Mopars at the Strip runs through Sunday

In Thursday’s Test-N-Tune sessions Jim Daniels, driving his ‘68 Hemi Dart sponsored by Ray Barton Racing Engines, led the pack with a pair of solid 8.543/156.97 and 8.546/156.53 passes ahead of fourteen other vintage Cudas and Darts.  (Tim Marshall photo)

This weekend’s Mopars at the Strip at Las Vegas is shaping up to be another great event for Chrysler fanatics.  Up today is the first round of qualifying of strong field of SS/AH competitors for the prestigious HEMI Shootout.  

Among those in the LVMS pits are Stephen Hebert Cuda from West Lake, LA; Texan Gary Moore; Chuck Rayburn from Castro Valley, CA; Southern Californian Rick Houser in Gary Hansen’s 4-speed Cuda; Mike Booker from Davenport, WA, in his '68 Barracuda; Houma Lousiana’s veteran Joe Teuton and Tim Hebert; Jon Percy’s Barracuda; Gary Wolkwitz in his “Earthquake” Cuda and the West Coast Hemi cars of Michael Ogburn and Rachel Erin Ogburn… quite a gathering!

At noon Friday there’ll be the first round of a best of three nitro funny car match race between Smokey Alleman’s Challenger and Mike McCain’s “Nitro Angel” for bragging rights.

There’s something for every MOPAR enthusiast with a late model Hemi classes, Nostalgia Super Stockers, street machines and the growing Pony Car Wars for late model Camaros, Challengers and Mustangs.  There will also be a huge party and car show at the Cannery Hotel and Casino on Saturday night.

The event runs through Sunday at the Strip at Las Vegas. For event schedule and tickets go to: www.matslv.com. [4/13/2012]

Montecalvo rips the Pro Stock ET record at Rockingham

Mountain-motor Pro Stock veteran John Montecalvo recently had a three-day test session with his ADRL Extreme Pro Stock car at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway. His best ET during the session was a   4.036,/179.44, backed up with a 4.051, 178.45.

The ADRL ET records is held by Gary Goforth at 4.037 and Rickie Jones holds the speed mark at 179.59 which he set at the Rockingham ADRL event  in 2010. Montecalvo's 179.44 is his first in the 179 range and the second fastest in MM/PS history and it was all done at the Rock!  A tip of the Agent’s pit helmet to John Montecalvo and the crew at Rockingham Dragway. (Gary Rowe photo) [4/13/2012]

DRO AA/FC portion of  Kennedale race cancelled

The Mickey Thompson Tires DragRacingOnline.com AA/FC Challenge season opener scheduled for April 27-28 at Kennedale, Texas, has been canceled by the track promoter Cindi McMillan and series coordinator Jeff Burk due to a lack of race car teams that would attend the race.

Several teams had health issues and many had conflicting commitments. The first event on the DRO schedule will now be May 25-26 during the Rockabilly rod Reunion at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“This isn’t something I wanted to do,” said Burk, “but we want to make sure to have a good showing for the series. We were just coming up short at Kennedale. Hopefully, everyone will be healthy and the cars will be ready to run at Las Vegas.” [4/13/2012]