Thursday, March 31, 2005

Kent Stotz: Motorcycle Drag-Racing's Clark Kent
Kent Stotz has re-written the book on motorcycle drag-racing. The four-time AMA Prostar champ and the first racer to set the 200mph record in Street Bike Shootout competition has taken the class to new heights on his Honda Rider's Club of America-sponsored turbo-charged CBR1100XX.
Drag Strip Girl comes full circle
When Mendy Fry graduated from Santa Rosa High in 1987, she was the school's undisputed horse power queen. Her striking dark features, long brunette hair and movie-star looks prompted some to ask why she wasn't homecoming queen but she wasn't interested in any popularity contests. She just wanted to go fast. Racing and working on cars was all she knew and she was damn good at it.
Erica Enders Q&A
Erica Enders is just 21 years old. She’s still in college and has her entire life and career ahead of her. Her career of choice? Racing. The Houston native just started her NHRA Pro Stock rookie season and has three national events on her resume. What’s next?
Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Dragster joins NASCAR festivities at Bristol Motor Speedway
In front of the largest sports audience in the state of Tennessee, the Carrier Boyz FRAM AirHog NHRA Top Fuel dragster, driven by Cory McClenathan, will take to the Bristol Motor Speedway half-mile, all-concrete oval on Sunday, April 3 for the Nextel Cup Food City 500. Okay, the FRAM AirHog dragster isn't actually going to race but will give the 160,000 fans a carnival for their senses when McClenathan starts up the 7000 horsepower plus dragster and fills the air with both sound and the smell of nitromethane.
P & G Racing: A History
Sweden's P & G Racing Top Fuel Dragster team were one of the longest-established race teams in European drag racing history. Pelle Lindelöw and Gunnar Elmqvist started racing in 1971 with Renaults, finally calling it a day in 2001 after racing Top Fuel for a number of years. Andy Barrack spoke to Pelle and Gunnar and together with Acceleration Archive owner Alan Currans has published a detailed and minutely-researched history of the popular team.

Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals Boasts Drag Racing Icons
Over 400 vintage drag racers competing in 14 classes have set their sights on Infineon Raceway for the 17th running of the Goodguys Nitro Nationals – a full scale drag racing event and rod & custom car show April 23rd & 24th at the sprawling wine country motorsports facility.
Eric Shelton Racing
Eric continues the proud tradition of African American Pro Stock racers.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Melanie Troxel Q&A
If there’s one thing that Don Prudhomme enjoys next to winning races, it’s setting trends. With the announcement that Don Prudhomme Snake Racing has signed aspiring Top Fuel star Melanie Troxel to a developmental contract, it appears the Snake is again leading the way in the sport he has dominated both on and off the track.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Funny Car Reunion Raw
Flyin' Phil reviews the Drag Racing Underground video Funny Car Reunion Raw, a meander through the world of northeastern vintage funny cars.
Toyo Tires named title sponsor of NHRA Powerade Series event at Maple Grove Raceway
NHRA officials announced today that Toyo Tire USA Corporation, a leading manufacturer of high performance tires that is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2005, has been named title sponsor of the NHRA POWERade Series event at Maple Grove Raceway in southeast Pennsylvania.
Idaho couple enjoys competing in drag races
Blu and Elsje Hayball don't work in an office. They work on a race track and they take their children along.
Mustang Stampede!
Fuel pump toggle? Check. Twin electric fans? Yessir. Then flip up the red plastic cover and arm the 'power/kill' toggle before punching the start button. The GT-R Concept's 5.0-liter 440-bhp Cammer engine then rips a jagged, smoking hole in the silence, blurring vision with its tingly vibration, and thumping the pant legs of anyone standing within range of its double-barreled sidepipes.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Gainesville Raceway's Lucas Oil event rained out for the second time
NHRA Southeast division racers returned to Gainesville Raceway to complete the rain-delayed NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event only to be rained out again. The event has been postponed to August 5 and 6 with time trials on Friday and eliminations on Saturday. The original date was February 25-27.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

