Fri, 2018-01-19 10:58
Matt Czerny and his Mullins Dragster are currently leading the way in the Modified ranks of the 2017/2018 Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series, which will enjoy its seventh round this weekend at Portland’s South Coast Raceway (January 20/21).
At the South Coast 660 event, Czerny and his crew will be looking for their maiden Modified event win in what is their first season in the bracket, with their spot on the top of the points tally coming by virtue of the consistency they have enjoyed so far.
“It’s been a lifelong dream to complete a full season. This is our first season in Modified (he previously ran in Super Street) – we intended on racing all rounds and that’s what we will do,” said the 32 year old graphic designer from Beveridge (Victoria).
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Bobby Bennett, Dave Bishop Fri, 2018-01-05 20:01
The idea had merit, but in the long run, lacked longevity and support.
Former IHRA President Billy Meyer had the vision to simplify sportsman drag racing, and in one fell sweep kicked the popular Modified, Super Stock and Stock eliminators to the curb They were replaced by indexed bracket divisions ranging from 7.90 to 12.90 indexes.
Meyer wanted to simplify the explanation of grassroots racing to the casual race fan.
The plan was Factory Modified.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-12-15 16:35
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.
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2017-12-13 19:02
When next year’s NHRA season gets underway, the Competition Eliminator class will implement changes to its qualifying.
For the 2018 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series all competitors who have a Personal Index will qualify off that index. Competitors who do not have a PI will continue to qualify off the Class Index.
by J.T. Gonzalez Wed, 2017-12-06 12:45
Steve Mugerauer began selling valvetrain products from his home garage in Oshkosh, Wis., in 1970 at a discount price after buying them in large bulk. His clientele slowly increased until his business grew into a full-fledge enterprise and the mail-order automotive retail giant it is today, Competition Products.
Competition Products caters to the needs of domestic engine builders with an expansive parts and tools catalog, but what sets the company apart from other retailers is the knowledge of its sales staff, which includes engine and transmission specialists, some of whom have deals with racing teams.
by Lisa Collier; Photo by Gary Rowe Sun, 2017-12-03 17:46
When Outlaw 632 came on the PDRA scene, it was immediately well-received and quickly established a spot on the PDRA tour. The class will enter its third PDRA season in 2018, again competing in five of the eight events, and this time with a fresh name, Pro 632.
This season, Dillon Voss and the Voss Racing Engines Team dominated Outlaw 632, winning four of the five events and coming home with a decisive victory as the 2017 Outlaw 632 World Champion.
Thanks to his father, Kenny, who started Voss Racing Engines, Dillon and his twin brother Cory grew up in motorsports. They began learning the trade and racing at a young age, eventually going to work with their father in the engine shop.
Sat, 2017-12-02 08:12
The Australian National Drag Racing Association and Summit Racing Equipment are pleased to announce a multi-year renewal of their relationship.
This renewal sees the support Summit Racing Equipment has provided ANDRA’s Sportsman racers over the past three years as the naming rights sponsor of the national Sportsman Series continue.
Summit Racing Equipment Motorsport and Events Manager, Jim Greenleaf, said the performance powerhouse was always looking at ways to support Sportsman racing.
Thu, 2017-11-30 12:00
Vancouver-based 10.5 driver Steve Nicholson is as passionate about racing as they come. His willingness to travel long distances just to race and his competitive drive to be successful are evidenced in the way he runs his program. So it’s no surprise that before making the switch to Sonny’s Racing Engines, Nicholson did his research. He talked with other racers and professionals for over a year before deciding that Sonny’s was the way to go.
His first race out with his new Sonny's 959 EFI engine was the Las Vegas Street Car Super Nationals. “We tested it a little bit and then picked at it slowly,” Nicholson said of the engine. “It came around every round to our advantage. It was our first ever weekend where everything was flawless. We didn’t have anything go wrong. The motor stood up to everything and everything else worked great. It just went on repeat and that was nice. We made 12 hits on the car. It just kept getting faster and faster. Everything we asked it to do, it did. It was quite impressive.”
by Jon DiBartolomeo Wed, 2017-11-22 11:59
In 2016, when Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel introduced the Spring Fling Million in Vegas, they promised huge guaranteed payouts. In 2018, the Spring Fling partners will again not disappoint.
“For 2018, we are DOUBLING our Guaranteed Winner’s Purse on Million Dollar Friday and also increasing the Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday’s purses substantially,” Biondo announced. “It will now be, at minimum, a Guaranteed $200,000 to win on Friday and $30,000 to win on the three surrounding races with no minimum car count required.”
by JT Gonzalez Wed, 2017-11-22 11:28
The 2017 season will go down as one of the more memorable years of Jeffrey Barker's racing career. He won his second NHRA Top Sportsman championship by scoring national event wins in Gainesville and Norwalk and recording four NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series victories. He also made his J&A Services Pro Mod debut in St. Louis, and his wife Lindsay, a Top Dragster competitor and national event winner, gave birth to their first child.
CompetitionPlus Sportsman's J.T. Gonzalez caught up with Barker to talk about winning a championship during a season in which he didn't plan to chase points, how the tough races went his way this year, and his future racing plans, including a possible switch of classes.