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PAUL LEE WINS FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY EVENT AT RACE NO. 4

 

A win is a win, and for Funny Car racer Paul Lee, he'll take it.

Lee won the TruHarvest Funny Car division at the recently-completed Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association Thunder at the Dome event, the fourth of nine fan-vote events this season. He's yet to win a nitro race in real-life since making the jump in the early 2000s from alcohol funny cars.

Joining Lee in the winner's circle at the fantasy-themed CompetitionPlus.com Thunderdome was T.J. Zizzo (McLeod Top Fuel), Alex Laughlin (Quartermax Pro Stock), Matt Smith (Denso Pro Stock), and Rickie Smith (Jerry Bickel Race Cars Pro Modified).

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - 2021

Today is a day of do-over. January 1st is traditionally the day that we establish a new baseline for the year. Every list of resolutions differ but the one common trait is that virtually every list includes self-improvement or ways to help others.

We hope today brings a great outlook for your 2020 season.

The staff at CompetitionPlus.com wishes you and your family a prosperous 2017.

EVENT COMPLETED - TRUHARVEST THUNDER AT THE DOME, SPARTANBURG, SC

 

It's race day at the CompetitionPlus.com Thunderdome located in Spartanburg, SC. Qualifying is complete, now it's time to begin the process of eliminating down for a winner of the Truharvest Thunder at the Dome, Race 4 of 9 in the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association. 

It's all fun in fantasy land to get away from the troubles of what is happening in the real world. 

For those new to this fantasy world, this is how it works. The race with the most votes advances to the next round. We had a day of voting to seed the eight-car fields. 

First-round ends tonight at 6 PM EST. 

DALE CREASY SR. PASSES

 

Veteran Funny Car owner Dale Creasy Sr., has passed away, on Dec. 29, at the age of 81.

Creasy, who died Dec. 29 at age 81, fielded a long line of Illinois-based Tyrant Funny Cars stretching back to the early 1970s, and his legacy continues today with son Dale Jr., who is still competing in the class.

Creasy’s cars, predominately Fords, were wheeled in the 1970s through the 1990s by drivers such as Al Marshall, Dick Bourgeois, Larry LaDue, and, most famously by Gary Bolger, and were staples of the Midwest match racing scene and the Coca-Cola Cavalcade of Stars circuit. (Bolger, who had his own car, the Gold Digger, was first recruited to drive for

FLASHBACK - WFO RADIO'S INTERVIEW WITH BOBBY BENNETT FOLLOWING COVID-19 NIGHTMARE

 

Not that anyone wants to look back on 2020, but our media partners over at WFORadio.com conducted one of the first interviews with CompetitionPlus.com founder and publisher Bobby Bennett not long after his release from the hospital. 

It was a challenging time for our sport, as drag racing had been shut down in the midst of pandemic. In many ways, Bennett became the first face the sport could relate to who had endured the deadly effects of the Coronavirus and lived to talk about it. Not all cases were severe, but for Bennett the experience was anything but mild.

VETERAN TUNER MIKE GREEN JOINS JUSTIN ASHLEY RACING

 

Justin Ashley Racing announced today world championship-winning crew chief Mike Green has joined the Strutmasters.com/Auto Shocker Top Fuel dragster team. The move comes as Ashley looks ahead to the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and a serious run at the NHRA Top Fuel world championship. Green replaces veteran tuner Aaron Brooks who tuned Ashley to his first win and a top ten finish in the shortened 2020 NHRA season.

“Adding Mike Green to our team provides us with an opportunity to take our program to the next level,” said Ashley. “Mike is a championship winning crew chief with a championship winning mentality. It is a perfect fit. I am grateful to Mike for deciding to join our racing family. I am looking forward to learning from his invaluable knowledge and experience throughout the season. Our goal is to race together for many years to come.”

“I have a tremendous amount of respect and gratitude for Aaron on a personal and professional level. I have known Aaron for a long time and my feelings about him will never change. He’s an outstanding crew chief and a great person. We accomplished a lot together during a short period of time. I am looking forward to watching him have continued success in the sport for years to come,” added Ashley.

VREELAND'S AHDRA TOP FUEL HARLEY TITLE IS A DREAM COME TRUE

 

Drag racing is a goal-oriented sport. However, for Top Fuel Harley-Davidson rider Rich Vreeland, what he achieved aboard his nitro-burner in 2020 while racing the All Harley Davidson Drag Racing Association [AHDRA] went well beyond what he expected.

“When I got my first AHDRA license in 1992, I never dreamed I would be Top Fuel champion 28 years later,” Vreeland admitted.

Back then, Vreeland and his brother Ray had just opened Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson in 1990 as the youngest dealers ever for the brand.

QUALIFYING COMPLETED - VRHRA RACE 4 OF 9, 2020 TRUHARVEST THUNDER AT THE DOME

 

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 drag racing's first and only indoor drag strip, the CompetitionPlus.com Thunderdome in Spartanburg, SC, 

REMEMBERING THE PRE-PRO MODIFIED WORLD'S FASTEST GROUP

If you raced IHRA Top Sportsman during the years of 1986 through 1989, it was important that you brought a label to the race. Usually, that label was the world’s fastest [insert car year and make here] and that was usually enough of a calling card to generate match races, t-shirt sales and magazine articles.

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The growing popularity of the Pro Modified movement afforded the pioneering drivers such as Charles Carpenter an abundance of match races. He booked as many as 55 races/match races in one season.

There was no official World’s Fastest Group per se, but the ability to claim a niche in the fast-growing class was enough for the multitude of teams in the fledgling movement to seek out a unique identity.

R.C. Sherman’s unheralded introduction didn’t inspire any real titles, but when Dave Bishop proclaimed Charles Carpenter’s 1955 Chevy as the “World’s Fastest ’55 Chevy” – those immortal words spoken by a part-time journalist was enough to inspire other racers.

AARON STANFIELD HAS HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR 2021

 

The 2020 Camping World NHRA season will never be forgotten because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the craziness and uncertainty of the season, it was quite memorable for Aaron Stanfield.

The Bossier City, La., native won his first career NHRA Pro Stock national event in Houston and captured the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown season championship with five wins in six races in the Janac Brothers COPO Camaro.

For good measure, he won the Division 4 Top Dragster title in his family-owned dragster.

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