Thursday, March 30, 2006

Interstate Invasion at QT Tin Top Titles
In the lead up to the April 8 QT Tin Top Titles at Willowbank Raceway it appears the vice-like grip of Queensland drivers on the coveted ANDRA Australian Top Doorslammer drag racing Championship title has eased.
Stevens Puts Focus on Racing in Houston, Despite Hurricane Katrina Distractions
It hasn‘t been an easy past seven months for NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Richie Stevens Jr. The New Orleans native has been balancing his duties as driver of the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T with the burden of getting his family business, Stevens Collision Center, back on its feet following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. TAFC Wins In Bradenton
In its second appearance of the 2006 season, the Dodge Stratus Top Alcohol Funny Car took on two of the best contenders in class and came out on top.
Races offer positive economic impact
When the O’Reilly Spring Nationals come to town, it means a weekend of entertainment for citizens and some fast money for business.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

March Meet Starting Line Action Photos
Gary Brown serves up 20 starting line action photos of some of the most unique cars from the rain shortened 47th annual March Meet.
NHRA Newsmakers
The weekly roundup of racers and insider info from the world of NHRA POWERAde championship drag racing.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A new Texas Nationals champ in town
To win in Texas, Doug Foley had to take out Clay Millican, a five-time IHRA Top Fuel world champion, a three-time defending Amalie Oil Texas Nationals Top Fuel champion, a driver who never had lost in a final elimination round at San Antonio Raceway.
Be it barbecue or speed, event fills each driver's need
Though cars with roaring engines capable of loosening ear wax sped for spectators Sunday at Southwestern International Raceway, the real action was in the parking lot.
Drag racing event draws the crowds
About 12 000 fans turned out to watch more than 250 drivers compete for drag racing glory at the strip laid out in First Avenue, Greyville, in Durban, South Africa, at the weekend.
Dana's Death May Remain Mystery
Dana's death will leave only questions: Was he over his head in that race car? Why didn't he slow down?

Monday, March 27, 2006

80s Funny Cars: The Northeast
The Northeastern United States has always been a hot spot of funny car racing, and these ten machines continued into the early 80s.
2006 IHRA San Antonio Final Results
Final eliminations results and up to date championship points standings after the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car championship at the season-opening Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs and the San Antonio Express News.

Goodguys 47th March Meet: Funny Car Photos
Gary Brown shot 15 funny car images before the 47th March Meet Was canceled due to bad weather.

Goodguys 47th March Meet: Top Fuel Photos
Gary Brown shot these 15 images of Top Fuel cars before the 47th March Meet Was canceled due to bad weather.

Goodguys Banquet Honoring 2005 VRA Champions
Gary Brown offers up 14 images of the champions and their trophies at the Doubletree Hotel At Bakersfield, Ca., March 17, 2006.
2006 Gatornationals Personal Bests
Steve Klemetti reports on new teams and new personal best performances from 2006 NHRA Gainesville, and the Lucas Oil Sportsman races in Belle Rose, LA, and Phoenix.

Candy Apple Cackler
Mike Ditty caught the Gunter Bros. beautiful A/FA in the pits of Irwindale in 1968.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

2006 IHRA San Antonio Final Qualifying Results
Final qualifying results and first round pairings from the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Tour, the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs and the San Antonio Express-News.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

