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TF LEGEND HANK JOHNSON PASSES

Veteran Drag Racer and Northwest Drag Racing Hall of Fame member, ”Gentleman” Hank Johnson bravely batted his final round opponent to the end but sadly was lost on Saturday, April 10, to the vicious opponent known as Cancer. He was 75-years old.

Johnson bravely fought the disease all the way into the lights and looked like he would win in typical “Gentleman Hank” fashion: with goggles down and a top end charge he was well known for, but unfortunately, just came up short at the end.

POWERS NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROOKIE IN WINNING FIRST TIME OUT

Chris Powers had a simple plan headed into the PDRA East Coast Nationals at Galot Motorsports Park, outside of Durham, NC.

The mountain motor Pro Stock driver simply wanted to gain experience and the more laps down the eighth-mile track was better for him. What transpired in his first outing came as a surprise to not only those watching and competing, but the biggest came to Powers himself. 

SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK & OHIO DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION TO WORK TOGETHER

Summit Motorsports Park and the Ohio Dept. of Transportation have agreed to fund a study to look at possible solutions involving three light poles on the park's property that are in proximity to the Huron County Airport.

As an immediate step, both parties have agreed that the poles will be marked with red beacons and striped with reflective tape to ensure visibility for pilots approaching the Huron County airport. One of the poles has been in place for nearly 20 years, while the other two poles were part of a $400,000 lighting upgrade at the park last year.

UPSETS ABOUND IN SEASON-OPENING ADRL SPRING DRAGS

Saturday was no day to play favorites at Rockingham Dragway where upsets were the rule rather than the exception at the ADRL Spring Drags, first race in the 2017 series.

Among the top qualifiers, only Top Fuel Harley rider Tii Tharpe of East Bend, N.C., managed to find his way to the winners’ circle although his No. 1 start was itself something of an upset insomuch as the field included multi-time national champion and pre-race favorite Jay “Bulldog” Turner.

SECOND-GEN BODE SCORES MAJOR JR. DRAGSTER WIN

 

Bobby Bode of Barrington, Illinois won the $1,000 Sportsman finale Sunday during the Chandler Aviation Spring Nationals for the Protect The Harvest Midwest Junior Super Series presented by Lucas Oil at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. Landon Sipple of Berea, Kentucky, won twice over the weekend: Pro Sportsman B on Saturday and Ages 10-12 on Sunday.

MIDWEST NOSTALGIA PRO STOCK ASSOCIATION UNVEILS 2017 SCHEDULE

The Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association LLC, has announced its 2017 season schedule. With an opening date at Great Lakes Dragaway’s Memorial Day Classics on May 27 & 28, the group will tour the greater Midwest, including an inaugural appearance at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 4 & 5.

With a look that honors the stars and privateers of Pro Stock’s heyday, the MNPSA presents classic side by side match race action.

JOHN FORCE TO BE INDUCTED INTO CALIFORNIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

John Force is hardly ready to wind down what has been a glorious career.

But the 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion continues to reap the rewards from his long history in drag racing.

EVENT NOTEBOOK - RADIAL TIRE ROUND-UP, DENTON, TEXAS

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SPRING WARM-UP AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK

Summit Motorsports Park is ready to rocket into the new race season with the 36th Annual Spring Warm-Up.

During the event on April 15, drivers can test and tune, learn about and register for the Edelbrock Super Series, which boasts $53,100 in cash prizes, and the Finish Line Club, which boasts nearly $500,000 in cash and prizes, and receive an NHRA chassis inspection.

CAPPS TAKES UNFORGETTABLE RIDE WITH ANDRETTI DRIVING

Ron Capps has been acquainted with auto racing legend Mario Andretti since he drove for their mutual friend, drag-racing pioneer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme. Capps even has visited Andretti at his Eastern Pennsylvania home. But he hadn’t seen Andretti in a long time.
 
Their reunion Saturday morning at Long Beach, Calif., was something the current NHRA Funny Car champion said he’ll never forget. He got to be a passenger for Andretti’s INDYCAR Experience two-seater ride-along – and when he emerged from the back seat, he declared, “Holy s---! That was awesome!”

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