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Current Drag Racing Headlines
May 22, 2017
Shawn Cowie got another National event win this year and he took the point lead with his win. While the team is on a pretty good run the surprise at Topeka was seeing Joey Severance fail to qualify there. John Lombardo Jr. defeated Annie Whiteley in the TAFC final.
All four of the Top Alcohol names listed above will play a huge role locally in the NW in Two weeks. The Lordco BC Nationals in just 11 days away and we are going to see a few of the top names in the world battling right here at Mission Raceway. Shawn Cowie and Joey Severance will battle it out right here in Mission as the #1 and #2 national point leaders will duke it out. What kind of ETS will see from those two cars, not to mention all the other competitors expected. There should be a full 8 car field with perhaps a couple cars outside the field. Annie Whiteley is expected to make her first foray into Canada with the Y-Not Alcohol Funny Car. Last year's car John Lombardo drove to a second place national finish should be here with new driver Robert Johneise. They were in Mission last week hoping to get a few shake down runs, but weather prevented that from happening. Brian Hough has found a tune-up that is working as he ran 5.40's this past weekend. All in all the Mission LODRS is shaping up to be a killer event. Oh ya to add to the weekend, Pro Mods will also be competing in the opening WDRL event of the year.
Here are last year's entry lists for TAD and TAFC
The PRDA ran this past weekend in Darlington and notable for NW drivers was Scott Blake (Edmonton) running career bests on the weekend his ran in the 3.80's including a career best 3.807/198. Way to go Scott!
Norwalk ran their Cavalcade of the Stars Divional event this past weekend as well. and a past World Champion won driving in his first time in a new class. Larry Dixon driving the Jackson Bros. Tony Bartone TAFC took the Wally over Tony Bogolo. John Paul Gutierrez defeated Brandon Greco in TAD.
May 15, 2017
The first race at Mission Raceway finally got in the books. Rain on Saturday during most of the morning kept cars off the track and the Sunday forecast was not any better. But the day opened with clouds and sun and it stayed that way all Day. Smaller than usual cars counts (weather and Mother's Day related) had the day finish by 4:15 despite a terrifying crash by MRP club member and doorslammer competitor Henry Zacharais. He was debuting his brand new 55 chevy on its first shakedown pass. The car launched okay but moved slightly left. Henry corrected it and then was off the gas by just past half track. He was back on the gas then the car moved left and then hard right across the track into the right guard rail. The car was on the two left wheel as it hit the wall the rolled on top of the wall the front end tore to pieces and the engine was ripped off the mounts as well as both front wheels. The car then went over the wall coming to rest upside down 400 feet past where it originally hit the wall just past the finish line. I was just heading to the starting line to shot his first run but was 10 seconds late. Robert Fedyk from Media reaction caught all the action below. Henry suffered fairly minor injuries including a broken thumb, bumps and bruises and a sore mouth (bit his tongue). Hopefully he recovers soon and is back on the track. Race winners on Sunday were: Otto Schulte (Doorslammers), Dane Lachelt (Outlaws), Martin Rachel (S. Pro), Ray Bollinger (Pro), Sivia Hoostins (Sportsman), Roger Bouchard (Bike), Sydny Jung (Thunder), Emily Girard (Lightning), Kassie Tippe (Jr Street) and Bill Clifford (Hot Rod). Full results and final round photos are posted here.
May 6, 2017
This weekend is the first LODRS event for Division 6. It is the Firebird Ignitor. The event does not host the TA cars but the NFC Heritage series will be there. Unfortunately the event got of to a somber start as Comp racer Dan Barton was tragically killed when his lift gate on his trailer collapsed on him. Not other info is available. Heart felt condolences go out to Dan's family.
The NHRA big show is in Atlanta this weekend. Friday was not a good racing day there as rain affected qualifying for Pro Stock and the two Fuel cars. None went down the track. Pro Stock Motorcycle made a 3/4 pull as the top qualifiers did not get a hit before the rain came. Pro Mod did get in one session. The NW team owned by Jim Bell has Von Smith in the seat this year and he made a solid lap to start the weekend. Smith ran a 5.88 to sit solidly in the field. Shane Molinari was off the gas early in round one.
