Pritchett joins the Army

U.S. Army Racing has bolstered its 11-time championship-winning Top Fuel driver lineup of Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown with the addition of fellow Don Schumacher Racing driver Leah Pritchett and her team for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, it was announced Tuesday in preparation for this weekend’s annual NHRA Nitro Preseason Test Days at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.


“Leah has been a great DSR teammate and now she is going to strengthen our Army Racing lineup overall,” said Schumacher, who finished eighth in the final standings this season. “She and that team proved their speed right out of the box and she showed up at the track each weekend as one of the cars to beat. Off the track, she brings great marketing capabilities as one of the more colorful spokespeople in this sport. It’s a win-win for everybody involved.”  

Bondurant offers drag racing school for SRT Demon

Dodge//SRT and the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving have announced a new performance-packed one-day drag racing class, featuring the 840-horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – the most powerful muscle car ever.


The new “Dodge//SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School” complements Bondurant’s already successful “Official High Performance Driving School of Dodge//SRT” class provided to all customers who buy an SRT model vehicle and includes both classroom instruction and on-track performance driving. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon owners have the opportunity to participate in either one of these full-day classes at no additional charge.


In addition to the Challenger SRT Demon, the new drag racing course will also feature other Dodge high-performance vehicles, including the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Hellcat Widebody, and the 485-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT 392.


Pre-registration for the “Dodge//SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School” began January 12, with the first class starting March 9. Demon and SRT owners register for the class through the Dodge//SRT concierge line, 800-998-1110, as their vehicle identification numbers will be verified. All others register at Bondurant.com/dragracing.


The “Dodge//SRT Bondurant Drag Racing School” will be held at Bondurant’s world-class facility and the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. The new program is a part of Bondurant’s Golden 50th Anniversary in 2018 and is a collaboration with Dodge, Goodyear, Shell and Pennzoil.  

Funny Cars added to Eddyville’s World Fuel Altered Nationals

Scott Gaulter’s “Nitro Madness” altered.


The 13th annual World Fuel Altered Nationals (WFAN) at Eddyville Raceway Park (Iowa) is moving to an outlaw format beginning in 2018 by welcoming Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars to the mix.


The event scheduled for Au. 17-18 will see some changes to the class structure. The event will include three 8 car fields with a total purse of more than $30,000 plus bonuses. A $500 bonus is being posted for any altered or funny car running at least 85% nitro to qualify in the quickest field (A) or a $250 bonus should they qualify in one of the other fields. Another $250 bonus is being posted for each “A” field qualifier who made competitive runs in each of the two qualifying sessions.


For more specific information on the class structure and event details, contact Gerald Kramer at manager@eddyvilleraceway.com. For sponsorship opportunities contact Scott Gaulter at sgaulter@specialitygraphics.com

Virginia event replaces E-town on NHRA schedule

The NHRA has added the Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, VA, to the championship tour on June 8-10. This event brings the number of 2018 national events back to 24. Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP) was one of several tracks vying to host an NHRA event after an opening created by the cancellation of the event in Englishtown, NJ.


The last NHRA national event VMP hosted was in 2009. Track owner Tommy Franklin and family recently purchased the track and jumped at the opportunity to reclaim an NHRA national event. The Franklins along with VMP general manager Allen Carpenter and his team will be busy preparing the track and facility including a complete refurbishment of the track surface.


This event will make a very busy month of June for the VMP staff as the XDA will be at the track June 22-24 followed by the PDRA on June 28-30.  

JFR makes crew chief changes

John Force Racing will be heading into the 2018 season with a solid crew chief line-up consisting of familiar faces and significant changes in the Top Fuel and Funny Car ranks.


The world championship Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster driven by Brittany Force will once again be headed by Brian Husen with Ronnie Thompson coming on as assistant crew chief. Veteran tuner Alan Johnson will return as Top Fuel consultant on the team that reached six final rounds with four event wins and set the national speed record in 2017.


