by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Dave Reid, Drag Photos Fri, 2017-09-29 11:26
Three years ago, Australia's premiere Top Fuel dragster team owner Santo Rapisarda clamored for his native homeland to adopt nitro racing to 1,000 feet, even going as far as to threaten the parking of his five teams.
His peers didn't see the logic and decided to shelve the project.
A month ago, Rapisardo made his point clear again with little room for debate, saying in as many words that the series could race to 1,320 feet but it would do so without his team.
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2017-09-27 12:55
Veteran nitro Funny Car driver Jeff Arend will be back in the cockpit for the final two races of the 2017 season – Las Vegas (Oct. 25-28) and Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 8-11).
Arend will be behind the wheel of the Funny Car owned by Peter and Helen Russo.
“This is definitely exciting for me to get to drive for them again,” Arend said. “They are great people to be around and they are very dedicated to the sport. Racing with the Russo’s reminds you why you liked racing. I probably will do 10 times more work with this team than I did with the other teams I’ve been with. I help with the crew guys and I usually do the clutch in the car myself and I’m tuning with Mike Smith. To me, it is really fun and if it runs good it is a pretty good accomplishment. I’m pretty sure there’s a 3 (second-run) in that car.”