Last week at the Charlotte Four Wides local TAD standout Shawn Cowie won the event. He sits #3 in the standings right now. Ron Capps, Steve Torrence, Chris Mcgaha and LE Tonglet were pro winners. Mike Castellana won Pro Mod and Johan Lindberg won TAFC.
April 25, 2017
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April 23, 2017
Final rounds update
Congratulations to Shane and Justin as they reach their first final round in J & A Pro Mod at Houston. Unfortunately the car rolled the beams before the tree was activated. Shane's opponent Shane Gray had a troubled run but he got the win.
Ron Capps won Funny Car over Robert Hight. The JFR driver crossed the centre line on his run. Leah Pritchett won Top Fuel over Steve Torrence. Both drivers ran 3.78. Bo Butner won Pro Stock over Jeg Coughlin. Both drivers had .061 lights but Butner had .01 more HP on the run. Joey Severance ran an awesome 5.18 / 277 in round two Sunday and he went on to defeat Mia Tedesco with a 5.20 to a 5.44. Doug Gordon won TAFC over Jay Payne.
April 22, 2017
The NHRA Spring Nationals is up this weekend and the J & A Pro Mods are running their second race of the year. The last year has been tough for NW Pro Mod teams but this winter major changes have taken place for the Molinari/Bond team and they are starting to pay dividends. New tuner/crew chief Brad Personett has the new car thumping! A couple wekks ago they tested in NHRA trim at the PDRA race qualifying in the Pro Boost class.
This weekend at Houston they ran the third quickest et in both Friday sessions. In the first session they went 5.83/256 then in round two a career best 5.792/257. Way to go guys! Leading Pro Mod after Friday is Mike Castellana. Driving a blown car this year, he ripped off a 5.759/250.
For the pros, it is Courtney Force leading Funny Car with a 3.85/330 (both track records). Top Fuel has Clay Millican on top with a 3.723/325. In Pro Stock it is Jeg Coughlin with a 6.557/210. In Top Alcohol it is Joey Severance on top with a 5.27/274 and Doug Gordon leads TAFC with a 5.535/265
Jim Bell make a huge announcement as well as he gets ready to debut his NHRA program for 2017. A few delays to start the season kept the team away from the first couple races. Jim has brought on Xtreme Racing and the Stevens family to build the motors and tune the car. Then he also announced that Von Smith will drive the car in 2017. They will test right away then hit the NHRA series.
Here is Jim's Facebook post this week.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT from Jim Bell Racing is that VON SMITH will be the wheel man (as in taking over the driving) of my Camaro for the balance of the 2017 race season NHRA events. Both Carl and myself are really pumped about having a proven performer, former NHRA Pro Mod Champion driving for us this season. Our first test session will be at VMP (Virginia Motorsport Park) next Tuesday & Wed. Both Carl and myself are really excited about shaking down the Xtreme Racing NHRA legal Pro Mod engine.
Locally, Mission Raceway ran their first Mopac Street Legal race last night. It was great weather and there were well over 100 cars in attendance. Today they are going to run the first Summit race of the year. Weather is iffy for later this afternoon, but they will hopefully get the whole day in.
April 20, 2017
Sorry for the down web site the last day and a half, the domain had expired and it is supposed to be an automatic renewal, but it did not automatically do that. It should be good to go for the next year.
Happy Birthday to my Sister Debbie. Hope you had a great day.
Condolences to Chris Stone and his family on the passing of Chris' brother Andrew.
This coming weekend is hopefully opening weekend for Mission Raceway. 10 days ago their official opener was rained out. Come on weather, end this madness.
Lots of updates coming over the next week including all the winners from the Spring Fling at Vegas.
April 9, 2017
The Vegas Divisional is complete. 600 cars were in attendance and many were from the NW.
A number of BC and Alberta racers competed this weekend at Las Vegas. It is the second weekend in a row for many of them, and next weekend is the Spring Fling and many will stay for that race as well.
Shawn Cowie tore up the track in his TAD in qualifying and round one. He ran 5.253 and 5.254 then improved to a 5.249 in round one. He was almost a half tenth quicker that his nearest competitor. Unfortunately his day ended in the semi finals when he car could not repeat. Chris Demke took the win in that round.
