Friday, September 30, 2005

Funny Car Down to the Wire for Second Consecutive Year at Rockingham; Millican Tries for 9th Straight at the Rock
All but one race remains on the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series 2005 schedule. IHRA returns to storied Rockingham Dragway for the 10th Annual IHRA World Finals October 7-9 and there is more than just pride at stake.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Hangin' with Jungle, Shirley, and Pam
Rich got to hang out with Jim Liberman, Pam Hardy, and Shirley Muldowney during a rain delay at New England Dragway. One of those 30 minute slices of life that you never forget.
20 Years Strong At Willowbank Raceway
Growth and prosperity are two variables that the business world continues to strive for and if they are considered the over-riding measures of success, Queensland's Willowbank Raceway can look back proudly on their first 20 years of operation.
For Desjardins, winning national racing title hardly a drag
Among other things, every sporting contest is a test of preparation. Few sports require more preparation than racing. And no form of racing requires more preparation than drag racing.
Disturbed Is First Off the Line at NHRA Nationals
The band 'Disturbed' will be special guests at the upcoming AmeriQuest Mortgage National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Nationals, Saturday, October 1st at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.
Four races, two finals, two records for Oddy/Bareman team
Jim Oddy and his Summit Racing Equipment-backed Pro Mod teams have had some great accomplishments over the years including IHRA and NHRA World Championships and many, many record setting performances. But what his current team of driver Steve Bareman, co-crew chiefs Dave and Dan Oddy, and car chief Billy Leverentz has accomplished in just four races together is nothing short of amazing.

The Ace and the Brut
Some might say there are two "Bruts" in the shot. Thankfully, we won't go that far about Ed "The Ace" McCulloch. "The Ace" is seen staging Ron Capps at Maple Grove a couple of weeks ago.

First Look at the Two Thing Twin
The first pictures of the TWO THING twin engine dragster, an an identical reproduction of the car built in 1961.
Craig Breedlove
In 1965 former World Land Speed record holder, Craig Breedlove drove his first 'Spirit of America' jet machine 555 mph, then to 600 mph to take the crown for the USA.
DRAGRACER - Das Drag Racing Magazin!
Can't make out a word, but it's cool as heck.

CIRCA 1957 by Chuck Klein
A historically and technically correct coming-of-age novel set during the birth of the rock & roll and hot rodding era.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The racing history of Robert "Poncho" Rendon
Legendary Midwestern top fuel and funny car owner Poncho Rendon passed away today. Here's a tribute to Poncho and his cars by his nephew.

Wendy Baker's "Cop Car" AA/FC
The police car theme has been used several times over the years in funny car racing. Here is Great Britain's Wendy Baker from several years back with the "Cop Car."
2006 IDRHOF Inductees
Don Garlits announces the 2006 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductees.
Crime Dog's Classic Funny Car snaps
Lots of great pit photos here of the top funny cars of the 70s.
Arslanian Clinches 3rd Consecutive NDRA Championship with Moroso Victory
Bullish Motor Racing's Ara Arslanian drove the team's StreetGlow-sponsored Solara to his fifth win of the year at the NOPI South Florida race this past Sept 24-26. The victory at the event, a makeup for an earlier rain-out, also guaranteed that Arslanian will earn an unprecedented third straight NDRA Pro Compact Championship.
A Racing Family, With a Female Touch
Through its history, auto racing has belonged to fathers and sons. The Andrettis, the Earnhardts, the Schumachers and the Pettys did not wait long to start teaching their boys to drive. It is no surprise, then, that the winningest driver in National Hot Rod Association history used to dream that he might be such a patriarch. But John Force's crowned prince never arrived. He has four daughters, and one of them, Ashley, is trying to make sure that the family's status as racing royalty lives on.
Another Red Camaro
Not only does O'Hare leave a lot of money on the table by not papering his '69 Camaro Pro Street car with ugly contingency stickers, but it's kind of a running joke among the other PRO Edelbrock series racers just how fanatical Tim and his crew are when it comes to the car's appearance.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

60s Funny Cars: Round 4
Another round of 60s funny cars features legendary names of Lindamood, Pulde, Grove, Seaton, Allen, Bovan, Bonner, Vanderwoulde, Taylor, and Smallwood.

