Saturday, April 30, 2005

70s Funny Cars Round 30: New Zealand
Round 29 of the 70s Funny Cars series brings us funny cars from the land of the Kiwi, New Zealand. We have five New Zealand cars plus visitors from overseas who toured there.

The Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals, Part 3
Robert Briggs wraps up his photo coverage of the Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals with part 3 of his series from Sonoma, California.
2005 NHRA Bristol Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the O’Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
When it's time to race, everything is equal
Erica Enders, who is making her first visit to Bristol Dragway for the fifth annual O'Reilly Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals, is hoping to qualify for the third time this season and says being the only female driver in Pro Stock has been a big deal to others, but not to herself.
Radical Updates Just Weeks Away!
Brian Clark of Fusionwerks reports that the new Drag Racing List conversion to an online resource is ALMOST DONE and ready for beta testing! I'll be testing it next week to see how it works and to iron out any kinks... shortly after that, we will roll it out to the world! Just to whet your appetite, the new system will allow you to see and sort the lists in just about any way imaginable. There will be ten standard views (up from the current three), and for the biggest change of all: anyone in the world will be able to submit updates to the actual lists. If I approve them, your changes will be LIVE in 24 to 48 hours! This also will allow us to be able to enter updated race stats immediately after each event. Watch this space in early May for the kickoff date. BP
2005 NHRA Bristol Friday Qualifying Rained Out
Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to cancel Friday’s racing at the O’Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
Evolution of Thunder Valley
A variety of motorsports facilities claim the nickname of Thunder Valley. However, true fans and racers know the title belongs to Bristol Dragway.
Canada Drag club spans gear-head generations
Except for the NHRA, it's the longest-standing drag racing club in the world.

Friday, April 29, 2005

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Friday Results from Texas Motorplex
In the first rounds of qualifying in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex, there is a defending division champion and a former division champ leading their respective fields in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Rapid City's Ron Starkey shifting gears
After 23 seasons of dirt-track oval racing, Starkey, a three-time Black Hills Speedway point champion of Rapid City, is switching to drag racing for the 2005 season.
Double dose of street drag racing action
Durban motor racing enthusiasts will get a double dose of street action when the city's third big drag racing event takes place in First Avenue, Greyville, this weekend.
Heartland Park website gets nitro boost from Cory Mac
Heartland Park Topeka's website home,, will soon be featuring stories and thoughts from the road thanks to Wichita, Kan. native Cory McClenathan, driver of the Carrier Boyz Racing FRAM AirHog Top Fuel Dragster.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals, Part 2
Robert Briggs offers up more sterling photography and insight in Part 2 of his 3 part coverage of the Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals at Sonoma, California.

Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals Photos: Top Fuel and Funny Car
Gary Brown continues his Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals coverage with some awesome Top Fuel and Funny Car starting line action.
Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals - Pics and Words checks in with some great Jason Ellis shots from Goodguys Sonoma.
Anatomy of a Top Fuel run
Is it possible to prove the much-quoted statistic about Top Fuel Dragsters reaching 100 mph in a second or less? Alan Currans of the UK's Acceleration Archive attempts to prove the hypothesis using Europe's quickest-ever Top Fuel run as an example.
Joe Amato International Motorsports HoF inductee
Joe Amato saw his first drag race at the early -- age of 14 and immediately said, 'I want to do that.' From that simple statement a top-flight drag racing business was born. Today, Amato stands as the most successful driver to have ever competed in the NHRA's premiere division, Top Fuel Dragster.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals Photo Coverage (Part 1)
Robert Briggs kicks off his photo coverage of the Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals at Sonoma, California.

Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals Photos: Winners in Action
Gary Brown provides photo coverage of the fourteen class winners at the Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals from Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, Ca.

Smoke on the Water: The IHBA 2005 Season Opener
Full story and photo coverage of the International Hot Boat Association's 2005 Season Opener, the IHBA Lakefest at Firebird International Lake.

Monday, April 25, 2005

17th Goodguys Nitro Nationals Final Results
The 17th edition of the Goodguys Nitro Nationals held at the sprawling Infineon Raceway, featured several record runs and numerous first time Goodguys event winners.
2005 IHRA Rockingham Final Results
Final results and up to date points standings after the 35th annual IHRA Spring Nationals at Rockingham, NC.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Westcott Successfully Defends Hemi Challenge Title
Belle Rose, LA: For the second straight year, Charlie Westcott Jr. has claimed the Mopar Performance SS/AA Hemi Challenge at the JEG' NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals. Plus Pro Mod and Top Sportsman qualifying.

