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TJ ZIZZO CREWMAN OPATRNY GETS LICENSED IN TOP FUEL

 

Ambition is not a problem for Jake Opatrny.

Opatrny had zero family ties to the sport of drag racing yet he went from a fan of the sport to a licensed Top Fuel driver.

Opatrny received his Top Fuel license at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 19. He made one half-track pass and two full passes to get his license.

Opatrny said he clocked 3.95 and 3.94-second full laps both over 300 mph. 

NHRA CONFIRMS FORMATION OF SPORTSMAN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CLASSES

 

NHRA has announced the creation of an all-new electric vehicle (EV) racing class that will join the NHRA Summit Series in 2022.
 
For decades, NHRA's Member Tracks have seen EVs, hybrids, and alternative-energy vehicles use their racetracks as a proving ground. Creating an EV class within the NHRA Summit Series accelerates the NHRA's commitment to its racers and partners looking to develop new technology. With the rise in performance of electric street vehicles also comes the need for the NHRA to provide a safe place to race and a platform for competitors to evolve and demonstrate their capabilities.

WALMART ALIGNED WITH MILLICAN FOR NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS

In a nationwide effort to help expand COVID-19 vaccine uptake, Walmart today announced a partnership with their Walmart mobile wellness program and Stringer Performance and Top Fuel Driver Clay Millican with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) for a vaccination and education event during the 2021 NHRA Southern Nationals at the historic Atlanta Dragway. 

Walmart’s licensed pharmacists will be onsite to vaccinate eligible attendees of the event Friday, April 30 through Saturday, May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees 18 and older can walk up to get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine while allocation lasts. Information on where to get a second dose of the vaccine will be available onsite. Insurance is not required and there is no cost to receive the vaccine, however patients should bring their insurance card if they have one. 

MAYNARD FAMILY SIGNS ON AS DSR MAJOR ASSOCIATE PARTNER

 

Don Schumacher Racing is pleased to welcome the addition of the Maynard family to its roster of partners. Drag racing enthusiasts Joe and Cathi Maynard are longtime NHRA fans and when they decided to take their passion for straight line racing to the next level and become personally involved with an NHRA team, linking up with drag racing’s winningest organization as a major associate partner was a natural fit.
 
Military veterans Joe and Cathi Maynard have an active interest in supporting various charitable organizations, particularly those with a military connection. The Maynards were aware of DSR’s history with the U.S. Army, as well as military-supporting organizations, including most notably, the Infinite Hero Foundation. As residents of Clarksville, Tenn., the Maynards have developed a friendship with fellow Clarksville residents and DSR friends, Gary and Mari Linfoot, who have become synonymous with the Infinite Hero Foundation among the drag racing community. The Linfoots introduced the Maynards to DSR, and a relationship quickly developed. 

DEFENDING BIG DOG SHOOTOUT CHAMP HARRIS DOMINATES

 
With a challenging 2020 in the rearview mirror,  one could only hope with 2021 opened with more promise. Unfortunately, Mother Nature wasn’t feeling so positive, forcing the Big Dog Series promoters to postpone their season opener by two weeks. 

This deviation from the plan did little to deter the efforts of defending Big Dog Series champion Jason Harris, as he opened the new season with a victory and did so in impressive fashion by winning from the No. 1 seed. 
Harris was followed in the qualifying order by Chris Rini (3.900), Brian Shrader (3.931), Cam Clark (3.946), Robbie Keziah (3.962), Mike Graham (3.970), Matt Giangrande (4.134) and Bubba Turner (4.316).

WISCONSIN POTATOES TO SPONSOR FINAL NHRA PRO MOD RACE IN ATLANTA

 

When good things like Atlanta Dragway hosting an NHRA national event come to an end, other great things begin as is the case with Wisconsin-grown potatoes going into retailer Menards to support the NHRA Pro Mod class.  The NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series presented by J&A Service will be Powered by Wisconsin Potatoes during the final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at the track in Commerce, Georgia, April 30-May 2.

B. FORCE, DEJORIA, ANDERSON AND GLADSTONE TAKE PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOTS AT zMAX

SONNY'S KEEPS ON TRUCKIN' DESPITE FOUNDER'S PASSING

 

When engine innovator Sonny Leonard died on Jan. 10, his customers -- many of whom were also close friends -- were at a loss.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do without him, really,” said one long-time client of the scores of competitors in drag racing, pulling and boat racing who depended on Sonny’s World Class Racing.

“I don’t even want to think about it,” said another.

Concerns about Sonny’s future as a top-tier source of extreme horsepower have proved unfounded. The business was closed for just one day: Jan. 14, the day of Leonard’s funeral in Lynchburg, Va. The only thing that has slowed operations are factors that are out of the company’s control.

IGNITOR NITRO OPENER WILL CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor presented by Peterson Chevrolet achieves a new milestone in 2021 as Firebird’s longest running event celebrates its 50th year. Set for Saturday and Sunday, May 1-2, the traditional northwest season opener will jumpstart the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Funny Car Series.

Nitro Funny Cars are set to test Fri., April 30th, from noon till 6 pm. Saturday will showcase three qualifying heats at noon, 3 pm and 6 pm. Final eliminations in the Stinker Stores Nitro Knockout kick off at high noon on Sunday.

LEAH PRUETT TO UNVEIL NEW SPONSOR FOR FINAL ATLANTA NHRA EVENT

​Leah Pruett’s Top Fuel dragster will feature a brand-new look this weekend at Atlanta Dragway. Whisps Cheese Crisps, the snack company that’s on a mission to bring premium, quality cheese to consumers nationwide, will adorn Pruett’s 11,000-horsepower machine as its primary sponsor at the NHRA Southern Nationals outside of Atlanta.
 
Pruett, an eight-time Top Fuel winner, is no stranger to success at Atlanta Dragway. In 2018, she claimed the Southern Nationals Wally trophy, and in 2015, it was where she recorded her career-first runner-up finish. At this weekend’s race, which is slated to be the NHRA’s final event at the Commerce, Ga. facility, Pruett aims to close out the series’ last outing at Atlanta Dragway by driving her Whisps Cheese Crisps Top Fuel dragster to the winner’s circle.
 
“Being able to represent one of my favorite snacks on the track is awesome,” remarked the health-conscious Pruett. “The light, crunchy Whisps Cheese Crisps were already a part of my go-to snack selection since they’re deliciously low carb, high protein, and gluten-free. They always beat even my cheesiest cravings.

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