Gaydosh returns to racing at Reading

After having to sit out last weekend’s race in Charlotte, John Gaydosh and his Gaydosh Performance Chevrolet Camaro will be back on the track this weekend at the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania.


“I’ve spent the last two weeks working on my own projects and getting my Camaro ready to run in Maple Grove,” Gaydosh said. “I have to thank Gary Stropko for helping me put my motor together. It’s been a busy few days for us, finishing everything up for Reading.” 

Motor City Showdown is Saturday, Sept. 23

Saturday, Sept. 23, will usher in a new racing era in the motor capital of the world with the inaugural Motor City Showdown at the Coleman A. Young International Airport (Detroit City Airport) located on Detroit’s east side.


The Motor City Showdown is the first organized drag racing event in the City of Detroit. The event will feature 32 of the fastest and most technologically advanced American muscle in the world with hot rods in excess of 2,000 horsepower and the fearless drivers who wheel them.


The man behind this inaugural event is none other than Detroit’s own Brian Olatunji, mechanical engineer, entrepreneur and professional NHRA race car driver. He and the Leadfoot Events team are pleased to bring this historic event to Detroit.


“I grew up in Detroit and the automotive landscape shaped the direction I took in life as both an engineer and race car driver,” said Olatunji. “Racing has been in my blood since birth and I want to share that passion with the city of Detroit and the world.”


Detroit Police Chief James Craig will serve as Grand Marshal of the event and Dodge will be onsite to host the VIP experience to showcase the Demon, the world’s fastest street legal production drag car ever.  

Nancy Matter gets AA/FC

A note in the old mayo jar on the Phlegm Building penthouse porch says that TAFC driver Nancy Matter has a new AA/FC that she is getting ready. The car will be re-lettered and will make its debut at the Funny Car Chaos at North Star Dragway in Denton, TX, on Sept. 29-30.


Nancy says she will aim for some match races, select Heritage events, and maybe the DRO AA/FC Challenge season finale with the Goodguys in Bowling Green, KY, on Oct. 13-14. She may also run the car as an altered.

Kevin Prendergast appointed 400 Thunder General Manager

Australia’s professional drag racing series, 400 Thunder has appointed motorsport promoter, venue manager, and administrator, Kevin Prendergast as its General Manager, effective immediately.


“The past two years APDR has concentrated on the introduction and initial growth of 400 Thunder, and having now firmly established it as Australian drag racing’s premier professional series we felt it was the appropriate time to appoint a General Manager to drive growth and revenue,” Wedlock said.


Prendergast served as General Manager of Perth Motorplex for 13 years, which ended a year ago. He has almost 40 years’ experience in successful venue management, event promotion, and sporting administration, beginning in 1979 with his appointment as Western Australian Divisional Director for the Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA).


The next round of the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series is the ACDelco East Coast Thunder, featuring all six professional classes – Top Fuel, Pro Alcohol, Pro Slammer, Pro Stock, Top Bike, and Pro Stock Bike. It will be held at Sydney Dragway on November 3-4.   

MWPMS racers could get very ‘kolorful’ next season

Kryptonite Kustomz, a full-service, custom vinyl wrap company based in Broken Arrow, OK, has signed on as a 2018 full-season sponsor with the Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS). Kryptonite Kustomz founder and owner Chris Davis confirmed, however, that the company will begin its sponsorship this Oct. 13-14, with the MWPMS event at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park, and then will attend and support all MWPMS races throughout next year.


Keith Haney, a Pro Mod racer and co-owner of the Tulsa track, has a Kryptonite Kustomz wrap on his 2014 Camaro, as do MWPMS competitors Eddie Rogers, Brandon Lewis and Craig Sullivan, among others.  

Cecil Co. Claims NHRA Northeast Division Championship

The team from Cecil County Dragway combined for a total of 65 points to run away with the trophy and the Team Championship for the 2017 NHRA Summit Racing Series Northeast Division Finals at Numidia Dragway on Sept. 17. Host track Numidia Dragway held on to finish second in the team standing with 45 points as Mason Dixon Dragway and Esta Safety Park tied for third at 44.


Individual winners were led by local racer and Numidia Dragway runner Mike MacKey in Street followed by Todd Marin, Butch Weinreich, Austin Youndt, and Kevin Kohr. MacKey, Paxinos, Pa., got out first in his Dodge Dart, then ran 12.195 seconds at 109.79 mph to defeat Bill Doczi, Clifton, N.J., and his '68 Camaro. Doczi closed the gap but ran too quick by four hundredths of a second with the break out.


Martin out of Highland Lakes, N.J., faced off with James Moshier, Williamstown, N.J., in the Super Pro final with Moshier taking the early lead. Martin charged back and ran dead on his dial at 7.640 for the win and the trophy. Martin had his car dialed in the late rounds running .004 and .003 seconds to his dial in his semifinal and quarterfinal rounds.


Weinreich, Rosedale, Md., and Youndt, Stevens, Pa., took the wins in Pro ET and Motorcycle respectively. Weinreich wheeled his '69 Dart to the win when Chris Gonier, Monroe, N.J., left early with the red light. Youndt and Jeff Tisdale were locked in a close one as both left the line together with Youndt holding on for the win in 9.845 seconds at 134.76 mph to the quicker 9.181, 136.14 of Tisdale, Glastonbury, Conn.


Martin, Weinreich, MacKey and Youndt will be joined by Berry Stevens in advancing to the NHRA Summit National Championship at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in November where they will face off with the winners of the other six NHRA Division Finals. Stevens took home the Motorcycle Race of Champions title with a win over Jeffrey Santin. The Northeast Division was selected in a special drawing earlier this year to bring their Race of Champions Motorcycle winner that will complete the Summit National Championship field. Stevens, Lafayette, N.J., went 9.741, 131.87 to win by about seven inches over the quicker Santin clocking in at 9.531.


Local racer Kevin Mohr, Myerstown, Pa., raced to the win in the High School class as he was a tick better at both ends of the track in defeating Anthony Capirose, Perkasie, Pa. Mohr went 12.339, 98.09 to Capirose's 13.078, 103.23.


In other Summit Racing Series Race of Champions action, Bob Murphy and John Crutchfield led the charge taking wins in Super Pro and Pro respectively. Murphy, Aston, Pa., was better at both ends of the track but not by much as Chris Camplone, West Chester, Pa., was right on his heels. Murphy came in at 7.660, 170,69 with Camplone crossing the line in 7.526 seconds, 177.37 mph.


Crutchfield of Maryland, was out first, forcing Michael Rosa, Southington, Conn., to chase him down and breakout giving Crutchfield the win at 9.644, 140.52 to Rosa's 9.694, 130.30.


Dave Raser, Oxford, Pa., had to run down Dave Harley III, Newfield, N.J., in the Street Race of Champions final and did so running 13.523 on the 13.52 dial in his '84 Wagon. Harvey had the better reaction time and drove his Monte Carlo to a 12.011, 103.66 finish.  

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