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SONOMA RACEWAY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

 

Sonoma Raceway and key figures from the founding of then-Sears Point Raceway came together today to mark the 50th anniversary of the facility’s ceremonial groundbreaking, which was celebrated on Aug. 14, 1968.

Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page, Gordon Blumenfeld, a member of the raceway’s founding group, and Ken Clapp, an original raceway executive, came together to recreate a photo from the groundbreaking event utilizing the original shovel used that day 50 years ago. Both Blumenfeld and Clapp attended the 1968 groundbreaking ceremony.

MWPMS RETURNING TO HOLLEY EFI OUTLAW STREET CAR REUNION WITH INCREASED PURSE

 

After the Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) made an extremely successful debut this April at the Holley EFI Outlaw Street Car Reunion (OSCR), Speed Promotions, LLC has confirmed the Tulsa-based series will return for the sixth running of the event Apr. 10-13, 2019, at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.
 
After welcoming 34 MWPMS cars this year, Speed Promotions co-owner Tyler Crossnoe and the entire Outlaw Street Car Reunion team are proud to announce a $15,000-to-win payday for the MWPMS champion of the 2019 OSCR event, representing the largest MWPMS points race payout announced to date and $5,000 more than the series' usual winner's payout.

WORKING ON AN OFF WEEKEND PROVES FUN FOR ENDERS

 

Erica Enders has proven her talent at the NHRA Pro Stock level, winning world championships in 2014-15.

This weekend past she walked out of her comfort zone to compete in the World Series of Pro Mod for the first time in her career.

“This is a lot of fun for a change,” Enders said. “It was an honor to be invited and I’m really proud of Wes (Buck) for his vision, execution and for putting this all together. It is a really good time. I’ve enjoyed it. It is more laid back than the stuff I’m used to, which is a welcome invite for me. I’m excited to be here.

NMRA CREATES NEW MODIFIED STREET DIVISION FOR 2019

 

NMRA confirmed that Modified Street, a new heads-up eliminator, will be part of the 2019 NMRA championship class line-up. It is a single power-adder category that will be quicker than Steeda Limited Street.

“When we released Limited Street last year we received a tremendous amount of feedback,” said NMRA general manager Rollie Miller. “We noticed a lot of trends in rule requests and suggestions, most notably were modifications and rules that are geared towards a quicker and faster type of car than what we were after for Limited Street.”  The rule requests didn’t go unnoticed or ignored as the NMRA technical committee began drafting concepts to address trends in the market for a limited power-adder type category that was looser than the new Limited Street class. 

TS STANDOUT O’NEAL INKS DEAL WITH TUB O’ TOWELS, FREE ALL

 

Tub O’ Towels and Free All will join NHRA Top Sportsman Driver and US Army Veteran Don O'Neal through the remainder of the 2018 season, keeping the iconic “Mad Scientist” clean while competing in NHRA Top Sportsman competition at 200 MPH.

"We have been using Tub O’ Towels for a long time and they make it easy to keep the Mad Scientist clean,” said O'Neal. "The Mad Scientist is having a great year and we are lucky to have Tub O’ Towels on board. We are looking forward to finishing the season strong, just like Tub O’ Towels finishes the job strong.”

NORWALK'S NIGHT UNDER FIRE PACKS THE HOUSE AGAIN

Professional drivers and performers put on a powerful show for a packed-to-capacity crowd at the 41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire on Aug. 11 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

While the elaborate event has always neared sell-out status, this is the first time in its history that not one ticket remained, as the final one sold mere moments before opening ceremonies that included a fly-over by T-34 Mentors of the Hooligan Flight Team.

GET YOUR TICKET FOR THE SONNY LEONARD ENGINE FOR CHARITY

 

Whether it’s on the track or off, making a difference is what it’s all about. That’s why drag racing’s leading manufacturers have come together to donate a custom built 727-cid Sonny’s Racing engine to Sunnen’s 30th Engine Charity sweepstakes to benefit the kids at Victory Junction. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in December.

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT AND KB RACING SIGN MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

Summit Racing Equipment and KB Racing are pleased to announce a new multi-year partnership that extends Summit Racing’s sponsorship of NHRA Pro Stock legends Greg Anderson and Jason Line.
 
“We are very pleased to continue our support of KB Racing,” said Al Noe, Summit Racing Chief Marketing Officer. “Greg and Jason do an excellent job of representing our company—they make real connections with fans and our customers. The competition in NHRA Pro Stock this year has been amazing, and we are proud to continue our long-time commitment to NHRA and the Pro Stock class.”

NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP CREW CHIEF GETS HIS PRO MOD FIX

There is very little NHRA world championship tuner Lee Beard hasn’t accomplished or seen in the sport of drag racing.

Beard, however, had a first Saturday when he came to his first Pro Mod race – the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod event – at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., near Denver.

“I heard they were having a race here that paid a lot of money and I thought I would come see what these guys do,” Beard said. “To be honest with you, this is my first time being to a Pro Mod race.”

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... BRING ON THE MOUNTAINS

 

The majority of CompetitionPlus.com readers who participated in the ARP Question of the Week feel the NHRA should bring in the mountain motors to race alongside the 500-inch engines.

Initially, the voting was one-sided with an overwhelming majority of the readership feeling a mix was best for the class, a last-minute push of the traditionalist narrowed the "for" total to 55-percent of the 4,400-plus votes cast.

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