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RAPISARDA AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL RETURNING TO RACING IN AUSTRALIA

 

Leading Australia Top Fuel team Rapisarda Autosport International  will return to racing at Sydney Dragway’s test and tune meeting on November 5-6.

The team has not raced since winning the Santo Summer Thunder meeting on January 25, 2020. 

RAI usually fields up to four cars but will be confined to a single entry. 

MARKIEWICZ, BUGINGA LEAD FIRST DAY NO MERCY 12 DRAG RADIAL QUALIFYING

TONY SCHUMACHER TO RETURN IN 2022

BROWN SHARES DSR MEMORIES, HOPES TO COMPLETE PUZZLE AT BRISTOL

 

Top Fuel ace Antron Brown has accumulated a wealth of knowledge during his 13 years with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR). And he has made a million memories.

But one thing he hasn’t done is win a race at Tennessee’s Bristol Dragway, where the Camping World Drag Racing Series will reconvene this weekend for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

“Winning Bristol would be huge. Bristol’s the last piece that we need to complete the puzzle in winning at every event on the schedule. We can’t wait to get out there. It’s always been a special place for us, and we’ve been close numerous times. It [would] be huge to be able to bring that win home and put that whole picture together for all the years I’ve been at Don Schumacher Racing,” Brown said.

KING IS BACK IN CANDY LAND WITH HIS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER

 

A funny thing happened to Mitch King’s La King’s Confectionery Dragster when it came brand-new out of Murf McKinney’s shop at Lafayette, Ind. Several other racers got the benefit of it more than King did, and eventually he sold it – and bought it back home to Galveston two months ago.

“This car was built for me in ’09, and then we licensed Ron August, Keith Murt, and a few other people in it, and I ended up selling it to Keith Murt. It changed hands a couple of times. Terry Brian ended up with it, and I bought it back a couple of months ago,” King said of the circuitous life of the surprisingly still-rather-new dragster.

JAY LENO JOINS SEMA SHOW NEW PRODUCTS BREAKFAST

 

Jay Leno will kick off the 2021 SEMA Show as the featured guest of the New Products Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Taking place before the SEMA Show floor officially opens that same day, the New Products Awards Breakfast is akin to an opening ceremony for the four-day event, where automotive innovation, technology, and advancement take center stage.

As the featured guest of the New Products Breakfast, Leno will inspire and motivate show attendees as the best new product award winners are announced.

“Leno is an automotive expert whose high energy and passion represents that of the industry’s,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA Vice President of Events. “Like the exhibitors at the SEMA Show, Leno pushes the boundaries and continually raises the bar. We’re thrilled to have him join us for the opening breakfast of what is likely to be one of the most iconic SEMA Shows ever.”

A NEW KIND OF CONFERENCE: THE ENGINE PERFORMANCE EXPO

 

The concept may have started several years ago with the Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) held prior to the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in December. It was there where several individual meetings held by noted members of our industry gave talks and demonstrations on the state of technology in all forms of motorsports. The meetings were open to all who registered ahead of time which also included a lengthy question and answer period from the audience.

While the concept drew quite a bit of attendance prior to the Trade Show, it appeared that after SEMA had purchased the PRI Trade Show, the AETC was dropped. One of those who was involved in AETC along with being one of those noted members of our industry was Lake Speed Jr. of Total Seal Piston Rings. Between Speed and Rottler Machine, we now have a sort of resurrection of the AETC concept with their Engine Performance Expo taking place over four days; two in October and two in January.

SECOND-GEN DRAG RACER TRAVIS SHUMAKE CONTINUES JOURNEY INTO NITRO FUNNY CAR

ANTRON BROWN MAKES YOUNG RACER’S DAY

 

Three-time Top Fuel champion Antron Brown has a 10-year old admirer from Lake Charles, La., a Jr. Dragster eighth-mile ace in the 8.90-second class named Phillip Mouton. 

And before qualifying began Friday, Brown gave young Phillip a thrill he never will forget.

Phillip, it turns out, received a Jr. Dragster for Christmas but wasn’t going to make a pass with it until Brown signed the rear wing of the half-scale dragster. 

AUSTRALIAN 400 THUNDER SEASON POSTPONED UNTIL 2022.

The opening round of the 2021-22 400 Thunder season scheduled for Heathcote Park Raceway, Victoria, on November 26-27 has been cancelled.

Organizers citing uncertainty around spectator numbers allowed due to Covid-19 restrictions and delays with track renovations as factors behind their decision.

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