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RACER COMMENTARY: THE PERILS OF LOCKING ‘EM UP

 

There’s been something on my mind for a long time now, and I guess it might be the time to discuss it. That being the often talked about and maybe sometimes swept under the carpet idea of finish line racing, brake light racing, where a racer might sometimes have to hit the brakes rather hard in order to not run under his or her dial-in.

We’ve all heard of the stories; cars smoking the tires at the finish line, cars getting out of control, and in some cases racers being disqualified for hitting the brakes too hard. After a number of accidents, it was one NHRA official who I spoke with who said, “We have to stop this from happening.”

SIX-RACE WWTR SUPERSTAR BRACKET SERIES PAYING $10K DEBUTS IN 2020

 

Officials at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, today announced the addition of the new Midwest SuperStar Bracket Series to its 2020 track schedule. The series, which will pay $10,000 to the winner of each day’s bracket event, will consist of six races over two weekends. The first event will be held April 17-19, 2020, in conjunction with the NHRA Division 3 JEGS Super Quick Series. A second event is scheduled for June 12-14, 2020.

“Our sales team, drag strip staff and our core racing community are working hard to secure additional sponsorships and bonus awards for the series so that participants are competing for a true championship,” said World Wide Technology Raceway Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “Our team will be aggressively working the floor at the PRI Show in Indianapolis in hopes of securing both cash and product awards for the top 10 points earners in the six-race series. We hope to have some exciting announcements prior to the start of the 2020 season.”

MEGAN MEYER'S TAD CHAMPIONSHIP WAS SPECIAL, HISTORIC

 

Megan Meyer made history during the 2019 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. She became the first female Top Alcohol Dragster pilot to win the championship.

Also, she is just the fourth female to win a championship in the history of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

“It’s pretty cool that my best friend Mia [Tedesco] is also a champion,” Meyer said. “She was the third female to win a championship in the Lucas Oil Series. But to be the first female to do this, it’s pretty special. The Top Alcohol Dragster class has been around for a while now. I would have figured that it would have happened sooner than that. It’s so cool to be able to say that it’s me now. When I was racing Jr. Dragster, there weren’t many females in the Alcohol class, but we did have drivers, like Kate and Diana Harker, who I really looked up to. I hope that I can encourage and motivate younger female drivers to get into Jr. Dragsters to never give up and to keep working towards it.”

IHRA INTRODUCES JUNIOR ELITE LICENSE FOR 2020

 

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has a new Junior ELITE license for the 2020 season.
 
The ELITE license will be exclusive to drivers ages 16-17 with elapsed time restrictions between 7.50 and 7.90 seconds and speeds up to 90 mph. ELITE license holders that dial between 7.50 and 7.89 must have vehicles meeting all the requirements for Master’s level licensing in addition to the following safety measure:

SCRA SERVED A PURPOSE FOR THEN DISPLACED CLASS RACERS IN 1988

 

Billy Meyer should have paid closer attention at the 1981 NHRA U.S. Nationals. Amid Top Fuel eliminations, that year in Indianapolis, one by one, disgruntled Modified Eliminator racers paraded down the return road. Their actions were in protest of the sanctioning body's decision to disband their eliminator, relocating their classifications into Comp and Super Stock eliminators. The move was not wholly, but primarily to make room for the new Super Gas division coming in for the 1982 season.

LIVE VIDEO: FALL FOOTBRAKE FRENZY, PIEDMONT DRAGWAY

Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from the Fall Footbrake Frenzy at Piedmont Dragway.

20 YEARS LATER, DAN FLETCHER'S WORLD TOUGHER THAN EVER

 

Dan Fletcher is thankful for many things these days, but this week he's grateful to have a job still doing what he loves - drag racing. Each season, the job keeps getting harder and harder. 

Thanks to Chip Lofton, the champion of drag racing's little guy, Fletcher is racing another season on the tour while most of those he's shared the limelight has either retired or quit. 

"Chip Lofton at Strutmasters has been kind enough to step up and back my Super Stock program, as the major sponsor," Fletcher said. "And an associate on all the other cars."

ARAGONA JOINS SPECIAL GROUP OF RACERS WITH LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Frank Aragona Jr. won his third Competition Eliminator Championship in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series during the 2019 season. He clinched the championship at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, in October.

“They say there’s nothing like the first, but the third one is the charm,” he said. “It felt just as good as the first and second one, if not better. We had an amazing season, and we were able to win Indy this year, which was a long-term goal of mine. I had never won it before this year. It was an amazing year all around.

ANDRA CANCELS ROWE MEMORIAL EVENT

 

The Australian National Drag Racing Association [ANDRA] and Adelaide Drag Race Promotions have decided to cancel the remainder of the Rowe Memorial event.
 
According to a statement released by ANDRA, “The event was to be held today and tonight (Saturday, 23 November) at Adelaide International Raceway, however, multiple electrical issues occurred throughout yesterday’s testing  sand re-occurred today which has left event organizers with no confidence that the issues can be fixed sufficiently to allow for the event to resume tonight before being run to completion tomorrow as had been hoped.

ENCORE VIDEO FEATURE - HIGH TIMES WITH DAVID RAMPY

Professional sportsman drag racer David Rampy discusses his journey upward in drag racing and those who influences his life along the way. He talks in detail about losing his mentor and the NHRA Pro Stock days, and being content with his place in today's drag racing world.

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