by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-07-28 21:47
Del Worsham knew the road was going to be a tough one; a journey filled with pot holes, speed bumps and frustrations. And despite it all, he's having the time of his life.
Worsham, a two-time champion in NHRA nitro competition, left the comfort zone of a well-funded Kalitta Motorsports team to return to the family-owned Funny Car and race with his father, Chuck Worsham.
Worsham sits 13th, 49 points out of a tie for the tenth place now held by Cruz Pedregon. He's qualified in all 14 races this season, but round wins have been harder to attain. The Lucas Oil-sponsored driver has only won two rounds, beating Robert Hight in Pomona, and then Tommy Johnson Jr. in Topeka.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Jon Asher Fri, 2017-07-28 21:47
Somebody on two wheels is going to leave the NHRA Sonoma Nationals with extra folding money in their pocket on Saturday evening.
Eddie Krawiec hopes it's him.
The multi-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion enters the Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle as the No. 1 seed.
Krawiec secured his top seeding following a stellar performance at the recently completed NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals where he not only qualified No. 1 but also won the event, his second victory of the season.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-07-28 21:00
Over the last two seasons, veteran Funny Car racer Tim Wilkerson might not have killed his arsenal of vehicles, but he didn't do it any good either.
Wilkerson, since crashing his new "Jamie" Funny Car last May in Topeka, and returning to his old girl "Bessie," only to crash the repaired Mustang a second time two months later.
Last weekend in Denver, Wilkerson had moments of mayhem as his Levi, Ray and Shoup Ford Shelby Mustang pulled a massive wheelstand in qualifying which resulted in a bent a-arm. The team prepared and competed on Sunday with a spare chassis and a second wheelstand also damaged this car. They plan to run a third car this weekend in Sonoma.
by Tracy Renck Fri, 2017-07-28 19:39
During the offseason and throughout the 2017 year, this topic would never go away.
The constant conversation in NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks has been what was going to be done about laid-back headers.
Back in February, NHRA’s Technical Department decided to leave the minimum header angle on Funny Cars at 32 degrees for the remainder of the 2017 season.
by Tracy Renck Fri, 2017-07-28 18:50
When LE Tonglet became a teammate to reigning NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Jerry Savoie he immediately had lofty expectations for 2017.
And, he hasn’t been disappointed.
Tonglet, who is riding a Vance & Hines-powered Suzuki, arrived at the Mile-High Nationals, first in points, thanks to four wins – Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Norwalk and Chicago. He left Denver with a little over a three round point lead over Eddie Krawiec depsite losing in the second round.
Written by Tracy Renck Fri, 2017-07-28 18:00
Ashley Sanford confirmed to CompetitionPlus.com that she will be making her Top Fuel debut at the U.S. Nationals Aug. 30 through Sept. 4 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
"It's unreal," said Sanford in an exclusive interview Thursday. "Getting my license (May 1) was great, but now I will get to compete against NHRA's elite drivers. I want to show people I'm not just someone who wants to race, I want to try and go rounds and try and kick some butt."
Fri, 2017-07-28 09:26
Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Winners Edition featuring Robert Hight, Antron Brown, Drew Skillman, and Eddie Krawiec. The NHRA's Alan Reinhart and host Joe Castello recap the event.
Fri, 2017-07-28 08:00
The fourth installment of Street Car Super Nationals: Anarchy Under the Arch returns to Gateway Motorsports Park Aug. 3-5 for another round of record-breaking drag racing. The brainchild of Premier Street Car Association President Mel Roth, this event has seen world doorslammer records shattered over its short history and Roth said he doesn’t see that changing.
“When you combine fearless drag racers with one of the best-prepped race tracks in the country, the ultimate winners are the fans,” he said. “Chris Blair and his staff have given us an amazing racing surface for every event we’ve run here, providing an incredible experience under the lights in one of the best drag racing communities we race at.”
by Tracy Renck Thu, 2017-07-27 18:38
At Englishtown, N.J., June 8-11, two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion (2007, 2013) experienced a season-low when he didn’t qualify.
Since that disappointment Smith’s Victory Gunner motorcycle has been making progress.
Smith has finished runner-up in the two of the last three NHRA events. He lost in Sunday's Denver final opposite of Eddie Krawiec.