Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Make My Day!
The "Make My Day" Top Alcohol drag racing team was not around for long, but left its mark on drag racing.

Bob Fermier shot Norm Carson's Hemi Cuda at Gainesville in the mid '70s.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Blaze Away!
Greg Gage caught this spectacular shot of Whit Bazemore in 2004 at Bristol.
Corvette's New Chief Engineer Talks About Racing, Restoring and Teaching Respect for Automobiles
On Jan. 1, 2006, Tom Wallace will officially become the car guy with the best job in the world. On that date he will succeed Dave Hill as Corvette chief engineer and vehicle line executive (VLE) for performance cars.
Hobart strip could make a comeback, but some neighbors strongly oppose it
The pair of long asphalt straightaways look out of place in the midst of tall weeds across the street from houses and farmland. But if you close your eyes and think back about 25 years, you can still hear the roar of the engines and smell the gasoline fumes.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Drag strip debated in NW Indiana
Plans to reopen a drag strip in northwest Indiana have been met with enthusiasm from race fans, but residents worry about increased traffic and noise.
Drag Racing ends at the Wamrnambool Aerodrome
It was probably the last drag racing event at Warrnambool's aerodrome but racers and spectators were too busy to be sad yesterday.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Tony Schumacher's Dominant Year
What else can you say about Tony Schumacher’s 2005 season? He not only won the NHRA Top Fuel title, he ran the fastest speed in the history of Top Fuel while doing it.

Weis Fire!
Dan Himmel caught Scott Weis lighting it up on a Top Fuel pass in 2004. Scott was unhurt on the run.
Michigan drag racer re-signs with team
It was supposed to be just a part-time gig for Steve Bareman, but the Holland drag racer has made the most of his opportunities.
Palm Desert man to race for the 'Pinks'
It is the ultimate racing challenge. Two cars, two drivers and a quarter-mile drag strip; then there's one burst of acceleration, and the winner takes the loser's car.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Remembering James Brown
James Brown was one of the most popular racers in Texas. James was famous for his Anglias and later his funny cars. The Brown & Russell team was well liked by racers and fans alike.

Nitro Thunder For Sure!
The Nitro Thunder dragster is well named. The James Drew photo catches the Harris family dragster at Las Vegas.
Snowmobile Events Calendar
Snowmobileguys will keep you posted with the upcoming events around the country. The major race events are listed and you can click on a calendar to see more events in the months to come.
The Unstoppabulls
Bahrain's first international motorsports team with cars in Pro Mod drag racing and many more series.
IHRA champ Spiess honored
Parades held in late November are supposed to feature a jolly old man in a red suit. Sunday's traffic-stopper focused on a very happy 50-year-old with a rather red face.
Local drag racer burns to top finish
Chris Lucero recently finished fourth place in the division seven super-pro class at the Rocky Mountain Raceway in Utah. Division seven includes racers from Wyoming all the way to the West Coast.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Triple Shot of Pro Mods
John Gulla sent us a good example of why Pro Mod racing is so interesting. The three Pro Mods were shot at Atlanta a couple of years back.
Top dragsters to open New Zealand track
Top American drag-racing stars and husband and wife Tommy Johnson, Jr. and Melanie Troxel will be at the official opening of Taupo's Lakeside International Dragway on January 2, 2006.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Wild Willys
Bob Clayton's "Rat Infested II" ?33 Willys is one of the mainstays of the Good Guys A/Gas class. Exceeds 25 MILLION Page Views!
In the early morning of November 21, 2005, exceeded 25 MILLION page views. Thanks to all our VOLUNTEER contributors, to our generous sponsors, our sales partners, our terrific message board community, and especially, thanks to Danny White.

Here, Puddy Tat...
Bob Rosetty was one of the major founders of the nostalgia funny car movement with his immaculate rendition of Joe Jacono's Cuda. Now he's back with a Vega funny car that meets the same standard.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Gods at Lebanon
During the 1970s Lebanon Valley Dragway was a premier venue for nitro floppers. Once a month from May through September the track brought in cars from around the Divison and across the country.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

KingNitro's NHRA Gallery
A great photo gallery featuring seldom seen cars and pits shots from NHRA national events. Nice.

