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AUSSIE MODIFIED CHAMP KELLY BETTES TO DRIVE LAMATTINA TF DRAGSTER

 

Kelly Bettes understands she's got the opportunity of a lifetime ahead of her.

A former ANDRA Modified Champion and Sport Compact Drag standout, will pilot the Lamattina Top Fuel Racing dragster at the Nitro Up North event at Hidden Valley Raceway, July 21 and 22.

“When you’re a kid, and you dream about drag racing at the highest level, Top Fuel is always at the top of the list," Bettes said. “To be a part of what I believe is the best team in Australian Top Fuel Racing is just a dream come true.

SKILLMAN TO DEBUT NEW CAMARO SS IN HOUSTON

 

Drew Skillman and Ray Skillman Motorsports will debut the all-new 2017 NHRA Pro Stock Chevrolet Camaro SS built by Jerry Haas and powered by Gray Motorsports. He will race his brand-new Camaro SS starting at the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Bay Town, Texas on April 21-23, 2017.

“Moving to the Jerry Haas chassis in the new Camaro SS is going to be a great move,” Skillman said. “Being able to actively share comparable info with my teammates (Shane & Tanner Gray), to improve our team as a whole, is going to be invaluable.

ALEX LAUGHLIN RETURNS TO PRO STOCK WITH ELITE POWER, WILL RACE TAD

Alex Laughlin is doing double-duty racing at the SpringNationals in Houston this weekend, and he couldn’t be more excited.

Laughlin will make his season debut in the Pro Stock class and he also will continue to drive Anthony Dicero’s A/Fuel Dragster. Both entries will have the primary sponsor of Gas Monkey Energy Drink. Laughlin also is receiving additional sponsorship support from Advance Auto Parts and Havoline.

SCOTTY CANNON RETURNS TO A SIMPLER TIME IN LIFE

 

If there's one thing Scotty Cannon has proven over the last three decades, it's the ability to be versatile. While he's tuned and driven everything from nitrous-injected doorslammers to nitro-burning machines, he's about to add another element to his stretched resume.

Cannon plans to tune and campaign an old-school style Gasser during Greer Dragway's Hot Rod Reunion on April 22. The event is a replacement to the longstanding Southeast Gassers Association which no longer fields events at the track.

Cannon will turn the wrenches on Chris Cantrell's Hound Dog Ford Falcon, a Ford-powered, four-speed car which will be driven by his husband-in-law Alan Pittman, who like Cannon, is a past series champion.

MATT SMITH TALKS ABOUT PRO MOD EXPERIENCE

Matt Smith’s area of expertise is riding an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle.

The facts prove that as he won world championships in the class in 2007 and 2013.

Yet, Smith did say he enjoyed filling in for his father and world championship driver Rickie Smith at the ADRL Spring Drags April 7-8 at Rockingham (N.C.) Dragway. Rickie is recovering from back surgery.

Matt driving his father’s Pro Mod ZL1 Camaro qualified first at 3.788 seconds at 200.86 mph, but lost in the semifinals against veteran Doug Winters. The event was won by Smith’s teammate Jonathan Gray, who beat Winters in the finals.

GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK APRIL 21-23 WEEKEND EVENT RESCHEDULED

Gateway Motorsports Park’s April 21-23 tripleheader weekend – the PSCA Heads-up Hootenanny, NHRA JEGS Super Quick Series and Mid-West Pro Mod Association – has been postponed due to a Thursday-Sunday forecast of cooler temperatures, wind and rain.  The event has been moved to Independence Weekend, June 30-July 2.

“The decision to postpone the event was mutually agreed upon by officials from PSCA, the Mid-West Pro Mod Association, NHRA Division 3 and Gateway Motorsports Park,” said Chris Blair, GMP’s Executive Vice President & General Manager. “With more than 200 teams traveling great distances to compete in the event – with very little chance of track activity taking place -- the decision was made to postpone to save on team travel and operating expenses. In addition, the event has tremendous spectator support and the decision was made so that fans could have adequate time to cancel hotel reservations and adjust travel plans. The weekend forecast calls for extended periods of rain Thursday through late Saturday evening with temperatures in the low 50s during peak race times.”

LESCURE TO SPONSOR JIM DUNN RACING FUNNY CAR IN HOUSTON AND ATLANTA

The Jim Dunn Racing 7-Eleven / Oberto Dodge Funny Car will have new graphics at the upcoming NHRA Houston and Atlanta events.  Being involved in NHRA championship drag racing for so many years has given Jim Dunn Racing the ability to establish great long term relationships.  One in particular is the Lescure Company, a leading mechanical services business.  For more than 10 years, Lescure has been an associate sponsor of the Dunn’s Funny Car team.
 
The Lescure family is no stranger to the sport of drag racing, and got even more acquainted with the NHRA when the Melanoma Research Foundation recognized it with the Vision of Hope Award in 2011, the same time current NHRA President, Peter Clifford, received the Courage Award.  Beyond the mechanical services business, the Lescure’s provide education and awareness about Ocular Melanoma whenever possible through their charitable foundation www.acureinsight.org.  

TASCA RACING TO COMPETE IN THE NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

 

Bob Tasca III and his AutoAlert Ford Shelby Mustang will be representing Tasca Racing in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, NC from April 28-30 as part of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

“It takes a lot of funding to field one of the Fuel Funny Cars. I couldn’t do it without all my key primary and associate sponsors. I’m excited to have all of my sponsors back for the 2017 season along with expanding my program to at least seven races this season.”

CROMWELL NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, NHRA MEDIA AND MARKETING

Glen Cromwell has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Media and Marketing, NHRA officials announced today. Cromwell begins his new role effective immediately.
 
Cromwell joined NHRA as a Division Director in 1997 and has been a key player leading the sport’s marketing efforts for the past 20 years.

AEROMOTIVE'S OPEN HOUSE & CAR SHOW TO INCLUDE ENGINE CHALLENGE/LIVE FEED

Aeromotive will host a Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow (HROT) Engine Challenge preliminary competition in conjunction with their annual Open House and Car Show this year. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, from 9AM-5PM and is located at 7805 Barton St., Lenexa, KS. The HROT competition will consist of multiple teams of five from local high school auto tech classes.

Each team is expected to be able to correctly tear down and re-assemble a 350-cubic-inch Chevy engine, and be the fastest to do so. The HROT is proven to grow auto tech classes and to help students develop skills that will be used in the workplace. It also provides scholarship, internship, and mentorship opportunities for students.

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