One of Kind Rides: The Oakey Goggomobile
The nitro fueled Goggomobile of the Oakey family was different in many ways. The choice of body, twin-blowers, and mid-engine make it stand out as truely "one of a kind."

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Moroso's Truck & Trailer USA --Jammin Grafix Pepsi Jet & Truck Nationals continues Sunday
The crowd once again this year was not disappointed in the lineup of favorites including the triple-engine Jet Truck “Shockwave”, “Super Mario” and “Coors Light Silver Bullet” Jet Funny Cars and “Hot Blade” and “Miss-ta-Fire” Jet Dragsters. The show wouldn’t be complete without the “Texas Bandit” Wheelstander completing the exhibition lineup.
2005 IHRA Rockingham Final Qualifying Results
Final qualifying results and first round pairings from the 35th annual IHRA Spring Nationals at The Rock.
Woods has love affair with drag racing
At 64 years old, Steve Woods is a semi-retired machinist, but the San Leandro resident is not planning on retiring soon from his life's passion -- drag racing.
'The Beard' to be honored
Napa native Frank Bradley will be recognized for an outstanding racing career this coming weekend at Infineon Raceway, when the Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals vintage drag racing series comes to Sonoma.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals on Tap for This Weekend
The second leg of the Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Association’s 5-race West Coast Championship Series launches down the Infineon Raceway quarter mile this Saturday and Sunday April 23 & 24 with the 17th running of the Nitro Nationals.
Street legal drag races start Saturday
The first of 10 street legal drag races held by the Eureka Police Department will take place Saturday at the Samoa Drag strip from 5 to 9 p.m.
Twisted Sanity
Two engineers from Hertfordshire, England, who have been into the drag-race scene for many years, have built themselves a nitrous powered rocket dragster.
'The Beard' to be honored
Napa native Frank Bradley will be recognized for an outstanding racing career this coming weekend at Infineon Raceway, when the Goodguys 17th Nitro Nationals vintage drag racing series comes to Sonoma. Bradley, now living in Santa Rosa, is Northern California's most accomplished professional drag racer.
A Need for Speed: Dragway Helps Drive Local Economy
Just a 10-minute drive after crossing the Moore County line at Drowning Creek on U.S. 1 south you discover one of the largest contributors to the Moore and Richmond counties' economies -- Rockingham Dragway.
The Strip at LVMS announces high school drag racing program
Starting May 13, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the LVMS High School Drag Racing Series, as part of its Show 'n' Go Friday Series. The five-race series is open to all registered high school students and will be contested May 13, June 10, July 15, August 12 and September 16. Each race winner will receive $100, a trophy, a winner's decal and an LVMS hat. Each racer's four best finishes will count toward the points championship.

'70s Funny Cars: Remember When?
Do you remember when nitro racers had no spare bodies? Dale Pulde does.

'70s Funny Cars: Round 29
The latest round of the '70's Funny Cars site features photos from Bob Plumer's 'Drag Racing Memories' collection. All ten cars are from the Southwest and raced in the early 1970s.
Tom Dicktakes Top Fuel Test and Tune Report
Dean Seavers plays computer monkey for a test session on Tom's home built top fueler and discovers that it takes the patience of Job to engineer and run a Top Fuel car on a budget.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Drag City USA
Bristol earned the designation of Drag City USA by the governor of Tennessee in the early 1970s. Thanks largely to the vision of Speedway Motorsports boss Bruton Smith, Bristol Dragway is again the benchmark by which other dragstrips are measured.

70s Funny Cars: Previous Qualifiers Part III
A sneak preview of more looks back at different versions of cars and drivers already featured on the website.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

2005 NHRA Las Vegas 1 Performance Improvements
Steve Klemetti records all the new drivers, and personal best ETs and speeds from the first of two 2005 NHRA Las Vegas events.

