Written by Bobby Bennett; Photos by Norman Blake, Dave Wallace and Steve Collison Sat, 2023-08-26 20:03
There's nothing more prestigious than winning Top Fuel at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, and that's exactly what inspired a group of sportsman racers to use the first round of eliminations as a protest platform. No sportsman division had dared to stand up to the seemingly invincible sanctioning body, not to mention during their flagship national event. There's always a first time for everything, however, and in 1981 a group of disgruntled sportsman racers took the NHRA to task in front of their paying customers.
This makeshift group of sportsman racers had been rumor fodder in the pits for a few months prior to the event, yet when they confronted the sanctioning body the issue was always sidestepped. On Labor Day weekend in 1981 they took the unprecedented step of airing their concerns before one of the largest crowds of the year. After all, they had nothing to lose.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Tue, 2023-08-22 12:23
Comp Eliminator rookie Charles Myers is set to introduce rock band Godsmack’s charity, The Scars Foundation, to NHRA drag racing at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The foundation aims to raise awareness about mental health issues in motorsports.
“It’s super important to me that we were able to partner with somebody like The Scars Foundation because, at the end of the day, racers, crew members, fans all have that same experience,” Myers said. “We go through extreme highs and extreme lows in drag racing. Things happen in a matter of seconds, and it’s important that we have those tools to learn how to cope with these things and to make us all better. Drag racing is both physical and mental, and sometimes I think the mental game is a bigger part of it than most realize. This is important to me because I’ve taken a big step back from racing to take care of my mental health, and I think mental health in racing is something that really needs to be addressed.”
Sun, 2023-08-20 21:09
Sunday's final sportsman results from the 41st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The race is the 14th of 21 in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series:
by Thomas Pope Fri, 2023-08-18 09:55
Robbie Draughon has a thing for drag cars with history – and he can’t get enough of them.
To that end, a 2019 NHRA national-event winner in Super Stock and his wife, Tabitha, are cranking up a new series this weekend at Rockingham (NC) Dragway. That’s when the Carolina Classic Modified Production circuit makes its debut as part of a big weekend at the track. In addition to the CCMP portion of the show Saturday, a pair of $10,000-to-win races are on tap in the 25th annual Big John Memorial Bracket Weekend, and the Carolina Class Racers Association competitors will take part in their own program Saturday and Sunday.
“We talked about it over the winter a bunch,” Robbie said, “and it kind of happened right there at the beginning of the season. That’s why we’re starting late, so people could get their cars together to do it.
Photos by Ron Lewis Mon, 2023-08-14 00:59
Sunday's final sportsman results from the 34th annual Menards NHRA Nationals presented by PetArmor at Heartland Motorsports Park. The race is the 13th of 21 in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series:
Fri, 2023-08-11 07:44
Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from the Hillbilly Bracket Bash. With a strong 60 year history, US 13 Dragway is a fixture on the DELMARVA peninsula. Enter a year of celebration and extra festivities. Enter the Hillbilly Bracket Bash. Coming this weekend is the 2nd of 3 races with Top paying $5K each day and Mod paying $2,500. Add Jr dragsters Saturday and Sunday and there will be fun for all.
by Jessica Hatcher; Photos courtesy of NHRA Wed, 2023-08-09 08:20
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series driver Jay Storey achieved a feat recently that doesn’t happen often or easily in the sport of drag racing. He won the first two Wallys of his career within mere moments of one another at the Division 5 doubleheader points meet at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan.
Competing in both Stock Eliminator and Super Stock in a pair of gorgeous white COPO Camaros, Storey got his storybook ending after defeating a wide array of talented drivers in both categories. His wins came after early exits in both categories during the first half of the doubleheader. With redemption on his mind, Storey was ready to win, mainly because he recently had a runner-up finish in Denver.
Sat, 2023-08-05 08:21
Thanks to our coverage partners at DragStory.com and Mark Walter, we present to you the live video feed from The Working Man's $10 Grand from Kil-Kare Dragway in Xenia, OH. When the original date in May was weathered out, instead of canceling the race, the Final Call leadership looked for another date that would work for the track and the racers.