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NITRO FC DRIVERS TALK ABOUT NHRA’S TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT DECISION FOR 2018

During the offseason and throughout the 2017 year, this topic would never go away.

The constant conversation in NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks has been what was going to be done about laid-back headers.

Back in February, NHRA’s Technical Department decided to leave the minimum header angle on Funny Cars at 32 degrees for the remainder of the 2017 season.

PRITCHETT ALL ABOUT FOCUS EVEN IN RAIN DELAYS

HECTOR ARANA SR ANXIOUS TO RETURN

 

Hector Arana Sr., the 2009 NHRA world champion, missed the last NHRA event in Chicago (July 6-9), but was back with his team at the Mile-High Nationals.

Arana Sr. is recovery left shoulder surgery he had in June. Arana Sr. injured the shoulder while fixing a flat on his team’s hauler as the team was headed back from Englishtown, N.J., after the race June 11.

“I still have five weeks left (in a sling) and then I had to rehab,” Arana Sr. said. “It’s really frustrating because you always want to do something and I can’t just walk away. That’s why I skipped Chicago. I wanted to stay home and not do anything so I can heal faster and get back out here.”

MORE DRIVERS SPEAK ON WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN WITH PRO STOCK

 

t’s no secret, numbers are down in the Pro Stock. At almost every race, there hasn’t been a full field of 16 racers. There are 14 Pro Stock cars at the Mile-High Nationals.

There have been a lot of people with different opinions on how to improve the health of the class. One rumor circulating is NHRA is asking about including mountain motor Pro Stock cars at some point in the future, possibly weighing 2,700 pounds. The Pro Stock cars now weigh 2,350 pounds.

Greg Anderson, a four-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion (2003-2005, 2010) addressed the rumor as did season points leader Bo Butner and most recent national event winner Drew Skillman.

PRO STOCK DRIVERS DISCUSS CHANGES NEEDED IN CLASS

BEAR IN MIND, THIS IS STEVE JOHNSON WE ARE TALKING ABOUT

 

Veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson is always looking for ways to get his program moving forward.

Friday, prior to the Mile-High Nationals, he took an unconventional path.

“Friday, we did something that probably no one else has done,” he said. “We went to the Harley-Davidson dealership here in town – Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson – and the service department over there allowed me to put the motorcycle on their chassis dyno. It was the only Suzuki in the place. We got a chance to seat the rings, break in the pistons. It’s got some new parts in it. It gave us the opportunity to feel a bit more comfortable about going to a fight and bringing bullets that are already in the gun versus bullets that might be in your trailer. You’ve got to go down the track a few times easy with no timing and all that other stuff.”

CAPPS DISCUSSES HIS ESPY EXPERIENCE

 

The 2016 ESPY awards show was held on July 12 on ESPN and it was a night 2016 NHRA world champion nitro Funny Car driver Ron Capps will never forget.

Capps was nominee for the Best Driver Award, which was won by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

“What’s funny is my wife kept telling me to go talk and introduce myself,” Capps said. “I wanted to meet Steph Curry and Kevin Durant because I’m a Warriors fan. I walked right up to them and I just wanted to say ‘hi’. But it was funny because I turned into a complete fan and every time I turned around there was somebody that I looked up to as a kid or watched on TV. I was in awe just looking around. Probably Chris Berman was the one that I was most excited to run into. Russell Wilson stood there when we were doing the red carpet.”

ASHER'S 2017 DENVER INSIDER - FINAL EDITION

Jon Asher, the Senior Editor for CompetitionPlus.com, will bring you his four decades worth of insight to the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals outside of Denver, Co. Follow along daily with the seasoned journalist as he brings you this weekend's race from a different angle - HIS!

RACER DIES IN CRASH AT MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Thomas Albert Dunford of Tazewell, Va., passed after crashing his dragster July 23 at Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Dunford was 60.

According to the official St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office press release, for unknown reasons, it appears he failed to activate his brakes or parachute causing the dragster to travel through the sandpit, water barrels, and into the trees at the end of the track.

HIGHT’S DROUGHT ENDS WITH DENVER FUNNY CAR VICTORY

Robert Hight knows how to win NHRA nitro Funny Car races, but has had a hard time finding the winner’s circle lately, going 34 races without a victory.

Hight snapped that unwanted streak Sunday at the Mile-High Nationals.

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