Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dordan Motorsports anxious to race in Quick 32 Sportsman Series drag racing

New team to debut Top Dragster entry for Series third season


SHAKESPEARE, ONTARIO (March 31, 2011) -- After watching from the sidelines for many years, Dan Gueguen is going to participate in his favorite sport, drag racing.
"I've always been a fan, and have gone to many NHRA and IHRA races," noted Gueguen, who will field the Dordan Motorsports Top Dragster in Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts racing this season. "Now the opportunity has come along, and we're getting anxious."


The Top Dragster will be driven by Dan's son Travis, who is also anxious to get racing. Gueguen, who has an extensive background in snowmobile racing, explained that Travis and Quick 32 Sportsman Series racer Spencer Hyde are friends, former schoolmates and played hockey together, and with the help and guidance of the Hyde family, are now ready to race down the quarter mile.

"Travis has the same bug as I have," he said about the racing urge. "Travis went to Frank Hawley's Drag Racing school to get ready for the year."

The Gueguen car is a Chrome-Worx Performance Products – Signature Series product with an American Race Cars chassis. Presently the car is running a 598-cubic inch Advanced Product Design (APD) engine using a Nitrous Oxide Systems setup with a Barry Grant fuel system. An Abruzzi Racing Transmissions Real Deal Powerglide sits behind the engine. 

While Dan Gueguen will head up the effort as crew chief, family members Sue Gueguen, Duane Gueguen, Troy Gueguen, along with Dave Snodgrass will round out the crew. The team is sponsored by Dordan Mechanical Inc. 

Gueguen added that Quick 32 Sportsman Series racer and friend Kevin Wicke, along with the Hyde family, have been a big help with the car, and he also wanted to thank Carl Spiering of Engine Research & Development (ERD) for his assistance and involvement.

Gueguen is hoping for some shakedown laps with the new car before the season opener at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park May 20-22 for the Victoria Day Weekend Challenge.

"Our objective is to make sure we learn about the car," he said. "We've got a steep learning curve ahead of us, but this is going to be a great opportunity for Travis and the rest of the family to get together with a great group of people."

Show Man

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Drag Racing Pictures: Show Man by Danny White. Steve Tansy was a car show promoter by day and funny car racer on the the side. Tansy had raced a Vega Panel until it was destroyed in a crash. Steve replaced the unique machine with this more conventional Cuda.

Today's Drag Racing News

News
Greg Biffle wins new crown
FOXSports.com
Tuesday at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, Biffle and his NASCAR Sprint Cup teammates took on 15-time NHRA champion John Force in a drag racing showdown. Force, Biffle, Matt Kenseth and David Ragan lined up for a four-wide elimination battle at the drag ...
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FOXSports.com
Drag racing roots run deep
Las Vegas Review - Journal
Driver Jesus Molina, shown in an early dragster, is surrounded by several more Southern Nevada drag racing enthusiasts before a race on Vegas Drive in 1956. Despite the sport's history here, the NHRA didn't bring its pro tour to Las Vegas until 2000. ...
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Force of nature: A day in the life of the NHRA's biggest star
USA Today
By Chuck Burton, AP NHRA driver John Force, top, races against NASCAR drivers (from second from top) Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, and David Ragan during their drag racing exhibition. By Chuck Burton, AP NHRA driver John Force, top, races against NASCAR ...
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USA Today
Aaron's to provide Dream Machine for Brown
Drag Racing Online Magazine
(illustration courtesy Don Schumacher Racing) [03/30/11] Drag racing history made as MAV-TV pays for ADRL broadcast rights! For most of motor racing's history a television network has only paid for the rights to broadcast a race or race series, ...
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Drag Racing Online Magazine
IN THE COCKPIT: Greg Anderson, Florida
SPEEDtv.com
(Summit Racing) Two weeks after we launched the 2011 season in Pomona, NHRA fans on the East Coast got their first taste of Full Throttle Drag Racing this past weekend at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. To be honest, after dealing with some ...
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SPEEDtv.com
Pedregon Racing, iconic STP, Armor All brands team up in new NHRA sponsorship
NHRA.com
Pedregon, the 2003 and 2007 NHRA Full Throttle Nitro Funny Car Champion, will drive the car and display the iconic STP and Armor All brands in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series. During the 2011 season, STP will be designated as the primary ...
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NHRA.com
Racer fills his need for speed
Sioux City Journal
Harry thought he started drag racing – maybe not always legally – as soon as he got his driver's license, sometime around 1964 at regional tracks. After his 1967 Hawarden High School graduation, he set racing to one side when he entered the US Army. ...
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Web
YouTube - SHIFT 2 Unleashed Drag Racing Mode DLC Preview
It is a video hiding in Movie file in SHIFT 2 PC version, which show you a upcoming DLC game mode with new tracks and cars~
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

IHRA Pro Am Tour coming to MIR next weekend, April 8-10! Lots of PRO MOD ACTION!









