by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-03-09 09:41
Ever since Mendy Fry was a kid, her ultimate goal was to earn a place in drag racing history.
In a rain-delayed Nostalgia Top Fuel final at the Good Vibrations March Meet, her dream came true.
Fry, who qualified No. 8 in the eight-car front-engine dragster field, was a giant-killer throughout eliminations taking out the top two qualifiers en route to her first career Top Fuel victory. Truth be known, she performed like a giant with 5.5-second performances
by Tracy Renck Thu, 2017-03-09 08:29
When the 2017 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season begins for Melanie Salemi Motorsports, it will come with a marketing boost. Melanie Salemi Motorsports recently announced a marketing partnership with Strange Engineering for the 2017 race season.
Strange Engineering, a leading manufacturer of high performance driveline parts, is based in Morton Grove, Ill., and has served the racing industry since 1964.
“This is a great opportunity to represent a great company,” Salemi said. “Both of our family businesses, G-Force Race Cars and Resolution Racing Services have proudly track tested and sold the Strange Engineering Product for close to 30 years. My team and I are excited to have the Strange logo on the side of “Purple Reign” in our quest for the 2017 PDRA Pro Boost championship.”
Written by Tracy Renck, photos by Lester Barnes Wed, 2017-03-08 20:00
Some NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle teams have had busy off-seasons. That is an understatement for the newly-formed Pro Stock Motorcycle team, Team Liberty Racing. Riders Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey, a three-time NHRA world champ (2000-2002) will make its debut at the Gatornationals March 16-19 in Gainesville, Fla.
Sampey, Team Liberty’s team manager, Ken Johnson will serve as her team’s co-crew chief with Chris Rivas.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2017-03-07 17:45
If you can't copy-cat a friend, then who can you copy-cat?
Randy Ranew, who grew up in drag racing, had a friend who started a shirt of the month club for another industry. He saw how well the idea worked and decided drag racing was ready for this type of business model.
Ranew grew up working at the now defunct El Paso Drag Strip where on a weekly basis they booked in the top names of the 1970s Funny Car era.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2017-03-07 11:30
Let the record reflect the Pacemaker is back in business.
In a rain-delayed Funny Car final at the Good Vibrations March Meet at Auto Club Raceway - Famoso, Ryan Hodgson drove his Pacemaker-bannered 1969 Camaro to victory over defending NHRA Heritage Series champion Kris Krabill whose Funny Car burst into flames during the run. Krabill was uninjured.
Returning the Pacemaker name to drag racing success was something important to team owner Ron Hodgson, Ron's father.
The Pacemaker Funny Car, campaigned by the late Gordie Bonin and Gordon Jenner, was a staple of the 1970s flopper scene. Hodgson, a longtime associate of the team, chose to resurrect the name this season.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2017-03-05 21:07
In the end, Mother Nature had the final say.
The final rounds of Good Vibrations March Meet will run on Monday morning after a combination of falling temperatures, rain and hail all nailed the Auto Club Raceway - Famoso following the semi-final round of competition.
Sunday's final eliminations were delayed five hours due to heavy rains which began falling at 8 AM. The skies cleared, the track was dried for competition to get underway.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards Sun, 2017-03-05 12:06
Second-generation drag racer Lizzy Musi fired the first shot in the four-race Mad Mule Pro Modified Series hosted by Galot Motorsports outside of Durham, North Carolina.
Musi, racing her nitrous-injected Dodge Dart, ran a 3.665 elapsed time at 204.82 miles per hour to beat Jason Harris in the final round.