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TODD, B. FORCE AND HINES LEAD QUALIFYING FRIDAY AT ARBY’S NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS

JORDAN VANDERGRIFF TO HONOR HEDMAN'S 65TH ANNIVERSARY ON DRAGSTER

 

Soon the Hedman Performance Group will celebrate its 65th anniversary.

At this weekend's NHRA Southern Nationals the brand will be on grand display emblazoned on the side of the 330-mph Top Fuel dragster driven by third-generation Vandergriff and Rookie of the Year candidate Jordan Vandergriff.

PAUL LEE TO MAKE SSG FUNNY CAR DEBUT IN ATLANTA

Paul Lee returns to NHRA competition this weekend in the Nitro Funny Car category from a two year absence. Lee suffered a widow-maker heart attack at the end of 2016 and now returns as a team owner and a partner with Straightline Strategy Group. The Jim Oberhofer tuned entry made successful test laps earlier this week and they are anxious to hit the track on Friday. Lee will be primarily backed by McLeod Racing.

After two years away from NHRA competition, Paul Lee will be making his comeback this weekend in Atlanta, the site of his first national event win in 2004 in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Lee is optimistic as a team owner and driver.

SEMA EXPANDS YOUTH OUTREACH WITH NHRA

 

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is expanding its youth outreach efforts by partnering with the NHRA’s Youth & Education Services (YES) Program. This initiative enables SEMA to reach and introduce students to the excitement and opportunities in motorsports, whether as a spectator, career or an overall lifestyle.

ASHLEY SANFORD CHASING MISSION NOT IMPOSSIBLE AT SYDNEY DRAGWAY

 

Ashley Sanford’s 2018-19 Australian campaign with Rapisarda Autosport International resumes at the Gulf Western Oil Nitro meeting at Sydney Dragway, May 3-4.

Sanford heads into the penultimate round of the season in third place behind reigning champ Kelly Bettes and RAI teammate Wayne Newby.

SOUTH EAST GASSERS OPEN 2019 SEASON IN STYLE AT SHADYSIDE

With its 2019 season starter postponed two weeks due to rain, the South East Gassers Association (SEGA) finally opened with a sold-out show Apr. 27, at Shadyside Dragway. An announced crowd of 2,800 fans packed the historic eighth-mile facility in Shelby, NC, to watch nearly 60 entries (though more than 80 were on the grounds) do battle in four official SEGA classes.

When the clutch dust finally settled, visiting the Shadyside winner's circle were Alan Gaulden in A/Gas, Tim Bailey in B/Gas, Tim Hall in C/Gas, and Mark Hackett as the first official winner of the new-for-this-year Super Stock division. 

A/FD DRIVER MICHALEK TO PINCH-HIT FOR DREHER MOTORSPORTS

 

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) roars into Central Ohio this weekend for race 1 of 6 of the 2019 NHRA North Central Regional tour. Each year as the season gets underway, some of the best Top Alcohol Dragster teams in the country square off just outside of Columbus, OH at National Trail Raceway to begin their march towards a regional championship. For the series’ first of two visits to the Buckeye State in 2019, a familiar partnership will be re-established.

Corey Michalek drove the Dreher Motorsports A/fuel dragster to a runner-up finish at the 2015 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

LARIS MOTORSPORTS INSURANCE TO BE MAJOR SPONSOR IN ATLANTA ON MILLICAN DRAGSTER

 

Laris Motorsports Insurance will serve as a major sponsor of their Top Fuel Dragster driven by Clay Millican for this weekend’s Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.

Laris Motorsports Insurance, a leading motorsports insurance firm, offers ‘off track’ as well as ‘on track’ coverage for select classes. They also offer coverage for tow vehicles, trailers, and many other coverages that racers need.

SNEAK PEEK - KHALID ALBALOOSHI'S NEW TURBO CAR

SCHUMACHER KEEPING BUSY WITH FOXSPORTS TV ROLE

 

Eight-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher isn't ready to close the chapter of his life story where he races at the highest level for championships. However, he's not opposed to seeing what the future can hold. 

Schumacher, sidelined for the foreseeable future as Don Schumacher Racing hunts for a major sponsor, doesn't mind looking ahead at the other options. 

Last weekend at zMax Dragway, Schumacher was wired up as part of the FoxSports television crew as a pit reporter for the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide broadcast. 

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