Hanshaw's Hustler
Jim White took this excellent shot of "The Hustler" Corvette, owned and driven by Jay Hanshaw of McAllen, Texas.
Mendy Fry Announces Official Web Site
Mendy Fry, the World's Quickest and Fastest Female Nostalgia Top Fuel pilot, is pleased to announce that she has a brand new web site featuring her current role as driver of the MasterCam/Plaza Hotel-backed nostalgia Top Fuel entry. Fry, who has enjoyed a long career in drag racing, is currently preparing for this weekend's NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion.
Dodge Seeks New Star for its Hemi Ads
The talent search kicks off this coming Monday with a print ad featuring Jon Reep, the actor made (in)famous by playing a hick in TV ads for Ram since 2002. Ads had him and his buddy pulling up to a guy in a Ram, and asking, "That thing got a Hemi?" The episodic campaign became more absurd as Reep vied to outdo the Ram in muscle, finally rolling up next to the Ram driver in a top-fuel dragster.
Bell Helicopter Sponsors Top Fuel Dragster
Hundreds of Bell Helicopter employees lined up Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 21, to view first hand the Menards/MTS Top Fuel Dragster, which was on display at the company's main headquarters in Fort Worth.
Pierre teen making a mark in first year drag racing
Alex Lindholm of Pierre earned runner-up honors drag racing his father's AMX sports car at the Summit Racing Series Division 3 ET Finals held Sept. 16-18 in Brainerd, Minn.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Fun on the California Pro Fuel Circuit
International drag racing ambassador Carl Olson remembers his match race top fuel days on the California Pro Fuel Circuit, especially the time he had to push his race car down the quarter mile to claim the win.

Sano Grenades Showpiece
Dave Sano suffered a severe loss to one of the most appealing Nostalgia Funny Cars in recent history. Dave set out on a good pass when the converter let loose spinning the motor past its RPM and grenading the bottom end with it. As the cloud of smoke arose, parts of the irreplacable body were still high in the air as Dave struggled to keep the car on the track with a blown rear tire and a stream of broken parts and fluids littering the track. Dave jumped out of the car unhurt and Atco's crew was on hand quickley as the car rested near the guardrail. We're saddened at Daves misfortune and the amount of work it will take to see this car once again. Best wishes to Dave for keeping himself straight and coming out AOK.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Nostalgia Funny Car Bodies
Army Armstrong's nolstalgia funny car bodies.
Texas Outlaw Racing
The Texas Outlaw Pro Mod Association and Outlaw Top Sportsman Association has a new website. Over the next few days they will be adding things such as photos, video, desktop wall paper, member's pages, and more.
2005 Governor's Cup
Terrific photo coverage at of this venerable drag racing event.
Motorcycle racers roar within the law
The Bangkok, Thailand government's new drag strip proves to be hugely popular. In the suffocating Sunday afternoon heat at Bangkok Drag Avenue in Pathum Thani, eager motorcyclists as young as 11 years old stand by their speedy machines waiting for their turn on the runway, the roar of their engines barely drowning the thumping of their hearts.

80s Funny Cars: Division 4
The 1980s brought us some great racers and pretty funny cars from Division 4. Featured are the well known, like John Collins, to the obscure, like "The Okie."
Spiess Claims $20k in Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock Showdown
There aren't many titles that Steve Spiess hasn't accumulated in this season of dreams, and he was sure not to let the title of Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock Showdown Champion escape him either. Spiess earned a cool $20,000 in extra spending money when he defeated fellow Illinois racer, Tony Gillig in the final round of the showdown.

Tiffany Furman, Jill of all Trades
Tiffany Furman is shown hear wearing one of her many hats. She is the PR Director for Tommy Lipar Racing, she does top end and pit interviews for IHRA, she runs a fitness business, she is a cosmetic consultant, a swimsuit model, plus she is most famous as Nurse Tifanny (Super Crewmember).
2005 IHRA Budds Creek Final Qualifying Results
Final qualifying results and first round pairings from the 2005 Torco President's Cup Nationals, plus final results from the 2005 Torco Pro Stock Showdown.

2005 FIA World Finals at Santa Pod
The FIA recently held the World Finals at Santa Pod, England. The race was hindered by rain, but the Pros completed the and the 2005 FIA championships were wrapped up.