Dan Aitken Jr hoping to keep Quick 32 Sportsman Series momentum from last year's success


Top Sportsman racer poised for new drag racing season with Mustang

 
BELLE RIVER, ONTARIO (March 30, 2011) -- Dan Aitken Jr is taking a simple approach to his Quick 32 Sportsman Series drag racing this season.

If it's not broken, leave it alone.

Driving in the Top Sportsman class of the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts, Aitken placed fourth in the Championship Point Award Series in 2010, and won the final two events last year. 

He said the D Boone Sr/Jr Racing team plan to prep the car in the same fashion for the upcoming season, and is hoping for more success.
"Everything about the car is the same as last year," he said. "The biggest thing for us is to build off last year."
The 1995 Mustang Top Sportsman entry is powered by a Holbrook Racing Engines 619-cubic inch BBF and sits between the rails of a Tim McAmis Race Cars chassis. The engine is hooked up to a Reid Powerglide by Powerglide Services and Budd Gilbert, and is fed with a MagnaFuel Racing Fuel Systems unit. Aitken added that an Edelbrock Direct Port Nitrous Systems is installed on the car and waiting in the wings if the team feels it is necessary.

Dan Aitken Sr is the crew chief on the team, which includes Monique, Xandre, and Mea Aitken, and Michelle, Adam and Maddie Beck. 

Sponsorship for the Mustang team comes from Waddick Fuels, Roffelsen Jewellers Ltd., Howell Welding and Tank Mfg Inc., and Dependable Truck & Tank Ltd. 

Aitken, who has raced for three years, said the level of competition in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series has increased, and that is the reason for the proposed nitrous setup. He added that qualifying is very important in the series. The team struggled going rounds during the first few races, but came on strong in the latter part, and he wants to be able to continue on that note.

"Qualifying is the big thing.  You have to qualify if you want to race," he said. "We finished well last year and would like to be able to keep the momentum. We'd like to go more rounds and be more consistent."

Aitken added he plans to run the entire Quick 32 Sportsman Series season for 2011, which starts with the Victoria Day Weekend Challenge May 20-22 at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park.

Today's Drag Racing News

News
Gates Corp. Continues Sponsorship of Don Schumacher Racing for 2011 NHRA Season
AftermarketNews.com (AMN)
The company also provides Poly Chain belts to DSR teams contending for full throttle drag racing series titles. DENVER, Colo. -- Gates Corp. has announced the continuation of its associate sponsorship of Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) for the 2011 ...
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AftermarketNews.com (AMN)
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Las Vegas
Drag Racing Online Magazine
Denny Hills, the #1 qualifier in Top Dragster, was stopped in the third round when #40 Tom De Bartolo used a .020 reaction time to stop the tardy Hills (.062). (Tim Marshall photo) The rescheduled second Division 7 NHRA race found great weather on ...
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Drag Racing Online Magazine
Lamattina's drag racing passion
Weekly Times Now
Yet the Wemen carrot farmer still squeezes behind the controls of his Lamattina Top Fuel Racing dragster and gets flung down the track at speeds in excess of 500km/h. With almost 6000kW of power and eye-popping G-forces threatening to tear the whole, ...
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Maturing Lucas has GEICO Team Positioned Nicely Heading into Vegas
WhoWon.com
by Rob Geiger, Morgan Lucas Racing LAS VEGAS -- It's taken Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas six and a half seasons to reach his current spot in drag racing's premier category, but finally, with the unwavering support of insurance giant GEICO and his ...
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Schumacher ready to get back on track
DVIDS
Raceway to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the next NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event, there wouldn't have been an argument or discussion. "I truly wish that would have been the case," said the seven-time world champion. ...
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Texas Mile
Top Speed
Simply having the fastest car in a straight line race is more closely related to drag racing where such vehicles as Funny Cars and Top Fuel Dragsters hit 200mph in a ¼ mile. In a place where everything is bigger - Texas, that is - several fans of speed ...
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HANDLE IT: MOPAR AUTOCROSS IN VEGAS
Mopar Muscle Magazine (blog)
Mopars at the Strip, the largest Chrysler show in the West, was known for period-perfect show cars and drag racing - until last year when the Hotchkis/Keisler Autocross introduced a new type of corner carving competition to the show. ...
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Why Nostalgia Drag Racing Should Not Include Rear-engine, Rear ...
Nostalgia drag racing was started, to bring back "drag racing the way it used to be". Rear-winged rear-engine Top Fuel dragsters aren't nostalgia, ...
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Palm Beach International Raceway Secures Schumacher Chevrolet as Local Sponsor for Super Chevy Show Presented by GM Performance Division on April 8-10

JUPITER, FL – March 25, 2011 – Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) hosts Chevys from all eras throughout the entire property as the southern Florida track kicks off the 31st year of the Super Chevy Show Series presented by GM Performance Division and presented locally by Schumacher Chevrolet.

