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ENCORE - DALE PULDE'S WARRIOR BUICK REMAINS AN ICONIC FUNNY CAR, 37 YEARS LATER

 

Dale Pulde just wanted to be unique.

In 1985, the world of professional Funny Car racing was in full swing with competition in the NHRA, IHRA (with only floppers and no Top Fuel) and to a lesser extent the ADRA (American Drag Racing Association, formerly AHRA) where mostly every other entry was a Firebird or a Mustang.

Pulde dared to be different.

VIDEO: YOU MIGHT BE COOL ... BUT YOU AIN'T RICKIE SMITH COOL

Rickie Smith is one of the most prolific drag racers in the history of the straight-line sport. We happened across this footage from the 1983 IHRA Spring Nationals in Bristol, when, wearing only a helmet, fire jacket, blue jeans, and sneakers strapped a camera man alongside of him for a run down the Thunder Valley quarter-mile.

Our favorite line, "How about it, slick?"

CHARLES CARPENTER'S ORIGINAL 1955 CHEVY HEADS TO THE NC AUTO RACING HALL OF FAME

SEASON 2, - WATCH THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE POWER HOUR

S2, E18

LIVE at 9PM EDT (5/24), Competition Plus TV's drag racing talk show, Power Hour presented by Weldon Performance, airs with the latest in news, opinion, and relevant guests within the sport. Former NHRA funny car driver Al Segrini stops by along with Scott Palmer who drives it all in drag racing. live Hosted by the Monday Morning Racer and Slammin' Sam. Be sure to tune in on the Competition Plus Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channel.

TASCA HAS A HOMETOWN RACE COMING UP

 

Bob Tasca III knows he has a team capable of winning the NHRA Camping World nitro Funny Car world championship.

His team has had some early-season struggles but he believes it is turning the corner after back-to-back semifinal round performances at the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals May 1 in Charlotte, N.C., and the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond on May 15. Tasca is sixth in the points standings – just 41 points behind fifth place Cruz Pedregon.

“From where we started to where we ended in Richmond, we were pretty happy,” Tasca said. “We had back-to-back semifinal efforts at the Four-Wide and Richmond and the car is definitely running better early which is something we have have really been focusing on. Our car has run great speed all year, but it hasn’t run as hard early as we needed it to.

MWDRS CONFIRMS AA/FD CARS WILL BE AT ST. LOUIS EVENT

 

A month ago, the All American/Fuel Dragster group threatened a boycott of the NHRA’s Holley Heritage Series event in Bowling Green, Ky., if certain conditions were not met, namely a 16-car field.

Monday afternoon, it was confirmed in a statement issued by the Mid-West Drag Racing Series that the front-engine dragsters will be racing on the same weekend, June 17 - 18, 2022, at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill. The group is billing the event as the largest Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters gathering in over 20 years.

BILL SKILLMAN: CONNECTING AN AUTO GROUP WITH MARKETING IN DRAG RACING

 

The Ray Skillman Auto Group, based around the surrounding areas of Indianapolis, has made its name known in the NHRA Drag Racing world through racing and sponsorship endeavors.

Being in the car sale business and competing in the drag racing arena has had its plusses according to Bill Skillman, owner of the Ray Skillman Auto Group.

“You know what? We've sold a lot of cars through drag racing and it's hard to know about any advertising pallet what part of it works,” Bill said. “They say 90% of it doesn't work and the other 10% does, but you're afraid not to advertise everywhere. You don't know what works. Yeah, we've actually sold a lot of dually (trucks) and different vehicles to racers and just a lot of personal vehicles as well.”

LAMATTINA TOP FUEL RACING TEAMMATES SHARE THE WINNERS CIRCLE IN ROUNDS FOUR AND FIVE OF THE AUSTRALIAN TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Lamattina Top Fuel Racing owner-driver Phil Lamattina has become the first two-time winner of the season after defeating Peter Xiberras in round five of the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship at Heathcote Park Raceway [HPR], May 21-22.

Twenty-four hours earlier, teammate Shane Olive scored his first-ever TF win in only his fourth outing after outpedalling Peter Xiberras in the final of Round four.

THE LAST HOUSTON SPRINGNATIONALS - A FEATURE FILM

Veteran drag racing filmmaker Les Mayhew has delivered a masterpiece. Three weeks in the making, Mayhew chronicles the last national event for Houston Raceway Park. Turn up the speakers and sit back as we present the highlights of 35 years worth of drag racing history dating back to 1988.

There's fan interaction, hot drag racing action, and stories from those responsible for the facility located in Baytown, Texas. There's plenty of emotion involved in this film, and we feel confident in saying it is one of the best Mayhew has ever produced from the start to the final eulogy from NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart.

DAVE MCCLELLAND HAS PASSED

A drag racing legend has passed away.

Dave McClelland, the recognized voice of drag racing for decades, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 9:30 am, of natural causes. His passing was announced this morning via social media by his family.

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