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SHAWN LANGDON TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH WEDNESDAY AT CARDINALS GAME

NHRA Top Fuel Dragster racer Shawn Langdon will throw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday evening.

The game is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. CDT. Langdon, driver of Kalitta Racing's Global Electronic Technology dragster, then will be joined by the world's biggest names in professional drag racing this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.

SANFORD TO DRIVE RAI DRAGSTER AT ST. LOUIS

Ashley Sanford, impressive in her Top Fuel debut at Indianapolis earlier this month, will substitute for Wayne Newby in the Rapisarda Autosport International entry this weekend at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.
 
Newby qualified 10th and exited in the first round against Leah Pritchett at last year’s race at Gateway Motorsports Park at Madison, Ill., near St. Louis.

TASCA TALKS AUTONOMOUS TECHNOLOGY

 

One of the few subjects that intrigue Bob Tasca besides NHRA nitro Funny Car racing is the Ford Motor Company and its product initiatives.  The relatively new executives at Dearborn, Mich., headquarters have signaled their interest in autonomous technology – that is, driverless cars.   

Tasca assures that it isn’t a Buck Rogers-ish notion.

THE LEGEND OF DOUG-ZILLA STILL RESONATES WITH MILLICAN

 

​Fifteen years later, Clay Millican still might be overshadowed by Dougzilla.

But he doesn’t seem to mind.

In fact, he’s rather amused by the 2002 incident here at Maple Grove Raceway that transformed happy-go-lucky Doug Herbert into an angry hulk. Following a stubborn staging duel, Herbert stepped from his car and ended a heated discussion with Peter Lehman, Millican’s car owner at the time, by shoving Lehman. It all played out before a TV audience and a houseful of fans who are hopeless suckers for such kind of scrums.    

EDELBROCK'S 'TOP IT OFF' PROMOTION IS BACK

Edelbrock is bringing back its popular “Top It Off” consumer promotion. Participating consumers can get a free Performer Series or Thunder Series AVS Carburetor when they purchase a new Edelbrock Power Package Top End Kit between October 1 - December 31, 2017.

Eligible purchases include any new Power Package Top End Kit. Consumers can choose a standard satin finished Performers Series or Thunder Series AVS Carburetor to top off their engine. This includes any Power Package Top End components purchased as part of Edelbrock crate engine. For a complete list of eligible purchases by part number, complete promotion details and to download a redemption form, visit the official promotional website at www.edelbrock.com/promo.

NMCA DRIVERS WRAP 2017 SEASON WITH WORLD STREET FINALS AT INDIANAPOLIS

The NMCA’s finest did not disappoint at the 16th Annual SDPC Raceshop NMCA World Street Finals, Sept. 21-24 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, as they provided plenty of powerful performances, holeshot wins, and championship-deciding drama.

In VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, fourteen of sixteen drivers motored to 3-second elapsed-times in qualifying, and while Jason Hamstra led the field with a 3.83 in his Camaro, his loss in the second round paved the way to the final that featured Steve Summers and his Camaro and Mark Luton and his Mustang. There, Summers secured the win with a 3.80 to Luton’s 3.92, and took a trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle.

FRY, GRAVES AND BATES HEADLINE TULSA NITRO NATS WINNERS

It was a nitro filled affair at the Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park Nitro Nationals, held September 22-23rd in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This highly anticipated weekend was substantial in many ways, most of all with the return of Top Fuel to the historic facility. The fuelers were joined with the DRO Nostalgia Funny Car series, NHRA Heritage Series A/Fuel competitors and of course gassers, junior fuelers, pin-up girl contests, live music and more in a wildly entertaining weekend.

Nine NHRA Heritage Series Top Fuel dragsters made the tow and the top points contenders felt the pressure. This, the fourth of five points race this season, would prove a critical weekend for those in hopes of a title run. Jim Murphy's Roland Leong tuned WWII fueler came into the battle with a 46 point lead over this year's March Meet winner Mendy Fry in the High Speed Motorsports entry led by Tom Shelar. After two sessions of qualifying, Jim Young and the "Young Guns" Wisconsin based team led the field with a 5.74 elapsed time followed by Jim Murphy and Mendy Fry who both earned their spots with a respectable 5.87s. Adam Sorokin's 5.92 rounded out the top half of the eight car eliminator in the Champion Speed Shop entry.

TEMPEST IN A ‘TREE’-POT: SAVOIE ERUPTS AT ARANA IN STARTING-LINE SQUABBLE

 

Hector Arana Jr. said, “It was nothing.”
 
But it was a move that certainly meant something to reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Jerry Savoie, owner of the White Alligator Racing team that includes L.E. Tonglet.
 
The hot temperature and a hot motor combined to make Savoie hot under the collar Sunday at the NHRA Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Pa.

CAPPS WINS MAPLE GROVE, TAKES FUNNY CAR POINTS LEAD

This turned to be a fantastic weekend for Ron Capps.

The reigning NHRA nitro Funny Car world champion not only won at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., but he also retook the points lead with four races to go in the Countdown to the Championship.

FORCE TAKES BOLD STEP TOWARD FIRST TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Countdown to the Championship started last weekend with “The Shake-up at Charlotte,” as top-ranked Top Fuel racers tumbled from contention early in eliminations.

The NHRA Dodge Nationals, near Reading, Pa., Sunday was “The Redemption At Reading” for Antron Brown, who made the semifinals, and Steve Torrence, who reclaimed the points lead from Doug Kalitta. But for Tony Schumacher and Leah Pritchett, the visit to Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Pa., was “The Rerun At Reading.”

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