Sunday, April 29, 2007

Blowing Smoke? Stewart Zings NASCAR
A champion is questioning the integrity of his sport. Will this have a long-term effect on NASCAR's credibility?

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Pint-Sized Powerhouse Takes to The Track at Willowbank
Toowoomba’s Yvonne Robertson-Higgins has a one-track mind with regards to her love of horsepower, no matter whether it’s of the four-legged or four wheeled variety.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Revving up the racing industry
Some northeast Indiana businesses with motorsports ties are watching state efforts to boost their industry with the same intensity as the most avid fans cheering on their favorite drivers at the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Nostalgia Funny Car News
Just checking in with Mark King's great nostalgia funny car site. Mark keeps up with the guys who are keeping the dream alive.
Checking Out The Other Side of 'Rock' Racing
I have been on NASCAR pit roads when the command was given to start the engines and I have been against the outside fence at Darlington taking pictures as the entire 43-car field came flying by, but I have never in my life experienced anything quite like being at that starting line when that light turned from red to yellow to green and those two top fuel dragsters came blasting off not 20 feet from where I was standing.
D1 Grand Prix to Showcase at East Coast NHRA Xplōd Sport Compact Racing Series Event
NHRA and the D1GP professional drifting series have announced that they will combine forces at the historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Drag racer Veldheer celebrating pair of 40th anniversaries
Phil Veldheer is celebrating his 40th year of drag racing this season, and that's not the only anniversary he is celebrating this year.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Move Over G.M., Toyota Is No. 1
On Tuesday, the Toyota Motor Company officially took over bragging rights from General Motors as the world’s largest automaker.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Bridges' love of racing builds cars and family bonds
Marvin Bridge will put in 12 hours at work easy, something he does seven days a week. But not a day goes by that he doesn't go home smiling.
Ladwig Drives to Records and Win at Virginia
It was a weekend of record-breaking racing and back-to-back wins at Virginia Motorsports Park for the Virginia NHRA Sport Compact Nationals.
Cullen wins street drag racing championship
21-year-old Matt Cullen has been obsessed with cars all his life, and was stoked to take out the championship class of Super Street Drag Racing in Mildura recently.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Drag racing developer 'Big Boy' LeSueur dies
Frank 'Big Boy' LeSueur Jr., an influential figure in the development of drag racing in Virginia, died Friday of liver cancer at 75.
Hosford and Bay Set Jet Funny Car Track Record at Woodburn
Results from the 5th Annual Tulip Festival Drags, April 22, 2007

Two track records were set in the afternoon of April 22, 2007 for the 5th Annual Tulip Festival Drags at WOODBURN DRAGSTRIP, Woodburn, Ore. Bill Hosford drove Darin Bay’s jet Funny Car to a new track record 5.695 elapsed time at over 278 mph. In addition, Scott Pollacheck rode his ‘04 1500 cc Suzuki to a track-record elapsed time of 6.954 at 195.69 mph. Other winners include:

W: Roger Weddle ('68 Plymouth) Brooks, OR - 10.788, 120.74 (10.80 dial).
R/U: Mike McManus ('01 Tuttle) Happy Valley, OR- 8.994, 154.58 (9.02 dial).
Semi's: Bill Heard ('80 Ford Pinto) Portland, OR; John Young ('03 Mullis dragster) Vancouver, WA.

W: Bruce Reidl ('66 Oldsmobile) Oregon City, OR - 11.262, 110.90 (11.22 dial).
R/U: Carl Meinig ('79 Chevy)Portland, OR - 11.600, 114.73 (11.61 dial).
Semi's: Garry Fetters ('55 Chevy) Salem, OR; Jim Goodman ('68 El Camino) Canby, OR.

W: Jolene Woodward ('74 Chevy) Lyons, OR- 13.078, 94.80 (13.05 dial).
R/U: Karl Hart ('84 Pontiac) Portland, OR- 13.740, 99.25 (13.74 dial).
Semi's: Sheila Biscay McCleary, WA('80 Mustang);

W: Brian Carr ('83 Suzuki) Clackamas, OR - 10.106, 128.40 (10.12 dial).
R/U: Mike O’Leary ('81 Kawasaki) Ridgefield, WA - broke.
Semi's: John D. Martin (Suzuki)Elk Grove, CA;

W: Dewayne Sanders ('98 Tuttle)Albany, OR - 7.162, 175.67 (7.10 dial).
R/U: Mike Boertje ('23 T) Corvallis, OR - 7.471, 178.18 (7.25 dial).
Semi's: Rick New ('05 FED) Sandy, OR; Dee Morris ('32 Bantam) Snohomish, WA.

