Written by Susan Wade, photo by Roger Richards Sat, 2017-06-17 12:00
With ambient temperatures pushing 90 degrees and the track reading at 105 at about 9 p.m. Friday, Doug Kalitta managed to do what about half of the NHRA Top Fuel field could not.
He made it down the 1,000-foot Bristol Dragway course in the Mac Tools Dragster and took the tentative No. 1 qualifying spot for the Thunder Valley Nationals.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-06-16 18:38
With his graduation into Pro Stock, eighteen-year-old Tanner Gray completed a milestone. This Sunday, the third-generation drag racer will check off another significant achievement which took much longer, 12 years to be exact.
Gray will graduate high school Sunday during pre-race festivities for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. He will attend in cap and gown, accompanied by his parents Shane and Amber Gray, grandparents Johnny and Terry, as well as a score of other family and friends.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-06-16 17:12
When you are born into the Coughlin family, drag racing participation isn't mandatory; it's recommended.
This weekend as the NHRA's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series rolls into Bristol Dragway for the Thunder Valley Nationals, there will be three generations of the decorated racing family in attendance for the Father's Day horsepower spectacular.
Jeg Coughlin Sr., no longer races, choosing to live vicariously through his four sons, and grandchildren, two of whom race in NHRA competition.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-06-15 20:10
John Gaydosh probably wasn't aware of what a Pyrrhic victory when he went into Sunday's final eliminations at the NHRA Summernationals, but he quickly became the poster child for victory at too high of a cost.
Gaydosh scored a monumental victory in upsetting Rookie of the Year frontrunner Tanner Gray in the first round.
In crossing the finish line, Gaydosh's 500-inch, electronic fuel injected engine dropped a valve, broke a piston and destroyed the cylinder just to name a few of the calamities. Gaydosh was unable to continue and watched the second round as a spectator.
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by NHRA Thu, 2017-06-15 18:00
During Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Matt Smith’s championship career, he has had plenty of success at the Summernationals – including wins in 2006 and 2011.
The past two years at Old Town Township Raceway Park, however, have been a nightmare for the two-time world champion as he has failed to qualify.