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ENCORE VIDEO - THE LATE MARK LYLE EXPLAINING FOUR-WIDE STAGING PROCESS

Former NHRA starter Mark Lyle was a man's man, the kind of race official who envisioned the big picture of drag racing accordingly. The drag racing community endured a huge loss when on Sunday, March 27, 2016, Lyle died in what has been described as giving his life to save another.

In going through our archives, we happened across this Les Mayhew video feature from the 2015 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC. After a long and trying day of qualifying, Lyle took the time out from his personal time to explain the intracacies of the complex staging process. This was the kind of person Lyle was. 

STORYTELLERS AT CPTV - DAVE MCCLELLAND TELLS THE STORY OF 'LOOK OUT STEVE'

In this latest episode of Storytellers at CompetitionPlus.tv, the Golden Voice of the NHRA Dave McClelland reveals if he hadn't picked up the microphone to earn a living he'd likely have been a professional drag racer. However, if you had asked the late Steve Evans about one particular day in Bakersfield, he would have likely said "Big Mac" wasn't ready for primetime.  

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 IHRA SPRING NATS

02 02 2012 cptv 1983 ihra springnatsTake a journey back in time when Funny Cars still looked like real cars, Pro Stockers did dry hops and sportsman racing was included in the professional television show. The Mizlou Sports Group published this television broadcast of the 1983 IHRA Spring Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. You'll see Gary Beck, Scott Kalitta, Raymond Beadle, Al Segrini, Lee Shepherd and Rickie Smith. Best of all, you'll get to witness drivers taking the famed Bristol dogleg.

CPTV FEATURE - A DRAG RACING FAMILY, A CLASSIC '56 GASSER AND THEIR DEDICATED DRIVER

The Southeast Gassers Association (SGA), drag racing's strictest period-correct Gasser series, has more than colorful and entertaining cars. The cars, in fact, almost pale in comparison to the driver's who pilot these crude replicas of drag racing history. In this video, you'll meet the One Gone Dog team, driver Ernie Smith, his talented back-up girl and the Claytons, Bootsie and Sonny. This classic shoebox made its way to the Carolinas via California, and was purchased by the Claytons. In a way, the Claytons are indirectly responsible for all of this wild style of racing in the Southeast Gassers Association because of their family building Spartanburg Dragway, the launching point of many drag racing careers including Quain Stott's.In this episode, fellow Gasser racer Tim Greer interviews the them all in what could be easily described as one of the most entertaining presentations.

CPTV FEATURE - BROTHERS, A GASSER AND UPHOLDING THEIR DAD'S LEGACY

The Southeast Gassers Association (SGA), drag racing's strictest period-correct Gasser series, has more than colorful and entertaining cars. The cars, in fact, almost pale in comparison to the driver's who pilot these crude replicas of drag racing history. In this video, you'll meet the Birch Brothers, second-generation Gasser racers. Joey and Jerry were first exposed to this style of racing with their dad Joe Birch, and wanted nothing more as children than to grow up to be like the father they idolized. In this video, fellow Gasser racer Tim Greer interviews the siblings who reveal what led them down this all too familiar path.

VIDEO FEATURE - DEL WORSHAM: BACK WHERE WE BEGAN

Admittedly, Del Worsham has been there, and done that in terms of major league nitro racing. He's barely had cheese to go on his hamburger and he's dined on fine sushi. The two-time NHRA champion left Kalitta Racing at the end of 2016 to pursue racing where it all began for him; on a budget and with his father Chuck Worsham. In this video, Worsham related to how experience in drag racing has helped him make a return home to his family team with backing from Lucas Oil.

CPTV FEATURE - TIM GREER AND HIS RAMBLING RAMBLER GASSER

The Southeast Gassers Association (SGA), drag racing's strictest period-correct Gasser series, has more than colorful and entertaining cars. The cars, in fact, almost pale in comparison to the driver's who pilot these crude replicas of drag racing history. In this video, you'll meet Tim Greer, who by his admission became addicted to this way of life, joined Quain Stott's cult-like following with what we classify one of the baddest old-school hot rods we've seen in a long time. You simply cannot pay for entertainment this good.

BAKERSFIELD MARCH MEET - RECAPPING THE TOP FUEL ELIMINATIONS

Mendy Fry solidified her place in Bakersfield March Meet history on Monday at the Good Vibrations Motorsports​ March Meet. Fry became the first female winner at the event since Lucille Lee defeated Shirley Muldowney in the first-ever all female Top Fuel final. Check out this fast-paced video of the thrilling event.

BAKERSFIELD MARCH MEET - RECAPPING THE FUNNY CAR ELIMINATIONS

Here's four minutes of fast-paced AA/Funny Car action from the 2017 Good Vibrations March Meet. Watch champion Ryan Hodgson drive his way through a stellar field to defeat defending world champion Kris Krabill in a fiery final round. Catch all the thrill and spills of final eliminations in this event recap.

ENCORE VIDEO - #WHEELSUP #STR8AXLE #4SPEED #NOSISSIES - A TALE OF PERIOD CORRECT GASSERS

Behold the Gasser. In the 1960s, the Gasser was to drag racing what today's Pro Modified or Drag Radial cars are. They were entertaining, fierce and unpredictable.

Quain Stott has given up a lot to maintain at least one small pocket of period correctness in drag racing's modern nostalgia crazy. If you want to see the closest to what they were in the 1965 - 1967 era, then you want to drop in for a South East Gassers event.

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