ANRA Classic Fall Nationals
Fourteen images of starting line action and ten images of the winners receiving their awards at the ANRA Fall Nationals, Saturday, September 17, 2005.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

HoleShot Photography contributor Stephen Hawes has struck out on his own with a new website.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Ishimaru Thunders to Win, New IHBA Top Fuel Record on Mission Bay
Coverage of another great IHBA Drag Boat racing event, chock full of results and great photos.
NHRA Sport Compact Tech Committee announces future plans for Pro FWD class
In a move designed to enhance the level of competition in the championship ranks of the NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Racing Series, while reviving the classic front-wheel-drive versus rear-wheel-drive rivalries that served as the foundation of modern-day sport compact drag racing, the Pro FWD and Modified classes will unite to form one championship class in the NHRA Xplod Series beginning with the 2007 season.

Southern Slingshots Invade Silver Dollar Raceway
The Southern Slingshots made an appearence at Silver Dollar Raceway earlier this summer. Good racing and good times ensued.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

2005 NHRA Reading & IHRA Epping Performance Updates
Steve captures the performance updates from 2005 NHRA Reading & IHRA Epping, two traditional "numbers factories."
Drag racing information. I love how this site uses our web feed feature. Your site can, too!

Pro Stock Bike Champions Clash
Dave Schultz and John Myers were the most successful Pro Stock bike riders from the late '80s into the '90s.

Horsepower Heaven
Superb drag racing coverage from the Great Northwest, and you have GOT to check out the video selections!
Twenty Years At The Motorplex
As everyone knows the Texas Motorplex is and always has been a very fast track. From the time it opened twenty years ago when it was billed as the sport's first "super track," the facility in Ennis, Texas has been a haven for really fast times and great races. With the way the points battles are going this year it should take on even more significance because having a lot of power and being able to use it should be a good thing in drag racing, right?
The Drags at OCIR
Color drag racing photos by Paul LaCiura
With Four Events Remaining, Every Point Critical In Tight Races for POWERade Series World Championships
Perhaps nothing illustrates the crazy rollercoaster ride this 2005 season has been more than the week-by-week standings where there have been a total of 26 lead changes and 17 drivers who’ve been in first place of their respective class for at least one week.
Notes and quotes from the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals
As is usually the case, the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway provided more than its fair share of drama, intrigue and quotes from the colorful characters that make up the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series.

The Quickest Iron Rat
Ernie McClain laid down the fastest pass by a cast iron big block Chevy at Norwalk, Ohio, this year.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Qatar could shape up as hub for motorsport tourism
Finding huge potential for Qatar to be a hub for motorsport tourism, the UK-based Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) will seek to create partnerships with the local engineering companies to make Motor-GP, carting and Drag Racing a big success in this region.
NHRA Postpones O'Reilly Fall Nationals
NHRA announced, today, that it has postponed the O’Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals, presented by Castrol Syntec due to the projected path of Hurricane Rita as issued by the National Weather Service.
Post Race Notes: 21st Annual Toyo Tires Nationals
Behind the numbers at the 2005 NHRA Maple Grove event.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Parma man with engine he built himself is dominating drag racing
Charlie Westcott, Jr. is one of the hottest drivers competing in drag racing, and earlier this year he captured the biggest prize of his career when he won the Mopar Super Stock Hemi Shootout at the National Hot Rod Association Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Clermont, Ind.
Les Welch Color Photography
Steve Johnson's Indy winner "make up" shots taken at Maple Grove are posted in Les's Indy gallery where they should have been two weeks ago.

The Funny Cars of Ron Rice
Ron Rice has raced injected nitro funny cars, blown alchohol funny cars, and even a nostalgia funny car when no else had one. This is a sample of his 25 plus years of funny car racing.
Drag racing is a family affair for this clan
Michelle Monahan and Tracy Perez remember accompanying their father to Carlsbad Raceway when they were children. Now Michelle and Tracy have their own drag cars.
John Zappia Smashes Into the Fives in Top Doorslammer
John Zappia became the quickest doorslammer in the world with an amazing 5.96 at 241 mph to win at Western Sydney International Dragway over the weekend.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Low Buck Fuel Racer Vince Arcadi Makes a Fan!
John Mernan tells the story of seeing low buck funny racer Vince Arcadi at the tricky Lancaster Raceway near Buffalo, NY, in 2003 and 2004. Arcadi did not dissapoint the fans.

