Sunday, July 31, 2011



SONOMA, Calif. – Antron Brown raced to his third Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at Infineon Raceway and clinched a berth in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs.

Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Today's Drag Racing News

Motorcycle dirt drag races coming to fair
Admission to the grandstand is free and the event, which is tied to "Biker Night" at the fair, will be part of the Echo Valley (Carbon Hill Road, East Palestine) Dirt Drag Racing points schedule. Huston, the Echo Valley in Top Gas and Modified Street ...
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Humble Force returns to strip and takes top spot
Radioactive Drag Racing News
I'm going back to drag racing where they know me.'" Force, who hails from the Los Angeles suburb of Yorba Linda, was quickest in both of Friday's sessions, which played to his advantage as track officials needed to stop the action midway through the ...
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Drag Racing and Amway - Fun Not Profit - Yahoo! News
Read 'Drag Racing and Amway - Fun Not Profit' on Yahoo! News. The case of Richard Zenzen is the most recent "hobby loss" case that I have seen.
Drag Racing Cars | Automotive News
Listed here are some automotive elements that have to be in high shape and efficiency in drag racing regardless if you have stock or modified engine.
NHRA Drag Racing | Automotive News
In drag racing, automobiles race from one point to a different in a straight line. Prior to the start of the race each driver performs a burn out and then ...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals, Final Results from Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.


BRISTOL, Tenn. - Bolstered by three individual wins — Kammon Simpson (age 10), Ashley Cole (13), and Rylee Stufflebeam (15) — the team from Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis claimed top honors at the 2011 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by at Bristol Dragway. Lucas Oil Raceway Team 2 tallied 35 points to defeat No Problem Raceway Park Team 2 for the team title; No Problem finished with 30. Maple Grove Raceway Team 1 and Summit Motorsports Park Team 2 finished tied with 28 points each; Maple Grove won the tiebreaker to finish third. Summit Motorsports Park Team 1 and Mason-Dixon Dragway Team 2 each earned 27 points to round out the top five.



Schumacher, Johnson and Arana Jr. also earn top qualifying positions at Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. – John Force became NHRA’s all-time leader in No. 1 qualifying positions when he raced to the top spot inFunny Car Saturday at the FRAM / Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

2011 Draglist Nationals Today!

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Bill's Notes: 2011 Draglist Nationals this Saturday! by Bill Pratt. It's time for the 6th annual Draglist Nationals at Eddyville Raceway Park! Hope you can join us today, Saturday, July 30, 2011!

Today's Drag Racing News

Bay Area drivers take on NHRA veterans at Infineon Raceway
San Jose Mercury News
But both Bay Area residents are confident enough to believe that right now they can compete with the biggest names in the division, regardless of how few 1000-foot passes they have made at drag racing's highest level. It's the first time either driver ...
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Midland Man Injured in Drag Racing Accident Continues to Recover
A Midland man severely hurt in a drag racing accident is now recovering in a Lubbock hospital. Over the weekend, Doug Meshirer was drag racing at Desert Thunder Raceway in Midland when his helmet flew up over his face, blocking his vision. ...
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Last DRO AA/FC race will be at World Series of Drag Racing as Indy drops out
Drag Racing Online Magazine
So the World Series of Drag Racing held at Cordova Dragway August 26-28 will be the last DRO AA/FC Challenge race of the season and the 2011 AA/FC National Championship will be decided at that race. All points garnered at the race will be multiplied by ...
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An international flair at Thunder Valley's junior dragsters
More than 500 drivers from 20 states have converged on Thunder Valley for the National Hot Rod Association's Junior Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals. The diverse field of entrants includes competitors from California and Canada, ...
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Great toys, or just a lot of noise? Auto Club Dragway causes controversy in ...
Fontana Herald-News
By RUSSELL INGOLD For the past decade, Auto Club Speedway has been proud to offer NHRA Street Legal drag racing for area residents. Participants in the popular program say the drag racing, which takes place on a regular basis throughout the year, ...
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Season-Ending LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII to Span Three Days ...
Annually regarded as the biggest weekend of the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season, the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII will now lay claim to being one of the biggest events in ADRL history. In another major move for the world's premier ...
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NHRA Infineon Diary No. 2: ZaZa Energy's Enders
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
People ask me a lot about my hobbies away from drag racing, and I used to do a lot of different things, from volleyball to basketball to track to gymnastics. But I really don't have time for anything any more, except for working – and maybe a little ...
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Dave Gentile doing well full-time at Grundy
He went into drag racing until 2001, when he returned to Grundy in the Street Stock Division. By the following year, Gentile graduated to the Mid-American Division, and he hit the Late Model class at Madison International Speedway in 2005. ...
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Roaring memories
Picture: EPIC MOMENTS TERRITORY drag racing will take a quick stroll down memory lane tonight. "Top End Nostalgia" opens the throttle at 3pm at Hidden Valley Drag Strip. "There are plenty of classic vehicles around the Top End and we've managed to pull ...
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Drag Racing Roars Into Sonoma - Photos - KCRA Sacramento
The 13th stop on the National Hot Rod Association circuit brings the nation's top dragsters to Sonoma. Drivers will hit speeds of over 300 mph on the 1000 ...



