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HECTOR ARANA JR. EXCITED FOR RACING TO RETURN

No races have taken place this season in NHRA’s Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle class.

The PSM competitors were supposed to have their season-opening event at the Gatornatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 13-15.

However, the race was halted March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

LONG BEFORE PRO NITROUS, JAY COX WAS A BASEBALL STAR IN THE MAKING

 

As a professional drag racer, Jay Cox is accustomed to swinging for the fences, always in search of producing a big, winning number.

That’s the same approach that made him a stellar college baseball player who spent more than five seasons getting paid to play the game of his youth.

“It’s kind of cool to look back now at all the things I got to do playing pro ball, and all the things I experienced with my family and friends and all the people I got to meet,” said the 35-year-old Smithfield, N.C., native. “I try to take that mindset now. I went out first round at Darlington last weekend and I hate not doing well. I feel like I’m the best and work the hardest, and I kind of get bummed out and down.

FLAMHOLC LEADS WINNERS AT NMCA/NMRA ALL-STAR NATIONALS

 

While the Coronavirus pandemic pushed pause on the 2020 NMCA and NMRA season, drivers in both series pushed play at the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, June 25-28 at Atlanta Dragway.

If they were rusty from the recess, they didn’t show it, as they put down plenty of power while pursuing the coveted Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle in the Peach State.

On the NMCA side, Adam Flamholc flew to a 3.73 in his Corvette to set the pace in VP Racing Lubricants Xtreme Pro Mod, where all but two drivers in the category also posted 3-second passes despite high heat and heavy humidity. The stellar Swedish driver was determined all weekend long, and won with a 3.85 against Craig Sullivan, who was no slouch before being forced to click off at 4.05 in his Daytona.

LESLIE HEADLINES NMRA WINNERS AT ALL-STAR NATIONALS

 

Although the 12th Annual Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, was originally scheduled to be run in April, the repercussions from the Covid-19 pandemic forced a date change to June 26-28, 2020. It was definitely worth the wait, though, as the event was run to completion over a near-perfect weekend and racers and fans alike were thrilled to be back out cutting lights and clicking off runs at “Georgia’s House of Speed.” A combined event for both NMRA and NMCA only added to the excitement, while the huge car show and expansive vendor midway amped up the atmosphere even further. At the event’s conclusion, champions were crowned in the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle and cars were eagerly loaded into trailers in preparation for the next event in just a few short weeks.

ENTER TO WIN HOLLEY'S STROKER GEN III HEMI ENGINE GIVEAWAY

 

What goes together better than PB&J? Hot rods and HEMIs! Holley is pleased to announce they are partnering with Prestige Motorsports to give away another awesome powerplant to one lucky winner! With Prestige's help, Holley has assembled a wild 392 cubic inch, fuel injected, hemispherical headed combination that will make your hair stand on its end! This Gen III HEMI will find its way into one lucky gearhead's ride, and it could be you.

OF SCARS AND MEN: TOP FUEL BIKER LARRY MCBRIDE FORGES AHEAD

CLASSIC VIDE0: 1980 NHRA WINTERNATS

Sit back and watch one of the rare ABC Wide World of Sports broadcasts. This was one of the historic broadcasts with the legendary final round meeting between Shirley Muldowney and Connie Kalitta. You'll also see other veterans such as Kenny Bernstein, Dale Pulde and the late Chris Economacki.

THE WORLD'S FASTEST CLUB PROVIDED FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE OF PRO MODIFIED

12-10-07worldsfastest.jpgCharles Carpenter is lucky he didn’t get himself hurt – hurt real bad. But, it was a chance he was willing to take to go fast.

Carpenter, of Charlotte, NC, had a mountain-motored 1955 Chevrolet that was capable of running 8.80 elapsed times in 1983, a feat rarely achieved outside of the professional ranks during that era.

A longtime fan of the double-nickel Chevrolet, Carpenter’s shoe box was barely safe enough to run 9.90s. That didn’t stop him from pushing to limits that defied logic.

Carpenter had to be the quickest and fastest of his body make and that led him by the end of the 1983 season to bolt on a nitrous oxide kit that upped his pace to solid [and unheard of] 8.30s.

TAFC RACER FRED HAGAN PASSES

Pioneering Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Fred Hagan has passed away. 

"Racing was his life," said his son Fred Hagen, Jr.

One of his first jobs was working as a mechanic at what would become a Mopar Hot Rod Mecca, "Mr. Norm's" Grand Spaulding Dodge in 1962. It was there he befriended the likes of Chicagoland legends Norm Spaulding, Gary Dyer, Kenny Safford among others. He went on to have a career that certainly carved his name among the legends of not only the Chicagoland area, but Division 3 NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car.

INTRODUCING JACK BECKMAN, THE HOT ROD HISTORIAN

 

Jack Beckman is a hot-rod historian.

When NHRA Mello Yello Series races were halted March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Beckman needed to find something to keep him busy and he has.

Beckman, who won the 2012 nitro Funny Car world championship, has spent the last few months sharing his favorite moments in drag racing history with fans.

He’s had eight episodes of Hot Rod History with Jack Beckman streaming on nhra.com. Beckman also has posted his episodes on dodgegarage.com and his own Facebook page.

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