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FLATOUT GASKETS' MARK ADELIZZI PASSES

 

The gearhead community has lost a dear friend.

Mark Adelizzi, the driving force behind the Flatout Gaskets brand, has passed away following a brave battle with a lengthy illness. Details are few at this time, but the love and admiration of his friends aren’t.

QUALIFYING - VRHRA RACE 2 OF 4, THUNDER AT THE DOME

 

It's time for the second stop on the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association [VRHRA]. Last week the VRHRA rolled into the legendary Orange County International Raceway, the original drag racing super track.

This time, the VRHRA is going where no other race series has gone before -- indoor drag racing. A massive coliseum has been built in the drag racing capital of the world - Spartanburg, SC, home of over 30 world championships (in real life!).

KYLE KORETSKY EYES SECOND VRHRA RACE, 2020 SEASON

Kyle Koretsky has yet to compete in his first career NHRA Mello Yello Series national event in the Pro Stock class.

However, the son of longtime Pro Stock driver Kenny Koretsky, already has a strong fan following.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: KENNY BERNSTEIN

From the time he resumed his drag racing career in late 1978 until he retired as a team owner following the 2011 season, Kenny Bernstein had a run of staggering success.

For the record: Six NHRA championships (four straight in Funny Car, and two more in Top Fuel); the first driver to break the 300-mph barrier (this week in 1992); the only team owner to win in NHRA, NASCAR and CART (now IndyCar); a 30-year sponsor partnership with Budweiser; and on and on and on.

CAMERON FERRE ENJOYING FAMILY TIME DURING DRAG RACING HIATUS

Drag racing can be a blur traveling from track to track weekend after weekend.

Family time can be hard to come by for some drivers.

ENCORE - BOB GLIDDEN: AN UNLIKELY CHAMPIONSHIP

12-4-07glidden.jpgBob Glidden had every reason to believe he wouldn’t win the 1980 NHRA Pro Stock crown.

Already a four-time champion, Glidden’s follow-up to an incredible seven-win 1979 season, got off to a bad start through a series of misfortunes, not of his own making.

First, Glidden’s major sponsor and factory supporter for the 1979 season, Chrysler, filed for bankruptcy leaving him to run the new season on his own dime.

Secondly, by the third event of the 1980 season Glidden was forced to return back to a Ford Fairmont, a car he admitted was not very good.

Thirdly, Glidden was forced to deal with a race team, in a Chevrolet Camaro, intent on dethroning him.

Facing such enormous obstacles, a lesser man might have given up. In that era or any era, Glidden has never been a lesser man.

NHRA ANNOUNCES REVISED SCHEDULE FOR MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES

In consideration of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NHRA officials announced today revisions to the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The series is tentatively planned to resume June 5-7 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The season will conclude with the crowning of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions November 13-15 at the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

The revised schedule will consist of 19 total events, with 17 of those events being contested when the series resumes in June. Six of these events will be condensed to two-day competition schedules for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes due to economic and logistical factors. As a result of the compressed schedule points will not be reset after the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. NHRA has held two make-up dates on the calendar in case there are further delays.

BUSY RACE WEEK AHEAD FOR NHRA CHAMP RON CAPPS

Don Schumacher Racing’s Ron Capps is gearing up for a busy few days of on-track competition, all from the comforts of his own home. By participating in three iRacing events occurring this week, the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car world champion will have the opportunity to showcase his virtual racing skills through highly-publicized online events, all of which boast a slew of stars drawing from multiple auto-racing series.
 
As one of the earliest to get involved with online racing, Capps’ first foray into the world of virtual motorsports began in the early 2000s. While NHRA drag racing is his passion, the life-long auto-racing enthusiast jumps at the opportunity to get behind the wheel of any type of race car, including virtual ones.

MUSI RACING PARTNERS WITH SRI PERFORMANCE FOR 2020 AND 2021 SEASONS

Musi Racing has announced a partnership with SRI Performance for the 2020 and 2021 racing seasons, pairing together two standout companies in the racing hub of Mooresville, NC.

With the partnership, SRI Performance will provide materials and products for Musi Racing, enlarging its footprint in drag racing. That includes the “Aftershock” Camaro driven by Lizzy Musi in Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings competition, which is aired worldwide on Discovery.

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.”

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