Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Roger Richards Mon, 2017-06-19 08:00
Being a part-time NHRA Pro Stock racer makes things difficult for Alex Laughlin.
That, however, didn’t detour Laughlin this weekend at the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2017-06-18 23:49
Jeff Diehl has dodged cones behind the wheel. He's even dodged errant race cars crossing the centerline.
Diehl, who is an avid surfer in his downtime, can add a supercharger drive to his resume.
Saturday, during Top Fuel's Q-4 session, Diehl, along with Jim Dunn Racing crewmember Eugene Gray were standing along the chain link fence at the edge of the professional pits watching the action when Shawn Langdon experienced his massive supercharger explosion.
The blast set the shrapnel flying from the fiery engine.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2017-06-18 23:03
John Harold Force carries his father's name in the middle of his full name. However, the gifting of the name pales in comparison to the life's lessons the 68-year old, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion received from Harold Louis Force, a man with deep French roots..
"Good man. I always looked up to him," said Force without hesitation. "He was a role model that I followed, even though he come from the old school. Truck driver, hard worker, street fighter."
There was three traits a Force child must retain. They were all equally important; Force pointed out. They must be a hard worker, respectful of elders and be able to fight if challenged.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2017-06-18 22:50
Tempers flared in the Bristol Dragway shutdown area during first round Funny Car eliminations at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
In a close race, John Force defeated Del Worsham, and shortly after the Funny Cars crossed the finish line, the 16-time champion's Camaro darted over into Worsham's lane. There was no contact between the race cars, but upon exiting his car, Worsham was not shy about voicing his displeasure.