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DRAG ILLUSTRATED TO UNVEIL FOURTH ANNUAL 30 UNDER 30 LIST AT PRI

 

Drag Illustrated’s annual 30 Under 30 list will be revealed during its official press conference and magazine cover reveal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
 
The fourth annual list will be announced in the PRI Media Center, Rooms 116 & 117, and one-on-one interviews will be available with Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck, as well as the 30 Under 30 honorees in attendance following the press conference. The cover of Drag Illustrated #139 will also be officially released at that time. 

GARY SCELZI LEGENDS: THE SERIES EPISODE TO PREMIERE AT 2018 PRI

 

For the second year in a row CompetitionPlus.com owner and publisher Bobby Bennett will unveil a new episode of the popular Legends: The Series at the 31st Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in the PRI Media Center inside the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  The premiere, which will be sponsored by Aeromotive Fuel Systems, will take place on December 7 at 2:30 p.m. and will feature 4-time NHRA champion Gary Scelzi, one of the most outrageous, outspoken and dominant drivers in the history of drag racing.

"It is always exciting to launch a new Legends episode, but it is extra special to do it in the company with passionate drag racing fans and it an event like the PRI Trade Show," said Bobby Bennett. "Last season was an emotional launch with the Eric Medlen episode, so this year I felt it was best to go in a different direction. I wholeheartedly feel Gary Scelzi has one of those stories which can trigger every emotion, especially laughter. I am honored to be able to tell his story. He stepped into the toughest situation imaginable and delivered a championship performance. "

EDELBROCK, MUSI PARTNER ON NEW CRATE ENGINE PROGRAM

 

Building on a successful relationship that spans nearly two decades, Edelbrock confirmed an enhanced partnership with Pat Musi Racing Engines that will cater to the hardcore drag racing market.
At the center of the partnership is a new crate engine program created specifically for drag racers which features the Musi 632 Top Sportsman / Top Dragster engine. Equipped with Edelbrock Big Victor 12 degree cylinder heads customized by Musi and top-of-the-line components from carburetor to oil pan, this engine is perfect for fast bracket racers looking for 1,250 HP (without nitrous, 1,650 HP with nitrous) and unmatched durability.

Besides the complete engine available from Pat Musi Racing Engines, individual components are also available directly from both Edelbrock and Musi as part of the program. Available components include the aforementioned 12 degree cylinder heads in addition to Victor Musi Big-Block Chevy 24 degree CNC cylinder heads, Super Victor II CNC intake manifold, and Big Victor 2 Spread-Port Tall Deck intake manifold.

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.

DID YOU MISS THIS WEEK'S WFO RADIO?

 

WFOLogo-TRANSP-smThe 2018 NHRA Nitro “Parade of Champions” begins with Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence, Competition Eliminator Champion Frank Aragona, and Top Sportsman Champion Ronnie Proctor. CompetitionPlus.com‘s Bobby Bennett Brings the Heat. NHRA’s Alan Reinhart and Joe Castello.

DELAGO BACK ON THE FREE AGENT MARKET

 

 

After a brief stint at Cruz Pedregon Racing, crew chief Tommy DeLago is back on the sidelines, and at a crossroads in his career.

Delago said he was informed Friday, November 23, 2018 that there was no deal in place for his employment for 2019.

"It was pretty straight-forward, it's his car, and he can do whatever he wants to with it, and that includes tuning," DeLago said.

THE WEEKEND WHEN NITRO GOT NITROUS BANNED

BUTNER CONFIRMS RETURN TO NHRA PRO STOCK WITH KB RACING IN 2019

As the 2018 season of NHRA's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series wound down, 2017 Pro Stock world champion Bo Butner made a decision to shift gears and step back from the class. The longtime Sportsman racer elected to return to his roots and spend more time with his growing family, but when an abbreviated schedule was announced for Pro Stock, Butner and company had to think twice.
 
With the support of his family, Butner will return to tackle the 18-race Pro Stock tour in 2019. He also remains committed to competing in the SAM Tech Factory Stock Showdown in his Cobra Jet Mustang.

THE EASTERN RAIDER RETURNS TO THE STRIP

 

Al Hanna, President of Hanna Motorsports, has announced the 2019 debut of the brand new "Eastern Raider" 300 MPH jet dragster.  The car is currently in the building stage at Dan Page Race Cars, with delivery expected late January.  "I created the "Eastern Raider" name in late 1969, and ran Nitro Funny Cars and Top Fuel dragsters under that name for many years", stated Hanna.  "That name appeared nationally as part of the 'Revell All-Star Team', and the 'Coca-Cola Cavalcade of Stars', including many National Events and Major Track events in 46 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Brazil.  Fans love the 'Eastern Raider.'  This new car reaches back to our roots but, is still contemporary."

AUSSIE DAUGHTER FOLLOWS FATHER INTO TOP FUEL

 

Seventeen-year-old Hayley Xiberras is following in the footsteps of her father, Peter Xiberras, when it comes to developing a passion for all things drag racing.

The Sydney teenager has been helping out with her dad’s PremiAir Hire Top Fuel Drag Racing team for years and can often be found at the race track helping out the crew – in between doing her Year 12 homework.

“I think from the very first time I went to watch dad race, I became fascinated by the entire world of drag racing,” Hayley explains.

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