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ALLEN JOHNSON ENJOYS NHL INTERACTION

 

Before last month, veteran NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson had never been to an NHL hockey game.

Now, he has been to a couple and he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Johnson’s most recent NHL adventure came Jan. 24 when he attended a Nashville Predators home game against the Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena.

Johnson was in attendance as part of a promotion giveaway from Marathon Petroleum Corporation – the primary sponsor on his Dodge.

MCMILLEN HOPEFUL 2017 WILL BE HIS BEST TOP FUEL SEASON YET

Fan-favorite NHRA Top Fuel driver/owner Terry McMillen is optimistic 2017 will be his best year yet on the national circuit.

“We are starting out the year with a new front half/back half DSR chassis,” McMillen said. “It’s a good car and everything is right about it. We just had to put some new tubing underneath it and I think it’s going to be great. Looking forward, with the items that we changed the last four races of the year (in 2016), the car started picking up. Even though that car didn’t want to 60-foot at all, the first car prior to Houston was a good car and that thing would 60-foot, but didn’t have what this car has. I think now we have the combination. We started running a few more 70s and we just need to get the thing to run 72, 73 down the track all the time and put ourselves with an opportunity to go win.”

TOP FUEL HARLEY TO RUN AT NHRA EVENTS IN 2017

NHRA officials confirmed the Top Fuel Harley motorcycle category will compete at eight events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The first race of the season will take place at the season opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, Calif. Feb. 9-12.
 
The series will also race at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, NHRA SpringNationals, Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, NHRA New England Nationals, NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, and the NHRA Northwest Nationals.

KALITTA MOTORSPORTS ADDS WIX FILTERS TO GROWING SPONSOR LINE-UP

WIX® Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, has joined Kalitta Motorsports as a chief technical partner through a multi-platform sponsorship agreement and has been named the Official Filters of Team Kalitta, which competes in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).
 
J.R. Todd will be WIX Filters' lead NHRA driver, with his DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car featuring associate branding from WIX. Todd will debut the car at the February 10th Circle K Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

PRO STOCK ROOKIE TANNER GRAY GETTING HIS LAPS IN

 

Tanner Gray, the newly appointed driver of the Valvoline Chevy Camaro Pro Stocker for Gray Motorsports, recently wrapped up two test sessions in preparation for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
 
Tanner takes over the seat of the family car from his father Shane Gray, who decided to step away from driving at the end of last season. Shane will remain an active member of the Gray Motorsports team moving forward as Tanner's driving coach and team manager.

ZIZZO PLANS LIMITED 2017 TOP FUEL SCHEDULE

For the last few years, T.J. Zizzo has competed on a limited NHRA Top Fuel schedule.

Zizzo confirmed to CompetitionPlus he will be doing a handful of races in 2017, but he’s not happy with the state of the sport – especially for part-time teams.

MOMO AND WELD RACING JOIN FORCES

With more than 100 years of combined motorsports and performance automotive leadership, two of the industry’s most iconic companies, MOMO and WELD Racing, join together to create a global portfolio of storied high-performance brands and product lines under the leadership and guidance of the Cisneros Corporation.  

Both MOMO and WELD were founded through on-track performance. As a result, the companies’ products have yielded proven advantages for racers, street, and off-road enthusiasts. The combination of MOMO Automotive Group and WELD Racing creates a global design, performance, and manufacturing powerhouse with a passion for motorsports and a drive for innovation.

KALITTA MOTORSPORTS PARTNERS WITH GLOBAL ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY

 

With the 2017 NHRA season nearing its starting date, Kalitta Motorsports will welcome Global Electronic Technology to their sponsorship family. Global Electronic Technology will be a major associate sponsor on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta and also will have branding on the remainder of the full-time Kalitta Motorsports entries driven by Troy Coughlin Jr., Alexis DeJoria and J.R. Todd.

“I am really excited about this deal with Global Electronic Technology,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “Steve and Samantha Bryson (owners of Global Electronic Technology) are great people and we have found such synergy in what we do. We know this relationship will be beneficial to both parties.”

TEAM DFS PROVIDES EXCITEMENT TO CURE OFF SEASON BLUES

The sport of drag racing is typically a warm weather sport, right? Not if you attend the DragstersForSale.Com 3rd Annual Practice Tree Race Presented by TEAM DFS. Over 150 of the Midwest and Tri-State regions drag racers converged on the VFW Post 1114 in Evansville, IN this past Saturday to try to take home $4500 in prize money in the “Top Bulb” event with the Bottom Bulb Racers chasing over $1500 in prize money.

The event brings in racers from all over the Midwest for the chance to win weekend race entries to events promoted by The Dillman family and their No Box Nationals that will be taking place at I-57 Dragway this summer. Loose Rocker Promotions supplies weekend entry for a skilled racer for their racing series, and if that is not getting a bracket racer’s blood moving the chance to square off against 32 racers for entries to the Spring Fling Bracket Race Series and The Million Dollar Race for the mere cost of $50 and $100 respectively will most definitely get you moving to Evansville.  

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: SGMP DAMAGED IN STRONG STORMS

Strong storms and a tornado have wreaked havoc in Valdosta, Ga., including significant damage to South Georgia Motorsports Park. As many as 11 deaths are attributed to the storm, according to the Valdosta Times newspaper.

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