The fastest Jet on the planet!
UK Jet Funny Car pilot Martin Hill became the fastest Jet-powered drag racer on the planet at Santa Pod Raceway this afternoon when he recorded an astounding 336.10 mph on a demonstration pass at the Easter Thunderball. Martin's speed eclipses the previous best of 330.90 by US Jet Dragster racer Bill Mattio, and was accepted by Santa Pod Raceway's Chief Timekeeper. You can stay in touch with all the news from the Easter Thunderball on

Editor's note: A review of the incremental timers have disputed the validity of this run. BP

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Price on Head of Australian Drag Racing Icon
Australian Drag Racing icon Brett ‘The Boss’ Stevens has had a price of $100,000 put on his head by the Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia. If the money can be raised for the charity, the Brisbane based professional racer will be putting his head, or more to the point, his distinctive metre long ponytail on the chopping block.
I-39 Raceway
A new drag strip project is generating lots of support and excitement in the Northern Illinois area.
Easter Thunderball live coverage
The 2005 UK season starts at this weekend's Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod Raceway. are reporting live from Santa Pod and you can stay in touch with all the racing news and check out the webcam by following the link.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Nocita graduates from Irwindale to NHRA
Erica Nocita hopes it's the first step in a long career competing in National Hot Rod Association drag racing. The Monrovia driver, who made a name for herself during Irwindale Dragstrip's weekly Thursday night show, has signed a deal with General Motors Racing to drive a new Chevy Cobalt Phase5 in the NHRA Sports Compact events this season.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Future Has No Finish Line
Hold onto your chopsticks, America. The "Karaoke-ization" of stock car racing may be the end of we know it.
POST RACE NOTES: 36th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals
Facts, figures, and insider notes from the record breaking 2005 Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals.
Haight Wins March Meet - Finally!
We Did it For Love offers up their 2005 March Meet coverage.
Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers Reveal 2005 Schedule
The fledging new Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers Association has firmed up its inaugural racing schedule. The series will feature many fine vintage cars owned by its ever growing membership.
Wolf heads for Wright Racing
The legendary John Woolfe Racing wolf head logo is to appear again on a race car in 2005. The Wright Racing Top Fuel Dragster is to return to the track sporting the wolf head with a number of demonstration and match race appearances already booked at events at Shakespeare County Raceway this year. John and Lesley Wright kindly invited to their Rushden workshop to check out the dragster, and to talk to Dave Riswick of JWR and the representatives of the other companies involved in supporting the car.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Retro Rage
Old Is In, Patina Rules, and Throwbacks Are Current. Is Retro a Fad, Is It Here to Stay, or Has It Just Gotten More Publicity? Does Bakersfield
West Coast photog Jason Ellis offers up a few hundred choice pix from the 2005 Goodguys March Meet.
European TF Champion Carter interviewed
2004 FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion Andy Carter has announced a major sponsorship deal with UK home improvement retailer B & Q. The announcement of the deal was well-timed as Andy is about to contest the 2005 TF v Fuel FC Pro Fuel Shootout at Santa Pod Raceway's Easter Thunderball, and he is planning to be the first racer to win the Shootout three times. spoke to Andy Carter about his off-season activities, his plans to win the Pro Fuel Shootout, his FIA Championship campaign, and the deal with B & Q.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Plenty of 2005 drag racing at Infineon Raceway
Wednesday night drags will take up most of the 2005 drag-racing calendar with 45 days set aside for the purpose of 'smokin' your tires' and going for the best elapsed time down the quarter-mile track at Infineon Raceway.
EphemeraNow: The Retro Image Archive
2005 Gatornationals Performancefest
Steve Klemetti highlights the personal best performances recorded at the 2005 Gatornationals, and Houston & Phoenix LODRS races.
Willowbank Raceway A Field Of Dreams For New General Manager
From Ballarat to Ipswich and all places in between, Steve Bettes boasts a thorough understanding of how to make motor racing a major success and will prove a major asset as the newly appointed General Manager of Queensland's Willowbank Raceway.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

