NHRA Communications, photos by Roger Richards, Dave Kommel Sat, 2018-02-10 18:00
Clay Millican powered to the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifying position with a national elapsed time record of 3.628-seconds at 322.04 mph in his Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the first of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Written by Larry Crum, photo by Dave Kommel Sat, 2018-02-10 12:00
He may not have been in the championship picture late in 2017, but one of the quickest drivers in the field at the end of last season was Jack Beckman.
Beckman ended 2017 with a pair of top qualifier awards and a few deep runs on Sunday and looked like he hasn’t missed a beat on Friday to kick off the 2018 season with the provisional No. 1 spot at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway.
Written by Larry Crum, photo by Roger Richards Sat, 2018-02-10 12:00
Well, that was unexpected.
After struggling throughout testing and failing to produce the kind of numbers expected of the current national record holder in Top Fuel in the days leading up to this weekend, Clay Millican and the Stringer Performance Top Fuel team surprised even themselves with the provisional No. 1 spot Friday at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway.
Sat, 2018-02-10 08:45
Before he made his first Funny Car pass in competition, class newcomer Rich Townsend called his Nitroholic Racing Toyota a “very happy car, very happy car, very pleasant to drive.” The Camry wasn’t perfect, but it produced a 4.242-second pass – not as quick as two of his three test passes at Phoenix last week - at 258.91 mph. That was good enough for the early No. 13 spot. So following his first run, the Oakdale, Calif., native could take pride in seeing his name ahead of John Force’s and Tommy Johnson Jr.’s on the time sheet.
Townsend made a few passes at Bakersfield to get acclimated to his former Tony Pedregon car, then went next door to Arizona and ran a 4.09-second elapsed time in its first appearance off the trailer at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. He also clocked a 4.13 and a 4.30 – “but both of those passes had a hole out,” he said. He said that was a positive sign because “we didn’t hurt any parts, just scuffed a few pistons and so forth.”
By Susan Wade Sat, 2018-02-10 08:41
Steve Torrence showed up at preseason testing at Phoenix and this weekend at Pomona with longer hair, and he said not to read anything into that.
“We’ve been so busy that I just haven’t had a chance to get a haircut. No, really, that’s all it is. We’ve been bidding jobs six days a week,” the Capco Contractors Dragster driver said, referring to the Kilgore, Texas-based family pipeline construction and maintenance business. “It looks like it’s going to be one of those fly-in-on-Thursday, fly-out-on-Sunday seasons, but that’s good. That means we’re laying pipe.”
Fri, 2018-02-09 22:50
After 34 years of dedicated service, Graham Light, NHRA’s senior vice president of racing operations, announced today that he will retire at the end of 2018. Light will continue to serve on NHRA’s Board of Directors and as a consultant to the sport.
Stepping up to fill Light’s role will be current NHRA vice president of racing administration Josh Peterson, whose role will expand; and former NHRA director of racing operations Ned Walliser, who will be named vice president of competition. Walliser will rejoin NHRA in May 2018 to work and train with Light. Current vice president of technical operations Glen Gray will round out the team.
by Susan Wade Fri, 2018-02-09 18:33
Fri, 2018-02-09 16:00
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season kicked off Friday and Jack Beckman powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the first of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Beckman leads the Funny Car category with a run of 3.860 seconds at 332.84 mph recorded during his second pass of the day. He’s chasing the top position at the season-opener after wrapping up 2017 with a stretch of two consecutive No. 1 qualifiers.
By Tracy Renck Fri, 2018-02-09 15:01
When the 2018 NHRA season begins – Feb. 9-11 at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Richard Townsend will be there.
The veteran Nostalgia Funny Car driver is going to make his NHRA nitro Funny Car debut. Townsend will make the transition with his teammate Dustin Davis.
According to Townsend’s crew chief Lance Larsen, Townsend completed his nitro Funny Car license at NHRA’s Nitro Spring Training last week at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Ariz.
Fri, 2018-02-09 12:00
Vowing to “drive his car better than he does,” veteran street racer “Daddy Dave” Comstock has agreed to step into Keith Haney’s 2017 championship-winning Radials vs. the World (RvW) ride Mar. 2-3, for the season-opening Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) event at the Texas Motorplex, near Dallas.
“Keith knows I can drive and I’m real competitive and more than ready to push things right to the edge,” stated Comstock, a regular on the Discovery Channel’s runaway hit Street Outlaws TV show. “I’m going to drive it like it’s my own and I’ve been known to grenade stuff before in order to win, so …,” his voice trailed off. “No sense in leaving anything on the table.