Tue, 2017-05-09 10:23
The 37th annual NHRA Southern Nationals took place this past weekend at Atlanta Dragway. And despite the inclement weather, all competition was completed. David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., and Jimmy Hidalgo Jr. Donaldsonville, La., led the winner’s circle for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
by John DiBartolomeo Sun, 2017-05-07 07:23
First up for Day “Last” at the K&N Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries was the Spring Fling Reaction Time Challenge.
Twenty randomly selected racers were invited to take one shot at the ‘tree. A .00X reaction time earned the driver a $100 bill while a perfect .000 gets $1,000. Six drivers received hundred, Matt Schapiro, Bug McCarty, Vince Shrawder, Matt Brehm, Antoine Jett, and Jeremy Brewer. Just when it looked no one was going to earn the grand, Tim Thomas pulled up to be the last of the 20. Lo and behold, triple zeros showed up on the board and Thomas was now $1,000 richer and given one more shot to duplicate the effort which would have earned him $10,000 if he did it again. A red -.002 was close but not close enough, however he still walked away a happy man.
by Jon DiBartolomeo Sat, 2017-05-06 08:11
They say that in life, a little rain must fall, however, while it might have sprinkled yesterday, the “rain” surely didn’t fall on Jeff Dobbins in his win from Wiseco Thursday’s $20,000 race. All that changes today at the gorgeous Galot Motorsports Park.
While the rain fell pretty heavy overnight and delayed the start of the day, it might have only delayed the inevitable, which was Strange Engineering Friday where the ante is upped and someone will walk away with a $50,000 check tonight.
With round six in the books, the survivors were Tommy Plott with both his dragster and door car, Richard Alford Jr., 18-year old Angela Gantkowski, Terry “Turtle” Brannon, Wednesday’s winner Shane Carr and receiving the last bye run of the race will be Tommy Cable in his door car.
Tue, 2017-05-02 14:14
In the final results from Texas Motorplex and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, 2015 National Comp Eliminator Champion, Craig Bourgeois, Metairie, La., battled back took home the win in a close finish.
Bourgeois, as the number five qualifier worked his way through the field and ran 6.870 seconds at 185.08 mph in his final round victory over number one qualifier, Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., who clocked a runner up pass in at 7.707 seconds, 170.79 mph.
Tue, 2017-05-02 13:55
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Mon, 2017-05-01 11:34
Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., took home the win in the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout at Texas Motorplex and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Cummings worked his way through the 16-car field made up of drivers in seven different NHRA classes, knocking out Christopher Dodd, Double Oak, Texas, in the final with a time of 5.946 seconds in his Moser Engineering sponsored ’03 Cavalier. Cummings took a nice starting line advantage and it was over after that as the quicker Dodd could not make up the difference as Cummings took the win and the $5,000 purse from Moser Engineering. Cummings had excellent reaction times throughout eliminations beating Jacob Pit, Austin Williams and defending Moser Shootout Champion Ray Dew on his way to the final.
Mon, 2017-05-01 11:20
Sunday’s final results from the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the sixth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
by John DiBartolomeo Mon, 2017-05-01 11:10
For the past seven years, the K&N Spring Fling brand of races has made the middle of May at Bristol Dragway’s famed Thunder Valley the home for some of the best bracket racers in the country. Not so this year.
“When our racers come into a Spring Fling event, they are expecting a one-of-a-kind experience at a premier facility,” co-promoter Peter Biondo explained earlier this year. “So, Kyle and I have searched high and low for the right facility and time of year and have put a ‘Fling schedule and payout structure in place for 2017 that I think racers are going to love.”
By Larry Crum Thu, 2017-04-27 20:03
“It’s so easy.”
For Jim Hughes, it is nearly impossible to count the number of times he has heard that said about what it’s like to own and operate a motorsports facility. And, for many years, Hughes could count himself amongst that very same crowd.
But after nearly two years in the dragstrip business, Hughes can honestly say that “easy” is the farthest thing from the truth when it comes to making a race track tick.
“The biggest misconception is, and that’s a tough one because this all came about so quickly that I really didn’t give it a lot of thought, but from the outside looking in, the racers always think it’s easy,” Hughes said. “But there is so much that goes on at a dragstrip. From ticketing, to parking, spectators, concessions, the facility itself. It makes you really, really appreciate race tracks like the Bader’s (Summit Motorsports Park) and the New’s (Firebird Raceway Dragstrip) up in Boise.
by Rob Goodman Thu, 2017-04-27 10:58
When you see the car, you might think it's a reference to "The Flintsones," the Hanna-Barbera animated sitcom first created in 1960 about the Flintstone family of Fred, Wilma, their daughter Pebbles and dog Dino from the town of Bedrock. But at second glance, neither Fred nor Wilma nor family friend Barney Rubble is driving the Flintstone car. It's 2014 Classic Gear Jammers champion Josh Barczy, 21 – a third-generation Sportsman racer from Walnut Cove, N.C. driving the car his grandfather Jimmy Flynt raced for a couple of decades.
And that makes perfect sense, because for Barczy, racing is a family affair. Multiple generations and branches of the family spend many of their weekends racing together. And they really do race together. Car trailers and motor homes park as one in the family compound at the track.