Robert Hight’s 2017 world championship tandem of Jimmy Prock as crew chief and Chris Cunningham as assistant will continue to tune the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car. The pair won four races and reached seven final rounds in addition to setting both the speed and elapsed time national records.


John Force Racing has added Brian Corradi to join Dan Hood as co-crew chief of Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car for the 2018 season. Corradi has three NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel world championships but is eager to get back to his Funny Car roots and rejoin former teammate Hood.


John Force’s PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car will be managed by co-crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Jason McCulloch.  

Wagler opens private testing facility in Indiana

Wagler Competition Products a company specializing in diesel performance, has taken its research and development program to the next level by opening Wagler Motorsports Park (WMP) in Lyons, Indiana, about one and a half hours south of Indianapolis.


Jeremy Wagler, owner of Wagler Competition Products, jumped at the opportunity to convert Lyons Raceway Park into a private motorsports testing facility. Built in 1996, the current facility is in excellent shape and was the NHRA North Central Division track of the year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Wagler plans to expand upon the existing eighth-mile drag strip by adding a sled-pulling track and a professional dyno-tuning facility, Critical Calibration, Inc.


Due to the unique location, CCi is set to become a premier tuning company where initial dyno results can be tested in a real-world, off-road environment on the drag strip or pulling track. CCi will also become the headquarters of Critical Mass Motorsports (CMM), the Wagler/EZ LYNK partnership that campaigns the wild, screw-blown, diesel-powered Pro Mod 1937 Chevy known as the “Screwed Coupe.”


WMP will partner with the Vincennes University College of Technology by offering educational opportunities to the next generation of motorsport professionals.


These events are on the 2018 schedule and will be open to the public:


May 18-20: Team 260 Neglection No Prep

June 8-9: Wagler Diesel Competition

June 14-17: No Box Nationals

July 28: Southeast Gassers Association


The facility is available to rent by contacting track@waglercompetition.com.   

Wix expands partnership with Team Kalitta

WIX Filters will receive major associate branding on J.R. Todd’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Shawn Langdon’s Global Electronic Technology Toyota Camry Funny Car. WIX Filters will also continue to serve as the Official Filters of Team Kalitta and have associate branding on the Top Fuel dragsters driven by Richie Crampton and Doug Kalitta.


In addition, WIX Filters will grow their hospitality presence with Kalitta Motorsports in 2018 with five major activations across NHRA’s extensive reach throughout the country.


“We knew we found a great fit with Kalitta, but we didn’t realize how great this partnership would turn out,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX. “From races ending in the Winner’s Circle to support behind the scenes, last year proved to be extremely successful. We couldn’t be more excited to continue our partnership with the entire Kalitta team.”  

Special classes to be featured at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout

The 24th annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout presented by Steeda Autosports will be held March 1-4 at Bradenton, FL.


Special race classes highlight the action-packed weekend. The Terminator/GT500 Shootout features some of the fastest SVT-produced Ford Mustangs on the planet going heads-up. Hellion Power Systems presents the Turbo Coyote Shootout category with 7- and 8-second turbocharged late-model Mustangs.


A growing group of street-legal Mustangs live on the fringe of reality and NMRA gives them a home in Outlaw True Street. Once again, ididit pays big money to bring the quickest Ford street racers on the planet to participate in the ultimate Spring Break battle royale. UPR Products is hosting a class appropriately called King of the Hill where the quickest Terminator/GT500 racers square off against the Turbo Coyote Shootout’s biggest players for bragging rights and bonus money. Presented by Watson Racing, Ford Performance provides the return of the "Snake Pit,” a special class exclusively designed to showcase the Cobra Jets.


For gear bangers, TREMEC will be hosting the famous Stick Shift Shootout for True Street racers to determine who has the fastest manually shifted street Mustang in the U.S. Finally, the fastest 16 cars from Saturday’s QA1 True Street field (usually 120+ cars) will race heads-up on Sunday in the renowned Spring Break Shootout class, presented by JLT Performance.  

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