The national touring series that draws thousands of Chevy enthusiasts to each of its 12 events throughout the country opens the 2011 season on April 8-10. As the 2011 launch venue, PBIR offers two unique elements to the annual show – a cruise and autocross course.

On Friday, April 8, PBIR Super Chevy Show participants will cruise in their classic, custom and modern Chevys from National Parts Depot in Ocala, FL, to the PBIR facility. Chevys are scheduled to participate in the inaugural cruise to PBIR which is nearly 200 miles, a true sight for Chevy fans of all ages.

“As a 10 year veteran of the Super Chevy Show Series, I’m thrilled that Palm Beach International Raceway is the first stop of the tour this season,” said Jason Rittenberry, President and CEO, PBIR. “The Super Chevy Show is a collaboration of some of the best car shows, drag races, swap meets and car corrals the industry has to offer. We’re looking forward to hosting Chevy fans and racers during our April event.”

Upon arriving at PBIR on Friday afternoon, Super Chevy Show participants and attendees can explore the grounds and experience one of the largest festivals of Bowtie past, present and future. For the racing fan, the drag strip will showcase numerous classes including DriveDuracell.com Class (Super Pro), Bracket 2 (Pro), D.O.T., Stock/Superstock Shootout, 5th Gen Camaro Shootout, Pro Mod Shootout, Quick 16 Dragsters and more. Special exhibition runs during the weekend include the Chattanooga Choo-Choo and Cannonball Express jet cars, the Airborne Express wheelstander and Southern SlingShots Nostalgia Drags.

The other added element to PBIR’s stop on the Super Chevy Show Series is the Toyo Tires Autocross. Available to amateur and competitive participants in Chevy-bodied or Chevy-powered vehicles, the solo timed competition takes place on turns two through nine of PBIR’s state-of-art road course. The autocross is often a favorite of muscle car enthusiasts that want to test everything from handling and suspension to tire grip. To participate in the two-day autocross event, the cost is $45 per entrant.

Those looking for that hard-to-find part for their custom car need look no further than PBIR during the Super Chevy Show. Custom car guru and 20-year swap meet veteran Harry “The Hat” LaPlatte will be at PBIR to host the do-it-yourselfer segment of the Super Chevy Show.

Following huge success in 2010, Revell Make ‘N Take activities make its second appearance at the Super Chevy Show Series presented by GM Performance Division. The authentic model-building experience since 1945, Revell will bring Make ‘N Take car models to Palm Beach International Raceway. A free activity for young racers, participants can build a 1969 Camaro with press-on decals. Model-building helpers will be available to assist in model assembly.

For those looking to see polished chrome and custom wheels, stroll over to the Show N’ Shine and Car Show to see some of the best-kept custom and classic Chevys of the tour. Show N’ Shine is non-judged and open to all Chevy-powered or bodied vehicles. The Car Show is judged and only open to Chevy-powered or bodied vehicles. The Show N’ Shine is $40 per entrant, while the Car Show is $45 per entrant.

For the latest information on the Super Chevy Show Series presented by GM Performance Division and sponsored locally by the Schumacher Chevrolet, visit www.racepbir.com or www.superchevyshow.com.

Midnight Madness & X275 kick-off this Friday, April 1st at MIR!








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Perfect forecast helping fuel one of the largest advance sales in IHRA Nitro Jam history

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 29, 2011) – It appears the IHRA isn’t the only one excited to be returning to San Antonio this weekend.

In advance of one of the largest Nitro Jam events of the year, a staggering amount of tickets have already been sold making this weekend’s San Antonio Nitro Jam one of the largest advance sales in history. And when you add in the near perfect forecast for the weekend, IHRA Nitro Jam officials are predicating one of the biggest weekends ever when the fastest cars in the world take to the track at San Antonio Raceway this Friday and Saturday.

“When we added San Antonio to the schedule late last year we knew it would be a big event, but you never know exactly how big something like this will be until you get there,” said Nitro Jam President Aaron Polburn. “To see this many people already lining up to see Nitro Jam’s return to Texas with the new format and all of the new classes is exciting. Fans are in for a real treat as we present them with some of the best nitro racing on the planet and a huge show to boot. I can’t wait.”

The 2011 San Antonio Nitro Jam will mark the first time the series has raced in San Antonio since 2008. Always a popular destination for the nitro-centered drag racing series, it has been three long years since the Alamo City has experienced Nitro Jam’s brand of motorsports entertainment, but that will all change this weekend as Nitro Jam brings in a record five nitro classes, hundreds of sportsman racers from across the country and a huge thrill show making for an unforgettable weekend of racing and entertainment.

