Tuesday, February 28, 2006

NHRA Newsmakers
Whirlwind month for fastest couple, VP Racing Fuels extends sponsorship, NM State student wins at first event, Nitro Harleys featured at three events, Inside the Numbers, and more from the world of NHRA.
Quarter Mile Soul
February, as we know, is Black History Month. February is also the official start of the drag racing season, beginning with the annual NHRA Winternationals at Pomona. Coincidence? Maybe. I can't claim any expert knowledge about Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois or other textbook notables, but I do know a bit about drag racing; and I know that African American gearheads have been trailblazing the quarter mile for some 50 years.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

2006 NHRA Phoenix Final Results
Final eliminations results and up to date POWERAde world championship points standings after the 22nd annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol at Firebird International Raceway.
Speed Run 2006 runs out of steam at onset
Some of the world’s fastest bikes and cars were slated to provide some mind-blowing performance on Sunday at the Speed Run 2006. However, the day saw merely half a dozen bikes performing.
Sundays are such a drag
Every weekend thousands of petrolheads descend on the picturesque village of Crail to thrash their cars down an old runway.
Racing’s no drag for East Valley native
Chris Kullberg used to ride his bike with a home made drag chute around the streets of Mesa, AZ, when he was a boy in the mid-1980s. Now Kullberg is one of the seven crew members for the Skoal racing team, owned by Don Prudhomme.

Darrell Webb
Darrell Webb, king of the northwest funny car burnout.

Rivers Bend Ranch
Check out these amazing funny car models.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

2006 NHRA Phoenix Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying and first round pairings from the 2006 Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals presented by Castrol at Firebird International Raceway.
'Air Connie' and the Flight to Phoenix
A first-hand account of a recent adventure in the sky with NHRA drag racing legend Connie Kalitta.
Drag racing queens
Shirley Muldowney broke into drag racing amid indescribable resistance and chauvinism. Three decades later, 39 women have won National Hot Rod Association national events, and one of the circuit’s highest-profile drivers, a man, said that the women competing in the Top Fuel division will be “the faces of our sport in the near future.”
Differences under the hood
In his latest exclusive Blog entry for Eurodragster.com, 2005 FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion Lex Joon describes the differences between NHRA and FIA European Top Fuel rules.
2006 NHRA Phoenix Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying results from the 22nd annual Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Drag Racing Match Made In A Wrecking Yard
For Gold Coast couple Johno and Chrissi Colbran love came calling at a Brisbane car wrecking yard 14 years ago and has since transcended both of them into the world of competitive drag racing.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

A John Force interview: Always an unpredictable excursion
A conversation with John Force is like a roller coaster ride you've never been on before. You're never quite sure where you're going or what's around the next turn.

New Draglist.com Message Board Ready for Test Runs
Draglist.com has put up a new on-site message board to provide its users a place to congregate and to answer publicly the dozens of questions received by the website each day. The message board contains a section for general bench racing, answers on how to use the new online drag lists, and sections for tech questions, For Sale and Wanted items, and help wanted. In addition, Draglist.com’s popular “Desperately Seeking” returns, providing a place for racers to find old cars or friends. Flyin’ Phil Elliott has a section where fans can discuss his latest PhilZone column or check on the progress of the Nitro Nova nostalgia funny car buildup. Finally, there’s “Dangerous Bill’s CafĂ© Noir,” a section dedicated to the various ways racers kick back after a hard day at the races.
Drag Week 2006 Information, Schedule, Registration and Rules
Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week. Five Days. Five Races. A 1,500-Mile Road Trip. One Great Time. See You in September.
Harley-Davidson drag motorcycle cruises into Great Falls
When Tom Cruise and his buddies in the film 'Top Gun' cried out 'I feel the need for speed!' they had F-14's to fulfill the rush. The name alone of Harley-Davidson's VRXSE Screamin' Eagle V-Rod Destroyer shouts out 'speed' to pilots who prefer two wheels on the ground.

