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ALEXIS DEJORIA TO RETIRE AFTER 2017 NHRA SEASON

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patron Tequila Funny Car, will retire from NHRA competition at the end of the 2017 season. 

The decision was not an easy one for the admitted adrenaline connoisseur.

“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, and I will miss everyone so much. My reasoning behind this decision is simple, it’s time for me to switch my focus towards my family,” said DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry.  

NORTH BAY FIRES THREATEN SONOMA RACEWAY

The North Bay fires have wreaked havoc in Northern California, but as of 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time, Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway had escaped structural damage.

“All of us at Sonoma Raceway extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those who have been touched by the devastating North Bay fires,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager in a press release. “Our facilities team and a number of local fire companies have been battling grassland fires on Cougar Mountain and elsewhere around our property, and at this point it does not appear any of the raceway’s structures or other facilities are at immediate risk.  We appreciate all of the good wishes that have flooded in from friends around the state and country.”

TRADITION VS. THE REAL WORLD - THE EVOLVING FACE OF RADIAL VS. THE WORLD

 

They roll to the starting line with seemingly as many people standing behind the car as is in the packed grandstands. On one side of the track, a stock looking Fox-bodied Mustang with a supercharged engine standing tall out of the hood, and it's staging alongside a sleek Pro Modified style Camaro with a turbocharged engine. 

The light flashes green, and they go every which way but straight and on their 10.5-inch radial tires, and might either wheelstand so high all four tires leave the racing surface, or they graze the wall without cracking the throttle.

 It's the rough and tumble world of Radial Vs. The World, the top of the food chain for Drag Radial drag racing. 

TWO RACES, ONE IDENTITY, NO PROBLEM FOR THE DUCK

It’s simply Duck’s Race down in Valdosta. 

Long, the popular Drag Radial event promoter from Crystal Springs, Fla., has made his events the drag radial version of Woodstock. 

The key word in this proclamation is races, the plural of race. 

Long has two distinct races, Lights Out each February and No Mercy in October. 

MILLS ONCE AGAIN DELIVERS AT NO MERCY 8 WITH WIN

When the No Mercy 9 event rolls around in October 2018, one would be wise to visit the ATM with a pile of cash and make a beeline for the madness of South Georgia Motorsports Park grandstands for a couple of days filled with gambling.

And when a certain gold first-gen Camaro rolls to the line, it would be even wiser to bet on this car. 

Radial Vs. The World standout DeWayne Mills, for the second year in a row, proved to be a sure bet during the No Mercy 8 event, the popular drag race promoted by Donald "Duck" Long.

AMBER FRANKLIN WINS CHAMPIONSHIP IN MEMORY OF GREAT-GRANDFATHER

Mid-summer, Amber Franklin was relishing her first major win in Pro Junior Dragster. She had beaten tough competition on one of most famous tracks in the country and nearly shared the winner’s circle with her father, Tommy, who made it to the final round of Pro Nitrous.

Although her win at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis was the biggest of her career, Amber wasn’t satisfied with the season. Leading the points chase, she had her eyes on a bigger prize. At the Professional Drag Racers Association’s most recent stop, Drag Wars at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C., Amber realized a lifelong dream. She secured the 2017 Campers Inn RV Pro Junior Dragster World Championship.

DANIEL WILKERSON WILL BE BACK IN FUNNY CAR AT NHRA FALLNATIONALS

Daniel Wilkerson will race the Summit Racing Texas nitro Funny Car at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, October 13-15, 2017.

Summit Racing Equipment opened a massive new warehouse and retail facility in Arlington, Texas, the last week of September, bringing customers in Texas and neighboring states one-day delivery on orders for in-store parts. In honor of the grand opening of the 32,000-square foot Retail Super Store and Summit Racing's largest warehouse yet, young Daniel Wilkerson is preparing to return to the seat of a 10,000+ horsepower Funny Car at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. His nitro-fueled racecar will be branded with a special Summit Racing Texas scheme and tuned by his father, who will race the Levi, Ray & Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang alongside his son at the event.

TORRENCE NOT A FAN OF NHRA’S COUNTDOWN FORMAT

Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence is performing exceptionally well in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, with one victory in two straight final-round appearances.
 
But the Capco Contractors Dragster driver remarked after his St. Louis victory, “I’m not a fan of this Countdown. But hell, if you beat everybody every time, you win, no matter what.”

'FREE MAMMOGRAMS FOR THE FANS' PROGRAM SET FOR UPCOMING DALLAS, LAS VEGAS NHRA EVENTS

Alexis DeJoria Racing’s annual ‘Free Mammograms for the Fans’ program has provided more than 440 free mammography screenings since 2013. Now in its fifth year, the program is on track to reach a major milestone in 2017: 500 free screenings.
 
Support from The Patrón Spirits Company, Toyota, Global Electronic Technology and Kalitta Motorsports, has enabled Alexis DeJoria Racing to once again partner with Baylor Health and Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) and bring their mobile mammography units (mammovans) to the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals and the NHRA Toyota Nationals.

LETTER FROM NHRA PUTS PRO STOCK'S FUTURE IN DOUBT

The health of NHRA’s Pro Stock class has been an on-going discussion with team owners and drivers for the past two seasons.
 
Back on Jan. 1, 2016, NHRA required all Pro Stock teams to equip their cars with electronically-controlled throttle body fuel injection systems, making engines more relevant from a technology standpoint. In order to reduce and control costs for the race teams, an NHRA-controlled 10,500 rev limiter was added to the fuel injection systems.
 
The sanctioning body hoped these changes, and others they made, would increase participation in the class and give it more fan appeal.
 
That hasn’t happened in NHRA’s eyes.
 

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