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MATT SMITH RECORDS THIRD-FASTEST SPEED EVER IN PSM

 

Matt Smith still doesn't know what a 200 mile per hour run feels like.  

This is kind of odd considering Smith raced through the traps aboard his Buell at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at 200.56 miles per hour to become the third-fastest Pro Stock Motorcycle rider in NHRA history and rewrite the track speed record. His 6.774 elapsed time was the provisional No. 1 qualifying position.  

McGAHA KEEPS EYE ON PRO STOCK CHANGES

PRITCHETT LOOKING TO FINISH STRONG IN 2018, RACES TO TOP SPOT FRIDAY AT NHRA FINALS

Leah Pritchett knows her team is close.

And she hopes to prove that with a strong finish to 2018.

JOHNSON TAKES PROVISIONAL TOP SPOT AT POMONA SEEKING FOURTH-STRAIGHT NO. 1

Predictable.

That is the word Tommy Johnson Jr. used to describe his current situation in the anything-but-predictable world of nitro-powered Funny Car racing. But after powering to the provisional top spot Friday evening at the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, potentially his fourth-consecutive No. 1 in the class, it is hard to argue against it.

WHEN DAVID MET GOLIATH IN POMONA, SAME RESULT

 

In the Biblical account of David Vs. Goliath, the results are largely known that the kid slinging a stone knocked out the giant.

Friday morning at the Auto Club NHRA Finals another version of the battle played out during the first round of Stock Eliminator.

With the aid of a seven-second head-start, the "we're not fast but we're slow" 105-inch Ford-powered EF/S Ford Escort of Bill O'Connor matched up with the Factory Stock/AA COPO Camaro driven by Ryan Priddy.

PRITCHETT, JOHNSON JR., COUGHLIN JR. AND M. SMITH CURRENT NO. 1 QUALIFIERS AT AUTO CLUB FINALS

BREAKING NEWS - NHRA TO ANNOUNCE 18-RACE PS SCHEDULE FOR 2019

 

CompetitionPlus.com has learned NHRA is expected to formally announce the series will reduce the number of races for Pro Stock to 18 events in 2019 instead of the widely speculated 16-race tour.

This speculation was fueled mostly by the distribution of a letter to the Pro Stock teams at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas where the sanctioning body informed the competitors it was looking to reduce the number of events for the following season. The letter suggested a 16-race schedule for 2019. NHRA officials acknowledged the memo was to seek feedback before making the final decision.

"While we handed the letter out to those that were on site in Vegas, we also sent the letter to all the participants that were not in Las Vegas," said Josh Peterson, incoming Vice President of Operations for NHRA. "We wanted to make sure we got the letter and the plan in front of everybody to give them the opportunity to get back to us because we hadn’t had the opportunity to see and talk to everybody and between those two events we knew we were not going to be able to.

AEROMOTIVE'S SEMA MFG OF THE YEAR AWARD A TESTAMENT TO MATUSEK'S DETERMINATION

 

Steve Matusek was so astonished by the announcement; he didn't even have time to flashback to the days when he started his company developing a product line by working out of his bedroom and the garage.

Matusek prides himself as an attention to details kind of guy, but this detail was so far from reality in his mind that he came to the podium unprepared.

Matusek, the driving force behind the Aeromotive high-performance fuel systems product line, believed having his company named as SEMA Manufacturer of the Year was such a far-fetched proposition that although the company was nominated, he didn't bother to write a speech. "I had a fantasy that one day we could win this," Matusek admitted. "We’ve thought the what if, but really I thought the deck was stacked against us. You had Edelbrock and Hutter, two iconic companies. Edelbrock was a bridesmaid last year to be Manufacturer of the Year."

EVEN AFTER ARMY EXIT, NHRA WILL HAVE STRONG SUPPORT FOR TROOPS

 

Don Schumacher, owner of NHRA drag racing’s largest team and multimillion-dollar global firm Schumacher Electric, was devouring his daily copy of The Wall Street Journal 20 years ago. A specific article caught his attention.

It traced the U.S. Army’s experience of recruiting a young man or woman for duty, from first contact to getting a signature on the dotted line and shipping him/her to boot camp, and put a dollar figure to the process.

According to Jack Beckman, one of Schumacher’s NHRA Funny Car champions, “He thought, ‘I’m a great businessman, and I think I can help them do this in a less expensive way.’ And the racing program, with Tony Schumacher as the driver, was so successful that even when a government mandate came out that said the government ‘can’t be spending money on X and Y and Z’ and the Army had to pull out of NASCAR, Don said, ‘Time out, guys. You’re not spending money on drag racing. You’re saving money with drag racing.’ And he showed them the numbers. And they said, ‘You know what? You’re right.’”

NFL HALL OF FAME GREAT ON BOARD FOR JORDAN VANDERGRIFF’S ROOKIE SEASON

Bob Vandergriff Racing is teaming up with NFL Hall of Fame great and Heisman Trophy Winner, Tim Brown. Brown’s company, 81 Logistics Group, will be primary sponsor of the Top Fuel Dragster driven by Jordan Vandergriff for five races and will serve as an associate sponsor for the remaining 2019 season.

“As we continue to build our program it’s great to have 81 Logistics Group join BVR on Jordan’s dragster,” said team owner, Bob Vandergriff. “Tim Brown and I share the same mindset and I look forward to working with Tim and everyone at 81 Logistics Group next season.”

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