Super Ford Showdown competition returns to NMRA at Columbus

The Super Ford Showdown returns to the NMRA Ford SuperNationals at National Trail Raceway the weekend of June 8-11.


Super Ford Showdown is the ultimate blue oval bracket race battle royale between the class winners that takes place at the end of the event to crown the ultimate bracket racer. The winners of Fast Ford, Quick Ford, Street Ford and Nostalgia Ford will face off on Sunday afternoon for the right to be crowned Super Ford Showdown champion. All NMRA index class racers are welcome to double-enter the bracket competition.


Brought to you by series sponsor Keystone Automotive, the NMRA Ford SuperNationals features heads-up Street Outlaws, Renegades, Coyote Modifieds and much more. The Ford SuperNationals also features a giant All-Ford Car Show Saturday and Sunday, a huge manufacturers’ midway, and special race classes including True Street.

PDRA makes Darlington debut this week

The legendary Darlington Dragway will play host to the stars of the Professional Drag Racers Association for the first time ever at this weekend’s PDRA Spring Nationals, May 18-20. The historic South Carolina facility is the third stop on the all-eighth-mile series’ 2017 tour.


One of the drivers expected to make a lasting impression on the fans at Darlington is local star Tylor Miller (shown), whose family owns and operates Darlington Dragway. Miller has finished no worse than sixth in Andy McCoy Race Cars Pro Boost points since 2014, currently occupying the fourth spot after the Valdosta and Benson races.


Since the PDRA and its racers have had a break on the tour since the PDRA East Coast Nationals at the beginning of April, Miller and his Pee Dee Fleet team have had plenty of time to service their equipment in preparation for this weekend’s race. Along with crew chief and Rage Fuel Systems owner and engineer Mike Kopchick, Miller has spent the last month doing dyno pulls, freshening engine components and looking over the Andy McCoy Race Cars-built Chevelle.


“I’m very excited to get back to racing,” Miller said. “I enjoy working on the car and doing R&D, but there’s nothing like being at the racetrack. It’s a good feeling knowing the spares are ready to go and everything in the car is fresh for the race.”


The semifinals and finals from the delayed PDRA East Coast Nationals in Top Dragster, Pro Junior Dragster and Top Junior Dragster will be contested during qualifying at this weekend’s race. The Extreme Outlaw 632 final round between No. 1 qualifier Ken Quartuccio and No. 2 qualifier Johnny Pluchino will run during the third qualifying session. 

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Hale to make San Antonio TV appearance prior to DRO AA/FC Challenge

John Hale, newly returned to the AA Funny Car ranks, will appear on KENS-TV Channel 5 in San Antonio on Friday morning, May 19, on the “Great Day San Antonio” broadcast sometime between 9 and 10 a.m.


Hale will be driving his “One Bad Texan” Friday and Saturday evenings in the AA/FC Challenge at San Antonio Raceway. And the Agent will bet there will be some samples of his Best of Texas barbeque sauce, too. 

Norwalk adds money for TAFC and TAD at Cavalcade of Stars

Summit Motorsports Park has sweetened the pot for drivers in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster at the 11th Annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, May 19-21, at Ohio’s Summit Motorsports Park.


A total of $11,600 is now up for grabs among drivers who qualify in the first through twelfth spots in those categories, with $5,800 going to Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifiers and $5,800 going to Top Alcohol Dragster qualifiers. Guaranteed qualifying money for each class will be distributed as follows: #1 qualifier - $1,000; #2 qualifier - $900; #3 qualifier - $800; #4 qualifier - $700; #5 qualifier - $600; #6 qualifier - $500; #7 qualifier - $400; #8 qualifier - $300; and #s 9-12 qualifiers - $150 each.


That, paired with the purse from NHRA, brings the total earnings to $29,600 for both categories combined.

Nostalgia AA/Gassers announces 2017 schedule

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The Nostalgia AA/Gassers Club has announced their 2017 schedule.


June 2-3: Gasser Reunion, Thompson, OH

July 1-2: Nitro Nationals, Toronto, ON

July 13-15: with the PDRA, Indianapolis, IN

Aug. 4-6: Mopar Canadian Nationals, Grand Bend, ON

Sept. 1-3: Thunder By the Beach, Grand Bend, ON

Sept. 23-24: Nostalgia Nationals, New Alexandria, PA

Johnny West joins No Mercy Racing

No Mercy Racing has announced the addition of Johnny West as crew chief on the Dodge Charger Nitro Funny Car that is owned and driven by retired USAF pilot, Chris Bennett.


"Johnny has a wealth of experience and the leadership qualities to develop our team into a professional caliber drag racing team," said No Mercy Nitro Funny Car owner/team chief, Brad Miner. “West has spent several weeks evaluating our program, and instructing the dedicated crew at NMR. We’re just a bunch of guys with a common vision that are trying to do something much bigger than ourselves and Johnny can help us transform into a top performing team ready to win races.”


West will be working with owner/assistant crew chief, Jeff Bennett, to institute a quality maintenance program while coaching him on the finer points of tuning. He will also be grooming long-time Nostalgia Funny Car and Fuel Altered driver Chris Bennett, who has been working to upgrade his license and begin professional competition.


The team began initial testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, AZ, last weekend and strive to begin competition by the end of the 2017 race season.

Winners named in rescheduled points race at St. Louis

Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL, held a make-up race for its ET Bracket Series presented by Carl’s 4-Wheel Drive & Performance Center on Saturday, May 13, after the original date of April 29 was rained out.


There have not been any repeat winners in three ET Bracket Series points races held to date in 2017.


SUPER PRO: Mike Eggleston (Highland, IL) Nelson dragster, .005 RT, 4.554 ET, 150.58 def. Kevin Johnson (Foristel, MO) 1970 Chevelle, .011,  5.806, 115.38


PRO: Jon Tignor (Hillsboro, MO) .018, 6.108, 110.47 def. Jeremy McKague (Chamois, MO) 1978 Nova, .021, 6.450, 102.69


SPORTSMAN: Danny Ratulowski (Highland, IL) 2001 Camaro, .043, 13.025, 106.23 def. (his brother) Mike Ratulowski (Highland, IL) 2000 Camaro, .053, 13.380, 103.59


SUPER PRO MOTORCYCLE: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, IL) Suzuki, .178, 9.931, 125.32 def. Mike Simpher (Barnhart, MO) .038, 10.037, 144.04


Next events at Gateway are Wide Open Wednesday presented by AAA Insurance (May 17); Midnight Madness Fueled By Monster Energy (May 19); and Cars & Coffee St. Louis (May 21). 

ADRL cancels Houston, St. Louis events

The American Drag Racing League will not run this weekend at Houston, nor June 2-3 at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis.


After the resignation of Kenny Nowling last month, new ADRL owner Jeff Biegun says the next event on the schedule will be at Martin, MI, on June 30-July 1. The rest of the 2017 schedule remains as originally planned: Sept. 8-9 at West Salem, OH; Oct. 6-7 at Memphis, TN; and Nov. 10-11 at Rockingham, NC. 

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