W: Spud Miller ('68 FED) Philomath, OR - 7.545, 175.40 (7.545 dial).
R/U: Jeff Eaton ('23 T Ford) Hillsboro, OR - foul.

W: Jeff Lilly (Kawasaki), Aloha, OR - 8.630, 148.07 (8.63 dial).
R/U: Scott Pollacheck ('04 Suzuki), Medford, OR - foul.
Semi's: Eric Robinson ('98 2X11) Eugene, OR;

W: Mike Kasinger (Suzuki) - 8.678, 165.92 (8.65 dial).
R/U: Mike Fields, Jr (motorcycle) Sacramento, CA - 9.113, 154.74 (9.05 dial).
Semi's: Robert Neidigh ('00 Suzuki)King, ID; Mike Fields, Sr ('99 Hayabusa) Sacramento, CA.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Monster Cycle
A British engineer builds a half-ton, 1,000-horse drag-racing bike with the power of a monster truck.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Project: Candyman
Show AND Go. Restoration build up site of the Dekker & Mueller '67 Camaro Funny Car.
Green Monster
No one ever said going green means not having any fun, and the folks at Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys, California, certainly like to have fun. Evidence: the company’s Earth Day centerpiece celebration, a 1965 Chevrolet Impala transformed into a biodiesel-propelled hot rod nicknamed the “Bio Rocket.”
CNMI drag racers triumphant in Guam
The 12-man crew of the Drag Racing Club of Saipan went home with three trophies after competing in the three-day Guam Smokin' Wheels held at the Circle K Drag Strip.
Drag racing roars in
If it’s spring, it must be time for professional drag racing to finish shaking the pollen from the Sandhills’ pines.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Speed Fever
There is a group of dedicated men and women who have spent the winter months holed up in their garages, wrenching, working and waiting for the snow to give way to sun.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Funny Car's Gary Scelzi Leaving NHRA Competition
Four-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series champion Gary Scelzi, one of the most popular drag racers in history, will stop racing at the conclusion of the 2007 season.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Dragway expands offerings
The Motor Mile Dragway has several milestones this year. It will host a televised race, it will showcase the popular ADRL, and it will begin Friday night street racing.
Local women making mark at Hagerstown Dragway
It's not unusual to see long hair sticking out of the back of the racers’ helmets as they exit their cars at Victory Lane.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Track smokin' for weekend excitement
Listen up, Guam, the Shell/Miller Lite 25th Annual Smokin' Wheels racing event is finally here -- again!
Antigua to host Caribbean Drag Racing Championship
Getting ready to further develop their regional Sport Tourism movement through Motor Sport, the annual Invasion of the Imports (Caribbean Drag Racing Championship) is back and is set for host country Antigua once again.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Local racing legend top honoree at Texas Motorsports ceremonies
'This is the first motor sports activity I've been involved in since retiring in 1999,' said racing legend and Wichitan Eddie Hill, who was inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Jon Capps ready for POWERade Series debut in Las Vegas
Funny Car rookie Jon Capps says he's like a veritable “Rain Man” of automobiles, with a natural ability to read his ride. And it's no wonder he'd choose a movie metaphor to describe his talent – he works with the stars of Hollywood, after all.

Monday, April 09, 2007

KillaCycle breaks drag racing records on all fronts
All existing electronic vehicle drag racing records were literally vaporized by the KillaCycle, clocking 8.168 seconds at 155.78 MPH.
A pit stop with the Parton family
Super pro dragster racers tell their local paper what it's all about.
NHRA drag racer Brandon "The Kid" Lewis makes switch to A-fuel
Brandon 'The Kid' Lewis, who has raced top alcohol funny car for three seasons in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will switch to A-fuel dragster at the South Central Division points race at Texas Motorplex on April 13.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Racing drivers bring road safety message to schools
A chance visit to a our started a chain of events which brought two top wheelstander drag racers from the USA to Grand Cayman.
Racing is not just NASCAR
A trip to Silver Dollar Raceway proves to the author that, in his words, "There is far more to auto racing than just the stock car racing that SPEED channel overwhelms fans with each day, night and afternoon."

Monday, April 02, 2007

Australia: Car club pushes ahead with drag racing proposal
The Dubbo City Car Club will use a special meeting tonight to address concerns about its proposal to move drag racing to the aerodrome at Narromine.
Ford Flashback
This is a great looking new site dedicated to blue oval drag racing. Great info and pictures on Ford drag cars from several eras.
Drag racers remember death of a colleague
Brandon Bernstein remembers Eric Medlen for the Galveston newspaper.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Fatal crash robs drag racing of role model
Our grandsons lost a fine role model last week when Eric Medlen died of injuries he suffered when his Funny Car crashed in testing at Gainesville, Fla.