SONOMA, Calif. – John Force raced to an Infineon Raceway track record performance to lead Funny Car qualifying Friday at the FRAM / Autolite NHRA Nationals.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Friday, July 29, 2011

NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals, Friday from Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.


BRISTOL, Tenn. (July 29, 2011) – Day two for the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by began with a final time trail for all competitors followed by round one of eliminations at Bristol Dragway. The event kicked off Thursday with initial time trials and will conclude on Saturday with the crowning of winners in eight age brackets, Jr. Comp, and a Team Championship. Hundreds of kids, ages 8 to 17, from NHRA member track across the eastern United States made the trip to Northeast Tennessee and are battling for individual and team honors, and a share of the purse worth nearly $100,000 in savings bonds.

All but one of the 2010 Champions have returned to defend their championship, hoping for the elusive repeat as teams of racers drive half-scale dragsters reaching speeds of up to 85 mph and covering the eight-mile track in as fast as 7.90 seconds. Racers are vying for both team and individual honors with saving bonds being awarded to winners, runner-up, semifinalists and quarterfinalists as well as each member of the top three finishing teams.

A number of special awards will be given out during a special presentation including some from on track action as well as off track including the Best Overall Appearing Car, Best Appearing Theme Car, Best Appearing Track and Coolest Car of the event. On track awards will be give in the Closest to the Dial and Best Reaction Time categories in each age group.

Gates at Bristol Dragway open at 8 a.m. on Sunday with round two of eliminations set to begin at 10 a.m. Bristol Dragway is located in Bristol, Tenn., at exit 69 off Interstate 81. For additional information call Bristol Dragway (423) 764-DRAG or visit Additional event coverage can be found at

Season-Ending LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII To Span Three Days, Include Awards Gala

O'FALLON, MO (July 28, 2011) – Annually regarded as the biggest weekend of the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) season, the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII will now lay claim to being one of the biggest events in ADRL history.

In another major move for the world's premier eighth-mile drag racing league, the ADRL announced on Thursday that its 2011 season-ending racing will take place over three days, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23, at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.

In addition, the annual Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23 following the conclusion of the LenMar Motorsports World Finals VII.