2005 NHRA Gatornationals Final Results
Doug Kalitta, Whit Bazemore, Jason Line and Steve Johnson were winners at the $2 million race, the third of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Team PTI Enjoys Double Wins, Conaway Scores First Win In Six Years, Brother And Sister In Finals
Racers enjoyed competing in the Drag News All Star Tour event that made its first 2005 stop at Atlanta Dragway. Two racers from the same hometown; Russ Glover (Super Pro) and Chuck Conaway (Sportsman) from Cumming, GA, enjoyed wins in their class, and were thrilled to receive custom championship Edelbrock jackets from the Drag News team.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

2005 NHRA Gatornationals Final Qualifying Results
Dave Grubnic, Robert Hight, Greg Anderson and Andrew Hines will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the $2 million race, the third of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Rescue workers hone skills at motorsports training class
Trained rescuers make a difference when emergency situations flare up at stock or drag car races.
Combustion Chamber: 2005 46th Goodguys March Meet
The 46th Annual March Meet returned to Famoso Raceway and kicked off the 2005 Goodguys VRA season. It was a weekend filled with surprising non-qualifiers and upsets, while a record number of participants (over 500) surveyed changes made during the off season. Plenty of new faces surfaced in several classes, which made for some great side-by-side racing during the weekend and plenty of first-time event winners. The following photo highlights are just a portion of the excitement that happened during this event.
The Most Powerful Diesel Engine in the World
It's back! The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover in the world today. The Aioi Works of Japan's Diesel United, Ltd built the first engines and is where some of these pictures were taken.
Jr Fueler Magazine
The 2005 Nostalgia season has started and The Jr Fueler Magazine has been updated with the 2005 racing schedule as well as coverage of the Goodguys March Meet.
The Cammer V8 PC
Now, THIS is a hot rod computer...

Friday, March 18, 2005

2005 NHRA Gatornationals Friday Qualifying Results
Andrew Hines raced to the first six-second Pro Stock Motorcycle run in NHRA history Friday highlighting a record-setting day of qualifying at the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals.
Payne returns to drag circuit
Shelly Payne figured she was just another of the former National Hot Rod Association stars who had their flash in the pan before fading off into near oblivion. But the former Shelly Anderson, winner of four national events in Top Fuel during the 1990s, jettisons herself from that list this weekend when she competes in the AMS Pro Mod class at the 36th Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
Strother to sell drag strip area land by auction
A public auction will be held to sell 1,000 acres of auxiliary land owned by Strother Field, including 600 acres south of U.S. 166 that once housed a popular drag strip.
Summer of 69: Match Race between Leo Payne and Joe Smith
Top Fuel Bike racer Joe Smith takes us back to the summer of 1969 and to the birth of fuel bike match racing.

Goodguys 46th March Meet: Sportsman Photo Review
Gary Brown showcases the hard running sportsman drag racers who helped to make up the 46th Goodguys March Meet at Famoso.

Goodguys 46th March Meet: Gasser Photo Review
There were tons of Gassers as usual at Bakersfield and Gary Brown captured many of them right here.
Deal for NHRA a real issue
NHRA SALE: Who are we to believe in the latest development of a potential sale of the drag racing sanctioning body to Bruton Smith?
UK Pre-Season Test Weekend
This weekend is UK racers' last chance to test before the UK National Championship season starts at next week's Easter Thunderball. The weather is looking perfect for the two test events at Shakespeare County Raceway and Santa Pod Raceway, but if you can't get along to the tracks then will be reporting live from both venues.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Cobalt to debut in NHRA
With an eye on the growing sports compact market, General Motors unveiled its new entry-level drag racing vehicle, the Cobalt Phase 5, Wednesday at California Dragway.
Big finale for drag racing season
MASTERTON Motorplex officials are looking back on their best season ever -- 'by a long way' -- says events organiser Bob Wilton. A 260mph run by Richard Smith's jet-powered Warhawk, the fastest-ever down the Hood Aerodrome strip, and the turnout of seven top Australian drag bikes plus all the usual drag action provided plenty of entertainment for a smaller-than-hoped-for crowd.
Drag racing action at Kauai Raceway Park
The 2005 drag racing season roared to life last Saturday night at Kaua'i Raceway Park. The highlight of the evening was a 195 MPH blast down the track by Riley Takayama in a fire-breathing blown alcohol dragster.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Goodguys 46th March Meet: Photo Review 2
Page two of Robert Briggs' photo coverage of the Goodguys 46th March Meet.

