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BME INTRODUCES DRAG RADIAL CONTINGENCY PROGRAM

 

OLD MODIFIED CORVETTE STILL BANGS THE GEARS

It was their car, and when the title is in your name – you can do most anything you want.

Let the record reflect, the car they chose to cut up and then rebuild into a race car was a 1966 Corvette Stingray hardtop convertible.

This unpardonable sin was committed in 1978.

NEW PRODUCT: HOLLEY EXPANDS MR. GASKET CHROME ALUMINUM WATER PUMP LINEUP

 

Holley Performance Products has expanded its Mr. Gasket Chrome Aluminum Water Pump line, which complements the other chrome accessories in any engine compartment for a true show-car look. Developed specifically for Big Block and Small Block Chevys for both short- and long-style applications, they're lightweight, with dual mounting-bolt patterns to accommodate both early and late model engines.

NEW PRODUCTS: STROKER CRANK AND ROD KIT FROM LUNATI

 

The Voodoo® 383 Stroker Crank and Rod Kit from Lunati® combines high-quality components with an affordable price. Each kit includes a 3.750"-stroke Lunati crankshaft, 6.000"-long “stroker” H-beam connecting rods, and premium main and rod bearings.

NEW PRODUCTS: NEW LIGHTWEIGHT STEERING COLUMN FROM IDIDIT

 

ididit, in collaboration with Detroit Speed, has developed a new, innovative light weight steering column called the Pro-Lite. Take the Pro-Lite on the track, off-road or to any other competition and know you’ll never sacrifice function for performance. Coming in under 6 pounds, the Pro-Lite is half the weight of a standard ididit column and is potentially an even greater weight savings compared to typical OE columns.

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.

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