2005 NHRA Maple Grove Photos
The always great Greg Gage got some super shots from NHRA Maple Grove this past weekend.

70s Funny Cars Round 39: Division 4 Funnies
The 39th Round of 70s Funny Cars brings us to Division 4. The round features blown nitro and blown alky cars that raced against the big boys, and one team that did not make it to the track.

The Phoenix Rises Again!
New Zealander Les Herst has restored Chris Lane's "Phoenix" Camaro. Lane last raced the car in New Zealnad in 1978 before selling it to Bob Dunn.
Is drag racing no more at Fontana?
The buzz on the quarter-mile drag strip at California Speedway was louder than the cars competing in Sunday's NHRA Division 7 meet, the first at the track. The question was whether California Dragway, in existence for four years, had played host to its final event.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

2005 NHRA Maple Grove Final Results
Final results and up to date POWERAde NHRA points standings after the 2005 Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove, Pennsylvania.

Running Wild for the Big End
Brendan Murry's "Running Wild" Chevy AA/Fuel Dragster makes tracks for the finsh line at the recent Seattle Goodguys race.
2005 NHRA Maple Grove Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the 21st annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Friday, September 16, 2005

2005 NHRA Maple Grove Friday Qualifying Results
Day one qualifying results from the 21st annual Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Spark Plug Reading 101 for Gasoline Motors
Mike Canter explains how to properly read spark plugs for gasoline engines.

Lil' Gene Defects to Doors
Gene Terenzio Jr. has almost finshed his new Pro Mod '68 Camaro, defecting from the family's altered and funny car tradition. But he kept one family tradition: the car is blown, of course!

Drag Racing List - Flashback: The 50th World Series of Drag Racing
We return to some highlights of the 2003 World Series of Drag Racing, the 50th anniversary of that great race.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Photo highlights from Goodguys 1st Northwest Nationals
Presented by Dawn Mazi-Hovsepian and Mark Hovsepian.
Students to study math and racing at Indy IRP
49 seniors in the Advance Placement Calculus class of Plainfield High School will visit Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday during the NHRA North Central Finals. They will be studying the use of Calculus in the relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration.
Some amazing action in all classes saw records smashed. They included new European speed records by Krister Johansson in the Top Methanol class (262.79mph) and Andy Robinson in the Pro Mod class (227.19mph).

Smax Smacks Wall, Walks Away!
The infamous United Kingdom racer and Canadian native Smax Smith in one of his unforgettable outings in his AA/FC. The "Mainlane Menace" hit the wall causing severe body and frame damage.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Proud Mary Blown Fuel Hydro Restoration
"Proud Mary" and Scotty Rife will have their Blown Fuel Hydro drag boat restored in time for the California Hot Rod Reunion. This will be the first "Cackleboat" at the annual CHRR. The Blown Fuel Hydros were very closely tied to land based fuelers over the years, and this one has an impressive list of accomplishments.
From Surfer S.U.V. to Classic Treasure
Once just cheap used cars, woodies have become the ultimate collectible for those aching to act out their fantasies of "endless summers."
Schumacher to judge wheelstands at Byron Dragway
Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher will be among the celebrity judges at the 11th annual World Power Wheelstanding Championships on Oct. 9 at Byron Dragway.

Southern Slingshots Invade LaGrange
The Southern Slingshots brought two dragsters and two funny cars for some match racing to Troup County Raceway in LaGrange, GA, this past spring.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Thompson Gasser Reunion 2005
Vic Cooke's outstanding coverage at Nitrogeezers.
Drag racer wins in Dad's old car
Kevin J. Manning -- like many of his newly licensed 16-year-old peers -- has a hard time keeping his foot off the gas in Dad's old car. The difference, Manning is discovering, is that he gets paid for putting the pedal to the metal.
Upsets everywhere at drag racing nationals
Clay Millican's fifth IHRA Top Fuel world championship was put on hold yesterday during the upset-filled final round of the 10th annual Amalie Oil North American Nationals at New England Dragway.
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Sunday Results from Top Gun Raceway
Mike Austin in Top Alcohol Dragster and Hank Coolidge in Top Alcohol Funny Car took home the trophies at this weekend's Inaugural NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Top Gun Raceway.
Direct Hit of Nitrous
Installing an Edelbrock Direct Port Nitrous System on a Victor Jr. intake manifold.

