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LAGANA HEADED BACK TO AUSTRALIA FOR RAI

 

With tuner Lee Beard to help him, NHRA part-time racer Dom Lagana will make an encore in Australia later this month or Rapisarda Autosport International.

Lagana will be a teammate to Damien Harris and Wayne Newby at the Santo’s Summer Thunder event January 21 at Sydney Dragway, then at the Jan. 28-29 ANDRA Nationals at Calder Park Raceway at Melbourne, Victoria.

IN 2017, IT’S STREET OUTLAWS, PRO MODS, HEMIS AND HOT RODS AT ROCKINGHAM

Rockingham Dragway’s reputation for diversity won’t lose any of its luster this year with track owner Steve Earwood’s announcement of a 63-event schedule that includes a little bit of everything – from a Perdue Farms company picnic to a Rugged Maniacs 5k obstacle race to the return of the American Drag Racing League Pro Mod Series.
 
Nevertheless, Earwood is most excited about his track’s new affiliations with the Modern Hemi Shootout Series, which makes its Rockingham debut in May, the stars of the wildly popular Street Outlaws TV series, who will be featured in events in April and October, and the International Drag Bike League, which will contest its World Finals on a November date that will provide the world’s fastest street bikes a platform for record-breaking performance.

PS DRIVER HARTFORD READY FOR BIGGER, BETTER 2017 SEASON

 

Making it as a single-car NHRA Pro Stock team competing on a limited schedule is a tough road.

Yet, it is one Matt Hartford has traveled with some success the past four years, and he’s coming back for more in 2017.

“We’re going to be at Pomona with Total Seal and Nitro Fish (Kenny Koretsky) being the major supporters on the car and Warren Johnson power,” said Hartford, who drives a Camaro.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OBERTO, 7-ELEVEN TO SPONSOR JIM DUNN RACING FUNNY CAR IN 2017

The world’s largest convenience store chain is gearing up for a high speed promotion in 2017.  7-Eleven will partner with Jim Dunn Racing and associate sponsor Oberto Beef Jerky for the 2017 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Championship Drag Racing Season.  The primary colors of 7-Eleven green and orange will be showcased at more than half of the 24 NHRA national events.  Featured races will be in markets where 7-Eleven stores are accessible to race fans on their way to and from the race track each day.
 
Jim Dunn Racing has been a leader in the sport of NHRA drag racing for more than 50 years and has represented top North American and global brand leaders like 7-Eleven and its 60,000 stores operated by the company, its franchisees and licensees around the world.   In 2016, Jim Dunn’s 1972 Barracuda was voted #11 all-time most popular NHRA Funny Car by racing fans.  The accomplishment is another added to the Hall of Fame team owner, crew chief, and former driver’s long list of accomplishments in the sport.   

CP SPORTSMAN - SUPER STOCK VETERAN TEAM DEFRANK AND SONS PREPARE FOR STRONG '17

Last season's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series was another to remember for Super Stock racer Jimmy DeFrank, and he is more eager than ever to jump into a whole new year of doing what he loves. The pilot of the DeFrank & Sons Racing Chevrolet Cobalt accumulated a large amount of points towards the big trophy last year, and in the end, he and his team scored their fifth Super Stock world championship and 13th overall division title. In total, the Chatsworth, California-based racer heads into the 2017 season with 19 national event titles on his scorecard and 45 division wins.

NHRA TO SALUTE FIRST RESPONDERS IN 2017

In the high-speed world of NHRA Championship Drag Racing, things can happen in the blink of an eye. Wins and losses are decided by milliseconds but when things go wrong on the track, NHRA racers know that they also can rely on the lightning-quick response of the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA.

Through the 2017 season, the NHRA will pay tribute to the legion of first responders, the heroes who are among the first people to arrive and assist at a scene of an emergency.

SEALED STOCK ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN ADDED TO 9TH ANNUAL NMRA/NMCA ALL-STAR NATIONALS

NMRA and NMCA have announced the 2nd Annual Sealed Stock All-Star Showdown, a special race between select Coyote Stock and Chevrolet Performance Stock competitors at the Commerce, Georgia event at Atlanta Dragway, the weekend of April 6-9, 2017. Billed as the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, it’s one of only two races where fans can witness the spectacle of both NMRA and NMCA racing the same weekend.

The Sealed Stock All-Star Showdown teams will be selected according to the following: Top three in points combined from the 2016 season and 2017 first event; and one wildcard racer whose name will be drawn during a driver’s meeting before the first qualifying round. Racers will compete for major bragging rights, $1,000 cash, a Manufacturer’s Cup, and a trip to the Aerospace Components Winners Circle.

CP SPORTSMAN - HENRY DOGAY NAMES PDRA CHAMP FERGUSON AS DRIVER

 

PDRA Top Sportsman champion Dan Ferguson had already resigned to the fact, his good fortunes of the last three seasons were going to end with a second championship. Team owner Dale Pittman made the decision to sell his Corvette, leaving Ferguson to fend for himself in 2017.

Ferguson didn't fret, but with a small measure of disappointment began working on his own Firebird with the expressed intent of racing one event, which would determine whether he'd run the full season.

Ironically, he experienced a bit of deja vu dating back to 2014, when a successful debut turned into a full season which yielded his first career championship.

JIMMY PROCK RETURNS TO JOHN FORCE RACING; WILL TUNE JOHN FORCE

John Force Racing is strengthening its racing operations in preparation for multiple championship runs for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force will reunite with crew chief Jimmy Prock, who won the 2013 title with Force, and co-crew chief Chris Cunningham will also join the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS. Prock worked at JFR for 14 years before serving as crew chief for Jack Beckman the last 2 seasons.

Mike Neff returns as crew chief on Robert Hight’s Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, with Jon Schaffer and Jason McCulloch joining that team as co-crew chiefs. The move strengthens one of the most dominant Funny Car driver/tuner combinations and positions the 2009 Funny Car champion as a driver to watch in 2017.

Leadership on Courtney Force’s Advance Auto Parts Funny Car and Brittany Force’s Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster remains intact.

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