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BRADENTON MOTORSPORTS PARK JOINS NHRA MEMBER TRACK NETWORK

NHRA officials announced that Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Fla., has joined the NHRA Member Track Network within the Southeast Division, NHRA’s Division 2.
 
Bradenton Motorsports Park opened in 1974 as DeSoto Memorial Dragway and held a Lucas Oil series event beginning that season. The track has also been host of the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals since it opened and is known for record setting passes and being the winter testing grounds.

SCOTT PALMER RACING TO FIELD CATSPOT LITTER TOP FUEL DRAGSTER IN 2017

Top Fuel driver Scott Palmer and Tommy Thompson Motorsports will field a new CatSpot Litter Top Fuel dragster on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. RJS Racing Equipment will be an associate sponsor.

Top Fuel fan favorite Scott Palmer is gearing up for a full assault on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. On the heels of a career-best season in which Palmer finished No. 12 in the final standings after competing at 19 of 24 events, drag boat juggernaut Tommy Thompson Motorsports is increasing its involvement with Scott Palmer Racing to field a new dragster that will prominently showcase CatSpot Litter on the 10,000 horsepower machine. Palmer will also spotlight Brand Design Company at various events this season.

CRAMPTON ADJUSTING TO HIS NEW CIRCUMSTANCES

For the past three years, Richie Crampton was a full-time driver of a Morgan Lucas Racing Top Fuel dragster.

That will not be the case in 2017.

RON CAPPS TO SPEND CHRISTMAS EVE WORKING NFL SIDELINE WITH DAUGHTER; SAN DIEGO HALL TO HONOR HIM IN FEBRUARY

Ron Capps begins reaping the benefits of being the 2016 NHRA Funny Car world champion with Don Schumacher Racing's NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T.

On Saturday, he will "work" the sidelines holding a parabolic microphone for San Francisco's KNBR radio during the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and L.A. Rams at the L.A. Coliseum that will air on FOX at 1:30 p.m. (PT).

HAWLEY DRAG RACING SCHOOL RETURNS TO VEGAS

Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School is back at ‘The Strip’ in Las Vegas starting May of 2017. The school will offer a full slate of classes, including NHRA Super Comp and Super Gas licensing courses as well as its Adventure Dragster program featuring “side-by-side” racing.

“We’ll be starting our West Coast tour at Tucson Dragway in April, then we’re at Auto Club Dragway, our second home, in Fontana, CA. Then it’s on to Vegas,” said Hawley. "We’re looking forward to beginning classes again at Las Vegas. It’s been a few years since we offered classes at the facility and we can’t wait to get started. Our first classes will be in May of 2017. Adding Vegas back on our West Coast schedule gives our customers even more opportunity to add their names to the list of graduates of Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School.”

FINAL FUNNY CAR BIRTHDAY SALUTE: FORCE’S MEMORABLE OPPONENTS

Even his own daughters Ashley and Courtney have given him fits on the dragstrip, lining up next to him on race day. But John Force, the NHRA’s most victorious Funny Car driver, has had wave after wave of worthy and colorful opponents. Here is a look back, in no particular order, at some of the 16-time champion’s most memorable opponents throughout his 40-plus years in the class that’s concluding its 50th birthday celebration in 2016.

IHRA SUPPORT A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN 400 THUNDER

The release of the International Hot Rod Association’s “State of the State” document further cements The 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series as a market leader in the delivery of motorsports entertainment.

IHRA Vice Chairman of the Board of Managers and Chief Executive Officer Chris Lencheski described 400 Thunder in his annual report as potentially “the future of our USA-based professional programming. As evidenced in Australia, the global view model of the IHRA is a success, and confirms what we believe to be a path for our future product professionally.”

ENCORE - PRO MODIFIED: TWO DECADES OF THRILLS, FINAL INSTALLMENT

03_17_2010_pm_pt4In Part 3 of Pro Modified: Two Decades of Thrills, we focused on the ferocity of the nitrous versus supercharger battles. We also focused on Mike Thermos and his contribution to Pro Modified. We closed with the introduction of the new name for the movement and the positive exhibition which cost the movement one of its colorful players.

In the final installment, we will look back to the first Pro Modified national event, the techical aspects of the early Pro Modified cars, where Pro Modified is today. Lastly is a tribute to the one driver who dominated like none other.

NATIONAL TRAIL RACEWAY TO HOST NHRA NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION LUCAS OIL SERIES EVENT

NHRA officials have announced that the previously announced TBA event on the 2017 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule will be held at National Trail Raceway outside Columbus, Ohio.

The event will be a Lucas Oil Divisional event and will include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. 

MENARDS NAMED SPONSOR OF NHRA MELLO YELLO SERIES RACE AT HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA

Menards, a leading chain of home improvement centers, has signed an agreement to become the title rights sponsor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at Heartland Park Topeka.

The 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties will be held May 19-21, 2017. Heartland Park Topeka is the fastest track in the country and during the 2016 event Matt Hagan set the national speed record with a blistering pass of 335.57 mph.

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