The California Trucker Retires
Longtime driver Lee Jennings -- The California Trucker -- has announced his retirement from driving. He will now become the tuner for his son and Mendy Fry.
Interview with the Pros: Q&A with Gary Densham
Gary Densham is a veteran funny car racer and a veteran teacher. Gabrielle Stevenson brings us up to speed on Gary's split with John Force Racing, his first year back as an independent funny car racer, and his plans for the future.
Fontana speedway will make many improvements
California Speedway will be getting a $10 million makeover, speedway officials announced a press conference Monday.

Friday, November 18, 2005

NOPI Xbox Cup Champions crowned
$25,000 and the Championship title goes to Ara Arslanian. Ara Arslanian, StreetGlow Bullish Motor Racing legend and Champ, fought harder in 2005 than ever before to retain his NDRA Pro Compact title. Plus detailed info on all 2005 class champions.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Tri-Pod Fueler!
Greg Gage gives us a flashback to Bristol 2004. Gage's shot shows Rhonda Hartman-Smith T/F on three wheels and shows why it is not a good idea.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Snake's Bite
Billy Harper drives the world's fastest Pro Mod Viper. Geoff Stunkard shot the Kentucky based racer leaving the line at Bristol.

Dixie Classic Funny Cars
The site has been reborn in the memory of Dangerous Don Gatliff, and keeps fans up to date on the southern nostalgia funny car scene.
Personal Best: 2005 Vegas 2, Rockingham 2 & NHRA World Finals
Steve wraps up the results for 2005 with personal best performances from NHRA Vegas 2, IHRA Rockingham 2, and the NHRA World Finals.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Texas Connection
Kirk Johnson sent us these photos of the Top Alcohol Funny Cars he drove in the 1990 and into this decade.

Ron Lewis sent this us this closeup burnout shot of a Nostalgia I car at the CHRR.

41st Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals - Part 3
Robert Briggs shares part 3 of his excellent photo coverage of the 41st Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

2005 NHRA World Finals Photos - Sunday Finals
Gary Brown's photos from the Sunday Finals at the 41st Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

2005 NHRA World Finals Photos - Saturday Qualifying
Gary Brown's photos of Saturday Qualifying at the 41st Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

2005 NHRA World Finals Photos - Friday Qualfying
Gary Brown sends Friday Qualifying photos from the 41st Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals - Part II.

2005 NHRA World Finals Photos - Thursday Qualifying
Gary Brown sent these great shots from Thursday qualifying at the 41st Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Part one of three.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Aryan signs off in style
Pro Car champion Ali Aryan of the Popeye Racing Team finished the season in style with victory in the fifth and final round of the National Drag Racing Championship which was held along with the two-day FIA International Drag Racing Festival at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

U.S. 30 Dragstrip to roar again?
As you know we are moving forward towards the possible reopening of the famous U.S.30 dragstrip which is located in Hobart Indiana. This is a chance for everyone to relive this historical place. 1984 thousands of dreams and memories were shattered when they shut it down. We need your thoughts and experience written down. The people play a huge part in this process. Please E-mail comments to

Sunday, November 13, 2005

2005 USA-1 Dragfest Another Success.
The kids and I just got home from Bruce Larson's house. We dropped Jack Redd off 30 minutes ago. The USA-1 Dragfest once again was a great time hanging out with good friends. It was Emily's first time and all the veteran racers treated her like a princess. She took copious notes that she wants to turn into an article. Bruce, Dave Heisey, and Dick Gerwer generously awarded me with a "Hard Core Enthusiast" plaque for Draglist. It was neat to have the kids there for that. Also receiving the same award this year were superfan Mashie Mihalko, photojournalist Geoff Stunkard, and the Eastern Motorsports Museum. Mike Goyda, the primary sponsor of Draglist, was on hand. It was nice to able to thank him publicly for the support, as well as all the volunteers who help to make Draglist what it is. Pretty beat now, so it's off to bed. Will chat more tomorrow (er, later today)... bp

The Thunder and the Fury
Geoff Stunkard's photo from Bristol 2004 is a great example why funny cars are so popular. Tim Wilkerson is leaving the line with the flames high and on all eight into the night.

41st Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Photos - Part 2
Robert Briggs checks in with part 2 of 3 of his 41st Annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals photo coverage.
Drag Race for a Breast Cancer Cure
Local drag racers are raising money for breast cancer research in an unusual event. An all-female lineup of drivers will hit the track at the Hawaii Raceway Park to raise money for live-saving research.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Smith still trying to buy NHRA
A pair of topics dominated the conversations during the weekend at Pomona Raceway, and it had nothing to do with selling the naming rights for the famed quarter-mile drag strip. The names of Bruton Smith and Don Schumacher were at the center of exchanges at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, whether it was the average fan, drivers, crew members or team owners. The mere mention of either name will spark reaction.