At the heart of the Nitro Jam event are five very unique – and very fast – nitro-burning classes headlined by the return of quarter-mile Top Fuel racing. Featuring the only quarter-mile Top Fuel action in the country, former world champions Bobby Lagana Jr. and Bruce Litton will duke it out in a 320 mile-per-hour slugfest for a shot at Nitro Jam’s top prize – an Ironman trophy.

In addition to the stars of Top Fuel, San Antonio Nitro Jam fans will also get to see one of the most popular classes in the country as eight of the best Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars in the land travel to Texas for a huge shootout Friday and Saturday night. These 3,000 horsepower Funny Cars will also be joined by the 100 percent nitro-powered Pro Fuel Dragster class, 220 mph Nitro Harleys and the insane competitors making up the Nostalgia Fuel Altered division.

Joining the nitro racing will be a host of thrill acts designed to add a little firepower to the lineup. Among the exhibition acts will be a 300 mph showdown between Jill Canuso in the “Queen of Diamonds” jet dragster and Terry Rosberg in the “Jersey Thunder” machine, Bob Hall’s “Airborne Express” wheelstander and a monster showdown between the 30,000 horsepower Shockwave jet semi and the world famous Grave Digger monster truck.

Grave Digger made its Nitro Jam debut last weekend in Tucson to the enjoyment of the capacity crowd as Randy Brown turned Grave Digger from a crushing machine into a drag racing star. Performing one of the biggest burnouts ever on a pair of 66 inch tall tires, Brown and Grave Digger put on a “monster” show battling the biggest jet truck in the world and now that incredible showdown is coming to San Antonio this weekend.

Finally, the San Antonio Nitro Jam will feature two days of championship sportsman racing featuring the best racers from across the nation battling for an IHRA Ironman and a spot in the year-end Summit Racing Tournament of Champions.

Gates open both days at 9 a.m. with sportsman racing throughout the morning and afternoon. FanFest will begin both days at 5:30 p.m. followed by two rounds of Nitro Jam beginning at 7 p.m. All of the professional nitro classes and exhibition acts will run twice each night.

Tickets are still available and start at just $25 if purchased in advance by visiting www.nitrojam.com or by calling (210) 698-2310. Don’t miss Nitro Jam’s return to San Antonio this weekend at San Antonio Raceway!

Today's Drag Racing News

News
Race Fans, NHRA Drivers Raise $12000 at Charity Karting Event in Sonoma
WhoWon.com
More than 40 lucky race fans mingled with stars from the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series on Saturday, and helped support a great cause at the 9th annual NHRA Tour de Charity at the Infineon Raceway Karting Center. The sold-out event, ...
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Nostalgia Super Stock Returns
Hot Rod Magazine (blog)
By Jesse Kiser There has been a rise in popularity of Super Stock drag racing thanks in large part to the Cobra Jet and Challenger Drag Pack. The once hot thing in the seventies and eighties in drag racing, Super Stock is starting to become popular ...
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Hot Rod Magazine (blog)
Champion Brands Expands 2011 Racing Contingency Program
DigitalJournal.com (press release)
Champion's new expanded contingency program supports race teams from dirt track to pavement, circle track to drag racing with product support and technical advice. Innovation and technical knowhow are at the heart of Champion's Racing and Performance ...
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Race teams fire up for run on dry track
Pine Rivers Press
AFTER a rain-affected opening round of the 2008/2009 Australian National Drag Racing Association Championship series in Sydney two weeks ago, competition will fire up at Willowbank Raceway for the Spring Championships this weekend. ...
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ADRL Honors 2010 World Champions, Special Award Winners at Racer Appreciation ...
WhoWon.com
by Josh Hachat BAYTOWN, Texas -- A day before the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) kicked off its 2011 season, the world's premier eighth-mile drag racing league honored its 2010 World Champions. The ADRL held its Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala ...
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2011 NHRA: Full Throttle Series Points Leader Neff Pulling Double-Duty In ...
PaddockTalk
Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) are the defending winners of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event which will be televised on ESPN2 HD. Neff, who qualified third, set top speed of the event and had ...
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Morgan Extends Championship Lead With Willowbank Win
PaddockTalk
The perfect drag racing conditions at Willowbank then saw a monster matchup - Morgan would have to overcome Phil Lamattina to advance to the Final. LamattinaĆ¢€™s machine was on rails from the time it was removed from the trailer and he set quickest ...
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Drag racing remains popular in area - Sports - News Item
This season, Dimino was quick to mention the return of the exciting All Harley Drag Racing Association (May 21-22) along with a few new events on the 2011 ...
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HICKS: Book is must for local drag-racing fans - York Dispatch
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Amato's Hijacker

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Drag Racing Pictures: Amato's Hijacker by Danny White. Joe Amato was a top racer in alcohol funny with the Gabriel Hi Jacker backed Firebird. The red beauty was tuned by Tim Rcihards to solid six second times and many wins on the East Coast.

