Tue, 2021-07-13 16:36
Longtime Jim Dunn Racing supporter, Lescure Company out of northern California, will be the primary sponsor on the team’s Nitro Funny Car at the first two races of NHRA’s western swing in Denver and Sonoma. The mechanical contracting company has been an associate and primary sponsor of the Dunn’s Funny Car team for many years and welcomes the opportunity to add the Denver promotion prior to their home race in Sonoma.
Tue, 2021-07-13 16:34
As the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) enters the second half of its eight-race 2021 season, the all-eighth-mile series is preparing to honor one of the sport’s most prolific engine builders at the upcoming Summer Shootout presented by Ty-Drive. The Virginia Motorsports Park event, July 15-17, will host the Sonny Leonard Memorial Race for the PDRA’s Liberty’s Gears Extreme Pro Stock class.
“Following the loss of Sonny Leonard over the offseason, our Extreme Pro Stock racers and Sonny’s family at Sonny’s Racing Engines started thinking of ways to honor Sonny,” said Tyler Crossnoe, the race director at PDRA and vice president at Virginia Motorsports Park. “It made a lot of sense to hold a memorial race at his home track, Virginia Motorsports Park. Sonny was a huge part of the PDRA community, especially in the Extreme Pro Stock class. From both the PDRA and VMP perspectives, we’re proud to host the Sonny Leonard Memorial Race this weekend.
By Ainsley Jacobs Tue, 2021-07-13 08:27
For NHRA Top Fuel legend and three-time world champion Antron Brown, there’s something even more important than the success of his career – the success of his children. Now, as his middle child, Anson, prepares to age out of Junior Dragster competition, Antron is preparing for the next generation of Brown family racers in full size drag racing.
Before he got started racing in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle in 1998, Antron attended Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School to complete their Pro Stock Motorcycle class; he joined the Don Schumacher Racing team in 2002 and returned to the School with teammate Angelle Sampey in 2005 to brush up on his skills.
by Bobby Bennett, Jr. Mon, 2021-07-12 19:41
If drag racer Alex Laughlin were a major league baseball player, he'd be known as a utility player. In other words, he's a jack of all trades and has pretty much mastered all of them.
"That's really what I should've done because I'd make a lot more money, for sure," Laughlin admitted.
For the record, Laughlin has licensed and raced an NHRA Pro Stocker, a Pro Modified, an A/Fuel Dragster, and has even won behind the wheel of a Radial vs. The World car, essentially a Pro Modified car on drag radial tires.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2021-07-11 22:13
Scotty Cannon was the benchmark standard for Pro Modified's first decade. In nine seasons of racing the IHRA's volatile doorslammer division, he won six world championships, finished in the top ten every season, and won 28 of 45 final rounds. A full decade  after the Lyman, South Carolina driver pursued an NHRA fuel Funny Car career, Cannon remained the winningest driver with nine more victories than second-place Shannon Jenkins. He had reached 14 more finals than Jenkins, clearly his fiercest challenger.
Cannon heard the whispered jeers of how he'd cheated his way to success. His opponents protested him dozens of times, only to lose their money and watch as Cannon was declared in compliance with the rulebook every time.
"I was trying hard," Cannon said. "I was working harder than anybody. Carl Moyer even said that more than once when he did his interviews: 'The reason I won, I was winning so much,' he said.
by Bobby Bennett Sun, 2021-07-11 10:19
For a man who fights fire for a living, driving a fuel Funny Car in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series should be another formidable challenge.
Chris King will make his competition debut next Friday at the Dodge NHRA Mile High Nationals.
King, who has experience behind the Top Alcohol and Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, will drive a Toyota for Mark Howard's Papillion, Neb.-based Howard Motorsports Funny Car operation.
Sat, 2021-07-10 16:00
When one talks about the legends of drag racing, Larry Carrier's name rarely is mentioned as often as it should be.
Every drag racing fan in the country should know of Carrier's commitment and accomplishments in the sport.
He built one of drag racing’s more legendary facilities carving a drag strip from between two mountains in the mountains of northeast Tennessee.
He founded drag racing’s second oldest sanctioning body.
He introduced R.J. Reynolds as the first major series sponsor in drag racing.
Sat, 2021-07-10 10:05
Oh yes, with the Facebook posts of Rickie Smith headed to Jerry Bickel's Race Car shop one simply had to know something was up. Here it is. The Trickie one, Trickie Rickie Smith has taken delivery of this supercharged Camaro from Bickel's race car emporium. The question remains. Will this be a flirtation just like in the past? Or is the Trickster in this for the long haul. Time will tell.
by Tracy Renck Sat, 2021-07-10 05:45
Aaron Stanfield received his introduction to Thunder Mountain July 8.
The versatile race car driver was making test laps in Factory Stock Showdown 2020 COPO Camaros at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., just outside of Denver.
“I thought things went pretty good,” said Stanfield, 26. “I drove my car, Stephen Bell’s car and David Janac’s car. I made seven runs I think total. I drove all three cars so we could test them out and get them dialed in and get a feel for what they like up here. I have never raced here. I came here (to Bandimere Speedway) many years ago in Pro Stock with my dad, but I have never raced here. This will be my first time.”
Sat, 2021-07-10 05:42
Ty-Drive, a leading manufacturer of lockup and non-lockup torque converter drive units, will serve as the presenting sponsor of next week’s Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Summer Shootout at Virginia Motorsports Park, July 15-17. Numerous Ty-Drive-equipped racers will compete at the fifth race on the PDRA tour, including Ty-Drive founder Todd Tutterow and Pro Nitrous points leader Jim Halsey.
“The Tutterow family has been a part of the PDRA since the very beginning, and we’re excited to have their company, Ty-Drive, on board as the presenting sponsor of the Summer Shootout,” said Will Smith, marketing director, PDRA. “It’s really cool to have Todd Tutterow racing in the PDRA, serving our racers as a manufacturer, and now supporting the series as an event sponsor.”