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JOHNNA DUNN, READY TO RESUME WORK ON FUNNY CAR, SAYS THANKS FOR WISHES, PRAYERS

 

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday. But for Johnna Dunn and her family, it’s Thanksgiving time.

The clutch specialist for her grandfather Jim Dunn’s Funny Car said she wants to thank everyone for their prayers, wishes, and messages of support following her starting-line injury during the Magic Dry NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. She’s recovering from a nose broken in two places and accompanying bruising caused by a random projectile. But she’ll be back in action, working on the family-operated Funny Car at this weekend’s Amalie Oil Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla.

“I was going a little stir-crazy. I wanted to go back to work, get back to the shop and school. But the messages and prayers I got, they really helped a lot. It meant a lot to me. It was really nice of everybody,” Johnna Dunn said.

HECTOR ARANA JR. ON FATHERHOOD: "I WANT SOFIA'S DADDY TO BE A WINNER"

 

Racers understand the term "off-season" is truly a misnomer, for there isn't much time "off" at all. If anything, the time between the last race of one season and the start of the next one is busier than the race schedule.

So when you ask a racer what they did in the "off-season," they'll often look at you funny and ask, not at all sarcastically, "What off-season?"

But it was a little different for Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Hector Arana Jr. Quite a bit different, in fact.

TOP FUEL PILOT T.J. ZIZZO TO MAKE SEASON DEBUT AT GATORNATIONALS

 

The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series season is getting an early start for T.J. Zizzo.

The veteran Top Fuel pilot, who has been making his season debuts deep in the season in recent years, will roll out his dragster for the 50th running of the Gatornationals March 14-17 in Gainesville, Fla.

“There are multiple reasons why we are coming out at Gainesville,” Zizzo said. “No. 1 is Rust-Oleum wanted us to go out early this year. We have usually waited until spring time, summer time and they are debuting a new product, that’s not even out in stores yet, so they wanted us to go out early just to show it off a little bit. This race also is supposed to be a big race. The last time we raced there was 2014. The last time we raced there our crew chief (Mike Kern, who works for the government) was meeting with the President of the United States, which was Barack Obama at the time. This will be a little different at least I don’t have to go there worried that I’m going to screw something up which is a good thing.

ZMAX DRAGWAY BRINGS NIGHT OF FIRE TO NHRA 4-WIDE NATIONALS

 

The sensory overload of nitro-fueled excitement and the brightness of dragsters’ header flames will illuminate zMAX Dragway when the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals roars to life with an all-new Night of Fire on Friday, April 26. For the first time, the NHRA’s original four-lane drag strip – known as the Bellagio of drag strips – will light the tree and the night sky with qualifying beginning at 4:30 p.m. and concluding under the stars.

AMALIE MOTOR OIL RENEWS SPONSORSHIP WITH MCMILLEN

AMALIE Motor Oil has announced that the company will extend its sponsorship of Terry McMillen and the AMALIE Motor Oil XTERMIGATOR Top Fuel team through 2023. The extension encompasses a 23 year relationship.

“This has been an amazing relationship and we’ve always been proud to be part of the AMALIE Family,” said Terry McMillen. “We love representing the Barkett family and the employees and all of the AMALIE customers and partners. We’re looking forward to the next four years and beyond.”

BREAKING NEWS - TAD STANDOUT JUSTIN ASHLEY HEADED TO TOP FUEL IN 2020

 

Justin Ashley has a clear vision for his drag racing future. At just 24 years old, he's got 20/20 vision for 2020, and a graduation to the biggest stage major league drag racing has to offer, Top Fuel eliminator on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Justin Ashley Racing announced today it has joined forces with Davis Motorsports to field a Top Fuel Dragster at a minimum of 12 NHRA events in 2020 with the second-generation driver behind the wheel. The team plans to begin testing later this Spring.

DON SCHUMACHER INDUCTED INTO MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA

NHRA team owner and Funny Car pioneer Don Schumacher was one of seven inductees enshrined into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Tuesday evening in Daytona Beach, Fla.
 
Schumacher, owner of drag racing powerhouse Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), was recognized alongside his fellow members of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s class of 2019 as they took their place in history among the greatest, most recognized names in motorsports. Joining Schumacher in the 2019 class were Augie Duesenberg, Dario Franchitti, Phil Remington, Kevin Schwantz, Tony Stewart and Linda Vaughn.

ROGER BROGDON HAVING $5,000 DRAWING FOR PRO STOCK FANS AT GATORNATIONALS

 

Fans attending the 50th running of the Gatornationals March 14-17 at Gainesville, Fla., who love NHRA’s Pro Stock class, have a chance to cash in this weekend, thanks to Rodger Brogdon.

Brogdon, who is driving a Chevy Camaro for Elite Motorsports this season, is giving one lucky Pro Stock fan a chance to win $5,000.

To be eligible for the contest and the $5,000 drawing, presented by Rodger Brogdon Racing and RBR Machine, fans must purchase the official 50th anniversary Gatornationals T-shirt. Then, head to the Pro Stock pits and collect as many autographs and pictures as possible. Create a Facebook post with picture of the official shirt signed by at least 8 Pro Stock drivers and pictures of with or of your favorite Pro Stock drivers.

RYAN OEHLER HAS NEW APPROACH, SAME LOFTY GOALS

 

Second-year Pro Stock Motorcycle rider “Flyin’ Ryan” Oehler will challenge for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship a slimmed down attack and complete with new marketing partners.

The team’s new chassis dyno is up and running, and the S&S powered EBR has shed 7 pounds over the winter.

“That’s a chunk,” said Oehler, who’s also lost weight via the “Steve Johnson Diet”—lots of broccoli.

TAD STANDOUT JUSTIN ASHLEY HAS GREAT GATORS MEMORIES

 

In his first season as an A/Fuel driver, at his very first race the Gatornationals, Justin Ashley brought home the Wally. But that was then as a driver for Randy Meyer and this is now.
 
After an active offseason, his first as a team owner Ashley feels confident that his team is ready to compete to win at this weekend’s 50th Annual running of the Gatornationals. During the off-season, the second-generation drag racer brought in Tony Samsel to crew chief alongside Anthony Dicero a combination he feels can put the 1800CASHOUT A/FUEL dragster in the winner’s circle. 
 

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