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J.R. TODD ROARS TO NO. 1 FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING POSITION IN ATLANTA

J.R. Todd began the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series year in the strongest possible way, taking the Wally at the season-opening Gatornationals March 14, at Gainesville, Fla., in his Kalitta Motorsports DHL Toyota Camry nitro Funny Car.

Todd will try to make it two wins in three races when he starts in the No. 1 qualifying spot for the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway Sunday as the historic venue hosts its final event before closing for good.

GREG ANDERSON KEEPS PRO STOCK MOMENTUM GOING WITH TOP QUALIFIER AT ATLANTA

Greg Anderson is now 3-for-3.

The former NHRA Pro Stock world champion has now qualified No. 1 at the first three races of the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series.

SCOTTY POLLACHECK ROLLS TO TOP OF PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE LADDER IN ATLANTA

Pro Stock Motorcycle veteran Scotty Pollacheck captured his first No. 1 spot of the season in dramatic fashion.

Pollacheck, piloting a Gen 2 Erik Buell Racing motorcycle for Matt Smith Racing, clocked a track record elapsed time of 6.779 seconds at 199.20 mph.

THERE'S A THIRD-GEN IN THE SMITH-HARTMAN LEGACY

 

Megan Smith didn't have much of a choice.

Both grandfathers raced at the highest levels of drag racing. Her Mom and Dad raced at one in nitro racing. As if this wasn't enough family peer pressure, two of her uncles raced nitro-burning race cars.

For Smith, one cannot pressure the willing.

BALOOSHI TIES TRACK RECORD IN ATLANTA PRO MOD QUALIFYING

 

Mike Castellana and "Stevie Fast" Jackson each took turns leading the opening round of Pro Mod qualifying for the 40th annual--and final--NHRA Southernationals, but in the second-last pair down the track Friday night at Atlanta Dragway, Khalid al Balooshi tied the track ET record with a 5.71-seconds blast at 250.23 mph.

"Yeah, I feel the car hook and get down on the tires and lift the front end, so I know it's going to be good," the Dubai-based racer said.

HALSEY, RIVENBARK PACE QUALIFYING AT PDRA BOWLING GREEN

 

Two-time world champion Jim Halsey continued his dominance in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous by claiming his second No. 1 qualifier award of the season at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Stroud Safety Doorslammer Derby presented by Classic Graphix on Friday night. Halsey’s Fulton-powered ’68 Camaro covered the Beech Bend Raceway Park eighth-mile strip in 3.651 seconds at 208.01 mph. 

MILLICAN: WALMART'S INVOLVEMENT SAYS A LOT ABOUT WHAT DRAG RACING HAS TO OFFER

 

A funny thing happened on the way to Clay Millican promoting his covid vaccine.

Millican happened to catch the attention of one of the world's largest retailers.

Walmart is partnered with Millican this weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern National.

AN EMOTIONAL TRANSFER OF POWER FOR GASSER TEAM

 

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for South East Gassers founder Quain Stott and the series' legion of followers. On April 19, 2021, Cynthia Phillips, Stott’s girlfriend of 36 years and popular SEGA racer, passed after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ten days later, her Flower Power 1956 Chevrolet C/Gasser hit the track at Shady Side Dragway (Boiling Springs, NC) for the first time since her passing.

ASHE AND ROBERTS RIDE OUT THE RAIN TO VICTORY LANE

 

The inaugural event for the Verge Motorsports 4.70 Door Car and 4.50 Dragster Quick Outlaws was greeted with a 98% chance of rain for race day, so the Saturday event was rescheduled for Sunday and it proved to be a great decision.  Sunny skies greeted the 51 door cars and 21 dragsters that showed for first round at the historic Mooresville (NC) Dragway.

At the end of the day, it was Lee Ashe taking his 1963 Corvette to victory lane and a $10,000 payday over a red-lighting Jonathon Gibbs. Ashe, who had been fighting chassis set-up problems all day saved his best reaction time .017 for the final but didn’t need it after Gibbs was -.008 red on the tree. Both drivers ran it all out with Ashe recording a 4.73 and Gibbs’ Camaro finishing in 4.74 seconds. Tyler Allen and Justin Smith were the semi-finalist.

ADRL POSTPONES THIS WEEKEND'S DALLAS EVENT

 

Due to the impending threat of inclement weather at the Texas Motorplex this weekend, American Drag Racing League officials made the difficult decision to cancel all racing activities at the track. The CBD American Shaman 2021 ADRL tour is now rescheduled at the Dallas-area venue for July 2-3. All free tickets distributed for this weekend's ADRL Dragpalooza will be honored for the makeup date.

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