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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: PAT MUSI TALKS HIS DRAG RACING TODAY, YESTERDAY

 

He's Pat Musi, and he has no filter. The New Jersey native who relocated from Carteret, NJ, to Mooresville, NC, almost a decade ago has experienced more than his share of culture shock since. The most recent was abandoning the conventional national event scene of the established race series for the outlaw confines of the No Prep Kings series. 

In this exclusive interview, CompetitionPlus.com's Bobby Bennett discusses the changes, misnomers, and challenges he encountered in making the switch. 

Musi addresses the issues associated with racing the traditional national event scene and the advantages of the pathway he's taken along with his daughter Lizzie Musi.

Musi is straightforward and shows his traditional gruff, and we expected no different. 

JUSTIN ASHLEY RACING SIGNS PHILLIPS CONNECT AS PRIMARY SPONSOR

 

Justin Ashley has proven to be so much more than a successful, and youthful drag racer. He’s been proficient in bringing new faces into the major league drag racing marketing platform 

Justin Ashley Racing announced today its primary sponsorship agreement with Phillips Connect, a national leader in semi-trailer tracking and sensor technologies, to begin the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The wide-ranging marketing program will initially include the NHRA Winternationals, NHRA Arizona Nationals, and NHRA Gatornationals with primary sponsorship on Ashley’s Davis Motorsports 11,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster and comprehensive corporate hospitality and business-to-business initiatives.

QUALIFYING UNDERWAY - VRHRA RACE 7 OF 9, 2021 LE GRANDNATIONAL, MONTREAL

 

Fire up your computers, call your friends. It's time for the third season of the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association; the race series created out of a pandemic.

So, how does this work?

Each event features the top 20 finishers, plus a champion provisional if necessary, of the previous season in a ballot where your votes determine qualifying and race results, and inevitably series championships. Since we are fantasy drag races, we can stage the events at any facility we choose, regardless of whether the track exists or not.

NHRA TEAMS HEAD TO PHOENIX FOR 2022 PRESEASON TESTING

 

The stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will begin preparing for their pursuits of Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock world championships from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix, Arizona, during the PRO Nitro Spring Training test session slated for February 10-12. The testing sessions hosted by the Professional Racing Organization will be closed to the public except for Saturday, February 12, when fans who have purchased tickets to the NHRA Arizona Nationals will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the on-track testing action. Fans may add on test session tickets to their Arizona Nationals ticket order online or they may call the NHRA Ticket Sales Center at 800-884-6472 if Nationals tickets have been previously purchased.

Almost 30 drivers from more than a dozen of the top professional NHRA teams, including nine current or former world champions, will be testing many with brand new race cars and new sponsors.

LARRY DIXON TO RACE FOR RAPISARDA AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL AT THE INAUGURAL AUSTRALIAN TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

 

The opening round of the 2022 Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel championship at Sydney Dragway, January 21-22, has received a massive boost with NHRA legend Larry Dixon set to race for leading Australian team, Rapisarda Autosport International.

Dixon will partner with Australian champ Wayne Newby in the absence of West Australian team member Damien Harris. The latter is unavailable due to state government travel restrictions and border closures.

CLASSIC DRAG RACING ACTION IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

 

Jamie Jackson had no idea how crucial a 1961 match race between Sammy Hale and “Sneaky” Pete Robinson would be in preserving drag racing’s history. He was awestruck at the presentation of sounds and speed.

While photography was the preferred way of capturing the intensity of the straight-line sport, Jackson believed this was so inadequate in presenting the way it really was. Now joined by his older brother Sonny, the siblings borrowed their parents’ 8 mm Brownie Hawkeye movie camera, which used Kodak color film. 

LARSEN ENTERS HER 20TH YEAR PILOTING JET DRAGSTER WITH A FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

 

Two decades behind the wheel of her iconic jet dragster has only made Elain Larsen better and faster. She will embark in 2022 on her “Two Decades of Thrills: Full Throttle Tour,” which will propel her into the next phase of her professional career.

At the end of the season, Larsen will change her focus as the primary driver for Larsen Motorsports (LMS). Instead, she will assume a more prominent leadership role within LMS, the company she founded with her husband, Chris, and Blazing Trails, the 501(C)3 non-profit she founded. She will work more on the R&D side of motorsports and connect students to exciting, non-traditional careers through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)

2022 BRISTOL DRAGWAY SEASON OFFERS THRILLING ACTION FOR EVERY TYPE OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE ENTHUSIAST

 

When historic Thunder Valley opens its gates in 2022, it will once again be the one of the busiest drag strips in the country as it will continue to offer fans a wide variety of compelling events, headlined by the prestigious NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

In 2022, the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals will return to its traditional Father’s Day date, June 17-19. The marquee event anchors an impressive season calendar that also will showcase the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals, the return of both the Street Car Takeover and the American Motorcycle Association, two World Footbrake Challenge events, the Rad Torque Fall Fling, the DER Series and the Thunder Valley Street Fights.

A NEW ERA FOR TOP FUEL AS RACING RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA.

 

The opening round of the 2022 Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel championship at Sydney Dragway, January 21-22, will be a watershed moment for the sport of drag racing in Australia after the four teams currently competing - Rapisarda Autosport Racing, PremiAIr Hire Racing, Jim Read Racing and Lamattina Top Fuel Racing - banded together and decided to run their own independent, stand-alone championship series.

The decision to quit the 400 Thunder series and go it alone with their own six-round series has resulted in a seismic shift in the world of Australian drag racing. 

BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS TV SPECIAL PREMIERES JANUARY 23

Featuring 2021 SEMA Battle of the Builders Champion Robert Matranga with his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, the History Channel will premiere the Battle of the Builders special on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. (PT/ET). The one-hour special has aired on television since 2015, giving viewers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the SEMA Show, up-close footage of the vehicles, and exclusive interviews with builders as they share their personal stories and journey to the SEMA Show. For many of the builders, SEMA Battle of the Builders is their chance to prove that they are among the elite.

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