NW racers who had a great weekend include Edmonton's Casey Plaizier who won Super Gas. Medicine Hat's Darrel Dietz was the #1 qualifier in Super Stock and took his Cobra Jet all the way to the final round. He was a tad late and Kyle Rizzoli got the win. Shane Molinari made it to the semi finals in Top Dragster. Abbotsford racers Dan and Darien Provost were first round runner-ups. Aldergrove's Al Quigley lost in round two of Super Street. Ron McKenzie lost in the third round one Super Gas. Kirk Lanz lost in round one of Top Sportsman, and Scott Robinson lost in Rd 1 of Super Gas. Jason Mercer broke the 'Saturday Night Special' 240Z but will have it repaired in time for the 'Fling'.
The full wrap-up and More NW racer results in the next couple days, including final round pictures.
Sad to hear of the passing of 'Gentleman' Hank Johnson this weekend after his long battle with cancer. Hank was one of the best Top Fuel and Funny Car racers from the late 60's through the early 80's. A soft spoken racer who was feared up and down the West Coast. The last decade or so he has been with Bucky Austin's nitro Funny Car team. The photo below shows Hank behind the Austin/O'Brien Funny Car this past Summer at Mission's Nat'l Open.
Below is a fire-up at a the NW Nationals a 6 years ago.
April 2, 2017
Antron Brown won Top Fuel over Tony Schumacher, Tommy Johnson Jr won Funny Car over Jonnie Lindberg, and Tanner Gray became the youngest champion in the pro classes with a win in Pro Stock over Bo Butner. Shane Westerfield won TAFC over Doug Gordon and Garrett Bateman won TAD over Joey Severance.
March 29, 2017
This weekend the NHRA is in Las Vegas. A number of Canadian teams will be competing including Dan Provost in his Top Dragster. The beast has new power in the form of a 14/71 blown AJ 481-x, built by JS Motorsports in Mission. The new powerplant should propell Dan into the 6.0-6.2 range at close to 220 mph with a mild yune-up. .
Here is the vid at the shop just before they load it in the trailer.
March 25, 2017
March 22, 2017
March 20, 2017
A Friday and Saturday Gatornationals gallery is posted
March 19, 2017
Explosive action at the Gators (part timer), Smax Smith lights it up just on the starting line.
The Gatornationals played out this weekend in Gainesville Florida. It is one of the premier events in NHRA Drag Racing. Beside the three main Pro classes, The Motorcycles (PSM) and the Pro Mods were in action for the first time this year. The Pro Mod class was exceptional
Winning Funny Car was John Force.
He earned his 148th national event. He has won almost 50% more than any other driver. He defeated first time finalist and first timer ever in a nitro flopper Jonnie Lindberg.
Lindberg is driving for Jim Head this year. Force won with a 3.92 to a close 3.97.
In Top Fuel it was the winningest Top Fuel driver of all time Tony Schumacher. It was Tony's 83rd win. He defeated team mate Antron Brown 3.70 - 3.76.
Pro Stock saw Shane Gray earn the hard fought victory over Greg Anderson 6.53-6.56. The Pro Stockers ran their best this weekend in EFI mode. The qualifying saw six cars run in the 6.40's, a few over 214 mph.
Pro Stock Motorcycle saw the Harley team mates Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines battle. Krawiec won with a 6.76 - 6.80. A couple teams ran 199+mph.
In J & A Pro Modified, the blower cars were turned loose this season with added OD (20%), and in what could only be called mineshaft conditions, they showed their potential.
The last couple years the blower part of the class fell behind the turbo and nitrous cars by as much as .06-.10 of a second and 5 mph. The extra boost has shown dividends already. A world record 5.726/256 by Canadian Eric Latino in a losing effort in round two against Troy Coughlin. There were 5.70's by all three power adders . Qualifying was lead by one of the biggest names in small tire racing, Stevie "Fast" Jackson.
Jackson is racing for the first time in NHRA Pro Mod racing and is part of the Bahrain Racing team. He qualified with a 5.78 (blower power) to lead the class.
