by John DiBartolomeo Fri, 2017-04-14 17:02
Racepak Thursday at the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries. Just another day in the paradise they call The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Another huge payday in store for not only the winner but dozens upon dozens of others as well. All of it leading up to the main event on Friday, the Spring Fling Million.
The city of Las Vegas receives annually 292 days of sunshine while April is also the windiest month of the year, a fact that racers have gotten used to at The Strip. Thursday’s forecast called for more brilliant sunshine but sustained winds in the 30-40 mph range. Bracket racers don’t mind one bit and know how to deal with the “breezes.”
by John DiBartolomeo Thu, 2017-04-13 09:52
While The K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries began yesterday with a free Test & Tune session sponsored by Yukon Gear & Axle along with the Poulsen Trailer Shootout that was won by Pennsylvania’s Dan Northrop, today began the official start of the event with Maytag Silverstate Refrigeration Wednesday a $20,000-to-win race.
The event itself is primarily a Super Pro only event, however as a way to include the many bottom bulb Pro-class cars that have previously competed in that class at the first four years of the Vegas ‘Fling, the event includes an elite Pro 32 field which included 32 bottom bulb cars. Those racers run separate from the Super Pro cars until a winner is crowned. That winner is then seeded into the sixth round of the Super Pro race and as such at that point is allowed to install a delay box if he or she chooses.
With Chamber of Commerce weather, the day began sharply at 8:00am with one time trial for all competitors followed by eliminations. As can be expected, it takes quite bit of time to pare down the field to the ladder round of 16 or less.
by Jon DiBartolomeo Wed, 2017-04-12 10:02
With the call to the lanes over the PA system from co-promoter Peter Biondo and the roar of the engines, the first day of the K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries began.
For the fifth straight year at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the first day of the event began with a free Yukon Gear & Axle-sponsored free Test & Tune session, in addition to the Poulsen Trailer Shootout where an exclusive 32-car field will race with the winner walking away with a brand new 24-foot Poulsen trailer. Runner-up receives an entry into the 2018 version of the Spring Fling Million Dollar Race, and the two semifinalists each receive a three-day entry into the 2018 Spring Fling event.
On January 1 of this year, people began sending in an entry to be a part of the Poulsen Trailer Shootout. A week before the event, all the names were placed in a hat and 32 lucky names were drawn along with eight alternates. Each of the entrants were given two time runs on Tuesday afternoon followed immediately by eliminations.
Tue, 2017-04-11 11:13
If Samuel Peterson was to write a paper on “what I did during spring break” it likely would be rejected by his teacher as total fabrication.
After all, what 15-year-old conducts tire tests for a major racing tire manufacturer? Or wins drag races in three different events in two different states driving two different cars? Or wins 17 rounds of racing in a single day?
Nevertheless, that’s exactly what the third generation racer did during a “spring tour” that took him and his family to the Carolinas where, in a five-week period, he won twice at Rockingham Dragway and once at Darlington International Dragway.
Tue, 2017-04-11 11:13
In the final results at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division, Nitro on the Bayou at No Problem Raceway Megan Meyer, Olathe, Kan., and Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Meyer was the runner up at this event in 2016, and came out strong this weekend as the number one qualifier who worked her way through the field and earned her second divisional win, and second win of the year. She had the starting line advantage and ran the quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the final round win in 5.234 seconds at 279.67 mph. This victory was over Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., who had a runner up lap of 5.307 seconds at 271.35 mph.
Tue, 2017-04-11 11:12
Fans were in attendance as the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division hit the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend. Joey Severance and John Lombardo Jr. celebrated with their teams in the winner’s circle following their final round wins.
Severance, Woodburn, Ore., defeated Buddy Domingue and Garret Bateman in rounds 1 and 2 to meet Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., in the final round of Top Alcohol Dragster. Severance came off the line first with a great start, mounting a big lead leaving Demke little chance to chase him down. Severance registered a victory run of 5.290 seconds, 273.55 mph; moving one step closer to defending his Lucas Oil National Championship. Demke came in at 5.452 seconds, 269.67 mph.
by Nate Van Wagnen Mon, 2017-04-10 15:20
After a promising two-race campaign in 2016, Top Alcohol Dragster rookie Kirk Wolf has committed to running a full schedule of races in 2017. He will again get behind the wheel of the Booher Racing blown alcohol dragster for three national events and the full NHRA Lucas Oil Series North Central Region schedule, beginning with the North Central Region season opener in Indianapolis, April 28-30.
“I’m excited about running a full season this year,” said Wolf, who’s driven in Top Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Top Fuel. “We’re starting the year off with a lot of new parts and spares, so we’re definitely prepared and ready to go. Brandon (Booher) has been working hard on improving his program for this season, so I’m looking forward to seeing the results of that hard work when we hit the track in Indy.”
Mon, 2017-04-10 15:10
John Labbous raced to his second win in as many weeks and his third of the season this weekend at GALOT Motorsports Park and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, while Clayton Roberts took the win in the Southeast Division Stott’s Ford Top Sportsman class.
Labbous, White House, Tenn., drove his ’63 Corvette to the Super Gas win over division champion Steven Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., at 8.557 seconds, 146.53 and a .013 package to Furr’s 8.583, 140.78. Labbous opened the season with a win in Super Comp at Orlando Speed World Dragway and won last week in Super Gas at the Lucas Oil Series event at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
Mon, 2017-04-10 08:00
It’s been anticipated by many for one year and it’s finally here; The K&N Spring Fling Million presented by Optima Batteries.
The rigs will begin entering The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in expectation of what will be a very financially rewarding week. Beginning with a Free Test & Tune session sponsored by Yukon Gear & Axle on Tuesday, racers from all over the country will descend upon the track which last year saw Jeff Verdi win the main event, The Million, with his door car from Virginia.
Mon, 2017-04-03 13:24
David Rampy scored the elusive double-up at this weekend’s NHRA Southeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at South Georgia Motorsports Park taking home the trophy in both Comp Eliminator and Super Stock.
The veteran racer from Piedmont, Ala., worked his way through eliminations and lined up with Bobby Dennis, Shorter, Ala., in Super Stock for his first of two final rounds. Rampy took the early lead which proved to be the difference as he collected his fifth win in Super Stock on a hole shot running 10.152 seconds at 123.68 mph to Dennis’ 10.808, 124.45.
Rampy would then face off with Randy Daniels, Grantsboro, N.C., in Comp Eliminator with his familiar ’32 roadster. Rampy again left first and crossed the finish line in 7.379 at 152.93 to secure the Double-Up and his 35th divisional win in Comp.