by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-01-20 21:56
Del Worsham has faced easier tasks in his nearly 27-years of drag racing. Starting in December with a sponsorship search, with no leads in hand, was nothing short of an impossible mission.
Let the record reflect the 46-year old two-time NHRA champion has a knack for pulling off the impossible from time to time.
Worsham announced today his family-operated nitro team will race in six races this season with major sponsorship from Lucas Oil.
By Jon Asher Fri, 2017-01-20 16:43
Pat Minick was the antithesis of what we expect hero race car drivers to be, and this was certainly true during the heyday of Funny Car match racing five decades ago. He lacked the killer good looks of a Hollywood superstar and was, in fact, somewhat rotund. He didn’t have the personality of a late-night TV host, but could tell tales about his experiences and exploits in drag racing that would convulse his audiences with laughter. When telling those tales, he was absolutely that guy who made you spit milk out of your nose when you were a kid in that school lunchroom.
But Minick could drive, oh yes he could. And he was smart, in some ways far more so than many of his contemporaries. He and two Chicago buddies, John Farkonas and Austin Coil (all inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2014), teamed up on an altered wheelbase Mopar backed by Sedlak Plymouth that would eventually morph into the Chi-Town Hustler. It was a machine – really, more than one --that would bring the trio national acclaim while in some ways changing the face of match racing forever.
Written by Tracy Renck Wed, 2017-01-18 18:00
Jeff “The Surfer” Diehl knows the challenges he faces to compete in NHRA’s Mello Yello Drag Racing Series as a nitro Funny Car driver.
Diehl’s passion for the sport can’t be questioned. On a limited budget, the California native matches up with the sports powerhouse teams every chance he gets, and 2017 will be no different.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2017-01-17 23:52
NHRA Team Owner Don Schumacher confirmed today he has parked one of his four Top Fuel teams until he can secure proper sponsorship to race the entire 24-event NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Schumacher will not field the dragster driven by past Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon.
Langdon, who joined the team in late 2015 when Alan Johnson Racing ceased operations, was disappointed but understood Schumacher's decision.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2017-01-17 18:38
Erica Enders readily admits she couldn't have pressed the throttle of her Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker to the floor any harder in her first burnout of 2017.
Enders, a two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion, was in Nobile, Ok., participating in her first test session since what many would call a debacle of a season last year. After setting high standards with back-to-back titles, Enders and Elite Motorsports finished ninth in the championship point standings, losing in the first round 14 times in 2016.
The two championship seasons only netted a combined four first round losses.