Sidnei Frigo was #2 in a Turbo charged Pro Line entry and three time series champion Rickie Smith was #3 (5.79) in his Nitrous powered Camaro.
It turned out to be a record bump of 5.855. Canadian Kenny Lang failed to qualify, as did the Can/US team of Justin Bond / Shane Molinari.
Jim Bell, pre-entered for the season did not have his car ready in time. Elimination's were just as quick with three more driver's running in the 5.70's.
Latino ran 5.77 in round one to upset the #1 qualifier Jackson, then Troy Coughlin stepped up to a 5.75 in the second round to take out the 5.72 world record by Latino. Coughlin was .008 on the tree. In the Final round Steven Whiteley made his best run of the weekend, a great 5.79 to defeat Mike Castellana. Castellana was in a blown car for the first time ever.
In TAFC, it was Annie Whiteley joining her son in the winner's circle. She defeated Dan Pomponio with a career second best 5.412/273. Annie ran a 5.40 in the semi finals. Pomponio broke. In Alcohol Dragster, it was the Randy Meyer's team showing they are possibly the baddest A/Fuel team on the planet. Randy had two cars run 5.14 and 5.15. Daughter Meghan went a 5.15 best while first time driver Justin Ashley went 5.143 to qualify #1. He went on to win the race over Rich McPhillips. Ashley won with a 5.23 to a 5.25. Five cars ran 5.25 or better.
March 15, 2017
In a huge announcement, Kris Krabill announces he has left the Austin/OBrien Nitro Funny Car team. Here is the release.
March 13, 2017
Kyle Busch is an idiot but you gotta like his spunk. Joey Lagano is a bit of an ass as well. Joey did get into Kyle, but it contact due to Joey getting a bit loos. Come on drag racing who is going to throw the first punch.
March 12, 2017
PDRA winners from Saturday, Tom Vanbeek in Top Sportsman, Mario Boesch in Top Dragster, Sadie Wicks in Pro Junior Dragster, and Tripp McCarty in Top Junior Dragster. Georgia racer Ken Grant scored the Bracket Bash victory. For the pros, Tommy D'Aprile scored the PDRA Southern Extreme Nationals event win in Pro Extreme, Jay Cox in Pro Nitrous, Jose Gonzales in Pro Boost, John Montecalvo in Extreme Pro Stock, and Eric McKinney in Pro Extreme Motorcycle. Abbotsford's Terry Schwiegert lost in the semi finals in Motorcycle.
March 10, 2017
There is major Pro Mod action this weekend at South Georgia Motorsport Park as the PDRA opens their season. A few historic runs were made Friday. First, Jason Scruggs ran a 3.499 @ 220mph to qualify #1 in Pro Extreme. Jose Gonzalez went 3.62 in his twin turbo Corvette. Not so amazing for a 1/8 mile lap, as he has been in the 3.50's before. But what he did to make the run amazing is he legged it out to the 1320 and turned on the scoreboard with a world's quickest 5.403, and he was off the gas a tad early as the mph was only 259 mph. After a few 5.4 runs in the Arabia racing league earlier this month, Jose and the Pro Line teams wanted to make a statement that the baddest cars were from North America.
A couple Canadian's are in attendance at the race, including Barry Daniluk from Red Deer who ripped off an awesome 3.97/182. I believe that is the quickest run for a naturally aspirated Doorcar. Jim Bell is there as well, debuting a new Disomma turbo engine combination in Pro Boost. He is in his Mustang this weekend and will compete with that car all year long in the PDRA. He struggled in the four laps he made running early shut-off mid 4 second runs. Scott Blake was competing in Pro Nitrous and he too struggled in qualifying. He ran a 4.16 best. NW racer JR Carr failed to qualify in Pro Stock. Ontario driver Larry O'Brien lost in round one to Dean Goforth.
We'll get you a little more into the Pro Mod zone today with a few shots from the Orlando test. It was won by Mike Janis. He defeated Danny Rowe in the final. Shane Molinari made it wo the semi finals.
March 9, 2017
One more shot of the Bollinger Camaro
A big change already at JFR:
in the air at John Force Racing:
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 9) Change is in the air at John Force Racing.
