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HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA!

6-30-084thofjuly244 years ago representatives of the original thirteen colonies laid the foundation for a country that would come to be known as the land of the free and the home of the brave.
 
This is more than just a day to illuminate the sky with fireworks. It’s a day of reflection and honor.
 
On this Fourth of July, the family of CompetitionPlus.com encourages you to pause in remembrance of those brave souls who stood up for our freedom by declaring our independence from England on this fateful day in 1776.

NOW SHOWING AT CPTV: FUNNY CAR SUMMER

07_02_2011_cptv_funnycarsummerIt's become a Fourth of July tradition here at CompetitionPlus.com.

If you have an hour or so to spare, tune into an American drag racing icon -- Funny Car Summer. This drag racing movie follows Jim Dunn, his family and their unique rear-engine Funny Car into the legendary California tracks and beyond.

Grab a beverage, get comfortable in your chair and enjoy this blast from the past. Hook your computer speaker to the arm of the chair and pretend you're at the drive-in theatre. Ah, those were the days.

 

RACING AT INDY SERVES AS A POSITIVE DIVERSION FOR CORY MAC

 

If anything, longtime fuel racer Cory McClenathan needed the upcoming Indianapolis events as a positive diversion from the run of misfortunes he's experienced since last fall.

McClenathan will return to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for what could be the final two events of his storied career piloting a Top Fuel dragster sponsored by Nordic Boats and Revchem Composites.

The outing, while racing under the Don Schumacher Racing umbrella, will enable McClenathan to exit the sport with a conclusion fitting of his career.

MIKE MCINTIRE TO RUN HIS NITRO FC AT BACK-TO-BACK INDY RACES

 

Mike McIntire Jr. will once again be competing in a limited schedule in his nitro Funny in 2020 in NHRA’s Mello Yello Series.

McIntire, who made his nitro Funny Car debut in 2019 in Norwalk, Ohio, and competed in a handful of races, is back again this season.

McIntire, who runs his family’s McAttack Funny Car, is competing in the back-to-back Indianapolis events – July 11-12 and July 18-19. The team is based in Chesterland, Ohio.

MIKE SALINAS, HIS DAUGHTERS WILL CONTINUE TO SIT OUT RACES

 

Shortly before the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Series racing season was set to begin February, Mike Salinas, the owner and driver of the Scrappers Racing Top Fuel dragster, announced he was going to set out the first four races for business reasons.

Salinas did miss the season-opening Winternationals and the following event in Phoenix. Then, March 12 at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., racing was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Racing is scheduled to resume July 11-12 and July 18-19 in Indianapolis, but Salinas and his daughters, Jianna, who pilots a Pro Stock Motorcycle and Jianna’s older sister, Jasmine, who drives an A-Fuel dragster, will not be there either.

SOUTHEAST GASSERS ASSOCIATION TURNS IN ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT

The Southeast Gassers Association, drag racing’s strictest period-correct Gasser series, completed its second event of the season since a global pandemic brought the sport to its knees in March.

The event, held at Mooresville Dragway in Mooresville, NC, was a success, drawing good crowds which maintained social distancing throughout the event.

CHAD GREEN TO RACE FUEL FUNNY CAR AT NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS IN INDY

 

Chad Green confirmed today he plans to make the jump into a fuel Funny Car after years of testing and practice.

Green, a regular on the NHRA Pro Modified Series, will make his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series debut at the Lucas Oil Summernationals in Indianapolis (July 17 - 19, 2020)

Green will race his newly purchased Funny Car operation under the Tim Wilkerson Racing umbrella, with Daniel Wilkerson serving as crew chief.

"We're going to bring it out for the second Indy race; the first one that the Pro Mods are going to be in," Green told CompetitionPlus.com. "I'm very excited about it. It's something that just kind of came about; wasn't really planning on it. The opportunity came for me to buy this stuff after the end of last season and it was just the right opportunity to get the stuff. I didn't have any plans for racing it.

PSM MULTI-TIME WORLD CHAMP MATT SMITH READY TO RACE

 

Matt Smith, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, is ready to go racing.

Pro Stock Motorcycle racing will begin July 11-12 with NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Smith leads his team of riders at Matt Smith Racing, which also consists of his wife, Angie and Scotty Pollacheck. They all run Buells.

TUNER NICKY BONINFANTE SEES DRAG RACING'S PAUSE AS A PERSONAL BLESSING

 

Blake is 17 years old and loves drag racing. But he's not your average teenager.

Blake has autism, a condition his parents Nicky and Sara have learned to adjust for since the initial diagnosis.

Nicky Boninfante, a second-generation crew chief, balances the challenges of working a fulltime schedule as a co-crew chief for Funny Car superstar Alexis DeJoria's ROKIT/ABK Toyota Camry and working with Sara in tending to Blake's daily challenges.

"It's definitely not like having a normal child. I can tell you that," Boninfante said. "Because he's nonverbal he uses an augmentative communication device, which is basically an iPad with a touch-chat program for him. So he can communicate with us. And our days consist of keeping him entertained with interaction."

TEXAS MOTORPLEX TEAMS WITH CHRIS KYLE FROG FOUNDATION FOR SPECIAL INDEPENDENCE DAY TICKET OFFER

 

The Texas Motorplex, home of the historic AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, held October 14-18, is teaming up once again with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to offer military and first responders free tickets to the annual NHRA national event. Last year during Memorial Day Texas Motorplex made a special ticket offer and this year they are renewing the promotion on July 4th weekend. The “Buy a Ticket, Give a Ticket to a Military or First Responder” campaign will also once again be supported by two-time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion and long-time Chris Kyle Frog Foundation supporter Steve Torrence.

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