2006 IHRA San Antonio Friday Qualifying Results
Day one qualifying results from the 2006 Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs and the San Antonio Express-News at San Antonio Raceway.
No clutch, so why a clutch pedal?
In the latest of his exclusive Blogs for, 2005 FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion Lex Joon answers a reader's query about the function of the clutch pedal on a Top Fuel Dragster.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Malaysian Drag Racing C'ship Opens Saturday With Over 80 Cars
After the conclusion of last weekend’s Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, Malaysia’s racing promoter Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has immediately shift its attention to an entirely different kind of event – drag racing.
Drag racing comes to town
Smoke from burned rubber, oil, dragsters and the East Side all will be on display this weekend as Southwestern International Raceway hosts the National Hot Rod Association's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series today through Sunday.
Auto interest steers local companies to success
Driving souped-up cars on open highways and in speed-track competitions is a growing interest among adults with disposable incomes. That pastime has created a flourishing niche industry that has allowed two local companies to steer a successful course.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lake Famoso
Buzz Baylis and Dave Wallace, Jr. proved that watersports were about the only thing going on at the second attempt to get in the 2006 Goodguys March Meet in Bakersfield, California.
March Meet 2005
Graybeard Racing's coverage of the 2006 Goodguys March Meet.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Track Owner Tricks
Fuel funny car veteran Bob Barry recalls an eight car show in 1976 where the Rolling Thunder machine was running just a little TOO good for the promoter's taste.
All Star Chat with Dean Skuza
The gang at tracked down the popular funny car racer to see what's up with him and when we might see his operation back on the track.
'Cojones' not acceptable on billboard in Miami, advertiser finds
Cojones is a Spanish word that means, literally, testicles. In the United States, however, it's a sort of catch-all term for daring. That's what Volkswagen was going for in a black-and-white billboard featuring its GTI 2006 model accompanied by two words in big, bold letters -- 'Turbo-Cojones.' But the campaign has boomeranged, with Volkswagen taking the billboards down in three cities after they quickly generated a firestorm in Miami.
2006 Ford Harley-Davidson F-150: This Harley's Not a Hog, but It Is a Ham
The sect of Harley owners who keep the mystique alive are 300-pound men and women with nicknames like Icepick who would sooner fall sobbing into the arms of Doctor Phil than cruise around in an anal-retentive matching truck.

The Saga of the Iron Pegasus
The trials and tribulations of a "no buck," do it yourself racer gutting it out in the grueling world of sportsman drag racing.
NHRA Newsmakers
The latest roundup of news and quotes from the National Hot Rod Association.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Drag racing family driven to fight spread of Lupus
For Mike Blodgett Jr., victory has always been within reach. But when his wife, Beth, was diagnosed with lupus in 1999, it was the start of a new race.
Arizona Woman Gets First Win In Prep For AHDRA At Firebird
After winning her first trophy at the NOPI Nationals this weekend at Firebird International Raceway, Valerie Thompson (Scottsdale, AZ) is ready to go against ALL Harley's in April.

Casella Racing
Follow the buildup of one bitchin' 1960 Chevy Bel Air drag car.

Monday, March 20, 2006

George Barris Road Show
The George Barris Road Show features the Shark Attak custom Graham hot rod.
Lake Gairdner, a drag racing heaven
This must be what it's like to wait at the gates of hell. Blinded by white light. I am being deafened by either the most ungodly sound you'll ever hear, or the most divine.
Spring Training in the UK
With two weeks left before the start of the 2006 UK National Championships, pre-season testing started in earnest with a Test and Tune at Shakespeare County Raceway this past weekend. were at Shakespeare County Raceway and we have posted two end-day Photo Galleries.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Thomas Motorsports Kicks off 2006
The Texas Outlaw Pro Modified Association had its opening race of the year at Kennedale's Texas Raceway and the two Thomas Motorsports took part.
2006 NHRA Gatornationals Final Results
Final eliminations results and updated POWERAde points standings after the 37th annual ACDelco Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
47th March Meet Officially Cancelled
Wet track conditions caused by “weepers” (pockets of water seeping through tiny cracks in the asphalt) forced Goodguys/VRA officials to cancel all racing at the 47th March Meet.
2006 NHRA Gatornationals Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the 37th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Drag racer sells ‘Little Red Wagon’ to museum
Legendary drag racer Bill “Maverick” Golden has sold his equally legendary Little Red Wagon, along with another that has been on display at “Big Daddy,” Don Garlit’s Museum of Drag Racing and International Hall of Fame in Ocala, Fla.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

