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DODGE BACK AS PRESENTING SPONSOR OF DRAG ILLUSTRATED AFTER HOURS PARTY

Dodge has returned as the presenting sponsor of drag’s biggest party, the Drag Illustrated After Hours Powered by Dodge. Celebrating its fifth year in 2018, the must-attend event again takes over Indianapolis’ Blu Night Club on Thursday, Dec. 6 as part of the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show, allowing show attendees the opportunity to enjoy the wildly popular party.
 
“The Drag Illustrated After Hours Powered by Dodge is again the place to be during the PRI weekend and we’re extremely excited to have Dodge back with us for a second straight year,” said Wes Buck, Founder and Editorial Director, Drag Illustrated. “The event somehow seems to get even bigger and better every year, and I know I can’t wait to celebrate in Indy with thousands of my closest friends.”

2019 COULD BE BOLD NEW YEAR FOR PEDREGON, THANKS TO ONE DR. WINKLE

Cruz Pedregon has a secret passion.

“I’ve always said if I could be something, if I could start out in a different career path, I would like to be in the police force in some way. Who wouldn’t want to do undercover stuff, right?” the two-time Funny Car champion said. What I really find fascinating [is] prisons, high-max prisons. And I think maybe because my family, going back a few generations, were police officers. One of my favorite cousins was on the Gardena [Calif.] Police force for almost 40 years. So maybe it’s a little bit of that genetics that I gravitate to that. I don’t know what it is. I don’t tell a lot of people about that.

“I’m interested in guys like that, that do that for a living and train, because physically they don’t just lift weights and get their bodies in shape – also their brains are wired to see different,” he said. “Let’s say any President is talking. I look at the Secret Service guys, because I’m always interested to see how they interact with the public. That’s just crazy to me. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be ready for action anytime.”

WANT TO CREW ON A TOP FUEL DRAGSTER?

 

Have you ever wanted to be a foot soldier in the Top Fuel wars?

The Straightline Strategy Group, owners of the Parts Plus, Strutmasters Top Fuel Dragster driven by Clay Millican are expanding and looking for crew members for the 2019 season.

SAMTECH.EDU NHRA FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN RETURNS IN 2019

The SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown returns to NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in 2019 and will expand to eight races during the year. The wildly popular category will make inaugural visits to the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, Va. and the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kan.

The SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown series will compete at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, the events in Richmond and Topeka, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, and will conclude at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Drivers will once again be competing for a year-end NHRA Wally based on all eight events counting towards the championship.

THREE-TIME TOP FUEL CHAMPION BROWN EAGER FOR 2019 SEASON TO BEGIN

 

Antron Brown set the bar as high as possible for himself after winning NHRA Top Fuel world championships in 2012, 2015-16.

This past season, the Don Schumacher Racing pilot finished sixth in the points standings in a season that saw plenty of ups and downs for him and his team.

The biggest change for his team was co-crew chief Brian Corradi leaving in the 2017 offseason to join Courtney Force’s nitro Funny Car team at John Force Racing.

With Corradi’s departure, Mark Oswald remained as co-crew chief for Brown and he was joined by Brad Mason.

REMEMBERING OCIR - AN ENCORE

In the wee hours of tomorrow morning, drag racers will remember the 25th anniversary of the passing of Orange County 10-30-08ocir.jpgInternational Raceway in Southern California. CompetitionPlus.com, in tribute of this race track legend, has resurrected a story penned by then Hot Rod magazine reporter Dave Wallace and reproduced at CompetitionPlus.com in 2003. - Editor

Drag racing was a far different motorsport back in 1967, when construction concluded on the original quarter-mile "Supertrack": a ground up drag strip project funded by a hard-to-believe budget of over $1,000,000. In 1967, drag racing was still struggling to shuck its notorious public image as weekend recreation for ducktailed juvenile delinquents wearing the inevitable black leather jackets and greasy dungarees. Our image crisis wasn't helped much by the typical quarter-mile, eighth-mile, or fifth-mile dragstrip of that era. A volunteer crew using plywood sheets and two-by-fours, period usually erected timing towers in a single weekend, then brush painted white. "Guardrails" often consisted of stacked hay bales, old tires, chain-link fences or nothing. Paved turn roads and pit areas, permanent restrooms and bleachers, and uniformed strip employees were still considered luxuries, if they were considered at all.
 

MCMILLEN HAS CONCERNS ABOUT POSSIBLE NHRA CHANGES NEXT SEASON

 

In a letter obtained by CompetitionPlus.com dated Nov. 20 and sent by NHRA to nitro teams said at this time the sanctioning body does not intend to implement a performance based mechanical change in Top Fuel and Funny Car to start the 2019 season.
 
NHRA addressed in the letter decisions about whether mechanical changes are needed, when changes will be implemented, and the factors utilized to determine a change will be made in the sole and absolute discretion of NHRA.

WINNERS CROWNED AT SCSN EVENT

 

Rick Hord won the annual Pro Mod Shootout exhibition race. He earned top qualifier honors with ease. Winning the class finals of the 14th running of the Nitrous Outlet Street Car Super Nationals Presented by FuelTech seemed a foregone conclusion. However, things at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway rarely go as forecasted this time of year as Ed Thornton, who qualified second in Precision Turbo Pro Mod, took the victory in a solo pass.
 
Hord, who had a bye run in the semifinals, had suffered engine damage and was only able to stage and break the starting line beams to advance to the finals. The Florida native was unable to answer the call to the finals, effectively handing the victory to Thornton, who provided the fans with a show by rocketing to the win with a lap of 5.543 seconds at 274.61 mph. Hord was the polesitter thanks to an official pass of 5.587 seconds despite laying down a 5.52 during his Pro Mod Shootout run. Thornton had the fastest car on the property by a lot, his qualifying speed a 270 mph pass.

HOLLEY BRINGS BACK HOLLEY DAYS SALE

 

Holley is pleased to announce the Holley Days sale is back for the holiday season! The sale began November 15th and ends December 31st, so now is the best time to save up to 20% off on all of the Holley family of brands.

The Holley elves and reindeer are back and working harder than ever to make sure they make all your hot rod dreams come true this holiday season. 

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