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DRAG RACING IN AUSTRALIA SUSPENDED

Australia’s two premier drag venues, Willowbank Raceway and Sydney Dragway, have shut down until further notice in response to the Federal Government restrictions on public gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Willowbank released a statement saying, “they were working towards the best outcome for all including sponsors, racers and fans and examining all options regarding what may happen through 2020.”

PRO MOD PIONEER TOMMY HOWES PASSES AWAY

The world of Pro Mod racing has lost one of its pioneers.

James Thomas Howes Jr., better known as Tommy “The Who” Howes passed away March 23 in Laytonsville, Maryland. He was 76.

PLUCHINO JR. READY TO TAKE CENTER STAGE

The moment Johnny Pluchino’s been preparing for all his life has arrived.
 

Having literally grown up around racecars and at dragstrips, he’s going to race Mountain Motor Pro Stock exclusively -- following in his father’s footsteps -- in 2020.

TERRY MCMILLEN IS IN HURRY UP AND WAIT MODE

With the National Hot Rod Association currently on hiatus due to the growing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, leading online drag racing magazine Competition Plus.com has decided to fill the gap with a fun, new online drag racing league.

Veteran Top Fuel driver Terry McMillen is fresh off making history – winning the inaugural Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association (VRHRA) event March 21 at Orange County International Raceway.

PDRA POSTPONES SEASON-OPENING EAST COAST NATIONALS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) has decided to postpone the series’ season-opening East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C, series officials announced today. Originally scheduled for April 2-4, the race will be made up at a date to be determined later.
 
“We waited an extra week to see if things would calm down, but at this time we feel it’s best to postpone the East Coast Nationals,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “Without knowing what's going to happen next with this coronavirus, it's hard to lock down a make-up date. As time passes and we get closer to knowing when this will be over, we'll look at our options and we’ll announce a new plan as soon as it's safe to get back to racing.”

SINGLETON AND VANG SCORE CHAOS VICTORIES AT PINE VALLEY

The season opener of the 2020 Red Line Shirt Club Funny Car Chaos Championship Series presented by Entech Oil took place March 13th and 14th at Pine Valley Raceway in Lufkin, Texas. This event marked the first major event of the new decade at Pine Valley and over 2,000 spectators and racers made it through the gates for two days of Funny Car-filled fun and entertainment. Thankfully, not a single drop of rain landed on the property and the Funny Car Chaos racers put on a great show.

VRHRA CLASH AT THE COUNTY - FINAL RESULTS

WHEN RACING RESUMES, HOUSTON EVENT WILL BE EXTRA SPECIAL FOR JEG COUGHLIN JR.

The year was 1997 and when the NHRA schedule rolled around to the second Houston race of the season, which took place in late October at Houston Raceway Park, the entry list had a new name on it -- Jeg Coughlin Jr. By the end of the weekend, the record books also included that name as the surprise winner of the event.

Although he was a well-respected and championship-winning driver in the Sportsman ranks, Coughlin's late-year foray to Baytown, Texas, marked just his second start in Pro Stock. He had debuted the prior weekend in Dallas and had plans to finish the year in Pomona, Calif., but he was mainly thinking about getting a little seat time and prepping for the 1998 season.

MCMILLEN, WILKERSON, A. STANFIELD, R. SMITH WIN VRHRA CLASH AT THE COUNTY

With the National Hot Rod Association currently on hiatus due to the growing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, leading online drag racing magazine Competition Plus has decided to fill the gap with a fun, new online drag racing league.

The Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association (VHRA) founded by CompetitionPlus.com launched this week on CompetitionPlus.com with an online, fan-vote style competition complete with multiple rounds of qualifying and eliminations.

MATT SMITH MAKING USE OF TIME AWAY FROM RACING

With NHRA drag racing at a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic, Matt Smith is trying to make the best of the situation.

Smith, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, the last coming in 2018, said his team is keeping busy.

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