by Tracy Renck; Photos by Jeff Burghardt Fri, 2017-01-06 10:08
NHRA Pro Stock driver Aaron Strong has dealt with the highs and lows drag racing has had to offer in the past three months.
On Sept. 3, 2016, he experienced euphoria.
Strong won his first NHRA Pro Stock Wally when he beat Vincent Nobile during Q3 – at the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis - in what was the finals of the rain-postponed Northwest Nationals Aug. 7 in Seattle.
Then in the first of December, Strong experienced the devastating blow of losing his primary sponsor – A&J Furniture Manufacturing.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-01-05 23:54
You can't go through a 35-plus year career in drag racing without having a few odd moments.
For five-time IHRA champion Gene Fulton there was none odder and more defining than the day he first laid eyes on a 1964 Chevy II parked on a used car lot in Abilene, Texas.
This car was no looker. In fact, it was the kind of car one might choose as a last resort, with the exception of Fulton.
Fulton saw something no one else envisioned. The end result was a race car which would go down in southeastern drag racing folklore as simply “that wagon Fulton used to have; that few could beat.”
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-01-05 22:50
There was a time in drag racing when naming your race car was as crucial as putting fuel in the tank. As drag racing advanced, and sponsorships became paramount, the practice became a thing of the past.
The Professional Drag Racers Association [PDRA] believes a 200-point reward is enough to bring back the tradition.
Starting this season, any racer in their Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost divisions who clearly develops a persona for their car will be eligible to collect a hefty points bonus.
by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2017-01-04 13:00
Newly licensed Fuel Funny Car driver Jonnie Lindberg will drive Jim Head's Funny Car during the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Lindberg, who earned his license under the tutelage of Tim Wilkerson, is expected to compete in 16 - 18 races this season, starting with the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
“This is a dream come true for me,” Lindberg told NHRA.com. “About a week ago, I got a text from Dave Leahy of Electromotion who also works with the Head team, and he said, ‘Call me, we need a driver.’ I called right away and told them I’m up for it. Who would turn down a chance to drive a nitro Funny Car?
by John Doig Wed, 2017-01-04 09:17
Rapisarda Autosport International driver and international drag racer Wayne Newby, will be chasing his first win at Willowbank Raceway in Top Fuel at the New Year Thunder event on Saturday, January 7.
Since making his debut in late 2014 Sydney-based Newby has finished runner-up at the Willowbank Winternationals twice. In 2015, he lost to teammate and NHRA star Cory McClenathan, then, last season came up short against teammate and three-time NHRA champ Larry Dixon.
Written by Bobby Bennett, photos by Roger Richards Tue, 2017-01-03 18:00
The old saying suggests two out of three ain't bad.
PDRA Top Sportsman standout Dan Ferguson believes the famous quote is the gospel truth.