Fri, 2021-07-16 06:21
History will be made at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals this weekend at Bandimere Speedway when the competitors in the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown hit the track for the first time. For Chevrolet COPO Camaro and Dodge Mopar Challenger Drag Pak teams this will be their maiden runs on the mountainside at the historic track located 25 minutes west of Denver. The challenges of racing at altitude combined with the competitive nature of the class have point leader Aaron Stanfield of Bossier City, Louisiana, eager to get behind the wheel of his Chevrolet COPO Camaro.
“It will definitely be different,” said Stanfield, who won the season opening Gatornationals in Florida. “I don’t think any of the showdown cars have gone up there and done much racing on the mountain. It is going to be a learning experience for everybody. I think we are well prepared. We are excited to get out there, go racing and see who can be king of the mountain.”
by Thomas Pope Thu, 2021-07-15 20:45
Trace Adkins had it right when he sang “timing is everything.”
That sentiment explains how drag racing is going to resume on Long Island, New York, in August. The town board of Riverhead recently approved the use of Calverton Executive Airpark for four drag racing events, over eight days, on the shorter of the facility’s runways. The grand opening is set for Aug. 21.
The racing, which will be sanctioned by NHRA and contested on an eighth-mile distance, will be the culmination of a 17-year effort to bring drag racing back to Long Island. There hasn’t been legal, sanctioned racing on the island since Westhampton Drag Strip closed after the 2003 season and was replaced by a senior living complex.
by John Doig, CompetitionPlus Australia Thu, 2021-07-15 19:57
The four leading Oz Top Fuel teams, Jim Read Racing, PremiAir Racing, Rapisarda Autosport International, and Lamattina Top Fuel Racing, have joined forces to establish their own Australian Top Fuel Championship series.
The six-round series will run from January to June 2022 across four states and territories, with a minimum of six cars per round.
The decision by the team owners to go it alone means Top Fuel will no longer be part of the 400 Thunder Pro Series, the peak body for the category since 2015.
by Tracy Renck Thu, 2021-07-15 11:16
Through hard work and determination, Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Ryan Oehler has made himself into a championship contender in NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
With that mindset, Oehler was at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., July 8, making test laps on his Buell in preparation for the Dodge//SRT Mile-High Nationals NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil on July 16-18.
“It went pretty decent,” Oehler said of test session. “I made four runs. I was just trying to get some data. I’ve only made 10 runs in my whole life at Bandimere Speedway. In 2018 and 2019, I went out in the first round both times just because it was so new to me. What I’m seeing is I’m really having to start turning the steam up. The (back) tire is so important. I think it might be one of the most important pieces after you have a finely-tuned program.
by Phil Burgess, NHRA.com Thu, 2021-07-15 10:30
Wed, 2021-07-14 18:00
JEGS Speedweek marches on at National Trail Raceway, with action-packed racing from the NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing. JEGS Speedweek hosts a doubleheader weekend with the JEGS SPORTSnationals specialty event followed by a Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, giving the country's best Sportsman racers twice as many chances to win and earn points.
Wednesday saw a track-operated open test-n-tune and shootouts for Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street as well as a Stock/Super Stock Combo Gamblers. The schedule will shift to the annual JEGS SPORTSnationals on Thursday and Friday, closing with the North Central Division Lucas Oil event Saturday and Sunday.
Wed, 2021-07-14 13:56
Drag racing has lost another legend.
by Bobby Bennett Wed, 2021-07-14 12:19
In 1988, NHRA announced the new Houston Raceway Park as a means of keeping NHRA drag racing in Texas with the departure of the Texas Motorplex for a brief stay with the IHRA. Today, NHRA and the track located in Baytown, Tex., have announced the 2022 NHRA Springnationals, April 22-24, will be its final national event.
"Our family is extremely proud to have showcased the top level of professional drag racing for 35 wonderful years," said Seth Angel, Houston Raceway Park Track Operator. "It's been a dream come true to meet and work with all the incredible drivers, team owners and NHRA executives who come together each year to entertain the millions of racing fans in our area.”
by Bobby Bennett Jr. Wed, 2021-07-14 11:12
A 4.095 elapsed time isn’t exactly setting the strip on fire, but back in 2011, it was enough to provide Cruz Pedregon with a No. 1 qualifying position at the NHRA Mile High Nationals. What was most impressive about the Snap-on Tools-sponsored driver is his run was .08 quicker than No. 2 qualifier Robert Hight.
In seven of the last ten seasons, Pedregon has qualified no lower than fourth at Bandimere Speedway.
Unfortunately for the competition, Pedregon enters this weekend chock full of momentum from a win at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.
Tue, 2021-07-13 19:00
NHRA and Virginia Motorsports Park have teamed up to announce May 13-15, 2022, as the triumphant return of the Virginia NHRA Nationals to Richmond. Furthermore, due to a full second-half schedule and travel logistics, the 2021 Virginia NHRA Nationals have been canceled.
“Virginia Motorsports Park is saddened to miss the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series for the second year in a row,” said Tommy Franklin, VMP President and owner.