Today's Drag Racing News

NHRA drag-racing lights up Infineon this weekend
Sonoma Index-Tribune
As the second most-attended major race-event at Infineon, the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals again features the best drag racing in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle divisions. This is the second stop of the "Western Swing" ...
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Sonoma Index-Tribune
Drag racing crew chief takes the wheel
San Francisco Chronicle
Former crew chief Mike Neff has a big lead in the NHRA's Funny Car points standings. (07-28) 20:07 PDT -- If Mike Neff wants to return to his true passion - crew-chiefing an elite dragster - he's going about it the wrong way. The 44-year-old driver for ...
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Peggy Llewellyn personifies diversity in drag racing
Yahoo! Sports
Drag racing is one of the only sports that pit men and women in opposition trying to beat the other—and on equal footing. Drag racing is one of the most diverse sports found on the planet. The epitome of this diversity would be Peggy Llewellyn. ...
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NHRA Jr Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals Kicks off in Bristol
The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by officially kicked off today with more nearly 600 kids ages 8-17 taking to the track for initial time trials. The annual event hosts young racers and their ...
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Crouch End speed demon breaks racing record on a scooter
Tottenham & Wood Green Journal
Jordan O'Doherty, 24, of Crouch End, reached 101mph on a scooter at the sixth round of the Straightliners drag racing festival on Sunday (July 24). It was a first time a street-legal scooter had achieved the speed over a quarter mile drag-strip and the ...
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Tottenham & Wood Green Journal
Australian National Drag Racing Association
Aeroflow Performance Products is pleased to welcome the Fowler Family Racing to the Aeroflow Drag Racing team. Aeroflow are excited to have a quality family racing team on board to match the quality products that Aeroflow offers. ...
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Muldowney Remains an Inspiration to Enders
The intention of legend Shirley Muldowney was not to be a pioneer in the sport of drag racing. Rather, she simply wanted to win. The same could be said of ZaZa Energy Pro Stock driver Erica Enders. Forty years after Muldowney won her first major drag ...
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Tazewell Speedway Legends: Gary Blanken
Claiborne Progress
In a tragic turn of events the shop that housed the drag racing tools and cars was lost due to fire. Inside that garage was a new pro-stock car ready for Gary to race. Drag racing was then left somewhat in the Blanken family past. ...
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Motorcycles join karts in stadium parking lot Sunday
Sponsorless cars are also popping up at IndyCar and NHRA drag racing events. Most grassroots racing is funded by discretionary income. During hard times, among the first things to go are the motorized toys – the desert motorcycle, the go-kart, ...
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In a sport with few minorities, his goal is 'to be the Michael Jordan of NASCAR.'
Indianapolis Star
His dad is a drag-racing veteran but an oval-racing novice; car setup and racing trim are new frontiers. Both learn every practice, every heat, every feature. Improvement is their watchword. Mistakes happen. "If he didn't need a ride home from the ...
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.


BRISTOL, Tenn. (July 28, 2011) – The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by officially kicked off today with more nearly 600 kids ages 8-17 taking to the track for initial time trials. The annual event hosts young racers and their families with competition in nine categories racing in half-scale dragsters at speeds up to 70 mph on the eighth-mile dragstrip. Racers are completing for both team and individual honors and a share of nearly $100,000 in savings bonds.

Time trials will continue on Friday along with round one of eliminations followed by final eliminations and the crowning of champions on Saturday in each of the eight age brackets: 8 to 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 to 17 and in the Jr. Comp class. The festivities actually kicked off nearly a week ago as Bristol Dragway hosted a number of specialty events leading up to the Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals including their Mike Boss event.

Seven of the eight 2010 champions are on the entry list and will be looking to defend their title from a year ago including Gage Esneault, Belle Rose, La; Dillan Kyle, Gay, Ga; Daniel Young, Palm Harbor, Fla; Sydney Coleman, Elkton, Md; Heather Boyko, North Hampton, Pa; Morgan Nappier, Hendersonville, Tenn; and Dillon Richards, Lake Charles, La. Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pa., are the defending Team Champions and look to repeat as well.

Gates open on Friday at 7:30 a.m. with racing set to begin at 8 a.m. Round 1 is at 2 p.m. followed by the annual racer cookout party. Saturday gets underway at 10 a.m. with gates opening at 8 a.m. For additional information call Bristol Dragway (423) 764-DRAG or visit Additional event coverage can be found at

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Weekend drag race event retains its local roots after 17 years

Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts continues to be a community effort with many racers from the Stratford area

STRATFORD, ONTARIO (July 28, 2011) – The drag race series known fondly as "The Stratford Days" began as collaboration between racers and businesses in this Southwestern Ontario community to promote the sport.

