Already this season, John Force has lost in the first round six times,
been beaten by a woman for the first time ever and failed to qualify
his Castrol GTX® High Mileage™ Ford Funny Car for an NHRA tour event
for the first time
in 20 years.
With the mid-point in the season just ahead, the 14-time NHRA Funny Car
champion finds himself outside the Top 10 in driver points for the
first time since 1982.
Not to worry. Drag racing's most prolific winner has a prescription
for what ails him and he takes the cure this week when the NHRA
POWERade tour moves to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the 38th
renewal of the Pro Care Rx SuperNationals.
"I'm going in with a different attitude," said the 58-year-old drag
racing icon. "The Eric thing (prot‚g‚ Eric Medlen's tragic death
following a testing accident last March) was rough on all of us, the
fans as well as the racers, and I know that the overload from building
new shops in Indy to training my girls, Ashley, Brittany and Courtney,
to working with the TV show (A&E Network's real-life series
"Driving Force") took a toll.
This year Motor Mile Dragway is expanding the Extreme Class into a
separate division and will consist of two main events with two associated
testing sessions. Both blower and nitrous cars are eligible to compete under
ADRL Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous rules and specifications. The Motor Mile
Extreme Class will run on July 14th and August 18th with testing dates on the
prior to those events (July 13th and August 17th).
Time Trials: 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM
1st Round: 7:00
Semis: 8:00 PM
Final Round: 9:00 PM
you work for a drag racing boss, you get to do cool stuff -- for
instance, like taking time off to congregate around the race car. Mike
Ashley and his Lend-America show off the primary water cooler conversation piece -- the Torco Race Fuels Fuel Doctor Funny Car.
Since making its debut at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in March, the ACDelco
“Pros Who Know Tour” display has become a well-recognized fixture on the
manufacturers’ midway at NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events. Featuring a
unique combination of static and interactive exhibits, it has entertained fans
across the country, testing their starting-line ability on a full-scale starting
line Christmas Tree or illustrating the inner workings of their passenger
vehicles with three engaging, hands-on exhibits.
In addition, on-site
representatives reward those who participate with a gift, as well as providing
information on ACDelco’s exciting “Drive to Win” Sweepstakes, which offers
numerous instant prizes, as well as the opportunity to win the sleek,
one-of-a-kind Chevrolet Cobalt SS that is also part of this traveling display.
Young, talented, focused, now, happening. These words, and many more,
aptly describe Australian Pro Stock standout Shane Tucker,
affectionately known as ‘Hollywood’ in his homeland. In just two years
as a professional racer Tucker finished second and third, respectively,
in Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) competition, and
was named Australian Drag Racing Rookie of the Year.
away from home, even for a short weekend with relatives, can sometimes become a
real source of frustration. Think about
it: sleeping in a different bed without
a favorite pillow while enduring Aunt Sally’s snoring from the next room can
make for a really long night of counting sheep.
Add to that ol’ Uncle Fred’s desire to watch “The Deer Hunting Network”
24 hours a day and you’ve got the recipe for tons of weekend fun. Home never looked so good.
Now, consider being on the road for months, even years at a time. Think about living thousands of miles away
from friends and family while enduring a culture that is totally and completely
foreign. Finally, keep in mind that given
the opportunity, many folks from this new neighborhood would like nothing more
than to kill you. Such is the life of
countless American soldiers currently on duty in Iraq
and Afghanistan. Suddenly, a weekend spent with Aunt Sally and
Uncle Fred sounds downright enjoyable.
of the Vietnam Veterans POW/MIA Top Fuel dragster, Melanie Troxel will be a
special guest along with Angelle Sampey and Ashley Force, Thursday, June 21
around the 8:50 a.m. time period (Eastern time) for a special drag racing
segment on ABC’s
“GOOD MORNING AMERICA” with hosts, Diane Sawyer, Chris Cuomo, Robin Roberts and
weather anchor, Sam Champion.
The Buffalo Chip campground near Sturgis, S.D., will be
rockin' and rollin' on Aug. 8 when the boys from Budweiser Racing – Brandon
Bernstein, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Clark – take the stage during the “Bud
Racing One Night Stand.”
Bernstein, Earnhardt, and Clark will be hangin' with the Buffalo
Chip'ers, riffing about everything from riding bikes to rubbin' fenders to
pullin' 5G's down the quarter-mile. Sandwiched between the lovely ladies of
Hawaiian Tropic and the rockin' sounds of Velvet Revolver, the "Bud Racing One
Night Stand" will be Rally Week's can't miss show.
Hosted by ESPN's Marty Smith, Bernstein, Earnhardt, and Clark will swap
stories and take questions submitted by the crowd. The night revs up at
with the Hawaiian Tropic Pageant, followed by the Bud Racing boys at , and
Velvet Revolver on stage at
Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of a
Budweiser custom motorcycle to Bernstein. The bike, commissioned by Budweiser
and built by Clark, owner of The Cycle Xchange in Matthews, N.C., will have
special drag racing-type features incorporated into it, one of which is
emotionally significant to Bernstein.