This was really a drag!

It’s Friday, so we often bring you some “softer” news items. And now, for a very DIFFERENT kind of "drag" race! At the San Bernardino (CA) Fest there were two teams, San Bernardino County fire fighters vs San Bernardino County Police, literally dragging a 169,000-lb. Boeing 757 jet for 90 seconds. The team that goes the farthest wins.

And to the victors went the bragging rights: the fire fighters! PEOPLE POWER!  

Burk Blasts Again

DRO Editor, Jeff Burk, has been doing some more wondering. (Hey, he’s getting old –it take him a bit longer these days.)

Knox hires Morris as driver for AA Funny Car

Jason Rupert’s “Black Plague” will be renamed by new owner Eddie Knox.


As we told you earlier, Top Fuel Hydro owner Eddie Knox has purchased Jason Rupert’s “Black Plague” AA/FC. He now has hired Billy Morris to drive (after making a few runs himself).


Brian Losness, DRO Nostalgia Editor, talks to Knox about how it happened and what he has planned at here.  

Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame to induct racers

Several drag racers are among the 2017 class of the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame.


The tenth class will be enshrined during a ceremony Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Speedzeum, inside the Owensboro Science and History Museum. A pre-induction social and tours of the museum begin at 11:30 a.m. with Induction Ceremonies to begin at 2:30 p.m. CST.


Noel Davis, a long-time drag racer, 1995 International Hot Rod Association Super Stock world champion and winner of five IHRA national events in Alabama, Indiana, Ohio and Bristol, Tennessee. Davis also previously promoted U.S. 60 Dragway in Hardinsburg. KY.


Dave Huber is a long-time drag racer, car builder, street rodder and event official. Huber drag raced in the 1970s, fielding dragsters to wins and record performances at major events across the U.S. He became active in the growing street rod hobby and headed the National Street Rod Association’s Kentucky safety team. He remained an inspector until retiring in 2013. He still shows his fully restored classic dragsters which have earned national attention. He is actively involved in the Hall of Fame.


Bob Kamp is a retired drag racer who turned his affinity for speed into one of the most successful high-performance parts businesses in motorsports. Kamp’s success behind the wheel of a series of sportsman class race cars translated into K-Motion Racing, which he formed in 1972. K-Motion makes engine valve springs, a vital component to make horsepower.


Spivey Williams is currently best known as a talk show host at Event Radio Live, covering racing and motorsports events across the state. It’s a familiar topic for Williams, who formerly ran Race World, a racing-themed entertainment business, and fielded a series of Funny Cars on the IHRA and NHRA circuits.


The other honorees are the Kimmel family of ARCA racing and Clarence Brewer of NASCAR racing.


This year’s ceremony will present its second Visionary Award to Bob Davis and P.O. Brown, who founded the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame to recognize the contributions of Kentuckians in all forms of motorsports. 

Klugger takes Pro 275 win at ‘No Mercy 8’

After capturing his first-ever championship in the NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars category, FISCUS/KLUGGER RACING (FKR) driver Josh Klugger earned the win in Pro 275 at the “No Mercy 8” race at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, GA, October 5-8.


Running for the first time on the smaller tires wasn’t cause for concern for Klugger, who shot straight to the top of the qualifying list with a4.083 at 191.02 mph on the eighth mile. Klugger also ran in Radial vs the World qualifying so as to put a few more passes on the car and wound up running an impressive 4.044 at 194.10 mph blast – the quickest pass in history in Pro 275 trim.


In the final, opponent Richard Reagan cut a quick 0.006-second light and had the advantage over Klugger’s 0.030 RT at first, but Klugger quickly reeled Reagan in and pushed past to a winning time of 4.244 at 194.21 mph.   

Drag racer Tony Morris joins Get’m Garage

International drag racer and carburetor specialist Tony Morris has joined the Get’m Garage as Carburetor Department Manager.


Originally from Birmingham, England, Morris saw his first drag race at Santa Pod Dragway at the age of 5 and got behind the wheel in his first drag race as soon as he was old enough to race. He won five championships in Germany before moving to the USA in 1990.


Founded by Mike Laws and Trevor Wiggins, Get’m Garage is located in Orlando, FL. 

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