by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2017-01-11 16:20
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.
by Tracy Renck Tue, 2017-01-10 20:08
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.”
by Lisa Collier Tue, 2017-01-10 13:39
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.
Written by Tracy Renck Tue, 2017-01-10 12:00
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.
by Susan Wade, Photos by Gary Wells Photography, NHRA Tue, 2017-01-10 11:29
by Marty Harrison Tue, 2017-01-10 10:23
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.