Goodguys 46th March Meet: Photo Review 3
The third big page of Robert Briggs photos from the Goodguys 46th March Meet in Bakersfield.

Goodguys 46th March Meet: Photo Review 2
Page two of Robert Briggs' photo coverage of the Goodguys 46th March Meet.
Ken's Model Engines
We've featured this site before, but it's worth another look. Check out the incredible detail on these scale model car engines.
A Girl and Her Hydrometer, Mixing Fuel
Cole Coonce and kick ass nostalgia top fuel racer Mendy Fry prove that there's possibly nothing sexier than a beautiful woman mixing nitro.

Goodguys 46th March Meet: Funny Car Photo Review
Gary Brown shot this great flopper action at the 46th Goodguys March Meet at Bakersfield.
Vels and Spitali Win BTE/Citgo Ron's Desert Classic at Tucson
Racers enjoyed a great weekend of racing during the Ron's Desert Classic Warm-Up, the second Jeg’s Division Seven BTE/Citgo race of 2005.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Tom Dicktakes and His Amazing Twin Overhead Cam Donovan
Tom Dicktakes is a busy man. He's a man with a mission and has been for nearly 40 years. When I first approached Tom about doing this interview, he was reluctant because he mostly didn't want his work to go above the radar screen and have folks drop by his shop to see how things were going. Not that he minds folks being interested in his project, it's just that he's afraid of being distracted from working on it. What is the project you say? Brace yourselves, fellow gearheads...
The Winged Express is coming back to Bakersfield!
Fuel Altereds Coming to Famoso!
On April 8, the Bad Boys are coming to Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California, as Budweiser presents "Fuel Altered Friday."

Goodguys 46th March Meet: Top Fuel Photos
Gary Brown captured these great shots of the Top Fuel machines that competed at the 46th annual Goodguys March Meet in Bakersfield.
Drag racing is back - UK
Drag racing returns to the Shakespeare County Raceway in Long Marston this weekend for two days of pre-season testing and public participation.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Brendan Murry's AA/Fuel Dragster on Fire
AA/Fuel Dragster driver Brendan Murry had some hot moments at the 2005 March Meet.

Goodguys 2005 March Meet Photo Review
Robert Briggs offers up the first Photo Review of the Goodguys 2005 March Meet.
With a bare-bones budget, beach boy Boyd runs for fun
The deluxe trailers Jimmy Boyd's competitors have are roomy and ideal for storing the finest tools, spare parts, extra engines and tires money can buy. Everything Boyd needs to run at the March Meet has been chucked into the back of the 'duallie.' It looks more like he's about to take a run to the dump than down a quarter-mile.
Lucas Oil NHRA finishes up today in Baytown
Bracket Racers, Jr. Dragsters, sportsmen and pros alike are already spending the weekends at tracks all over the United States, but Houston�s Raceway Park will soon be the site of two of the most important spectator events of the year.

Goodguys 46th March Meet Winner Circle Photos
Winner Circle Photographs of the 14 class winners at the Goodguys 46th March Meet at Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, California.

