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JOHN MONTECALVO SITTING OUT THIS WEEKEND'S PDRA EVENT

 

If the PDRA’s delayed season-opening race goes off this weekend as planned, it will take place without the series’ reigning champion in the Extreme Pro Stock ranks.

John Montecalvo told competitionplus.com Thursday afternoon that he isn’t making the nearly 600-mile trip from his home on Long Island, New York, to the outskirts of Benson, North Carolina, for a race that was shoved to the back burner for nearly two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2019 EPS titlist said there are three reasons he won’t be among the competitors at GALOT Motorsports Park.

MCMILLEN USES DOWNTIME AWAY FROM TRACK TO RESCUE DOGS

Since the postponed Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Terry McMillen has been staying busy in his race shop with crew chief Rob Wendland but in his downtime he has let his family go to the dogs. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has been on hiatus since mid-March and McMillen along with his wife Cori and son Cam have been fostering puppies for a Northern Indiana organization, Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group. The McMillens already have three dogs and a cat so bringing additional puppies into their family only seemed like a logical idea.
 
“When we got back from Gainesville, our dog sitter Jen Schwartz, who runs the organization, asked if we wanted some puppies to play with for a couple of days, and it has turned into a constant cycle of fostering,” explained Cori McMillen. “We have had about 15 puppies since we started this. We typically have two puppies at a time.  If one gets a home, then she brings me another that same day.”

NHRA SET TO RETURN AT INDIANAPOLIS IN JULY OR SEATTLE IN AUGUST

 

The NHRA is finalizing details for its return to action – although it isn’t 100-percent sure which month or which venue will kick off the ambitious re-revised 2020 schedule.

“We’re very much on the positive side of starting in Seattle and working through a schedule that starts there. There’s an opportunity for some events to go before that. I just don’t know if that’s going to happen. They’re talking through it,” Jeffrey Young, the NHRA’s vice-president of marketing and communications, said.

His remarks came on the eve of an expected announcement from NHRA headquarters at Glendora, Calif. But that announcement has been postponed until next Tuesday, June 2.

Reportedly, the remainder of the season will start with the July 31-August 2 event at Pacific Raceways, near Seattle.

AEROMOTIVE OPENS ONE-STOP CUSTOMIZATION SHOP FOR FUEL SYSTEMS

Aeromotive, a leading manufacturer of aftermarket fuel systems and accessories, has opened an in-house Customization Shop for fuel systems. The program is designed to help builders and customizers find fuel system solutions for race cars, street rods, off-road vehicles, marine, powersports, heavy equipment and other vehicles.
 
Using existing Aeromotive fuel pumps and components, the Customization Shop provides access to the company’s in-house expertise for specifying a fuel system tailored to the application’s needs. All customized fuel systems will be benchmark tested for performance and durability. For applications with factory OEM fuel tanks, the complete fuel tank unit must be sent in for a minimum of two weeks for evaluation and installation of the custom fuel system.

FIRST LOOK - J.R. CARR'S NEW MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCKER

The past Mountain Motor Pro Stock Champion who now serves as crew chief/teammate for J.R. Carr, recently drove to Galesburg, Illinois to take delivery of a new hood scoop-bearing, large displacement powered Camaro built by the team at R.J. Race Cars.

"It's taken me five years to come full circle," Frank Gugliotta said. "I'm here to pick up JR Carr's brand new Mountain Motor car and I got to tell you, I am really, really happy. This thing is gorgeous. Same guys here did the first chassis that I came here 20 years ago, the same guys that did this one. And that says a lot. And I know JR's going to be happy with his car."

Carr plans to race in PDRA Extreme Pro Stock as well as the new NHRA Mountain Motor Pro Stock Series.

FORCE KEEPS TEAM AFLOAT, NAVIGATING THORNY WORLD WITH HELP FROM MOVIE STAR, CLOSE PAL

 

John Force stepped in dog poop.

The drag-racing icon has become gardener at his Yorba Linda, Calif., home. In the valley of his sullenness about the uncertainties of his business and life recently, he turned to pruning rose bushes and was surprising himself by making decent progress.

And then he made his misstep.

As Force kicked off his soiled sandals, he accidentally planted his foot on a thorny stem. After he finished screaming, Force said he wondered if things could get any worse: “Are you kidding me?! I’m out here, pruning flowers. I had trimmed it, and I was cutting the vines in half to put them in this bucket. I turned around, and I had cut off a limb, and it was on the ground. And I stepped on it, and about seven thorns went into my foot. And I mean, I screamed. It was the most painful thing. I stepped right down on it.”

BOB TASCA III DISCUSSES BUSINESS, RACING AMID COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic halted NHRA Mello Yello Series races in mid-March.

Since that time COVID-19 has dealt a devastating blow to the American economy.

Bob Tasca III, a veteran NHRA nitro Funny Car driver and team owner, knows all about the business side of things. Tasca Automotive Group was founded in 1943 by Bob Tasca, Sr. Presently, Tasca Automotive Group operates new vehicle dealerships in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. Their corporate office is in Cranston, Rhode, Island.

LIVE FUNNY CAR CHAOS THIS WEEKEND ON BANGSHIFT

With twenty six cars pre-entered for Funny Car Chaos at Eddyville Raceway Park this Friday and Saturday, flopper fans worldwide have a first time opportunity to stream the Chaos LIVE on BangShift.com.

This is the first time a full FCC event will be live streamed and the action will be non-stop as over 200 total cars are expected across the line-up that includes a Pro Testing Session, Ozark Mountain Super Shifters, Victory Performance Nostalgia Super Stockers, Nostalgia Gasser Racing Association and sportsman competition.

 

WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY RELEASES DRAG STRIP SCHEDULE FOR MAY AND JUNE

May 26, 2020, St. Louis Region – World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois – as an outdoor recreation venue – will be hosting participant events during May and June of 2020. WWTR is following the guidelines for Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan that was issued on May 24, 2020, and will go into effect on Friday, May 29, 2020.  All social-distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced for the following events:

CREWCHIEF TODD SMITH, A COVID19 SURVIVOR, SPEAKS ABOUT HIS BRAVE FIGHT

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