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NICK ARIAS JR. HAS PASSED

 

Nick Arias, the founder of Arias Pistons, passed away on January 2, 2017.

Arias was, in his own words, crazy about cars from a young age.

"Some of us outgrew it, but a lot of us didn’t," Arias said in a biography posted on his website. "Trying to figure out how to make an engine work better is just as much fun today as it was when I first started working on street rod engines in my garage 70-plus years ago."

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - NITROUS INJECTION IS NICE, BUT THEY'D RATHER BE SUPERCHARGED

Pro Modified evolved from a group of doorslammer racers who sought to race Pro Stock but couldn't afford the mountainous investment needed to run Pro Stock. These performance-oriented doorslammer racers began to put nitrous on their large displacement engines and found a home in IHRA's Quick Rod division, which was later renamed as Top Sportsman in 1985.

ENCORE: WHEN FAITH MOVED MOUNTAINS PT. 2 - THE EARLY YEARS OF MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK

8-27-07mmps.jpgIf one moment defined the Mountain Motor Pro Stock movement, it was the first-ever seven second run. That day in April 1980, had the same effect on the class as putting a man on the moon had for space travel. It might as well have been. Seven second Pro Stockers were science fiction in those days.

If one can consider it wrong to cross a time barrier, then Rickie Smith was the guilty party and the sports reaction caught him off guard. In fact, the hard-nosed racer feared he had done something wrong when an IHRA official sought to escort him back to the starting line. His transgression, a seven-second ET slip in winning the first round during the IHRA Pro-Am Nationals in Rockingham, NC.

“I was happy that I had won, but the next thing I know, I had a race official coming over to me and telling me to follow him,” Smith said. “I didn’t know what was going on. I thought I was in trouble. I had every thought running through my head that you could have. But, then I got to thinking, if you’ve done something wrong, they don’t usually pull you up in front of the crowd to throw the book at you.”

The only book the IHRA had in mind to throw at Smith was the history book. He had, in legal trim, traveled where no Pro Stock racer had gone – into the sevens.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - 2017

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 2017 season.

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

NEW SPONSORS JOIN GROWING CONTINGENCY CONNECTION LINE-UP

Contingency Connection continues to announce new sponsors for their popular Racer Rewards and Engine Professional Rewards programs: SCAT Enterprises, PROCAR Seats by Scat, UCoat It Garage, Straub Technologies, ProCote Floor Coating, and Design Engineering, Inc (DEI) have all signed on for 2017 joining the largest grassroots, weekly motorsports event-marketing platform in the country!
 
Contingency Connection’s Racer Rewards program is a weekly, grassroots-level contingency program which rewards local racers with money-saving discounts from TOP performance manufacturers. Racers at participating tracks and series simply run sponsor decals for products they use (or would like to use) in order to earn the manufacturer rewards coupons. 
 
In turn, the AERA sponsored Engine Professional Rewards links manufacturers directly to 2,500 plus performance shops, engine builders, installers and machine shops in the United States and Canada.  This all-encompassing “shop oriented” marketing plan is comprised of a direct-mail Engine Professional coupon book, season-long full color ad, videos, sweepstakes, website links and e-blasts; promoting participating manufacturer products, technical information, and advertisements directly to shops.

FAITH MOVED MOUNTAINS - MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK RACING'S EARLY YEARS

8-10-07mmps.jpgTed Jones had an open-door policy with IHRA founder Larry Carrier, and while he tried to not wear out his welcome, on a fall day in 1976 he couldn’t resist bringing his idea to the boss.

Jones was the VP of Competition for the five-year-old sanctioning body, and little did he know that his intuition would one day change the way the Pro Stock division would be contested. The IHRA was always searching for its niche in a drag racing world dominated by the National Hot Rod Association, and to a point the now-defunct American Hot Rod Association.

Jones wanted to do away with the status quo for the Pro Stocks. He was tired of following the NHRA’s lead of factoring cars into competitiveness, and the aggravation that came along with policing it. His idea of throwing the standard formula of pounds to cubic inch out the window had the potential to be taken one of two ways – (A) the greatest thing since sliced bread or (B) downright blasphemous. The bottom line is that Jones had to deal with the never-ending issue and not Carrier.

“It was a nightmare without end because you always had to adjust the rules,” Jones, who now owns a television production company, said. “You had several weight breaks and they were for every combination under the sun. You had them for staggered valves, cylinder heads, wheelbase, and so on and so forth.

“Most every Pro Stocker had to run a small block because if you didn’t, you’d have to run so much weight that it was unreasonable and the parts breakage for running such a heavy combination was unreal. It was a real headache.”

OBERHOFER: WE’VE MADE A STRONG TEAM EVEN STRONGER

There's a strong likelihood Kalitta Motorsports VP of Operations Jim Oberhofer never met William Pollard, a physicist, who championed the organization of the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies.

Pollard was quoted as saying, "Without change, there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable."

BECKMAN EXCITED ABOUT HIS CREW CHIEF TRIO

When Don Schumacher Racing announced its crew chief trio that will serve as the tuners for Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger nitro Funny Car in 2017 it turned some heads.

Jack Beckman, the driver of the Funny Car, for one is thrilled to have the threesome – John Medlen, Dean Antonelli and Neal Strausbaugh – calling the shots for him.

PDRA TO RUN OUTLAW 632 AT SELECT EVENTS

After a successful outing with the PDRA at the 2016 Sunshine State Shootout, the Florida-based Outlaw 632 series will expand its reach, competing with the national series for four events in 2017. Outlaw 632 will compete with the PDRA at GALOT Motorsports Park Mar. 31-Apr. 1, Darlington Dragway May 19-20, the second stop with GMP Sept. 8-9 and the World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park Oct. 20-21. Eastside Auto Transport has stepped up to sponsor the class for 2017. 

WHEELIE COOL CARS ARE COMING TO BYRON DRAGWAY IN OCTOBER

 

Byron Dragway officials have announced the 23rd Annual World Power Wheel Standing Championships will return October 7-8, 2017.  The trademark event event features a wide variety of drag racing action that culminates with two rounds of the wheel standing competition on Sunday afternoon.

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