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IHRA 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SET FOR 2021; IHRA INTRODUCES VIRTUAL HALL OF FAME

As part of the plans to celebrate this significant milestone, beginning in March, the IHRA will introduce an inductee to the inaugural to the IHRA Hall of Fame each month. Five legendary professional drivers (Pro Class), five Sportsman drivers and two legends that have greatly contributed to the sanctioning body will be inducted virtually into the newly formed IHRA Hall of Fame housed at IHRA.com.  

ALAN BRADSHAW TO COMPETE IN FUNNY CAR CHAOS RANKS IN 2021

 

Alan Bradshaw has driven countless types of cars in his drag racing career.

In 2021, he will check piloting a Funny Car off his bucket list.

Bradshaw is set to debut the “Black Attack” Funny Car. Based in Odessa, Texas, Bradshaw, and his new team are planning on competing in the Funny Car Chaos Series.

“I have driven everything from bracket dragsters to Top Fuel dragsters and I have always wanted to drive a Funny Car or Fuel Altered,” Bradshaw said. “I wanted to check it off the bucket list. At some point in time, you make things like that a priority. I want to race, and I think this will be a fun thing to do. It’s at a level of competition that’s pretty solid, but at the same time you’re not competing against the big budget teams.

BOB TASCA III AIMS FOR MORE SUCCESS IN 2021

 

In the roller-coaster, uncertain 2020 NHRA season, veteran nitro Funny Car driver/owner Bob Tasca III has a solid campaign, finishing fifth in the points standings.

“We have my whole team coming back,” Tasca said. “I have kept everyone together, which obviously in these times is not easy. I have great sponsors and great support from Ford and all my key sponsors are returning for (2021). I’m very blessed and our whole team is blessed to have the funding that we have.” 

However, the fifth-place finish didn’t leave Tasca III satisfied – at all.

JUSTIN ASHLEY INKS SPONSORSHIP WITH RISE NITRO BREWING COMPANY

Justin Ashley Racing is taking advantage of new category opportunities through a marketing partnership with New York City-based RISE Brewing Co, the creators and distributors of RISE Nitro Cold Brew Coffee. Justin Ashley, the 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year, will display RISE on his Strutmasters.com/Auto Shocker Top Fuel dragster during the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, as well as on uniforms, the team’s race trailer and pit area signage.
 
“Adding RISE to our group of marketing partners is impactful on and off the racetrack,” said Justin Ashley, winner of the 2020 Summernationals. “They brew their coffee with nitrogen and we run on nitromethane so our Nitros might be different but our goals are the same when it comes to providing the best for our customers and fans. I am looking forward to continuing our discussions regarding the inclusion of marketing initiatives involving the NHRA community.”

CHECK OUT THE LATEST WFO RADIO

Let 2021 begin! Our first NHRA conversation with Alan Reinhart and Joe Castello. The guys recap the holidays and look ahead to the start of the racing season.

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LARRY DIXON JR. GETS THE CALL FROM THE HALL

 

When Larry Dixon Jr. was once asked if he'd be interested in being featured on CompetitionPlusTV's Legends: The Series, he scoffed at the idea of being considered a drag racing legend. Apparently, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America shared the same opinion as those who wanted to feature him in a documentary..

This time, Dixon, the three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion who owns 62 national event victories, didn't respond the same way. The letter, which arrived in Dixon's mailbox on Dec. 21, left him speechless.

"Very humbling, and I'm very flattered," Dixon admitted.

Does the induction officially confirm he's a legend?

SUMMIT RACING RETURNS AS MWDRS TITLE SPONSOR

For the third-straight season, Summit Racing Equipment returns in 2021 as title rights holder to the Summit Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service (MWDRS).

BOB BODE CONFIRMS HIS SON WILL COMPETE IN 10-RACE SLATE IN 2021

 

Veteran nitro Funny Car owner/driver Bob Bode confirmed to CompetitionPlus.com he plans to have his son, Bobby, 18, compete in a 10-race schedule in 2021 in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

“The last couple of months we’ve been putting parts together, short blocks and heads,” Bob said. “We’re planning to start the season in Gainesville (Fla.).”

The Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville March 12-14 is the season-opening national event.

Bobby Bode, driving his father’s Funny Car he bought from Tim Wilkerson, completed his license in St. Louis Oct. 5.

ENCORE - MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK RACING'S EARLY YEARS - FINAL INSTALLMENT

9-11-07mmps.jpgIn the early 80’s, the growing popularity of the IHRA mountain motor Pro Stock class made a huge ripple in the great drag racing pond – a ripple felt all the way past the front doors of NHRA headquarters in Glendora, Ca.

Headlines once reserved for Bob Glidden, Lee Shepherd, and Frank Iaconio now featured such names as Rickie Smith, Warren Johnson, and Ronnie Sox. The IHRA Pro Stockers had blasted their way into the 7.90s during the 1980 season and the 7.80s one year later.

Never mind the fact the NHRA had just staged the closest point championship in the history of the class, a battle that went down to the final run of the season. The IHRA had seven-second Pro Stockers and wasn’t afraid to flaunt them to the media.

NHRA cars ran 8.30s. IHRA cars ran 7.80s. Get the picture?

In the weeks prior to the end of the 1981 season, the NHRA announced that they would do away with the pounds-per-cubic-inch format and adopt an IHRA-type program.

Instead of the sky-is-the-limit mentality of the IHRA, however, the NHRA put a 500-inch ceiling on their “mountain motors.”

QUALIFYING COMPLETED - VRHRA RACE 5 OF 9, 2020 MCLEOD SUMMERNATIONALS, ENGLISHTOWN, NJ

 

Fire up your computers, call your friends. It's time for the second season of the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association; the race series created out of a pandemic.

So, how does this work?

Each event features the top 20 finishers of the previous season in a ballot where your votes determine qualifying and race results, and inevitably series championships. Since we are fantasy drag races, we can stage the events at any facility we choose, regardless of whether the track exists or not.

The top eight qualifiers advance to final eliminations, where your votes determine the race winners.

This week we are at a drag racing institution, Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ for the second annual VRHRA McLeod Summernationals. 

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