MANUFACTURERS CUP PROMISES TO BE A YEAR-LONG BATTLE

The coveted title has been a fixture of NHRA since 1964

GLENDORA, Calif. (March 28, 2011) — The NHRA Competition Department announced the current points in the battle for the 2011 NHRA Manufacturers Cup today, and the standings include point totals through the recently completed JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals in Belle Rose, La.

Dodge sits well ahead of the pack with 180 points, followed by both Ford and Toyota, each with 40 points. Given no points from divisional events have been awarded yet in 2011, Dodge is in the lead thanks to strong performances at the first two NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events.
           
The NHRA Manufacturers Cup was established in 1964 with Ford Motor Company taking the honors in both 1964 and 1965. From there, the cup has been dominated by General Motors brands. Since 1966, a GM brand has hoisted the NHRA Manufacturers Cup every year except 1982. Last year, Chevrolet won for the fourth consecutive year.
           
With its win in 2010, Chevrolet has won the award 19 times, the most in the history of the program. Oldsmobile trails Chevrolet with 14 wins, including a record 12 years in a row and spanning two decades from 1984 to 1995. Pontiac won the award 10 times, Ford three times and Plymouth once, in 1970.
           
The NHRA Manufacturers Cup is awarded to the automobile manufacturer whose current year models earn the most points for qualifying and category victories at NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series national events, NHRA Lucas Oil Series divisional events and the three JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals events in Belle Rose, La., Fontana, Calif., and Columbus, Ohio.  Points are awarded to entries in Pro Stock, Super Stock, Stock and, beginning in 2011, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car class.   Manufacturers earn 60 points for an eliminator victory, 40 points for an eliminator runner-up and 20 points for an eliminator qualification. Adding the Funny Car class to this year’s program is designed to incentivize and reward manufacturers that have expanded their involvement in the category.  Currently, Ford, Dodge and Toyota all field teams in Funny Car using one of its 2011 brands. 

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Final Results from The Strip at Las Vegas

CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

LAS VEGAS, (March 28, 2011) – After a weekend of intense racing, winners in 11 different classes were crowned Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NHRA Pacific Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event.

Joey Severance drove down from Woodburn, Ore., to take home the big win in Top Alcohol Dragster this past Sunday in Las Vegas. In his final run against Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., Severance took the early lead to his victory with a time of 5.409 seconds at 263.82 mph. In Top Alcohol Funny Car, the number one qualifier, Jay Payne, kept his spot on top all weekend. The division 7 racer from Claremont, Calif., came off a runner-up finish at Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, Ariz., last month and faced fellow Southern California resident, John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif. in the finals on Sunday. Despite Lombardo Jr.’s early lead and time of 5.875 seconds at 218.65 mph, Payne made a pass at the end, leading to a win at 5.614 seconds at 258.02 mph.

A pair of Washington based drivers took home victories in Comp and Stock Eliminator on Sunday. Driving his ’69 Camaro, Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., faced Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., in the final round of Comp Eliminator. Huhtala’s final time of 7.445 seconds at 183.07 mph defeated Lamb’s ’09 Cobalt and final time of 8.882 seconds at 151.00 mph. The other Puyallup, Wash., driver, Jody Lang, raced his ’81 Malibu Wagon to the Stock Eliminator Winner’s Circle after Doug Gibson, Diamond Bar, Calif., broke out.

Super Stock saw the first of the remaining five California drivers take the win. A resident of Devore, Calif., Dave Bridgewater faced Chatsworth, Calif., resident, Jimmy DeFrank in the final round. After DeFrank’s red light, Bridgewater’s victory was sealed with his final run of 10.624 seconds at 125.42 mph. Travis Balough was the next Californian to claim a victory in Super Gas. In the battle of the ‘60s Corvettes, Balough’s ‘63 faced Lance Trujillo, Gillette, Wyo., and his ’62 Corvette. Balough’s final run of 10.046 seconds at 155.13 mph earned him the win. 

Hailing from Quartz Hill, Calif., Ryan Herem defeated Virgil Dalluge, Redlands, Calif., in Super Street. Herem had a final run of 11.004 seconds at 137.58 mph in his ’69 Camaro. Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., continued his winning ways from Firebird last month through Las Vegas this past weekend when he won his second consecutive Pacific Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Sportsman Motorcycle. Medlin faced local Dave Phillips, from Las Vegas, in his ’93 Suzuki and won with his time of 8.617 seconds at 143.26 mph.

The final Californian, Chip Rumis from Ramona, not only took home the victory in Top Dragster, but also left Vegas with a runner-up finish in Top Sportsman. In Top Dragster, Rumis defeated Dave Morgan, Concord, Calif., with a final time of 6.718 seconds at 201.67 mph. In Top Sportsman, Shane Thompson, Las Vegas, defeated Rumis when he ran at 7.989 seconds at 165.72 mph.

