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LIVE VIDEO: MOSER TRIPLE CROWN 25'S, DARLINGTON, SC

Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from the Moser Triple Crown 25's from Darlington Dragway. 

LAMB CHANGING COURSE IN 2018

Justin Lamb has good news for Stock and Super Stock competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Sportsman series.

The winner of four NHRA world championships in the past five years, including two last year, does not plan on competing for another one this year.

But his desire to dominate in competition isn’t waning, and he’ll race this weekend in the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

WILL SMITH TO DRIVE HIRATA MOTORSPORTS TAD

 

Marketing specialist and longtime driver Will Smith has teamed up with Hirata Motorsports to compete in the Top Alcohol Dragster category this season. Smith will compete in the NHRA North Central Division, also making national event appearances at the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indy, among others.

This season marks Smith’s 20th year behind the wheel of a race car as he began his journey in the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League before going on to graduate from Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School.  He's since done a little bit of everything from bracket racing to Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Smith remained close to his passion, honing business and mechanical skills in working with highly respected companies and teams. For the last two years, he has served as Marketing Director for the Professional Drag Racers Association, a role he plans to continue as he furthers his driving career.

ELLISON READY TO DEFEND NHRA TD TITLE

 

Lynn Ellison has come a long way from rural Kentucky – figuratively. 

He still lives in Central City, a small town with a population of about 6,000 where his father, Raymond, still cuts hair at his barbershop. It was at the barbershop, where he grew up shining shoes for clients, that Ellison decided he wanted to go racing.

“I would read the racing magazines at the shop and see all the cool cars and venues they were racing at and thought, ‘I want to do that,’ ” said Ellison. “My dad had an old bracket car that I began racing and began to do well with.”

AARON STANFIELD’S RACING CAREER FORGES AHEAD

 

Aaron Stanfield loves to race.

Stanfield most recently was competing in the Gatornationals in the School of Automotive Machinists and Technology NHRA Factory Stock Showdown during the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals March 15-18 in Gainesville, Fla.

Stanfield was making his debut in the class and advanced to the final round before losing to his teammate Steven Bell.

“It was a lot of fun and it definitely rubbed on me,” said Stanfield, 23. “It was just awesome.”

BOURGEOIS AND GUALTIERE TAKE HOME WINS FROM ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY

 

In the final results from Royal Purple Raceway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Craig Bourgeois, Metairie, La., and Craig Gualtiere, Amarillo, Texas, took home the wins in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock respectively.
 
Bourgeois, worked his way through the field in his ’05 Nostalgia Dragster and ran 7.422 seconds at 130.57 mph in his final round victory over Raymond Martin, Mt. Belvieu, Texas, who red-lighted at the starting line.
 
Gualtiere faced off against Pete Perry, Bowie, Texas, and posted a winning run of 9.625 seconds, 135.55 mph in his ’67 Chevy II. Perry left early and fouled at the starting line.

ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY HOSTS THE NHRA SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION TEXAS SPORTSMAN CHALLENGE

 

Royal Purple Raceway will host the second NHRA South Central Division race of the 2018 season on March 23-25 with the NHRA Texas Sportsman Challenge. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street. The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series will run in conjunction with the event along with the Division’s SDPC Raceshop Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes.

CP SPORTSMAN - DEMKE, BELLEMEUR TAKE HOME WINS AT GATORNATS

 

In the final results from Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Nationals and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Chris Demke, Valencia, Calif., and Sean Bellemeur, Placentia, Calif., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
 
Demke, worked his way through the field and ran 5.305 seconds at 273.33 mph in his final round victory over Josh Hart, Ocala, Fla., who clocked in at 5.313 seconds at 270.70 mph.
 
Bellemeur faced off against Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., and posted a winning run of 5.460 seconds at 268.28 mph in his Chevy Camaro. Whiteley drove to a 5.483 second, 270.43 mph lap for her runner-up finish.

BELL WINS BIG IN FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN SEASON-OPENER

Stephen Bell and the Bossier City, Louisiana crew served up a piping hot dish of southern race dominance at the Gators this afternoon. Bell, who wrecked his COPO Camaro at St. Louis late last year, was not even a major newsmaker going into the event, yet he and teammate Aaron Stanfield met for the money. Moreover, it was in a pair of cars that Bell owns, and the Stanfields built motors for. That they pushed not one but two cars into the final round of this deal is no small thing, as a bunch of other guys had every intention of leaving here not just with prize money but with the SAM Tech notoriety. Aaron, Greg and Mike Stanfield, longtime Sportsman competitors, are no strangers to the winner’s circle themselves, so for Bell, it was this team effort that made his victory possible.

“To be honest, I’m the driver,” he adds. “This is all Stanfield; they built it, they tuned it. Vic Custer (East Texas Race Cars) put this car back together for me, and it is fantastic. 

“This is the first time out for the car since we wrecked it last year, so we were pretty conservative getting it back into shape and dialing it in,” Bell said, “Once we started qualifying and feeling comfortable with it, we just began creeping up on the combination, and we frankly got lucky as it came right along with us. It was perfect.” In the end, an 8.108 put the car into the 6th spot in the field.

HART, WHITELEY PACE SPORTSMAN DIVISIONS AT NHRA GATORS

 

Four NHRA sportsman divisions completed their qualifying during the first day of the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. 

Division 3 NHRA Super Stock standout Irvin Johns raced his way to the top of qualifying with his GT/GA Chevrolet Cavalier by laying down a 9.212, elapsed time, -1.188 under the index. Bubba Turner slipped into second with his Factory GT/B , Mustang, -1.181 under his index.  Drew Skillman was third with a -1.099 performance. 

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