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SPORTSMAN VETERAN BOBURKA HAS SEEN DRAG RACING EVOLVE

 

The more drag racing changes, the more it stays the same for Jim Boburka.

Take for instance, the NHRA U.S. Nationals. While it is still the toughest trophy to earn on the 24-race tour, the approach has changed drastically. 

Try as he might, Boburka cannot seem to get the point across to today's drag racing youth just how tough racing the NHRA U.S. Nationals used to be. Indeed, the struggle was real.

SHIELDS, GILL WIN IN NEW ENGLAND DIV. 1 NHRA LODRS

 

Duane Shields and Matt Gill raced to victory at this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at New England Dragway and the final stop in the NHRA Northeast Division Lucas Oil Series.
 
Shields, Boulder City, Nev., collected his fourth win of the year having won earlier at Gainesville Raceway, Lebanon Valley Dragway and Maple Grove Raceway. Shields qualified number one in Top Alcohol Dragster and took out Dan Page in the semifinals to advance to the final round against Josh Hart who was coming off a big win at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Shields saved his best run of eliminations for last as he crossed the finish line in 5.213 seconds at 278.92 mph to defeat Hart.
 

HIDALGO WINS STOCK, JUST MISSES DOUBLE AT NHRA DIV. 2 LODRS

 
Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. raced his way into the final round in not one by two classes this weekend for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at South Georgia Motorsports Park and took home the win in Stock Eliminator.
 
The second-generation driver, Hidalgo worked his way through the fields in both Stock and Super Stock and posted a solid .024 second package in Stock to take out Daniel Young, Palm Harbor, Fla., for the first half of the possible double-up. Young ran too quick as he tried to chase Hidalgo down.
 
In the Super Stock final, Hidalgo, Donaldsonville, La., faced off with Jeff Longhany, Wade, N.C., who got the jump off the start and took the win as Hidalgo was forced to run too quick and broke out. Longhany posted a 9.842 second lap at 133.91 mph.

RAIN FORCES RELOCATION OF NHRA DIV. 5 EARLVILLE EVENT

 

The NHRA West Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Event, previously scheduled for Tri-State Raceway September 5-7, has been postponed. Track officials have deemed the majority of the facility unusable for parking with more heavy rain predicted.

2018 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS - SPORTSMAN NOTEBOOK

MOTA DOUBLES, NEFF WINS IN COMP WINNERS AT NHRA DIV. 7 LODRS DOUBLE HEADER

 

Larry Mota, Orem, Utah, doubled up this weekend at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Double Header at Rocky Mountain Raceways winning both events in Sportsman Motorcycle and Clint Neff advanced to the final round in both events scoring the win in Sunday’s Comp Eliminator final.
 
Mota outran the field on Friday for the win then worked his way into the final again on Sunday to face off against Jason Clampitt, Lino Lakes, Minn. Clampitt was out first and looked to end Mota’s day but ran too quick and broke out to give Mota his second win of the weekend on his ’15 Kawasaki.
 
Neff, Arvada, Colo., was the runner up to Ralph Van Paepeghem on Friday then closed the deal on Sunday with a Comp Eliminator win over Don Bevers, Tucson, Ariz., Neff drove his ’32 roadster to a lap of 9.193 seconds, 101.97 mph after Bevers red lighted by just .001 seconds.

COUGHLIN AND DREW CROWNED CHAMPIONS AT BEECH BEND RACEWAY PARK

 
In the final results from Beech Bend Raceway Park and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Troy Coughlin Jr., Delaware, Ohio, and Ray Drew, Hales Corners, Wis., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
 
Coughlin Jr., worked his way through the field and ran 5.385 seconds at 269.13 mph in his final round victory over Robin Samsel, Marion, Ind., who clocked in at 9.665 seconds, 84.33 mph.
 
Drew faced off against Phil Esz, Amelia, Ohio, and posted a winning run of 5.748 seconds, 247.29 mph in his ’14 Mustang. Esz drove to a 10.133 second, 79.55 mph lap for his runner up finish.

MALONEY, SUMPTER WIN BIG AT MARYLAND IHRA SUMMIT SPORTSMAN SPECTACULAR

 

Their rides were vastly different, but both Cory Maloney and Layton Sumpter walked away with big victories over the weekend at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular event at Maryland International Raceway.

Driving No Box door car, Maloney of Pasadena, Md., won Saturday’s Moser Engineering Saturday $10,000-to-win top prize. On the other hand, Layton Sumpter of Silver Spring, Md., drove a Box dragster to the win in Sunday’s $5,000-to-win race.

HAMSTRA, STINNETT, PHARRIS, PAWUK HEADLINE NMCA ALL-AMERICAN NATS WINNERS

 

The second to last stop on the 2018 NMCA tour, the 17th Annual Honeywell Garrett NMCA All-American Nationals featuring the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series, could make or break it for some racers chasing the championship. With nerves on edge and tunes set to kill, the world’s fastest street cars descended on Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, over the weekend of August 24-26, 2018 for another epic drag racing event.

Additionally, the 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion presented by TascaParts.com was in full swing with a mind-boggling array of historic, vintage, and priceless Cobra Jet cars on display for fans to enjoy. Although there was a bit of rain on Saturday and overnight into Sunday, the soggy sod didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance as well over 500  racecars were on the property in addition to the killer car show.

DUDLEY TAKES MOSER SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT

 
In the final round of the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout at Beech Bend Raceway Park and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series it was Ed Dudley hoisting the trophy with a final round win over Chris Stephenson. 
 
Dudley, Plainfield, Ind., cruised down the quarter mile in a ceremonial victory lap after Stephenson, Tipton, Ind., left early with a foul start in his ’68 Stock entry. Dudley was on his game throughout eliminations in his Top Dragster recording victory runs of 4.195, 4.197 and 4.208 seconds in taking out Jim Prevo in round one, then Dinkel Kynon and former Moser Shootout Champion Jacob Elrod in his semifinal match up.
 

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