Goodguys 46th March Meet Winner Circle Photos
Winner Circle Photographs of the 14 class winners at the Goodguys 46th March Meet at Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, California.
Figspeed Becomes Primary Sponsor of Top Comp in Division 6
NHRA Division 6 Director Mike Rice announced speed and marine parts provider Figspeed as the new sponsor for the Top Comp category for the 2005 season.
Don Prudhomme Racing Signs Driver Melanie Troxel to Development Contract for New Top Fuel Team
Don Prudhomme Snake Racing announced today that it has signed a development contract with driver Melanie Troxel in its effort to secure sponsorship of a Top Fuel dragster team to compete in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Smith continues interest in buying NHRA
O. Bruton Smith, the power behind Speedway Motorsports Inc., acknowledged Sunday he is engaged in ongoing talks to purchase the NHRA.
New look at U.S. 13 Dragway
The U.S. 13 Dragway underwent a $100,000 facelift this winter, which included a resurfacing of the facility and a new concrete starting pad. U.S. 13 is ready for its 42nd consecutive season and has released its 43-date schedule for the 2005 campaign.
IHRA and SPEED Announce 2005 TV Package
IHRA and SPEED have announced the finalization for the 2005 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series TV package, featuring all four professional classes -- Top Fuel, Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified, Funny Car, and Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock.
MAC Tools NHRA Gatornationals Fact Sheet
All you need to know about the 36th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, the third of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Professional competitors in four categories earn points leading to 2005 NHRA POWERade championships.
The Brits cleaned up!
This weekend's US v UK v Canada World Street Race at No Problem Raceway turned into a UK benefit as the UK took the team win; the UK's Steve Pateman took the individual win in an all-UK final; the top two qualifiers, Low ET and high speed were taken by UK racers; and the UK team took just about every other prize apart from quickest sixty-foot time and Best Wheelie. WSR organiser and racer Andy Frost told just how all of that felt.
Haight Wins Top Fuel at 46th March Meet
Howard Haight of Upland, California has chased the dream of winning the March Meet ever since he was first licensed to drive a top fuel dragster in 1971. Today at historic Famoso Raceway, Haight's chase officially ended.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Cat's Scratches
John "Wildcat One" Bockelman's Motor Racing Graphics at
A new height for Haight
In 33 years of racing dragsters, Top Fuel driver Howard Haight has won his share of races, but never at Famoso Raceway. Haight's fortunes changed Sunday at the 46th GoodGuys March Meet.
John Hogan Memorial Services on St Patrick's Day
Memorial Services in memory of the Colonel, John Hogan, will be held on St Patrick's Day, March 17, 2005, at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.
Barefoot Wins Super Pro, Marcum Doubles, Haddon and Lastinger Almost Double in Atlanta
Results from the second 2005 Summit / Snap-On ET series event at Atlanta Dragway.
NHRA Legends Program Established to Further Recognize Pioneers of the Sport of NHRA Drag Racing
NHRA announced today the NHRA Legends Program, designed to recognize the on-track legends of the sport of NHRA Drag Racing by granting them lifetime access to any NHRA event.
Wilson edges Thomason at Sikeston Drag Strip
William Wilson of Arcadia won the Super Pro division on opening night at the Sikeston Drag Strip on Saturday.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Drag racing's "Queen of Diamonds" has full hand
A car screams over a racetrack at over 300 mph, it's jet engine spewing flames. Behind the wheel sits a beautiful young girl. No she's not the star of your child's new favorite Saturday morning cartoon, she's Jessica Harris, the 'Queen of Diamonds,' and one of the biggest stars in drag racing.
Pedregon makes successful return at Midget Nationals
Cruz Pedregon is not a drag racer. He is a race car driver who just happens to compete in the National Hot Rod Association Drag Racing Series. His skills are not limited to the straight-line set and the second-generation racer. One of two drivers since 1990 other than John Force to win a NHRA Funny Car title - his brother Tony is the other showed how interchangeable his talent is in January.

