms, Schriever, La., '13 Dodge, B/SA, 10.534, 122.98 def. Brett Candies, Des Allemands, La., '10 Cobra Jet, FS/B, 9.292, 142.58.
SUPER COMP: Trene Cressonie, Raceland, La., '05 Mullis, 8.929, 179.04 def. Christopher Dodd, Double Oak, Texas, '08 Undercover, foul.
SUPER GAS: Chris Eidson, Mineral Wells, Texas, '63 Corvette, 22.495, 55.21 def. Jerry Debusk, La Porte, Texas, '92 Probe, broke.
SUPER STREET: Clint Parker, Gilmer, Texas, '67 Camaro, 10.916, 144.77 def. Jason Owens, White Oak, Texas, '68 Camaro, 10.927, 149.75.
SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Derek Dorey, Kingwood, Texas, '03 Trac, 9.185, 116.99 def. Duane Lansing, Wylie, Texas, '90 Suzuki, 11.460, 129.88. [03/27/17]
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 3 - March 2017
A few photos were in the old mayo jar high atop the Phlegm Building’s second story penthouse porch today. Here’s a look at the new DMPE-backed ’69 Chevelle built by Andy McCoy Race Cars for Chris Russo. [03/27/17]
Well, it’s not drag racing, but it certainly is worth seeing. In front of a sold-out crowd at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday night, VP Racing Fuels’ Mad Scientist® driven by Lee O'Donnell made history by pulling off the first-ever front flip in a Monster Jam® monster truck. The stunt propelled O’Donnell to the 2017 Monster Jam World Finals® Freestyle Championship, the first for both O'Donnell and the Mad Scientist Monster Jam® truck.
O’Donnell’s unexpected move began with pulling a high-speed wheelie after a jump. He then hit another jump while his front wheels were up in the air, causing the back end of his truck to launch up, eventually somersaulting over the front end of his truck. [03/27/17]
One of the weekend’s biggest winners was the unlikely turbocharged ’71 Thunderbird driven by lady racer Kim Zimmerman of Phoenix. She clicked off six rounds for the win over Ray Bondy also from the Arizona capital, who fouled. Kim’s winning time was 9.78 at 135.84 mph.
Tucson Dragway’s unique concept of holding a ‘club day’ periodically has blossomed into great competition among the several groups that use the idea to stage their planned races without the requirement of renting the track to do so. Under the direction of owner Jim Hughes and track manager Matt DeYoung, Tucson Dragway hosted the ADRA (Arizona Drag Racers Association), the Stock/Super Stock Combo group, and local Super Comp racers, on March 25-26.
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Super Street: Ryan Giacone, Glendale, 88 T-bird, 11.20, 138.32 def. Brian Griffey, Glendale, 70 Dodge, 11.15, 121.47
Super Comp: Nick Alejandre, Glendale, 482 Chevy, 9.20, 136.94 def. Billy the Kidd, Tucson, 9.20, 159.36
ADRA Super Pro: Kevin Hay, Phoenix, 94 Mustang, 11.78, 110.23 def. Joe Landavazo, Phoenix, 9.33, 148.80
ADRA Pro: Tibor Kadar, Glendale, 64 GTO, 10.06, 112.75 def. Richard Church, Tucson, 55 Chevy
Super Street: Pat Thompson, Vail, 55 Chevy, 11.15, 134.00 def. Ryan Giacone, Glendale, 88 T-Bird, 11.15, 135.70
NHRA Stock/SS: John McLaughlin, Flagstaff, 70 Ply., 11.21, 112.40 def. B.J. Graham, Tempe, 94 Ford, 13.78, 95.81
Super Comp: Don Toia, Tucson, Chevy 565, 9.20, 169.42 def. Jeff Morgan, Tucson, 23 T, 9.19, 130.75. [03/27/17]
And while we’re off the drag strip, Kalitta Motorsports driver J.R. Todd will see what it’s like to drive a Global Rallycross (GRC) car as he joins Alex Keyes, driver of the WIX Filters GRC Lite for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, at a closed test at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on Tuesday, April 4.
This Friday, Mar. 31, Keyes will experience NHRA drag racing for the first time in the pits and on the starting line at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. [03/27/17]
Tuesday’s Nitro Reports covers the 2017 Good Vibrations March Meet with Top Fuel Champion Mendy Fry in studio, Nitro Funny Car owner/driver Bucky Austin, Nitro Funny Car Champion Ryan Hodgson, Fuel Altered Champ Bryan Hall, CIFCA Season Opener at Sacramento Raceway, March Meet videos, and more nitro than a human can possible snort.
Tune in to NitroReports.com on Tuesday, March 28, at 6 p.m. Pacific time with Donnie Couch and Darr Hawthorne. And they’re always available in the archives! [03/27/17]
Lizzy Musi had held the Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC National MPH Record since May of last season. And, after a wildly successful winter season overseas, she was ready to do it again.
Musi won two of the six races in the Arabian Drag Racing League series over the winter, becoming the first woman to win a Pro Nitrous event there. Her first event back on American soil, the team took the car straight off the plane to the Mad Mule event at GALOT Motorsports Park. What happened next shocked them all, as she and “King Kong” went a 3.66. The Musi Racing Engines performance continued throughout the event and earned her the win.
From there the Musi team headed to the PDRA season opener, expecting big things. They were not disappointed. She qualified second with a 3.70 effort, but the real magic happened in eliminations. In round one she laid down a 3.74 at an astounding 205.07 mph. She backed up that number in round two, going 3.68 at 204.91, taking out teammate and reigning World Champion, Tommy Franklin. She reached her top speed of the day in the semi-finals at 205.41, and then went on to runner up to Jay Cox in the finals, confirming a solid start to her season. [03/27/17]
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The Gasser Racing Series will hold a drivers’ meeting Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. at the Days Inn, 200 Oak Street, Batavia, NY.
They will be discussing this year’s activities and upcoming events, new opportunities within the GRS (there are four board member positions up for nomination) and review rules updates just to name a few agenda items. [03/27/17]