When NHRA Chief Starter Mark Lyle unexpectedly passed away on March 27, 2016, it shocked the drag racing community. Deeply respected by those he interacted with both on and off the racetrack, Lyle was honored following his death with a tremendous outpouring of love from racers, friends, family and fans following his death. It was a true testament to the positive impact he had made since becoming just the third Chief Starter in the history of the sanctioning body.
Controversy certainly is nothing new to the NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle gang or to Steve Johnson and Matt Smith in particular. They have been in the class so long they have seen more weight dropping and being added in the bike pits than at a Jenny Craig center.
But they’re locked in an ugly verbal clash that escalated online Wednesday, churning more drama than anyone expected for the class’ first spring trip to Las Vegas for this weekend’s Denso Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals. It’s all about the latest Tech Committee’s rule changes following the bikes’ season-opening Gatornationals three weeks ago. It’s another predictable and likely ineffective tip of the see-saw, this time in the Suzukis’ favor, one that even benefitting Johnson mused that “honestly, I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference.”
Payne, the owner of Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan., confirmed on Tuesday in an article published by cjonline.com, said he would fight with Shawnee County to keep the track in its present location.
Payne has engaged in a battle with the Shawnee County appraiser’s office over tax bills.
Despite working hard to make his Top Fuel debut at his home track, Lee Callaway has made the tough decision to delay his debut until after next weekend’s Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park.
“Doing it right” has been a guiding principle of the race-winning Top Alcohol cars he has fielded over the years for the Baytown, Texas resident. Part of that process lead Callaway to take the car to his long-time chassis builder Chuck Haase’ for a new front half of the chassis and new body for the car. Callaway recently took delivery of the car but just doesn’t have the time to not only get things together, but show up and race in a first class manner.
by Bobby Bennett, Jr.; Photos by Donnie Carson Tue, 2019-04-02 21:39
Three blow-ups, three shredded bodies in three races and as far as Funny Car veteran Tommy Johnson Jr. is concerned it's not a bad start to a season, just an unfortunate one. Johnson sits fifth in the championship points, just nine points behind John Force, who last year had a similar run of misfortune.
Car Chix, the premier motorsports organization for women, continues to lead the rapidly growing women of motorsports movement with no slow down in sight. In celebrating its 10th year, Car Chix is announcing four ladies only drag races that will take place at three iconic Midwest drag strips Great Lakes Dragaway, Byron Dragway and Cordova International Raceway.
The first ever Ladies Only No Prep Class will be part of the Anarchy No Prep event scheduled to take place June 8th at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wisconsin. To be run in a “blind bracket” format, this will be the first race of its kind where women compete against each other on a non-prepped race surface.
The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Road to the Finals begins this weekend at the first of eight races on the 2019 PDRA Tour, the PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech, April 4-6 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C. Entering its sixth season, the PDRA will debut its new “Friday Night Fire” and “Main Event” formats.
The all-eighth-mile drag racing series restructured its daily event schedule over the offseason in an effort to give fans more of what they want. PDRA Friday Night Fire will kick off at 6 p.m. with back-to-back qualifying sessions for the PDRA’s professional classes. The Main Event begins Saturday at 4 p.m. with pro eliminations and the completion of sportsman eliminations.