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LACK OF FUNDING HAS PS DRIVER STRONG PARKED

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.

CP SPORTSMAN - DJ COX TO DRIVE BARTONE BROS. TAFC FULLTIME IN '17

 

DJ Cox will drive full-time for the Bartone Brothers Top Alcohol Funny Car team during the 2017 season in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Cox is the defending NHRA Lucas Oil Series East Region champion.

“I’m thankful to Tony and Steve for the opportunity,” Cox said. “Tony has put together an exceptional team with all the best equipment and necessary resources. The goal is to win the national championship, so expectations are high. I'm looking forward to the challenge.”

The Bartone Brothers Racing team plans to race in 12 National events and six East Region events this season. Cox drove part-time for the Bartone Brothers Racing team in four events during the 2016 season and found instant chemistry with the group, winning in their first national event together on September 18 at Charlotte’s zMax Dragway.

MANUFACTURERS SERIES EXPANDS TO PHOENIX AND OKLAHOMA CITY FOR 2017

The Manufacturers Series consisting of Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford, and Mega Mopar series events will expand its geographic footprint in 2017 by hosting events at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, and Thunder Valley Raceway Park serving the Oklahoma City market.  At total of 29 event dates are already secured for the season that begins in April.  Many of the tracks hosting events have been a part of the series since it was established at the start of the 2010 season.   The eighth consecutive season for the Manufacturers Series will focus on popular car shows, drag racing, swap meet, and car corral activities for participants and fans alike.
 
An average of 1,000 participants per show compete at Manufacturers Series events for awards and prizes.  To many participants the prestige of winning their class in a car show or bracket race is the most rewarding.  For others it is about having the best restored show car or racing exhibition vehicle that gets aired on the Menards Chevy Series TV show.

CP SPORTSMAN: THE WHITE WAGON: THE CAR THAT BUILT HISTORY

12-02fultonwagon.jpgYou 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.”

PDRA TO RACERS - GIVE YOUR CAR A NAME, WE'LL GIVE YOU 200 POINTS

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.

NHRA SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION 4 HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS

The NHRA has announced that Raymond Martin will be inducted into NHRA’s South Central Division 4 Hall of Fame.

NHRA’s Division 4 is the historic South Central Division home of “The Good Guys.” Division 4 features tracks from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana. The Division 4 Hall of Fame honors individuals, drivers and officials who laid the groundwork for NHRA Drag Racing in the region. Raymond Martin will join the likes of Eddie Hill, Raymond Beadle, Kenny Bernstein, Bill Meyer and many more in the South Central Division Hall of Fame.

LINDBERG NAMED NEW DRIVER FOR HEAD RACING

 

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?

NEWBY SEARCHING FOR BREAKOUT WIN AT WILLOWBANK RACEWAY

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.

CP SPORTSMAN – TOP SPORTSMAN CHAMP FERGUSON REFLECTS ON SUCCESS

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. 

COUGHLIN FAMILY LOOKS TO GIVE DRAG RACING A SPARK TOWARDS THE FUTURE

​Science fiction fans and pop culture enthusiasts alike are familiar with the voice of actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk explaining the five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise at the beginning of each episode of Star Trek. Kirk ends his oration with, "to boldly go where no man has gone before."

In five months time, drag racing pioneer and icon Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his team of "scientists" at JEGS High Performance have boldly embarked on a new age of competition with the future stars of the sport exclusively in mind for a revolutionary adventure.

The idea sparked from a conversation with the folks at electric car innovators Tesla Motors some two-plus years ago. Coughlin, 79, set himself to the task of developing a reliable electric motor combination for Jr. Dragsters, the half-scale category near and dear to the Coughlin family and tens of thousands of kids throughout the world.

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