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B. FORCE, HAGAN AND A. SMITH ALL SET TRACK RECORDS, ROLL TO PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS

Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force powered to both ends of the track record at Virginia Motorsports Park, racing to the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday at the Virginia NHRA Nationals.
 
Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Angie Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers, as five of the six track records were broken on Friday at the seventh of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.

NHRA ADJUSTS SCHEDULE TO HELP RACE FANS WATCH FRIDAY QUALIFYING AT VIRGINIA NHRA NATIONALS

Due to pending weather, NHRA officials announced a schedule change to help fans get the chance to watch Friday’s qualifying session for this weekend’s Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, as NHRA returns to the track for the first time since 2019.

Pro Stock Motorcycle is now slated to begin NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, while the first round of qualifying for Funny Car and Top Fuel is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The adjustment was made to help the chance of racing action taking place on Friday at Virginia Motorsports Park, which will see its first NHRA action in three years.

CORY MAC REMINISCENCES ABOUT HIS RICHMOND SUCCESS

 

As the NHRA Camping World Virginia NHRA Nationals rolls into Richmond, Va., this weekend, what better time to turn back the Hot Tub Time Machine and visit with Cory McClenathan.

The standout Top Fuel driver is the all-time winner in the Top Fuel class in Richmond with four wins in 1995, 1998-99 and 2006.

“Every time we went to Richmond, it was just one of those tracks I really liked and literally everything always went our way,” McClenathan said in an interview with CompetiionPlus.com. “We worked for it and at the same time everybody gets a lucky one here and there and I’m sure I did during those four times. At the same time, it was really cool to go to a track where I was thinking I’m almost going to win this for sure. You get to be that way with those tracks. The ones you struggle on, you’re like God, just let me go a couple rounds.”

SNEAK PEEK - TIM WALLACE'S TRICKED-OUT NPK '69 NOVA

 

Jerry Bickel Race Cars specializes in all kinds of fast doorslammer venues. This latest steel roof and quarters entry belonging to Tim Wallace is on its way to ProLine
for a procharged engine. Man, talk about a slick piece. 

NEW TRACK SURFACE AT GREAT LAKES DRAGAWAY HEADLINES UPCOMING 2022 SEASON

Established in 1955, Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove Wisconsin has a storied history, and the 2022 race reason will mark another milestone for the iconic track with the completion of its all new racing surface.
Work began at the completion of the 2021 season with the wall-to-wall demolition of the existing 40-plus-year-old race surface.

Overseen by Total Venue Concepts, the new racing surface features concrete from before the burnout box, to 200 feet beyond the starting line. From there, the transition to new asphalt goes to 100 feet beyond the finish line, and seamlessly meets up with the shutdown asphalt that was laid 2 years ago. With imperceptible transitions, TVC and local contractors A.W. Oakes and Payne & Dolan have provided racers with a safe, smooth surface.
In addition, the entire timing system has been rewired, with new beams and improved mounting to assure accuracy at every incremental.

MMPSA SIGNS GRADE A QUALITY ENERGY SHOTS AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR NHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS

Mountain Motor Pro Stock makes their 2022 NHRA Drag Racing Series debut at the NHRA Virginia Nationals this weekend with Grade A Energy Shot as the presenting sponsor of the event. The 825 cubic inch show stoppers run a limited series with the NHRA in the midst of their PDRA Xtreme Pro Stock season, and Virginia Motorsports Park is the first of four stops with the NHRA.  
 
“The opportunity for Grade A Quality Energy Shots to partner with the Mountain Motor Pro Stock Association at the NHRA Virginia Nationals to promote their brand going into Menards stores provides tremendous exposure”, stated MMPSA’s Forward Sports Marketing Representative. “Fans are passionate about the Mountain Motor cars, and with this being their first NHRA race of the season we know there will be a lot of attention paid to the class and its sponsor.”

MEYER RELISHES SHAPING FUTURE PRO NITRO RACERS

HOBBS, SHELTON, BELLEMEUR, AND A. WHITELY HEADLINE MWDRS THROWDOWN AT T-TOWN DOUBLE EVENT WINNERS

 

Ronnie Hobbs’ recent switch to a screw-blown, Wyo Motorsports-built engine is already paying dividends, as Hobbs drove it to multiple career-best passes on his way to victory at Tulsa. Tuned by Todd “King Tut” Tutterow, Hobbs and his “Texas Rattlesnake” ’17 GT350 Mustang qualified No. 15 before charging through eliminations to meet Daniel Pharris, the car’s former owner, in the final round. Hobbs posted a 3.645 to finish ahead of Pharris and his 3.668. 
 
“There's no words to express what it takes to be up against this level of competition and be successful,” said Hobbs, who defeated Stan Shelton, Tommy Cunningham, and Dustin Nesloney in prior rounds. “Everybody wants to win and there's no amount of money that can buy a win. It takes so much more than money. It takes luck and a lot of other things. We just wanted to compete and to compete at this level. The rest has to fall into place. Not only being able to compete, but actually pull off a win at really our first race with this new combination, it's amazing. Unfortunately, I probably wanted it a little too much and didn't have as much experience in the car as I needed for that .64.”

SUPER COMP RACER HANDRAS SAVORING HIS FIRST NHRA WALLY

 

After a runner up finish due to an -.002 redlight last October in Charlotte, Michael Handras returned to ZMax Dragway two weeks ago determined to redeem himself and did just that in his debut race with new primary sponsor VP Racing Fuels and Lubricants.

The reigning Division One Super Gas Champion, who calls Brooklyn home, is fielding three cars this season in partnership with Duane Shields Racing. With a new hauler, new sponsors, and full-time crew member Jason Oteri joining the team, Handras’ win is the first National Event win in a career that spans more than 15 years.

'STELLAR MARINE PASS FOR THE CASH' TO KICK OFF AT NHRA VIRGINIA NATIONALS

Stellar Marine is proud to announce they will be awarding bonus money to the quickest elapsed time in Mountain Motor Pro Stock starting with this weekend’s NHRA Virginia Nationals in Dinwiddie, VA.  The program will be called the ‘Stellar Marine Pass for the Cash’ and will award $500 to the quickest elapsed time of the event whether that is in qualifying or eliminations.

Curt Steinbach, owner of Stellar Marine, was already heavily invested in the class prior to this announcement. He is the owner of a Jerry Haas-built 2022 Camaro that will be driven by Tommy Lee this season at PDRA and NHRA events that host Mountain Motor Pro Stock.  

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