VOLUME XIX,  NUMBER 8 - AUGUST   2017

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Rupert ruled ‘legal’ by NHRA

After the controversy over a device in Jason Rupert’s fuel system broke out at last weekend’s rain-shortened Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway in ...  more

RACE  REPORTS

26th Annual LakeFest Drag Boat races at Lake Marble Falls, Texas

After two days of qualifying it was time for the final eliminations at the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, 26th Annual LakeFest. Sunday, Aug. 13, was the day to ... more

[08/16/17]

Nitro Harleys at Seattle

NHRA’s Nitro Harley’s made their final appearance of 2017 on the NHRA national-event trail at Seattle International Raceway and, as at their ... more

[08/13/17]

NHRA Pros at Seattle

Antron Brown piloted his dragster to the Top Fuel victory Sunday, Aug. 6, at the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Robert Hight (Funny Car) and ... more

[08/11/17]

Victory NSS at Cedar Falls, Iowa

The third race of the Victory NSS Points Series took place at the Cedar Falls Motorsports Park Night of Fire event on July 15-16. The Victory racers were greeted with beautiful weather ... more

[08/03/17]

NHRA pros at Sonoma, CA

It was a good day for the young guns in drag racing as (from left) Tanner Gray, J.R. Todd, Steve Torrence, and LE Tonglet raise their trophies.  (Mike Burghardt photo) ... more

[07/31/17]

Dragstalgia at England’s Santa Pod Raceway

The annual gathering of geezers at Santa Pod appeared to be bigger than in previous years judging from the queues to get through the gates and the full car parks and camping fields, which, in ... more

[06/28/17]

NHDRO at Louisville, Kentucky

NHDRO, America’s fastest growing motorcycle drag racing series, made its only eighth-mile appearance of 2017 on the wall-to-wall concrete of Ohio Valley Dragway, just outside of ... more

[07/25/17]

DRO AA/FC Challenge at Cedar Falls, Iowa

The DRO AA/FC Challenge presented by Hemi Parts King at Iowa’s Cedar Fall Motorsports Park was the second of seven races that make up the 2017 series.  At the ... more

[07/24/17]

FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro, Finland

Third stop on the FIA European Championship tour, the FHRA Nitro Na-tionals was a curious affair in 2017, with a slew of classes seeing track record numbers suggesting that once the dust and ...  more

[07/20/17]

PDRA at Indianapolis

Bubba Stanton qualified No. 1 with a 3.546 at 214.21 mph in the new screw-blown ’69 Camaro he recently acquired with the help of Young Racing. With a bye in the first round, he got past Tommy D’Aprile but the car got loose in the third round, moving ... more

[07/19/17]

C O L U M N S

Notes scribbled on my coaster from Marko’s fish sandwich shop in Granite City, IL

NHRA erases/ignores your choice and its own history

I still depend on the written word as much as my computer for research. Recently I was doing an article for an upcoming issue of Drag Racer magazine about how NHRA Funny Cars have usurped the Top Fuelers as ... more

[08/11/17]

A ‘Strange Challenge’ can be fun

We, as in Editor Jeff Burk and myself, are adding a “STRANGE Challenge” to our DRO AA/FC Challenge series at the Cedar Falls Motorsports Park’s Night of Fire event on July 14-15.  more

[07/13/17]

ORANGE COUNTY REVISITED

About all that is left of the physical track at Orange County International Raceway is this center line sign from the track’s last few years. It was captured and kept at the NHRA Museum on the ... more

 

[08/12/17]

46th Annual Nightfire Nationals Prelude

Good evening from a very hot (yet a dry heat) back patio of my humble home in Idaho to bring to you this month’s edition of Getting Nostalgic. As we know, well, I should say for all seven of you who read my column, August means the Nightfire Nationals in Idaho. Moreover, it is home game for yours truly.  more

[08/11/17]