Back to the Future?
A one-day meet in the California high desert brings memories and smiles to many faces.
KDS The Wayne Greenway Collection
Great looking drag photos of some of the top circuit racers of the Mid Atlantic in the 60s and 70s.
Johnson can't solve LVMS
Warren Johnson was able to end Greg Anderson's Pro Stock dominance at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he wasn't able to parlay his semifinal victory in his first career win in Las Vegas.
Working with the best
On a typical weekend for Rainer Amrein... Well, there really are no typical weekends for Rainer Amrein. Life on the NHRA drag racing circuit is anything put typical. As a mechanic for pro stock legend Warren Johnson, Amrein never knows what he'll have to do to Johnson's race car from day to day or from round to round.
Bartone latest underdog to get on a roll
It's easy to root for 13-time champions, multi-million dollar mega teams, and slick, glib, clever drivers and crew chiefs who dominate the high ground on the NHRA POWERade tour. But lately, some of the loudest cheers in the Funny Car class are for some determined underdogs who don't usually take a lead role in the outcome of national events.
A race that ended before it began
Rod Fuller had a short day at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on a glorious Sunday afternoon. Fuller, who moved to Las Vegas three years ago and now wonders what took him so long, is five races into his second go-round as a Top Fuel driver following a nine-year hiatus from the pro ranks. This was to be his coming out party in his adopted hometown, but it was over before they even put out the bean dip.

The Low-Down on Shakedown
The house band gets a website update...
G.M. and Ford Stuck in Neutral as Buyers Look Beyond Detroit
In just the last few weeks, the grand plans that were supposed to carry General Motors and Ford Motor into their second centuries have crumbled.

Monday, April 18, 2005

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Sunday from IRP
Datweiller and Townsend take Top Alcohol victories at IRP.

Photo Review: 2005 NHRA Las Vegas
James Drew shot these high rollers at NHRA Las Vegas Saturday.

One of a Kind Rides: James Brown's Anglia
The second installment features James Brown's Anglia. The car is infamous in Texas. He raced it on the Texas Anglia Circuit and in Pro Comp.
Warning noted by Griffith
It takes a mixture of horsepower and intelligence to succeed at the sportsman level in drag racing. Tim Griffith, 41, is a master of the game. The Cedar Bluff, Va., native has won several hundred events and around nine track championships in a career ignited by a word of caution.
Drag racing legend Don 'the Snake' Prudhomme chalked another milestone to his list of career accomplishments Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway becoming just the third driver/owner in NHRA history to collect 100 career victories.
A tour de Force at the O'Reilly Nationals
John Force is one of the funniest people in sports. He tends to get excited, and, during interviews, he'll veer off into tangents just like he tears down the quarter-time in the Castrol GTX Funny Car. You don't know where he's going, but you know it's going to fun. You can try to make sense of it later. Just buckle up and enjoy the ride.
2005 NHRA Las Vegas Final Results
Final results and updated PowerAde points standings after the sixth annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Heartland Park Junior Drag results
Junior racers finished a second consecutive day of drag racing as the Heartland Park Topeka Junior Drag Race Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels continued Sunday morning.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

2005 NHRA Las Vegas Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying positions and first round pairings from the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The History of Women Fuel Funny Car Drivers
Danny White covers the history of female fuel funny car drivers from 1966-2005, from Paula Murphy to today's drivers.
Fans React to the Passing of Quick Times Racing News
Becky White has received dozens of calls and emails since closing the doors on Quick Times Racing News. Here she shares some of her favorites.
Funny Car Reunion Website Returns
After a six month wrestling match with his ISP, Mark "Big Dawg" Brewer has the Funny Car Reunion website back online.
Greg Zyla interviews Don Schumacher
Don Schumacher’s record as a drag racing car owner/crew chief was remarkable. His technological advancements made his Funny Cars the leading performers in the country in the Sixties and early Seventies. Retired since 1974, Don’s interest in drag racing returned when son Tony began racing NHRA sportsman cars in the early 1990s. In their first full year Schumacher and son captured the 1999 NHRA Winston Championship. In 2000, father and son partnered with the U.S. Army and today are the reigning 2004 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel Champions.
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Friday from IRP
In the first rounds of qualifying at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP), Mick Snyder is leading the Top Alcohol Funny Car pack and Ken Perry is the frontrunner in Top Alcohol Dragster.
Face of drag racing a Force-ful presence
Michael Jordan. Wayne Gretzky. David Beckham. What these names have in common is that people that don't follow their particular sports have heard of them. John Force. Something to do with race cars, right? Exactly. Now try and get someone who doesn't follow drag racing to name another driver. I mean a current driver. Exactly.
Fabulous Racers
Information on the Nevada Vintage Race Car Museum, located in Henderson Nevada. Lots of great looking and historic cars.
Retro Race Tracks -- If You Build It, They Will Come (Back)
Nostalgia sells! NHRA's marketing team evidently got the message during the retro-themed 50th U.S. Nationals, which drew the largest crowd in at least a decade. 'Cacklefests,' Fuel Altered exhibitions, slingshot-dragster matches, and static historic displays have since been added to other national events. Three years after the organization reached the half-century mark, NHRA is finally capitalizing on its '50 Years' campaign.
Tale of a Bionic Bunny
In the sport of drag racing where legends are made and history is never lost -- there is one face and name that through generations has not been forgotten. For the past 40 years, one of the most prominent figures in drag racing has simply been known as 'Bunny.' She has helped to shape the face of racing as we know it. A symbol of determination, courage and inspiration, she has faced at times what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to remain true to her beloved sport.
2005 NHRA Las Vegas Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying numbers from the sixth annual Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Friday, April 15, 2005

