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WILD HORSE MOTORSPORTS PARK ESTABLISHES PRE-POMONA TESTING SCHEDULE

 

Wild Horse Motorsports Park will be available for teams seeking test time before the NHRA Winternationals, scheduled for Feb. 6-9, 2020, in Pomona, Ca.

A LOOK BACK AT THE 2010s

MATT SMITH EXCITED FOR 2020 PSM SEASON

 

After just missing his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship, and second in row, in 2019, Matt Smith is fueled to reach the pinnacle again in 2020.

Smith finished third in the points – 46 points behind world champ Andrew Hines in the Harley-Davidson camp.

“Denso is back onboard as the primary sponsor for my bike and Angie’s bike,” said Matt, who had two wins last season in Chicago and Las Vegas in the fall. “I know for a fact that I will be really good and I’m about 150 percent sure Angie is going to have her best year ever next year with what we have found with her bike over the winter so far. I’m really looking forward to (2020) with our program.”

STRUTMASTERS BACKING PSM RIDER SCOTTY POLLACHECK FOR 2020 SEASON

 

Veteran NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Scotty Pollacheck will be competing again in 2020 with Matt Smith Racing and will have financial backing from Strutmasters.

Strutmasters will be Pollacheck’s primary sponsor for the 16-race 2020 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season which begins March 12-15 at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

In 2019, Strutmasters.com signed on as Pollacheck’s primary sponsor the last six races of the season.

NEW NHRA PRO MOD SAFETY RULES REQUIRE LOTS OF CHANGE IN LITTLE TIME

With the NHRA's Pro Modified cars getting quicker and faster with each season, the sanctioning body has implemented a score of enhanced safety requirements for its participants in 2020.

Starting at the NHRA Gatornationals, all Pro Modified entries must now include a fresh air system similar to those run by the fuel classes, as well as the front ends on all cars must have a fireproof coating. Additionally, open transmissions will no longer be allowed and must be covered with a tunnel made of carbon fiber, aluminum, or steel.

Additionally, every car must have a universally located electrical ON/OFF switch, as well as a mount inside of the vehicle, above the driver's head. The fuel shutoff must now be mechanical.

PENSKE SHOCKS, PRECISION RACING SPONSOR PDRA PRO BOOST

 
Penske Racing Shocks and Precision Racing Suspension will serve as the class co-sponsors of the Professional Drag Racers Association’s (PDRA) Pro Boost class in 2020, series officials announced today. The two collaborative brands signed a multi-year agreement that also continues their role as a series contingency sponsor.  
 
“Penske Racing Shocks and Precision Racing Suspension have had a major presence at the PDRA races for years now, and we’re thrilled to have them step up as the co-sponsors of Pro Boost,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “The Lambert brothers provide technical support for our racers in numerous classes, and I’m sure that will only continue to grow through this new partnership.”

BROTHER HONORS BROTHER'S COURAGEOUS FIGHT BACK FROM TRAGEDY

 

On February 23, 2019, tragedy turned Kyle Michalek's life upside down. His wife, Steph, passed away unexpectedly while giving birth to their son Andrews.

Almost six months later, Kyle returned to the place he has called home for many years - the drag strip.

Kyle, who tunes the Top Alcohol Dragster driven by his younger brother Corey, returned to the drag strip during the 2019 Night Under Fire event, the independent extravaganza promoted by Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The evening was one the siblings and many race fans will never forget.

Corey made sure no one would.

TOP FUEL TO HEADLINE NEW YEAR THUNDER MEET IN AUSTRALIA

 

With three of the five entries in Top Fuel, team-owner Santo Rapisarda is unfazed at the prospect that teammates Wayne Newby, Damien Harris, and Ashley Sanford will race against each other at the New Year’s Thunder meeting at Willowbank Raceway, January 4.

“Under the one-day format, it will happen,” said Rapisarda. “It’s not the first time that we’ve had teammates racing one another. The last time it happened was at the opening round of the season, the East Coast Thunder meeting in November, when Wayne defeated Ashley in the semi-final. All I want is to see is all three cars race hard and put on a good show for the crowd.”

REMEMBERING FAST COMPANY: THE MOVIE

04_15_2010_fastcompanyNHRA VP of Operations Graham Light described the summer of 1978 as a lot of fun.

Former Funny Car driver Gordie Bonin felt it was a balanced mix between fun and the absurd.

The two drag racing figures teamed up as drivers in the 1979 B movie Fast Company.

Fast Company featured lots of Funny Car footage in its storyline about an aging Top Fuel driver and a sponsor-driven team owner who walked outside of traditional ethical lines. There were plenty of fires and a number of explosions, some skin from the female actors and a great measure of ludicrousness from producers not familiar to the sport.

ENCORE - KENNY BERNSTEIN: BEFORE HE WAS THE KING OF SPEED

04_02_2010_bernsteinIt's hard to picture it now because he's been so big for so long, but even Kenny Bernstein was once a little guy like everybody else. He worked on the car, rode in the truck with the rest of the team, and once drove a truck by himself from Texas to Puyallup, Wash., to race, not knowing who was going to be there to help unload the car when he got there.

"Prudhomme, Force – probably anybody you can think of – started out that way," Bernstein said. "People see what we have today and presume everything was handed to us. Trust me, it wasn't. Almost all of us had nothing when we started except a love for the sport."

Ever heard the one about how Bernstein got his original Budweiser deal by towing his car to Budweiser's St. Louis headquarters and unloading it in the parking lot for employees to see on their way to work? It's true.

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