by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2019-02-10 18:00
Funny Car No. 1 qualifier Robert Hight didn't mince words in his Saturday evening press conference at the NHRA Winternationals.
"Spray the damn track," Hight said.
Hight said incremental timings in his Q-3 qualifying attempt would have likely resulted in a low 3.83 or 3.84-second run, but the combination of a bump in the track and lack of glue resulted in an aborted run.
Written by Larry Crum, photo by Dave Kommel Sun, 2019-02-10 07:00
Just two years ago, Steve Torrence was one of the most unhappy guys in the pit area. And for good reason.
Having just lost a championship after dominating the regular season, Torrence wondered aloud if he would ever have an opportunity like that again. And then came 2018.
Written by Larry Crum, photo by Burghardt Photography Sun, 2019-02-10 03:00
Talk about a warm welcome home.
After more than two years away from drag racing to focus on his highly successful roofing business, Rodger Brogdon was welcomed back to the sport with open arms on Saturday with his second career No. 1 qualifier - and first since 2011 - at the 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
by Susan Wade Sat, 2019-02-09 19:21
It appears the cars no longer will be the stars.
Signaling a bit of a departure from traditional NHRA thinking, sanctioning body President Glen Cromwell told Competition Plus Thursday of a seismic shift in marketing.
Cromwell revealed the NHRA plans to launch an aggressive media initiative, promising to promote the drivers through a variety of viewing platforms rather than highlighting the sport’s richly diverse hot rods.
Sat, 2019-02-09 19:13
Top Alcohol Dragster racer James Stevens of Gothenburg, NE., was involved in an on-track incident during the first round of eliminations at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
Stevens’ ’08 CNE dragster went into the sand trap and net.
by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2019-02-09 18:59
NHRA COMMUNICATIONS, Photos by Roger Richards, Dave Kommel Sat, 2019-02-09 16:00
By Susan Wade Sat, 2019-02-09 12:18
Austin Prock’s first competitive pass in Top Fuel competition produced a straight and fast 3.784-second elapsed time at 323.04 mph. And dad Jimmy Prock, who stuck around after tuning Robert Hight to a tentative top-half run in the Funny Car class, said, “Proud of him. This is what he lives for. The opportunity he has got, not too many people get a chance to do this. That’s really cool.”
It was a solo pass. In the second qualifying session, he lined up against freshly crowned champion Steve Torrence, Prock posted a 3.771, 326.63. He was eighth in the order overnight.
Written by Larry Crum, photo by Roger Richards Sat, 2019-02-09 07:05
At this point, Steve Torrence might as well be playing a video game.
After putting up video game-like numbers in 2018 with 11 total wins - including six-straight to close the season - en route to his first championship, Torrence is back at it in 2019 and it appears he hasn’t missed a beat.
Written by Larry Crum, photo by Dave Kommel Sat, 2019-02-09 07:00
For Robert Hight, this offseason has been one of the longest and most challenging of his entire career.
As acting president of John Force Racing in addition to his racing duties, Hight has had to endure a full season’s worth of hardships in only a short three month span, leaving the two-time champ exhausted before the season even began.