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CASTELLANA NO. 1 QUALIFIER, FIRST ROUND PRO MOD WINNER AT SPRINGNATIONALS

Mike Castellana maintained the qualifying lead and ran the quickest elapsed time in NHRA Pro Mod history during eliminations Saturday at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the second of 12 events this season.

Castellana’s 5.759-second pass at 250.46 mph in his Al Anabi Racing ’17 Camaro during Friday’s qualifying sessions secured him the No. 1 qualifier. During eliminations, Castellana defeated Michael Biehle II with a national elapsed time record run of 5.722 at 251.77.

C. FORCE, MILLICAN AND COUGHLIN JR. NO. 1 QUALIFIERS SATURDAY AT HOUSTON

Courtney Force secured the Funny Car No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the fifth event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

DEFINITELY ONE BAD TO THE BONE TOP SPORTSMAN

When we think of Top Sportsman cars these days, the general thought process is a fast bracket car designed for efficiency at racing the clock, and against an equally determined driver in the other lane.

Phil Dion's new Jerry Bickel-built Corvette is one slick piece and takes this thought process to the next level. We've included some detailed shots including the lack of a hood scoop covering the EFI-equipped Sonny Leonard engine.

COURTNEY FORCE PUTS DISTRACTIONS ASIDE, ROCKETS TO FUNNY CAR LEAD IN HOUSTON

As they say, in professional competition, you need to put all distractions aside and focus on the task at hand.

But, in a sport as chaotic as drag racing, that is much easier said than done.

MILLICAN SURPRISES WITH TOP SPOT IN HOUSTON

No one was more surprised by Friday night’s qualifying results in Houston than Clay Millican.

After a relatively slow start to the 2017 NHRA season, Millican surprised even himself with two tremendous runs to kick off the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals, culminating with a new track record and the top spot on day one at Royal Purple Raceway.

MILLICAN, C. FORCE AND COUGHLIN JR. LEAD QUALIFYING AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Clay Millican powered his Parts Plus / Great Clips Top Fuel dragster to the qualifying lead Friday at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway Park.

Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also provisional leaders in their respective categories at the fifth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season schedule.

CASTELLANA RACES TO PRO MOD QUALIFYING LEAD FRIDAY AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Mike Castellana powered to the qualifying lead Friday during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the second of 12 events this season.

Castellana ran quickest in both qualifying sessions to hold onto the qualifying lead in his Al Anabi Racing ’17 Camaro. He ran a 5.759-second pass at 250.46 mph during the second qualifying session to set the track elapsed time record.

 

 

TORRENCE TRYING TO LIVE UP TO 2016'S SUCCESSES

Steve Torrence celebrated his 34th birthday on Monday, April 17, and for the Kilgore, Texas-based Top Fuel driver his present arrived a year earlier.

 

Torrence was one of the hottest drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2016, scoring three wins in eight final round finishes.
 
Torrence, also a past NHRA Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragsters, admits such a season was beyond his wildest dreams.

"You never really think about having that kind of a season without it just becoming wishful thinking," Torrence said. "We had a really good season. We set the bar pretty high for us this year."

Fast forward to this season, Torrence heads into this weekend's NHRA Springnationals outside of Houston, only sixth in the championship point standings.

BONACQUISTO NAMED DIRECTOR OF MARKETING FOR VP RACING FUELS

VP Racing Fuels announced the appointment of Donato Bonacquisto as Director of Marketing.  In that position, Bonacquisto will be responsible for advertising, sponsorships, event management and public relations in support of all VP business divisions including Race Fuel, Branding and Consumer Products.  “Donato brings a wealth of experience in the marketing, automotive and motorsports industries and we’re confident he’ll hit the ground running to continue the rapid pace of growth we’ve established here at VP,” said Alan Cerwick, President of VP Racing Fuels.
Bonacquisto comes to VP from Hankook Tire America where, as Motorsports and Events Manager, he promoted the Hankook Tire brand in the U.S. market across a mix of professional and amateur motorsports initiatives and top-level events in the consumer, aftermarket and commercial sectors.  Prior to that, he held management positions at multiple NASCAR Cup Series teams in both marketing and business development capacities, in addition to tenures with JHE Production Group managing elements of the Sprint title sponsorship with NASCAR and SPEED Channel as Event Marketing Manager.  Bonacquisto has also held roles in the automotive industry producing media/press launches at APEX Performance and managing luxury brands including Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Aston Martin and Bentley.

LINDBERG ACCEPTS THE FAST LANE OF FUEL FUNNY CAR SUCCESS

 

Jonnie Lindberg, a two-time NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Series champion, knew when he graduated to a nitromethane version of the car he'd mastered, things would be much quicker. The Swedish-born Lindberg expected the action behind the wheel to be this way. His success on the track, not so much.

Lindberg's first two races have resulted in two final round appearances behind the wheel of the Jim Head, Head Incorporated Toyota Funny Car.

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