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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS AND QUALIFYING PROCEDURES CHANGED FOR UPCOMING SEASON

The NHRA competition committee announced changes to qualifying procedures at all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events, changes to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship and also announced an added point-and-a-half scale to the season ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona, Calif.

Starting in 2017, drivers at the final event of the year in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will be racing for increased valuable points that could secure a world championship. The winner of the Auto Club NHRA Finals in each Pro class will claim 150 points; the runner-up will earn 120 points; the semifinalists will earn 90 points apiece; the second-round finishers will earn 60 points each; and the first-round finishers will all claim 30 points.

CP SPORTSMAN - MILLION DOLLAR DRAG RACE FOUNDER GEORGE HOWARD PASSES

 

A drag racing promoter of legendary status is no longer with us.

George Howard, 66, died on Jan. 8, after experiencing a brief illness.

Howard was best known for his incredibly large purses for bracket racing events, namely a $40,000 top prize for an E.T. bracket race. He would later stage a Million Dollar Drag Race at Huntsville Dragway, one of the many drag strips he either owned or managed.

The success of his Million Dollar Drag Race later spawned the B&M Racer’s Appreciation Series.

2017 SUPER CHEVY SHOW ADDS TWO NEW LOCATIONS

The Super Chevy Show will expand its geographic footprint in 2017 by hosting events at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, and Thunder Valley Raceway Park serving the Oklahoma City market. A total of 12 event dates are already secured for the season that begins in May. The Super Chevy Show will focus on popular car shows, drag racing, swap meet, and car corral activities for participants and fans alike.

An average of 1,000 participants per show compete at the Super Chevy Show events for awards and prizes. To many participants the prestige of winning their class in the car show or bracket race is the most rewarding. For others it is about having the best restored show car or racing exhibition vehicle that gets aired on the Menards Chevy Series TV show.

ELITE MOTORSPORTS PARTNERS WITH HIGH PERFORMANCE LUBRICANTS FOR 2017

Elite Motorsports is proud to announce a partnership with High Performance Lubricants for the 2017 NHRA Mellow Yellow Drag Racing Series.
 
“At Elite Motorsports, we have spent the last few years searching for the best lubricants for our team,” Richard Freeman said. “We evaluated High Performance Lubricants’ racing oils and the results have been fantastic. In the areas of the engine where lubricants are challenged, the parts look wonderful when we inspect the engines. Their facility is packed full of lab equipment that allows them to develop things for us quickly. I believe we have found what we’ve been looking for.”

 

AAA OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FUNNY CAR DRIVER ROBERT HIGHT TO ATTEND ST. LOUIS AUTO SHOW

Auto Club of Southern California Funny Car driver Robert Hight will make a special appearance at the St. Louis Auto Show later this month.

Hight will appear at the AAA Missouri booth on Saturday, Jan. 21, meeting fans at the St. Louis area’s largest automobile event.

CAMPBELL THRILLED TO BE DRIVING FOR JIM DUNN RACING

 

Back in 2015, Jim Campbell had never driven a nitro Funny Car.

Fast-forward to the present and Campbell is now the driver for Jim Dunn Racing’s Funny Car – and Campbell is truly appreciative of the opportunity.

“I’m absolutely honored and privileged to race with Jim Dunn,” Campbell said. “He’s such a legend. Every once and awhile I pinch myself to make sure I’m still alive because this is a dream come true. I’m really looking forward to the 2017 season.”

CP SPORTSMAN - PDRA INTRODUCES ELITE 16; TS MAKEOVER

 

At the PRI Show in early December, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) announced that the highly popular Top Sportsman category will undergo a slight makeover for 2017. The class, which has brought as many as 88 entries to qualify for 16 spots, will now offer the chance for 32 or 48 cars to qualify for every event. All TS entries will qualify together, as normal. Once qualifying has been completed, the top 16 qualifiers will be drafted into a semi-pro class. This ‘Elite 16’ category, besides coming with greater prestige, will also pay more to win. The remainder of the field will run as a 16 car qualified field unless there are 42 or more total TS entries. If 42 or more total TS cars make a qualifying pass, Top Sportsman will run as a 32 car field in addition to the Elite 16. The top 16 qualifiers will be referred to as MagnaFuel Elite 16, while the bottom 16 or 32 will retain the class’ name of MagnaFuel Top Sportsman.  

POLARIS SHUTTING DOWN VICTORY MOTORCYCLE BRAND

According to multiple media reports on Jan. 9, Polaris Industries announced it is shutting down its unprofitable Victory Motorcycle brand. The Victory Motorcycle brand was founded in 1997.

Victory's motorcycles were designed to compete directly with Harley-Davidson and similar American-style motorcycle brands with V-twin engines. Polaris is based in Minneapolis Minn., and the Victory motorcycles were produced at the company’s Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Spearfish, S.D., plants.

BRUINS, McGEE INDUCTED INTO NHRA DIVISION 6 HALL OF FAME

VETERAN DRAG RACER JOE BOGGS PASSES

 

Veteran drag racer Joe Boggs passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on Friday, December 30, 2016 after a long illness. Boggs campaigned a long line of top fuel dragsters and nitro funny cars from 1967 until the early 1980’s. Along with his original partner, Jim Hundley, the Hundley & Boggs team fielded one of the most competitive AA/FD dragsters east of the Mississippi in the late 1960’s, winning the American Hot Rod Association Top Fuel World Championship in September 1967 and an International Hot Rod Association Grand American in September 1969.

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