by Bobby Bennett Sat, 2023-02-04 19:40
Do you ever wonder why the Camaro is virtually everywhere in drag racing and dominates Pro Stock in entries? It's not rocket science; the Chevrolet has been the Bowtie brand's all-time largest-selling sports car. There have been 5.5 million Camaros sold since 1967, even after taking off eight years of production.
Chevy fans can thank Ford Motor Company and their Mustang for the Camaro. The Camaro became a response, although not immediately. General Motors wasn't worried about the Mustang and initially felt their Corvair was an adequate response and a superior car. They were greatly mistaken.
Ford Mustang sales topped 100,000, and while GM redesigned their Corvair, they quickly learned it wasn't even in the ballpark. The Corvair sold only 73,000 units. The combination of declining Corvair sales and a book by Ralph Nader, Unsafe At Any Speed, pushed the Camaro into production at warp speed.
Fri, 2023-02-03 19:00
Along with the incredible on-track action to kick off the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, the hallowed grounds of famed Gainesville Raceway will feature five of the most historic cars from legendary driver “Big Daddy” Don Garlits in a special “Swamp Rat Alley” section at the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
NHRA and Garlits, one of the most iconic drivers in drag racing history, have teamed up for the “Swamp Rat Alley” inside the Hot Rod Junction featuring six famous Garlits cars. The cars will be on display throughout the weekend at Gainesville Raceway, giving fans the unique chance to check out some of the most historic cars driven by one of the legends in the sport. Garlits will also be on hand throughout the weekend at Gainesville Raceway to meet with and sign autographs for fans.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Fri, 2023-02-03 18:03
Gaige Herrera is so new to the Vance & Hines team that his name isn't even lettered on the hauler when it rolled into Gainesville Raceway for this week's testing. And to hear his mentors speak, the drag racing world will soon know his name very well... lettered or not.
"I think Gaige is going to help us understand some things," multi-time champion Eddie Krawiec, who is both a teammate and mentor to Herrera. "I think he's at the top of the class, like elite riders. He is really good."
At least in Krawiec's assessment, the most immediate comparison he draws is Joey Gladstone, a rider who, like Herrera, came from an outlaw bike background.
Fri, 2023-02-03 08:03
NHRA rising star Josh Hart and his wife Brittanie introduced their new son, Banks Nicolas Hart, to the world and NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series community this week in a series of social media posts.
“We are beyond excited to become ‘Hart party of four’ with the addition of Banks to our crew,” said Hart. “Brittanie and I thought the timing was right to welcome Banks to our family through adoption and we could not be more thrilled. This was a decision we have been praying on for some time and God blessed us with Banks at the perfect time.”
Brittanie added, "Our hearts are full and we are so grateful for the love and support we have already received from the racing community. We have been blessed to be able to welcome Banks into our family and our hearts are bursting with love."
Fri, 2023-02-03 08:02
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series officially opens its 2023 season this weekend at Orlando Speed World Dragway and fans will be able to watch for free on the NHRA YouTube page.
It’s part of a comprehensive coverage plan for the upcoming divisional season, as NHRA will stream 37 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional races on either NHRA.tv or the NHRA YouTube page for free during the 2023 campaign.
All 21 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events this year can also be viewed on NHRA.tv and is available for $149.99 for the entire season or $24.99 per national event.
by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2023-02-02 18:58
Top Fuel superstar Antron Brown had just finished mixing fuel for his next run during a private test session at Gainesville Raceway. He started walking towards his Matco Tools dragster, then stopped and looked left. The 11,000 horsepower race car is his occupation, but lately, the car on his left has become his high-speed fling.
Manny Buginga's Pro Modified entry was parked under the canopy alongside Brown's dragster in an alliance of sorts.
Brown, the two-wheeled standout who became a Top Fuel champion, has been acting on his doorslammer impulses lately, driving Buginga's PRO275 drag radial car most recently at Bradenton's U.S. Street Nationals.
by Tracy Renck; Photo courtesy of NHRA Wed, 2023-02-01 20:09
by Tracy Renck Wed, 2023-02-01 19:53
When the 2023 NHRA season-opening Gatornationals gets underway, last year’s NHRA Rookie of the Year Camrie Caruso will have plenty of new to deal with – starting with a new team KB Titan Racing engine program.
However, one thing that will stay the same for Caruso is she will have longtime marketing partners, Florida-based Right Trailers, along for the ride, starting with them being her primary sponsor at the Gatornationals, March 9-12 in Gainesville, Fla.
Caruso also will be wearing a Right Trailers branded firesuit and her Pro Stock team will wear Right Trailer crew shirts.
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Wed, 2023-02-01 16:22
There's one thing Andrew Hines has yet to grasp since he assumed the role of full-time crew chief, and it's different from the kind of challenge one would think. Sure, as a rider, he checked almost every box of knowledge, straddling his Harley-Davidson by winning six series championships and 56 national events, the most in the class.
As a crew chief, he still has one unmastered detail.
"I've been joking with everybody; I still don't know where to stand on the starting line," Hines admitted. "After being on the bike and knowing my position there for so many years, I'm like a butterfly bouncing around all over the place; I just don't know where to go.
Tue, 2023-01-31 16:33
Wesley Motorsports is expanding its role in providing pre-race vehicle prep and onsite chassis tuning for Challenger Drag Pak owners. The latest competitors running out of the newly expanded Wesley Motorsports facility are David H. Davies and Warren Walcher, two seasoned veterans who've competed in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown and NMCA Factory Super Cars classes for the last two years. During the 2022 race season, both Davies and Walcher made significant performance strides as the team at Wesley Motorsports applied their knowledge and skills in chassis set up to make the Drag Pak’s suspension work more consistently when harnessing the supercharged HEMI’s 1500-plus horsepower.