The Key to Success!
Joe Amato retired from drag racing at the end of 2005. We flash back to his first funny car, the beautiful "Keystone Kuda."

New Drag Legends DVDs available
Mike Rachanski has completed work on the latest Drag Racing Legends releases! After more than a year of work and 800 hours of editing, "Drag Racing Back in the 60s" and "Back in the Day with Announcer Pat Hart" are available.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

AA/Gas Supercharged
The baddest of the West Coast Gassers. Gasser purists will freak, but these are some great looking, hard running machines.
Cal's Gallery Plus
Just a few Muscle cars and fond memories from days gone by.

Goodbye, Plueger Pontiac
Draglist contributor David Hapgood offers a tribute to the late, great Plueger Pontiac funny car.
Cincinnati restaurant to feature racing machines including Top Fuel Dragster
Race fans rejoice. A plethora of racing memorabilia, motorcycles and cars are coming to Milford for an extended stay as the decorative interior of Quaker Steak and Lube, a new restaurant opening in River's Edge off Milford Parkway.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Shirley Muldowney Bio to Air on March 8
The Biography Channel's Biography of drag racing icon Shirley Muldowney, the First Lady of Racing, will air on Wednesday, March 8 at 8:00pm ET. No one has changed the world of drag racing the way Shirley Muldowney has. She broke the gender barrier, withstood discrimination, hostility, and an almost-fatal bone shattering 250 mph crash. Despite it all, Muldowney, competing in drag racing's ultimate category, Top Fuel, has achieved 18 National Championship wins and nine runner-up positions. Her reign as Queen of drag racing was temporarily interrupted in 1984 in a crash that left her near death, suffering from broken bones in all 10 fingers, a broken pelvis, and mangled legs. She endured major surgery five times, then pushed herself through 18 months of rehabilitation, just to get back behind the wheel of a 280 mph race car. Shirley has made a career of defying the odds.

Dale Armstrong was one of the greatest tuners and Pro Comp racers of all time. This great Mike Ditty shot caught both of Dale's Pro Comp machines.

Project Nitro Nova: The Nova is HOME!
Chapter 14...or Carson City to Winslow and back again, towing a '69 Nova flopper behind a Honda Element with a boat trailer.

Project Nitro Nova: The Tin is Done!
Chapter 13... Chris Stinson raised his hand at the wrong moment and suggested he’d always wanted to “tin and funny car for the experience.” Chris clearly failed to understand the time and work involved.

46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Photos - Part 3
Robert Briggs checks in with 13 more great photos from the 2006 Winternationals.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Pawuk’s GTO to be Drag Racer Magazine cover car
After beginning his 21st season in the ultra-competitive NHRA Pro Stock class with a semifinal round finish at the season-opening Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, California last weekend, Mark “Cowboy” Pawuk received more good news late in the week from Randy Fish, editor of Drag Racer Magazine.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Farewell, Bruce Allen
Pro Stock veteran Bruce Allen announced his retirement from driving at the end of 2005.
Life's Never A Drag For Toowoomba Racer
Motivated to draw as much enjoyment from life as possible following a health scare, drag racer Darren Otto will boast the most basic of goals towards competition in the Cruzin' Magazine Nostalgia Drags at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway on February 26.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Inaugural DragList Nationals This Summer!
We are planning a DRAGLIST NATIONALS on July 14 and 15, 2006 in Eddyville, Iowa. It will be an event where all the Drag List members get together, race, and hang out for a weekend. Everyone is invited!

2006 NHRA Winternationals Photos: Friday Qualifying
Gary Brown captured Friday qualifying action from Friday at the 46th Annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals.

2006 NHRA Winternationals Photos: Saturday Qualifying
Gary Brown's 2006 NHRA Winternationals photos from Saturday's qualifying.

