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BALDWIN JOINS BVR DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR CHARLOTTE

 

Jordan Vandergriff and Krista Baldwin will compete as teammates under the Bob Vandergriff Driver Development program for the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals. Anthony Dicero, team owner, will continue the crew chief duties on both cars with the assistance of Top Fuel crew chief, Ron Douglas of Bob Vandergriff Racing. The two drivers will continue their branding of the Southern California manufacturers, the Hedman Performance Group and McLeod Racing. This weekend McLeod Racing will be hosting a Dealer of the Race sale with JEGS Performance.

Jordan Vandergriff, nephew of Top Fuel driver and team owner, Bob Vandergriff Jr., will make his second national event appearance of his rookie year. Coming off a successful debut in Gainesville with a round one win, Vandergriff looks to succeed in Charlotte. 

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - ... SURVEY SAYS, BRING ON THE DRY-HOPS

When NHRA Pro Stock driver Shane gray brought up the rpms and did a dry hop at the 2017 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals prior to staging his qualifying run, the fans in the stands at Brainerd International Raceway gave a standing ovation.

In the latest ARP Question of the Week poll, a 54-percent majority of the 5,000-plus votes cast said their favorite procedure of the past was the dry-hop. Seating the clutch in the pits, also referred to as whacking the throttle was second at 46-percent.

 

PDRA TO STAGE BURNOUT CONTESTS

Racing is certainly about competition, but no one denies the fact that it’s also built on entertainment. The PDRA believes strongly in the entertainment value it offers. This year the organization debuted a unique competition within each race for Pro Stock and Top Sportsman. During the last round of qualifying run on Friday night, Pro Stock and Top Sportsman show off their long, smokey burnouts through a burnout competition.

Race Hard Apparel is sponsoring the Pro Stock Burnout Competition. Classic Graphix has stepped up to sponsor the Top Sportsman Burnout Competition. The winner of each class receives $300 and a trophy. At the season opener at GALOT Motorsports Park Jeff Dobbins won the Pro Stock Burnout Competition.

NEW FANS TO CAPTURE GWO NITRO THUNDER ACTION

 

The Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event will be celebrated through the lenses of some new fans this May, with Team Bray Racing and Rapisarda Autosport International set to host the Canon Collective on day two of the event.

The Canon Collective is a group of passionate photography ambassadors dedicated to helping other photographers through a range of activities, including workshops. Such is the success of the Canon’s social media community, it was recently for the second time nominated in the prestigious ‘The Webby Awards’ – the leading international award honouring excellence on the internet – alongside famous names such as Spotify, Oprah, Netflix, RuPaul, Shonda Rimes, Selena Gomez and more. 

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE CHAMPION LE TONGLET RETURNS TO WHITE ALLIGATOR RACING

LE Tonglet, the 2010 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, will return to White Alligator Racing beginning with this weekend's NKG Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
 
Tonglet, of Metairie, La., will race the KPK/Nitrofish Suzuki as a teammate to WAR team owner and rider Jerry Savoie in all of the remaining NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. The championship duo combined for eight wins in 2017, with Tonglet winning six races and finishing third in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings.

TEN YEARS OF ZMAX DRAGWAY ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO CELEBRATE

 

Charlotte Motor Speedway’s illustrious history includes an unrivaled collection of famous “firsts,” with one of the most prominent being zMAX Dragway’s status as the first four-lane drag strip on the NHRA schedule. Since its revolutionary first race in 2008, “the Bellagio of drag strips” has celebrated a decade of unforgettable, nitro-fueled racing action. With the April 27-29 NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals rapidly approaching, here’s a timeline of memorable moments at zMAX Dragway.

UNFAVORABLE WEATHER DELAYS TRACK RECONSTRUCTION AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK

While Miller Brothers Construction and Smith Paving and Excavating have been working countless hours to complete a $1.6 million track reconstruction project at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, unfavorable weather has hampered the progress.

As a result, the 37th Annual Spring Warm-Up on April 28-29, which was to be the season-opener at the park, and the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Wednesday Fun Night on May 2 have been canceled.

BRITTANY EMOTIONAL IN HOUSTON TOP FUEL WIN

Brittany Force could hardly hold back the emotions as she exited her dragster Sunday afternoon.

In one day, the defending NHRA Top Fuel champion managed to erase what has been a season of heartbreak, frustration, and disappointment with four consecutive round wins at the NHRA Springnationals at Royal Purple Raceway, located outside of Houston, Texas.

TODD STAYS HOT, WINS FUNNY CAR TITLE IN HOUSTON

Before Sunday, J.R.Todd had never beaten reigning world champion Robert Hight in NHRA nitro Funny Car eliminations in four attempts.

That’s not the case anymore.

 

HARTFORD CELEBRATES FIRST CAREER NHRA PRO STOCK WIN

The long, long wait is over for Matt Hartford.

Hartford debuted in NHRA’s Pro Stock class in 2006 and finally in his 80th race in the class he captured his first career Wally Sunday at the Spring Nationals near Houston.

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