Friday, March 11, 2005

SFI Inspection Team visit UK
The SFI Inspection Team made their 2005 UK stop at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday 11th March. SFI Foundation President Arnie Kuhns and inspectors Tim Hyatt, Murf McKinney and Andy Robinson inspected a near-record number of clutches, bellhousings and wheels. went along to Santa Pod Raceway to check the SFI Day, kicking off by interviewing Arnie Kuhns about the SFI programme and how SFI specs are set, and also speaking to Tim Hyatt, Murf McKinney and the racers who brought parts for inspection.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Goodguys Honor 2004 VRA Champions
The Goodguys Nostalgia Drag Racing organization honored the 2004 VRA Champions on March 10, 2005 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield, California. Gary Brown sent photos of all the champs in action in 2004.
Noise board says no to drag racing
After an avalanche of opposition from neighborhood groups, the city's Noise Review Board on Wednesday denied a request from Portland International Raceway for a variance that would allow regional drag racing at the track this summer. In denying the track a 'no limit' variance for regional drag races in August, the board cited several factors, including the potential for dangerous noise levels and a lack of community outreach by the raceway.
Drag Bikes at the Airport
Once a year, UK's London City Airport is used for an entirely different purpose as it plays host to a sprint meeting for classic motorcycles.
Sunoco Bracket Series nears season opener
The 2005 Sunoco Bracket Series gets underway next weekend with a doubleheader in Thunder Valley on March 19-20 kicking off the 16-race points season.
UK WSR racers take to track
The four UK contenders in this weekend's USA v UK v Canada World Street race took to the track for the first time at No Problem Raceway yesterday. UK Street Eliminator racer Andy Frost got in touch with from Louisiana to let us know how testing went.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Stull signs Interstate Batteries to run Comp Eliminator in 2005
Stull Racing announced today that her team has signed Interstate Batteries as the primary sponsor for the team's new G/Econo Dragster it will debut this year in NHRA's Competition Eliminator.
GM driver Pawuk confident of Gatornationals
During his long career as an NHRA Pro Stock competitor Mark Pawuk has been a multiple national-event winner, a two-time national-record holder, entered 372 national events and earned the respect and admiration of fans and fellow competitors throughout the sport.
Gene Bergstrom named Director of Event & Field Operations for ProMedia events
ProMedia has announced that Gene Bergstrom, an experienced administrator and operations specialist in drag racing event production, has been named Director of Event & Field Operations. ProMedia, which produces both the NMRA Ford Nationals Series and the NMCA Hot Rod & Muscle Car Nationals event series is recognized as the largest and fastest growing organizer of the street legal racing scene. Bergstrom will begin his duties immediately.
Joliet title sponsor announced
NHRA officials announced today that Ameriquest Mortgage Company, a leading national mortgage lender and official marketing partner with NHRA, has been named title sponsor of an NHRA POWERade Series event at spectacular Route 66 Raceway near Chicago.
Raceway hosts first drag racing series of the year
The Malta Drag Racing Association (MDRA) organised its first event of the year between February 25 and 27 at the Hal Far Raceway. The event, though in February, was characterised with some fine weather even though those present had to contend with an occasional downpour during the weekend.
At Infineon Raceway, fans, drag racers gather together for charity event
The third annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Tour de Charity recently took place and 40 happy fans got to trade paint and wheel marks on their way around Infineon Raceway's Karting Center, driving against the best of the NHRA's drag racers.
70 drivers set for drag race
More than 70 drivers from Bahrain and other GCC countries are set for the second round of the Bahrain National Drag Racing Championship, organised by the Bahrain Drag Racing Club, to be held tonight and tomorrow at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
The Forge Invitational Musclecar Show
This awesome muscle car show returns for 2005.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

