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MIKE SALINAS, HIS DAUGHTERS HAVE BUSY 2020 RACE SEASON AHEAD

 

With the 2020 NHRA season fast approaching, Mike Salinas has plenty on his plate.

Salinas, the owner and driver of the Scrappers Racing Top Fuel dragster, is preparing for his own season in 2020 and getting his daughters ready to compete.

“Everything on my side is staying the same,” Salinas said. “Alan Johnson and Brian Husen and the same guys are back. We are trying to get everything ready. I think we’re going to be really strong this year. It took a year for the guys to get to know how I drive, what I do and how I act. We know we can win races, and we know we can do things if we do our jobs right. We’re excited for the season to begin.”

BECKMAN NOT IN FAVOR OF COUNTDOWN REVISIONS

 

Add Jack Beckman’s name to the list of drivers who aren’t in favor of the revisions of NHRA’s Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship for the 2020 season.

Beckman, the 2012 NHRA nitro Funny Car world champion, who finished second in the points a year ago a mere eight points behind champion Robert Hight, doesn’t agree with what NHRA has done to the Countdown to the Championship criteria.

As in previous years, the top 10 drivers in each of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals will earn positions in the Countdown to the Championship.

FAST NEWS NETWORK ACQUIRES DRAG RACE CENTRAL

 

Texas-based FastNews Network, Inc., has acquired Drag Race Central and its website, dragracecentral.com. Through the acquisition, Drag Race Central will continue to generate reliably fast and accurate race results from events across the nation. Content on the widely known and frequently visited website will also continue to include feature stories and captivating images provided by well-known motorsports journalists and legendary drag racing photographers.
 
"I'm excited about this new chapter for FastNews Network," said the company's president and one of its founders, Rick Green. "Over the years, we've seen dragracecentral.com grow in popularity, and we expect that trend to continue. This website has become a destination for anyone looking for detailed results, whether it's in the Sportsman or Pro ranks. There is no other website or social media outlet that offers this much detail so quickly and without charge."

ENCORE ARTICLE: WHEN GREG ANDERSON WAS THE APPRENTICE

2-25-08andersonhagen.jpgGreg Anderson doesn’t publicize the fact he was out of drag racing in the mid-1980s and didn’t plan on coming back. In fact, his return was brought about by the coaxing of Kurt Johnson. The invitation from Johnson enabled him to close a painful chapter in his life and begin a new story as a crewman turned crew chief turned Pro Stock icon.

Anderson befriended low budget Pro Stock racer John Hagen in 1979 and raced with him until the influential figure in his career lost his life during an unfortunate accident during the 1983 NHRA Northstar Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Anderson cherishes those memories and if asked, will tell, but the pain prevents him from offering the subject. Instead, he’ll tell you that he’ll try to remember. The facts are, he remembers them well, unfortunately with the fond memories comes the horrific scene he witnessed that August afternoon in 1983.

ENCORE: REMEMBERING INDY'S 32-CAR TF FIELDS

Back in the days of push starts and dry hops, Top Fuel drivers didn't battle for one of 16 qualifying spots at the U.S. Nationals – it was dr-1034.jpgone of 32 spots. And it was just as hard to get in as it is now.

Great drivers routinely missed the cut. Tom McEwen, James Warren, Larry Dixon Sr., Frank Bradley, Gary Ormsby, and even future Indy winners Steve Carbone, Connie Kalitta, Dick LaHaie, and Terry Capp all failed to qualify at least once. As late as 1973, there were 41 alternates in Top Fuel – not 41 drivers for 32 spots. Seventy-three drivers attempted to qualify, more than three times as many are trying to get modern Indy fields.
 
There were no qualifying sessions. NHRA ran a set number of cars in each class in a never-ending rotation, and drivers got as many qualifying attempts a day as they could get back in line to make.

KATO FASTENING SYSTEMS, LOCKONE PRODUCT TEAM WITH JUSTIN ASHLEY RACING

 

KATO Fastening Systems has joined Justin Ashley, driver of the Davis Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster, as a marketing partner for the 2020 season. KATO is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality fasteners for automotive, aerospace and defense applications. KATO is the original inventor and manufacturer of the bi-directional Tangless helical coil screw thread insert and tools. Most notably is KATO's new Lockone product, a locking device designed to prevent a standard nut from loosening free under vibration. KATO's California division, Thread Kits Company, specializes in a variety of thread repair products. 

THERE'S A NEW GENERATION OF CHAOS HEADED TO NHRA PRO STOCK

 

More than a decade after Kenny Koretsky made his final competitive runs down a dragstrip, his son, Kyle Koretsky, is now preparing to make his debut in the NHRA Pro Stock class. Kyle, 30, will be racing a Chevy Camaro prepared by the Mooresville, N.C. based Ken Black Racing team. He plans to debut at the 51st annual NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15 in Gainesville, Fla.
 
“I grew up watching my dad race and from the time I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was follow his lead and race in Pro Stock. I can't believe it's finally going to happen,” Kyle said. “I definitely have a little bit of nerves, but I’ve been around these cars my whole life, so I have a good idea what to expect. Pro Stock cars are not easy to drive, but I’m determined to learn. I’m going to be surrounded by a team that is full of champions like Greg Anderson, Jason Line and Bo Butner, so that’s a big plus. I can’t think of a better group to be a part of.”

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT KB RACING'S PLANS IN 2020

 

With all of the news floating around about KB Racing following Jason Line's surprise retirement after 2020, with the help of the team's publicist Kelly Wade, we can confirm the team's line-up/plans for the upcoming season.

Bo Butner will return as a third driver sponsored by Strutmasters.com and also campaign a Summit-sponsored Factory Stock Showdown entry.

KB Racing will supply horsepower for Deric Kramer and Matt Hartford. It is still undetermined if Wally Stroupe will return.

FORCE RACING TO BRING NEW SPONSORS AND FOUR DRIVERS TO NHRA FOR 2020

 

John Force Racing will feature four full-time hot rods in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series driven by their returning 2019 roster of drivers, Robert Hight, John Force, Brittany Force and Austin Prock.

President of John Force Racing and reigning three-time Funny Car world champion Robert Hight will continue to drive the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS with his tandem of crew chiefs Jimmy Prock and Chris Cunningham. The trio picked up their third world title in 2019 after earning eight No. 1 qualifiers and winning six races, a career high for Hight. Hight, who has raced for Auto Club of Southern California / AAA for his entire career, won his 50th (and 51st) career victory as well as his 500th round win in what was a historic 2019. The title year comes after winning four races in seven final rounds on their way to finishing second in 2018. 

REACTION FROM THE PITS REGARDING 2020 COUNTDOWN REVISIONS

The changes NHRA announced Jan. 22 and made to get into the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship provided similar thoughts of frustration from team owner Bob Vandergriff Jr., Pro Stock pilot Matt Hartford and Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ Matt Smith and one different viewpoint from nitro Funny car world champion Matt Hagan.

As NHRA stated, like in the past, the top 10 drivers in each of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals Sept. 7 will earn positions in the Countdown to the Championship.

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