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BURKART JR. TO RACE LIMITED NITRO FC SCHEDULE IN 2017

Veteran nitro Funny Car driver Phil Burkart Jr. is returning to NHRA’s national circuit.

Burkart will be driving for team owners Robert and Lisa Schwab at the season-opening Winternationals Feb. 9-12 in Pomona, Calif.
 

FOX SPORTS 1 TO ADD ADDITIONAL LIVE PROGRAMING FROM WINTERNATIONALS

NHRA and FOX Sports announced there will be additional live programming from the season opening NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, the Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. The new one hour program will air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) from 1 – 2 p.m. Eastern, 10 – 11 a.m. Pacific, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The added live hour of coverage will provide highlights of the opening rounds of qualifying on Friday, it will preview the upcoming 24-race national event schedule and feature the thrilling sights and sounds from the event.

LAGANA WINS GOLD CHRISTMAS TREE TOP FUEL TROPHY AT CALDER

Dom Lagana will be working this week in the pits of Scott Palmer and Steve Torrence during Nitro Spring Training at Chandler, Ariz.’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
 
But he’ll show up as the world’s most recent drag racing Top Fuel winner.

PROCK BACK AT HOME WITH FORCE

The day Jimmy Prock left John Force Racing back in December 2014 he figured his days of working with the 16-time champion were behind him forever.

Let the record reflect that Prock was wrong.

PAPA JOHNS BACKING PRITCHETT IN 20 OF 24 EVENTS

 

Top Fuel Pritchett will start her first full season at DSR after with Papa John's Pizza supporting her team for 20 of 24 events.
 
In addition to Papa John's Pizza, FireAde 2000 Personal Fire Suppression Systems will be a co-primary at four events (tentatively Gainesville, Charlotte 1, Atlanta and Bristol). Mopar will return to join Papa John's on her car at Denver, Mopar/Pennzoil will be her sponsor at Reading and Pennzoil will be her lone sponsor at Las Vegas 2.

NHRA UNVEILS PRO MOD SHOW AIR DATES

NHRA and FOX announced 12 races in the 2017 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season will air on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports 2 (FS2). FS2 will televise each half-hour program in primetime on Thursday’s during the course of the busy racing season. FS1 will broadcast multiple re-airs of the shows during the year, please check your local listing.
 
The 2017 television schedule on FS2 will allow the series to build upon last season which saw increased viewership for the series. The highest rated show during the season was the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, which featured Bill Glidden defeating Bob Rahaim in the final.  

TRACK RENTALS AVAILABLE AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK

Track rentals are now being scheduled for mid-April through October, 2017 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Track manager Sam Lance and the committed track crew will provide custom track preparation for sportsman and professional drivers in street-tired, slick-tired and drag radial-tired vehicles of all horsepower levels.

TREMEC STICK SHIFT SHOOTOUT & RACER APPRECIATION PARTY ANNOUNCED

Do you think your manually shifted Ford-powered street machine is one of the quickest in the country? Well, you won’t want to miss this. Long-time NMRA supporter, TREMEC, has announced that they will host the 5th annual Stick Shift Shootout as part of this year’s Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout—March 2-5, 2017, in Bradenton, Florida.

The rules are simple:  Street-type manual transmissions only.  May include race-oriented modifications such as ‘face-plated’ or ‘pro-shifted’ gears.  Must be hand operated via a single shift handle.  Transmissions with multiple levers or air/electronic/hydraulic actuation not permitted.

SNEAK PEEK RENDERING: SHANNON JENKINS' SPEEDTECH MUSTANG

The "Iceman" returneth. Drag racing's winningest Pro Modified driver Shannon "Iceman" Jenkins has a new look, and while we've watched him run Chevrolets and a Mopar, this is the first time we've seen him in a Ford. Thanks to up and coming artist Ian Hawkins rendering of his 2017 ride. 

OSAGE CASINO TULSA RACEWAY PARK TO HOST TOP FUEL AND A/FUEL NHRA HERITAGE SERIES EVENT

NHRA and Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park announced today that the Oklahoma facility will host a round of the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series event in 2017 for both the Top Fuel and A/Fuel classes.
 
The event will be held Sept. 22-23 in conjunction with Tulsa Raceway Park’s annual Nitro Nationals event and will the fourth of five events in the series for Top Fuel, and the fifth of six events for the A/Fuel competitors. Both classes will earn NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series points at the event.
 

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