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CP SPORTSMAN - TRUSTART SYSTEM TO BE USED AT NHRA DIV 1. SUMMIT ET FINALS

 

Two weeks after the NHRA Division 6 track operators voted unanimously in favor of using TruSTART at the Division 6 Summit ET Finals, more news about TruSTART surfaced. This time at the NHRA Division 1 meetings held last weekend in Hershey, PA, a vote was taken among Division 1 track operators where a large majority of them voted in favor of using TruSTART at the Northeast Division Summit Bracket Finals in 2017.

CP SPORTSMAN - SUPER MOD: THE ORIGINAL 10.5 RACING

Back in the 1970s, long before any of the Super class racing existed, sportsman drag racers sought an affordable style of racing where they could race heads-up, with no breakout and do so on a pounds-per-cubic inch basis similar to their class racing. Their wants eventually led to the creation of Super Modified, the original 10.5 tire form of racing.

Not so far removed from the 1974 U.S. Energy crisis, class racers, then the only option for national event sportsman racing, had begun to feel the sting of extreme operating costs. Many opted for the new craze of the time, bracket racing, while a good number remained true to their craft seeking creative ways to preserve the only kind of racing they knew.

As was the case with many of the good ideas of the era, the plan began on a scratch sheet of paper and through the support of a major magazine became reality.

Car Craft Magazine presented the Super Modified concept in their July 1974 issue.

AUSTRALIAN DRAG RACER CHRIS STEWART KILLED IN RACING ACCIDENT

The Australian drag racing community is mourning the loss of a well-liked and respected drag racer.

Supercharged Outlaws racer Chris Stewart, according to multiple reports, was killed while racing his Camaro at the ANDRA Summit Super Series event at South Coast Raceway.

CP SPORTSMAN - MILLION DOLLAR DRAG RACE FOUNDER GEORGE HOWARD PASSES

 

A drag racing promoter of legendary status is no longer with us.

George Howard, 66, died on Jan. 8, after experiencing a brief illness.

Howard was best known for his incredibly large purses for bracket racing events, namely a $40,000 top prize for an E.T. bracket race. He would later stage a Million Dollar Drag Race at Huntsville Dragway, one of the many drag strips he either owned or managed.

The success of his Million Dollar Drag Race later spawned the B&M Racer’s Appreciation Series.

CP SPORTSMAN - BYRON DRAGWAY ANNOUNCES 2017 BIG BUCKS BRACKET BASH SCHEDULE

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Byron Dragway today announced the 2017 Big Bucks Bracket Bash Series schedule.  With over $400,000 in total posted prize money, it is the world’s richest track operated bracket program.  The series features bracket racing in the Super Pro, Pro Eliminator, Street Eliminator, and Sportsman categories.

Super Pro pays a guaranteed $2,500 to win on Saturdays and $5,000 to win on Sundays with the exception for increased payouts during the 18th Annual Firecracker Bracket Nationals (June 30-July 2) and Fall Bracket Nationals (October 14-15) weekends.  Super Pro is a combination Box and No Box class.  The final round is a runoff between the last Box and No Box cars.

CP SPORTSMAN VIDEO - 1978 NHRA SPORTSNATIONALS

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Travel back in time to an era when sportsman racing meant all-out competition from start to finish. There were no electronics, no cat and mouse battles down the track, and you had to win class.

Thanks to YouTube.com, we are proud to bring you the Diamond P video production of the 1978 NHRA Sportsnationals from Beech bend International Raceway in Bowling Green, Ky.

This video feature Pro Comp eliminations when the AA/DA dragsters and BB/FCs battled it out under the same umbrella.  You’ll also see Comp eliminator and one Pro Stock legend racing his Mopar. The high-winding and gear-jamming Modified cars do battle as well.

You’ll also see more than a fair share of Stock and Super Stockers.

The video is a little rough in the first part but the sound is incredible. If you’re an old school sportsman drag racing fan, you’ll be in Heaven for at least an hour.

CP SPORTSMAN - '77 NHRA SPRINGNATS SPORTSMAN

Travel back in time when NHRA Sportsman racing scored time on the big stage of television with the Winston professional series broadcasts. The video is from the 1977 NHRA Springnationals in Columbus, Ohio with the primary focus on the sportsman divisions with mentions of the professional classes.

You will see eliminations in Pro Comp, Comp and Modified. There are highlights from Stock and Super Stock as well as the professional finals.

Dave McClelland is your host.

CP SPORTSMAN - BYRON DRAGWAY ANNOUNCES 2017 BIG BUCKS BRACKET BASH SCHEDULE

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Byron Dragway today announced the 2017 Big Bucks Bracket Bash Series schedule.  With over $400,000 in total posted prize money, it is the world’s richest track operated bracket program.  The series features bracket racing in the Super Pro, Pro Eliminator, Street Eliminator, and Sportsman categories.

Super Pro pays a guaranteed $2,500 to win on Saturdays and $5,000 to win on Sundays with the exception for increased payouts during the 18th Annual Firecracker Bracket Nationals (June 30-July 2) and Fall Bracket Nationals (October 14-15) weekends.  Super Pro is a combination Box and No Box class.  The final round is a runoff between the last Box and No Box cars.

CP SPORTSMAN - MILLION DOLLAR DRAG RACE FOUNDER GEORGE HOWARD PASSES

 

A drag racing promoter of legendary status is no longer with us.

George Howard, 66, died on Jan. 8, after experiencing a brief illness.

Howard was best known for his incredibly large purses for bracket racing events, namely a $40,000 top prize for an E.T. bracket race. He would later stage a Million Dollar Drag Race at Huntsville Dragway, one of the many drag strips he either owned or managed.

The success of his Million Dollar Drag Race later spawned the B&M Racer’s Appreciation Series.

CP SPORTSMAN - PDRA INTRODUCES ELITE 16; TS MAKEOVER

 

At the PRI Show in early December, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) announced that the highly popular Top Sportsman category will undergo a slight makeover for 2017. The class, which has brought as many as 88 entries to qualify for 16 spots, will now offer the chance for 32 or 48 cars to qualify for every event. All TS entries will qualify together, as normal. Once qualifying has been completed, the top 16 qualifiers will be drafted into a semi-pro class. This ‘Elite 16’ category, besides coming with greater prestige, will also pay more to win. The remainder of the field will run as a 16 car qualified field unless there are 42 or more total TS entries. If 42 or more total TS cars make a qualifying pass, Top Sportsman will run as a 32 car field in addition to the Elite 16. The top 16 qualifiers will be referred to as MagnaFuel Elite 16, while the bottom 16 or 32 will retain the class’ name of MagnaFuel Top Sportsman.  

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