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MUST HEAR PODCAST - WFO JOE TALKS WITH JOHN FORCE

 

John Force confirms second JFR Top Fuel Dragster in a wide ranging interview with host Joe Castello. Force also discusses JFR's double NHRA Mello Yello Series Championships, his plans for the future of JFR, the controversy around his Vegas centerline cross, and whether or not Brittany will move to Funny Car.

BREAKING NEWS - NHRA PM CHAMPION COUGHLIN RETIRES

 Just a month after clinching his third Pro Mod world championship, Troy Coughlin has announced his retirement from racing in the professional ranks.
 
A national event winner in three different eliminators -- Pro Mod, Pro Stock and Super Gas, Coughlin has left the door open to racing in the Sportsman ranks in the future but says his primary focus will now be on his family and the continued growth of JEGS Automotive, the high-performance mail order parts giant he co-owns with his three brothers.
  
"I've been thinking about this for a while now and I'm certain I'm making the right choice," Coughlin said. "I remember years ago when my dad (Jeg Coughlin Sr.) told us he was going to quit driving and we begged him not to because we loved racing with him so much. He simply said, 'Some day you'll understand.' Now I do.
 

UNAPOLOGETIC TORRENCE PREPARES FOR 2018 TITLE RUN

 

If you don't want the brutal truth, then don't ask Steve Torrence a question. Furthermore, don't ask his opinion on a sensitive subject when he's just experienced one of the more devastating losses in his racing career. 

“It is what it is,” Torrence said.  “I know why they do it.  I know they want as many teams racing for the championship at the end as possible but, as a racer, I don’t like it.  I never have.  

“They stuck a mic in my face after we lost and asked me how I felt,” he said of his post-race remarks.  “How did they think I felt?  I was thinking about my guys and how hard they worked to get us in a position to win the whole thing.  I was thinking and about all the things we overcame and about all the skeptics who said we couldn’t be competitive at the top level.  

“I was frustrated and pissed off and said what I thought instead of what was politically correct and, because of that, I got beat up on social media.  You don’t like some of the things that are said about you but, in the big picture, it’s not a big deal.  I’m still going to speak my mind.”

TASCA HIRES LANE TO TUNE HIS FUNNY CAR

Bob Tasca III announced earlier this month his return to NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition. He revealed today who would be tuning his Ford Mustang Funny Car.

“I’m thrilled to announce Eric Lane as my crew chief," Tasca said. "I have known Eric for many years, and I have watched him climb up the ranks from an entry-level crew guy to a co-crew chief. Over the last two years, he went out of his way to help our part-time team achieve amazing results. I told him on many occasions, ‘Imagine if we had real funding - we’d be dangerous together!’ Well, we don’t need to imagine that anymore. Now, all we need to do is win.” 

Tasca's objective is bringing the right chemistry together.

MIKE NEFF TO TUNE ARMY DRAGSTERS IN 2018, OSWALD TO LEAD ANTRON TEAM

Preparations for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season are well underway at Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) headquarters near Indianapolis and team owner Don Schumacher announced the following changes to the DSR team roster today.
 
Accomplished tuner Mike "Zippy" Neff joins DSR as crew chief on the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster of eight-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher. Neff had prior success at DSR winning the 2005 championship as crew chief on Gary Scelzi's Dodge Funny Çar team. Neff's initial stint at DSR was from 2001-'07 before joining rival John Force Racing where he helped earn the 2010 NHRA Funny Car crown with Force. He also won one Funny Car race in 2009 as a driver/tuner.
 
Former U.S. Army crew chief Mike Green, who guided Schumacher to 27 event titles and championships in 2009 and '14, will remain at DSR. Green's guidance on safety and performance projects have been vital to the organization's success.  

IN THE PITS WITH WHIT - A COLLECTION OF CANDIDS

Many fans only equate Whit Bazemore as a drag racer and one who isn't shy about speaking his mind. However, many seem to forget long before he won races in a fuel car, he won the hearts of many drag race fans with his brilliant photography. He also wrote, because back in the early 1980s many editors loved a freelancer who could deliver a complete package. A complete package was incredible photography and the words which spoke to describe many of the images which left many speechless.

We felt it would be neat to put a recorder in Bazemore's hand and turn him loose in the pits during the Auto Club Finals in Pomona. It's a long read, but well worth it.

ALLEN JOHNSON UNDERSTOOD WALKING AWAY WAS BEST

The stare told the story.

With one leg inside the car and the other out, as the 500-inch engine belted out a throaty rumble of horsepower, the younger driver stared at the older man, poring over the different components of the engine. Their look at one another was almost one of mutual regret, but still, they moved about the business at hand.

A one-minute warm-up complete, there would be only one hour left in the routine they have performed for over thirty years.

This scene was the last warm-up for the father/son Pro Stock team Allen and Roy Johnson, at least for this chapter of their lives.

YELLOW CORN ANNOUNCES 2018 SPONSORSHIP WITH JOEY GLADSTONE

Pro Stock Motorcycle standout Joey Gladstone is pleased to announce Yellow Corn coming on board as his full-time primary sponsor for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
 
“I’m really excited to have Yellow Corn come on board with us next season,” Gladstone said. “It’s really awesome that Yellow Corn wants to partner up with us and have an international relationship. I think that’s really big for NHRA Drag Racing and it speaks to how big NHRA’s impact is all over the world.”

PS DRIVER DREW SKILLMAN EXCITED FOR 2018

 

This past season – 2017 – was a career-best in wins for Drew Skillman as he was victorious four times.

Those victories at Chicago, Denver, Seattle and Indianapolis propelled the 29-year-old to a fifth-place finish in the points standings, matching his career-best finish from 2015.

“We worked really hard all year and the last half of the year that really started to show,” Skillman said. “We had a consistent, fast race car the last several races and we found a package that really worked well with the car.”

NHRA ENCOURAGED BY POMONA COUNCIL MEETING

 

The NHRA intends to move forward with plans for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, not only for this season but many in the future.

A City Council meeting for the City of Pomona made clear in many aspects, a cloudy picture which was painted earlier in the week regarding the Fairplex and future drag races. 

NHRA VP of Operations Graham attended and spoke at Monday's meeting on behalf of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 

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