On Clay Millican Tears of a Clown

OK, I will openly admit that I had tears running down my face while watching an NHRA TV broadcast. It isn’t what you think. It wasn’t because something tragic happened during the broadcast. It was something that triggered deep ...  more

[08/11/17]

Pridemore Racing Tops in Top Fuel

Winning two races in barely two weeks, the Jason Pridemore Top Fuel Harley team out of Ohio is on fire going into the month of July during the summer of 2017. This family affair Top Fuel team known as Gunslinger Racing came out guns ablaze, entered two races this season and has won them both. more

 

 

[07/13/17]

Night of the Living Gumballs

The great Dave Densmore (journalist and PR person) once told a story, I believe it was called "I'm in jail, I'm loaded and I'm screwed." Nobody can tell a story like Dave, and nobody should even TRY, but I ... more

[08/11/17]

F E A T U R E S

2017 Meltdown Drags at Byron, Illinois

Even though this is called the Meltdown Drags, it could also be called the Straight Axle Nationals. The name “Meltdown” comes from the nuclear cooling towers ... more

[08/11/17]

Fire Cracker Nationals at Albuquerque, NM

The FIRECRACKER NATIONALS at Albuquerque Dragway in New Mexico featured the WFA (Western Fuel Altereds) along with ‘Outlaw Door Slammers’; AA/FC Funny Cars; Big $$$ Brackets; and ... more

[07/13/17]

Detroit Dragway Reunion at Milan, Michigan

The 8th Annual Detroit Dragway Reunion was held on Saturday, June 10, at Milan Dragway and it was one for the history books. The Nitro Funny Cars, the cacklefest, record-setting Nostalgia Funny Car passes, Run What Ya Brung cars, huge bracket count -- they ... more

[06/19/17]

Nitro night plus Jr. Dragsters at Barona, CA

Tucked away in the hills of Barona, Calif., is the beautiful Barona eight-mile Drag Strip. Its located on the Barona Indian Reservation. Once again Del Worsham showed what a special racer he is by attempting to run a nitro show on a very untested race facility. It may not have ... more

[06/15/17]

E T  D R A G R A C I N G

Sportsman Racing at Sonoma, CA

Don Keen launches in Super Stock. He made it through four rounds before red-lighting against Justin Lamb.  In the final results from Sonoma Raceway and ... more

[08/02/17]

NHRA LODRS at Woodburn, Oregon

Defending Lucas Oil World Champion Joey Severance and Jimmy DeFrank took home Wally trophies from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip. more

[07/18/17]

NHRA Sportsmen at Norwalk, Ohio

Jeff Strickland and Nick Folk both doubled up, winning in two different classes, and Jackie Fricke and Andy Bohl won in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car respectively at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals June 25 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. more

[06/28/17]

IHRA Summit Super Series at San Antonio, Texas

Saturday evening, June 24, it was back to Summit Super Series Bracket Racing on the eighth mile at San Antonio Raceway. This was the sixth round of points racing on the drag strip located just east of San Antonio.

 

Coming to the midway portion of the Summit Series season, points races are already beginning to... more

[06/26/17]

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Even though this is called the Meltdown Drags, it could also be called the Straight Axle Nationals. The name “Meltdown” comes from the nuclear cooling towers ... more

The FIRECRACKER NATIONALS at Albuquerque Dragway in New Mexico featured the WFA (Western Fuel Altereds) along with ‘Outlaw Door Slammers’; AA/FC Funny Cars; Big $$$ Brackets; and ... more

Tucked away in the hills of Barona, Calif., is the beautiful Barona eight-mile Drag Strip. Its located on the Barona Indian Reservation. Once again Del Worsham showed what a special racer he is by attempting to run a nitro show on a very untested race facility. It may not have ... more

Defending Lucas Oil World Champion Joey Severance and Jimmy DeFrank took home Wally trophies from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division Les Schwab Tires Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip. more

Jeff Strickland and Nick Folk both doubled up, winning in two different classes, and Jackie Fricke and Andy Bohl won in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car respectively at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals June 25 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. more

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