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MATT SMITH PULLING DOUBLE DUTY IN CHARLOTTE

 

Three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Matt Smith will pull double duty as he takes on the Pro Stock Motorcycle category as usual while he expands his racing resume with a new category of competition – Super Comp. As VP Racing Fuels as his primary sponsor for the Super Comp entry, this will be the second time he has “doubled-up” in NHRA-sanctioned competition; Smith raced Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Mod in 2011.

AUSSIE TF TEAM ADDS KEY CREWMEMBER

Well-known and respected Australian Top Fuel crew member Ben Patterson has signed up to be part of the PremiAir Hire Racing team.

Ben has just returned home to Australia from Finland following a full season as co-crew chief for Anita Makela’s Top Fuel program which resulted in an FIA European Top Fuel Championship.

RIVENBARK, HALSEY, MONTECALVO WIN DARLINGTON PDRA

 

Points leader Kevin Rivenbark secured his second victory of the season in Moroso Pro Boost at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Fall Nationals presented by $hameless Racing at Darlington Dragway Saturday night. The win helped the 2016 world champion pad his points lead as the all-eighth-mile series heads to the season finale, the PDRA World Finals presented by Pro Line Racing and $hameless Racing, in two weeks. 

DXP TAKING IT TO THE STREET FOR LIGHTS OUT 11

 

In early spring 2010, the inaugural Lights Out race gave little hint of the juggernaut it would spawn for Duck X Productions (DXP) at South Georgia Motorsports Park. Late that same year, promoter Donald "Duck" Long staged No Mercy at the same track, which hosted Lights Out 10 this February and Oct. 17-20, presents the 10th annual No Mercy.

Created by Long largely in response to what he felt was shabby treatment of his drag radial friends at Orlando's legendary World Street Nationals --"They parked us out in the weeds!"--both of those early efforts drew nowhere near the attention or attendance that Lights Out and No Mercy now command. They were encouraging enough, though, for Long to stick with the concept and two years ago add a third race, the unique Sweet 16, which awards $101,000 to the premier Radials vs. the World winner.

WEATHERFORD'S CENTRIFUGAL SUPERCHARGED CAMARO PACES PDRA DARLINGTON

 

Pro Boost newcomer Randy Weatherford took his centrifugally supercharged WS Construction ’18 Camaro to the No. 1 qualifying spot to start off the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Fall Nationals presented by $hameless Racing at Darlington Dragway Friday night. The former Pro Nitrous driver fired off a 3.663-second pass at 204.64 mph to lead the field in his Moroso Pro Boost debut.  
 

SECRET TO STEVE JOHNSON'S RECENT SUCCESS?

It’s understandable that Steve Johnson was a tad giddy to reach the Pro Stock Motorcycle finals at Reading, Pa., a few weeks ago. It’s been awhile since his bike has had the kind of muscle needed to go deep into eliminations.

“When I got back to the pit area with (crewman Ervin ‘Jock’ Allen) after first round, we’re like, ‘What do we do now?’ And then when they called us to the lanes for the second round, I was like, ‘Jock, I think I know where to go, do you?’ We were both kidding about it. We were laughing, we were proud and we were happy, all at the same time,” Johnson said.

NORTHEAST OUTLAW PRO MODS SWITCH TO EIGHTH-MILE RACING

 

At a time when even the NHRA decision-makers reportedly have been debating a return to quarter-mile racing, the Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) will break with its 27-year 1,320-foot tradition and shorten its course on the dragstrip to eighth-mile starting in 2020.

NEOPMA President John Mazzorana announced the move in advance of the organization’s event this weekend at Maryland International Raceway at Budds Creek, Md.

NHRA ADDS 75 LBS TO PM NITROUS CARS

 

The NHRA's tech department has made adjustments to the nitrous combination within Pro Modified, adding 75 pounds.

This is a second adjustment to the parity since NHRA brought the supercharger overdrive down from 16.5-percent to 14.55, and the turbochargers from 36 to 33 pounds of boost back in July.

GARDNER RETIRES AS NHRA BOARD CHAIRMAN; CLIFFORD NAMED SUCCESSOR

 

After 46 years of dedicated service to NHRA and the sport of drag racing, Dallas Gardner, NHRA’s board chairman, recently announced his retirement and will hand over the reins to current NHRA chief executive officer Peter Clifford effective immediately. Gardner will continue to work with the NHRA as a consultant.

CORY MAC ROLLED WITH THE PUNCHES IN HIS STORIED CAREER

 

Cory McClenathan admits he can still hold his own with the younger drivers on the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, but on this particular morning, he felt every ache and pain a 56-year old should. Usually, he wouldn't roll out of bed so gingerly but this time he's still in the recovery process of a crash encountered while mixing it up with a younger opponent. 

"I was touching bumpers with him, and he rotated a lot earlier than I would have, and it was either go into his door or rotate with him," McClenathan explained. 

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