Curt Stewart, Lake Havasu, Ariz., also took home a win on Sunday. Facing Dick Vander Meer, Nampa, Idaho, in the Super Comp category, Stewart’s final run was victorious when Vander Meer red lighted.

Pacific Division racers head to Auto Club Famoso for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 20-22.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

Round 1

6) Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.388, 267.69 def. 3) Cody Perkins, Bluffdale, Utah, foul

2) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.402, 249.58 def. 7) Don St. Arnaud, Edmonton, Alb., broke

8) Aaron Olivarez, Sandy, Utah, 6.260, 229.47 def. 1) Shawn Cowie, Delta, B.C., 6.389, 143.06

4) Chris Demke, Sunland, Calif., 5.355, 262.95 def. 5) Megan McKernan, Sierra Madre, Calif., 5.384, 263.56

Semifinals

Severance, 5.547, 235.06 def. Whiteley, 5.597, 252.05

Demke, 5.437, 262.69 def. Olivarez, 5.514, 256.75

Final

Severance, 5.409, 263.82 def. Demke, 5.407, 265.85

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

Round 1

4) Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., '07 Monte Carlo, 5.636, 255.10 def. 5) Roger Bateman, Calgary, Alb., '10 Mustang, broke

6) John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., '10 Monte Carlo, 5.681, 254.38 def. 3) Steve Gasparrelli, W. Covina, Calif., '11 Monte Carlo, 9.182, 97.50

7) Mark Woznichak, Ontario, Calif., '03 Camaro, 5.709, 250.97 def. 2) Alexis De Joria, Venice, Calif., '11 Monte Carlo, 9.717, 85.87

1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., '10 Mustang, 5.611, 255.10 def. 8) Brian Smith, Fullerton, Calif., '07 Camaro, 12.424, 70.16

Semifinals

Lombardo Jr., 5.758, 248.07 def. Woznichak, 6.187, 191.40

Payne, 5.630, 256.31 def. Gordon, 11.036, 79.71

Final

Payne, 5.614, 258.02 def. Lombardo Jr., 5.875, 218.65

COMP ELIMINATOR

Brandon Huhtala, Puyallup, Wash., '10 GXP, C/A, 7.445, 183.07 def. Justin Lamb, Henderson, Nev., '09 Cobalt, G/SMA, 8.882, 151.00

SUPER STOCK

Dave Bridgewater, Devore, Calif., '99 Firebird, SS/GA, 10.624, 125.42 def. Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., '11 Cobalt, SS/CM, 9.373, 115.67

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Jody Lang, Puyallup, Wash., '81 Malibu Wgn, M/SA, 12.846, 92.80 def. Doug Gibson, Diamond Bar, Calif., '85 Camaro, H/SA, 11.942, 114.25

SUPER COMP

Curt Stewart, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., dragster, 9.044, 169.27 def. Dick Vander Meer, Nampa, Idaho, dragster, foul

SUPER GAS

Travis Balough, Long Beach, Calif., '63 Corvette, 10.046, 155.13 def. Lance Trujillo, Gillette, Wyo., '62 Corvette, 10.024, 155.92

SUPER STREET

Ryan Herem, Quartz Hill, Calif., '69 Camaro, 11.004, 137.58 def. Virgil Dalluge, Redlands, Calif., '72 Duster, 11.017, 125.80

TOP SPORTSMAN

Shane Thompson, Las Vegas, '94 Camaro, 7.989, 165.72 def. Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., '06 Cobalt, 6.995, 197.22

TOP DRAGSTER

Chip Rumis, Ramona, Calif., dragster, 6.718, 201.67 def. Dave Morgan, Concord, Calif., dragster, 7.177, 182.62

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE

Tom Medlin, La Mirada, Calif., '93 Suzuki, 8.617, 143.26 def. Dave Phillips, Las Vegas, Nev., '77 Kawasaki, 8.970, 148.33

Quarter-mile nitro racing is back at San Antonio Raceway

Five nitro classes, hundreds of sportsman to fill the lanes at San Antonio Nitro Jam this weekend

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 28, 2010) – It has been three long years since the sights, sounds and smells of the world’s fastest and most exciting motorsports event filled the lanes at San Antonio Raceway.

But after a long wait, fans of nitro-powered drag racing entertainment are finally going to get what they have been craving when the IHRA Nitro Jam series returns to the Alamo City for two days of over-the-top drag racing April 1-2 at the San Antonio Nitro Jam right in the heart of racing country.

Armed with a brand new racing format, all-new classes, more nitro-powered drag racing than ever before and the only quarter-mile Top Fuel racing in the country, Nitro Jam is ready to put on show like never before with a Texas-sized lineup awaiting Nitro Jam fans this weekend.