2006 Winternationals Winners Photos
Gary Brown captured all the NHRA Winternationals winners and runners up, both on the track and in the Winner's Circle.
2006 NHRA Winternationals Performance Updates
Steve Klemetti kicks off the 2006 season by analyzing the new teams, and personal best elapsed times and speeds from the NHRA Winternationals.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

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South Africa: Records broken in first round of drag nationals
Three records fell at the first round of the 2006 Total Drag Nationals on Sunday, February 5 at the WesBank Raceway despite unfavourable weather conditions.
Force Hires E.W. Communications To Support Hight, Daughters
John Force, the 13-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, announced Wednesday that he has retained EW Communications, Inc., to assist with public relations and publicity support for his expanding race team.
Photojournalist Jon Asher to receive Founder Award at the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame
For the fifth year in a row the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame is recognizing one of the early photojournalists who helped make drag racing an “accepted” form of motorsports.
Mansell, McGriff, Karamesines, Forbes-Robinson, Ward, Turner and Carnegie Elected to Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
Champ Car and Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell, NASCAR West Coast icon Hershel McGriff and drag racing fan favorite Chris Karamesines will lead a class of seven racing greats into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America this year.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Slammers Ultimate Milk and Drag Racer Erica Enders Get Together Again for 2006
A peek inside an industry PR piece for Erica Enders and Slammers milk.
NHRA Ahead of Diversity Game
While NASCAR strives for diversity, NHRA has achieved it. Melanie Troxel is one of three high-profile females competing this year in the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series, which also features an African-American Top Fuel driver and the Pedregon brothers in Funny Car.

Women Nationals
Suddenly, drag racing isn't just a guy thing.

46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Photos - Part 2
46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Robert Briggs offers up more great shots from the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals - Part 2 of 3.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

2006 World Fuel Altered Nationals Coming

The 2006 World Fuel Altered Nationals is scheduled for August 18-19th, 2006 at Eddyville Raceway Park in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Track manager Gerald Kramer is excited about this new event and said "It will be huge."

Pre-registration forms will be sent out to the teams that are attending. This event will qualify 16 of the fastest Fuel Altereds in the country. Sponsors to date include Cavalieri Racing Equipment, Auto Meter, Kinser Racing Engines & Lawson Products.

Contact Scott Gaulter {sgaulter@specialtygraphics.com} or 515-727-1444 for sponsor opportunities and additional race information.
Cordero bags nat’l drag racing crown
Leo Joel Cordero of Blanche Racing bagged drag racing’s Driver of the Year award following his impressive victory in the final round of the 2005 Red Horse-PCSO National Drag Racing Championship Series recently at the Batangas Racing Circuit.

Northwest Nostalgia Top Eliminator Association
Another good looking organization based on Top Eliminator rules.

Monday, February 13, 2006

The Future of Nostalgia Drag Racing
Announcing the Midwest’s and East Coast’s newest drag racing association, The Nostalgia Pro Comp Association (NPCA).
NHRA Newsmakers
Melanie Troxel, Ron Capps, Greg Anderson, Robert Hight, Tony Schumacher, and other NHRA stars made big news this week.
The Secret Cause of Flame Wars
'Don't work too hard,' wrote a colleague in an e-mail today. Was she sincere or sarcastic? I think I know (sarcastic), but I'm probably wrong.

1967 Corvair Altered Funny Car "Seaton Super Shaker"
A great message board entry on this famous drag car and its ongoing rebuild.

46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Photos - Part 1
Roberts Briggs was on hand for the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. Here is Part 1 of 3 of his photo review.

Flyin’ Phil’s Nitro Nova is Home
Flyin' Phil finally has moved the Nitro Nova from Chris Stinson's shop in Winslow, Arizona, to its new home in Carson City, Nevada.
Post Race Notes: 46th Annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals
Notes and stats from the first NHRA Powerade national event of 2006.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

2006 NHRA Winternationals Final Results
Final eliminations results from the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, California.
Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals Saturday Pix
Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals Saturday by Nitrophoto senior photo editor Mike Basso, Sr.

