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NHRA Pacific National Open at Fontana, California

The weather was excellent and there was a great turnout for the NHRA Pacific National Open at Auto Club Fontana. There were 76 cars ... more


NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville

Chris Demke, Valencia, CA, and Sean Bellemeur, Placentia, CA, took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car ... more


NHRA LODRS at Phoenix

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division Opener was finished on March 4 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Shawn Cowie, ... more


SCEDA season opener at Fontana, California

Wayne Taylor and Keoki Desa opened the 2018 Southern California Drag Racing Assoc. season with double victories on Feb. 24 and 25 at ... more



NHRA Testing at Phoenix, Arizona

Several teams spent a few days getting ready for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season by testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near ... more


Southland Drags Reunion in Houma, Louisiana

On Saturday, Dec. 2, a bunch of veteran drivers and fans got together for some cackling at the Southland Dragways Reunion held in ... more


Bloodhound Land Speed Record Car

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the land speed record car (LSR) created by the British known as Bloodhound, was let loose off its leash for the first ... more


CHRR Photo Contest

Roy Robinson, Lions Drag Strip's track photographer in the mid-1960s, has won the 2017 Leslie Lovett Memorial Photo Contest for a parachute shot of ... more



Notes scribbled on my cocktail coaster from the Slippery Noodle blues bar in Indy


I think that the rule changes to NHRA’s Pro Stock class for 2018 asked for by the Pro Stock team owners and approved by the NHRA signals the end of the NHRA Pro ... more


The Split: Words to race by…or so it seems

This is a subject that is going to go both ways with readers, those who actually race or who race small events and the “wannabe” racers who just have cars or parts in the ... more



There is no question about The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway being the premier drag strip in the Western USA! And now in 2018, the track will offer four-lane racing, ... more



End of the Season

For the past nine years I have had the pleasure to write this column, and it might be the final one for the year, it might even be the final one ever, I just wanted to thank those ... more


‘Sweet 16’ a Personal Pursuit for ‘The Duck’

I was speaking with Donald “Duck” Long recently about his latest venture, the unique Sweet 16 event scheduled for March 22-24 at South Georgia Motorsports ...  more


The Building Trade is Busy

Coming into the start of the 2018 motorcycle drag racing season, with April only one month away, I’m happy to report the building trade is very busy. Not the ... more




Cruising the Race & Performance Expo for Car Chix

Spring is in the air, and while racing is under way in the south and on the left coast, here in the Midwest, we are still a month away. How DOES one beat those winter blues and get ...  more


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Ladders set for Moser Sportsman Shootout at Dallas

The NHRA South Central Division Moser Sportsman Shootout is set to take place on Saturday, April 14, with a stacked field. The specialty event is ...  more 


NHRA’s new magneto rule for Nostalgia Funny Cars needs some tweaking

Well, another March Meet is in the books, and like so many books I have...I would rather just dust them off from time to time versus revisiting ...  more 

at the finish line

Bob Bartel

Robert J. “Bob” Bartel died on February 18, 2018, at the age of 96. He will forever be known by some as the man who built Quad City Drag Strip in ...  more 


Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson has flown the Mopar colors since 1996 as an independent and with factory support. He has spent his entire life around the sport of ...  more 


NMRA NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta

What was originally expected to be a disappointingly wet weekend wound up being unexpectedly epic. The 10th Annual NMRA/NMCA  ... more


SHRA at San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Raceway hosted the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association and Southwest Heritage Racing Association version of Nitro Jam featuring the ... more


OFAA at San Antonio, Texas

The 2018 season marks 22 years of Outlaw Fuel Altered racing in the southwest and San Antonio Raceway hosted the season opener as ... more


NHRA Pro Mods at Gainesville, Florida

Rickie Smith drove to victory Sunday, March 18, during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A ... more


NHRA Gatornationals pros at Gainesville, Florida

Richie Crampton grabbed the eighth Wally of his career, while Eddie Krawiec started his title defense with a win and Jack Beckman and ... more


NMCA season opener at Bradenton, Florida

The racing was extraordinary at the 16th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem, March 8-11, at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida. ... more


The 60th Annual March Meet at Bakersfield, California

The 60th running of the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet could have been labled a test of faith. Mother Nature dominated the action on ... more


Mid-West Pro Mod Series at Dallas

Against the backdrop of a giant American flag unfurled from the top of the control tower at the Texas Motorplex, the Frankenstein Engine ... more




Mike Cavalieri: Should the nostalgia Funny Car magneto be re-thought?

Tocher Talks Again!

Cover Photo: At the Gatornationals Hector Arana Jr. was the first NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor to run over 200 mph.  (Ron Lewis photo)


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