“It has been way too long since we were last in San Antonio, but we are glad to be back for one of the biggest events of the year,” said Nitro Jam President Aaron Polburn. “San Antonio is a place that loves its racing and knows how to have a good time and we are thrilled to be back with our biggest and best show yet. Texas fans are in for a treat when we bring in five nitro classes, jets, the best sportsman racing in the country and of course Grave Digger for two days of unforgettable racing.”

Indeed, the San Antonio Nitro Jam will feature the largest and most diverse lineup of nitro cars anywhere in the country all competing on the quarter-mile at San Antonio Raceway. Featuring everything from 320 mile per hour Top Fuel and Pro Fuel Dragsters, to eight of the best Prostalgia Nitro Funny Cars in the land, insane Nitro Harleys and out-of-control Nostalgia Fuel Altereds, the San Antonio Nitro Jam will have something for everyone.

While fans at San Antonio raceway are no strangers to the sights and sounds of the 8,000 horsepower monsters known as Top Fuel, the four additional nitro classes will all be making their San Antonio Nitro Jam debut the first of next month.

In addition to the incredible nitro racing, the San Antonio Nitro Jam will also showcase an incredible thrill show for the Texas fans including a battle of 300 mph jet dragsters, a wheelstander and the most anticipated matchup in Nitro Jam history – the 30,000 horsepower Shockwave jet semi versus the world-famous Grave Digger monster truck.

Throw in hundreds of the best sportsman racers in the country vying for national event glory and a spot in the year-end Summit Racing Tournament of Champions and you get a weekend that can’t be missed April 1-2 at San Antonio Raceway.

Fans can also take part in another new Nitro Jam tradition known as FanFest. Just before the start of the professional show, fans can enter the pits and get up close and personal with the biggest names in drag racing. FanFest also features different stations in the pits designed to give younger fans a unique experience including coloring contests, balloons, a reaction time contest, a chance to sign Bobby Lagana’s Top Fuel Dragster and more.

FanFest will get underway both days beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the “Nitro Earthquake” as all five nitro classes warm up at the same time creating an experience not found anywhere else in motorsports as the ground literally shakes and air fills with the sweet smell of nitromethane.

Also new this year is the Nitro Jam format itself. Professional qualifying has been eliminated in favor of a more exciting race-only format that makes every pass down the track count and awards a winner each night of racing. No longer are fans left waiting for the racing to matter as every pass can mean the difference between winning and going home.

All of the professional nitro classes and the exhibition acts will run twice each night beginning at 7 p.m. Sportsman racing has remained unchanged with qualifying on Friday and racing on Saturday.

Gates open both days at 8 a.m. with sportsman racing throughout the morning and afternoon. FanFest will begin both days at 5:30 p.m. followed by two rounds of Nitro Jam beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.nitrojam.com or by calling (210) 698-2310. Don’t miss Nitro Jam’s return to San Antonio this weekend at San Antonio Raceway!

SUMMITRACING.COM NHRA NATIONALS PREVIEW

LINE’S BOLD PREDICTION HOLDING TRUE SO FAR AS NHRA FULL THROTTLE SERIES HEADS TO LAS VEGAS FOR SEASON’S THIRD RACE

LAS VEGAS – After winning the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals, Pro Stock racer Jason Line said his goal was to win every race of the season.

“If you don’t win the first one, you can’t win ‘em all,” he boldly told the media after claiming his 22nd career victory.

Then the driver of the Summit Racing Pontiac GXP beat teammate Greg Anderson in the final round of the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals in Florida two weeks ago to check another race off of his season-long mission and notch career victory No. 23. The former NASCAR engine builder needs to win only 20 more races to make his lofty prediction come true.

Line will try to keep the streak going at the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 1-3. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) are the defending winners of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event which will be televised on ESPN2 HD.

“So far so good,” Line said. “But I've got a feeling it’s going to get a little bit tougher. But it’s still fun to be off to such a good start.”

Line, a winner of this event in 2008, will have a lot of things motivating him to get the job done and keep his streak going in Las Vegas. Not only is it a race that his primary sponsor Summit Racing Equipment supports, but Las Vegas is also the hometown of his longtime team owner Ken Black, who is continuing the recovery process after suffering a stroke last year.

“It’s huge for me,” Line said. “I’ve won it once before and I think it was the first Summit sponsored event I had ever won. So I kind of have fond memories of that. It’s a big deal, and especially right now it’s a big deal for Ken, because when we are doing well it definitely motivates him and he’s really working hard and he’s trying to get better and get out of that wheelchair. With Ken, he’s more than our team owner. We love the guy, and he loves us, and he’s been so many more things to me and all of us here than just a team owner.”

