by Justin Hutto Thu, 2020-05-14 10:46
SFG Promotions, Inc. successfully kicked off its season last weekend at Darlington Dragway amid the downturn of the coronavirus pandemic. The season opening event was compacted into one day (Mother’s Day), featuring a $25,000-to-win main event and a $5,000-to-win Shootout for those ousted from main event competition by 4th round. 128 door cars and 128 dragsters were allowed into the race, and in the end, Dale Crouch came out victorious.
In the final round of the main event, Crouch lit up the scoreboards with a 4.684, running dead-on his 4.68 dial. His opponent, Shane Maddox broke out with a 4.436 on his 4.44 dial to take silver.
Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Norman Blake, Dave Wallace and Steve Collison Thu, 2020-05-07 20:03
There's nothing more prestigious than winning Top Fuel at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, and that's exactly what inspired a group of sportsman racers to use the first round of eliminations as a protest platform. No sportsman division had dared to stand up to the seemingly invincible sanctioning body, not to mention during their flagship national event. There's always a first time for everything, however, and in 1981 a group of disgruntled sportsman racers took the NHRA to task in front of their paying customers.
This makeshift group of sportsman racers had been rumor fodder in the pits for a few months prior to the event, yet when they confronted the sanctioning body the issue was always sidestepped. On Labor Day weekend in 1981 they took the unprecedented step of airing their concerns before one of the largest crowds of the year. After all, they had nothing to lose.