Heading into next weekends NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, team owner John Force and JFR president Robert Hight announce crew chief and team changes involving two Funny Car teams.
The teams of Force and Hight will essentially swap: crew chief Jimmy Prock will move to Hights Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team, with crew chief Mike Neff switching to Forces PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car.
Moving with Prock are co-crew chief Chris Cunningham and crew members who started the season with Forces team, while co-crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Jason McCulloch and Hights former team members move to the PEAK Chevrolet. The changes are effective immediately.
Forces Funny Car teams have won 247 races, with Force himself winning 147 and Hight 37. Force is a visionary who created a drag racing dynasty, molding some of the top talent in the sport into a consistently winning team.
I never do anything on the spur of the moment, Force said. I take days to think it out. But after doing a show for PEAK in Phoenix, for Chevrolet in Chicago and talking to (famed crew chief) Austin Coil, I had some time to think. My race cars are moving ahead. Theyre running big numbers; were still trying to find that consistency.
I came into the shop in Brownsburg and met with the teams and all the guys in the machine shop, the fab shop and the paint shop. I looked at the pictures on the wall, looked at Jimmy Prock and Robert Hight in winners circle photos, I looked at pictures of me and Jimmy Prock, I looked at pictures of me and Neff, I looked at pictures of me and Jon Schaffer and Jason McCullough and all of a sudden, it just felt right.
I went home, slept on it, woke up the next morning, and it felt right. The cars are all doing good, but to put Robert Hight back with Jimmy Prock, who he won the championship with, and to put me back with Mike Neff, who I won the championship with and Jon Schaffer and Jason McCulloch, who I won four races last year with it just made sense.
Coil is the dean of John Force Racing crew chiefs, as he was essential in helping build JFR into the elite drag racing team of today.
Hight and Prock teamed to win the 2009 championship and 27 races in their time together. Force and Neff won the 2010 title and seven races.
Prock has 41 career victories at JFR, while Neff won 26 races 10 with Hight, nine as a driver/crew chief and seven with Force.
I called in the crew chiefs, asked them what they thought, and we came to an agreement to make the swap, Force said. Change is good. Austin Coil always told me change is good, even when things are going right. This will build us stronger in the long run.
Courtney Force and her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car team and Brittany Force and her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team remain intact. Courtney Force raced to the final round in the season-opening race at Pomona, Calif., while Brittany Force made the final at Phoenix in the second race of 2017.
The NHRA Gatornationals is scheduled for March 17-19.
Larry Dixon Jr to debut next weekend
Top Fuel racer Larry Dixon will return to the site of one of National Hot Rod Association drag racings wildest crashes when the three-time NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel champion competes in next weeks 48th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on March 17-19.
Dixon, 50, walked away from a spectacular qualifying crash two years ago on Saturday, March 14, 2015 when the Top Fuel dragster he was driving broke in half near the tracks 1000-foot finish line and flew some 75 feet in the air. Dixon was able to climb from the cars wreckage.
After the 109g crash, the Avon, Ind., driver was later diagnosed with two fractures (T-4 and T-5 vertebrae) in his back but continued to compete in the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel campaign where he finished fourth in the final point standings. I dont have any second thoughts about returning to Gainesville, said Dixon, winner of 62 NHRA Top Fuel national events. I was there last year as a spectator and, to be honest, its not as much fun. The fans were great to me last year but I had a lot of them that wanted to see me back in a Top Fuel car, as would I.
Now, the four-time NHRA Gatornationals champion comes back to Gainesville with his own Top Fuel dragster and racing team (Larry Dixon Racing). Dixon competed in two NHRA national events in 2016 for another team while developing his own organization.
It is especially intriguing that we are running our own Top Fuel car at Gainesville Raceway, said Dixon, the California native who grew up in the sport (Larry Sr. raced Top Fuel also) and served as a mechanic for Don Snake Prudhomme before beginning his driving career in 1995.
I have so many big moments from Gainesville. Of course, the most recent with the crash in 2015. But I won four Top Fuel Wally trophies at the Gatornationals and I actually took my Top Fuel license runs in Snakes car at Gainesville back in 1994. That was Snakes final season driving and he wanted to put me in his Top Fueler the next year. That was quite an honor.
