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ENCORE: THE EARLY YEARS OF MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK, PT 2

8-27-07mmps.jpgIf one moment defined the Mountain Motor Pro Stock movement, it was the first-ever seven second run. That day in April 1980, had the same effect on the class as putting a man on the moon had for space travel. It might as well have been. Seven second Pro Stockers were science fiction in those days.

If one can consider it wrong to cross a time barrier, then Rickie Smith was the guilty party and the sports reaction caught him off guard. In fact, the hard-nosed racer feared he had done something wrong when an IHRA official sought to escort him back to the starting line. His transgression, a seven-second ET slip in winning the first round during the IHRA Pro-Am Nationals in Rockingham, NC.

“I was happy that I had won, but the next thing I know, I had a race official coming over to me and telling me to follow him,” Smith said. “I didn’t know what was going on. I thought I was in trouble. I had every thought running through my head that you could have. But, then I got to thinking, if you’ve done something wrong, they don’t usually pull you up in front of the crowd to throw the book at you.”

The only book the IHRA had in mind to throw at Smith was the history book. He had, in legal trim, traveled where no Pro Stock racer had gone – into the sevens.

PECK RACING AA/FC TO RUN 2020 SEASON WITH QUOTEWIZARD SPONSORSHIP

 

Peck Racing, a Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car team that competes in the NHRA Heritage and UNFC series, will be partner with QuoteWizard, an online Insurance marketplace as its primary sponsor for the 2020 season.  

“PeckRacing is beyond thrilled to join forces with QuoteWizard in the 2020 season,” said Michael Peck, team owner. “We are even more excited about introducing the NHRA fan base to QuoteWizard’s Insurance marketplace.  Our fans and followers will quickly realize there is a lot of money to be saved when using QuoteWizard to shop for your Auto, Home, Life, Health and Medicare insurance.

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.

FOX SPORTS, NHRA ANNOUNCE 2020 MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING TELEVISION SCHEDULE

FOX Sports and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) today announce the release of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series television schedule, highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of four consecutive summer events, including the  “Western Swing” (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle), as well as the iconic U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day Weekend.

The 24-event 2020 FOX NHRA season opens Sunday, Feb. 9, with the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals live from Pomona, Calif., at 5:00 PM ET on FS1. Fifteen of the season’s final 16 events are scheduled to air live, including the season finale Auto Club NHRA Finals from Pomona.

DARRELL RUSSELL TRIBUTE SONG WAS A NATURAL FOR THIS COUNTRY SINGER

 

Given her lineage, you’d think it would be relatively effortless for Laura Black-Wines to whip up a song.

But penning a tribute to late Top Fuel racer Darrell Russell was no simple task for the Park Hills, Mo., resident. To do it justice -- to capture the spirit of a man loved by his peers; one about whom no one had a bad word to say -- proved difficult.

So she approached conquering the task in the best way she knew: She turned to a higher power.

BONINFANTE, PRO TORQUE TEAM UP FOR THE FUTURE

 

The theme at a lot of the booths at the 2019 PRI Trade Show has been collaboration and partnerships.

A lot of companies, racers and teams announced unique alliances and partnerships to help better grow their race teams and businesses and one of those highlighted at the show was that of Boninfante and Pro Torque.

With the beautiful Fireball Camaro from Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws that just won the No-Prep Kings series on display in the booth, Joseph Rivera of Pro Torque highlighted the partnership between his company and Boninfante to create the best products available to the racing public.

RPM ACT INTRODUCED IN U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

SEMA President & CEO Chris Kersting today commended U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) for introducing H.R. 5434, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2019 (RPM Act). The RPM Act of 2019 includes five other original sponsors: Reps. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Bill Posey (R-FL), Gil Cisneros (D-CA), and Michael Burgess (R-TX). This bipartisan bill protects Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated racecars and the motorsports-parts industry’s ability to sell products that enable racers to compete.  

The RPM Act reverses the EPA’s interpretation that the Clean Air Act does not allow a motor vehicle designed for street use—including a car, truck, or motorcycle—to be converted into a dedicated racecar. This American tradition was unquestioned for nearly 50 years until 2015 when the EPA took the position that converted vehicles must remain emissions-compliant, even though they are no longer driven on public streets or highways.  

2020 HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES AND REUNION DATES ANNOUNCED

 
NHRA has announced the schedule for the 2020 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing series, featuring the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hot Rod Reunions. The series will feature thrilling racing action, highlighted by the crowd-pleasing, nitro burning Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars.

The 2020 season will begin at the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet, March 5-8 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. The series will also make stops at Sacramento Raceway, Firebird Raceway, Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway, Beech Bend Raceway Park, and Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.

HOWARDS CAMS STRIKING LIKE A RATTLESNAKE

The folks at Howards Cams are really excited about their Rattler series of Cams.

The new line, introduced recently, has been a hot item and John Steely, Manager at Howards Cams, is excited about what that brings to the racing community.

AEROMOTIVE GOES BIG AT PRI

 

One of the more interactive booths at the PRI Show could be found at Aeromotive as the company not only featured their latest products and services, but had interactive displays that drew hundreds to push buttons and watch the products in action.

“Frankly, there are guys over there having more fun playing with the pumps than they would be driving the car that the pump is fueling,” said Kyle Fickler, Director of Business Development at Aeromotive. “It is an interactive display where guys can get in there and get immersed in the technology and it really brings it all to life.”

That display, which had lines of people waiting to watch and learn more about, is the new 7 gallon-per-minute and 10 gallon-per-minute true variable speed brushless fuel pumps, along with the 5 gallon-per-minute pump which was named the Best Product at the SEMA show in Las Vegas in November.

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