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DON SCHUMACHER SHARES CREDIT FOR HIS TEAM’S 300 VICTORIES

 
Lest anyone worry that Sunday’s nitro sweep for his organization’s 299th and 300th NHRA victories might prod Don Schumacher into retiring, he can rest assured. The megateam owner said he’s going nowhere and that his powerhouse racing operation is here to stay.
 
“I have no plans or thoughts to exit the sport or for DSR to exit the sport. So we’re going to be here for a long time,” Schumacher said Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

MATT SMITH TO FILL IN FOR HIS FATHER AT ROCKINGHAM ADRL RACE

Matt Smith confirmed to CompetitionPlus.com he will be filling in for his father and world championship driver Rickie Smith at the ADRL Spring Drags April 7-8 at Rockingham (N.C.) Dragway.

Matt will be driving his father’s Pro Mod ZL1 Camaro and he will be a teammate to Jonathan Gray.

HOLD THE NEXT PAIR, THERE'S AN AIRPLANE ON THE TRACK!

 

When you're a Race Director, you quickly learn to expect the unexpected. 

What Rich Schaefer, NHRA Division 2 Director, experienced last Sunday broke new ground in his experiences during the divisional event at South Georgia Motorsports Park, located outside of Valdosta, Ga. 

Top Dragster racer Casey Spradlin, after winning the Top Dragster title, left fluid on the track necessitating a clean-up. The clean-up crew was busy grooming the track when all of a sudden, without warning, what appeared to be a Cessna prop plan dropped out of the sky, and landed in the shutdown area. A surprised crew, including Schaefer, could only watch with jaws ajar, as the errant plane taxied in proximity to the support vehicles, made a u-turn and then took off. 

J.R. TODD AND ALEX KEYES COMPLETE NHRA/GLOBAL RALLYCROSS EVENT

Funny Car driver JR Todd knows the fast way down the dragstrip at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, and he lives just a few miles from the fabled facility.
 
But he never experienced it quite like he did Tuesday, starting with discovering a 10-turn circuit staked out in the paved lot where the Kalitta Motorsports team parks his DHL Toyota Camry at NHRA races.
 
Todd had hosted Red Bull Global Rallycross driver Alex Keyes at the previous weekend’s Denso NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There he introduced the 19-year-old Dreyer & Reinbold racer to a blast of eardrum-splitting, nitromethane-laced 10,000-horsepower and the eye-popping sight of a race car zipping the length of more than three football fields in less than four seconds.

TOMMY JOHNSON JR. HITS FUNNY CAR JACKPOT IN VEGAS

A year ago, Tommy Johnson Jr. had a career-best finish of second place in NHRA’s nitro Funny Car point standings.

Now, the veteran driver is proving he is going to be a championship contender again in 2017.

BROWN DELIVERS 300TH VICTORY FOR DSR, CAPS 67TH DOUBLE-NITRO SWEEP

In a rematch of the Gatornationals Top Fuel final round two weeks ago, Antron Brown evened the score against Tony Schumacher at Sunday’s Denso NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

But Schumacher moved into the points lead as the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series moves to Houston. He’ll take a six-point edge over another DSR colleague, Leah Pritchett, into the April 21-23 Springnationals at Baytown’s Royal Purple Raceway. Brown is third in the standings, 25 off Schumacher’s pace.

TANNER GRAY MAKES HISTORY WITH VEGAS PRO STOCK WIN

It didn't take Pro Stock driver Tanner Gray long to write his name in NHRA's record book.

Gray, in just his fourth career NHRA start, captured his first Wally and at 17 years old became the youngest driver in NHRA history to win a national event in a pro class.

BROWN, JOHNSON JR. AND T. GRAY PICK UP VICTORIES AT LAS VEGAS

Antron Brown piloted his Matco Tools dragster to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car) and Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) were also winners at the fourth event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

SPORTSMAN RESULTS FROM NHRA LAS VEGAS - 1

Sunday's final Sportsman results from the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is the fourth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING NHRA LAS VEGAS - 1

Point standings (top 10) following the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the fourth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -

 

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