Crusading Poncho!
Brian Baker was searching for a name for this vintage Trans Am flopper, but a review of his dad's military memorabilia made the choice an easy one.
Gulf Drag racers thrill racing enthusiasts
THOUSANDS of motor racing enthusiasts last night enjoyed a thrilling display of top class action as leading drag racers and bikers from all over the world got down to business in the two-day International Drag Racing Festival at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).
Team ESX Drag Races a Subaru
Easy Street Motorsports, Inc., also known as ESX, holds title to the "Worlds Quickest and Fastest Subaru."
Junior racer wins Microsoft contest
Jeannine Johnson plans someday to regularly experience the "unexplainable" adrenaline rush of racing drag cars at speeds up to 330 mph. But for now, she'll have to settle for a series of high-tech prizes, a visit with Bill Gates and a starring role in a Microsoft ad campaign.
A Windows drag racer
As part of its "Start Something" advertising campaign, launched earlier this year, Microsoft held a national search for people using their Windows XP machines in unexpected ways. The grand prize winner is 15-year-old Jeannine Johnson from Puyallup, a top competitor in the NHRA Junior Dragsters.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

More Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals Photos, Part 3
Gary Brown sent in these starting line action shots of sportsman and pro categories at the Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals at Bakersfield, Ca.

More Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals Photos, Part 2
Gary Brown sent in these Nostalgia Top Fuel shots from the Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals at Bakersfield, Ca.

Flashback to Baytown
Bobby Cunningham of Gulf Images Photography sent us these great action shots from midtrack at Baytown in 2004.
Nominees announced for special EMPA Awards and convention plans
Nominees have been announced for a variety of special awards to be presented at the annual Eastern Motorsport Press Association Convention set to take place January 27-29th, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Trevose, PA (just north of Philadelphia).
Speed Festival
LEADING drag racers and bikers from all over the world descended on Bahrain yesterday ahead of the two-day International Drag Racing Festival starting tonight at 7pm at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).
Bahrain Set to Host the Fastest Show on Earth
The Bahrain International Circuit's asphalt surface will tonight, 10 November, be subjected to speeds and burning rubber never before experienced.
Drag racing's definitely in!
A hard working Tiger Racing committee organised a recent great drag racing event in Wongan Hills from start to finish in the space of six weeks.
Local Washington Teen Honored With the Grand Prize in Microsoft Start Something Amazing Awards

After conducting a five-month nationwide search, Microsoft Corp. today (Nov 10) announced the five winners of its Start Something Amazing Awards, honoring Jeannine Johnson of Puyallup, Wash., as the grand prize winner for her unique and inspiring use of Microsoft Windows-related technology to pursue her passion for drag racing. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will meet with Johnson today at Microsoft's headquarters, where he will present her with the award for the Sports & Games category in addition to the overall grand prize, and will discuss how she uses Windows-based technology to help monitor her race car's performance and keep it running flawlessly.
Puyallup drag racer wins national Microsoft contest
Jeannine Johnson, 15, of Puyallup, a junior drag racer, scored a victory off the track as the only local winner of Microsoft's Make Something Amazing Awards. Johnson wrote an essay explaining how Microsoft products have helped her racing.
Bahrain Drag Racing Festival day one
It's day one of the Drag Racing Festival at the Bahrain International Circuit which includes demonstration passes by European Pro racers. are in Bahrain bringing you all the news as it happens.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

2005 USA-1 Dragfest THIS WEEKEND!
The 2005 USA-1 Dragfest at Bruce Larson?s Stoney Creek Barn is ready to rumble on November 12, 2005. The 1989 NHRA Funny Car World Champion once again will open his barn full of precious race memorabilia and old cars to East Coast drag fans. Click for all the info, including directions to Bruce's house!

Have a Coke and a Smile!
James Drew sent us this shot of Top Alcohol Funny Car racer and Coca Cola bottler Cy Chesterman in testing at Firebird in 2003.

Photos: 41st annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals
Robert Briggs was on hand at the 41st annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals and sent Part 1 of his annual photo review.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals - Part 3
Robert Briggs wraps up his outstanding coverage of the Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals (Part 3).