60s Funny Cars: The Chevys
This round of 60s Funny Cars features all Chevys. These Rat powered monsters were some of the country's best loved and most feared machines of the late '60s.
47th March Meet
Graybeard Racing offers up some great pics from a soggy start to the 2006 March Meet.
One mad, and very bad, DragBike
It takes either complete insanity, absolute bravery or a high level of commitment at least to hang to the handlebars of a motorcycle producing 1200 plus Hp as it hurtles down the quarter mile at 200mph on route to a six-second pass.
Jet Dragsters Set Willowbank Alight
Drag Racing fans were sent into a fuel charged frenzy when they witnessed Australia’s biggest ever jet dragster gathering at Willowbank Raceway on March 16. Never before in Australian drag racing history had four jet powered dragsters assembled in competition.
Lucas Heir Determined to Succeed as a Driver
Lucas Oil is a major motor sports sponsor that's also stepping up its promotional effort in pro football. But none of that guarantees victory for Lucas heir Morgan Lucas, an NHRA drag racer who is still looking for his first top-fuel victory after 33 career starts.
New tires have drivers burning
This weekend's Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., is annually one of the more anticipated national events on the National Hot Rod Association Powerade Drag Racing Series tour. It's the same this year. But the draw to central Florida is slightly different.
2006 NHRA Gatornationals Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying numbers from the 2006 ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Hydrogen Vehicles On the Move
A modified Prius with a hydrogen fuel cell is being put to the test in southern California.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Stephens & Venables Dragster Restoration by Rip & Natalie Wiley
The history of the Stephens & Venables AA/FD restoration as the car is currently being restored by Rip and Natalie Wiley out of Tennessee. Not only is this site created for the restoration but of all the cars that were campaigned by Stephens & Venables along with a look back in time of South Central Drag Racing.
Stanley & Weiss Racing Ready for Edelbrock Pro Street Competition
In 2003, John Stanley was named the National Street Car Association's Rookie of the Year. Just two years later, the Hagerstown, Maryland-based racer was back on the podium at the year-end NSCA banquet to claim the victor's spoils as the 2005 Pro Outlaw champion.
Drag Illustrated - We cover the Cool Stuff
Check in to sign up for a free subscription. We can't have too many viable drag racing magazines. Good luck to them.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Texas Outlaw Pro Mod Association Kicks Off 2006 Season
The Texas Outlaw Pro Mod Assocation had its opening race of the year at the famed Texas Raceway in Kennedale and 12 of Texas' best doorslammer teams showed up to do battle.
It's a drag getting postponed
The disappointment was palpable, casting a shadow over Bakersfield's Auto Club Famoso Raceway like the dreary skies above it.

Friday, March 10, 2006

2006 Phoenix Personal Bests
New personal best elapsed times and speeds from 2006 NHRA Phoenix.

Thomas Motorsports at the ADRL
Thomas Motorsports had an up and down weekend at the ADRL Dragapalooza race at Houston. Ken Thomas made it to the semi-finals in Pro Nitrous, while Heath Harvey's Pro Mod debut was cut short by breakage.

More Econo Funnies!
Here are some great West Coast econo funny cars, from California to Washington State. The great shots are from Mike Ditty, with commentary by Bill Duke.
Don Garlits and Black Smoke and Orange Flame
I was on the starting line at Long Beach and the transmission exploded and it took off half of my right foot. I remember lying in the hospital and I vowed that I would do something to fix this problem.
Rain not funny for Blue Max
So much for the best-laid plans of Del Worsham. Del was hoping to drive his replica of the famed Blue Max funny car at this weekend's 47th annual Goodguys March Meet in Bakersfield. But organizers, fearing a 70 percent chance of rain for the weekend, ended Worsham's scheme, announcing that the event will be postponed to next weekend.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

March Meet Postponed for One Week
A bleak weather forecast, including record low temperatures and snow, caused Goodguys officials to postpone the 47th Bakersfield March Meet by one week.
Orlando Hosts Drag Racing This Weekend
The 2006 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series lands at Orlando SpeedWorld Dragway this Weekend, and Brevard County will be well-represented.

Belle on wheels
Sumner, Washington, woman is one of three professional Harley drag racers.
Racing more than just fun for Hullinger
What do the Indianapolis Colts and the National Hot Rod Association have in common? More than you'd think.
Who Will Be First in NASCAR Hall of Fame?
Now that we know where NASCAR's much-ballyhooed Hall of Fame is going to be built, the bigger question remains: Who will be the building blocks of its legacy?

Shake Rattle & Run
The infamous Shake Rattle & Run 1957 Chevy is about to go through a complete transformation.

