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LUCAS OIL, PAUL LEE TO PARTNER IN BRAINERD

 
Funny Car racer Paul Lee plans to make a big splash at the upcoming Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. He will unveil a major partnership, and accompanying special scheme with the popular Lucas Oil Slick Mist Car Care product line on Friday at the 17th stop on the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 

FERNANDO CUADRA AND SONS OVERCOME ODDS THROUGH HARD WORK, LOYALTY AND TEAMWORK

Follow the rules and live by your word.

That is the key to success from a man who knows plenty about being successful.

PASSION, JOY MARK TROY COUGHLIN JR.’S TAD LEARNING PROCESS

Troy Coughlin Jr. stepped away from his Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster ride in August 2017. He was replaced by Richie Crampton.

The young Coughlin Jr. partnered with the Pennsylvania-based McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster team in 2018. Rich McPhillips departed the drivers seat for Coughlin Jr. to receive seat time.

DONER MAGIC PART OF PACIFIC RACEWAYS LORE

It never was a fancy place, the dragstrip at Seattle, but Bill Doner hasn’t forgotten just how beautiful the image was. Those tall fir trees ringed the place, and a slightly cooler breeze that East Coasters were jealous of on hot summer nights danced through the crowd. For drag racers and their fans, it was like the lyrics in a Toby Keith song: “It’s our little piece of paradise way out here in the woods.”

Wistfully, Doner said, “A sight to behold,” as if he were describing majestic Mount Rainier or a bald eagle perched on a lush, green branch.  

MICHALEK BROTHERS COMPETING, AND CELEBRATING LIFE OF STEPHANIE MICHALEK AT NIGHT UNDER FIRE

On Feb. 23, drag racing took a back seat to tragedy for Kyle Michalek.

After his wife, Stephanie, gave birth to their son, Andrews Edward Michalek, on that day, she passed away. Stephanie was 34.

PATON NOW RUNNING PERFORMANCE DATA SYSTEMS

On Aug. 2, Todd Paton began Day 1 of his new job. The Top Fuel and Funny Car driver, after 12 years at Racepak, walked across the street to a new building and started his own company – Performance Data Systems, in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

NO WAY STEVIE FAST WAS MISSING WSOPM

 
Stevie “Fast” Jackson was already itching to get back to the dragstrip.
 
A phone call from Jim Whiteley on Saturday was the final nudge the star driver needed to return to Bandimere Speedway for this weekend’s Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod presented by J&A Service, Elite Motorsports, Big O Tires and benefiting One Cure.
 
Jackson, the NHRA Pro Mod points leader, had begrudgingly planned on sitting out the race in 2019 as he honed in trying to win his first NHRA world championship.
 

EVEN A TORNADO CAN'T STOP NIGHT UNDER FIRE

 
After a tornado touched down yesterday, Aug. 6, 2019 at Summit Motorsports Park and surrounding areas in Norwalk, Ohio, minimal damage occurred, no one on-site was injured and a story was posted to the park’s website and social media to assure fans that repairs would be made in time for the 42nd Annual Kelly Night Under Fire, this Saturday, Aug. 10 at Summit Motorsports Park.

FLOWING MEMORIES FOR FORCE AT 150

The memories blew through John Force’s brain like a freight trail barreling through a crossing. One minute they were there, and the next - gone.

Sunday, Force celebrated a monumental 150th career victory; one which took him 25 races to achieve. It was a stretch of frustration which led Force to utter multiple f-bombs on live television and kiss final round opponent Ron Capps on the lips, and later giving wife Laurie one on the cheek.

SNYDER GUNNING FOR TS TITLE AT WSOPM

 

Mick Snyder has fond memories of racing at Bandimere Speedway, even if the lone trip to Thunder Mountain came two decades ago.
 
Snyder, J.R. Todd, the reigning NHRA Funny Car world champ, and Aaron Glaser all went on a road-trip together with Snyder’s family to the Jr. Dragster championships in the late 1990s. They all pitted together at the end of the track, providing a last memory at Bandimere Speedway.

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