by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-04-07 15:38
Up until a week ago, Daniel Pharris described his driving status as piloting a Radial vs. The World Corvette. It's a term, he says, will never have the same feeling.
Pharris, during the semi-finals of the Radial Revenge Tour, had the misfortune of becoming the pilot of an identified flying object, an airborne Corvette which pulled a massive wheelstand and took flight. The errant race car flew an estimated 60-feet into the air before floating to a reasonably smooth landing in the shutdown area of Tulsa Raceway Park.
"It really didn't settle in what had happened to me until about an hour afterward," Pharris admitted. "I piloted that car. I was kind of waiting on the FAA to show up to do an inspection.
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-04-07 15:31
A retired drag racer can only hit so many golf balls. At least this appears to be the case for multi-time NHRA winner Bob Vandergriff Jr.
Vandergriff will return to the land of 10,000 horsepower with a part-time sponsorship from Valvoline, starting with the NHRA Springnationals outside of Houston, Texas.
"I can never get tired of hitting golf balls," Vandergriff admitted. "I’m still going to keep doing that no matter what."
by Bobby Bennett Fri, 2017-04-07 12:41
Billy Glidden is free to return to drag racing once he has a race car.
Glidden was cleared from his physician last Friday to return to competition following an accident while testing which left him with five broken ribs and bruised lungs.
"It’s good that I’ve been cleared, but the celebration is short-lived since I don't have anything to race with," Glidden said. "So we’re still stuck in the same place."
Glidden doesn't have a timetable when he returns. The replacement car, a chassis formerly owned by Dan Stevenson, is in Jerry Haas' shop being prepared and reskinned as a Mustang.
Written by Susan Wade Fri, 2017-04-07 12:00
Dom Lagana is an occasional NHRA Top Fuel driver – and so much more.
He operates his family’s Nitro Ninja Dragster along with older brother Bobby, giving such racers as Tripp Tatum and Ashley Sanford a career boost. He serves as a crew hand for recent No. 1 Las Vegas qualifier Steve Torrence. He’s a key reason longtime racer Scott Palmer is enjoying his best performance year ever. And when he gets the chance, he advises European racers.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2017-04-06 23:40
Shawn Langdon's time on the sidelines is officially over.
Langdon, 34, and a past NHRA Top Fuel champion, has joined Kalitta Motorsports as part of an expansion into a three-car team starting later this month at the NHRA Springnationals outside of Houston, Texas.
Global Electronic Technology serves as the primary sponsor for the new team in 19 of the remaining 20 events this season.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to drive the Global Electronic Technology dragster,” Langdon said. “It is awesome to see new companies like Global Electronic Technology come in to drag racing, and I am excited to be a part of it.”
By Susan Wade; Photos By Mike and Jeff Burghardt Thu, 2017-04-06 18:49
Mother Nature wasn’t terribly cooperative Monday for Ashley Sanford at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Threatening skies, tricky winds, and a sudden 11-degree drop in temperature played havoc with the tune-up for Bobby and Dom Lagana. Despite that, Sanford, the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver, took a huge stride toward transferring her competition license to Top Fuel.
Sanford, of Fullerton, Calif., drove the Lagana Family’s Nitro Ninja Dragster to a 3.879-second elapsed time at 319.22 mph on the 1,000-foot course as one of her required full passes at 4.50 or quicker and 240 mph or faster.
by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Roger Richards Wed, 2017-04-05 11:13
Ian Tocher understands the most impactful photos he's ever shot in two decades of covering drag racing will never be published, and he's fine with the process.
Tocher's shakes his head at the irony of the last photos he took on April 9, 2016, being labeled as impactful. The veteran photojournalist, who is also Senior Editor of Drag Illustrated and contributor for CompetitionPlus.com, was critically injured when he was struck by Ronnie Davis' errant race car during qualifying at Rockingham Dragway. Davis later succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash, while Tocher spent months in the hospital rehabbing from a severe pelvis injury, a back injury and a severely broken left leg.