by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2017-03-28 12:27
Will Hatcher's A/Dragster Automatic is at the top of the food chain as far as Comp Eliminator classifications are concerned. Even Hatcher, a diehard Division 5 NHRA drag racer, will admit the food supply has been dwindling over the last five years in Competition Eliminator.
Hatcher, along with a strong support system with the members of the Sportsman Racing Advisory Council are determined to save the harvest with an aggressive push to rebuild the ranks of the longtime sportsman racing division where drivers compete on a handicap system and no breakout.
by Tracy Renck Sun, 2017-03-26 19:03
Top Alcohol Dragster driver Ashley Sanford confirmed to Competition Plus she will license in the Lagana family’s Top Fuel dragster April 3 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“This is crazy,” said Sanford, 23. “This is something I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember. Since I was a little girl going to the race track with my family, I always aspired and looked up to the Top Fuel drivers, so this is surreal. It hasn’t even hit me yet that I’m going to be doing it, and I’m so excited. I’m just so grateful for this opportunity to get my Top Fuel license and having that piece of paper saying I can do it.”
This coming week – March 31-April 2 – the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals take place at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tripp Tatum will be driving the Lagana Family Top Fuel dragster in Vegas.
by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2017-03-25 07:30
In the 1970s, there was no mistaking this sound. The high-winding, heaving flywheel grinding, gear-jamming symphony made up the orchestra of Modified eliminator. Called blue-collar class racing, Modified thrived in NHRA competition until it was disbanded and divided between Competition and Super Stock. This informative CompetitionPlus.tv video, tells the Modified story through the eyes of Mike Edwards, Vinny Barone, David Nickens, Gene Fulton and Jerry Coley.
by Todd Veney Fri, 2017-03-24 08:58
At the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Annie and Steven Whiteley became the first mother and son in NHRA history to double up at a national event, Annie scoring for the fourth time in her Top Alcohol Funny Car career and Steven for the first time ever in Pro Mod.
Team leader Jim Whiteley termed the landmark double-up for his wife and son nothing less than the highlight of his illustrious career. "This means more than any race I ever won," said Jim, who won 24 national events, 24 divisionals races, and two NHRA championships in Top Alcohol Dragster. "If none of us ever wins again, this weekend makes my whole drag racing career worthwhile."
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-03-23 23:41
Reaching the final round only to lose isn't what almost drove Super Gas racer David Tatum to tears. Reaching the final round after falling victim to a despicable crime did.
Tatum, a past NHRA Super Gas world champion, is as gritty, and tough as they come but even the most seasoned, battle-torn veteran couldn't help but get a bit misty-eyed if they had to walk a mile in his shoes.
Tatum lost a close final round to his longtime friend Sherman Adcock in the NHRA Gatornationals, a little over three years to the date when his complete racing operation was stolen outside of his shop in Palmetto, Ga.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards Sun, 2017-03-19 13:58
by Jay Gonzalez Thu, 2017-03-16 09:21
Despite riding a wave of success that has made her a force to be reckoned with during the last year, Jenny Treadwell remains humble and appreciative of simply being able to make a competitive pass down a dragstrip.
"It's pretty amazing. It's what I've always wanted to do," said Treadwell. "I grew up attending races with Dad and wanting to be a racer."
Treadwell, however, didn't attend races as a fan. Instead, she did it as a crewmember for her father, Glen Treadwell, who has had a successful racing career.