Factory Stock will get some Pro Stock drivers for expanded schedule

The Agent hears that retired Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson will be moving into the expanded Factory Stock class next season. There are seven NHRA national events that will run the Factory Stock Showdown.


Other pro drivers who have already driven in some of the FS events include Erica Enders (shown), Bo Butner and Leah Pritchett. Other drivers reportedly are planning on driving the COPO Camaro, Ford Cobra Jet and Dodge Challenger Drag Pak cars.


Butner, Enders and Johnson will have engines by Elite Motorsports.


The Agent is happy to see the class expand and hopes it stays with cars that the general public can more easily identify as “stock.” A real rivalry between the auto makers would bring a lot of excitement and fan interest to the class.  

XDA moves season opener back a week

The date for the first XDA event of next season at Maryland International Raceway has been moved to April 27-29 to avoid the conflict with the OSCR event in Kentucky that also contests the Pro Street bike class.


Miller Brothers Productions recently announced the formation of the Xtreme Dragbike Association operating on the U.S. East Coast.  

IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular starts season in Texas

The new IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular will make its debut at a brand-new facility in the Lone Star State.


The opening weekend of races will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the state-of-the-art Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas. The races feature a $10,000-to-win payout on Saturday and a $5,000-to-win on Sunday.


The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular was created to produce a fun double-race weekend with increased purses that are affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week.


The biggest value comes for anyone who pre-enters for the event online. All pre-entered racers will get a buy one / get one free offer to help kick off our 2018 season. When you pre-enter and buy an entry for Saturday's race, you will get a free entry for Sunday's race.


Online pre-entries are available online through Feb. 26, 2018. Click here for online registration.


In addition to having the opportunity to get two races for the price of one, the Summit Sportsman Spectacular events feature a set of unique bonus opportunities for all current IHRA Summit SuperSeries racers. There are cash bonuses for the Summit SuperSeries member that goes the furthest in eliminations or wins the event. There is also a contingency program that is available for all IHRA members who advance to the final two rounds each day.


Other announced sites and dates include: Darlington Dragway (May 25-27), Dragway 42 (Jun. 8-10) and Maryland International Raceway (Aug. 24-26). The rest of the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular schedule will be released at a later date. 

Donnie and Darr talk with Blake on Nitro Reports tonight

This month’s edition of the Nitro Reports is Tuesday, Dec. 5, with Donnie Couch and Darr Hawthorne, with in-studio guest Blake Bowser, Auto Club Famoso Raceway’s VP/General Manager.


They’ll be discussing and revealing new NHRA Heritage Series rules for the fuel classes and the new Classic Funny Car eliminator at the 2018 Good Vibrations March Meet.


They’ll talk front and rear engine nostalgia Top Fuel, Fuel Altereds as well as the return of Dragfest and Saturday Night Nitro to Famoso Raceway.


Tune into NitroReports.com at 6 p.m. Pacific Time and also streaming LIVE on the Nitro Reports Facebook page.  

Time for Mooneyes Xmas Party

An oldie but a goodie. Jeff DeGrandis did this poster for the 2012 Mooneyes Party.This Saturday, Dec. 9, is the date for the annual Mooneyes Xmas Party Show & Drag at California’s Irwindale Speedway.


The event includes race cars, hot rods, customs, choppers and more on display with drag racing, live bands, a pin-up girl contest and vendors showing their wares.


For more information or to enter the racing, go to www.mooneyes.com.  

50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion set for August

Carl Tasca at this year’s U.S. Nationals against David Barton. The Tasca family has had a Ford dealership for many years. 


If you’re a fan of the Cobra Jet, put the weekend of Aug. 23-26 on your calendar. The NMCA will host the 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion presented by TascaParts on Aug. 23-26 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. 

Lamb Motorsports finishes dream season

Justin Lamb receives two trophies. 


Justin Lamb began the 2017 season with hopes of winning a second NHRA Super Stock national championship in his trusty Silverstate Plumbing Cobalt. He also planned to make a mid-season debut in his new Redback Boots ’17 COPO Camaro in Stock. By the time all the points were counted at the end of the season, Lamb earned the NHRA Lucas Oil Series national championships and Division 7 titles in Super Stock and Stock. Teammate Kyle Seipel also scored a Top-10 finish in NHRA Top Dragster national standings.


In Super Stock, Lamb appeared in three national-event final rounds, winning his first Wally of the season at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona. He won all three of his final-round appearances on the divisional level, including a double-up at Woodburn. Lamb raced to two Stock runner-up finishes in national-event competition, finally scoring the new Camaro’s first big Wally at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas. His divisional scorecard in Stock was highlighted by the Super Stock/Stock double-up at Woodburn.


Lamb is now a two-time world champion in Super Stock and Stock. He previously won the Stock championship in 2013 and the Super Stock championship in 2015.


“It's hard to say what's next after this,” Lamb admitted. “I guess I don't picture ever having a year like this again – it's almost unbelievable – but that's the same thing we said in 2015 when I won the world, Kyle [teammate Seipel] finished Top 10 in Top Dragster, we both won a bunch of races – it was a great season. We all thought it would be hard to top, and here we are two years later and we absolutely topped it.”


In addition to his four championship honors, Lamb was selected as the Driver of the Year at the NHRA Division 7 Celebration of Champions at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Kyle Seipel (near lane) and Grant Durie.


Seipel, Lamb’s teammate and co-tuner, also enjoyed a rewarding 2017 season that saw him score a pair of runner-up finishes on both the national-event and Division 7 levels. Seipel and the Palmer Electric Top Dragster finished the season ranked seventh in national points and third in the Division 7 standings.


Seipel was recently named the new Drag Racing Manager at Sonoma Raceway. The position was previously held by Seipel’s mother, Georgia, who’s worked at the northern California facility since 1988. Seipel will juggle his new duties along with co-promoting a series of big-money bracket races – the Spring Fling Million in Las Vegas, the Spring Fling in Benson, NC, and the Fall Fling in Bristol, TN – and racing a redesigned schedule with Lamb Motorsports in 2018. 

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