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CASTELLANA BREAKS TRADITION WITH MOVE TO SUPERCHARGED PRO MOD

 

A decade ago, the prospect of getting nitrous stalwart Mike Castellana behind the wheel of a supercharged Pro Modified entry was as believable as getting the hot place to freeze over.

Let the record reflect on the afternoon of March 17, 2017, the temperature in Hades dipped below the freezing mark.

Castellana, at the NHRA Gatornationals, made his debut behind the wheel of the supercharged Camaro tuned by the legendary Frank Manzo.

PSM ROOKIE RAWLINGS RIDING ON THE WILD SIDE

 

There's a lot of thoughts which can go through your head when you're riding side saddle on a 190-mile per hour motorcycle, just ask rookie NHRA Pro Stock rider Andie Rawlings.

Rawlings, during Friday's Q-2 session at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., took a ride on the wild side crossing the finish line all the while rubbing the wall on her Suzuki.

In this instance, rubbing was racing, too.

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Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Winners Edition featuring On Location Winnerviews with John Force, Tony Schumacher, Shane Gray, and Eddie Krawiec plus Jonnie Lindberg, Mike Green, Phil Schuler, Courtney Force, John Schaffer, Dave Connolly, and Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden. The NHRA's Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello recap the Gators.

 

 

 

 

 

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WICHITA RACEWAY PARK JOINS NHRA MEMBER TRACK NETWORK

Wichita Raceway Park has joined the NHRA Member Track Network in the South Central Division, NHRA’s Division 4, which features tracks in Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
 
Located in Wichita Falls, TX, the raceway is owned by Darrell Reid. The facility is home to the drag strip, one of the best dirt ovals in the area, a new mud drag racing facility, and an outdoor concert venue.

HE’S FAST, HE’S STEVIE JACKSON AND HE’S READY TO SHAKE UP THE NHRA

 

It's hard to rattle a man who has flown through the air, 30-feet high and backward in a car running 200 miles per hour. This mentality is what makes race fans flock in support of Georgia native Stevie "Fast" Jackson.

Jackson didn't have to self-appoint himself a nickname; he got his the old-fashioned way by running fast and winning at backwoods tracks with cars many seasoned drivers wouldn't get out of the electric chair to sit in, much less drive down a track, even an eighth-mile.d

Friday afternoon on the big stage of the National Hot Rod Association at the Gatornationals, Jackson not only made his first-ever quarter-mile run but also jumped to the top of the J&A Services Pro Modified field in record fashion.

HALE TO DRIVE PLUEGER’S NITRO FC IN VEGAS

John Hale will be back racing in NHRA’s nitro Funny Car class at the upcoming national event at The Strip in Las Vegas, March 31-April 2.

Hale confirmed to Competition Plus he will be behind the wheel of a Funny Car owned by Steve Plueger.

“This came about because Jeff Arend and I are friends,” Hale said. “Jeff, who normally has been driving (Plueger’s) car, told me he is going to drive for the Russo’s (in Las Vegas), and Steve wasn’t sure whether he was going to go to Las Vegas and we talked and I offered to drive it for him.”

WJ ON DON NESS - HE WAS AN ARTIST IN EVERY ASPECT

 

One needs to look no further than today's modern doorslammer chassis to see the contributions Don Ness made to its evolution. Those are not our words, but rather those of legendary Pro Stock icon Warren Johnson. There many out there who share the same sentiments. 

Ness, the heralded chassis builder from Minnesota, died on March 17, following an illness. 

If anyone knew Ness, it was Johnson, who purchased at least a dozen cars from the Picasso of bending and welding chassis tubing. 

FINAL STARTING POSITION FOR K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE OPEN TO FAN VOTE

The field for the K&N Horsepower Challenge will feature eight of the top Pro Stock drivers in the category and seven racers have secured their position in the starting field. The eighth position will be filled via a fan vote which is still open to the public to select their favorite racers.
 
Drivers that have already clinched a spot into the K&N Horsepower Challenge include Jason Line, Greg Anderson, Bo Butner, Shane Gray, Vincent Nobile, Drew Skillman and Allen Johnson.

JOHN FORCE RACING REACHES MILESTONE WITH 2,500TH FUNNY CAR ROUND WIN

John Force’s Funny Car victory Sunday in the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., was memorable for many reasons, including yet another milestone over the team’s 40-year existence in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

After winning all four rounds, and coupled with Robert Hight’s first-round victory, the team achieved the 2,500-round victory threshold for Funny Cars. Force’s final-round win over rookie Jonnie Lindberg sealed the deal.

THE COMPLEX WORLD OF NHRA'S GRAHAM LIGHT

Imagine a job where you go into your office, and you have a multitude of people in public forums, many of whom you've never met, screaming for your head on a platter, demanding you retire from your job. And for what? You enforced the rulebook as it is written. 

It's not all doom and gloom, as you have many private supporters and your team respects your challenging position. This doesn't make for good media fodder or social media banter. 

Welcome to Graham Light's world, NHRA's VP of Operations. He's the man in the NHRA with the thickest skin of them all. 

"When you’re doing something that was your hobby, that you have a passion for, then the time you invest in doing it doesn’t matter," Light said. "I don’t think everybody disagrees with my decisions all the time. We’re in a sport where we have two cars side by side, one winner, and one loser. One person’s unhappy, and one’s happy. And when you make a decision on a competition issue, one competitor’s happy and one’s not. 

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