Dixons Top Fuel license runs actually took place the day after the 1994 NHRA Gatornationals and Larrys elapsed time (4.76 seconds in the ¼ mile) that day was right at the Top Fuel national record. The Snake knew he had a phenom waiting in the wings.
Dixon didnt disappoint with a victory at his first NHRA Gatornationals in 1995 and he later won drag racings biggest race, U.S. Nationals, that year.
March 6, 2017
The first Division 7 LADDERS event was also held this weekend at Wild Horse Motorsport Park in Phoenix. Shawn Cowie continued his solid start to the season qualifying #2 with a 5.267 just behind Chris Demke's 5.263. He (Cowie) rolled through elimination's defeating Johnny Ahten with a 5.28 then Duane Shields with a career best tying 5.241/275 to a 5.290. In the final he reset his career best running a 5.236/275.62 to defeat Joey Severance.
In TAFC Greg Hunter got a dream ride, as he was behind the wheel of the J & A Motorsports Flopper. Anne Whiteley was not behind the wheel for the weekend so he was asked and of course accepted. He qualified #1 with a career best 5.479/270. The field's bump was a stellar 5.55 bump. Hunter won round one against William Bernard. He faced Doug Gordon in round two and it was an epic battle with Gordon coming out on top with a 5.439 to a 5.478. In the final, it was Shane Westerfield getting the holeshot win with a 5.453 to a 5.439.
Top Sportsman had a bunch of Division six cars in competition, and seven cars from up North advanced into the third round. By the end of the 1/4s Only Mike Lucas and Ray Martin remained. Both drivers made it to the semi finals, with Martin getting the bye into the final. Ed Olpin took on Lucas in the other semi and it was Olpin getting the close win. Olpin got the win in the final when Martin was late off the starting line.
Below is the Phoenix recap courtesy NHRA.
Chandler, Ariz.- Champions were recognized yesterday for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division Drag Race at Wild Horse Motorsports Park. Fans in attendance were treated to Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Super Gas, and the rest of the classes that encompass the nationwide sportsman series.
Sunday was a special day for father and son, Jeff and Cody Lane of North Bend, Wash., as both took home divisional Wally trophies. In the Comp Eliminator final round, Jeff Lane, took the starting line advantage running 8.132 148.92 defeating Tony Mandella, Eastvale, Calif., 8.440, 145.09. In the Super Stock finale, Cody Lane , made a victory pass of 8.864, 136.59 outlasting Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, 8.947, 137.98.
Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah scored his third Wally of the season, running unopposed in the Top Sportsman final round. Olpin doubled up at Winternationals last month, winning Wally's in Top Sportsman and Super Gas. Currently Ed sit atop the divisional standings in both classes.
Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., earned his 18th divisional Wally Trophy, running 5.236 seconds, 275.62 mph to win the final round in Top Alcohol Dragster. Cowie took full of advantage of Joey Severance's, Woodburn, Ore., mechanical issues who broke at the starting line.
In the Top Alcohol Funny Car finale, Shane Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., started with a great light and held power to hold on for a hole shot win, coming in at 5.453 seconds, 268.87 mph. Westerfield won his fourth Lucas Oil Divisional Wally trophy, second of the season. Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., completed a runner-up pass of 5.439 seconds, 270.70 mph.
Local Stock Eliminator driver Tibor Kadar, Phoenix, Ariz., took home the divisional Wally trophy as Brent Calvert, Lancaster, Calif., fouled at the starting line.
The other drivers visiting the winner's circle were Allison Mckoane in Super Comp; Terry Keddington in Super Gas; Greg Ventura in Super Street; Ryan Priddy in Top Dragster; and Jay Thompson Sportsman Motorcycle.
The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to the Southwest Division April 7-9, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.
The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park:
Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.288, 276.01 def. 4) James Stevens, Gothenburg,
Neb., 5.373, 266.53;
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
Ed Olpin, Pleasant Grove, Utah, '68 Camaro def. Ray Martin, Anchorage, Alaska, '63 Corvette.
February 23, 2017
February 22, 2017
February 11, 2017
The Season's opening NHRA WInternationals has begun.
