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ANTRON TO DRIVE PACE-CAR AT NASCAR PENNZOIL 400

 

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown will serve as the honorary pace car driver at the inaugural Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
Brown will pilot a 2018 Toyota Camry Pace Car to lead the field to green on Sunday, March 4.
 
No stranger to speed or horsepower, Brown is a decorated race car driver who routinely exceeds speeds of more than 330-mph in his 11,000-horsepower Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota Top Fuel dragster. As a competitor in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Brown has amassed 65 victories and 49 number one qualifiers. He has won three world titles since 2012 and is a favorite to contend for the 2018 NHRA Top Fuel world championship.

TOP FUEL DRIVER BILLY TORRENCE TO COMPETE AT PHOENIX

Since 2013, Billy Torrence has dabbled in Top Fuel competition, competing in several races.
 
Normally, Torrence, the father of star Top Fuel driver Steve Torrence, doesn’t compete until later in the season.

INSPIRED PALMER, WITH POWERFUL ALLY, MAKING MOST OF HIS CHANCES

Three years ago, Scott Palmer, accompanied by brothers Bobby and Dom Lagana, headed off down the highway one January with little more than a cool idea to test his Top Fuel dragster at Phoenix, then buzz on over to Pomona for the first race of the NHRA season.
 
Today Palmer has a top-10 finish, a Countdown to the Championship under his belt, and three strong marketing partners in Kent Longley’s Marck Recycling, Tommy Thompson’s Cat Spot Litter, and Forrest and Charlotte Lucas’ NHRA powerhouse associate, Lucas Oil.  

EPIC RvW FINAL AS 'STEVIE FAST' WINS LIGHTS OUT 9

In the end, Radials vs. the World (RvW) fans got what they wanted Feb. 15-18, at promoter Donald "Duck" Long's Lights Out 9: a final-round showdown between two of the most popular and polarizing stars in the sport. The stakes were high, too, with $50,000 in cash (plus a sizable but undisclosed side bet between the two finalists) going to the winner of the annual drag radial extravaganza at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP).

After three qualifying sessions and five rounds of RvW eliminations spread out over the event's four days, it all came down to number-two qualifier and local favorite "Stevie Fast" Jackson of Evans, GA, going up against Keith Haney, the colorful, outspoken car dealer from Broken Arrow, OK. Jackson also called the tune-up on "The Shadow," his blown-Hemi-powered 2015 Camaro, while Haney relied on crew chiefs Brandon Switzer and Brandon Pesz to tweak "Enigma," his nitrous-assisted 2016 Camaro.

BILL LITTON TO RACE WORSHAM’S TOP FUEL DRAGSTER AGAIN

For the first time since NHRA’s Western Swing in 2016, Bill Litton will be driving Worsham Racing's Top Fuel dragster in 2018.
 
“I call Del and Chuck (Worsham) the dream team,” Litton said. “I’m totally blessed, and I thank God on a regular basis that I got to license with Del and Chuck and I still get to work with them. I know I’m a small fish compared to the stuff they have worked with in the past.”

DRAG RADIAL FAN FAVORITE LYLE BARNETT EMBRACES HIS NEW NORMAL

 

Lyle Barnett has seen the videos; his favorite one he estimates 40 times over the course of the last year. 

Last year, at Lights Out 8, Barnett returned to the same track where in 2015 he'd suffered a fire in his Radial vs. The World; a fire which subjected him to 28 seconds of direct exposure to the flames which resulted in third-degree burns to 15-percent of his body. 

The first time back to the scene of the horrifying incident resulted in his most cherished victory. A year later, he's still basking in the glow of fate. 

SITTON SEALS THE QUALIFYING DEAL AT LIGHTS OUT 9

 

With a stunning pass in the last of three qualifying rounds for Radials vs. the World at Lights Out 9, Jeff Sitton eclipsed teammate "Stevie Fast" Jackson for the number-one start based on mile per hour alone. Sitton exactly matched Jackson's 3.787-seconds elapsed time from earlier in the session, but his supercharged 2017 Camaro crossed the finish line at 198.70 mph, .64 mph faster than Jackson, to earn the top spot.

Sitton expressed surprise at the result.  

STEVIE FAST AND THE RADIAL VS. THE UNPREDICTABLE WORLD -

 

 Despite finishing Friday as number-one qualifier for the headlining Radials vs. the World (RvW) class at Lights Out 9, "Stevie Fast" Jackson predicts a wide-open field for eliminations.

Several inches of rain fell on South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) over a period of four days prior to the event, leaving its eighth mile as an essentially bare concrete surface. With few slick-tire cars on the track to help lay rubber down on the racing grooves, it creates a challenging task for the SGMP track prep crew.  

STEVIE FAST RETURNS TO HIS TOP SPOT IN DAY TWO LIGHTS OUT QUALIFYING

Apparently trash-talking can be as crucial in drag radial racing, as an aggressive tune-up. One produces the other at Lights Out 9, the popular drag radial event hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park. 

Stevie "Fast" Jackson will be the first to testify.

"I wasn't planning on running for the No. 1 qualifier, but I was inspired," Jackson admitted.

PARKER PLANS TO BECOME THE WORLD'S FASTEST BLIND MAN IN SALVAGED CORVETTE

Just as he continues to meet and beat tremendous challenges stemming from a drag racing accident that left him 100-percent blind, Columbus, Georgia’s Dan Parker plans to restore a Hurricane Harvey-damaged Corvette to better-than-new condition—then drive it as a record-setting race car. {Facebook.com/DanParkerQuestForTheSalt)

“I found a flood-damaged 2008 C6 Corvette with no motor in Oklahoma City, so me and three buddies went down there late last year to pick it up. Then, when I came back home I accidentally came across another complete, but wrecked, C6 of the same year with the same engine and transmission combination. So a family member bought that car and donated it and we started putting the two of them together to make one good car,” says Parker, who crashed nearly six years ago while testing a 1963 Corvette Pro Mod at a drag strip in Steele, Alabama.

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