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LINDBERG STILL SEARCHING FOR HIS GROOVE AFTER CRASH

 

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.

NOBILE SECURES STARTING POSITION INTO K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE IN LAS VEGAS

Vincent Nobile is the winner of the K&N Horsepower Challenge online fan vote and has secured the No. 8 starting spot in the Pro Stock bonus event taking place this weekend in Las Vegas. Nobile will face Bo Butner, the No.1 qualifier, in the first round of the K&N Horsepower Challenge.

In addition to Nobile vs. Butner, other first round pairings are defending winner Greg Anderson vs. Erica Enders; Jason Line vs. Jeg Coughlin; and Drew Skillman vs. Tanner Gray.

COLEMAN JOINS VP RACING FUELS AS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT IN EUROPE

VP Racing Fuels, Inc., announced that Peter Coleman of Birmingham, U.K. has been named Business Development Consultant for Europe.

Coleman has extensive sales & marketing experience with the international brands STP and Armor All and most recently as Brand Manager for Bridgestone.

PHIL BURKART JR. TO DRIVE ROBERT SCHWAB'S FUNNY CAR AT LAS VEGAS

Funny Car veteran and multi-time national event winner Phil Burkart Jr. will reunite with team owner Robert Schwab at the upcoming Four-Wide NHRA Nationals behind the wheel of the TNT First Aid Funny Car.
 
Burkart and Schwab raced three events together in 2017 -- Pomona 1, Phoenix and Las Vegas 1 -- successfully qualifying for all three races.

ARP QUESTION OF THE WEEK RESULTS - SURVEY SAYS ... WHACK THE (BLANK) OUT OF THEM

 

It's clear the NHRA fans like a little excitement in the pits.

During last week's ARP Question of the Week poll, a 60-percent majority of those who cast votes would love to see the NHRA either enforce or encourage nitro teams to whack the throttle during their pre-run warms-ups.

Our Facebook community was animated on both sides of the question. 

KELLY BETTES TAKES TOP FUEL HONORS AT WILLOWBANK

 
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.

RON PELLIGRINI PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN DRAG RACING'S FORMATIVE YEARS

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.

AA/FC RACERS MAKE THEIR TRANSITION FROM WATER TO LAND

 

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.

STRANGE ENGINEERING JOINS MWPMS AS SEASON SPONSOR

The Frankenstein Engine Dynamics Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is proud to announce Strange Engineering has come on board as an official series sponsor for its 2018 racing season. Headquartered in a 120,000-square-foot facility in Morton Grove, IL, Strange Engineering has been a leading manufacturer of high-performance driveline and suspension components for more than 50 years and also is a team sponsor to MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney.

"I've trusted Strange Engineering parts on both of my race cars for several years, so I know what they bring to the table: honesty, integrity and great customer service," said Haney, who races in both the Pro Mod and Radial vs. the World classes with a pair of nearly identical-looking 2016 Camaros. "It truly is an honor for everyone in the Mid-West Pro Mod Series to welcome a company with such a long, rich history like Strange as an important marketing partner this year."

DENSO SPONSORS NHRA TOP FUEL RACER CLAY MILLICAN

 

At the upcoming DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, Top Fuel racer Clay Millican will fly down the track at speeds of more than 300 mph with DENSO on his side. The company’s logo will wrap around the champ’s dragster to celebrate the longstanding relationship between Millican, his team sponsor Parts Plus, and DENSO.
 
DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., is sponsoring Millican at the April 6-8 weekend race.

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