Offering free tickets through local merchants in the Stratford area, the Stratford Days race has brought a lot of fans into the stands for the annual event, and this year's program, the Stratford Spectacular Hot August Nationals presented by Ideal Supply & NAPA Auto Parts at the Grand Bend Motorplex August 4-7 will be its 17th anniversary.

While many of the 500-plus competitors are from areas other than Stratford, including the rest of Ontario, Quebec, and the states of New York and Michigan, there is a strong Stratford-area contingent which makes up a large part of the event.

Many of these local teams compete in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series, and they will all be racing next weekend at Grand Bend in the fourth round of the 2011 season. 

Teams such as K&K Racing of Stratford, with two-time Quick 32 Sportsman Series Champion and Top Sportsman driver Kevin Wicke. The two-car team of Hyde Racing of Stratford, which fields a Top Sportsman car driven by Spencer Hyde and a Top Dragster car driven by Sydnie Hyde, overseen by Peter and Lisa Hyde.

Another Stratford-area two car team in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series is White and Wild Racing, with both Bill White and Scott Wildgust driving Top Dragster entries.

The Top Dragster entry of Dordan Motorsports with Travis Gueguen driving comes from nearby Shakespeare. Just south of Stratford in Granton is Quick 32 Sportsman Series leader Phil Sampson with his Top Sportsman car, and Jeff Gable, another Quick 32 Sportsman Series Top Sportsman racer, is from Stratford.

There are several PMRA teams within close distance of Stratford, including Rob Atchison of London, and the Al Hinds entry from Waterloo with Gary Irving behind the wheel. The Pro Modified of Jeff Roth is also based in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Present PBSS points leader Randy Hope and his Pro Bike are from London. Another PBSS Pro Bike contestant, Dan Cryderman, is from Thamesville, and Bill Anderson and his Pro Sled are from Seaforth.

But no matter where the competitors make their home, the Stratford Days event will be one of the highlights of the racing season, with a weekend of not only drag racing, but four days of fan-racer interaction, socializing, and off-track events in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere.

There will be full, points-meet events in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series. The weekend will also feature Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars, Ike Maier in the Paton Racing Top Fueler, wheelstander and jet car action, and two top Alcohol Funny Cars, the Larry Dobb's car and Cassandra Simonton driving the Kon Rodz Racing entry of Spiro Kontos.

