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ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... NO SCHOOL LIKE THE OLD SCHOOL

 

There's nothing like old school nitro, at least this is how the majority of those who responded to our latest ARP Question of Week see it. 

When asked which fringe style of drag racing they prefer, CompetitionPlus.com readers, by a 33-percent of over 5,500 votes cast, responded they love the old school Funny Cars and Dragster.

JUNE BIG DOG SHOOTOUT RESULTS IN FIRST TIME WINNER

John Lassiter has won in many vehicles and formats at historic Piedmont Dragway. From big money bracket races to the old Renegade series, Lassiter has used his employer Brett Nesbitt’s powerplants exclusively. While Nesbitt is still working on getting a handle on his beautiful new RJ ’69 Camaro he at least he has a powerplant in the winners circle.

During qualifying Bubba Turner was low man for a brief moment at 4.049. Tim Lawrence spoiled the party with a 4.039 in his ’13 RJ Camaro. Third was Cam Clark at 4.049, third because of MPH. Fourth was Brian Schrader at 4.077. Finally, at fifth, was Lassiter with a 4.080 qualifying shot. Sixth was Ronnie Gardner, winner of the season opener, with Jason Harris in seventh and Brett Nesbitt eighth.

K&N AND CHILDREN OF FALLEN PATRIOTS FOUNDATION NAMED TITLE RIGHTS FOR NHRA ROUTE 66 NATS

 

K&N Engineering has signed an agreement to become the title rights sponsor of the upcoming NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway, NHRA officials. As part of the agreement, K&N has teamed up with its charity partner, The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, for the race, which takes place July 6-9.

The 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N is the 13th of 24 events, officially kicking off the second half of the 2017 season. Route 66 Raceway will celebrate its 20th year of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racing in 2017, as the state-of-the-art facility has treated the Chicago area to thrilling action for two decades. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of an event that will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, including live final eliminations coverage starting at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 9. 

MOON AND STARS ALIGNING PERFECTLY FOR FRY IN 2017

 

Mendy Fry is exactly where she has wanted to be all of her life.

Fry ascended into the NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel point lead on the strength of her monumental Good Vibrations Bakersfield March Meet win earlier this season. 

Fry, who raced Nostalgia Funny Cars for the last few seasons, has shown no problems in the transition back to the front-engine dragsters. 

NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS ELIMINATIONS SHOW THE MOST WATCHED BROADCAST IN NHRA HISTORY

 

Television ratings for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continue to reach historic heights as Sunday’s eliminations show from the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J., on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), became the most watched show in NHRA history. During the broadcast 1,623,000 viewers watched as Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) record wins in their respective categories. 

DIXON ENJOYING THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE

 

Larry Dixon sees the silver lining in the dark clouds these days.

Dixon, the three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion, was just about the stage one of three Rapisarda Autosport International dragster in competition at the Australian Winter Nationals when a race official frantically motioned for the defending event champion to shut off his car.

Dixon was in the last pair of dragsters, in Saturday night's final session, as rain began to fall in the shutdown area of Willowbank Raceway, the popular Aussie drag strip located outside of Brisbane. Unfortunately for Dixon, this was the last time he'd get on the track for a chance to score the 50th anniversary title of the event.

PRO MOD LEGEND CHARLES CARPENTER TO DEBUT ’68 CAMARO

When fans, fellow racers, or almost anyone involved in fast doorslammer racing thinks of Charles Carpenter, a few things probably come to mind: nitrous oxide, the origins of Pro Modified, and the 1955 Chevrolet.

Carpenter will soon return to racing, but in a move that may surprise many, he won’t be behind the wheel of his iconic ’55 Chevy. After over four decades of racing various iterations of the “shoebox”, the Pro Modified pioneer will debut a recently-acquired 1968 Camaro built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars.

AUSSIE BEN BRAY SHOWS THE VALUE OF FATHER'S LESSONS

 

Ever since Ben Bray was a toddler, he knew his destiny was to include a firesuit and a very fast race car. In the back of his mind, there was the reality a day might come when he'd have to fill his famous father Victor Bray's shoes. 

This weekend, at Willowbank Raceway, at the most prestigious event he's ever participated in, reality stared him down. 

Bray showed just how well his dad had prepared him, and never flinched in the face of a monumental challenge. 

THE AUSSIE WINTERNATIONALS WAS DESTINED TO SUCCEED

The Winternationals is not just another race on the Australian calendar. For the straight-line sport Down Under, it is the most prolific drag race in the country. 

This season, the hallowed event hosted annually by Willowbank Raceway, located just outside of Brisbane, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

TORRENCE BEATS BROWN ON BEST FRIEND’S HOME TURF

Steve Torrence figured turnabout was fair play.

Antron Brown had beaten the Kilgore, Texas, native in the Top Fuel final round last October at his home track near Dallas.

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