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NHRA ANNOUNCES EIGHT-RACE 2021 NHRA HOT ROD HERITAGE SERIES SCHEDULE

NHRA has announced the eight-race schedule for the 2021 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series, featuring the NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hot Rod Reunions. The series will feature thrilling racing action, highlighted by the crowd-pleasing, nitro-burning Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars.
 
The 2021 season will begin at the Heritage Nostalgia Reunion, April 29-May 1 at Sacramento Raceway. The traditional season opening Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway was postponed until May due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be the series’ third event, following the Ignitor Funny Car Opener at Firebird Raceway.

VIDEO FEATURE - TONY STEWART GOES TO DRAG RACING SCHOOL

 

Well, the rumors are out there.

Veteran roundy-round racer Tony Stewart has admittedly had a fascination for straight-line racing. Recently, Stewart scratched the itch at Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School.

Speculation suggests Stewart is headed to the Top Fuel ranks. He started the day at Bradenton Motorsports Park outside of Tampa, behind the wheel of a Super Comp dragster. Later, he graduated to the supercharged alcohol dragster.

Watch as noted drag racing instructor Frank Hawley shows a motorsports icon the ropes of driving a dragster.

PSM OWNER/DRIVER RYAN OEHLER TO ADD TEAMMATE IN 2021

 

In the uncertain season that was the 2020 NHRA season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pro Stock Motorcycle Ryan Oehler plowed ahead.

Oehler, campaigning an Erik Buell Racing motorcycle, finished a career-best seventh in the points standings, highlighted by winning Indy 1 and a runner-up performance in Houston.

“We are absolutely ready to race and win a championship next year,” Oehler said. “It has taken this long and this much work to get to a point where we honestly feel like we are a championship contender.”

Oehler most recently competed in the Man Cup presented by Vance & Hines 44th annual FuelTech World Finals at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Nov. 20-22.

ENCORE: LOOKING BACK AT THE 280ZX FLOPPERS

1-21-08datsun.jpgOnce upon a time, less than 30 years ago, a foreign car maker could enter an American racing series dominated by American-made cars and not be the subject of continuing controversy.

Those of you who also watch circle track racing know a lot of hands have been wrung the past couple of years over NASCAR’s decision to grant Toyota eligibility to run its Camry coupes and Tundra trucks in the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck series.

Besides the idea of letting a Japanese manufacturer participate in what was always the all-American sport of stock car racing, the worry was, and is, that Toyota would spare no expense to engineer winning cars and trucks, possibly driving American car makers out of the game. It’s how Toyota and Honda engines came to dominate Indy Car and Champ Car racing in the late 1990s and early 2000s, forcing Ford and General Motors out of those series, although that hasn’t happened in NASCAR – yet.

MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME; OF UNRULY GRANDSTANDS AND CAMPGROUNDS

 

There were no cell phones, and some count their blessings.

There was no social media to add to the shame as if any of the willing participants had any.

And for some, this proved to be a blessing.

Many have labeled Brainerd International Raceway's Zoo as the wildest experience in drag racing. However, back in the 1970s, a pair of national event campground venues would have made the Zoo look like a Yacht Club gathering.

If you attended a race at Rockingham Dragway or its cousin drag strip, Thunder Valley Dragway, which is now Bristol Dragway, back in the IHRA days, then you know what we are saying.

EVENT COMPLETED - HUGHES PERFORMANCE THUNDER IN THE DESERT AT BEELINE

 

It's race day at Beeline Dragway located in Scottsdale,Az. Qualifying is complete, now it's time to begin the process of eliminating down for a winner at the Hughes Performance Thunder in the Desert, Race 2 of 9 in the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association. 

It's all fun in fantasy land to get away from the troubles of what is happening in the real world. 

For those new to this fantasy world, this is how it works. The race with the most votes advances to the next round. We had two days of voting to seed the eight-car fields. 

First-round ends tonight at 7 PM EST. 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DOM LAGANA BEGINS LIFE IN A NEW NORMAL

Where does one begin to put their life back together following a tragedy? 

This was the pressing question that ran through Dom Lagana's mind as he lay in the hospital bed following an Aug. 9 highway accident that left him broken, burned and with both legs amputated at the knees. 

Lagana was injured when the high-horsepower, 1957 Chevy he was driving late in the evening after leaving Lucas Oil Raceway Park, ran off the road, and struck a utility pole.  Car owner Richie Crampton and Jake Sanders, passengers in the car, suffered undisclosed injuries. 

S. JOHNSON, KALITTA, DEJORIA HEADLINE WINNERS AT VRHRA THUNDER IN THE DESERT EVENT

 

The key to winning virtual reality drag racing differs significantly from those on the NHRA's Camping World Drag Racing Series; just ask Denso Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Steve Johnson.

On Friday evening, Johnson secured his second consecutive VRHRA victory at the Thunder in the Desert event at the legendary Beeline Dragway, stopping Angelle Sampey in the final round.

Also scoring victories were first-time series winners Bruno Massel (Quartermax Pro Stock) and Doug Kalitta (McLeod Top Fuel). Inaugural season championship runner-up Alexis Dejoria (TruHarvest Funny Car) and Rickie Smith (Jerry Bickel Race Cars Pro Modified) also secured their first wins of the season.

EVAN BADER PROMOTED TO TRACK MANAGER POSITION AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK

Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio is proud to announce that Evan Bader has been named Track Manager.

Bader began working part-time at the famed family-owned facility when he was ten years old, and transitioned to full-time upon graduating in 2016 with a degree in Sport Management and Public Relations from Ohio Northern, where he also was a goalie for the university’s soccer team.

TEXAS MOTORPLEX TO RELEASE 2021 SCHEDULE TODAY

 

The Texas Motorplex, home of the NHRA FallNationals, will be hosting a live Facebook event today at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT to announce their 2021 schedule. The event will be hosted by Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter.

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