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ENCORE - THE ORIGINAL PRO NITROUS: THE AHRA PRO STOCKERS

6-4-07ahra.jpgA common misconception suggests the origin of nitrous-injected doorslammer racing can be traced back to the International Hot Rod Association’s Top Sportsman division. In fact, the first organized competition for nitrous-aided door cars dates back to the American Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class. During the last four years of the AHRA’s existence, officials bucked conventional Pro Stock regulations of the day by allowing the use of nitrous oxide.

In 1980, Pro Stock was a class in transition. On the National Hot Rod Association side, Pro Stock cars were running on a pounds-per-cubic-inch basis with special weight breaks and/or handicaps based on the make of car. The IHRA took advantage of their rival’s complicated and rather unpopular structure and countered with a simplified unlimited cubic-inch format. As a result, the first Pro Stock car to break into the seven-second zone was racing under IHRA sanction

So where does AHRA Pro Stock fit into the equation? At the start of the 1980 season, the AHRA was deep in the same quagmire as the NHRA, struggling to maintain a level playing field through the use of a cumbersome rules package. To their credit, those in charge of the AHRA recognized the quandary they were in, and they reacted accordingly, making sweeping rules changes. 

The 1980 AHRA Pro Stock season had gotten off to a lackluster start, but that was soon to change. The organization decided that implementing a Mountain Motor format was the best way to give the class the publicity it deserved, and inject new life into it.

There was a major problem, however.

HOLLEY LS FEST WEST IS CANCELLED

 

Holley’s LS Fest West, a traditional event hosted by The Strip at Las Vegas has become the latest casualty of 2020’s global pandemic.

Most recently scheduled for June 12 - 14, the event was cancelled because of uncertainty surrounding live events held in Nevada. The state of Nevada is taking a phased approach to reopening, and at this time, there is still no indication as to when large crowds will be permitted to gather.

Race officials have confirmed pre-registered participants and spectators that pre-purchased tickets will be fully refunded as soon as possible.

THE DAY KURT JOHNSON SOLIDIFIED HIS PLACE IN DRAG RACING HISTORY

There was no doubt that sometime, at some point, someone was going to be the first NHRA Pro Stock driver to break into the six-second zone on a quarter-mile pass. 

The question was who would be the driver to secure that spot in drag racing history.

Good ol’ conventional wisdom thought it would come down to a pair of Dodge drivers, Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion, or Warren Johnson, a.k.a., “The Professor,” in his Georgia-based Oldsmobile.

In near-perfect conditions on Friday night, May 20, 1994, Alderman, Geoffrion and Johnson took their shots and came up short by several hundredths. 

PDRA RELEASES SEVEN-RACE REVISED 2020 SCHEDULE

Just over a week away from the delayed start of the 2020 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season, the series announced Wednesday night its revised schedule. Six other PDRA races will join next week’s East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park, which was announced on May 8, on the 2020 PDRA “No Warning Labels” Tour. The seven-race revised schedule replaces the PDRA’s original eight-race schedule that was affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
 
“We know our racers are eager to get this season started, and we’re thrilled to finally have a full season schedule to announce,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “The PDRA team has worked closely with the track operators and state and local officials to develop a realistic schedule.”

FIRST LOOK: TODD HOERNER'S NEW TT MOTORSPORTS MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCKER

 

Todd Horner is set to unveil this new beauty during next weekend’s PDRA season-opener at Galot Motor Sports just outside of Durham, NC.

The Jerry Bickel-built beauty sponsored by the Zarella Family is powered by an 826 cubic inch Sonny Leonard powerplant.

Additionally, Hoerner is sponsored by TT Motorsports, and carries associate sponsorship from Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Jegs, Total Seal, GRP, Big Stuff, PSI Springs, Maxima Oil, Sonnys Racing Engines, Reeve Trucking, and Buxton Engineering.

nd carries associate sponsorship from Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Jegs, Total Seal, GRP, Big Stuff, PSI Springs, Maxima Oil, Sonnys Racing Engines, Reeve Trucking, and Buxton Engineering.

DRIVING HIS OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE MADE JEG COUGHLIN'S JEEP PURCHASE EXTRA SPECIAL

It's always a thrill to buy a new vehicle. It's dramatically more so if you have the chance to actually drive your new vehicle right off the assembly line. That's exactly what six-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. got to do in 2018 when he purchased a new Jeep that was assembled in Toledo, Ohio.
 
"It was truly an amazing experience and made that particular Jeep very special to me," Coughlin said. "I was the first butt in the seat, as they say, and I feel a real connection to my Jeep. I keep it down in Florida, where it's the perfect cruiser for the beach."

PRO PULLING STAR STAN SHELTON BEGINS NEW PRO MOD CHAPTER

 

When it comes to tractors, Stan Shelton is a star.

The New London, N.C., native is a standout in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.

Now, Shelton has pretty much passed the tractor pulling baton to his children, boys, Grayson and Reese and daughter, Camille and now he wants to try his hand at Pro Mod racing.

DR. JAMIE MEYER NAMED PRESIDENT OF PRI TRADE SHOW

Dr. Jamie Meyer has taken the role of President of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show and media company, effective this week. Meyer, who has a long and storied history in motorsports and racing, will lead the PRI team in increasing engagement and support for the industry through enhanced programs and services for the motorsports community.
 
“In addition to providing the industry with world-class trade events and publications, PRI is committed to enhancing resources, advocacy and representation for the motorsports industry,” said Chris Kersting, president and CEO of SEMA. “Dr. Jamie Meyer will be instrumental in leading the team. He has great knowledge and understanding of racing businesses, teams and drivers, and he will be a valued leader to help motorsports and the industry grow.”

DRAG RACING HAS GONE TO THE DOGS

 

DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., is sponsoring the first-ever DENSO 3-Wide Doxie Nationals hosted by its NHRA racing partners Angie and Matt Smith to support three animal rescue, adoption and placement organizations. The husband-and-wife Pro Stock Motorcycle teammates will livestream on their Facebook channel from their own backyard in King, North Carolina, on Saturday, May 23, at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

The fun-filled fundraiser will feature the Smiths’ own beloved trio of Dachshund hounds: Coco Chanel, Mocha and Bella. Each will represent a different charity: Coco is racing for the Dachshund Rescue of North America; Mocha is racing for the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in Las Vegas; and Bella is racing for Patriot Paws Service Dogs based in Rockwall, Texas.

MWPMS RETURNS TO ACTION IN DALLAS

 

The road to recovery following a global pandemic has been a rocky one, but for the Midwest Pro Modified Series, the freeway is getting much smoother. Hot off of a successful launch in Tulsa, Ok., the doorslammer series is headed into the Texas Motorplex with plenty of momentum.

“We made a lot of changes to the Tulsa event to keep the racers and spectators safe, including an online registration process and time slip app as well as social distancing protocols,” said series founder Keith Haney. “I am extremely proud of our people for adhering to these and making it a great kick-off to our 2020 season.”

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