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AREND TO MAKE NHRA SEASON DEBUT IN VEGAS DRIVING RUSSO FC

 

Jeff Arend will make his 2018 NHRA nitro Funny Car debut at the Denso Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals April 6-8 at The Strip in Las Vegas in a familiar ride.

Arend will be driving again in the Funny Car owned by Peter and Helen Russo.

“They live in Australia and they like to go to two, three, four (NHRA) races a year and it just depends on their schedule and they decided they wanted to go to this one,” Arend said.

Arend last drove for the Russos for the final two races of the 2017 season – Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif. The veteran driver also is no stranger to four-wide racing as he competed at the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C., several times while driving for Kalitta Motorsports and then Jim Dunn.

SNEAK PEEK - SIDNEI FRIGO'S NEW CAMARO

 

Here it is. The latest hot rod to roll out of the Jerry Bickel Race Cars factory and it is destined for Brazillian superstar Sidnei Frigo. For the bulk of his NHRA Pro Modified career, Frigo has driven late-modeled vehicles. Possibly as early as Houston, this new 1969 Camaro could hit the track. It left Bickel's shop yesterday headed to ProLine Race Engines for its powerplant. 

DRAG RACER KILLED IN SONOMA RACEWAY ACCIDENT

 

​A 75-year old Napa resident died after an on-track crash at Sonoma Raceway on Wednesday evening.

WHO IS DERIC KRAMER?

 

Chances are pretty good you'll be hearing Deric Kramer's name a lot this season. He's already garnered the first No. 1 qualifier of his Pro Stock career and has raced to the first two semifinals of his career, and a fourth-place spot in the Pro Stock points standings through three races.

The 32-year-old from Sterling, Colo., a city about 120 miles northwest of Denver, started getting engines from the powerhouse KB Racing team this season, propelling his drive to prominence.

So exactly who is Deric Kramer? CompetitionPlus.com decided to find out. Here are four things to know about Kramer:

WAGLER MOTORSPORTS PARK JOINS NHRA MEMBER TRACK NETWORK

Wagler Motorsports Park, located in Lyons, Ind., has joined Division 3, the NHRA North Central Division, as a NHRA member track.

Track owner Jeremy Wagler is also the owner of Wagler Competition Products, an industry leader in cylinder heads for diesel trucks. He will oversee track operations with the assistance of Total Venue Concepts.

ATOMIZER RACING INJECTORS OUTLAW 10.5 WILL RUN AT FOUR PDRA EVENTS IN 2018

Outlaw 10.5 will return to the PDRA schedule in 2018 thanks to backer Atomizer Racing Injectors. The class will be contested at four events this season: the East Coast Spring Nationals at GALOT Motorsports Park, April 5-7, the Firecracker Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, June 28-30, the Super Strip Nationals at National Trail Raceway, July 19-21 and the World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, October 18-20.

Atomizer Racing Injectors Outlaw 10.5 will run for a PDRA World Championship and has the opportunity to grow into a full schedule in the future.

MICKE MAKES BIG MONEY WITH BIG WIN AT SWEET 16

 

The absolute best in small-tire racing gathered Mar. 22-24, at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) to be part of history in the inaugural Sweet 16 promoted by Donald "Duck" Long's Duck X Productions. Under a unique format that saw 16 Radial vs. the World qualifiers going after a $101,000 winner-take-all purse in front of a minimal live audience, it was Mark Micke left standing at the end of a record-setting weekend.

"It's really not about the money; the car's going to eat that up pretty fast anyway. We race for the trophy and the satisfaction of beating the best and that's what it was all about here," Micke insisted in victory lane. "We had a great time, the car worked perfect and it all worked out for us. I really couldn't be any happier right now."

JOHN ZAPPIA TAKES PRO SLAMMER WIN AT ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Pro slammer veteran John Zappia has snapped a four round losing streak against arch rival Paul Mouhayet to take the honors in round six of the 400 Thunder championship at Adelaide international Raceway. In Pro Stock, Tyrone Tremayne claimed victory over sibling Aaron who was attempting to score his seventh consecutive win.
 
For the second time this season ANDRA, the governing body for Sportsman racing, and 400 Thunder, the body responsible for the Pro Series, joined forces for a round of the 400T championship and the Grand Final of the ANDRA Summit Equipment Sportsman Series. 

KINCAID CAPTURES SECOND-CHANCE WIN AT SWEET 16

Tim Kincaid of Thorn Hill, TN, outlasted 15 challengers Mar. 24, to win the second-chance race for Radial vs. the World non-qualifiers at Donald "Duck" Long's Sweet 16 event at South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP). In a battle of blown '63 Corvettes, Kincaid beat Rodney Whatley in the final round.

"This is really exciting for us. We knew it would be tough to break into the Sweet 16, but didn't think it would be as hard as it turned out, so to get this win really means a lot," Kincaid said.

MICKE OBLITERATES RVW RECORD; LEADS SWEET 16 FIELD INTO RACE DAY

One would have thought they were racing for the $101,000-to-win prize, but the reality was the match betwen Mark Micke and Stevie "Fast" Jackson was only the ninth and final qualifying session at the inaugural Duck X Productions Sweet 16 at South Georgia Motorsports Park located outside of Valdosta, Ga. 

Micke made the quickest run in the history of the Radial vs. The World division, a 3.623 elapsed time at 214.79 miles per hour.  Jackson wounded his engine and coasted through, ending the day as third quickest with a 3.666. 

"That was the run of our lifetime," Micke said, of his final qualifying match with Stevie "Fast" Jackson. "Stevie Fast, the weather and a track like that it doesn't get any better than that. We put everything we had in that. We were not going to lose that run, period."

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