Today's Drag Racing News

Racer With Oakdale Roots Making His Mark In Drag Racing
Oakdale Leader
Thiel advanced through the drag racing ranks, with his first big race car being a Top Alcohol Funny Car (TA/FC). These cars traverse the quarter-mile drag strip in 5.5 to 6.0 seconds at speeds approaching 270 mph. Thiel was runner-up at two events, ...
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Forks City Council presses FAA to keep allowing drag racing at airport
Peninsula Daily
The first is to hold the races at the Quillayute Airport, which is farther from the city than the municipal airport and which would require a lot of work to make it ready for drag racing. The second option is to build a dedicated drag strip, ...
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NHRA: Matt Hagan Looks For A Win At Sonoma
"You race to win and even though I know you can't win every race and lots of things can and do happen in drag racing, I won't lie and say I'm not disappointed with having come so close, but not getting a win. "We'll turn it around and get that Wally; ...
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Latest 'ADRL Drag Racing Live' Includes Cary Goforth, Rick Jones and Ed Burnley
Extreme Pro Stock points leader Cary Goforth, RJ Race Cars and Quarter-Max President Rick Jones, and Pro Nitrous driver Ed Burnley will be the featured guests on the ADRL's weekly online show, "ADRL Drag Racing Live," presented by Summit Racing ...
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Barrie Young getting acquainted with nitro
Drag Racing Online Magazine
His plan is the get the rest of his license runs ASAP and race either at the DRO race at the World Series of Drag Racing or at the DRO race at Indianapolis in October. (Jeff Burk photos) [07/27/11] Elliot Handler, a pioneering toy maker who co-founded ...
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Drag Racing Online Magazine
Media Matters: Weekend's racing explosive in Denver
Radioactive Drag Racing News
Handling pressure is all a part of drag racing, and the Army team certainly did with the quickest time of the first round and a win. "Bragging rights are big," quipped lead broadcaster Paul Page. How did Al-Anabi's Alan Johnson handle the ...
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Drag Boats Nationals to stir drink at LOS
Bolivar Herald Free Press
The racing show is similar to land-based drag racing, only on water. A pair of competitors race their boats for the lowest elapsed time over the race course. The three top classes — alcohol flat, alcohol hydro and fuel hydro — race for 1000 feet. ...
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NHRA Series Teams Head West To Sonoma
Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are the defending winners of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event that will be televised on ESPN2 HD. ...
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Shirley Muldowney still on the move
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Those traits helped her become one of the most popular figures in drag racing history. Muldowney was the first woman to record a five-second elapsed time (in 1975), and the first to win an NHRA professional event (1976). She won 18 NHRA national events ...
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Rookie Top Fuel Dragster driver sitting on top of NHRA field
Napa Valley Register
The Al-Anabi Racing team has won three of the last four NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events in Top Fuel. Larry Dixon won the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol, Tenn. on June 19, and Worsham won the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in ...
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Midland Man Recovering After Serious Drag Racing Crash - KWES ...
In a matter of seconds, a Midland man went from racing his car to being seriously injured at a local race track. NewsWest 9 spoke to a member of the ...
NHRA Drag Racing - JEGS Team In Holding Pattern As Columbus Event ...
HEBRON, July 25, 2011: Mike Coughlin̢۪s pursuit of his third North Central Division Top Sportsman championship will have to wait a while longer after this ...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Spectre Performance to attend Super Chevy Show at Spokane County Raceway, July 29-31

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (July 27, 2011) – For the first time ever, Super Chevy Show will be traveling to Spokane County Raceway this weekend! This year, Spectre Performance will be on site and be one of the Super Chevy Show midways displays.


GLENDORA, Calif. (July 27, 2011) – The Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center has been selected as the location for this year’s NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony, it was announced today by officials from the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning organization.

The 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 14 and will be broadcast on the Web at and NHRA’s You Tube home page beginning Wednesday, Nov. 16.   Last year, the full event was available to fans via the Internet with considerable success.

Situated in the heart of Hollywood, the popular tourist area Hollywood & Highland attracts more than 15 million visitors per year. This one-of-a-kind high profile venue combines the best in retail, fine dining and unique entertainment venues with the vibrant world of Hollywood, making it a hot spot for locals and a must see for tourists.


Gallen, Dorn seal Nitro Jam championships entering Martin

Northern Nitro Jam to feature championship battles in four nitro classes

MARTIN, Mich. (July 27, 2011) – In addition to an already historical weekend of racing on tap for the upcoming Northern Nitro Jam at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park, championships will be awarded in all four nitro classes on the property as the Nitro Jam professional drag racing series wraps up its season at Michigan's fastest track the weekend of August 12-13.

And of the nitro classes handing out hardware, two drivers have already sealed up a Nitro Jam championship entering Martin. Peter Gallen, driver of the "Poverty Stricken" 1974 Vega Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, and Steve Dorn in Nitro Harley, will be able to rest easy as both have already clinched the title in their respective categories and both will essentially be making victory laps in front of the anticipated capacity crowd in Michigan later this year.


Blaisdell to head up newly-created Ticket Sales Center

GLENDORA, Calif. (July 27, 2011) —Erik Blaisdell has joined NHRA as its new ticket sales manager, reporting to the company’s national advertising and promotion director it was announced today by the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body.

NHRA recently restructured its ticket department, separating ticket operations from tickets sales and service to provide better customer service and generate incremental ticket sales and revenue.

As part of the restructure, NHRA created a Ticket Sales Center designed to target NHRA ticket buyers at its owned and operated facilities nationwide to handle inbound call volume, outbound sales calls and group ticket sales. NHRA owns and operates race tracks in Pomona, Calif., Gainesville, Fla., Commerce, Ga., Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis. All except National Trail Raceway outside Columbus, Ohio host NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events.

