BY Larry Crum Tue, 2017-05-23 12:17
Need an engine that can last 24 hours of side-by-side, day-into-night-into-day racing? Or maybe a powerful 1,500 horsepower build that can powerslide around turns, take massive jumps and maneuver the tightest spaces imaginable?
Known as the “unicorn wrangler” for his prowess in putting together some of the most unique power plants in motorsports, whether your race is less than 10 seconds or more than 24 hours, if it needs to go fast and be consistent, Sandy Wilkins is your man.
In drag racing circles, Wilkins is well-known for his successes in the world of Top Sportsman. He has produced wins, national records and a few national titles in his decades-long racing career. But some might be surprised to know just how deep Wilkins’ endeavors go.
by Tracy Renck Fri, 2017-05-19 10:18
Veteran racer Joe Hessling is returning to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, this weekend looking for more glory.
Hessling, who has reached the winner's circle in a variety of classes at Summit Motorsports Park in the past, will be piloting a dragster owned by Rob Moser in the Top Dragster Class at the 10th annual Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser.
"My dragster has done really well with the APD (Advanced Product Design) and ProCharger combination and when people have noticed that and have asked to buy the combination, which is a showcase of sorts for APD and ProCharger, we've sold it, and rebuilt and sometimes that leaves me without an engine for a while," Hessling said in a press release. "Luckily for me, Rob (Moser) had another commitment for this weekend and offered to let me see what I could do with his dragster, which I've tested one time, but I've never raced it."
By Jeff Birchfield Wed, 2017-05-17 13:30
For a long time, David Schmidt wasn't flying down the track. Instead, he had his head in the clouds.
The defending International Hot Rod Association Quick Rod champion didn't race for nearly two decades. Instead, the Flintstone, Ga., driver took up a new hobby of hang gliding.
All it took was one trip back to the drag strip and Schmidt was back behind the wheel.
"I raced from 1969-'73 and then I got out of it," Schmidt said recently at an IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship event in Darlington, S.C. "I flew hang gliders for 13 years, but about 1992, I decided I wanted to go watch drag racing again. I was just going to watch and I ended up buying a racecar."