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ALEXIS DEJORIA WITHDRAWS FROM FOUR-WIDE NATS; CHAD HEAD TO FILL-IN

Alexis DeJoria will not compete in the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals this weekend in Charlotte, N.C.
 
DeJoria must step away from the driver’s seat to deal with a family matter. Although she will not attend the Charlotte event, it is important to DeJoria that her team still have the opportunity to make a run for the Four-Wide Wally. In her absence, DeJoria has appointed Kalitta Motorsports Director of Safety and established Funny Car driver Chad Head, to pilot the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry.

AUSTRALIA'S SHANE TUCKER RETURNS TO PRO STOCK WITH FAMILY ENGINE PROGRAM

Pro Stock favorite Shane Tucker will return to the states to compete this weekend at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Tucker currently plans on attending 14 races in 2017 and running their own engine program all season.
 
“I’m really excited about running our own stuff this year,” Tucker said. “It’s been a long time coming to run our own program. My dad has always built our engines back in Australia and to run our own stuff this year will be really rewarding. I hope we can get some good results; it’ll be that much sweeter when we do.”

JIM DUNN FUNNY CAR TO RUN 7-ELEVEN AND OBERTO COLORS AT NHRA FOUR-WIDE EVENT

The Jim Dunn Racing 7-Eleven / Oberto Beef Jerky Dodge Funny Car returns to drag racing action this weekend at the Charlotte NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.  The team will start the event by making an appearance with its Funny Car display and driver autograph session at the 7-Eleven store in Concord near I-85 and Bruton Smith Blvd close to zMAX Dragway this Thursday, April 27, from 5:00-7:00pm.
 
Jim Dunn Racing enters this weekend’s 4-Wide Nationals with a Top 10 position in the NHRA Funny Car points standings.  Team Manager Jon Dunn is looking forward to the annual 4-Wide spectacle.  “We are excited to have the 7-Eleven and Oberto colors back on the Funny Car this weekend.  It’s always fun to see the large crowds that come out for the 4-Wide race to enjoy the sights, sounds, and overall sensory experience of four nitro Funny Cars at a time.

JEGS.COM AND PLUGFONES NAMED PRO MOD PRESENTING SPONSORS AT NHRA FOUR-WIDE

JEGS.com, a worldwide leader in high performance parts, and Plugfones, a hearing-protection company, have been named co-presenting sponsors for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 28-30 at zMAX Dragway, NHRA announced. It is the third of 12 races during the 2017 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season, and also the first time the series will take part in the popular and unique four-wide racing format.
 
“The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series continues to grow and the chance to race four-wide for the first time in 2017 is something everyone is looking forward to,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “JEGS.com and Plugfones are great partners for the Pro Mod series and have been instrumental in its development.”

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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NHRA Spring Nationals Winners Edition featuring Ron Capps, Leah Pritchett, Bo Butner, Steve Matusek, Eric Lane, and Brian Massingill. The NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello recap the event.

 

 

 

 

 

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VOLATILE RACE CARS MEET VOLATILE DRAG RACE FORMAT

Pro Modified, a 10-race series which competes as a part of the NHRA's championship drag racing platform, has been described as putting three species of wild territorial animals in a cage and expecting them to get along. 

The volatile division features full-bodied cars with three different power adders racing under three different sets of rules. Those combinations include nitrous oxide-injected engines utilizing either carburetors or electronic fuel injection, superchargers or turbochargers. Maintaining parity has been a never-ending proposition for the NHRA's technical department. Establishing peace has rarely ever been achieved. 

TROY COUGHLIN LOCKED IN TO COMPETE IN $100,000-TO-WIN WORLD SERIES OF PRO MOD EVENT

 

Of all his vast accomplishments, one that distinctly stands out to Troy Coughlin more than a decade later was the North vs. South Big Dog Shootout victory in 2005 that netted the longtime Pro Mod standout a cool $50,000 prize. With that in mind, you can imagine Coughlin’s excitement for a winner-take-all prize double that, which is precisely the case for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, Aug. 4-5 at Bandimere Speedway.

A $100,000 prize is on the line for the inaugural event – making it the biggest single-race payout in Pro Mod history – and as one of the invited participants for Saturday’s main event, Coughlin is thrilled to make his Pro Mod debut in Denver.

LUCAS OIL NAMED TITLE RIGHTS SPONSOR OF NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS

Lucas Oil has signed an agreement to become the title rights sponsor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Atlanta Dragway, NHRA officials announced.
 
The 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals will be held May 5-7 and is the seventh of 24 events in the 2017 season. Long known as Georgia’s House of Speed, Atlanta Dragway has been host to thrilling racing for decades and Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s event winners.

GALOT MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES 2018 PDRA EVENT

 

The revitalized GALOT Motorsports Park is clearly an eighth-mile work of art. In fact, PDRA confirmed it had fielded its largest event there last fall, and followed up with another successful event just weeks ago.  

Building on these successes, race officials at Galot Motorsports have confirmed the quickly-growing eighth-mile doorslammer series will return to their facility for an April 6 - 8, 2018 East Coast Nationals date. 

SHELL JOINS SHIRLEY'S KIDS SUPPORT OF LOCAL CHILDREN FOR SECOND YEAR

For the second straight year, Shell partnered with Shirley's Kids in support of a local child in need. Headed by drag racing pioneer Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, Shirley's Kids selected 9-year-old Zane Smock of League City, Texas, to join the four-time world champion as a guest of honor at the annual NHRA Spring Nationals in Baytown, Texas.
 
While at the drag races, the Smock family was presented a check for $5,000 from Shell representative John Chiboroski. Zane suffers from Cerebral Palsy and the donation will be used to offset some of his medical expenses. Cerebral Palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture caused by damage that occurs to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.

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