York Show to Feature Tribute to Ronnie Sox
A tribute to Ronnie Sox of the famed Sox & Martin race team will be one of the features at this year's Fourth Annual York US 30 Musclecar Madness show.
Demke, Taylor win in Phoenix
Defending event and Pacific Division Top Alcohol Dragster Champion Chris Demke knocked off Ashley Force for win number one in the 2005 season, and last year's event runner-up Dennis Taylor emerged victorious in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Legends of the Quarter Mile: Ed Donovan
In doing my research on Ed Donovan it has me realize just how much I wish I had been fortunate enough to meet and spend some time with him. He was, from all accounts a fine man and most certainly a friend to drag racing and the racers themselves.
South Africa: Drag racing moves to Virginia airport
It's now official. Durban's new venue for drag racing is Virginia Airport. eThekwini Municipality Deputy Mayor Logie Naidoo told the Daily News yesterday that preparations for moving drag racing events from the current venue in Greyville's First Avenue to Virginia Airport were well underway, with the first event expected before June this year.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Mother Nature washes out Firebird racing
Rain delayed the start of racing, then ended Saturday's action early for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Goodyear Pacific Division Opener at Firebird International Raceway. Racers finally took to the track about 1 p.m. with round one of eliminations in Super Street, Super Gas, and Super Comp being completed before rain forced NHRA and Firebird officials to postpone final qualifying for the Top Alcohol Dragster, Funny Car, and Comp Eliminator classes.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Flight of the Commuter
Dateline 1970: The British record-breaking land speed runs of The Commuter, Britain's first nitro-guzzling Fuel Dragster, which topped a remarkable 260mph over the flying kilometre, seem implausible. Even more amazing to contemplate is the idea that a hastily modified dragster could wrest the British record from Sir Malcolm Campbell's purpose-built Bluebird -- and then retain it for some 30-plus years.
South Africa: Ready to burn rubber on the landing strip?
Virginia Airport manager Glen Bryce has dismissed media reports that there would be a drag racing event at the airport on March 27. However, he confirmed that a proposal had been put to the council by KwaZulu-Natal Motor Racing to move drag-racing events from the current venue in Greyville's First Avenue to the airport.
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Joon unveils MPM Top Fueller
Dutch Top Fuel Dragster racer Lex Joon unveiled the 2005 MPM Oil Top Fuel Dragster at the Race and Rally Show in Den Bosch, Holland yesterday. Team Manager Gerda Dijkstra told about the press launch and about the latest developments with the ex-Baca dragster as the European season approaches.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Top sports cars take part in drag race at BIC
The ultimate in top of the line street legal sports cars took part in a quarter mile drag race at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) yesterday on the first of a two-day motoring event organised by the owner's club, Speed Trip.
Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers Announces New Straight Axle Class
The Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers (ONDR) is the fastest growing nostalgia club in Ontario. New members, each with their own piece of drag racing history, join us every week as we prepare for our FIRST season of racing.
46th March Meet Draws Record Entries
Anticipation is at an all time high for The Goodguys 46th March Meet presented by Clay Smith Cams, March 11-13 at Famoso Raceway just north of Bakersfield. As of Friday, March 4th, an event-record 511 race cars in fourteen classes have pre-entered prompting Goodguys/VRA officials to freeze entries in all Sportsman classes.
One-on-one with Carthage native Jerry Cobaugh
The first real motorcycle Jerry Cobaugh of Carthage remembers owning was a Honda Sport 50, more than 35 years ago. Looking back, Jerry realizes it was the start of an addiction...the addiction to speed; nothing is ever fast enough, powerful enough, or big enough.

The Creepiest Drag Race That I Ever Saw
Draglist contributor David Hapgood recounts a drag race that took a turn for the bizarre.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Female drag racer takes winning one step at a time
Erica Enders isn't content merely with making NHRA history. She became only the fifth female driver to qualify for an NHRA Pro Stock field last weekend when she qualified 16th (out of 26 cars) for the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz. Now she wants to win.
NHRA Drag Racing blasts off Saturday night in Kauai
The new season of drag racing action begins this Saturday night at Kauai Raceway Park in Mana. You can race your family wagon -- just bring a helmet and be sure to have a current safety sticker and insurance card.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

2004 Funny Car Reunion III
Mark Brewer's FCR site has been hiding behind an obscure URL for a while, but here it is. See you at the next one?
Local Racing Community Remembers Ladd
Emergency workers responded to Robert Ladd's home in Bradley County after one of his relatives found his body Monday afternoon. Officials said they believe Ladd was working underneath one of his race cars Saturday when the car fell on top of him.
Back on track at Firebird
New year, new season, but same old Tony Schumacher. Schumacher, who won a record 10 NHRA Top Fuel dragster races last season, returned to victory lane Sunday by beating Morgan Lucas in the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.
Teen feeds speed need; Inherits dad's racer
Like most teenagers, 17-year-old Jessica Passerby likes to drive. But Jessica's passion is a 1971 yellow Chevrolet Vega that she drag races on weekends at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler or Speedway Motorplex in Whitman.