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CHUCK SPICER HIRED AS KALITTA MOTORSPORTS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Kalitta Motorsports recently announced motorsports industry veteran Chuck Spicer as its new Business Development Manager. The announcement comes ahead of the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series, commencing on March 8-10, 2024, with the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

Spicer’s role will encompass the establishment and cultivation of corporate partnerships, acquisition of new sponsorships, and a commitment to contributing to Team Kalitta’s overall growth and success. His extensive experience in motorsports, particularly in NASCAR with STP Racing, Richard Childress Racing, and Iowa Speedway, coupled with his recent corporate involvement in directing multiple motorsports sponsorships, positions Spicer as a valuable addition to Team Kalitta.

MATT HAGAN READY TO GET ROLLING AGAIN, STARTING WITH PRO SUPERSTAR SHOOTOUT

 

 
 Veteran nitro Funny Car driver Matt Hagan acknowledged that NHRA’s lack of an offseason does wear on him.
 
However, Hagan, who won his fourth world championship in 2023, knows exactly what he has signed up for.
 
“The offseason has been nonstop, and I have just been trying to slow it down, and it will not slow down,” Hagan said. “I feel like I have had a hard time getting into a rhythm. With all the Christmas party stuff and all the PRI stuff and with this PRO race coming up, it just hasn’t stopped. We have a couple of weeks, and we go right back racing again.”

AQUA PROP TO SPONSOR CAMRIE CARUSO AT THE PRO SUPERSTAR SHOOTOUT

 

Former NHRA Rookie of the Year recepient Camrie Caruso will be armed with a new primary sponsor for the inaugural PRO Superstar Shootout, February 8-10, at Bradenton Motorsports Park.
 
Aqua Prop, a leading provider of wet sand solutions, catering to the needs of the oil and natural gas industry, has signed on as Caruso's sponsor as she will be vying for the record-setting $125,000 Pro Stock winner-take-all purse to start the 2024 racing season.

PHILLIPS CONNECT RETURNS AS MAJOR ASSOCIATE SPONSOR WITH JUSTIN ASHLEY

 

From the moment Phillips Connect rolled out their sponsorship on Justin Ashley’s Top Fuel dragster, he proved to them he was a winner. In fact, nine times since inking his initial deal, Ashley has taken the smart trailer technology company to the winner’s circle. 

Though Ashley will drive a dragster primarily sponsored by Scag Power Equipment and Toyota, Phillips Connect revealed they’d return this season as a major associate on the team. 

ZIZZO CONTINUES LONGSTANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH BUTTON TRANSPORTATION

While nitromethane might be crucial to racing Top Fuel, it’s barely a drop in the bucket compared to the importance of a team’s marketing partnerships. 

Today, super part-timer Top Fuel TJ Zizzo revealed his Rust-Oleum dragster will roll into the 2024 Mission Food Drag Racing Series with continued support from major associate sponsor Button Transportation. 
It’s a relationship that goes back to Zizzo’s Top Alcohol Dragster days when he and company owner Bob Button met at a divisional race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway many years ago. 
 

TEN RACES WE’D LIKE TO EXPERIENCE AGAIN, PART 4

In this five-part series, CompetitionPlus.com will explore ten races that were really great at one time, and some were famous, while others were obscure. The bottom line is they were fun and epitomized the spirit of drag racing. 

We will undoubtedly miss a few, but save your judgment until the series ends. Special thanks to Bret Kepner, Dave Wallace, Steve Earwood, and others who helped ensure this series came to fruition with their knowledge of the sport and willingness to contribute. 

TASCA UNDERSTANDS HIS NEW FUNNY CAR IS A DARK HORSE IN NAME ONLY

 

Bob Tasca III will drive a Ford Motorsports-themed Dark Horse Funny Car in 2024, but the reality is that the NHRA frontrunner will be anything but a dark horse.

When a driver wins three races in four final rounds and qualifies No. 1 seven times in a season, their ability to sneak up on anyone quickly disappears.

"That's for sure," Tasca admitted. "You love to be in that position versus coming from the unknown where we were last year. We're not cocky; we have a lot of work to do, and heck, anything can happen out there, as you saw this past season. But we've got a great team; we got a great car. I got a lot of seat time in these things, and we are going into another extremely competitive, unbelievably competitive class in Funny Car.

SECOND-GEN FUEL ALTERED RACER WINEFSKY HAS HIS SIGHTS ON AN NHRA FUEL FUNNY CAR

From the moment Dylan Wynefsky climbed behind the wheel of his Junior Dragster, his mission was evident. He wanted to race nitro like his father, Robert, a Fuel Altered racer.

The second-generation Wynefsky accomplished this as he succeeded his dad behind the wheel of the altered. Now, he's poised to go to the next level.

BOBBY BODE REVEALS HIS TEAM’S PLANS FOR 2024 SEASON

Bobby Bode confirmed to CompetitionPlus.com his team will be racing a nine-race schedule in 2024 in NHRA’s nitro Funny Car class.

“We will do Pomona (Calif.) and Phoenix and then a lot of the Midwestern tracks (Chicago, Norwalk, St. Louis) and then we will do Bristol, (Tenn.) and Brainerd (Minn.), Indy, and we will finish the season out by going to Dallas, where in the past we usually did Vegas and Pomona,” Bode said. “That (Dallas) will be a little switch up and I’m looking forward to that.”

FUNNY CARS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IN AUSTIN PROCK'S WHEELHOUSE

Austin Prock has been around wild and unpredictable race cars for much of his life. Fortunately, he's been around John Force Racing long enough to understand sometimes the experience can be one in the same.

In a surprising move, JFR announced on Tuesday that Robert Hight would be stepping away from the seat of his Funny Car for undisclosed medical reasons, and Prock would drive until Hight returned. The timetable for the return was not defined in the team's statement.

Prock was going to be on the sidelines for 2024 after his primary sponsor, Montana Brand, revealed they wouldn't return to drag racing for 2024.

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