by Tracy Renck Thu, 2017-08-10 21:55
Story & photos by Jon Asher Thu, 2017-08-10 20:19
Until he tore his rotator cuff while trying to right things after a highway incident, Hector Arana, Sr. was a very competitive and popular rider/team owner in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Since the flat tire and resultant surgery (how embarrassing – injured changing a flat!) Arana has somehow become much more. Chalk it up to the media’s having suddenly discovered that this almost always ebullient individual appears to be even more out-going than he was before. Or maybe it’s something as simplistic as his current inability to work on the team’s Buell motorcycles, leaving him more free time to espouse his views on a wide range of topics, many of them drag racing-related.
Like a top level professional athlete, Arana’s approach to his rehab and eventual return to competition has been thoughtful and, well, professional. Unlike the high school kid who jumps up after being stuffed at the line of scrimmage by an SEC-bound 290 lb. defensive lineman, and assures his coaches and trailers he’s fine, only to discover a full quarter later that his aching leg is indeed broken, Arana has taken the advice of his doctors to heart, and isn’t rushing things. He’s in this for the long haul, not just next weekend’s race.
Wed, 2017-08-09 17:42
The race car factory at Jerry Bickel has cranked out a new beauty. Check out this new hot rod destined for Chad Green, who plans to run the new Corvette in PDRA's Pro Nitrous division.
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2017-08-09 17:14
Championship driver Mike Janis has done many things in his career, but this weekend he accomplished a first.
Janis made his first trip to Colorado from Buffalo, N.Y. – with a purpose – to compete in the World Series of Pro Mod at Bandimere Speedway in his Camaro.
“The big pay day for sure,” said Janis why he made the trek to Bandimere. “It’s like a once in a lifetime chance to race for this much money. And it’s all in fairness the way they structured it with the turbo and the blower cars, it’s a pretty even playing field. I’ve never been in Colorado. It’s beautiful out here. I don’t think Pro Stock or anyone has ever had a pay day like this. This is huge. I think one time we raced back in the IHRA days, we raced for $25,000 but this is just huge. We’ve never raced for this much money before. This would be the kingpin if I won.”
Wed, 2017-08-09 06:55
Officials at Byron Dragway have announced the popular racing venue is seeking new ownership.
This is an exciting opportunity to take an established motorsports venue into the future. Byron Dragway is fortunate to have been under stable and consistent ownership for decades, allowing the venue to not only establish but truly develop many successful events and racing programs. This is a turn key motorsports venue that presents many opportunities for long term growth, expansion and diversification.
Tue, 2017-08-08 18:00
The late Terry Chandler's dream of having a "giving car" in the NHRA Funny Car category will continue through 2020 after her husband, Doug Chandler, agreed to continue her mission and fund two Funny Cars with Don Schumacher Racing.
The Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars will continue to be driven by Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and will continue to benefit worthwhile non-profit organizations. Since Terry began funding the teams in 2014, they have donated branding space to the Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero foundations.
Tue, 2017-08-08 18:00
As co-owner of the PDRA, Jason Scruggs has been in staunch support of the organization from day one, never missing a race in his Pro Extreme “Mississippi Missile”. And while he is maintaining his partial ownership, the upcoming PDRA Summer Nationals will look a little different as Scruggs announces he is taking some time off from racing.
“I have a whole lot going on with business and my family right now and just going to take a break from racing for a while,” Scruggs explained. “I’m still behind the PDRA one hundred percent. I want to clear the air and don’t want any rumors to start flying about PDRA.
By Susan Wade Tue, 2017-08-08 17:46
By Susan Wade; Photos by Ron Lewis Tue, 2017-08-08 17:30
Terry McMillen’s breakthrough semifinal finish at Sonoma was a huge and timely boost to his Countdown chances. And proving last weekend's epic performance was no fluke, he pulled off a monster takedown of point leader Steve Torrence in the first round and drove his way to the final round, before losing a tough one to Antron Brown.
By Susan Wade; Photo by Ron Lewis Tue, 2017-08-08 17:21
Clay Millican’s Fathers Day Top Fuel victory at Bristol – poignant because his first in NHRA competition not only came in his home state of Tennessee but on a day he had dreaded after losing son Dalton in a motorcycle accident – just might be the most popular drag-racing victory ever.
However, another one might have come right on the heels of Millican’s triumph at Bristol Dragway.
This one might have been a little embarrassing – with the accent on the last three syllables.