Rat on Nitro!
Brendan Murry is caught leaving the line at Sacramento in 2004. Jason Ellis sent us this great shot.
Championship battles, shattered records highlighted 2005 NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series season
The NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series continues to maintain its position as the premier sport compact racing series in the United States following a very successful and momentum-building season.
2005 NHRA World Finals Final Results
Final eliminations results and final 2005 NHRA POWERAde championship points standings after the 2005 Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Aussie Shootout!
US-bodied cars always dominated the Ozzie funny car wars. David Cook sent a rare shot of two Australian bodied funny cars racing one another.
Scelzi Earns PowerAde World Championship Title in Funny Car
Gary Scelzi won the POWERade world championship title in Funny Car Sunday at Pomona Raceway by eight points over teammate Ron Capps and in the process became the second driver in NHRA history to earn championships in both nitro categories.

Pixeleye Racing
Dirk Behlau runs the graphic design studio "Pixeleye Interactive" in Cologne, Germany. Cools pics, designs, and drag car info here.
Good Times Roll on at Willowbank Nationals
Darren Morgan turned in three successive 4.6 second passes to smash the national Top Fuel drag racing record during the 40th Australian Nationals at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway.
NHRA fans put up with 'minor' annoyances of sport
Randy Mercer closes his eyes and inhales deeply. The corners of his mouth curve up. You'd think he was in a field of roses. 'Ah, smell that nitro,' said Mercer, 35. 'It's the sweet smell of victory.'
Scott Kalitta Returns to Nitro Funny Cars in 2006
Two-time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion Scott Kalitta will return to the nitro Funny Car class in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Advance party preps BIC
An advance party from Bahrain, the UK, Sweden and Denmark is preparing the Bahrain International Circuit for the Drag Racing Festival, which takes place on Thursday and Friday of this week and which features demonstration runs by a number of European racers. Santa Pod Raceway's International Race Director and track prep specialist Darren Prentice told how the preparation work is going so far.

2005 Bradenton Nostalgia Photos
Annette Mach was Classic Thunder's on site reporter at the annual big Nostalgia show at Bradenton and she provided these pics.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

2005 NHRA World Finals Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifyings results and first round pairings from the 2005 Auto Club NHRA Finals.

Flashback with Fred!
We take the way back machine to 1970 and visit U.S. 30 Dragway, where we find rare shots of Fred Mandoline's UDRA A/FC in the pits.
Morgan Lucas' team has new name
Morgan Lucas announced today the formation of the Morgan Lucas Racing NHRA Top Fuel team that will campaign for the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel Championship starting in 2006.

Goodguys 7th Fuel & Gas Finals Photos, Part 2
Robert Briggs provides part two (of three) of his Goodguys 7th Fuel & Gas Finals photo coverage.

Friday, November 04, 2005

2005 NHRA World Finals Friday Qualifying Results
Day two qualifying results from the 2005 Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona, California.

Dan Horan showing he can boil the hides as well as anybody in his '66 Mustang AA/FC. Eddie Honeyfield shot the one of a kind funny car at a Goodguys race.
Drag teams getting taste of fine food
When people think of the National Hot Rod Association Powerade Drag Racing Series, many thoughts come to mind. There are 8,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragsters, burning rubber, tire smoke, exploding engine parts and the smell of nitromethane. But today's NHRA also includes some sweet odors: Chicken Parmesan, smoked salmon from the Northwest and exotic apple pie.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

2005 NHRA World Finals Thursday Qualifying Results
Day one qualifying results from the 2005 Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona, California.

Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals: Funny Cars!
Gary Brown's pictorial essay of the Nostalgia Funny Cars at the Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals, Bakersfield, California, on October 28-30, 2005.
Graybeard at Goodguys
Graybeard Racing's terrific photo site captures the 2005 Goodguys event at Bakersfield.
Gender line disappears inside helmet
Gender never has been an issue in NHRA drag racing, not since 30 years ago when Shirley Muldowney proved to the men and the world that she was just as talented in driving a Top Fuel dragster.

The Homewrecker
Ron Lewis sent this shot of the blown B/Gas wagon called the Homewrecker leaving the line hard at Bakersfield.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The Lowest-Flying Jet Engine
Who's up for a jet powered luge?

Goodguys 7th Fuel and Gas Finals - Part 1
Robert Briggs was on hand as Goodguys closed out the 2005 season with the 7th Fuel and Gas Finals. Here is Part 1 of Robert's photo coverage.

The Chicago Fire (or Mrs. O'Leary's Worst Nightmare)
Ken Hocter recently sent in these rare photos of the Chicago Fire funny car, one of the neatest independent fuel teams in the Midwest.