A Force on the track and in the office
John Force has had such unparalleled success as an NHRA Funny Car driver that his skills as a team owner often go unnoticed.
Two Guys Who Had Dreams
When Jay Blake's 'Follow A Dream' car won the O'Reilly Springnationals in Houston this past week it fulfilled a dream that he had. But, when driver David Ray crossed the finish line ahead of Bob Newberry, it also fulfilled a dream that he had.
Racers' colors give nod to centennial celebration
When the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series returns to Las Vegas in October, two competitors will be honoring this city's centennial celebration with special paint schemes.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Geiger Counter: April 2005
Numbers, notes, and news you need with Senior Editor Rob Geiger.
Drag racing fever hits Durban, South Africa
Drag racing fans can look forward to an event that's just 'out of this world'. For the first time in the history of drag racing in South Africa, the popular sport will take place at night under spectacular floodlights.
Red Bull Dragster Day Brings New Meaning to 'Fuel-Efficiency'
Are you a would-be automotive engineer? Do you doodle car concepts? Are your cell phone minutes consumed with discussions about gear ratios? Red Bull Dragsterday may be your road to greatness. This unique event, to be held in Detroit on September 10, 2005, challenges amateur drivers and their pit crews to design, construct, and race human-powered 'dragsters' that can cover a 1/8-mile flat course with speed, style, and showmanship. And the Grand Prize is what you've been dreaming about since you were a kid: an ultimate drag racing experience at the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The New Face of Racing: Cosmetic Industry Leader StriVectin-SD(R) Sponsors Top Fuel Dragster at Nationals
For the first time in NHRA history, a high-end skin-care product is sponsoring a Top Fuel dragster. StriVectin-SD, the 'stretch mark cream turned anti-wrinkle phenomenon(TM),' is the title sponsor of a nitro-fueled rail at the NHRA Nationals April 14-17 in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

All the info you need to know to enjoy the NHRA Las Vegas Extravaganza whether on site or at home.
2005 Houston & IHRA San Antonio Personal Bests
Steve Klemetti captures all the new drivers and personal best performances from 2005 NHRA Houston & IHRA San Antonio.

One of a Kind: Jeff Courtie's Nitro Woody
Danny White kicks off a new series of articles featuring unique or one of a kind drag racing machines. The first vehicle is Jeff Courtie's blown nitro Woody.
To Reshape Headlamps, First Get Rid of the Bulbs
Designers who create the automotive fantasies known as concept cars are constantly hunting for something to innovate. This year, some of them have decided to liberate the headlamps. When Nissan unveiled its Azeal sporty coupe, the car was fitted with clusters of light-emitting diodes, rather than conventional bulbs, for headlamps.
Dodge Charger models get price tags
Chrysler announced Wednesday that the base model of its new Charger will start at $22,995. While Charger models with the popular Hemi engine will start at $29,995, the base SE model price puts the large rear-wheel-drive muscle car into the same pricing category as some popular midsize car models, such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
U.S. to Order Tire Sensors on New Cars
Federal regulators are set to make automakers equip all lightweight passenger vehicles with tire pressure monitors, concluding a fight over what technology to adopt.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Step 1: Check list of parts...
Germany's Marco Maurischat has sold his record-setting Competition Eliminator dragster and will be spending 2005 building a '57 'Vette bought in kit form from Tim McAmis Race Cars with a view to racing in NDRS Bilsport Pro Modified in 2006. Marco told all about his plans and his trip to see Tim.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