Blaisdell joins NHRA after spending the last three years working for a local minor league hockey team, the Ontario Reign, as ticket sales account executive. Prior to that, he worked as a season ticket sales account executive with the Sacramento Kings (NBA). He has more than five years of experience in ticket sales and guest services.

“Erik is an excellent addition to our ticket sales team here at NHRA,” said John Pesetski, director of national advertising and promotions, NHRA. “He brings all the skills necessary to lead the team in our new Ticket Sales Center.”

In his newly-created position, Blaisdell will spend a majority of his time training, coaching, mentoring and handling day-to-day operations for the Ticket Sales Center and the ticket sales representatives based in Glendora, as well as the NHRA owned and operated facilities around the country. In addition, he will be responsible for outbound calls to potential NHRA ticket buyers and group sales.

Blaisdell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University.

REMINDER!! East Coast Door Warz is this weekend Sat., July 30th at MIR - Cram N' Jam Offer!

Today's Drag Racing News

Drag Racing and Amway – Fun Not Profit
Forbes (blog)
Also in 2004 petitioner purchased a new transporter to haul his drag racing cars to races and to use as an office and sleeping space when petitioner's racing team competed away from home. He had formed a drag racing team consisting of himself and his ...
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Wet weather dampens drag racers
Muskeg News
Typically, August is the premier month in the Northwest when it comes to drag racing. Everything roars into life August long weekend (although technically, this year, it actually starts in July) with the Terrace "Hot August Nights" Drags that coincides ...
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Your Sports: Drag racing
Billings Gazette
Super Pro -- 1, Larry Allen, Laurel (68 Chevy truck), 125.48 mph; 2, Earl Seaholm, Billings (68 Nova), 134.39 mph; 3, Jeff Scheller, Billings (Dragster), 187.05 mph. Pro -- 1, Chad Torgnimson, Billings (67 Camaro), 124.30 mph; 2, Duff Grey, ...
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Romine moves to top of DRO AA/FC Challenge points
Drag Racing Online Magazine
With the August 26-29 World Series of Drag Racing paying 1.5 time the point earned the Championship is still definitely up for grabs. (Tyco Bass photo) [07/26/11] Justin Lamb took over the national points lead in NHRA Competition Eliminator last ...
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Drag Racing Online Magazine
'Holeshot' races bringing dragsters to Riverhead
Riverhead News-Review
He's brought his Impala to all three Holeshot Drag Racing Association events at the Raceway this racing season, and even won best in his class at a prior contest. He appreciates the race for what it is: an opportunity to sharpen his senses at the ...
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Notes scribbled on my cocktail coaster from the Brown Bottle restaurant and ...
Drag Racing Online Magazine
What's the holdup for the NHRA to make the same move for drag racing? I keep hearing from NHRA teams and management that it's a money issue. Hog poop! NASCAR teams have much more invested in their engine programs than NHRA Pro Stockers, but when NASCAR ...
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New Lewis County Speedway Making Progress
By Stacy Jacobson HORNER -- Drag racing is coming back to north central West Virginia, it's just taking a little longer than expected. The Lewis County Speedway is still under extensive construction that includes leveling and paving. ...
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Naman, Talladega's first GM, passed away Monday
His motorsports introduction came through drag racing, but when a buddy talked him into going to the inaugural NASCAR Grand National event at the current Atlanta Motor Speedway, he was hooked on stock cars. In 2007, Naman told reporter Michael Moats of ...
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Gatineau car shows promote safe driving
Beginning of Story Content A car fanatic in Gatineau is hoping to steer young drivers away from the city's dangerous drag-racing scene by convincing them to impress the public with their exotic rides at auto shows. Stéphane Ritchot wants young people ...
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Pedley: Force Finds The Problem And It Is He
(Photo courtesy of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series) By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor As John Force's 2011 dry spell stretched from spring into summer, he thought he had looked everywhere for its causes. It took Robert Hight, his teammate and ...
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Find out which Moments will make the First Cut in the Quest to Determine NHRA's Greatest Moment

The Program, highlighting NHRA’s 60th Anniversary, has been hosted exclusively on NHRA’s Facebook Page

GLENDORA, Calif. (July 26, 2011) – There have been so many great and memorable moments in NHRA’s 60-year history, it’d be awfully difficult to pick just one as the greatest of the great, but that’s exactly the challenge NHRA presented to the more than a quarter of a million fans of its Facebook page.

