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BIRT THUNDERS TO EARLY LEAD IN LIGHTS OUT 11 QUALIFYING

 

Radial vs. The World racer Marcus Birt has quickly made a name for himself as one of the premier competitors using nitrous oxide as his power adder of choice.

Birt, of Gray, Ga., lived up to his reputation by driving his late-model Corvette to the top of the 32-car field in provisional qualifying at the Lights Out 11 event in Valdosta, Ga., stopping the timers with a 3.625-second elapsed time, at 204.26 miles per hour.

Birt was the quickest of 53 drivers who made qualifying attempts in Wednesday's lone session. He was busy in the pits following the run.

ENCORE: LOOKING BACK AT THE 280ZX FLOPPERS

1-21-08datsun.jpgOnce upon a time, less than 30 years ago, a foreign car maker could enter an American racing series dominated by American-made cars and not be the subject of continuing controversy.

Those of you who also watch circle track racing know a lot of hands have been wrung the past couple of years over NASCAR’s decision to grant Toyota eligibility to run its Camry coupes and Tundra trucks in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series.

Besides the idea of letting a Japanese manufacturer participate in what was always the all-American sport of stock car racing, the worry was, and is, that Toyota would spare no expense to engineer winning cars and trucks, possibly driving American car makers out of the game. It’s how Toyota and Honda engines came to dominate Indy Car and Champ Car racing in the late 1990s and early 2000s, forcing Ford and General Motors out of those series, although that hasn’t happened in NASCAR – yet.

MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK VETERAN ROBERT PATRICK PLANS RETURN IN BOTH NHRA, PDRA

 

Nothing inspires a break like from a break than the largest drag racing sanctioning body in the world, creating a place for your favorite class to race. 

The NHRA's decision to make the Mountain Motor Pro Stock division part of its 2020 competition platform was all the motivation Patrick, a past series champion of the large displacement style of drag racing needed to throw his hat back into the ring.

Patrick will drive a Jerry Haas-built Mustang with Ford-power from Sonny Leonard. 

NOSTALGIA CHAMPION FRY PREPARED TO SIT OUT 2020 SEASON

 

The NHRA's Big Show won't be the only series to start the season without its Top Fuel champion.

The NHRA Heritage Series, which kicks off next month in Bakersfield, Ca., with the Bakersfield March Meet will do so without two-time, and reigning Top Fuel champion Mendy Fry.

Fry, whose High Speed team owner Tom Shelar passed away last August, participated in the abbreviated nostalgia exhibition at the Lucas NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Ca. Sadly, it may be the last time she drives in competition.

THE JUSTIN ASHLEY WAY: STRUGGLE IN QUALIFYING, SHINE IN ELIMINATIONS

 

NHRA Top Fuel rookie Justin Ashley didn't need any inspiration to put forth his best effort at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Ca. All the Auto Club Road to the Future candidate needed was for his Strutmasters.com dragster to stay healthy, and he'd do the rest. 

Ashley, who made his NHRA Top Fuel debut last season, and competed in three races caught the nitro community off-guard when in his first race he reached the semi-finals losing a race he may have won if not for a mechanical issue. He also raced his way to a quarter-final finish at the NHRA Finals last season. 

The common denominator in every race Ashley has participated in, including last weekend's event in Pomona, the team has struggled throughout qualifying, but when everything was on the line made a run representative of what the team is capable of to get in the field. Then on raceday, The team has come alive.

VP RACING FUELS NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF MIDWEST SUPERSTAR BRACKET SERIES

 

World Wide Technology Raceway officials today announced that VP Racing Fuels has been named the official presenting sponsor of the Midwest SuperStar Bracket Series and will join JEGS.com and MAHLE Motorsport as official contingency sponsors for the series. The six-race series, which will be contested over two weekends at WWTR’s drag strip in Madison, Illinois, will pay $10,000 to win and offer bonus awards at each race.  In addition, a series points fund will be distributed to the top five racers in the point standings.

VIDEO RECAP OF THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

 

For 60 years, the Winternationals in Pomona, Ca., has provided the perfect springboard for six decades of NHRA championship drag racing.

It has been a showcase for innovation, a grand stage for the absurd and a program chock full of excitement.

Let the record reflect, Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) all left the first race of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION FOR NHRA ARIZONA NATIONALS

The following graphic was provided to us by track officials at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in advance of the NHRA Arizona Nationals outside of Phoenix, Arizona. 

DOES YOUR JUNIOR DRAGSTER PROGRAM NEED A SPONSOR?

 

In a salute to young drag racers, Kevin Stith, founder of Stith Printing Inc, Hot Rods by Stith, LLC and Legends of Nitro, announced today the formation of an annual sponsorship program to help support two Junior dragster racers who have shown leadership qualities on and off the racetrack.

Stith Printing, Inc. will be awarding two eligible Junior Dragster teams with $1500 towards artwork design, t-shirts, sweatshirts and crew shirts. This opportunity can help families with young racers take their racing operation and visibility to the next level and look just like the pros.  

MCGAHA, STANFIELD HAVE AN EYE ON THE FUTURE

 

Chris McGaha said his off-season was full of what he called “some much-needed maintenance” but said, “Our main focus was on laying the foundation of our two-car team with the addition of [son] Mason this season. He has a brand-new Chevy Camaro that will debut later this year. Mason’s main focus is to finish his senior year of high school and then come out and race several national events this summer.”

The Harlow Sammons Racing team owner from Odessa, Texas, tested in Florida before coming to California. So he literally has been from one end of the country to another to prepare for the Winternationals.

“We continue to squeeze every bit of horsepower that we can out of our engine program to gain a competitive advantage. My head is down and focused on our program with the overall goal of bringing more trophies back to Texas this season.”

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