70s Funny Cars - Photos and info on over 250 funny cars!
Danny White is back with 20 new funny cars! We have 10 from the land down under and ten more from OCIR.
2005 NHRA Houston Final Results
Final elimination results and up to date PowerAde points standings after the 18th O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston.
Speed fans, thundering engines fill local track
The smell of fumes filled the air as the Night of Fire returned to Edinburg International Racetrack on Saturday night.
Speed freaks ready for take off on airfield drag strip
From competitions to determine who has the best car stereo system to jet-engineered quad bikes, if you are looking for a wild weekend with a motoring twist, the 2005 season is just beginning to fire on all cylinders, and Crail is where it's all at.
Book Review: Shirley Muldowney's Tales From The Track
Although I've been a fan of Shirley Mudowney since her Funny Car days, most of what I knew about her was that she was a fierce competitor that wasn't afraid to say what she thought. After reading her new book, I have gained insight into what made Shirley the champion drag racer that she is and I have even more respect for her as a person and a racer.

70s Funny Cars: Round 28
Here is a sneak preview of a new round for the 70s Funny Cars site, featuring the awesome photos of Mike Ditty. Most are from the late seventies at Orange County International Raceway.

70s Funny Cars: Round 27
The long awaited next round of 70s Funny Cars is here! The new round is an all Australian round devoted to the land down under, starting with the first funny car in Australia and including nine others who made the 70s great.
Visual Velocity: Motorsports Photography from Australia
The nostalgia drag racing photos on this site were taken in the late 1960's, throughout the 1970's and into the early 1980's, mainly at the long-gone, but fondly remembered, Castlereagh Dragway in Sydney. Some of them were also taken at the old Surfers Paradise track and at Adelaide. The nostalgia hot rod photos were taken during the 1970's at the Street Rod Nationals at Narrandera and Albury.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Everybody else has dissected this story, why not Flyin' Phil?
2005 NHRA Houston Final Qualifying Results
Final qualifying results and first round pairings from the 2005 O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

British AA/Fuel Altereds, Part III: 1990-2005
Danny White and Alan Currans tell and show us the British Fuel Altered scene from 1990 to the present.
Lynn Welch no powderpuff story
Each weekday, Blountville, TN's Lynn Welch deals with animal emergencies. Her pace is even faster on weekends. Welch has been a regular in the popular Sunoco Bracket Series program at Bristol Dragway for three years.

British AA/Fuel Altereds, Part II: 1981-1990
Danny White and Alan Currans team up to discuss and show phase II of the history of British Fuel Altereds. Part two of a three-part series.

British AA/Fuel Altereds: The Beginning
Danny White takes us through the history of AA/Fuel Altereds in England, 1971-1975 (part one of a two-part series).
Top Ten Small Block Doorslammers, 2005
Six years after publishing his initial list of the world's quickest small blocks, Danny White is back to see where things shake out under the recent onslaught of Sport Compact racers.

ANRA Classic Opener Photos, Part II
More photo coverage of the American Nostalgia Drag Racing Association's first race, the Classic Opener.

ANRA Classic Opener Photos
Photo coverage of ANRA's first race, the Classic Opener at Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, California.

