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NHRA PRO MOD SHOOTOUT SPECIALTY RACE SET FOR BRAINERD'S LUCAS OIL NATIONALS

The Fuel Tech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon is set to hold its first-ever shootout specialty race during the 2022 campaign, NHRA officials announced today.

The D-Wagon NHRA Pro Mod Shootout will take place on Friday and Saturday of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway on Aug. 18-21, giving 16 standouts in the Fuel Tech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by D-Wagon the opportunity to win the category’s first specialty race and the $10,000 prize.

REPEAT WINNERS RULE SEGA IN ALABAMA

 

Four back-to-back winners and one first-timer visited victory lane May 7, when the South East Gassers Association visited Lassiter Mountain Dragway in Mt. Olive, AL.

Earning his first SEGA B/Gas victory was Ted McKee, while Leslie Horne, Tim Hall, Rick Varner and Doug Loudermilk backed up their wins from last month at North Carolina's Shadyside Dragway in A/Gas, C/Gas, Super Stock and H/Gas, respectively.

HECTOR ARANA JR. TALKS CHARLOTTE, SEASON PLANS

 

There was a familiar face competing in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. recently.

It was veteran rider Hector Arana Jr. 

Arana Jr. qualified No. 10 in his season debut before finishing third in his first-round quad to eventual race champion Steve Johnson and Angie Smith on May 1. Arana Jr. clocked a 6.867-elapsed time at 198.03 mph in defeat. 

Despite the results, Arana Jr. was upbeat about his team’s performance. This after all was the first time Arana Jr. was competing since the NHRA FallNationals Oct. 10 in Dallas, when he lost in the finals.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1980 NHRA WINTERNATS

Sit back and watch one of the rare ABC Wide World of Sports broadcasts. This was one of the historic broadcasts with the legendary final round meeting between Shirley Muldowney and Connie Kalitta. You'll also see other veterans such as Kenny Bernstein, Dale Pulde and the late Chris Economacki.

AUSTRALIA TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING ABANDONED BEFORE FINAL ROUND DUE TO WEATHER AND RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 21-22.

 

Reigning champ Peter Xiberras has eased his way into the points lead of the Burson Auto Parts Australian Top Fuel Championship after the final round of racing at Sydney Dragway was abandoned on safety grounds due to the rapidly plummeting track temperature.
 
The A final between rookie Shane Olive and Peter Xiberras, the B final with Phil Lamattina against Damien Harris and Wayne Newby versus Phil Read in the C final will be decided at Heathcote Park Raceway, May 21-22.

JIM READ RACING SPEAKS FOLLOWING READY-LINE EXPLOSION IN SYDNEY

 

In their first public statement since the horrific ready line explosion Saturday Night, Jim Read Racing [JRR] immediately thanked the drag racing community for its support. 

"We have been absolutely inundated with calls and messages of support from all corners of the drag racing and wider community since Saturday evening and we are very grateful to everyone for their well wishes,” Jim Read Racing Crew Chief, Bruce Read, said.

JRR also set the record straight on misinformation that was circulated following the incident.

FIRST LOOK: BRYAN LAFLAM'S NEW PRO MOD

Ford fans, check this out. Bryan LaFlam commissioned Jerry Bickel Race Cars to produce this masterpiece. We are told this car will compete in PDRA's Pro Boost class as well as possibly make an appearance on the NHRA's Pro Modified tour. Don't be surprised if there's a Top Sportsman race as well. 

DARIN WILLIAMS JR. NAMED COMPETITIONPLUS.COM ASSISTANT EDITOR

 

CompetitionPlus.com, a leader and pioneer of drag racing internet magazines, has expanded its team to include Darin Williams Jr. as Assistant Editor.

Williams, 27, brings to the team a passion for drag racing journalism, focusing on both the present and past of the straight-line sport. His American Hot Rod Entertainment brand of video content has been a hit on social media channels. 

"I am truly excited and honored to be joining the Competition Plus team," Williams said. "I have been a huge drag racing fan all my life, and have followed Competition Plus for many years now, so to be joining the team is very surreal. I want to thank Bobby Bennett for giving me this huge opportunity, and I hope through my work I can show my passion and love for Drag Racing and connect with the audience."

CAPPS, SCHUMACHER HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR A SOLDIER'S CHILD CHARITY

 

NHRA fan-favorites Ron Capps and Tony Schumacher attended the 13th annual A Soldier’s Child Dinner Banquet in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Friday evening, helping to raise dollars and awareness for the nonprofit that has been near and dear to the hearts of Don Schumacher Racing partners, Joe and Cathi Maynard, since 2008. The event, made possible thanks to presenting sponsor and Maynard family business, ECHO Power Engineering, is the largest fundraiser for A Soldier’s Child, a national organization that aims to serve the children of fallen military personnel who lost their lives while on active duty.

AUSSIE TOP FUEL CALENDAR EXPANDS TO SEVEN EVENTS FOR 2022-23 SEASON

 

The Australian Top Fuel Championship series have released details of their 2022-2023 season that includes an expanded seven-round series running from September 2022 to July 2023.
Three new tracks have been added to the program. 

Tailem Bend is home to a new purpose-built drag venue located in rural South Australia. 

Alice Springs Dragway in the Red Centre of Australia 1800 miles from Sydney, and Willowbank Raceway, Queensland that will host their first Top Fuel meeting since January 2021.

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