The Winternationals, One of the most storied Drag Racing events in NHRA history. Over 50 years of fierce competition and stories have shaped the year. Who will be the top guns and who will show they are ready to be the new champions.
Saturday and Sunday at Phoenix
BC's own Shawn Cowie getting a jump on the 2017 season
Troy Coughlin Jr ran a best of 3.76
Erica Enders goes back to Chevy for 2017
Vince Nobile will be a top five runner.
Cruz Pedregon ran low 3.90's
Jeff Arend will make a few weekend's in Plueger flopper
Jim Murphy gets some advance runs in prep for the March Meet
Doug Kalitta had fluids exit the car right at the stripe
Alexis De Joria is battle after a few months awat recovering from concussion issues.
Tommy Johnson Jr had a great year last year, the is only improvement he can make is to win the title.
February 4, 2017
Best runs at Wild Horse Pass this weekend
February 4, 2017
They were flying Friday at Phoenix. Courtney Force made the quickest pass in Funny Car history with a 3.804/333.33 blast. She also made two other sub 3.85 passes.
Leah Pritchett made a number of 3.60 passes including this 3.685 pass. Today Saturday she went even quicker, a unofficial worlds quickest 3.65.
Del Worsham went a 4.06 best
Jeff Arend is running Steve Plueger's Monte Carlo
February 2, 2017
Close to 20 Pros were on hand for the first day of Nitro testing in Phoenix. All Seven DSR cars, Four JFR cars, Four Kalitta cars, Cruz, Wilk, and Millican all made laps on day one. Ets and more info tomorrow.
Troy Coughlin Jr
Thank you to all our friends and readers for today's birthday wishes. Getting closer and closer to the next milestone. Two years it will be 60 years on this earth. Kind of surprised I lasted this long, but I am looking forward to many more.
We have bee quite lax on the update scene for the last month and a half and it is mostly due to my other job that pays most of the bills. The construction deal is still quite busy but we are underway race wise when it comes to schedules / brochures and posters locally, and we will look at a different updated look over the next month or so. Speaking of updates, I am not sure on the new NHRA look, but I notice is has similar aspects to other major sports association's and series'
Tonight we celebrate the life of my cousin Kris as well as a few drinks for my B-day. If you are in Mission head on down to the Springs Pub.
January 22, 2017
The NHRA season began last week in Phoenix with the 1st heritage race of the year. The event included A/Fuel, 7.0, Jr Fuel and all the Gas and Nostalgia classes.
The winner in Afuel was John Harless. He got a single in the final . He was set to take on Drew Austin but Austin's FED had a fluid leak and was shut off.
Drew Austin reset the National record with a 6.06/224 in the semi finals.
Bobby Cotrell won 7.0 over Dwight Garland (broke).
In Jr Fuel it was Kevin Carter over Don Enriquez.
Brendan Frye defeated Feank Merenda in A/Gas.
January 7, 2017
Next Saturday (14th) is the memorial for Jim Isherwood. It is between 2-4 pm at the Best Western in Mission.
We are saddened to hear of Tony Krause's passing this week. Tony was an avid and one of the main photographers at the Eagle Motorplex. He supported the track during the last decade with donations and help in whatever was necessary. He also shot at Kelowna's Thunder Mountain and Mission Raceway. He leaves behind his partner of 33 years Sandy Kraft and and his sister Brenda and her family as well as many other family and friends. A celebration of life will be held January 28th at Rutland Centennial Hall from 1-5pm.
It is confirmed that Jimmy Prock has returned to John Force racing. Chris Cunningham the ex crew chief for Bob Tasca has also come on board.
DSR has retained the services of Dean Antonelli. He joins John Medlen on the Jack Beckman team.
Jim Head has a new driver. Jonnie Lindberg will be the driver for the Jim Head Racing Funny Car. Jim''s son Chad will now be in the forefront of the family business operations.
January 3, 2017
All calendar orders up to today have been shipped already.
December 31, 2016
Here is a link for all NW racers to keep on hand. Elite Belts has their new web site up and running they are also on FaceBook.
Happy New Year and New Year's Eve tonight. Remember to be safe
Calendars are now ready for shipping. Go to this link to order.
December 21, 2016
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