ANRA Classic Opener: Winner Photos
Starting line action of all the winners at the ANRA Classic Opener in Palmdale, California, on Saturday April 2, 2005.
Machinations from the Michigan Madman (Part One)
Perhaps the most fearless racer in drag racing history checks in with his thoughts on the state of the sport.
Machinations from the Michigan Madman (Part Two)
The famed Michigan Madman leaves no one untouched with his thoughts on sponsors, prize money, promoters, race track owners, sanctioning organizations, and spectators.
2005 NHRA Houston Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying numbers from the 2005 O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.
1973 AHRA Grand Am Series Event at Dragway 42 Photo Gallery
Terrific photographs by Kevin Cooke of the title drag racing event held in West Salem, Ohio.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Drag racing isn't always being the fastest
There are rules so that as many participants as possible can compete. This is where the complications and the difficulties in watching drag racing come in. If you are not familiar with legal drag racing, you might not understand what you are seeing during a race. So if you want to know more, read on.
Raceway Breaks Down Drag Racer's Death
Racer Michelle 'Shelly' Howard may have lost consciousness and been unable to cut the fuel firing the engine of her dragster before it flipped over and shot backward, killing her and her son.
Local racer Enders pits self against the guys
The devotion still baffles Erica Enders. Every time she races, fans stand nearly 20-wide and 20-deep at her trailer. They want to catch a glimpse of her. Shake her hand. Get her autograph.
Attend this weekend's drag races in Inyokern
Our very own Inyokern Airport will be the scene of some great drag racing this weekend, April 9th and 10th, featuring the Standard 1320 Group's vintage drag racing as well as the Dust Devils who are recognized, by 'The Guiness Book Of World Records,' as the world's oldest continually operated drag racing club.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Yesterday's Heroes: Don Roberts
Bud DeBoer introduces us to Don Roberts, the 1971 New England Driver of the Year who did seat time in great machines from Jack Doyle, A & J Speed Center, King & Marshall, Tom Dawes, Kosty Ivanof, and others.
Step up to Pro Stock has been a culture shock for Enders
Erica Enders has made countless runs -- and won a handful of races -- as a Junior Dragster competitor on the quarter-mile drag strip at Houston Raceway Park. But when Enders, a 21-year-old Houston native, pulls her Cagnazzi Racing Pro Stock Chevrolet to the starting line Friday afternoon for her first qualifying run as a professional at HRP, it is unlikely she will have a hometown advantage.
Racing's a Drag
A middle-aged race car driver gambles it all for one last chance at victory.
Homebuilder branches out into drag racing
It comes as a pleasant surprise that when David Powers, the mammoth Houston homebuilder, looks out on the expanse of Houston Raceway Park, he sees not visions of rows of new homes, but race fans and race cars. For years to come.
The Nitro Ambassadors
Sweden's Lorentzon and Möller Top Fuel Dragster team are to take Top Fuel racing to a new audience. The team will be taking their new Top Fueller to Estonia with every intention of putting on a good show and putting the local track record out of reach for quite some time. Crew Chief Kenneth Lorentzon told about the team's new adventure.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Lavy Wins Texas Stampede With Broken Car; Richardson, Cameron and Blakely Make Two Finals Each
Results from the BTE/Citgo Series Texas Stampede, presented by Advanced Product Design, in Denton, Texas, on April 1-3.
Simmons takes first at drag strip
Ron Simmons of Cape Girardeau won the feature race in Super Pro at the Sikeston Drag Strip on Saturday.
Rogan Sets Himself For Tin Top Titles
A 20-year hiatus from the sport of drag racing hasn't hindered the ability of current ANDRA Australian Pro Stock Drag Racing series leader Dave Rogan.
Speed Dawg Performance Apparel
Speed Dawg Performance Apparel steps up to sponsor Welcome aboard! Speed Dawg Performance Apparel can be customized for enthusiasts in Street Rod, Quarter Mile, Nostalgia, Dirt Trackin' and Muscle Car. There are also several other versions due to be released. Visit our online store to find what's right for you.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Interview with the Pros: Dick LaHaie
Dick LaHaie is arguably the most respected crew chief in the Top Fuel ranks if not all of NHRA drag racing. The 63-year-old crew chief talks about his five championships, the pressure of tuning a high-profile race car, Funny Cars, his rivals, and his passion for Hot Rods.
Bullish Racing owner and driver Ara Arslanian drove his StreetGlow-sponsored Solara to an eye-opening, career-best 6.644-second/202.38-mph qualifying blast at the third annual BFGoodrich Tires NHRA Sport Compact Nationals.
MG Easter Thunderball Drag report
Probably the fastest MG out there, Chris Johnson's MG XPower liveried drag MG ZS recently started its season at Santa Pod.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Drag Racer, Son Die in Raceway Accident
A top female drag racer and her son were killed after her car went out of control and struck his support vehicle at Tulsa Raceway Park, police said Sunday.
Thomas Motorsports Fields New Outlaw Top Sportsman Car
Thomas Motorsports has teamed up with Heath Harvey for the 2005 racing season and they are already going rounds.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals Fact Sheet
All fans need to know to enjoy the 18th annual O’Reilly Spring Nationals, either on site or at home.
Speedway's owner looks at acquiring drag-racing group
The company that owns Bristol Motor Speedway might be expanding into something other than NASCAR. Bruton Smith, president and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, said last week he wants to acquire the National Hot Rod Association.
Qualifying complete at SIR's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event
In the final rounds of qualifying at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Southwestern International Raceway (SIR) Chris Demke was the top qualifier in Top Alcohol Dragster and Larry Miner maintained his No. 1 position in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Former Division 4 champ Shelly Howard dies in accident
Former two-time Division 4 Top Alcohol Dragster driver Shelly Howard died Saturday, April 2, as the result of injuries suffered in an exhibition pass at a non-NHRA track in Tulsa, Okla., in an incident that also claimed the life of her son Brian.
Shelly Howard Killed in Testing Accident
It is with great sadness that we report that Top Alcohol Dragster driver Shelly Howard was killed yesterday in an accident at Tulsa Raceway Park.
2005 IHRA San Antonio Final Results
Clay Millican has risen to the top of the IHRA Top Fuel field and has held that perch for the last four seasons. He entered 2005 with a record 37 career Ironmen and an unprecedented four consecutive World Championships. His campaign for a fifth consecutive title got off to a good start as he won at San Antonio for a third straight time and opened his season with a win for the fourth year in a row. Rob Rob Atchison, Daniel Seamon, and Ed Hoover also kicked off the 2005 IHRA season with wins.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Bullet Motorsports
A very clean looking online home of NHRA Pro Stock star Dave Connolly.
Fearless Fred Goeske -- Photos and History
During the 60's and 70's, Fearless Fred Goeske toured some truly unique drag racing creations. He was the 1969 F/C National Record Holder with his famous Fred Goeske Funny Car sponsored by the Plymouth Dealers Association of Southern California. In the 60's and 70s, Fred was a match car racer and campaigned with the Coca-Cola Cavalcade of Funny Cars, putting on trend setting shows for the race fans.
NHRA Drag Racing Revs up Sunday
Drag racing action revs-up this Sunday at Kaua'i Raceway Park in Mana. It promises to be a fun filled day and the weather on the west side is almost always clear.
2005 IHRA San Antonio Friday Qualifying Results
At last season's Amalie Oil Texas Nationals, IHRA Top Fuel driver Bruce Litton hit the wall in the semifinals and suffered the most devastating crash of his career. He returned to the same track, the same lane and the same event to grab the provisional pole position after Friday qualifying at San Antonio Raceway. Plus all day one pro qualifying numbers.