And one of the most engaged and socially connected fan bases has not disappointed – the season-long program, executed exclusively on NHRA’s Facebook page, has generated more than 6 million impressions and 25,000 fan-interactions – setting the table for what will surely be an even more highly engaging and intensely debated final couple of months of NHRA’s 60th anniversary season.

The intense debate is already beginning as the first cut, which will narrow the list of moments from 60 to 20, is only weeks away (Sunday, Aug. 21) with some of the sport’s most memorable moments, including Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s 250-mph-breaking run in Funny Car, considered by some the greatest run in NHRA history, sitting precariously on the bubble.

That moment, based on the weighted ‘likes’ system used to calculate the fan voting, is currently the 17th ranked moment on the list with eight moments, including Tom “Mongoose” McEwen’s emotional win at Indy in 1978, still remaining to be unveiled between now and Aug. 17.

Twelve Moments, including Bob Glidden’s Calendar-Year Winning Streak in 1975, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits blowover in Englishtown in 1986, Kenny Bernstein’s 300-mph-breaking run in Gainesville in 1992, and Tony Schumacher’s “The Run” in 2006 are already safely in the Top 20.

Fans can visit the 60 Greatest Moments Web page for complete program details as well as to link to up-to-the-minute rankings of the Moments that have been posted (blue) – as well as the Moments that have not yet been posted (black). Fans can go there not just to keep up with the voting, but also to view historical photos and videos that retrace every step in NHRA rich and storied history. The page also includes links to view a preview of / purchase NHRA’s “60 Greatest Moments” DVD.

Once the Top 20 have been settled, NHRA will unveil a dedicated tab on its Facebook page that will include the Top 20 Moments and instructions for fans to select their five favorites. That vote will open Monday, Aug. 22 and close Monday, Sept. 5, at which point the Top 10 Moments will be announced.

Then, beginning on Sept. 6, the dedicated voting tab on the NHRA Facebook page will reflect the Top 10 Moments as determined by the fan vote. This time, fans will only be allowed to select one moment, the moment they believe is the Greatest Moment in NHRA History.

At the conclusion of each of the first five races in the Countdown to the Championship playoff, the Moment with the least votes will be eliminated, leaving five Moments still in play entering the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 10-13.

Voting will close on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and the fans’ selection for the Greatest Moment in NHRA History will be unveiled during the Auto Club NHRA Finals, Sunday, Nov. 13.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011.  As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.  NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17.  In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Here is a current list of the Top 22 Moments as of July 26: Green = Safely in the Top 20; Light Green = In Strong Position; Yellow = Last Four In; Red = First Two Out. (Note: The Moments in green, the ones that are assured of advancing, have been placed in chronological order; all other moments in order based on their ranking):

The 8 remaining moments / date it will be posted on NHRA’s Facebook page:
Garlits vs. Carbone Indy TF Final: The Burndown (1971) / Wed., July 27
Snake vs. Nicoll Indy TF Final: The Crash (1970) / Monday, Aug. 1
Mongoose's Emotional U.S. Nationals Win (1978), Wed., Aug. 3
Muldowney's First Indy Title (1982), Monday, Aug. 8
Snake Steals Show with 5.63, 'One of the Greatest Runs Ever' (1982) / Wed. Aug. 10
Return of Big Daddy (1984) / Friday, Aug. 12
The First Nationals (1955) / Monday, Aug. 15
US Nationals Moved to Permanent Home in Indy (1961) / Wed., Aug. 17