Injected Thunder
Randy Meyer has one of the top A/FD dragsters in the country. Alan Bradshaw won the NHRA title with the car in 2004.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

2006 NHRA Winternationals Final Qualifying Results
Final qualifying results and first round pairings from the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, California.
Retirement leaves drag strip theatrics in the dust
He wasn't the fastest driver on the National Hot Rod Association tour, but Louis Force knew how to please the crowd.
Students glimpse into NHRA life
Surrounded by the revving of engines and the smell of exhaust at the Pomona Raceway, students learned there is more to a career in motorsports than being behind the wheel.
Stars & their Cars: The Curse of James Dean's Porsche
James Dean, Hollywood’s most enduring rebel would have marked his 75th birthday today had he not died in one of the most famous crashes in automotive history.
Will Is on the Money in Her Debut as a Pro
The former financial analyst's solid solo run earns a provisional fifth in top-fuel qualifying at the Winternationals in Pomona.

Friday, February 10, 2006

2006 NHRA Winternationals Friday Qualifying Results
Day two qualifying results from the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, California.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Perfect Prefect
Steve Woods has been driving this Prefect AA/Gasser for most of his racing career.
2006 NHRA Winternationals Thursday Qualifying Results
Day one qualifying results from the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, California.
Kalitta's first battle is with his own car
Scott Kalitta's stubborn hot rod flung him into the wall at Las Vegas during testing last month. And then came Phoenix...
Drag Racing Legend Regains Family Man Title
John Force had missed so much of their lives. The recitals. The dance lessons. The cheerleader tryouts. While his three youngest daughters grew to adulthood, Force spent 20 years at drag strips across the country. He won races, promoted sponsors, and branded himself as, arguably, the greatest drag racer of all time.
No Drag on UPS Speed with This New Sponsorship; "Brown" Backing NHRA, Vandergriff Motorsports
UPS today announced its sponsorship of theworld's fastest motorsports attraction as the Official ExpressDelivery Company of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).
Revamped car has Fallbrook's Miersch optimistic
Fallbrook High grad Larry Miersch liked what he saw out of his Top Alcohol Dragster at the close of the NHRA's 2005 season.
1320 TV
1320 TV is drag racing's first video network! You'll meet the men and women who produce and tame 8,000 horsepower. Keep your finger on the pulse of the world's quickest, fastest, and most extreme motorsport! See what the newsmakers are up to, and get a peek at their personalities and lives away from the drag strip.

2006 Top Alcohol Preview
Alcohol Racers Gearing up for Another Knock-Down, Drag-Out Season.
Brakes locked on U.S. 30 racing plans?
Plans to reopen the former U.S. 30 Dragstrip seemed to come to an end this week when the property was quietly sold to another developer.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bad Habit Motorsports
Looks like model car heaven to me.
Will approaches first professional race with confidence
This weekend Hillary Will makes her professional Top Fuel debut at the 46th annual NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway.
Muldowney blazed trail for women now on NHRA circuit
Melanie Troxel might score the first victory of her Top Fuel career at this weekend's 46th Wintenationals at Fairplex. But the fanfare and media attention for such an achievement won't be any different than what fellow competitors Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon or Brandon Bernstein would get.

60s Funny Cars Round 6: More Match Bashers
Another round of Match Bashers, these from the files of photographer Chuck Conway. Former Top Fuel driver Bob Gibson forwarded these pics with Chuck's blessing.

Bakersfield Drag Racing Legend Jack Williams Passes Away
Jack Williams, Goodguys National Advertising Director, President of Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, former NHRA Top Fuel Champion and great friend to thousands, died on Tuesday, February 7, 2006.

OTS Champ Goes Pro Mod
2005 Outlaw Top Sportsman champion Heath Harvey has made the move to Pro Modified racing for 2006.

