by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2018-04-03 17:48
It wasn't the perfect rebound, but it was a rebound nonetheless.
Sophomore fuel Funny Car pilot Jonnie Lindberg returned to competition last month following a harrowing two-car car crash with John Force in a second round race at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Lindberg is driving a newly front-halfed Jim Head Funny Car from John Force Racing cloaked with a Mustang body.
The first time out wasn't what Lindberg has hoped for at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
by John Doig, CompetitionPlus Australia Mon, 2018-04-02 07:53
Queenslander Kelly Bettes has stormed into contention to take out the Australian Top Fuel championship after a superb win over Peter Xiberras at the Santos Super Thunder meeting at Willowbank Raceway.
Bettes, in her sophomore year in the elite category, has moved to within two points of Rapisarda Autosport International star Damien Harris with two rounds remaining.
The Good Friday meeting attracted six entries headlined by the Rapisarda Autosport International squad of Damien Harris, Wayne Newby and Californian Ashley Sanford, making her fourth trip down under for RAI this season, Sydney team owner/driver Peter Xiberras, who scored his maiden win at Willowbank in January, and Kelly Bettes. Rounding out the field was Sydney veteran Phil Read on the comeback trail and making his first appearance at the ‘bank since 2014.
by Jon Asher Sat, 2018-03-31 23:03
Although Ron Pelligrini’s name isn’t known by most of today’s drag racing participants, fans or members of the media, from the 50s and well into the 80s he played a major role in the sport. From competing in some of the most famous cars the sport has ever seen to becoming one of the most important aftermarket manufacturers in the history of Funny Car racing to his involvement in running actual races, Pellegrini has done it all.
In the early 50s Pellegrini drag raced on the dirt track (not a misprint) at Halfday, Illinois, and built his first Oldsmobile-powered dragster in 1954. A year later, still drag racing on dirt at Oswego, Illinois he set the top time of the year, but more relevant was his work with Jim Lemonis of ATAA, which would ultimately be folded into the then-new NHRA. Pellegrini also worked with Al Fosdick of Fosdick Timing Equipment, installing and maintaining the timers at numerous Midwest tracks.
In 1960 Pellegrini purchased Tommy Ivo’s side-by-side twin engined dragster and followed that up by purchasing and running Ivo’s four-engined car the next year. Pellegrini would become the first driver to appear at the U.S. Nationals in an exhibition car when he drove the car at Indy in ’61 and ’62.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2018-03-30 23:51
If you can run on water, then the land shouldn't be a challenge.
Eddie Knox never believed for one moment his transition from drag boat racing to AA/FC competition would be an easy one.
Knox, a four-time champion in the water drags, has embraced the more solid footing and is doing so with a championship driver in Billy Morris, a successful driver in the major leagues of sand drag racing.
Together, they have their hands full with a Problem Child, the name of their 1969 Camaro.