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ALL-FEMALE STARTING LINE CREW MAKES MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY HISTORY

History was made last weekend at Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville.

For the first time since MDIR opened for racing in July of 1966, the raceway had its inaugural all-female starting line and waterbox officiating team during the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL) Sport Nationals presented by M2 Shocks event.

LEGENDARY RACER TOM “THE MONGOOSE” MCEWEN PASSES AWAY

Legendary drag racer Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen passed away June 10. He was 81.

McEwen was considered one of the best drivers in drag racing history and he was best known for his colorful personality.

FUNNY CAR CHAOS IS A HIT IN AMARILLO

On June 1st and 2nd history was relived for drag racing fans from across the Texas panhandle as Funny Car Chaos thundered into Amarillo Dragway. This marked the first time nitro-fueled drag racing machines and funny cars of any type had been through the gates of the facility in nearly 30 years. Anticipation for this flip top frenzy was overwhelming, and fans were treated to two days of drag racing that seemed to have been pulled right from the archives of this historic facility. A track where world champions were once crowned, battles between west coast and east coast were settled and the biggest names in drag racing showcased their talents under the eyes of tens of thousands of hot rod enthusiasts.

OF DONUT GREASE, COWBOY HATS, EMOTIONAL MEMORIES: TORRENCE WINS VIRGINIA TOP FUEL RACE

Despite conditions being “hotter’n donut grease,” Steve Torrence’s Top Fuel career came full circle Sunday with his Virginia NHRA Nationals victory.

The Texan earned his career 20th Wally trophy in his 200th race since debuting at this very track in 2006, driving Dexter Tuttle’s dragster.

COURTNEY TOPS DAD IN VIRGINIA FINAL FOR FOURTH TITLE IN TEN MELLO YELLO EVENTS

The last time Courtney Force celebrated in the winner’s circle at Virginia Motorsports Park it was on the coattails of her father, John Force, who won the title of the 1995 Virginia is for Lovers NHRA Nationals.

It was the weekend of her seventh birthday.

GRAY LIGHTS IT UP IN FINAL AT VIRGINIA FOR SECOND MELLO YELLO TITLE OF ’18

Tanner Gray had been beating himself up for not getting the edge at the starting line that has been his trademark.

The 18-year-old got his mojo back at the right time Sunday evening when he used his best reaction time of the day to defeat rival Erica Enders at Virginia Motorsports Park for his second Mello Yello Pro Stock event title in 10 events this year.

TONGLET ATONES FOR NOT CLOSING CHICAGO BIKE DEAL A WEEK EARLIER

It grated on Pro Stock Motorcycle racer L.E. Tonglet that, in his words, he “rode terrible in the final round” last weekend at Chicago against winner Matt Smith.

He knew he could do better and promised his team he would make up for that.

AUSTRALIA HAS ITS FIRST FEMALE TOP FUEL CHAMPION

 

The more times Kelly Bettes watched the movie, the more times she daydreamed of the moment when her ship would come in. 

For the rookie Australian Top Fuel driver, her favorite movie was Heart Like A While, the story of four-time champion Shirley Muldowney's struggle to gain acceptance in the male-dominated sport of drag racing. 

Bettes determined one day she'd be just like Muldowney and chart herself a path right to the kings of the sport, albeit in a queen's role. 

C. FORCE, TORRENCE, GRAY AND TONGLET EMERGE VICTORIOUS AT INAUGURAL VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS

Courtney Force was able to build on her points lead in the Funny Car category at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park as she brought home her fourth Funny Car victory of the season.

Steve Torrence (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock), and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the 10th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

HARRIS, MOUHAYET, PHILLIPS HEADLINE 400 THUNDER WINTERNATIONALS WINNERS

 

Brisbane hero Kelly Bettes has etched her name in the record book by becoming the first woman to win a Top Fuel title in the 53-year history of drag racing in Australia. Bettes’ win in the final round of the 400 Thunder Australian championship was the highlight of the Gulf Western Oil 51st Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway, Queensland.  

The win was also a tribute to the close-knit Lamattina Top Fuel team fronted by ex-champion Phil Lamattina, who was forced to quit driving after sustaining major back injuries after a spectacular crash at the venue in 2015.

Damien Harris might have lost the war, but won the battle by stopping Bettes in the final round. 

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