It Must be Winter
Badco gets a taste of Texas hospitality and gets to rub elbows with several generations of South Central U.S. drag racing royalty at Dallas Geezer Gathering.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Dust Devils Celebrate 51 Years of Racing with a Final Banquet
The Dust Devils, recognized by 'The Guiness Book of World Records' as the oldest continually operated drag racing club gathered at the Kerr McGee Center in Ridgecrest, February 4th, for a gala dinner and awards ceremony. Sadly, it was their final awards banquet after 51 years of racing at the nearby Inyokern Airport.
Famed racer, track operator, and promoter Jack Williams dies
Jack Williams, a national event-winning Top Fuel driver, respected NHRA member track operator and promoter, and a man instrumental in shaping the look and feel of nostalgia drag racing, passed away Feb. 6.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Europe's first Racer Blog
Eurodragster.com is very proud to present Europe's first Racer Blog, written by 2005 FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion Lex Joon. Lex approached Eurodragster.com to offer a weekly insight into the life of the MPM Top Fuel team and we were very pleased to accept his kind proposal, asking only that the Blog should be written by Lex himself and not a PR person. "I can guarantee that, I can't afford a PR person!" was his reply. Lex's first Blog entry is written as he and Team Manager and partner Gerda Dijkstra prepare to leave for the USA to attend the NHRA Winternationals where they will have meetings with sponsors, interview prospective crew members, and maybe find the time to watch some racing!

Saturday, February 04, 2006

80s Funny Cars: Midwest Funnies
The Midwest has always been a hotbed of great funny cars. Here is a menagerie of ten Midwestern floppers that raced in the mid 80s, from low buckers to well financed teams.

Rude Stude Ready for 2006
Mark Mitchell vows to better his seventh place finish in the 2005 Championship points standings. To do so he has purchased some serious horsepower for the upcoming season.
Gassers, Gassers: It's a Matter of Class
One of the most commonly asked questions regard the gasser classes. Many younger fans just don’t understand the classifications... and a lot of us older ones have forgotten a lot.
LACR Proposed 2006 Schedule for Street Racer Night

Note: Schedule Subject To Change
See Weekly Schedule For Most Current Dates

Mar 25 7:30am Jr Drags - 1pm DHRA- Street Racer Night - Time Only
Apr 15 7:30am Jr Dragster - 3pm Street Racer - Time Only
May 27 Sreet Racer Night - 12.5 Bracket - Time Only
Jun 24 Corvette - Street Racer Night - Grudge
Jul 29 12.5 Index & Street Racer Night - Grudge
Sep 23 NMRA - SCEDA Street Racer Night - Time Only
Nov 11 Street Racer - Grudge

NSCA - National Street Car Association
The National Street Car Association has revamped its program for 2006. Read about it at their brand new website.
Imagolive tells with images the motor's sport. Colours, sounds, emotions. Passion. Stories of people and speed. Dreams. Memories. This is a tribute to those people that have driven and continue to drive in all the tracks of the world.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Drag, Rod & Classic Review
DRCReview.com is an on-line web-zine dedicated to American automotive culture, but it's published for British fans of the U.S. scene.
Be a Part of the Next Revolution in Bracket Racing
Recently formed by DragRaceResults.com Bracket Series and Pro Bracket Masters Championship co-promoter Chris Barker, the American Bracket Racing Association is the first independent sanctioning body designed specifically for E.T. bracket racing.
Alex Xydias to Host 3 Special Saturday Matinee at NHRA Museum
Pass the popcorn because it's showtime at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Division 3 Top Fuel Champ Chuck Kurzawa Passes
Charles John Kurzawa Jr., 64, a lifetime resident of Warren, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at his home. Chuck was a mainstay of NHRA Divison 3 top fuel racing for years, winning the Division title in 1972. Chuck drove for some of the sport's legendary cars, including the Probe, the famed Ramchargers, the Bob's Drag Chutes entries, and the Ego Trip. RIP, Chuck.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Norwalk Raceway Park
The fan friendly Ohio track has put up a new website.
Speedway operator willing, able to upgrade
Bruton Smith has another plan on how to grow his SMI empire: buy the National Hot Rod Association. He talked Sunday about purchasing drag racing's premier sanctioning body.