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DRbookcover.jpgRising drag racing star Darrell Russell lost his life at the height of his professional career in an on-track accident at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis in the summer of 2004. During his all-too-brief three-and-a-half-year stint as the driver of legend Joe Amato's 330-mph dragster, no one was closer to Russell than NHRA.com Senior Editor Rob Geiger.

In Darrell Russell: Broad Smiles, Quarter-Miles, Geiger memorializes his best friend and fellow Texan by exploring the person he was, from his boyhood years in Houston to his life in the fast lane of NHRA Championship Drag Racing.

Filled with stories of Russell's early days with his beloved family on through to his numerous successes on the racetrack that made him one of the most sought-after racers on the circuit, Geiger's book already has garnered some high praise in media circles.


Patty Bradford, mother of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Tom Bradford, passed
away just before the Memphis race weekend. Tom sat that one out, but resumes his
race schedule this weekend in Dallas. "It's what she would have wanted us to
do," said Tom, driving to the Texas Motorplex with his father Lloyd "Brad"
Bradford. "For my first ten years of racing, she was a big factor in my team.
Driving to and from races, videotaping the passes, and holding it all together.
It was all about everybody else more than it was for her. She was a great woman.
Very loving and caring, and it didn't matter who you were, she'd welcome you
into the home."
Patty was raised as a North Dakota farm girl before her
family moved to Milwaukee when farming got tough. "Her dad got a job at American
Motors," said Tom. "My was dad stationed in the Navy down at Great Lakes near
Chicago. He'd come up to Milwaukee on leave, and that's how he met my mom. They
were married for 44 years, and had me and my sister Christine Wallis. Mom was a
grandmother of four.



Former two time NSCA World
Champion Randy Jewell returns to the NSCA this weekend for the series finale,
the BES Racing Engines World Finals presented by RPM Magazine.

Jewell will be at the
wheel of the Jewell, Falco and Mars twin turbo Camaro that was built during the
off hours at Pro Car Performance in Rochester,


mmps_30_logo_220.jpgBob Glidden isn’t a man who
spends time wondering “what if” but when it comes to a certain race in
1987, he can’t help it. On a qualifying run at Darlington Dragway in
South Carolina, the Whiteland, Indiana-based Pro Stock legend reeled
off an astounding 199.11 mph blast. That marked the fastest speed any
legal doorslammer vehicle had achieved on the quarter-mile.

Later that evening, a Top Sportsman entry ran 202 mph to steal the accolades.

Many wondered what would have happened had Glidden nailed the 200 mph
mark first. In all likelihood, Glidden would have had it not been for
one detail.

“We broke a darn wheelie bar,” Glidden said. “The darn car came up real
high and stayed up through the end of third gear. If we would have made
a clean run then we could have run 200. We came close. We were really

Glidden said he still remembers that day. He said it was like the ultimate fish story – the one he let get away.


Priorities are a vital concept in life and NHRA POWERade Funny Car driver Mike Ashley isn’t afraid to keep his in check.

In the midst of tight Countdown to the Championship battle and coming
off of a disappointing DNQ in Memphis, the Torco Race Fuels-sponsored
Ashley has chosen to stick to his principles this weekend.

Ashley will not race on Saturday in observance of the Jewish holiday
Yom Kippur. He will spend Saturday in prayer at a local Temple.

"Racing is not the only thing in life, and definitely not the most
important in the big picture. I take what I do on the racetrack very
seriously, but I take life even more seriously." Ashley said.

Ashley said maintaining his priorities are what make him the person he is today.
"I have to live what I say I believe, and for me, my faith in God and
being an example and leader in my family takes priority,” said Ashley.
“I know Evan [Knoll, owner of Torco Racing Fuels and Ashley's title
sponsor] and my other sponsors understand, the team is with me, and I'm
confident we'll perform well so it won't be an issue," he said.


Pro Modified has made a transformation of monstrous proportions since
1990s inaugural season. A class built on the competitive mix of two
diametrically opposite combinations and bearing the moniker of “run
whatcha brung and hope you brung enough,” today’s Pro Modified clearly
dictates that having nitrous in your doorslammer just isn’t enough to
run with the two major sanctioning bodies.

Many of today’s leading nitrous racers have proclaimed that for years
and while many dismissed those claims as lobbying for a rule change, it
has become clearly evident the disadvantage has been enough to keep
them away in droves.

Many nitrous racers allege the IHRA has turned a deaf ear to their
pleas and because of that they refuse to participate in what they
clearly define as an un-level playing field. Others decline to even
comment on the NHRA AMS situation.

During the 2007 season, the IHRA has rarely attracted over five nitrous
entries per event. That’s a dramatic turnaround considering that in the
first Pro Modified national event back in 1990, fifteen nitrous cars

The nitrous cars are still in existence, but many are flocking to the
American Drag Racing League because of their willingness to split the
Pro Modified class into two entities – nitrous and supercharged.


Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood announced Thursday a new five-year
contract extension that will keep the All-Harley Drag Racing Association’s
popular Screamin’ Eagle Eastern Finals at The Rock at least through the 2011

 This year’s 16th
annual event, featuring the quickest and fastest Harley-Davidson motorcycles on
the planet including the 224 mile-an-hour Top Fuel Harleys, is scheduled Oct.

 “The AHDRA Finals
always has been one of our favorite events,” Earwood said.  “(AHDRA General
Manager) Craig Tharpe and his people put on a great show and we’re pleased to be
able to guarantee our fans the best Harley show in America for at
least five more years.”


royce logo.gifFormer NHRA Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion turned Top Alcohol Funny
Car driver Lee Callaway will debut new primary sponsor Royce Homes during this
weekend's O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol at the Texas Motorplex
just south of Dallas.  Despite being only the second national event behind the
wheel of his 2007 Mustang Funny Car, Callaway hopes to lean on the experience of
Crew Chief Jackie Stidham, who won six Division 4 Championships in Top Alcohol
Funny Car as a driver.
Callaway, from Baytown, Texas, is excited to have
Royce Homes on board for the remainder of the season.  The team will also assist
Royce Homes founder Mike Manners, who currently competes in Top Dragster and Top
Sportsman, upgrade his license to Top Alcohol Funny Car during post-race testing
on Monday.
"We're very pleased to have Mike Manners and Royce
Homes on board," said Callaway.  "We have a lot of experience in our corner in
Jackie Stidham, Stacy McLemore and my dad Dickie.  We feel like we have the
right parts and pieces on the car, and adding Royce Homes as a sponsor will help
us mix it up with the top cars in the class.  This year has been a learning
process for us and we hope to make a big step in the right direction this


Noted cylinder head specialist Darin Morgan has joined the Profiler
Performance team in new Carlisle, Ohio as the head of their research &
development department.  
Morgan recently left the noted engine building firm Reher & Morrison to
pursue a career in NASCAR with the Barney Visser No. 78 team.  
"I'm a drag racer at heart and since Reher & Morrison no longer had a
car, I just worked on the Pro Modified stuff," said Morgan. "With this program,
I get to work on doing what I love the most -- cylinder head development."


Our friends at Ford Motorsports are conducting a trivia contest this weekend and participants will have the chance to win a $100 Visa gift

Participants  can text "RACE" to 24365 any time before Sunday (the 23rd) at noon.  Trivia
questions will begin arriving after noon on Sunday. The person who wins the most
points by answering trivia questions quickly and correctly will win a $100 Visa
gift card.