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VIDEO: AUSSIE TOP FUEL CREW MEMBERS INJURED IN START LINE EXPLOSION

ALMOST FOUR DECADES LATER, HEART LIKE A WHEEL STILL SPINS IN SHIRLEY'S LIFE

If Shirley has heard it once, she's heard it a million times.

The four-time drag racing world champion, Shirley Muldowney, largely known inside the sport as just Shirley, was about to undergo a minor medical procedure when the nurse double-checked her identity per hospital protocols.

"Shirley Muldowney?" The nurse confirmed. "Like, Shirley Muldowney, the race car driver?"

And Muldowney did as she has so many times, smiled and responded, "Yes, I'm that Shirley Muldowney."

GAS RONDA, SCHULTZ HEADLINE 2022 NITRO REVIVAL HONOREES

 

Gas Ronda, Doc Conroy, Jim London, Stan Adams, Charlie Allen, Bill Schultz and the trio known as “The Sour Sisters,” Don Ratican, Don Gaide, and Kenny Safford, will step prominently into the spotlight Nov. 5-6 when Nitro Revival celebrates the 2022 recipients of its Greater San Gabriel Valley Racers Recognition Awards at Irwindale Dragstrip.

​With a combination of color, cackle, and conversation, Nitro Revival has become a destination event not just for those who were part of drag racing’s Golden Age but for those who always wished they had been.  It provides a step back in time to an era in which the sport first was finding its footing while defying all the traditional concepts of speed and performance.

​Every one of this year’s honorees contributed significantly to the sport’s development, some as drivers and crew chiefs, others as managers and officials.

PSM PEERS HAVE ENJOYED PARALLEL CAREERS

 
Angelle Sampey and Karen Stoffer met at a motorcycle racing school in 1995, and a year later, they made their NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle debut at Bandimere Speedway near Denver.

More than a quarter-century later, they’re still fast friends; Sampey, as a three-time NHRA series champion, and Stoffer, the owner of the quickest quarter-mile time ever in their class. 

The fact that both women are still competing in the same class all these many years later brings smiles to their faces. 

“I remember when I first started, George (Bryce) asked me how long did I think I would race,” Sampey said. “I said probably five years. I was hoping to get five years in. That five years went by in what felt like five months. Crazy.

ONE TEAM OWNER DEFIES BOYCOTT WHILE NOSTALGIA TF TEAMS FIND ANOTHER VENUE

 

Bobby Hilton did many things in his storied Top Fuel career but participating in a boycott was never one of them. 

Hilton, more commonly known as the driver of the Jim & Allison Lee dragster in the 70s and 80s, fields a Nostalgia Top Fuel car driven by his son Tyler. He's a two-time IHRA Top Fuel national event winner, including a prestigious win at the $20,000-to-win 1980 IHRA Spring Nationals event. He was also an NHRA Div. 2 Top Fuel champion. 

When the All American Fuel Dragsters [AA/FD] announced their intentions to boycott the upcoming Holley Hot Rod Heritage Series event in Bowling Green, Ky., Hilton was never on board with the plan. The AA/FD group plan to race the same weekend elsewhere. 

LOOKING BACK AT THE FIRST-EVER PRO MODIFIED NATIONAL EVENT - WITH VIDEO

COREY MICHALEK TALKS ABOUT MBR’S LONG JOURNEY TO WINNING WALLY IN CHARLOTTE AS TEAM OWNERS

 

The journey hasn’t been easy for Michalek Brothers Racing.

When Corey Michalek and his brother, Kyle, bought a dragster in 2015 they had a plan – as team owners – and the plan came to together on May 1.

With Corey driving, Michalek Brothers Racing won the Top Alcohol Dragster title at the 2022 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, N.C. It was MBR’s first Wally as team owners.

SMITH AND JOHNSON RIVALRY TURNING INTO AN HONEST-TO-GOODNESS FEUD

 

It’s a rivalry that would make Foghorn Leghorn and The Dog look like amateur hour. Only in this case, there’s the reality that five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith and arch-rival Steve Johnson enjoy not liking each other.  

Their tempest in a teapot came to a boil last weekend at the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston when Matt Smith pulled off a legal maneuver in switching bikes before his final-round duel against Johnson. Johnson beat Smith, and almost immediately, the barking and quacking commenced. 

ROCKINGHAM GETTING MAJOR UPGRADE TO TIMING SYSTEM

Much of drag racing’s appeal stems from the fact that it is constantly evolving.  It is a “what have you done for me lately?” sport.  Those who adjust and adapt, survive and thrive.  Those who don’t?  Well, they go the way of the front-engine dragster, the bleach burnout and the flag start.
            
For 53 years, the last 31 under the ownership of Steve Earwood, Rockingham Dragway has remained part of the conversation by quickly identifying and embracing new trends. 

ATLANTA DRAGWAY WAS ALWAYS A PAWN IN A DRAG RACING POLITICAL CHESS MATCH

The discussion could only happen after the track was gone. With Atlanta Dragway gone in favor of a battery manufacturing facility, the real story is coming out. 

Atlanta Dragway was a political pawn, and when its use was over, it disappeared. 

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