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TJ JR. ENJOYING SELF-PROCLAIMED BEST SEASON EVER

 

Following his Funny Car victory at Denver last month, Tommy Johnson Jr. might have earned a double-take when he said, “This has been the best season ever, and I think we are just getting started.”

Try to pass that off as a winner’s euphoria if you wish, but he’s right.

That’s saying something for a racer who’s been a championship runner-up in addition to posting a trio of third-place points finishes.

TRIBUTE: THERE WAS ONLY ONE BILL DONER

 

There’s never been a drag racing promoter quite like Bill Doner. 

Odds are there’ll never be another.

The flamboyant track owner/operator, who died late last week, was fearless and wildly creative in his ideas. He was a stand-up guy in his dealings with racers, which earned their respect and loyalty. His races drew fans in droves -- and drove said fans wild with shows that met or exceeded the extensive pre-race hype.

COMP RACER FEDERKEIL TEAMS WITH HOODS FOR HEROES

 

Competition Eliminator racer Ed Federkeil will be competing at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance Parts NHRA U.S. Nationals Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis to raise awareness and interest for the Hoods for Heroes organization and The Ronnie Thames Foundation.  Federkeil will be teaming up with sponsors E3 Spark Plugs and FireAde to run his Nickens Powered Dodge Avenger in one of the most competitive and diverse classes contested on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The former firefighter is using his racing career and sponsor relationships to shine a light on two very important charities.

TODD, DHL FC SKIPPING INDY TEST

 

Last year, J.R. Todd and the DHL team credited the traditional pre-Indianapolis test at Lucas Oil Raceway as a significant factor in the team’s run for a championship. Likewise, the test session contributed to back-to-back U.S. Nationals victories.

The team still plans to make a run at a third Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals title, but will do so without the test session.

KINGMAN GUIDING ROUTE 66 STREET DRAGS REPRISAL

 

 

Nat King Cole sang, “Get your kicks on Route 66.” That’s what a swarm of drag racers mobilizing at Kingman, Ariz., Oct. 25-27 plans to do.

After an eight-year hiatus, the Kingman Route 66 Street Drags once again will block off a section of the historic highway for three days of street racing, the legal way. All the safety equipment and personnel spectators expect to see at a purpose-built dragstrip will be in place.

With an old-fashioned flag starter urging on every pair on Friday’s the test-and-tune action in Grudge, Unlimited, Pro Street, Hot Rod, Pure Street, Sport Compact, Truck, Motorcycle, and Jr. Dragster classes will run from noon-9 p.m. (Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday.) Racers will use a full timing system on the track and stage their cars with the normal staging beams, with yellow lights on top, but Friday only, the Christmas Tree will have no other lights.

FATHER FACTOR DRIVES BILLY TORRENCE

As competitive as Billy Torrence is, he’s glad point leader Steve Torrence is his son and not his brother.

“If he was my brother I’d be kicking his butt,” the elder Torrence admitted.

Torrence admits he’s always been a competitive person, first with his business and it spilled over into his racing. He’s content to let Steve bask in the limelight, and take a backseat on the race track.

NHRA TO TEST CENTRIFUGAL SUPERCHARGER FOR PM

For GALOT Motorsports and Pro-Line Racing, the U.S. Nationals is going to be akin to being one of the teams playing on “Monday Night Football” in that all eyes in Pro Modified will be on their two cars.

Kevin Rivenbark and John Strickland will pilot the ProCharger-equipped Camaros during exhibition runs immediately following the four rounds of Pro Mod qualifying at Indianapolis. The GALOT teammates finished 1-2 in PDRA’s Pro Boost ranks in 2016 after sweeping all nine national events; Rivenbark won the title on the strength of six victories. 

NITRO BORN AGAIN - JIM O HAVING FUN

 

Life is good for Jim Oberhofer these days. Just ask him.

The longtime Top Fuel tuner is now a Funny Car crew chief but still dabbles in the long skinny cars.

Oberhofer, for decades, plied his trade as the tuner of record for Doug Kalitta before leaving the team last October. He joined the Straightline Strategy Group a little over a month later, a conglomeration of professional race teams pooling their marketing resources.

CAMERON FERRE: THE PROFESSOR

 

Warren Johnson might be considered the Professor of Pro Stock, but when it comes to Top Fuel, the professor is Cameron Ferre, literally.

Ferre recently left his role at RacePak and accepted the position as fulltime college professor at Cerritos College in Cerritos, Ca.

TWO NHRA SUPERSTARS REMEMBER BILL DONER

 

Word started to make its way around the Brainerd International Raceway pits on Friday afternoon that legendary and popular drag racing promoter Bill Doner had passed away.

Doner, the credit driving force behind 64 Funny Car Shows, had a profound effect on many drag racers, business associates, and race fans. Two iconic drag racers remember the man known simply as the Dones. Saturday, John  Force and Ron Capps were all too eager to talk about the man who put Funny Car racing on the map in the 1970s.

Force met Doner as a struggling drag racer in that era, just hoping to get a place in one of Doner’s iconic Funny Car shows up and down the Pacific seaboard.

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