Easter Thunderball - Santa Pod Raceway, England
The Easter Thunderball is the first major event of the European Drag Racing season and what a great start to the season it was!
Dust Devils to Hold Drag Race on April 9 & 10
The Dust Devils Auto Club will be hosting a two-day race at the Inyokern Airport April 9th and 10th. The club, which has put on races at the track for 51 years (making it the oldest continuously operated dragstrip in the world), will have two days of fun filled racing.
Classic Car Commercials
Let's go back to those days of yesteryear, where muscle cars appeared in ads on our TV screens...

Friday, April 01, 2005

Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Montgomery Motorsports Park delayed until July
Due to substantial flooding in the pit area, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event that was scheduled to take place this weekend at Montgomery Motorsports Park has been postponed. The event will now take place July 16-17.
Hill on that pass
UK Jet Funny Car pilot Martin Hill, who recorded a World's best terminal speed for a Jet of 336.10 at Santa Pod Raceway last weekend, has given his personal account of the run. has also spoken to a member of Santa Pod Raceway's timing crew who has explained why he considers the terminal speed to be genuine.

Editor's note: A review of the incremental timers have disputed the validity of this run. BP
ANRA 2005 Season Opener Radio Spot
Hey, need a little lift to get you ready for the 2005 season? Here's the radio spot for the American Nostalgia Racing Association's 2005 season opener.
2005 Outlaw Fuel Altered Preview
With every new year comes the excitement of a new season of drag racing. The Outlaw Fuel Altered Association is just a few weeks away from kicking off their seventh season on April 16th at Redline Raceway in Caddo Mills, TX. Over the past few seasons the Outlaw Fuel Altered Association has blossomed into one of the biggest match race organizations in the southwest. Along with this growth has come tougher competition and much bigger car counts.
Densham team still working out kinks after three races
Three races into the 2005 NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series season, Gary Densham has failed to qualify for two national events and is a distant 18th in the NHRA Funny Car standings. But Densham, who left John Force Racing after four years to start his own team this season, isn't reaching for the panic button.