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FUNNY CAR CHAOS REVEALS 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR SCHEDULE

 

Funny Car Chaos, a popular Funny Car-only series, will return in 2020 with an eight-race championship schedule.

The series will return to its regular stops at Pine Valley Raceway, Mo-Kan Dragway, Penwell Knights Raceway, Amarillo Dragway, and U.S. 131 Motorsports Park.

New to the tour is a summer stop in May at Eddyville Raceway Park in Iowa, as well two stops st Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier eighth-mile facility Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris, Texas.

OSBORN JOINS KALITTA MOTORSPORTS AS MAJOR ASSOCIATE FOR FIVE NHRA NATIONAL EVENTS

Kalitta Motorsports announced today in advance of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show the addition of Osborn, the world’s largest and most complete solution provider of high-quality surface treatment and finishing products, as a major associate sponsor to the multi-time NHRA world championship team.

Osborn will be prominently featured on Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster for five NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events in 2020. In addition to the race car exposure, Osborn will participate in Kalitta Motorsports’ dynamic business-to-business program and participate in a variety of marketing and social media initiatives.
 
“The addition of Osborn to the Kalitta Motorsports marketing program continues to show the value of the NHRA, as well as our business-to-business strength and commitment,” said Chad Head, General Manager, Kalitta Motorsports. “Everyone at Kalitta prides themselves on delivering excellence on the race track and in the pits. For years we have devoted time and energy to work with the best partners; Osborn and its high performance products are a welcome addition to the Kalitta Motorsports team.”

DRAG ILLUSTRATED TO UNVEIL 5TH ANNUAL 30 UNDER 30 GROUP AT PRI

 

The fifth annual Drag Illustrated 30 Under 30 list presented by Moser Engineering, ididit and Thermo-Tec will be revealed during its official press conference and magazine cover reveal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
 
Now in its fifth year, the annual 30 Under 30 list will be announced in the PRI Press Conference Center. The cover of Drag Illustrated issue 151 will also be released during the press conference, and one-on-one interviews will be available following the press conference with Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck, as well as the 30 Under 30 honorees in attendance. For the first time, all honorees will also receive commemorative 30 Under 30 jackets from Classic Graphix.
 

SNYDER PICKS UP SIXTH SERIES TITLE

 

Any way you slice it, second-generation drag racer Mick Snyder experienced a tremendous season. He added his sixth career series championship, winning the Texas Outlaw Pro Modified crown. The championship was the seventh overall for Snyder Motorsports, which has won in four different organizations and five different classes with dragsters, funny cars, and door cars.

Despite traveling 7,822 miles, and at times racing in an adjusted altitude of 9.079 feet above sea level, Snyder made the most of the 13 events he competed in at eight different tracks. He certainly made the most of his 63 passes.

These passes resulted in four final rounds and seven No. 1 qualifiers.

THE KING OF FUEL CLUTCHES WAS ALSO THE SON OF DESTRUCTION

 

Some might see Rob Boninfante as one of the most influential people in professional drag racing. After all, three of the most significant needs in fuel racing are tires, nitromethane, and clutches.

Rob serves as the driving force behind Boninfante Friction, the largest supplier of clutches for the fuel ranks.

Rob, who stands as one of the more colorful manufacturers in drag racing, purchased the brand from his father Nick Boninfante Sr. some years ago.

ROGER CONLEY JOINS HOLLEY TEAM

 

Roger Conley has joined the team at Holley Performance as Motorsports Sales Manager.

Conley brings with hi.m three decades worth of experience, which includes product development, sales, technical support, and engineering. Previously he has held General Manager Positions with Racepak and Precision Turbo and Engine and currently serves as the Technical Director for the NMRA/NMCA sanctioning bodies.

REMEMBERING THE DRAG RACING'S SECRET SOCIETY OF THE ANVIL

 

They didn't come with pitchforks and torches in the middle of the night, but that kind of a mob might have been easier to deal with at the time. They were a secret circle of sorts, the kind that traveled with a chrome-plated anvil replica seeking to make everyone remember their most forgettable moments.

While the multitude of personalities we interviewed couldn't say definitively who created the "anvil award," they didn't hesitate to point out who kept the recognition of shame going.

It was all on former crewman Mike Guger, a Dale Armstrong protege who tuned Leah Pritchett to her first NHRA Top Fuel win. He readily takes the credit for drag racing's version of the Darwin Awards.

BOWLING FOR RILEY, PRI GRAND BREAKFAST HIGHLIGHT PRI WEEK FOR DSR

 

The week of December 9th is shaping up to be a busy one for Don Schumacher Racing, NHRA’s preeminent drag racing team. The 32nd annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show gets underway in Indianapolis, Thursday, December 12th, and DSR’s star-studded roster of drivers have been selected to be the featured guests at the trade show’s prestigious Grand Opening Breakfast that morning.

Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Tommy Johnson Jr., Leah Pritchett, and Tony Schumacher will join noted motorsports broadcaster Ralph Sheheen on-stage for a live talk-show style panel in front of more than 3,000 industry professionals. The event is available to all PRI attendees, free of charge, and will be held at the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. 

RUPERT FORGES AHEAD WITH BIG SHOW PLANS

 

Jason Rupert understands there are 24 hours in a day. That reality hasn't prevented him from petitioning God for an extension.

"Either that or stop time," Rupert said. "It's coming. We'll be ready. I've got just about everything. I just lack a few things, and we'll have to push forward and get ready for that test session, and hopefully, everything will go good, and it'll all work out."

Rupert is gunning to have his big show Mustang Funny Car ready for the PRO Winter Warm-up in Phoenix, at the end of January.

MATLOCK'S MWPMS PRO X275 TITLE SEALED WITH MEMPHIS WIN

 

With son Cory calling the shots on his turbocharged '92 Mustang, Randy Matlock won the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) X275 championship.

"We've won several races in different classes before, but this is our first big championship," the Wentzville, MO-based driver said. "So it was especially gratifying to do it as father and son, a lot of fun."

After scoring his lone Mid-West Series race win at Memphis in September, Matlock, 60, took over the points lead from Kenny Hubbard and his Procharger-equipped '74 Nova, then followed up with a runner-up finish to seal the deal a month later at the MWPMS World Finals in Tulsa.

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