Mopar Powered VW Wins Sportsman Class at Hayes Mopar Meet 2005
The 21st annual Hayes Southeastern Mopar Meet 2005 was enjoyed by thousands of spectators and hundreds of racers. Events included "Mopar versus the World," Junior Dragster, SRT and Diesel Shootout races, and more.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Tommy Ivo Inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame
In August, Tommy Ivo was inducted into the Motorpsorts Hall of Fame of America. The former actor turned drag racer was inducted by none other than "Big Daddy" Don Garlits.

New U.S. 30 Drag Legends DVD Available is proud to offer the great new DVD series by Mike Rachanski and Bob Kerr. Some of the top flopper drivers of the '73 season are here and duking it out: Dale Pulde in M/T's Revelleader, the Condit Bros. LA Hooker, the Creasy Bros. Tyrant, Bobby Wood's Vega, Gary Bolger in the Golddigger, David Ray in Mike Burkhart's Vega, Ron O'Donnell in Big Nose from Illinois, Kenny Safford in Mr. Norm's Super Charger, Fred Goeske, Radici and Wise, Kelly Chadwick, the list goes on and on! In addition to the funnies, the best Super Pro Stock racers in the Chicago area meet at every event for wheelstanding, four-speed bangin' action!
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Final Results from Tri-State Raceway
Earlville's own Richard Putz wrapped up the NHRA West Central Division season for 2005 with a Top Alcohol Dragster victory at Tri-State Raceway, defeating second-generation racer Todd Datweiler in the final, 5.52, 256.02 mph to 5.801, 240.12. He was joined in the winner's circle by Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Gage Chaffee from Big Lake, Minn.
2005 IHRA Epping Final Results
Final eliminations results and up to date 2005 Hooters IHRA points standings after the 10th Annual Amalie Oil North American Nationals at New England Dragway.

60s Funny Cars: Round 3
The third round of 60s Funny Cars has names like Arrington, Gates, and Lawton. Paula Murply, the first female funny car star, is featured also.
Eddyville Raceway Improvements
Photos from Carl Moyer's jewel in the heartland.
FIA European Finals race day live coverage
Here at Santa Pod Raceway in England we have fought back against the rain and the FIA and FIM/UEM Championship and Sportsman eliminations are in full swing. You can stay in touch with all the action in real time by following the link to's live event coverage.

Paul Wright's Anglia Sets U.K. Record
Paul Wright's awesome Anglia set the new Outlaw Anglia record in June. The "Alco Pop" ran a wild 7.578 180.32 for the new record.
Bob's photo galleries
More great funny car, pro stock, and gasser pics from Bob Plumer and Drag Racing Memories.
The Final Season for 75/80 Raceway
The drag strip built around the country roads and cornfields of Maryland almost 45 years ago will be closing for good at the end of the 2005 racing season.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

2005 IHRA Epping Final Qualifying Results
Final qualifying results and first round pairings from the 10th annual Amalie Oil North American Nationals at Epping, NH.
Funny Car driver Bobby Martin visits Lenape Elementary
One of the top rated drivers of dragsters known as Funny Cars, Bobby Martin was at Lenape Elementary School yesterday talking to fourth, fifth and sixth grade students about going from 0 to 256 miles per hour in 5.66 seconds.
Records fall at Epping
As expected, records were obliterated at New England Dragway last night in the 10th annual Amalie Oil North American Nationals.
2005 NHRA Indy and IHRA Norwalk Performance Improvements
Steve "Stats" Klemetti is back as always with his post national event list of new drivers, and new personal best ETs and speeds. This time 2005 NHRA Indy and IHRA Norwalk get the treatment.
Reunions Rule!
Dave Wallace tells why the California Hot Rod Reunion is a must-attend event.

