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PDRA MARYLAND RACE MOVES TO VIRGINIA WITH NEW DATE

 
The Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) third race of its revised seven-race 2020 season is moving from Maryland International Raceway (MDIR) to Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP), series officials announced today. 
 
The PDRA North-South Shootout presented by Frederick Line-X, originally scheduled for July 16-18 at MDIR, is moving back a week to July 23-25. The race is now called the Pro Line Racing Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Frederick Line-X. Virginia Motorsports Park is just two hours south of MDIR. 
 
“This move will give us the best chance to race in front of fans, which is obviously the goal for everyone here at PDRA,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “I feel like the state of Virginia might allow us a limited number of fans by late July, and buying an extra week to possibly be able to race in front of fans is worth the gamble. The race will happen regardless of the fan status, but we absolutely want to race with fans in the stands.”

VOSS RACING SIGNS PARTNERSHIP WITH RACE STAR INDUSTRIES

 
Pro Outlaw 632 driver Dillon Voss will race with support from wheel manufacturer Race Star Industries for the rest of the 2020 season, Voss Racing announced. Voss Racing, which also includes Voss Racing Engines and Voss Engineering/Wheelie Bars, is also now a Race Star Industries dealer. 
 
“It's huge to be able to work with Race Star Industries,” said Dillon Voss, the 2017 PDRA Pro Outlaw 632 world champion. “Their product is going to help us run faster, and inevitably it's going to help us work towards our goal of winning the championship. We're super-grateful to have Race Star come on board with us and we look forward to representing their product very well.”

SCHUMACHER WILL RETURN FOR JULY INDY EVENTS

 

Tony Schumacher, the winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history, will make his highly-anticipated return to the dragstrip when the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season resumes next month. The eight-time world champion will be back behind the wheel of a Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel dragster to compete in the NHRA’s two consecutive July events at Lucas Oil Raceway, located just outside of downtown Indianapolis, and less than two-miles from DSR’s headquarters in Brownsburg.
 
Schumacher will join teammate Antron Brown in representing Steve and Samantha Bryson’s Global Electronic Technology, the fastest name in credit card processing. He will campaign Brown’s back-up car, with crew chief Brian Corradi calling the shots on both of the multi-time champions’ machines. Brown, who announced his partnership with Global Electronic Technology ahead of the 2020 season, was instrumental in bringing Schumacher and the Brysons together to fuel the second-generation racer’s return to NHRA action. Between Brown and Schumacher, the Global Top Fuel tandem boasts a combined 11 championships and 134 wins.

INCIDENT AT CRUZ PEDREGON SHOP SENDS TEAM INTO CLEAN UP MODE

 

Cruz Pedregon Racing had a scary incident with their race shop on Sunday night. According to a Facebook post, the fire department responded to the race shop after an alarm went off. 

The sprinkler system went off inside the race bay, Pedregon wrote in the post. He said there was no damage to the race equipment. 

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1970 NHRA WORLD FINALS

Visit the NHRA World Finals held at the former Dallas Motor Speedway. Take a ride with the veterans as this film presents the Top Fuel, Top Gas and newly christened NHRA classes Funny Car and Pro Stock.

BOB BODE HOPEFUL HIS SON CAN PROGRESS TOWARD GETTING HIS NITRO FC LICENSE

 
Veteran nitro Funny Car driver Bob Bode competed in NHRA’s Mello Yello Series season-opening race – the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 6-9 and had decent results.
 
The Illinois driver qualified No. 12 and then was upended by the legendary John Force in the first round.
 
Bode hasn’t been on the track since the COVID-19 pandemic halted Mello Yello Series Racing March 12.
 
In the latest revised scheduled, racing is supposed to begin July 11-12 with NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. That event is scheduled to be followed up with another race in Indy July 18-19. Nitro Funny Cars are competing at both events and Bode will be there.

LEGENDS: THE SERIES TRIBUTE SONG NOMINATED FOR COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD

 

Laura Black-Wines has a gift for pouring her heart into her work as a songwriter, and it’s paying dividends.

Black-Wines’ song “A Legend Will Live On: A Tribute to Darrell Russell” was written specifically for a CompetitionPlus.com video piece on the late Top Fuel racer. It is among the tunes chosen for consideration as Song of the Year (Modern Country) for a Josie Award. The list of award nominees was released Thursday morning, and the winners will be announced as part of a live show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The Josies, now in their sixth year, are given to independent musicians, writers, and producers. Black-Wines’ song “Driver’s Seat” about her drag racing father, Bo, earned three nominations last year and won for Best Video.

“Last night I just happened to see them post that they had the list almost done,” Black-Wines said Tuesday morning from her home in Park Hills, Mo. “This morning when I woke up I checked and the list was up and was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, you’ve got to be kidding me!’ 

KUCH TO RETURN AS FOLEY-LEWIS CREW CHIEF

 

Veteran crew chief Doug Kuch has signed on to tune Doug Foley’s Top Fuel dragster through the 2021 NHRA season, Foley Lewis Racing announced today. Kuch previously worked with Foley Lewis Racing during the team’s last major stint in NHRA Top Fuel over 10 years ago. 
 
“We’re really excited to have Doug Kuch working with us again,” said Doug Foley, who made his return to Top Fuel in February after a nine-year hiatus. “We initially planned to use our first few races of the season to get back up to speed, then really get competitive in the later half of the year. Now that our season will be shortened, we need to accelerate our learning curve. We feel like Doug will help us accomplish that goal.”
 
Kuch first tuned Foley’s Top Fuel car in IHRA competition during the mid-2000s. He helped Foley win the 2004 IHRA Pro Rookie of the Year award, the same year he was named the Crew Chief of the Year. Foley won three IHRA national events that year with Kuch calling the shots. The duo then experienced success in the NHRA side of the world in the late 2000s, regularly qualifying well and winning rounds in part-time competition. 

FIRST LOOK - MIKE CASTELLANA'S NEW JERRY BICKEL PRO MOD

 

Here's the latest hot rod rolling out of the Jerry Bickel Race Cars shop. The car is destined for NHRA Pro Modified and just left Bickel's shop en route to Manzo's New Jersey's shop. 

If they complete the necessary detail work in time, it will appear at the NHRA's second Indianapolis event, where the Pro Modified series will kick off. 

The NHRA's original kick off in Pro Modified back in March was postponed due to the pandemic.

PAIGE COUGHLIN AND MAKENNA BROWN TO REPRESENT JEGS AT ULTIMATE 64 SHOOTOUT

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