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LE TONGLET HAS PLENTY NEW IN HIS LIFE

Former NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion LE Tonglet will be celebrating plenty of new in his life when he shows up for the Gatornationals March 16-19 at Gainesville, Fla.

On the track, Tonglet, the 2010 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle title holder, will be making his debut as a teammate to Jerry Savoie, the reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champ. Tonglet and Savoie will be riding Vance & Hines-powered Suzukis this season.

DRIVERS AND FANS ENJOY FUN EVENING DURING 2017 BMS SEASON PREVIEW

With the NASCAR and NHRA race weekends fast approaching, a few drivers from the respective auto racing sanctioning bodies visited Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts on March 7 for the Speedway’s 2017 Season Preview.

NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Daniel Hemric and Christopher Bell joined with NHRA drivers Courtney Force and Ron Capps to promote Bristol Motor Speedway’s 2017 season. The event, emceed by Fox Sports’ John Roberts, was free to fans and featured informative Q&A sessions, fun audience activities and even Bristol’s version of the hit game show, “The Match Game.” Prior to the start of the show, the drivers met with local dignitaries, track sponsors, local and national media members.

A SORE BILLY GLIDDEN PREPARES FOR HIS RETURN

 

Billy Glidden knew the risks when he signed up to be a drag racer. 

The second-generation drag racer, who is a staple in the J&A Services NHRA Pro Modified Series, received an involuntary reminder on February 22, 2017. 

Glidden, while participating in the official series test session at Orlando Speed World dragway, lost control shortly after the launch of his nitrous-injected Pro Modified Mustang and bounced off the track retaining walls. 

D'APRILE, COX AND GONZALEZ SCORE SEASON-OPENING PDRA VICTORIES

 

The South Georgia Motorsports Park eighth-mile played host to the record-breaking doorslammers of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) this weekend, with Florida’s Tommy D’Aprile scoring the PDRA Southern Extreme Nationals event win in Pro Extreme. Also earning pro class wins Saturday night were Jay Cox in Pro Nitrous, Jose Gonzales in Pro Boost, John Montecalvo in Extreme Pro Stock, and Eric McKinney in Pro Extreme Motorcycle. 

SCRUGGS, COX AND STRICKLAND PACE FIRST-DAY PDRA SOUTHERN EXTRAMA NATS QUALIFYING

 

Jason Scruggs overcame his early-season struggles to earn the provisional number-one qualifier position in Pro Extreme at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Southern Extreme Nationals. 

“For me it feels good [to qualify number one] because we’ve been struggling with a bunch of new parts on the car. It’s a relief to get down the track tonight and not be behind the eight-ball going into tomorrow. Plus, Bubba Stanton has been running his mouth, so I don’t have to listen to him talk smack all night,” Scruggs joked, referencing the 2014 Pro Extreme champion who is back in competition after missing most of the 2016 season.

FROM HELL TO HEAVEN – LYLE BARNETT’S HEART-WRENCHING STORY

Lyle Barnett will never be able to say he has a burning passion for drag racing without thinking of his greatest fight. 

Barnett, of Robbins, NC, shakes his head at the irony of two words which perfectly describe the fight of and for his life a little over a year ago. 

Barnett, who in 2015 was a Drag Radial racer competing in the Radial vs. The World division at the No Mercy 6 event hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park when a fuel injection failure engulfed his C-5 Corvette. 

AUSSIE NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR SERIES GOES INTERNATIONAL FOR 2017/2018 SEASON

The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car series has taken another big step as the entertainment-based tour now heading overseas with a visit to Meremere Dragway in New Zealand.

Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Car Series Manager, Morice McMillin was excited to have the calendar in place to help the series’ competitors plan their seasons, “We are trying to get things done as early as possible and continue the momentum that we have managed to generate.”

JOHN FORCE, ROBERT HIGHT SWAP FUNNY CAR TEAMS

Change is in the air at John Force Racing.

Heading into next weekend’s NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, team owner John Force and JFR president Robert Hight announce crew chief and team changes involving two Funny Car teams.

LARRY DIXON RETURNING TO GAINESVILLE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2015 CRASH

Top Fuel racer Larry Dixon will return to the site of one of National Hot Rod Association drag racing’s wildest crashes when the three-time NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel champion competes in next week’s 48th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on March 17-19.
 
Dixon, 50, walked away from a spectacular qualifying crash two years ago on Saturday, March 14, 2015 when the Top Fuel dragster he was driving broke in half near the track’s 1000-foot finish line and flew some 75 feet in the air. Dixon was able to climb from the car’s wreckage.

YOU CAN HELP OUT A WORTHY CAUSE

 

Gretchen Tuttle, daughter of long time boat racer Brad Tuttle, is in need of brain surgery that her insurance is not covering. 

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