by Bobby Bennett, Photo by Roger Richards Fri, 2018-12-07 21:03
Paul Lee with his McLeod Racing Nitro Funny Car will compete in the 2019 Mello Yello NHRA Nitro Funny Car category under the management umbrella of the Straightline Strategy Group.
Lee suffered what is known as a highly fatal widow maker heart attack in December 2016 with a 100 percent blockage of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. Three stints were inserted in his main artery and Paul suffered what was thought to be significant damage that would preclude him from driving in the Nitro Funny Car division. However, through aggressive rehabilitation and significant physical training, Lee was cleared by doctors to return to the driver’s seat.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2018-12-07 16:53
Steve Matusek is coming back to where it all began for him, behind the wheel of a turbocharged entry for 2019.
During a press conference at the PRI Show in Indianapolis, Matusek confirmed he will drive a turbocharged Ford Mustang under the Elite Motorsports umbrella while racing the NHRA Pro Mod tour.
Long before he raced a supercharged Camaro, Matusek fielded one of the more competitive turbocharged Competition Eliminator entries, a Mustang with a Ford Modular powerplant.
by Tracy Renck Fri, 2018-12-07 05:35
The drag racing world lost one of its best on Dec. 5 when Dick LaHaie passed away. The world championship driver and crew chief was 76.
LaHaie, a Michigan native, who spent 40 years drag racing, won a world championship driving in Top Fuel in 1987. He then left the driver’s seat and showed his prowess as a crew chief, tuning Scott Kalitta (1994-95) and Larry Dixon (2002-2003) to world championship Top Fuel crowns.
LaHaie began racing on his own in Top Fuel in the early 1970s and he won world championships in 1970, ’73 and ’76 in the United Drag Racers Association.
Thu, 2018-12-06 18:29
The race for the 2019 Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship is expected to be wide open and Rob Tucker Racing, anchored by driver Shane Tucker, has opted to take advantage by joining forces with veteran engine supplier and consultant Nick Ferri.
The Statesville, N.C.-based Rob Tucker Racing team will for the first time run all the NHRA national events at which Pro Stock is contested next year with an eye toward qualifying for the Countdown to the Championship.
by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2018-12-05 22:19
Del Worsham knew from a young age; his life would be intertwined within the very thread of drag racing. He was only seven years old when sitting in the passenger seat of his dad Chuck's 1962 Corvette, Worsham became a bonafide co-pilot; working the stick on runs at the old Orange County International Raceway as his dad would push in the clutch.
OCIR starter Larry Sutton put an end to the practice, as he noticed the second-generation Worsham, although belted in the car, was only wearing a football helmet.
Wed, 2018-12-05 21:25
Team owner and driver Danny Rowe announced today that he would be indefinitely suspending the operation of his Pro Mod drag racing team.
“Of course, this is a tough decision to make, but with business opportunities both here and abroad and the travel schedule associated with those endeavors, we’ve made the choice to park the race team for the time being.”
Rowe, who has been a mainstay on the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series tour for the last decade and spearheaded the formation and growth of the Real Pro Mod Association, was quick to confirm that he intends to remain involved in the sport and wouldn’t rule out a return to the driver’s seat in the future.
by Mike Carpenter Wed, 2018-12-05 19:05
“Stevie Fast” Jackson, one of drag racing’s biggest stars, is fresh off a spectacular 2018 campaign that included wins at two of the biggest races of the year.
With a star profile that continues to rise, Jackson and his KTR team are also actively seeking marketing partners for the 2019 season.
by Tracy Renck Tue, 2018-12-04 10:52
When the 2019 NHRA Mello Season begins, three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Angelle Sampey will not be driving for Team Liberty Racing.
“After the season ended in Pomona, Cory (Reed) and I sat down to discuss our future together and the direction of the team and as a result of those discussions, I decided that it was best to take a step back and look at other options,” Sampey said an article on nhra.com Dec. 3. “I am extremely grateful to Cory Reed, the Whiteley family, and everyone at Liberty Racing for allowing me to be a part of the team and continue my career these last two seasons. We had our share of growing pains but I’m proud that we were able to make it into the top 10 this year.”
Tue, 2018-12-04 10:45
VP Racing Fuels, known around the world for powering the evolution of racing fuels, will introduce four new products at this year’s PRI Show in Indianapolis.
X85L™ is an 85% Ethanol 15% Hydrocarbon racing fuel with a lead additive package to increase octane and the lubricity of the fuel. X14™ is a non-oxygenated leaded general purpose racing fuel that is economically priced, and a good choice for any number of racing applications, including 598-615 cubic inch naturally aspirated big bracket engines and NHRA Super Comp and Super Gas racing. X14 has a MON of 112 for compression ratios up to 15:1.