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SACKMAN EARNS NHRA TOP FUEL LICENSE

 

Matt Sackman, cylinder head specialist on the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster and a Don Schumacher Racing developmental driver, successfully earned his NHRA Top Fuel license on Monday, April 8, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

SHANE CONWAY MAKES 2019 DEBUT IN HOUSTON

 

Although it's still early in his Top Alcohol Dragster driving career, Houstonian Shane Conway says he's ready to win his first national event on the NHRA tour, and he'd love for it to happen at this weekend's 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil in nearby Baytown.

TOYOTA TO SERVE AS PRIMARY SPONSOR OF DOUG KALITTA IN HOUSTON

Toyota and Kalitta Motorsports announced today that the auto manufacturer will be the primary sponsor of Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster at the upcoming SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park, April 12-14.

“This is an extension of the exceptional partnership Toyota has enjoyed with Kalitta Motorsports both marketing and technology-wise,” said Laura Pierce, General Manager, Motorsports, Toyota Motor North America. “We are looking forward to sponsoring Doug Kalitta, one of the sport’s most successful drivers, in Houston.”

WILLOWBANK RACEWAY EVENT TO GO AHEAD DESPITE TOP FUEL BOYCOTT.

 

Pro Alcohol, Pro Stock and Top Bike will be the marque categories after the withdrawal of Top Fuel from the Santo’s Super Thunder meeting at Willowbank Raceway April 19.

The one-day event has also been renamed the Super Thunder meeting.  

Top Fuel Australia, the governing body for the elite category, had earlier announced they were boycotting the event due to safety issues due to the lack of a safety net. According to TFA, “The decision has not been made lightly and no one likes to disappoint our valued fans and supporters who have been looking forward to the race meet, but safety must always come first - we have seen and know what can happen.”

OSAGE RENEWS NAMING RIGHTS WITH TULSA RACEWAY PARK

 

Osage Casino Hotel has signed on for another three years as the official naming rights Sponsor of Tulsa Raceway Park.

Todd Martin and Keith Haney, both local businessmen and drag racers, came together in 2011 to purchased Tulsa Raceway Park. Both are driven to make Osage Casino Hotel Tulsa Raceway
Park recognized on the national level and on the local level. With the support of Osage Casino Hotel for the past nine years, they have been able to bring over 100 events to the track. Ranging from Bracket Racing, Shootouts, Midnight Drags, Outlaw Shootouts, Import Face-offs, Mud Drags, NHRA Divisional events, The Throw Down in T-Town, Obstacle course races, Spring Nationals, Outdoor concerts and more.

MOPAR CAP TECHNICIAN STUDENTS MEET NHRA STARS

 

Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett will be taking next-generation service technicians to school during the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals Presented by Pennzoil, scheduled for April 12-14 in Houston. The NHRA stars will host pit tours and visit with Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP) students from the area to help kickoff the program’s “Assemble Your Future” initiative.

DSR, DOUG CHANDLER TO CAMPAIGN MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER CAR IN HOUSTON

TOP FUEL TEAMS WITHDRAW FROM WILLOWBANK RACEWAY EVENT

 

The future of the Santo’s Super Thunder meeting at Willowbank Raceway scheduled for April 19 is under a cloud after Top Fuel Australia, the owner-driver body for the category, has declined to race at the venue after learning that a promised safety catch net would not be in place for the meeting.

J.R. TODD CAPTURES FUNNY CAR TITLE AT VEGAS FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

Big wins are nothing new for J.R. Todd.

After all, he’s the reigning NHRA Mello Yello Series nitro Funny Car world champion.

SALINAS WAKES UP TOP FUEL CLASS WITH HIS FIRST-EVER RACING VICTORY

Mike Salinas warned everyone, “We’re here to win, and we’re not messing around.”

He said it with such a serious tone in his voice that he suddenly became – all in one – a modern-day Don Garlits with his grit, a Don Prudhomme with that felony-grade chip on his shoulder, a Kenny Bernstein with his business sense, and a John Force with fierce family loyalty. But he wasn’t trying to emulate them.

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