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CAMPBELL IN THE MIDST OF DREAM SEASON SCENARIO

 

Jim Campbell is having the time of his life. 

The driver of the Jim Dunn Racing Funny Car is one of four drivers in the battle for the final Countdown to the Championship spot available with just three races left in the regular season.

Campbell's ranked 11th, just eight points behind two-time NHRA champion Cruz Pedregon. He's 15 ahead of Jonnie Lindberg and 21 in front of Del Worsham. He's 65 behind Alexis DeJoria. 

RUPERT IS BACK AT FULL STRENGTH WITH POINTS LEAD IN HAND

 

Many racers will tell you that ending a season on a positive note, especially with a victory, is a good way to set the tone for the upcoming year, and that certainly was the case for Jason Rupert, who closed the 2016 season by winning at a track he had always wanted to conquer, Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

"We had been trying to win there for a really long time, but for whatever reason, it just never happened," said Rupert, who has piloted the Rupert & Littlefield Rolling Thunder Nostalgia Funny Car to six national championships, three in IHRA and three in NHRA. "I never had good luck there when I was racing Top Alcohol Funny Car, either. We’ve qualified No. 1 there a bunch of times and made the first 260-mph run there at the March Meet in 2012. 

A YEAR LATER, PRITCHETT RACES IN A NEW WORLD

 

Last year Leah Pritchett was what some might call a nitro nomad. 

These days she's looking for a much bigger house considering her nomadic experience is in the rearview mirror.

Pritchett, who started the 2016 season as a fulltime driver for Bob Vandergriff Racing, found herself three races into the season looking for a new gig. She bounced around from team to team, three total, putting deal after deal in place until Don Schumacher offered her a ride to finish the season. And then the deal to end all deals materialized as Papa John's Pizza stepped up with a deal to fund her through the final six races of the season.

PHILLIPS CONCLUDES LUCAS OIL SPONSORSHIP WITH VICTORY

 

Simply put, Gary Phillips is a legend in Australian drag racing. 

Sunday, in front of a capacity crowd at Darwin's Hidden Valley Drag Strip, he provided proof while he's an icon in Pro Alcohol racing, he's still very much on the competitive edge in Top Doorslammer competition. 

Phillips successfully defended his Top Doorslammer event championship and put an exclamation mark on his final appearance as a Lucas Oil-sponsored driver. His qualifying elapsed time of  5.721 was also a personal best for the 47-year veteran. 

400 THUNDER RELEASES 2017-2018 RACE SCHEDULE

 

400 Thunder, Australia's premiere professional race series, will race an expanded schedule during the 2017 - 2018 season.

In addition to foundation tracks Sydney Dragway and Willowbank Raceway as well as Springmount Raceway in Cairns, the 400 Thunder Series has added four new venues to the calendar for the upcoming season. 

With three major events at both Sydney Dragway and Willowbank Raceway, and new events at Calder Park in Victoria, the Perth Motorplex and Adelaide International Raceway,  Top Fuel will compete at six Championship rounds across the season, with an additional two non-championship showdowns at Calder Park and Adelaide International Raceway. 

TUCCI NAMED OFFICIAL ANNOUNCER OF WORLD SERIES OF PRO MOD

Veteran drag racing voice Al Tucci has been named the official announcer of the world’s biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe, this weekend’s Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod at Bandimere Speedway.
 
Owning one of the most recognizable voices in the sport, Tucci is closing in on three decades of announcing some of the top Pro Mod races in drag racing history. With $100,000 going to the winner and an all-star list of Pro Mod drivers competing this weekend in Denver, the chance to be part of history was something Tucci didn’t want to miss.

MILLION DOLLAR RACE WELCOMES VP RACING FUELS AS OFFICIAL FUEL

Promoter Randy Folk introduced VP Racing Fuels as the Official Fuel of The Million Dollar Drag Race scheduled October 19-22 at Montgomery Raceway Park in Montgomery, Alabama.  As part of its sponsorship, VP will provide trackside fuel service throughout the event.
 
Celebrating its 22nd consecutive year, The Million offers racers across the country an opportunity to compete for life-changing payouts.  The annual event often pays in excess of $300,000, making The Million home of the largest payday in drag racing history!  Through the efforts of Folk and his daughter, Jennifer, The Million Dollar Drag Race has shown continued growth over the last two decades and keeps drivers, fans, and sponsors alike returning year after year. The race now features more than 300 entries in the prestigious main Million event, and over 600 racers competing in the three companion races, which pay $25,000 as the top prize each day.

TODD CAPS HISTORICAL WEEKEND IN SONOMA WITH FIRST FUNNY CAR WIN

The fastest pass in NHRA history. The youngest professional winner in Sonoma history. The first African American winner in Funny Car history.

It is safe to say that history was made at Sonoma Raceway.

TORRENCE DOWNS FAMILIAR FOE

Entering the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, defending Top Fuel world champion Antron Brown had a record of 22-3 against Steve Torrence.

Judging from Sunday, Torrence has exorcised that hex.

TONGLET ADDS CHAPTER TO DREAM SEASON

LE Tonglet expected to have success when he joined defending world champion Jerry Savoie on the White Alligator Racing team this season.

But the professional firefighter from Metairie, Louisiana, said he never dreamed that he would dominate the Pro Stock Motorcycle class in his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki.

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