Texas + Yankee = Smoke + Flame
Here is the reason fans love funny cars. The flames and smoke and the furry of a nitro funny car cannot be denied. Goes BIG!
Our photo coverage will be bigger and better now that Danny White has taken over the photo editing and publishing duties at
Find-A-Human -- IVR Phone Shortcuts
Hate talking to computers when you call 800 numbers? Then this site is for you...
2005 IHRA Epping Friday Qualifying Results
Day one qualifying from the 10th Annual Amalie Oil North American Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
FIA European Finals day three live coverage
Here at Santa Pod Raceway in England the Sportsmen start eliminations and the Pros continue qualifying, and you can stay in touch with all the action in real time by following the link to's live event coverage.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Re-Entry Re-Engineered
John Bell and Pete Gemar team up to put into motion the Re-Entry, one of the few rear engine dragsters of the 1960s.
The Birth of Nitro Funny Cars, Part 3
Written by guy who was there.... Frank Oglesby.
Dragsters, hot rods invade Arlington again
The days of funny cars, burnouts, crackling nitro and cruising hot rods are back. The second annual Arlington Drag Race Reunion and Car Show begins today, with the main event on Saturday at Arlington Airport.
Beard, Flynn sign with Powers Motorsports
After enduring several weeks of speculation about the team's future David Powers Motorsports is proud to announce that both crew chief Lee Beard and assistant crew chief Rob Flynn of the 'Hot Rod' Fuller driven Top Fuel dragster have agreed to join with the team through the 2008 season.
Honda tries to revive the Civic's virtues
In a first for a foreign auto maker, Honda will be the title sponsor for this fall's SEMA show in Las Vegas. There, it's planning to unveil the souped-up version of the new Civic coupe.
FIA European Finals day two live coverage
The Pro car and bike racers commence qualifying at Santa Pod Raceway today, and Sportsman qualifying continues, and you can stay in touch with all the action in real time by following the link to's live event coverage.
Johnson's winner's circle jinx lives on, but an Indy win, even a late one, heals
"I guess one of the coolest things out of this is the support people have shown me," Johnson said. "I've gotten hundreds of e-mails about this deal. One even said, 'We're not really bike fans but after watching that and seeing how close the races are, we're going to become fans."
Mid-Michigan Motorplex to Host 4th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Drag Race
Affordable heads-up sportsman racing, "instant green" starts, and good times are on tap for Saturday, October 8 at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex.

WILD 10.5 OUTLAWS Photos
John Fore III put up some pics that he took at Commerce last weekend. Mostly Outlaw 10.5's and Limited Street stuff.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Running 202s at Union Grove
Top fuel and funny car veteran Jim "Superman" Nicoll shares an excerpt from his upcoming book in which he, Chris "The Greek" Karamesines, Don "Mad Dog" Cook, and "Broadway Bob" Metzler get into the kind of trouble you'd expect from their nicknames...

'80s Funny Cars: Australia in the Early 1980s
The Australian scene was busy in the early 1980s. It was a great period until the closure of the drag strip in Sydney. Here are photos and info on ten of the era's best.
Post Race Notes: 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Facts, figures, and behind the scenes stories from 2005 NHRA Indy.

Fialho's Flyer
The Bandit burning out at Hallsville Dragway in 1988. Mike Fiahlo had his best year of funny car racing with this beautiful car.
Prestage Photos
Lots of pics of lots of Texas drag racing action.
Great Rob Potter photos of tough Canadian Pro Mod machines at Toronto Motorsports Park, Sept 2-4, 2005.

Ole Heap Speed Rags
John Bell Studios features Hi Octane Art!
Top Gun prepares for Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
After seven years of hard work and behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Top Gun Raceway has landed a prestigious National Hot Rod Association Pacific Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing series event which begins Friday.
American Chopper to Build NAPA Drag Bike
The Orange County Chopper crew will build a NAPA Drag Bike over two episodes of American Chopper airing in Canada on September 13 and 20 on the Discovery Channel.
Bahrain commits to drag racing
Drag racing is one of the most popular forms of motorsport in the Middle East and has thousands of enthusiasts who for many years have not had a unique venue at which to watch or participate in their favourite pastime.
Drivers generate support for Katrina victims
: In Indianapolis this past weekend, the site of the 51st NHRA U.S. Nationals, pro series drivers took up a collection to help the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
Worsham's diligence pays off with Indy victory
If Del Worsham had gotten his hands on $225,000 earlier this year, he might have used it for therapy sessions.

