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ENCORE: THE EARLY YEARS OF MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK, PT 2

8-27-07mmps.jpgIf one moment defined the Mountain Motor Pro Stock movement, it was the first-ever seven second run. That day in April 1980, had the same effect on the class as putting a man on the moon had for space travel. It might as well have been. Seven second Pro Stockers were science fiction in those days.

If one can consider it wrong to cross a time barrier, then Rickie Smith was the guilty party and the sports reaction caught him off guard. In fact, the hard-nosed racer feared he had done something wrong when an IHRA official sought to escort him back to the starting line. His transgression, a seven-second ET slip in winning the first round during the IHRA Pro-Am Nationals in Rockingham, NC.

“I was happy that I had won, but the next thing I know, I had a race official coming over to me and telling me to follow him,” Smith said. “I didn’t know what was going on. I thought I was in trouble. I had every thought running through my head that you could have. But, then I got to thinking, if you’ve done something wrong, they don’t usually pull you up in front of the crowd to throw the book at you.”

The only book the IHRA had in mind to throw at Smith was the history book. He had, in legal trim, traveled where no Pro Stock racer had gone – into the sevens.

JERRY BICKEL RACE CARS RETURNS AS MWPMS SPONSOR

 

The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) is proud to welcome Jerry Bickel Race Cars back for their third year as an associate sponsor.
 
"Jerry Bickel has supported Mid-West Pro Mods since our inception in 2017 and I am excited that JBRC is continuing to support our racers in 2019", stated series found Keith Haney.

DRAG RACING COMES ALIVE IN KUWAIT WITH NEW STRIP

 

The drag racing-cstarved nation of Kuwait finally saw the opening of its long awaited new dragstrip at Kuwait Motor Town last week, and the result was an over-the-top festival of big horsepower and good times. Fans overfilled the temporary bleachers and packed in along the fences—cheering, jeering, applauding, and overall showing big love for the sport—even at test & tune.

And drivers delivered on-track action that was just as big, racing through the night and into the wee hours of Saturday morning as the Kuwait International Drag Racing Championship ran out its ladders for thirteen classes.

ENCORE - MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK RACING'S EARLY YEARS

8-10-07mmps.jpgTed Jones had an open-door policy with IHRA founder Larry Carrier, and while he tried to not wear out his welcome, on a fall day in 1976 he couldn’t resist bringing his idea to the boss.

Jones was the VP of Competition for the five-year-old sanctioning body, and little did he know that his intuition would one day change the way the Pro Stock division would be contested. The IHRA was always searching for its niche in a drag racing world dominated by the National Hot Rod Association, and to a point the now-defunct American Hot Rod Association.

Jones wanted to do away with the status quo for the Pro Stocks. He was tired of following the NHRA’s lead of factoring cars into competitiveness, and the aggravation that came along with policing it. His idea of throwing the standard formula of pounds to cubic inch out the window had the potential to be taken one of two ways – (A) the greatest thing since sliced bread or (B) downright blasphemous. The bottom line is that Jones had to deal with the never-ending issue and not Carrier.

“It was a nightmare without end because you always had to adjust the rules,” Jones, who now owns a television production company, said. “You had several weight breaks and they were for every combination under the sun. You had them for staggered valves, cylinder heads, wheelbase, and so on and so forth.

“Most every Pro Stocker had to run a small block because if you didn’t, you’d have to run so much weight that it was unreasonable and the parts breakage for running such a heavy combination was unreal. It was a real headache.”

MWPMS KICKS OFF 2019 SEASON, MARCH 8-9 AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

 

The famed Texas Motorplex will kick off the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series on March 8-9 with the Pro Mod Madness two day event. The race featuring modern and classic American body styles and carrying every major engine combination including nitrous, capable of reaching speed in excess of 200 mph is a free ticketed event. The series is built on rivalries and bringing driving and tuning skills to the starting line.

“Our goal is to start season with an exciting event and it doesn’t get much more exciting than Pro Mod Madness,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager.  “These cars are some of the most spectacular race cars in the country hitting speeds over 200 mph in the 1/8 mile, which is only 660 feet. We are providing free tickets so it will be a great value for motorsports fans or really anyone in the DFW area that is interested in a fun family event.”

FIRST LOOK: GLEN AND KAMRON WRIGHT'S TS CAMAROS

 

A couple of beautiful Top Sportsman Camaros left Jerry Bickel Race Cars yesterday headed back to Odessa, Texas. Glen and Kamron Wright both run Sonny Leonard horsepower in their hot rods.

The orange car belongs to Glen and was brought in for updates. Kamron's (blue) Camaro is brand new.

FUNNY CAR CHAOS EMBARKS ON ANOTHER BIGGER, BETTER SEASON

 

Chris Graves took notice.

Before 2017, there were numerous Funny Cars with no place to race.

“I put on a bunch of different match races and things on at North Star Dragway (in Denton, Texas),” Graves said. “We live in Texas, we are in Street Outlaw country. These tracks are not booking nitro Funny Cars for match races down here. You had all these nitro Funny Cars that are sitting doing nothing. I was trying to put together a show for them just to get my buddies on the race track. By the time you start booking a bunch of Funny Cars, you’re spending a lot of money. I thought hold on for a second, maybe I can make a race out of this.”

TRAGEDY STRIKES DRAG RACING FAMILY

ALAMO CITY MOTORPLEX BECOMES NHRA MEMBER TRACK

 

Alamo City Motorplex, located in Marion, Texas, just east of San Antonio, has joined the NHRA Member Track Network in Division 4, the South Central Division. 

Opened in 1999, Alamo City Motorplex (formerly San Antonio Raceway) will become a valued addition to the NHRA South Central Division. They will host several new and exciting NHRA programs for 2019 and beyond.  

Alamo City Motorplex has been purchased by Essie Mianabi. Madyson Ayesh will oversee the day-to-day operations as the track’s general manager. Ayesh previously served as the track manager for Kansas International Dragway.

MODERN RACING NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF PDRA MID-ATLANTIC SHOWDOWN

 
Modern Racing, a one-stop-shop for motorsports electronics, wiring and fabrication services, has been named the presenting sponsor of the second race on the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) 2019 tour. The PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Modern Racing will take over Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va., May 2-4. 
 
“We’re elated to have Modern Racing, one of our biggest midway vendors, sign on as the presenting sponsor of the Mid-Atlantic Showdown,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “Modern Racing and founder Justin Elkes have been a part of the PDRA community since our early days, and we’re honored to have them continue their involvement in this expanded role.”

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