by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Tom Macht Thu, 2020-12-17 07:08
Auto Club Famoso Raceway management issued a statement on December 16, 2021, confirming the Good Vibrations March Meet in Bakersfield, Ca. has been postponed until May 27 - 30, 2020.
"The Pandemic is causing a new wave of issues with regards to case counts, travel restrictions, business closures and stay at home orders," the statement said. "In all likelihood, these issues are going to persist into the New Year. In response, the Famoso staff feels postponing the event is the best thing to do at this time.
Wed, 2020-12-16 22:29
You didn’t think Vincent Nobile was just going to leave drag racing behind when his Pro Stock gig went away, did you?
After two years on the sidelines, he’s ready for a comeback, though in a capacity that comes with a lower profile.
Nobile will return to action at some point in 2021 with a Kasey Lane Race Cars dragster and a 598-inch, naturally aspirated powerplant between the frame rails. As for a schedule, well, he’ll see you when he sees you.
“There’s really no timeline,” the 13-time NHRA Pro Stock winner said. “I’m not under the gun to get to a certain race. I don’t have a set schedule. I’m going to pick and choose when, where and how I want to go at all times. Who knows, I might end up racing three races next year, I might end up racing 20 races next year.
by Elon Werner Wed, 2020-12-16 14:27
As the most recent NHRA Rookie of the Year, Justin Ashley is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Drag Illustrated. The driver of the Strutmasters.com Auto Shocker Top Fuel dragster was singled out from a group of accomplished young drag racing professionals by the editors of the magazine. Usually this issue of Drag Illustrated features the annual 30 Under Thirty list; a collection of the brightest stars or future stars in drag racing. This year the magazine chose to update their readers on previous 30 Under Thirty members with a “Best of Issue.”
Wed, 2020-12-16 10:20
Harts Diesel and Machine, known for their line of high-performance diesel parts, is expanding to serve the gasoline market with the formation of Harts Turbo, a division focused on street/strip applications. Roger Conley will lead the new division as Director of Business Development.
Wed, 2020-12-16 09:44
In the wake of the shooting of Nick Martin at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday, December 12, the Australian drag racing community has widely condemned the actions of those involved and called for calm.
The 51-year-old was surrounded by hundreds of families and children when he was shot and killed during the Motorplex’s Outlaw Nitro Challenge event at the weekend.
Two others were also injured in the shooting – a 31-year-old who received a gunshot to the arm; and a child who was in the vicinity of the incident and thankfully received only a minor superficial wound which did not require hospitalisation.
WA Police’s Gang Crime Squad is working diligently to apprehend the perpetrator and is calling for event attendees to supply any information or vision they may have of the incident to investigators. The WA Government has also announced a one million dollar reward for information related to the murder.
Tue, 2020-12-15 23:12
Fire up your computers, call your friends. It's time for the second season of the Virtual Reality Hot Rod Association; the race series created out of a pandemic.
So, how does this work?
Each event features the top 20 finishers of the previous season in a ballot where your votes determine qualifying and race results, and inevitably series championships. Since we are fantasy drag races, we can stage the events at any facility we choose, regardless of whether the track exists or not.
The top eight qualifiers advance to final eliminations, where your votes determine the race winners.
This week we are at Beeline Dragway, the old truck which used to be in Scottsdale, Az.
by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2020-12-15 20:33
Mon, 2020-12-14 18:00
SFG Promotions, Inc. is honored to announce a multi-year extension of its partnership with JEGS High Performance. SFG and JEGS.com will continue to offer life-changing money through bracket races across the country. The couple will provide five opportunities to win big in 2021, including the JEGS-SFG $500,000 and $1,000,000-to-win races which provide racers with industry leading payouts and the most affordable entry fees. Customers of both SFG and JEGS are grassroots racers who need great service and even better prices. As SFG continues striving towards the mission to make life-changing money events available to all bracket racers, a continued partnership with JEGS helps ensure that mission continues for grassroots bracket racers all over the world.
by Thomas Pope; Photos by Thomas Pope Mon, 2020-12-14 12:16
The details are a little fuzzy at times, but it’s been 16 years. Cut ‘em a little slack.
But the 2004 IHRA Pro Stock points chase is one that should be revisited; not just for its ultra-competitive nature, with nine winners in 12 events. There’s the fact that the chase for the title almost came down to best buddies named John from Long Island, N.Y.
John Nobile and John Montecalvo met sometime in the late 1970s, when drag racing was a mainstay of sports on “The Island.” That’s when they first squared off in grudge matches at Westhampton Dragway, and they’ve been close ever since.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2020-12-13 18:51
Four days ago, in an attempt to inspire participation within its Top Alcohol Dragster division, the NHRA’s Tech department reached out to its participants about the feasibility of including the injected-nitro combination into its exclusive supercharged alcohol category.
The request for input, which was posted on December 9, 2020, on the sanctioning body’s www.nhraracer.com website, established early in the message it was looking for ways to enhance competition and participation in the class.
It was not a proclamation of the future.
But to understand what the future might be, here’s a look at the past.