Here's to you, Mr. Robinson
Micheal Robinson's 2nd generation Camaro is one the Southeast's toughest Outlaw 10.5 racers.
FIA European Finals day one are reporting live from this weekend's FIA European Finals, the four-day European season-ending race which started today (Thursday). You can check out all of the news and see the photographs from today's Sportsman qualifying day (Pro qualifying commences Friday) by following the link.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Leno sets speed mark in Porsche at Talladega
Thursday, the 'Tonight Show' host set three world speed records for production cars at Talladega Superspeedway, but not before giving Porsche officials and himself quite a scare.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Indy 2005 Photo Gallery by Jerry Gilles
Jerry hit the road to Indy and sent back these great pics.

Musclebound Mustang!
John Fore III sent us this photo of the awesome Mike Hill driven Outlaw 10.5 Mustang of Rob Hales.

Jerry "The King" Ruth
Flyin' Phil walks down a long memory lane to have a look at one of his few heroes, Jerry Ruth.

Jerry "The King" Ruth, Part II
Part Two of Flyin' Phil's memories of Northwest Top Fuel great Jerry Ruth.
Downriver's Dwane Ong pioneered the first rear-engine top-fuel dragster
Every drag racing fan worth his weight in nitro knows that 'Big Daddy' Don Garlits campaigned the first successful rear-engine dragster, right? Wrong. That claim belongs to Downriver native Dwane Ong.
NHRA officials announced today that the result of Monday’s Pro Stock Motorcycle final has been overturned, and the victory at the 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals has been awarded to Steve Johnson.
2005 Indy Super Stock Pics
Great Super Stock photos from 2005 Indy, thanks to Mohring Racing.
Drag strips should be DRAW for teens
Too many teens and young adults think it is 'cool' to street race -- not the case. We want to get them off the street and to the track.
Army dragster second at Indy, regains NHRA top fuel points lead
The Army drag racing team didn't take home any trophies at this Labor Day weekend's 51st Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, but their strong performance earned them improved positions in the Powerade championship points battle.
New wheels feel right for winner
Matt Smith got a new motorcycle Friday. He got a whole new lease on his racing career Monday.
High-powered team left behind early
After qualifying No. 1 for the 125th time in his career Sunday, 13-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force said yesterday means little in a sport that rewards only today.
Emotional Weekend: Indy's NHRA U.S. Nationals class winners each have a story to tell
To Top Fuel winner Larry Dixon, it meant choking back tears Monday knowing that his father, Larry Sr., a former Top Fuel standout, saw him win an NHRA race in person for only the second time in 38 opportunities.
Dixon takes Top Fuel crown
If it weren't for Larry Dixon, Tony Schumacher might win every Top Fuel title at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
Mad, Mad World: Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06 enters the supercar segment—and changes the game
The $66,000 price tag of the 2006 Corvette Z06 is a supercar bargain, considering the car's performance.

Monday, September 05, 2005

2005 NHRA Indy Final Results
Del Worsham raced to the Funny Car victory Monday at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and in the process pocketed more than $225,000 for the weekend at the world’s most prestigious drag race. Plus all the other elimination results and up to date POWERADe points standings after 2005 Indy.

Stan Smith Goes Outlaw Pro Mod
Cindy brings us up to speed on the latest exploits of Stan Smith, who has traded his venerable NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car for a Pro Mod Willys.
Joy Rainey - Drag Racing Page
Joy and Richard Rainey are British fans who have a nice motorsports site. Here is their page on drag racing. Contains motor sounds, so turn down the volume if you're at work.
Fast and furious day of champions
The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals historically has been a place for the best to show their best, and the 51st running of the biggest event in drag racing has lived up to that billing.

2005 Goodguys Northwest Nostalgia Nationals Final Results
The record books took a beating at the Goodguys 1st Northwest Nostalgia Nationals in Seattle.

72 Hours with the Omlin/Alexander TF Team
Top Fuel driver Gary Omlin joined forces with car owner Dean Alexander at last month's AHRA World Finals in Spokane. Gary's son Pete kept a journal of the team's maiden outing to share with