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SPARKLING ICE BRAND EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH LEAH PRUETT, DON SCHUMACHER RACING

Leah Pruett and Don Schumacher Racing are pleased to announce the Sparkling Ice® brand has expanded its ongoing relationship with Pruett and drag racing’s winningest organization to include the primary sponsorship of Pruett’s Top Fuel dragster at two events during the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Sparkling Ice Spiked® hard seltzer branding will prominently flank the sides of Pruett’s 11,000-horsepower machine at the rescheduled NHRA Winternationals (Pomona 1), the final leg of the three-race Western Swing, and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., the fifth of seven Countdown to the Championship events.
 

NEOPMA HEADS TO EMPIRE DRAGWAY FOR INAUGURAL NORTHEAST OUTLAW PRO MOD CHALLENGE

The Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association (NEOPMA) summer break will come to an end this week as the eighth-mile Pro Mod group heads to New York’s Empire Dragway for the inaugural Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Challenge, July 30-31. A field of over 20 Pro Mod drivers will be on hand to put on a show for the local fans. 
 
“This is going to be a super race with lots of new racers, a great facility, fantastic track prep, warm hospitality and increased payouts,” said John Mazzorana, founder and president, NEOPMA. “We expect about 20-plus cars. Some will come early for testing and should be prepared for lots of great racing and fun.”

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BEFORE FORCE HAD SONOMA, HE HAD FREEMONT

 

 About 45 miles or so south of Sonoma, nitro was alive and well in the area. Long before there was were the luxury suites or spacious paved pits of Sonoma Raceway, there was Fremont Dragway. Originally built on land leased from Southern Pacific Railroad, the parcel land was originally a small airfield for the United States Navy.

The drag strip boomed in the early to mid-1970s when legendary promoter Bill Doner kept the facility packed with the finest Funny Car talent of the era. A few years later, the track joined the NHRA tour by hosting the Golden Gate Nationals. By 1988, the gates closed for good, and the facility became commercial and residential property.  

Iconic Funny Car driver John Force was a regular at Fremont in the early days of his storied career. The 16-time champion didn’t recall accolades he earned because he didn’t earn anything significant. He was the only professional driver in competition at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals who raced at the drag strip. 

TORRENCE, LAGANA – WINNING TOP FUEL COMBO AT SONOMA – GOOD SAMARITANS AFTER RACE

 

Steve Torrence and car chief Bobby Lagana reveled in the applause from grandstands of fans Sunday afternoon for winning the Top Fuel final round at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

But they were true heroes when almost nobody was looking, after the winners-circle picture-taking was finished, the TV cameras were packed away, and the crowd had gone home from Sonoma Raceway.

This Capco Contractors Dragster team that had earned three straight Top Fuel championships, that leads the points by a wide margin, that an hour or so before had pocketed its sixth victory in the year’s first nine events . . . that team set aside its celebration to help the father-son photographer team of Mike and Jeff Burghardt fix a flat tire on their passenger car.

WELCH MAKES 2021 TF DEBUT WITH NEW SPONSORS

 

Beal Racing, an NHRA top fuel dragster team driven by Brandon Welch, will make its 2021 competition debut July 30, 2021, in Pomona at the rescheduled Winternationals with primary sponsorship from Pittsburgh Power, a national leader in diesel performance engineering, to promote its Max Mileage™ Fuel Borne Catalyst. The sponsorship will rebrand the team’s dragster as the Max Mileage™ Top Fuel Dragster beginning at the Winternationals and continue in Las Vegas and Pomona in the fall.

The Pittsburgh Power brand is known by over-the-road truckers nationwide for being at the forefront of diesel performance. Founder Bruce Mallinson is a popular voice in the trucking industry due to his prolific authorship of technical articles in truck magazines, and his weekly radio show on Sirius XM. Max Mileage™ is Pittsburgh Power’s proprietary liquid fuel additive that’s proven to increase horsepower and fuel mileage in diesel engines both on- and off-road.

HAS NOSTALGIA FC BECOME THE NEW TRAINING GROUND FOR BIG SHOW DRIVERS?

 

Friday Night’s qualifying showcased what looked like a Reunion of Nostalgia Funny Cars at Bakersfield.

Former teammates Jason Rupert and Steven Densham lined up alongside one another during the Q1 session. 

 

JURADO REALIZES DREAM WITH BIG SHOW QUALIFYING BERTH

 

Just like his Nostalgia Funny Car alumni Steven Densham and Jason Rupert will attest, Tony Jurado learned that a Camping World Drag Racing Series Funny Car is absolutely sensory overload. 

“The thrill is there,” Jurado said. “It’s cool being here. I’ve always wanted to do this, but there’s a lot to drive in these fuel cars. I have a ton of respect for those drivers, the guys who drive these cars. It’s a difficult learning curve, and we’re getting through it. But absolutely, it’s awesome.”

Jurado got off to a tough start in Friday’s Q-1 session, crossing the centerline and taking out timing cones. He was able to get a run on the board in Saturday’s opening session with a 4.597, 195.31. In the final session on Saturday, Jurado realized a dream by running a personal best 4.176, 270.86, to claim the final spot in the field. 

TORRENCE OVERCOMES MISTAKE, OVERTAKES PRUETT AT SONOMA TO KEEP SWING SWEEP HOPE ALIVE

Steve Torrence still has the chance to become the eighth NHRA professional driver and sixth in Top Fuel to sweep the challenging Western Swing. 

But he wasn’t patting himself on the back Sunday night after winning the Sonoma Nationals in the wine country of Northern California.

ROBERT HIGHT FINDS SOME COOKIN’ IN SONOMA, WINS FC TITLE

There’s no question Robert Hight loves racing at the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals.

The two-time NHRA nitro Funny Car world champ – 2009 and 2017 – had won three times at the facility in 2008, 2018 and 2019 and after July 25 make it four wins for Hight in Sonoma.

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