by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards Fri, 2017-03-17 20:30
Justin Ashley is proving a quick study in the Top Alcohol Dragster.
The second-generation drag racer in his first two events ever driving the Randy Meyer dragster has qualified No. 1, initially last weekend at the NHRA LODRS event in Gainesville, Fla., and provisionally during the first day of qualifying at the NHRA Gatornationals.
Ashley, the son of past Indy Funny Car champion Mike Ashley, had no idea as he turned off of the Gainesville Raceway drag strip Friday morning he'd just recorded the seventh quickest run in the class' history with a 5.150 elapsed time at 280.49 miles per hour.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-03-17 17:48
NHRA Top Fuel dragsters underwent a safety upgrade in the time between NHRA Arizona Nationals and this weekend's NHRA Gatornationals. Teams were required to add an extra crossmember to the bay area just beyond the foot box.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-03-17 09:11
David Barton was the leader of the pack after two sessions as he cranked out an 8.101 elapsed time at 169.91 miles per hour with his COPO Camaro. A very close second was the Michigan-based Mustang of Chris Holbrook, stopping the timers at 8.109 seconds at 167.97.
Two of the Factory Stock Showdown's titans lead qualifying for the sportsman factory hot rods after two sessions during first-day qualifying at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
Stephen Bell (8.148), Peter Gasko Jr, (8.167), Pro Stock superstar Erica Enders (8.170), Geoffrey Turk (8.204) and Todd Patterson (8.220) were in the field with one session remaining.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-03-16 23:00
Alexis Dejoria knows only one way to get through life - by being tough. It's just the way she was raised by her famous father, billionaire entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria and mother Jamie Briggs.
Let the record reflect, in 2016 when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car driver was sidelined from injuries sustained in two separate crashes; her inner spirit was about to drive her crazy. Her mind was fillled with the desire to jump into the battle regardless of how much her body cried it wasn't ready.
Blame it on her upbringing, one which burned into her mind the importance of being resilient and the determination to face odds head on.
Written by Tracy Renck Thu, 2017-03-16 12:00
Veteran nitro Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III is returning to action this weekend.
Tasca will make his 2017 season debut at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., which is part of his limited seven-race schedule.
by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2017-03-15 21:02
Austin Coil's career in drag racing spanned a short 17,108 days, give or take a dozen or so leap years. In this time, he's had some memorable days and some forgetful moments.
March 19, 2007, is one day Coil can never forget.
The Monday following the 2007 NHRA Gatornationals, Coil's life, and Funny Car drag racing would never be the same. On this day, Eric Medlen, one of drag racing's shining stars and Coil's close friend, a racer many years his junior, was critically injured when a tire failed forcing his Funny Car into such severe tire shake he sustained irreparable brain damage. He died four days later from his injuries.