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TWO ICONIC DRAG RACERS REMEMBER FALLEN FRIEND, LARRY FRAZIER

Larry Frazier, a noted drag racing tuner in the nitro world, passed away on February 9, 2024. He was 87 and died peacefully in his sleep. 

Frazier left behind a legacy of helping the smaller teams who needed more options to champion their cause. 

Two of drag racing's more popular people champions, Scott Palmer and John Force, benefitted from Frazier. 

ROB VANDERGRIFF - HALL OF FAME WAS THE ICING ON THE CAKE

When Pro Modified pioneer Robbie Vandergriff got the call from the North Carolina Hall of Fame informing him of his appointment into the state's drag racing shrine, his inquisitive nature immediately got the best of him. 

"How is that? I'm not even from North Carolina," Vandergriff responded. 

Then it occurred to the Knoxville, Tenn., resident, back in the formative days of Pro Modified, he had spent as much if not more time, running the highways of North Carolina and parking in its drag strips than he did in the Volunteer State. 

JOE C. MAYNARD SET TO MAKE HIS NHRA TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER DEBUT

RICHARD FREEMAN: THE RELATIONSHIP IS JUST FINE

MARK BEAVER CONFIRMS HIS TEAM WILL COMPETE IN LIMITED PRO STOCK SCHEDULE IN 2024

Mark Beaver, owner of Beaver Motorsports, confirmed to CompetitionPlus.com that his team will run a limited NHRA Pro Stock schedule in 2024.

“We’re planning on running eight to ten races and Larry (Morgan) is going to drive the car,” Beaver said. “We do our motors in-house; Larry Morgan Racing does the engines, and we will be running a Camaro again.”

Beaver said his team plans to start its season at the 2024 NHRA Mission Food Drag Racing Series opener – the 55th annual NHRA Gartornationals in Gainesville, Fla., March 7-10.

SCAG RACING ACQUIRES PAUL RICHARDS RACING TEAM, PLANS FULLTIME TOUR

 

SCAG Racing has made another acquisition, announcing the integration of Paul Richards Racing into its fold. The move sees driver Dave Richards and the Versatran/BlueBird Funny Car team transitioning to compete under the SCAG Racing banner, debuting at the NHRA Gatornationals.

NORTH CAROLINA DRAG RACING HALL OF FAME INDUCTS 2024 CLASS

The North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame honored accomplished track promoters Steve Earwood and the late Jim Turner alongside other luminaries during a gala event on Feb. 17. The ceremony, held at the Greensboro Coliseum, also inducted Larry “Spiderman” McBride, Rob Vandergriff, Wally Stroupe, and Gary and Charlie Wisecarver into its prestigious ranks.

The 21st annual Shriner’s Drag Racing and Hot Rod Expo served as the backdrop for this esteemed occasion. This event, a long-standing tradition, supports the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital, exemplifying the charitable spirit deeply ingrained in the drag racing community.

HART PLAYING THE WAITING GAME ON DEFENDING HIS PEP BOYS ALL-STAR CALLOUT

If there’s something Josh Hart has learned early in his drag racing career, it is to be prepared for the unexpected. His biggest test could be at the season-opening NHRA Gatornationals next month, where he is the defending Pep Boys All-Star Callout champion. 

But, the test for him will not be defending his title. It will instead be whether or not he gets in the show. 

DAVE RICHARDS GETS HIS SHOT AT THE FULLTIME SHOW

 

 This is certainly unchartered territory for Dave Richards.

After racing part-time for 10 years, Dave Richards and Paul Richards Racing will be running the full 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season for the first time in the Versatran/BlueBird nitro Funny Car.

His first stop with a full-time operation is competing at the inaugural $1.3 million PRO Superstar Shootout at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park, which began Thursday and concludes Saturday night.

FAMILY REUNION OF SORTS AS BONINFANTE REUNITED WITH JIM OBERHOFER

The nitro pit area is a community where crew guys will come and go. But more often than not, those working relationships turn into longtime friendships. 

That’s precisely what happened with Jim Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante, who worked together back in the day at Kalitta Motorsports on Scott Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster back in his championship years. Then, they went their separate ways to pursue other opportunities. 

They are back together this year as the Clay Millican Parts Plus Top Fuel dragster tuners. 

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