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DRIVERS DISCUSS NHRA LETTER ADDRESSING PLANS FOR 2019

 

 
CompetitionPlus.com has obtained a copy of a letter dated Nov. 20 that NHRA sent to nitro teams regarding its plans to continue with the track prep in the 2019 season.
 
The letter also said at this time the sanctioning body does not intend to implement a performance based mechanical change in Top Fuel and Funny Car to start the 2019 season.
 
“I think it is good, I think everybody panicked when they first came out with a change in track prep,” said Ron Capps, the 2016 nitro Funny Car world champion. “Really the main concern was the communication with the crew chiefs. They (NHRA) tried changing track prep several times but wouldn’t communicate to the crew chiefs what they were trying to do. I think we saw certain shows, specifically in Bristol (Tenn.) where it was not a good show for the fans. I think they were experimenting with the track prep and not letting the crew chiefs know what they were trying to do. The biggest thing for the racing, and we saw it once we had several races under our belts, was communicating with the crew chiefs.”

THE LATEST HOT ROD ROLLING OUT OF BICKEL'S SHOP

THere's the latest beauty to roll out of Jerry Bickel's hot rod shop. This supercharged machine is headed to Qatar to race in the 2018 - 2019 Qatar Racing Club season. 

PRELIMINARY FINDING IN FATAL CRASH SUGGESTS HELMET STRUCK BY DEBRIS

 

Investigators from Highlands County where Sebring International Raceway is located have narrowed down a cause of death for jet-car racer Katarina Moller killed Thursday evening from injuries sustained while making an exhibition pass.

According to a reported published by www.abcactionnews.com, Moller was scheduled to make two passes, but during the first, her car drifted left towards the centerline striking the timing equipment. Her parachute deployed but the car drifted right, making contact with the retaining wall before coming to a stop, essentially a low-speed impact with a tire-barrier near turn-one at the facility.

MEDLOCK EARNS OUTLAW 8.5 TOP QUALIFIER IN FIRST-EVER SCSN

In his first-ever appearance at the Nitrous Outlet Street Car Super Nationals Presented by FuelTech, Arkansas native Brad Medlock drove his 2013 Mustang to the top of the ladder in the Vortech Outlaw 8.5 class Saturday with a pass of 4.593 seconds at 162.22 mph. In Round 1 of eliminations Saturday night at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Medlock slowly meandered down the track thanks to a single-car pass made when his opponent was unable to make the call.
 
“Come out working pretty good and just switched over to alcohol, trying to keep things under wrap with that and try not to get too aggressive, too quick,” Medlock said. “Especially with the air change here, it's so much different than what we're used to running. So far, so good."

NHRA AND FOX SPORTS ANNOUNCE 2019 BROADCAST SCHEDULE

 

 
FOX Sports and NHRA announced the release of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Most notably, the 2019 schedule includes additional live coverage on the FOX broadcast network for the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. The schedule is once again highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of the “Western Swing” (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle) and the iconic U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day.
 
Joining the NHRA on FOX broadcast team as lead announcer at all 24 NHRA national events will be Brian Lohnes, a seasoned NHRA announcer who has served as a contributor over the past three seasons in various capacities. This will be Lohnes’ first year to join the team full-time.

HORD IS THE MAN TO BEAT AT THE SCSN

 

With the sun down and the temps growing cooler, Rick Hord continued his march to the Precision Turbo Pro Mod top qualifier Friday at the Nitro Outlet Street Car Super Nationals 14 Presented by FuelTech. The Florida native used his last pass to drop a lap of 5.587 seconds at 263.25 mph. Nipping at his heels at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Ed Thornton, whose 5.613-second run put him solidly in second, but it was his 270.10 mph speed providing fair warning to Hord that starting P1 Sunday isn’t a given.

KLOEBER-MILLICAN PAIRING COMES FULL CIRCLE

 

Ripples of surprise spread through the drag-racing community when the unimaginable happened, when crew chief Mike Kloeber and Top Fuel driver Clay Millican parted ways. Together they had earned six consecutive championships, and they seemed to be inseparable, like John Force and Austin Coil or Kenny Bernstein and Budweiser. They made mechanical magic together.

SAVE BIG DURING THE QUARTER-MAX BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

 

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DRIVER NOBILE DISCUSSES BEING LEFT WITHOUT A PRO STOCK RIDE

 

This has been a week of shock for veteran NHRA Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile.

On the afternoon of Nov. 14, Nobile was informed by his Pro Stock team owner Nick Mitsos that he was parking his team immediately. Mitsos, the boss of Mountain View Tire, sponsored Nobile’s Camaro.

“In Vegas (at the NHRA national event Oct. 26-28), me, my dad (John) and a few of the other guys on the team were under the assumption per Nick (Mitsos) we were going to do 15 races next year,” said Vincent, who turned 27 years old on Nov. 6. “I was under the assumption we were going to be doing a part-time schedule. Honestly, I didn’t find out until (Wednesday afternoon) what Nick was going to do. It was a little bit of a surprise. I knew Nick mentioned doing a part-time schedule, but he never said he was going to park the team or anything like that.”

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