VOLUME XX, NUMBER 4 - APRIL, 2018
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Worsham to take a time out
While competing at the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston, two-time NHRA World ...
Tommy Gray returns to PDRA with ...
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Chris Moore tuned his Motec-controlled, DME-built, turbocharged Suzuki ...
Yet another new car for Coughlin
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Cottrell takes UNFC Series win at ...
The United Nitro Funny Car Championship Series, presented by Good Vibrations ...
Be careful what you wish for: ...
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ET DRAG RACING
While competing at the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston, two-time NHRA World Champion Del Worsham announced that his racing operation will be temporarily parked and on the sidelines after the Houston event, while he continues to pursue additional funding for his organization. At this point in time, Worsham has plans for a return to NHRA competition at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 27-29 at Sonoma Raceway in California. If funding can be secured in the interim, the team will be ready to compete immediately.
"In some ways it's one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made, but in other ways it's one of the easiest," Worsham said. "I don't think it's any secret that we're underfunded and kind of piecing this thing together. We had a little bit of a rough start, performance wise, in Pomona and Phoenix but we fixed the issues and we've been really consistent and real contenders at the last two races.
"What I need now is time. These cars are expensive to run, even when things go perfectly, and in addition to that they consume almost all of your time when you have a small organization like ours. I work on it, service it, drive the transporter, tune it, and I drive it. My dad and I have a very talented, loyal, and hard-working crew, but I need to put 100 percent of my focus into continuing some conversations we're having with a number of companies that already see what we have to offer. Hopefully, we can start a few additional conversations, as well. We will have the car ready to go, so if we can land a partnership we'll be able to race at a moment's notice. Otherwise, we'll aim for Sonoma." [04/23/18]
John Troxel's 1971 Dodge Challenger will be trying to make the Funny Car field. Troxel and his driver, Chris “the Flying Butcher” Schneider, are debuting a new custom torque converter that their buddy Larry Reyes had BTE Racing make to his specs.
Legendary Funny Car owner and tuner Roland Leong will be on hand as the guest of Red Line Shirts to meet fans and sign autographs. The FC's will be making two qualifying runs Friday evening, then the final qualifier Saturday afternoon with eliminations in the evening.
New DRO staffer Todd Silvey will be at Mo-Kan checking on all the action for us. [04/23/18]
Chris DePasquale won the Super Comp event last year.Mid Atlantic .90 Series
Jeg Coughlin Jr. has struggled in the first four races of the year, but after getting a loaner car from Larry Morgan (and returning to the classic JEGS yellow) Coughlin qualified second in Pro Stock and made it to the semifinals at Houston, where he lost to eventual winner, Matt Hartford. See the pro classes race report from Houston at here. [04/23/18]
Lester Adkins of Corydon, KY, collected $2,000 by winning the final round of JEGS Super Quick Series eliminations at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. Adkins defeated Jeremiah Hall of Collinsville, Illinois in the Day 1 final on Saturday, April 21.
Other final rounds were
Super Pro: Kegan Hagendorn (Hermann, MO) defeated Scott Cook (Festus, MO).
Pro: Nick Curl (Freistatt, MO) defeated Jon Tignor (Hillsboro, MO).
Sportsman: Gary Lewis (St. Ann, MO) defeated Andy Lewis (St. Louis).
Motorcycle: Charles Willis Jr. (Collinsville, IL) defeated Brandon Childress (Altamont, IL).
Jr. Dragster Thunder: Kennedy Hale (Pevely, MO) defeated Bobby Churchill (Elwood, IL).
Jr. Dragster Lightning: Jake Metternich (East Peoria, IL) defeated Paige Teel (Quincy, IL).
Jr. Dragster Run-off: Jake Metternich (East Peoria, IL) defeated Kennedy Hale (Pevely, MO).
On Sunday, time trials and the first round of eliminations in the Jr. Dragster and Sportsman classes were completed when the show was postponed due to rain. The JEGS Super Quick Series will be postponed to the Street Car Super Nationals in August. Two qualifying runs will be held, followed by eliminations. Sunday’s qualifying counts toward the postponed date. New entries will be allowed to complete the 32-car field.
The Carl’s 4WD Bracket Series scheduled for last Sunday will be completed following the bracket event on Saturday, April 28. The field is frozen for this event, with no new entries allowed. [04/23/18]
Mid America Dragway, located in Arkansas City, KS, has joined Division 5, the West Central Division.
Mid America Dragway reopens with co-owners Jim Maybrier, his son Chris, along with their respective families, taking over ownership of the facility which includes the surrounding land.
“Mid America Dragway is an all concrete facility that has held drag racing events since the early 1960's,” said Chris Maybrier. “We are the first owners in the history of the dragstrip to also own the property it sits on. We are looking forward to working with NHRA. NHRA's rich history in the sport is second to none and thus far, the guidance and the assistance we have received from Division 5 has been instrumental to this process.” [04/23/18]
Second generation bracket racer Nick Womack of Lillington, NC, and South Carolina racers Stewart Newton of Bennettsville and Brian Hicks of Pageland were the big winners in the annual Tri-Fives championship completed Sunday, April 22, at Rockingham Dragway. Each took home a $5,000 share of the cash purse in an event in which coupes and sedans raced against dragsters in a winner-take-all format.
In contrast to last year’s race in which doorslammer cars won two of the three major titles, this time it was a clean sweep for the dragsters although Brent Hyatt of Sylvia, NC, in a 1972 Chevy Nova, and William Brewer of St. Pauls, NC, in a ’88 model Ford Thunderbird, managed to reach the finals.
In fact, Brewer may have made the best run of the entire weekend in the Sunday semifinals when he was .004 off perfection at the start and dead-on his 6.120 target.
Friday Super Pro: Stewart Newton, Bennettsville, SC, .013, 4.881 (4.830 dial), 142.09 mph def. Brent Hyatt, Sylvia, NC, foul [04/23/18]
Saturday Super Pro: Brian Hicks, Pageland, SC, .009, 4.678 (4.680 dial), 145.69 def. Ashley Smith, Winterville, NC, broke out [04/23/18]
Sunday Super Pro: Nick Womack, Lillington, NC, .002, 4.599 (4.590 dial), 145.85 def. William Brewer, St. Pauls, NC, broke out
Saturday Jr. Dragster: Ethan Locklear, Pembroke, NC, .075, 8.361 (8.320 dial), 76.49 def. Hayden Dial, Lumberton, NC, foul
Sunday Jr. Dragster: Hayden Dial, Lumberton, .009, 7.948 (7.900 dial) def. Budd Trammell, Aynor, SC, broke out
In addition to the daily event winners, Tommy Hilburn of Hope Mills, NC, and Taz Holliday of Selam, NC, also shared in the bounty as Gamblers Race winners on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Hilburn topped Brandon Lane of Goldsboro, NC, to get his money and Holliday beat Chad Duke of Loris, SC, for his. [04/23/18]
Wilwood has completed the construction of an EPA and California compliant anodizing facility, bringing full production and quality control over all aspects of the caliper manufacturing process in-house to its headquarters in Camarillo, CA.
Type III Mil-Spec hard anodizing replaces Type II black anodizing as the standard finish on all base and powder coat finish caliper models. This process produces a thicker, harder surface with a rich, medium-gray appearance. More importantly, it creates a more durable wear surface in the piston bores, with increased resistance to abrasion and corrosion over the entire external surface of the caliper. [04/23/18]
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