Big Daddy Don Garlits: "Hot Rod Hero"
Don Garlits will be honored at the 47th March Meet as a "Hot Rod Hero.” Here are 19 Gary Brown images of “Big Daddy” at various drag strips in the Southwest during 1972 and 1973.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Yates turns into do-it-yourselfer for a chance at reliving championship years
Here's a trivia question for all the hard-core drag racing fans out there: Can you name the only multiple-time NHRA champion that still drives his own transporter to the races?
NFL Stadium Sponsorship Could Benefit NHRA
The recent announcement that the new stadium in Indianapolis will carry the name 'Lucas Oil Stadium', must have been music to the NHRA's ears.

Stotz tops 200 MPH five times, sets new AMA Pro Street ET and speed records
With one round of the 2006 AMA/Prostar series in the record books, Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA)-sponsored drag racer Kent Stotz has earned a new nickname around the paddock: Mr. 200 MPH.
Drag racing will return to Shelton for 2 days this summer
Rahn Redman still remembers the drag races in Shelton, Washington, from his childhood. He hopes to create new memories this August as the abandoned runway opens for drag racing.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

DragsterWorld Interview: Eddie Corr
Top Fuel tuning wizard Eddie Corr is one of the most successful European crew chiefs of recent times. Gary and Phil Cottingham of caught up with the fuel wizard for an enlightening interview.
Charlotte Gets First NASCAR Hall of Fame
NASCAR's first Hall of Fame will be built in downtown Charlotte, within miles of the garages and sprawling mansions that make the region an epicenter of the sport.

March Meet 1973
Gary Brown offers up 24 great photos from the 1973 Bakersfield March Meet.

Goodguys VRA Champions of 2005
The Goodguys VRA Champions of 2005 will be honored at a banquet Thursday evening, March 9, 2006, at the Doubletree Hotel, Bakersfield, CA. Here are 14 photos of the Class Champions in action during the Goodguys VRA Championship Series in 2005.

After a couple years of being unable to attend the California Hot Rod Reunion, the 2005 event seemed a must do for Flyin' Phil Elliott.

CHRR 14, Part 2
Flyin' Phil continues his sharing his notebook from the 14th annual California Hot Rod Reunion.
I Have a Dream
Flyin' Phil has a dream about how the sport of drag racing should be run.

My First Time
Flyin' Phil recalls his first time at the drags.
Tricky Tipster
The Top Fuel and Funny Car pics for the Goodguys 47th March Meet.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Drag strip opening Easter Monday
Cayman’s long awaited motor sports park is right on track to open its gates to the public at Easter.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Side Racing Adds Sponsors
Side Racing announced the addition of two new associate sponsors to the Outlaw Top Sportsman team.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Remember Econo Funny Cars?
Econo funny cars used to be common in drag racing but now are practically extinct. The Lou Patane Vega funny car was the little brother to Johnny Loper's "Lil Hoss."

Darlington Dragway announces new owners
Darlington Dragway announces new owners Ronnie Siders and Bill Wilson. Under new ownership, Darlington Dragway will be up and running shortly.
It's Showtime For Aussie Entertainer
Perth jet dragster driver Gary Miocevich deserves a rightful place alongside names like legendary two wheeled stunt rider, Evil Knievel as one of a small breed of unique entertainers.
IRP to offer free Drag Racing classes in 2006
Indianapolis Raceway Park, in conjunction with Automation RaceCars, will once again offer free drag racing classes beginning in May.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Automatic Pro Mod Association
The new Automatic Pro Mod Association features the fastest automatic doorslammers in the country.
U.S. 30 Drag Strip reps to meet with property owner
Although the property was sold to a new owner several weeks ago, the plan to revive the former U.S. 30 Drag Strip may not be a dead issue.
Roush turns a circle and returns to his Drag Racing roots
Jack Roush obviously is well known among NASCAR fans, and his teams have combined to win four championships, including two at the elite Nextel Cup level. Now fans of drag racing will see this same level of excellence as Roush, through his ROUSH Performance division, will field a multi-car program in the National Mustang Racer's Association (NMRA) Denso Ford Drag Racing Series during 2006.
Our friend Jim Hawkins has kicked off a blog of NHRA drag racing stats from National Events, including stats for Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike.