Sunday, April 30, 2006

2006 NHRA Bristol Post Race Notes
The inside story, facts, and figures from the sixth annual NHRA O’Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals.
2006 NHRA Bristol Final Results
Final eliminations results and up to date POWERAde world championship points standings after the 2006 O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Q.

Saturday in Bristol
Greg Gage is in scenic Thunder Valley this weekend and sent these terrific shots from Saturday's action.
2006 NHRA Bristol Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the sixth annual O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol, Tennessee.

Friday in Thunder Valley
Gage Gage sent these great shots of the action from NHRA Bristol, including dramatic photos of Cory Mac crashing the Carrier Boyz top fuel dragster.

Over the Hills... and Far Away
Badco wraps up part 2 of his pilgrimage to the Easter weekend Standard 1320 event at Phoenix Speedworld.
Herm Peterson and his car back on tour
In Kitsap County, one of the most enduring racing personalities is Herman Petersen. He’s one of those who didn’t have to go home. He never really left.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Years haven't taken spark out of 240 Gordie
To drag-racing fans, Gordie Bonin will always be 240 Gordie in recognition of his ability to drive a funny car at 240 miles an hour -- a feat he first accomplished nearly 30 years ago.
Finally, A Reality TV Show I’ll Watch
In a recent Q & A with John Force, daughter Ashley and wife Laurie, John Force alluded to a new reality show for the A&E network was in development based on him and his family. With the influx of garbage offered up on TV these days and the avalanche of reality shows on cable and satellite, this is one show I will make sure not to miss. The reasoning is not why you think.
2006 NHRA Bristol Friday Qualifying Results
Day one qualifying results from the 2006 O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Friday, April 28, 2006

NHRA Driver Blogs
Follow the stars of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series as they take you behind the scenes at home and at the track with's exclusive online journals.
Start your engines
It's time to look at the top races coming up in the next few months at tracks throughout the Northwest.
Second to none, Capps cruising in Funny Car class
Ron Capps' upside to finishing second for the third time in his Funny Car career last season was knowing the formula that got him so close had even better days ahead.
NHRA's Troxel carrying torch for women in racing
After nearly two years out of a dragster, Melanie Troxel merely sought a few wins and title contention. Instead, one of drag racing's new leading ladies is running away with the NHRA Powerade series' Top Fuel class and flirting with history.
Sox, drag racing's 4-speed transmission legend, dead
To say that Sox was instrumental in the growth and popularity of factory-based Super Stock and Factory Experimental drag racing in the 1960's and 1970's would be a flagrant understatement.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Ronnie Sox Memorials Set
A visitation with Ronnie's family will be held Wednesday from 5-8 pm in Richmond, VA, followed by visitations in Graham, NC, on Thursday and Friday, with a Memorial Service on Saturday.
Plant That Brewed Beer Shifts Attention to Ethanol
Sometimes Rick O'Shea still hears the beer bottles clanking in the shadows of the old Miller Brewing plant here, where he worked until the place closed more a decade ago. Now he is the engineering director of a project aiming to turn the ghostly, 420-acre complex into the Northeast's first ethanol production plant, churning biofuel out of the massive vats that once brewed Miller Lite.
Drag Racing Europe - The Trip to England
For enthusiasts and business people interested in seeing the best of European drag racing for themselves, Drag Racing Europe - The Trip To England will take place in September.

Never Happened
Flyin' Phil visits the (much) rain delayed, postponed and unfortunately cancelled March Meet.
Burlington legend Ronnie Sox dies
Ronnie Sox, a drag racing legend from Burlington, died in Richmond, Va., after a bout with cancer.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Milan drag racing champion raises the profile of female drivers
The 36-year-old mother has raced thousands of times and won hundreds of head-to-head bouts, and as the season revs up at Milan Dragway on Saturday, Martin will be one of the strongest contenders for 2006 street champion -- against both sexes.

Twisted Lemon Wins Redline TOPMA Race
The team of Mike Calanga and driver Jeremy Brown took the Twisted Lemon '63 Corvette to its first ever Texas Outlaw Pro Mod Association win Saturday night.
Racing Legend Ronnie Sox Passes
Ronnie Sox "The Boss," 67, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Burlington, N.C., lost his courageous battle with cancer at his home on Saturday, April 22, 2006.
2006 IHRA Rockingham Spring Final Results
Upset Nationals! Final eliminations results and up to date eMax IHRA World Championship points standings after the 2006 Nicko’s NY Style Pizza Spring Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

The great online e-zine of the Mid America Willys Club.
Super Chevy Show at SIR
Greybeard racing looks back and the 2002 Tucson Super Chevy show with five huge pages of photos.
A Team Manager and Tough Lady writes...
In the latest entry on FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion Lex Joon's exclusive Racer Blog on, Lex steps aside from the keyboard to allow Team Manager Gerda Dijkstra to describe what a Team Manager does, and to explain why NHRA race teams refer to her as the "Tough lady".

Ashley Force... In Her Father's Footsteps
What do you do if your dad is the winningest driver in drag racing history? You race, even if you are a woman! Barb Gage caught up with Ashley Force in Las Vegas and filed this report.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Sudden Pleasure
Dal Denton won the Division 4 Top Alcohol Funny Car championship with this clean, Donovan powered Camaro.
2006 IHRA Rockingham Spring Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying results from the 2006 Nicko’s NY Style Pizza Spring Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts.
Female Drag Racer Beating Formula 1, Champ Car, NASCAR Drivers in Magazine Poll
Results of a current online poll at National Speed Sport News show readers of the newsweekly are far more impressed with NHRA Top Fuel racer Melanie Troxel’s performance in the first few weeks of the racing season than with the top Formula 1, Champ Car, and NASCAR drivers.

In Mermory of Chuck Kurzawa
Former Top Fuel racer Chuck Kurzawa passed away earlier this year. Chuck drove many successful cars, including the Bob's Drag Chutes machine in the 70s.

On the First Part of the Journey
Badco and The Boopster headed out to Arizona's Speedworld Raceway Park to attend the Standard 1320 Group's annual 'Invitational - Race - Reunion - Gathering - Picnic - Memorial - Throw Down - Hootenanny' and filed this report. (Part one).
Paton feeling good, not funny, over racing choice
Todd Paton is back where he says he belongs -- sitting behind his motor, instead of in front of all that earth-shaking horsepower.
Students learn the dynamics of speed
For the budding dragracers in Bill Stuck's Technology Education Class at West Snyder Middle School, Tuesday's lesson was a dream come true. Mr. Stuck's lesson took the children from the classroom and out to the parking lot, where on display for their perusal was the DRC Racing Products Super Comp Eliminator dragster.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The "Other" Marines Funny Car
Mike Ditty was roaming the Seattle pits in 1978 and shot this U.S. Marines Arrow AA/Funny Car. It was not the well-known Mickey Thompson and Bob Pickett, but "Nitro" Nick Harmon.

Midwest racers turn out in large numbers for inaugural ADRL Gateway Drags
TEAM Motorsports led the way for all Midwest based Outlaw Pro Mod race teams at the inaugural ADRL Gateway Drags held at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, IL, near St. Louis, MO.

Wreaking Havoc!
The British racing season started last month and Alan Currans of the Acceleration Archive sent this shot of Nick Davies' "Havoc" altered.

Bob Plumer shot one of the great independent funny car teams of all time, the Creasy Family.
Speed Queens
In 1977 a former waitress from Schenectady, New York, by way of Burlington, Vermont, did something no other woman had ever done: She won a professional racing championship.
Local drag racing bros get feet wet
Veteran Zach and rookie Cody Barklage found modest success competing in the ADRL Gateway Drags.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Chrysler blasts Big Oil
Taking an unusually public swipe at another industry, Chrysler's chief spokesman slammed major oil companies Monday, accusing them of greed and indifference to the environment.
Rehab programs help elderly stay behind wheel
As the population ages, the roadworthiness of older drivers is becoming a major public health issue.
I just could not believe it
Matt Frame couldn't believe what he was seeing when he found a red 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS with white striping on eBay last week. But it wasn't just any muscle car; it was HIS Camaro.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Funny Cars for Easter in Virginia
On Easter Sunday, there was one Bunny who wasn't hopping but zooming at 185 miles an hour.

Bad Brad's Dart
Brad Anderson's '75 Dodge Dart was very memorable in performance and appearance.
Funny cars to roar once again in Rockingham
Just about any time Steve Earwood's phone rings in his office at Rockingham Dragway the past couple of weeks, it has been someone calling with the same question. 'They'll say, `Are you really going to have the nitro funny cars there?' ' Earwood says. 'And I tell them, `You bet we are.' '
2006 Houston, San Antonio, and Las Vegas (Spring) Personal Bests
Steve ran all the numbers and came up with new teams and new personal best performances from 2006 NHRA Houston, IHRA San Antonio, and NHRA Las Vegas Spring.

Saturday, April 15, 2006 Gear Available
By popular demand, has put up an online store with its logo on a number of apparel items and other products. Three logos are available thus far, with two additional designs coming soon.
Troxel, in her 2nd year in NHRA, has reached final 6 straight events
Melanie Troxel wanted a driving job in the NHRA drag-racing series. She wanted one so badly that some say she became a bit of a pest in her quest. Now, however, she is only pestering people on the track.
Bruce Larson joins elite of drag racing
Back when Bruce Larson was racing his hot rod on neighborhood streets, he didn't think about being one of the most-recognized names in professional drag racing, a 1989 Funny Car world champion or an inductee into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Larson, 68, of Dauphin, accomplished all three.

Atco Raceways 8.50 Index Weeknight Session 2006
The Look An Feel Of Old Style Quick 8's, plus a Test and Tune Feature At The End With Gene Terenzio's Pro Mod Camaro on its First Runs.
Dreams of Legends
65 years of California Hot Rodding, the way it really was.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Sizzlin’ drag racing
This season, the Mark Barklage Racing Team, has doubled its impact on the Pro Mod Series with the introduction of a second car driven by Cody Barklage.

Vegas People
Greg Gage captured portraits of some of the Pro winners at Vegas last Sunday. He also threw in few new faces and an old one or two!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

No $50M tax credit for new racing park
In an unusual reversal, the state House of Representatives yesterday killed a $50 million tax credit for a new motorsports complex at Kalaeloa after the Big Island lawmaker who sponsored the credit privately informed his colleagues he had a potential conflict of interest.
Ware Shoals Dragway offers amateur racers a chance to show off their vehicles
As auto racing becomes increasingly popular, in the South and around the world, fans and drivers alike are seeking outlets to satisfy their racing appetites. Residents of Greenwood and the Lakelands area don’t have to look very far.

Sunday in the Desert
More great Greg Gage photos to wrap up our 2006 Spring Las Vegas coverage.
Drag Racing Shop Comes to Wilmington
The excitement of professional drag-racing is making an impact in the Port City. Ten Years on the Web!
Break out the champagne -- just hit the ten-year mark on the World Wide Web! We put up our first site on the Internet in January 1996, and then put lists on the net on April 10, 1996. We have had 26,618,905 visitors since then! Thanks to everyone for their support and help over the years. It's times like this that I wish we had a staff to write a huge story... but since we still do this as an all-volunteer effort in a few short hours a day, I'll have to refer you to our Contributors page, which contains a brief history of the site and some (but certainly not all) of the folks who help to make it happen. Thanks again, everyone and here we go for the next ten!
If a Tree Falls in the Drag Racing World…
How does the old saying go? If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? That’s how I feel about drag racing sometimes. If something spectacular happens in drag racing, unless there is a visiting NASCAR beat writer on site, as far as public awareness it could have never happened.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Family of Websites Down
Due to hardware failure at our hosting service, the family of websites is temporarily unavailable. This includes,,,, and ten other sites. All sites should be restored by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Troxel Races to 2nd Top Fuel Victory
Nothing we don't know already, but it's nice to see drag racing coverage in the New York Times.
Female NASCAR fans can wear support on their sleeve
NASCAR is nudging its female fans to slip into something a little more comfortable -- and fashionable.
With Big Boost From Sugar Cane, Brazil Is Satisfying Its Fuel Needs
At the dawn of the automobile age, Henry Ford predicted that 'ethyl alcohol is the fuel of the future.' With petroleum about $65 a barrel, President Bush has now embraced that view, too. But Brazil is already there.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Reinventing the Wheel
Badco gets a lesson in ‘Yankee’ ingenuity, hard work, good business intellect, and the gift of gab from the irrepressible Joe Jacono.
St. George family enjoys success in drag racing
As the message on her cell phone says, St. George, Nevada, resident Kari Theobald and her family know where their priorities are. Point Theobald straight ahead on a straight quarter-mile stretch of pavement and all is right with the world. Callers to the cell phone will have to wait.

Drag Racing Champion Burning Rubber At Bathurst
Australian Drag Racing icon Brett 'The Boss' Stevens will be putting his alcohol fuelled 2000 horsepower Falcon burnout ute through it's paces at the inaugural WPS Bathurst International Motor Festival at Mount
Panorama from April 13-16.

Saturday at The Strip
Greg Gage was the Strip at Vegas for this weekend's NHRA national event. Greg shares these ten shots from Saturday's action with us.
NHRA Newsmakers
The latest insider news and tidbits from the National Hot Rod Association.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Drag strip more than just fast cars
A new racing season is underway at the Sikeston Drag Strip. Many special events are planned for this year and it should be an exciting year for racing.

Shots from Vegas
Greg Gage is in Vegas this weekend and sent this great sampling of some of the action so far.
Texans honored for racing legacy
Legendary Lone Star State racers, including Kenny Bernstein and Raymond Beadle, were honored recently.
0-60 in 3.1 seconds!
Having long espoused Colin Chapman’s philosophy of 'to add speed, add lightness', most recently with a range of Rover K-series engined 'Superlights', the company realised that a more comprehensive revision of its Seven, based on Chapman’s 1957 original, was in order.
2006 NHRA Las Vegas Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the 2006 NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Columbia County facility to open again under new management
Numidia Dragway, it can be said, has recently been a source of turmoil, speculation and no small amount of exasperation for local racers and race fans.
Old-timer shows young guns he can still fly
Tom Vance is no stranger to drag racing. He is also no stranger to racing at Beaver Springs Dragway.

ANRA Season Opener Photos
Gary Brown captured these grest winner's circle and class winner action photos from the ANRA Season Opener on April 1, 2006.

NitroGeezers Photo Albums
The Nitrogeezers nostalgia drag racing site has set up a great new drag racing photo gallery.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

2006 NHRA Las Vegas Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying results from the seventh annual NHRA Nationals from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Rob Potter's Drag Racing Photos!
Rob Potter has put his great photos on a series of four terrific new Compact Discs, each one chock full of sharp, bright, high color photos of top pro, sportsmen, and match race drag racing machines (plus one very special CD of the pretty folks who help make going to the drags extra fun for the guys).

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Bernstein drops Troxel; Capps wins Funny Car final
Top Fuel driver Brandon Bernstein raced to his ninth career victory Sunday, beating points leader Melanie Troxel with a quarter-mile run of 4.534 at 329.83 mph in the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals.
Road Tests: Cadillac STS-V
Not a drag racing car for sure, but anything that puts out 469 HP out of the factory gets a mention here...
A Lawbreaking Mannequin's Fresh Start
A judge ordered Greg Pringle and his mannequin, Tillie, to stand along U.S. 36 near Denver for four hours after Mr. Pringle was caught using Tillie to occupy the high-occupancy-vehicle lane.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ladies Day at the Snap-on Nitro Champs
Friday, May 5 at Western Sydney will be 'Ladies Day' - where all women and girls are welcome to attend, at no charge!
Mid-America Dragway has great potential
After a two-year hiatus, the Mid-America Dragway re-opened on Saturday with great interest and praise from the estimated 200 fans who attended and the 65 drag car drivers who drove in the test-n-tune and Gambler Race series.

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Racing Career of Bobby Vodnik
Bud DeBoer catches up with Bobby Vodnik, a racer who reached the pinnacle of the sport before retiring at just 24 years old.
2006 NHRA Houston Final Results
Final results and up to date POWERAde points standings after the 2006 O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

American Hot Rod Foundation
The American Hot Rod Foundation has in development a number of documentaries on subjects ranging from the roots of drag racing to the fastest men on earth to kustom culture and beyond.
Female drag racers not just competing, they're winning
Danica Patrick is the biggest star in the IRL, but she hasn't won a race. NASCAR is desperate to find its own version of Danica to race competitively at the Nextel Cup level, but no one is close at the moment. Meanwhile, the NHRA figured it out long ago.
2006 NHRA Houston Final Qualifying Results
Final pro qualifying results and first round pairings from the 19th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park.
Pedal to the metal
A Sydney family business is beating the US racing engineers at their own game.
'Hot Rod' Fuller is a drag racer, but there are twists to his story
When I was born, my mom wanted to put 'Hot Rod Fuller' on my birth certificate,' Fuller said. 'But my dad wouldn't let her.'
A dream come true
Imagine following your favorite team from game to game, getting to know the players, and then one day being asked to join the team. That's what happened to Joe Arena.
Shirley Muldowney elected into Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame
Shirley Muldowney, one of the most popular and famous drivers in drag racing history and a Nott Terrace High School graduate, will be the first woman inducted into this Athletic Hall of Fame.
2006 NHRA Houston Friday Qualifying Results
Day one pro qualifying results from the 19th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.
NHRA Division 5 "Hall of Fame" member Jim Lutz passes
Here's a tribute to the great racer from the Great Plains... RIP, Jim.