Thu, 2017-07-27 08:00
This year's seventh annual JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout was the biggest to date with co-promoters Scott Bailey and Luke Bogacki reporting a total donation of $3,000 raised during the Dial for Dollars portion of the event earmarked for the JEGS Foundation: Racing for Cancer Research. Dial for Dollars has now raised more than $13,000 for the foundation in its five years of existence.
"Congratulations to this year's winners and on behalf of my brothers and the 350-plus associates at JEGS, we thank everyone involved for this generous contribution," said JEGS Vice President John Coughlin, one of four Coughlin brothers that own the aftermarket parts company. "Together with our racing friends, we continue to make huge strides in cancer research. The JEGS Foundation has been fueled by racers since its inception and fundraisers like this make a big difference."
Thu, 2017-07-27 08:00
NHRA officials announced that drivers from Team Boddie Racing, from the San Francisco area, will participate in a special 16-car exhibition race on Saturday, July 29 as part of the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.
The field will be comprised of eight big tire cars and eight small tire cars. The racers will get one time trial Friday and eliminations will begin Saturday. Before the first round of competition the racers will do a special call-out to assert their dominance before the start of racing.
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2017-07-26 20:59
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2017-07-26 18:36
Hector Arana Sr., the 2009 NHRA world champion, missed the last NHRA event in Chicago (July 6-9), but was back with his team at the Mile-High Nationals.
Arana Sr. is recovery left shoulder surgery he had in June. Arana Sr. injured the shoulder while fixing a flat on his team’s hauler as the team was headed back from Englishtown, N.J., after the race June 11.
“I still have five weeks left (in a sling) and then I had to rehab,” Arana Sr. said. “It’s really frustrating because you always want to do something and I can’t just walk away. That’s why I skipped Chicago. I wanted to stay home and not do anything so I can heal faster and get back out here.”
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2017-07-26 08:55
t’s no secret, numbers are down in the Pro Stock. At almost every race, there hasn’t been a full field of 16 racers. There are 14 Pro Stock cars at the Mile-High Nationals.
There have been a lot of people with different opinions on how to improve the health of the class. One rumor circulating is NHRA is asking about including mountain motor Pro Stock cars at some point in the future, possibly weighing 2,700 pounds. The Pro Stock cars now weigh 2,350 pounds.
Greg Anderson, a four-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion (2003-2005, 2010) addressed the rumor as did season points leader Bo Butner and most recent national event winner Drew Skillman.
by Tracy Renck Tue, 2017-07-25 18:31
by Tracy Renck Tue, 2017-07-25 18:29
Veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson is always looking for ways to get his program moving forward.
Friday, prior to the Mile-High Nationals, he took an unconventional path.
“Friday, we did something that probably no one else has done,” he said. “We went to the Harley-Davidson dealership here in town – Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson – and the service department over there allowed me to put the motorcycle on their chassis dyno. It was the only Suzuki in the place. We got a chance to seat the rings, break in the pistons. It’s got some new parts in it. It gave us the opportunity to feel a bit more comfortable about going to a fight and bringing bullets that are already in the gun versus bullets that might be in your trailer. You’ve got to go down the track a few times easy with no timing and all that other stuff.”
by Tracy Renck Tue, 2017-07-25 18:25
The 2016 ESPY awards show was held on July 12 on ESPN and it was a night 2016 NHRA world champion nitro Funny Car driver Ron Capps will never forget.
Capps was nominee for the Best Driver Award, which was won by Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.
“What’s funny is my wife kept telling me to go talk and introduce myself,” Capps said. “I wanted to meet Steph Curry and Kevin Durant because I’m a Warriors fan. I walked right up to them and I just wanted to say ‘hi’. But it was funny because I turned into a complete fan and every time I turned around there was somebody that I looked up to as a kid or watched on TV. I was in awe just looking around. Probably Chris Berman was the one that I was most excited to run into. Russell Wilson stood there when we were doing the red carpet.”
Story and photos by Jon Asher Mon, 2017-07-24 21:55
Jon Asher, the Senior Editor for CompetitionPlus.com, will bring you his four decades worth of insight to the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals outside of Denver, Co. Follow along daily with the seasoned journalist as he brings you this weekend's race from a different angle - HIS!
Written by Tracy Renck Mon, 2017-07-24 18:00
Thomas Albert Dunford of Tazewell, Va., passed after crashing his dragster July 23 at Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Dunford was 60.
According to the official St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office press release, for unknown reasons, it appears he failed to activate his brakes or parachute causing the dragster to travel through the sandpit, water barrels, and into the trees at the end of the track.