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PROCK TO MAKE LAPS IN JFR TOP FUEL CAR DURING PHOENIX TEST

 

Austin Prock, the son of world championship NHRA crew chief Jimmy Prock, is expanding his drag racing driving options.

Prock, who finished the nitro Funny Car licensing process June 25 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, is scheduled to make his first laps in a Top Fuel Dragster Feb. 3 at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix.

Prock’s brand-new John Force Racing Top Fuel Dragster arrived at Wild Horse Motorsports Park Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2.

HIGHT ROCKETS TO TOP OF FUNNY CAR DURING DAY 3 PRO WINTER WARM-UP TESTING

The second day of the 2019 Winter Testing Friday was a fruitful one for nitro Funny Car driver Robert Hight at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz.

Hight, the two-time world champion driver for John Force Racing, had the fastest elapsed time with a 3.863-second elapsed time at 326.87 mph.

Hight drives the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car and his ET was the quickest in nitro Funny Car of the test session which began Thursday.

SAMPEY ADJUSTS TO THE NEW NORMAL ABOARD A HARLEY-DAVIDSON

 

To hear Angelle Sampey describe her initial rides aboard the Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson Street Rod Pro Stock bike, you'd think she accidentally jumped on Doug Vancil's Top Fuel Harley-Davidson.

Sampey was named a part-time third rider for the Screamin-Eagle Vance & Hines team on January 4, 2019, and will make her competition debut next month at the NHRA Gatornationals. For the past two days, she's been at Wild Horse Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix, Az., making test runs to become acclimated with what she describes as the most powerful bike she's straddled in her career which includes three NHRA championships.

TORRENCE WORKS IT LIKE A TRUE-BLUE COLLAR CHAMPION

 

There's a fine line between winning and losing — a fine line between being confident and cocky.

"I think I figured that out two years ago," NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence admitted. "I’m very confident. I think that maybe some of my confidence comes off as cockiness and looking back on it I regret that because maybe some of the ways that I've acted [in the past] wasn’t a true indication of who I really am.

CONNOLLY JOINS KB RACING

 

Ken Black's championship Pro Stock team will gain fresh perspective in the 2019 season of NHRA's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with the addition of Pro Stock veteran Dave Connolly, who most recently tuned Tanner Gray to the 2018 series title. Connolly will join the KB Racing brain trust and work side-by-side with crew chief Rob Downing.

KB Racing includes the Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stockers driven by Greg Anderson and Jason Line, as well as the Chevys campaigned by 2017 world champion Bo Butner, Deric Kramer, and Fernando Cuadra. The team has a total of eight Mello Yello Series championships and 149 Pro Stock event wins.

GLOBAL ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY INKS ASSOCIATE DEAL WITH MIKE SALINAS


Global Electronic Technology, a leader in credit card processing, has expanded their reach in the NHRA championship drag racing by signing up-and-coming Top Fuel driver Mike Salinas to an associate sponsorship for the 2019 season.

Salinas finished seventh in the 2018 NHRA Top Fuel point standings, his first full season on the tour. He plans to use the foundation of the strong season to make a championship run in 2019 and adding Global Electronic Technology makes for perfect timing.

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PENNZOIL, DODGE INCREASE NHRA NATIONAL EVENT SPONSORSHIPS

 

Dodge//SRT and Mopar announced today a partnership with Pennzoil to pump up participation in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), doubling their number of event title sponsorships for the 2019 season. 

Mopar will claim headline sponsor duties at the NHRA tour stop in Houston, and Dodge//SRT will take title rights for the fall NHRA Las Vegas race. The brands will also continue their primary sponsorship roles at NHRA events near Denver and Reading, Pennsylvania.

NHRA CHAMPIONS MAKE STATEMENT IN FIRST-DAY PRO WINTER WARM-UP TESTING

 

The 2018 NHRA fuel champions set the stage for their 2019 title runs during first-day testing at the PRO Winter Warm-up hosted by Wild Horse Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix, Az.

Steve Torrence, the Top Fuel champion who went undefeated in the Countdown to the Championship, laid down a pair of 3.7-second passes, ending the day with the quickest car on the property when he laid down a 3.725 elapsed time at 327.66 miles per hour.

PTS RACING COMPETES WITH RIDER CHRIS SMITH FOR 2019 AMRA TFH TITLE

 

Coming off a 2018 AMRA Top Fuel Harley Championship, Rider Chris Smith of PTS Racing is focusing all of his efforts this season on the NHRA. With over 30 years of two wheeled racing experience, the team prides itself on their goal oriented style and enthusiasm.

“I have raced on two wheels since I was 5,” Smith said. “I was exposed to racing by my Father Frank Smith, which allowed me to explore various types of racing such as flat track, but my ultimate passion is drag racing.”

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