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VAN PUCKETT - BORN INTO THE LIFE

 

For Division 2 Competition Eliminator racer Van Puckett, drag racing was something he was born into. Similar to many second-generation racers, Puckett grew up and spent most of his weekends at the racetrack with his family.

“Our racing has always been a family deal,” Puckett said. “My mom and sister would come along and of course, I’d work on the car. I can remember being 13-years-old and pulling motors out of my dad’s Modified Corvette."
Although Puckett had drag racing in his blood even before he was born, he didn’t take the typical route to Competition Eliminator like most competitors do. While many racers compete in Stock or Super Stock before making the jump to Competition Eliminator, Puckett stepped right into Comp in the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier he still races today.
 

FOR THIS FAMILY, COMP IS A FAMILY TRADITION

 

Division 3 Competition Eliminator racer James Primozic Jr. has a lot of racing experience to tap into in his family. The third-generation racer had a later start to his drag racing career but has his father Jim alongside him in Competition Eliminator and grandfather Randolph in Top Sportsman to be his confidants when in the midst of intense competition.
 
“My grandpa was the first one to start drag racing,” Primozic said. “He started this all off and still races Top Sportsman. Growing up, my dad raced in Modified in the IHRA and it’s something I’ve always been around. We love the small motor and high PRM stuff. We love racing together as a family.”

STEVENS, LOMBARDO, AND RODGERS WIN IN TULSA NHRA DIV. 4 LODRS EVENT

James Stevens and John Lombardo Jr. took home wins from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park alongside Mallori Rodgers who powered her ’08 dragster to the winner’s circle in Top Dragster.
 
In Top Alcohol Dragster, it was a great side by side race with No. 1 qualifier Stevens, Gothenburg, Neb., taking out the No. 2 qualifier Megan Meyer Olathe, Kan., on a holeshot. Stevens left the starting line first then ran 5.358 seconds, 269.03 mph, holding off Meyer’s 5.349 seconds, 264.75 mph just long enough.
 
Reigning NHRA Central Region Champion Lombardo of Brea, Calif., eliminated Scott McVey, Ile Des Chenes, Manit. The Canadian driver let off the throttle early, 6.478 seconds, 165.80 mph, as Lombardo blew past him at 5.548 seconds, 267.11 mph; continuing his championship defense.

DRIVERS ADD TO WIN TOTALS IN NHRA DIV. 6 LODRS AT PACIFIC RACEWAYS

 

Jeff Lane and Jody Lang led the list of winners that added wins to their career totals at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Les Schwab Tires at Pacific Raceways.
 
Lane, North Bend, Wash., scored this 53rd win and Lang, Puyallup, Wash., notched his 45th as the two took home NHRA Wally trophies in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock respectively.  Lane and Ryan Warter had identical reaction times with Lane running the quicker 8.013 second lap to Warter’s 8.767 in his ’10 Cobalt.  Tom Gaynor was out first on Lang but gave it back with a break out as Lang took the win in his ’81 Malibu at 10.948, 116.03 mph.

STRICKLAND, FOLK DOUBLE IN SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NATIONALS LUCAS OIL COMPETITION

Jeff Strickland and Nick Folk both doubled up, winning in two different classes, and Jackie Fricke and Andy Bohl won in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car respectively at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio
 
Strickland raced to the second double up in his career winning in both Top Dragster presented by Racing RV’s and Stock Eliminator while Folk became the 23rd racer to double in NHRA history and just the fifth driver in history to notch national event wins in six different classes.

BATES, ENRIQUEZ LEAD WINNERS IN SACRAMENTO

 

In the final results from Sacramento Raceway and the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Night of Fire, Kin Bates , Anderson, Calif., and Don Enriquez , Mission Viejo, Calif., took home the wins in A/Fuel and Jr. Fuel respectively.
 
Bates face off with third generation driver and No. 1 qualifier Drew Austin of Tacoma, Wash., in the final where he was out first and ran quicker at 6.056 seconds, 229.35 mph to Austin’s 6.106, 228.77.  Enriquez meet up with Alan Hull in the Jr. Fuel final with Enriquez taking home the hardware in 7.144 at 184.47.

NITRO UNIVERSITY EXPANDS PROGRAM WITH SAMSEL RACING

 

Anthony Dicero, the driving force behind the Nitro University, an A/Fuel Dragster curriculum, will team with Tony and Robin Samsel's team starting this weekend in Norwalk, Ohio. 

The Samsel Family A/Fuel dragster will operate their team under the Nitro University brand with former Nostalgia Funny Car standout driver Kris Krabill. Dicero will co-crew chief along with Tony Samsel. 

HIDALGO JR. AND FURR LEAD LUCAS OIL WINNER’S CIRCLE AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was in town for the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., and Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., led the list of winners celebrating with their teams.
 
Super Gas standouts, Furr and Jacob Elrod, Harrod, Ohio, took the starting line for battle in the final round. Furr took a great light at the tree (.008 seconds) and went on to win his sixth national event Wally trophy. The North Carolina racer recorded a victory pass of 9.914 seconds, 149.75 mph. Elrod followed with 9.896 seconds, 156.34 mph.

FUN IN THE SUN BRACKET RACE RETURNS FOR 2017

The 2017 Gearhead Racing Series Fun in the Sun Bracket race, A Tribute to Scott Weney will return to Bradenton Motorsports on November 10 - 12, 2017. 

Lucas Oil will serve as presenting sponsor along with associate presenters Strange Engineering and Drag Racing Edge Magazine. 

SEVERANCE, LOMBARDO WIN NHRA DIV. 5 LODRS AT BANDIMERE

 

Joey Severance and John Lombardo Jr. took home wins from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Thunder on the Mountain presented by CARSTAR at Bandimere Speedway alongside Tim Nicholson who powered his 4-speed ’67 Camaro to the winner’s circle in Super Gas.
 
In Top Alcohol Dragster, it was a great side by side race with No. 1 qualifier Severance taking out the No. 2 qualifier Shawn Cowie on a holeshot.  Cowie, Surrey, B.C., ran the quicker 5.395 second pass but Severance, Woodburn, Ore., left first and posted a solid 5.418 second lap at 266.48 mph for the win.

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