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DAN PARKER IN ‘DRIVEN BLIND’ DEBUTS ON WORLD TV

Since early this year, Driven Blind, a 25-minute documentary about Pro Mod driver and chassis builder Dan Parker, who was permanently blinded in a 2012 racing accident, has been making the rounds and winning awards at independent film festivals nationwide. This Sunday (Apr. 15) at 9:30 p.m., the short film will also make its televised debut on the World Channel (WorldChannel.org) digital network.

“The film just talks about the struggles of blindness, about me adapting to being blind, and just how life changes when everything you’re used to changes: your job, your passions, just everything,” the 2005 American Drag Racing League Pro Nitrous world champion explains.

DON PRUDHOMME RETURNS TO BAJA COMPETITION AFTER 50 YEARS

 

Four-time NHRA Funny Car champion and drag racing legend Don “the Snake” Prudhomme is known for his performance in a nitro-burning Funny Car, but he also has a history with desert racing on the Baja peninsula.

In 1968, Prudhomme entered the Mexican 1000 Baja race in a Porsche-powered buggy built by racing innovator Tony Nancy and owned by actor Steve McQueen. Shortly before the race, McQueen had a movie conflict so Nancy reached out to Prudhomme to fill the seat as the co-driver. Prudhomme and Nancy had crossed paths through their successful drag racing careers. Now, 50 years later, with help from JEGS High Performance Mail Order, Prudhomme is returning to Baja competition in the 2018 Mexican 1000 – and he’s out for redemption.

CHAD GREEN TO RACE HOUSTON WITH HIS NEW CAMARO

NHRA Pro Modified racer Chad Green who took a tumble during the semi-final round at the NHRA Gatornationals will not miss a beat from the mishap. Instead, Green will compete in next week's NHRA Spring Nationals outside of Houston, Texas, behind the wheel of his new Camaro built by jerry Bickel Race Cars. 

BROGDON TO RACE PRO STOCK IN HOUSTON

 

A familiar face will return to compete in NHRA’s Pro Stock class April 20-22 at the SpringNationals in Houston, Texas.

Rodger Brogdon, who competed in NHRA’s Pro Stock from 2007-2015, will drive a KB Racing Camaro at Royal Purple Raceway. Brogdon’s company RBR Machine will sponsor his car in Houston.

“I would not be telling the truth if I didn’t say I missed it,” Brogdon said. “Racing was such a big part of my life, so I figured I would run this weekend and see how it goes and maybe run two or three more races before the year is over and make a decision on whether I want to race next year or not.”

SUMMIT RACING NAMED OFFICIAL MWPMS SPONSOR AND TITLE RIGHTS HOLDER

The Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is proud to welcome Summit Racing Equipment as its official speed shop and parts supplier. Additionally, Summit Racing has been named the title sponsor for the MWPMS event Sept. 7-8, at Trumbull, TX.

“We’re very excited about Summit Racing Equipment joining us as both a full-season sponsor and the title rights holder for our race at the brand-new Xtreme Raceway Park,” stated Keith Haney, owner and promoter of the Tulsa-based drag racing organization. “Summit Racing is a huge company and very well-known in all forms of motorsports, so for them to come on board with the Mid-West Pro Mod Series is a great vote of confidence in the strength of our series. It shows they have faith in what we're doing and what we say we’re going to do.”   

AUSSIE RACHELLE SPLATT TO MAKE JET DRAGSTER DEBUT

 

Australia's Rachelle Splatt is ready to make her Jet Dragster competition debut at Willowbank Raceway for this Saturday night's Jet Car Thunder, and while the speeds might be similar, there is much to learn again for the drag racing veteran.

Splatt, from Victoria, is most well known for driving Top Fuel Dragsters, the quickest accelerating vehicles on the planet. Fans have seen her at Willowbank Raceway many times driving the nitro-fuelled machines, most recently in her Gulf Western Oil dragster.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - ... SURVEY SAYS, FOUR-WIDE STILL NOT LIKED DESPITE FULL GRANDSTANDS

 

Last weekend, the NHRA captured the largest three-day total for its spring race in Las Vegas with the inaugural running of the 4-Wide Nationals at a west coast venue. 

This did little to impress the readers of CompetitionPlus.com who voted 63-percent to say they have never liked four-wide drag racing. At 21 percent was a group who said they've liked the concept since it was introduced. There were 16-percent who said they've come to enjoy four-wide drag racing. 

Our first survey back in 2010 had the disapproval rating at 87-percent. 

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

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Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Winners Edition featuring Steve Torrence, J.R .Todd, Vincent Nobile, and Joey Severence, plus Bobby Logana, Richard Hogan, Todd Smith, John Oberhofer, Michael James, Taylor Gray, John Nobile, David Hakim, Brian Lohnes, Nate Hirsche, Alan Reinhart, and host Joe Castello

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT IS NEWEST SPONSOR OF MIDWEST JUNIOR SUPER SERIES

Summit Racing Equipment, has joined drag racing’s most prolific series of Junior Dragster competition.

The Midwest Junior Super Series has announced a new partnership in the vast scope of its sponsorship and contingency program with the addition of Summit Racing Equipment as a premiere contributor to the sport’s most comprehensive circuit for youths under the age of eighteen.

VP RACING FUELS NAMED OFFICIAL FUEL OF MID-WEST PRO MOD RACING SERIES

VP Racing Fuels, Inc., announced they have been named the Official Fuel of the Mid-West Pro Mod Racing Series.

The all 1/8-mile drag racing series competes in events in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas.

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