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SONNY'S DELIVERS IN PDRA COMPETITION

 

Sonny’s Racing Engines helped two customers win their first Professional Drag Racers Association event. James Hancock took home top honors of the ultra-competitive Pro Nitrous category and Chris Powers was triumphant in Extreme Pro Stock at the East Coast Nationals. While both racers have years of experience, the PDRA is a new challenge for them, but their Sonny’s power was up to the task.

Hancock qualified in the middle of the pack and used consistent low 3.70 runs to weave through the competition. In the final, he met reigning world champ, Tommy Franklin. Hancock and team owner Brian Shaw knew they would need their best run of the day to take down Franklin. At the stripe, Hancock and Franklin laid down nearly identical elapsed times (3.701 and 3.700), but Hancock crossed the line first thanks to his better reaction time.

DADDY DAVE TO DRIVE KEITH HANEY'S ENIGMA

 

Keith Haney and Keith Haney Racing don't do anything small.

So to help kick off the Mid-West Pro Mod Series, which races in the Heads-Up Hootenanny event next weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, Haney will introduce a special driver for his "Enigma" Chevrolet Camaro in the Radial vs. The World class.

"Keith Haney Racing decided to shock the world," Haney said. "I'm coming to St. Louis, not only to drag everybody's asses with (Pro Mod car) 'Notorious,' but I've decided to give something back, not only to the series but to the fans. Daddy Dave, Street Outlaw, will be driving Enigma in Radial vs. The World."

MID-WEST PRO MOD SERIES TO KICK OFF INAUGURAL SEASON IN ST. LOUIS

The Mid-West Pro Mod Series kicks off its inaugural season with the Heads-Up Hootenanny event next weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The Mid-West Pro Mod Series was founded by racers - Jeff Pierce, Billy Stocklin, Todd Martin, Jim Sakuvich, Keith Haney, Wes Buck and Dewayne Mills – as a way to promote Pro Mod racing in the center of the United States.

DONOVAN STOTT RACES WITH AN OLD SOUL

Donovan Stott sheepishly admits his ignorance six years ago on one particular subject.

Stott, the 23-year old son of IHRA Pro Modified champion Mitch Stott, had no clue what a Gasser was when his famous uncle, and also past IHRA World Champion Quain Stott introduced him to the doorslammers of days long gone.

Nowadays Stott cannot imagine his life without Gassers, especially since he's proclaimed himself an "old soul." It's not hard to spot him, even when he's not pulling out of his crudely painted 1948 Anglia, he's the young man sporting the attire of 1967, just like he stepped out of Marty McFly's Delorean time machine.

BOBBY BODE CAPTURES JR DRAGSTER VICTORY

Veteran nitro Funny Car driver Bob Bode didn’t compete at an NHRA national event last weekend.

Yet, he still had one of his memorable moments unfold at the race track.

DRIVERS SELECTED FOR REDEMPTION SERIES EVENT AT NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

The eight drivers taking part in the thrilling exhibition Redemption on Friday, April 21 at the NHRA SpringNationals have been selected, race officials have announced.
 
The eight drivers from across the region who were chosen to compete are Craig Ofarrel, Chris Hamilton, Dui Buy, Chase Kurszewki, Cody Jones, Kenjo Kelly, Ryan Hall, and Kyle Thompson. Sergio Gonzalez will be at the event as an alternate.
 
The drawing to pair the eight-car elimination field will take place on April 21 at noon at the NHRA Nitrozone located in the midway.
 

DEW LOOKS TO REPEAT IN MOSER SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT

 

The NHRA South Central Division Moser Sportsman Shootout is set to take place on Saturday, April 29, in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex.
 
Through a season long point’s battle in 2016, the top two Moser Sportsman Shootout point’s earners in each of the seven classes in competition were slotted into the 16-car field while John Garner and Jessica Ogden will complete the ladder as the Moser Shootout Wild Card entries. 

TEAM KALITTA WELCOMES NASCAR STARS TO TRADITIONAL TRACK WALK IN CHARLOTTE

WILD WEATHER AND RECORD-SETTING RACING HIGHLIGHT NMRA/NMCA ALL-STAR NATS

The 2017 NMRA Keystone Automotive Drag Racing series pulled in to Commerce, Georgia, after a week of wild weather in Atlanta, which included tornadoes, an earthquake, and a collapse of a section of I-85. Just like last year, too, the second stop of the season, the 9th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals presented by Steeda Autosports, saw unseasonably chilly temperatures Thursday and Friday. The conditions presented a challenge at first, but the weather showed some sweet southern hospitality in time for Saturday and Sunday and competitors took advantage of the recently repaved surface.

A combination NMRA and NMCA VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw field meant there were fourteen cars fighting it out, but it was Manny Buginga who led the way with his MJM Construction Corp-backed, turbocharged ’03 Cobra in qualifying with his 4.330 at 169.21 mph hit. Jacky McCarty of McCarty Performance, though, had his mind set on getting the win and stopped at nothing as he relentlessly took out the other drivers. McCarty faced off against Jarod Wenrick in the finals, and his 4.435 at 169.87 mph pass in his ’93 Mustang helped McCarty make his mission a reality.

TERRY CHANDLER TO RECOVER AT HOME, EAGER FOR RACING RETURN WITH HER TEAMS

Many fans noticed that Terry Chandler wasn't at the starting line at Las Vegas two weeks ago celebrating when her Make-A-Wish Funny Car team and driver Tommy Johnson Jr. recorded their first win of the season in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and moved up to second in championship points.

Terry, who also funds the Infinite Hero Foundation team for Don Schumacher Racing, had been suffering from headaches and an MRI revealed a tumor on the front lobe of her brain that was removed Monday. She will spend three weeks at home resting before beginning radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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