Line, who won the world championship in 2006, is back at the top of the points standings following his strong start. Defending world champ Anderson is right behind him in second place. After bringing former crew member Jeff Perley back on board to work alongside veteran crew chief Rob Downing and top tuner Tommy Utt, the KB Racing team has served notice to the NHRA Pro Stock community that they are once again at the top of their game like they were when Anderson and Line combined to win four consecutive championship titles from 2003-’06.

“I don’t know if it’s a surprise or not, but it’s definitely a nice thing for sure and we have always felt like we have had the team to do this, but sometimes aligning all of those things together and actually putting it together on the racetrack and talking about it are two very different things,” Line said. “But either way, it’s a nice way to start the year, and hopefully we can carry that through.”

And given some of the challenges the team had last year with Black’s health issues, a major fire at Anderson’s residence and one of the team transporter trucks catching fire on its way home after the season-ending race, Line says the entire team was looking forward to a fresh start in 2011.

“We always have high expectations but the truth of it is, this offseason was a breeze compared to the one before, because you know with Ken having a stroke, it really had a profound effect on all of us,” Line said. “Things can slip away from you in a hurry.”

While Line and Anderson lead the charge in the 200 mph category, other pre-race favorites include perennial threat Greg Stanfield, national E.T. record holder Rodger Brogdon, tough Mopar driver Allen Johnson who is currently outside the top 10, past champ and defending event winner Edwards and Erica Enders, who recently set the national speed record at more than 213 mph in Gainesville in her Za Za Energy Chevy Cobalt.

Del Worsham and Morgan Lucas won the first two races of the season in Top Fuel and will be among those to watch in the 7,000 horsepower category. Defending world champ Dixon has won this race four times and seven-time world champ Tony Schumacher has won six races at the Vegas track. Antron Brown, Spencer Massey, Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon and Doug Kalitta are also major threats to win.

In Funny Car Mike Neff has his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang running strong while pulling double-duty as both tuner and driver. His victory in Florida moved him to the top of the point standings for the first time in his career. If he wants to stay on top he will have to hold off a host of challengers, including his boss and 15-time champ John Force, ultra-quick Matt Hagan, Robert Hight, two-time world champ Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps and Bob Tasca.

* SCHEDULE: Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualifying sessions are scheduled for 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Friday, April 1 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 3.
* TICKETS: Tickets are available for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. Call The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at (800) 644-4444 or visit www.lvms.com.
* ON TV: ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 7 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 2. ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours and 30 minutes of eliminations coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 3.
* LUCAS OIL SERIES: The SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals also will feature competition in seven categories in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, where the future stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Series gain experience. Lucas Oil Series qualifying begins at 8 a.m. on April 1. Lucas Oil Series eliminations begin at 8 a.m. on April 2.
* GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES: NHRA’s popular Pro Mod touring series will make its second start of the 10-race 2011 season at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. The series features some of the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer cars, with an eclectic mix of vintage and late-model body styles, in quarter-mile competition. Two of three scheduled rounds of qualifying will be held on Friday, April 1 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. The final round of qualifying is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The first round of eliminations is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. Eliminations will continue on Sunday, April 3 at approximately 2:30 p.m.
* ON THE WEB: Get live timing, scoring, multimedia and the latest news updates from every NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event on the Internet at www.nhra.com. Visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.


FULL THROTTLE SERIES POINTS LEADER NEFF PULLING DOUBLE-DUTY IN FUNNY CAR; SEEKING MORE SUCCESS IN LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS – As NHRA celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2011, many of the legends who made the sport popular in the early years are being honored throughout the season. Some of those legends, like “Big Daddy” Don Garlits among others, were so talented in the high performance arts that not only did they drive the machines, they also built and tuned them as well.

Although he’s not a legend yet, Funny Car racer Mike Neff is proving to be a real throwback to the early days of the sport. The driver of the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang is turning back the clock this season and pulling double-duty as both crew chief and driver of his 7,000-horsepower Funny Car.

After two races the combination is working for the Southern California native who now calls Fishers, Ind. home. A victory at the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals in Florida and a semifinal run at the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals have Neff out front in the points lead for the first time in his driving career. Neff has won two championships as a crew chief – guiding Gary Scelzi to the 2005 title and John Force to the crown last year – but would be over the top on the emotion meter if he could guide his new driver to the title this year.

Neff will focus on a second win for the season and maintaining his position atop the points order as the circuit heads to the 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 1-3. Larry Dixon (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) are the defending winners of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event which will be televised on ESPN2 HD.

Neff, who qualified third, set top speed of the event and had his car running consistently quick during each round of eliminations at the Gatornationals, says that weekend was one of the top moments for him in the sport, but also one of the most draining.

“It was really exciting to win Gainesville, doing both (crew chief duties and driving) and just the pressure of it all, and just having a great weekend like that, it was probably without a doubt the best day of racing I’ve ever had in my life,” Neff said. “You know, even the whole week, it just was a lot of stress and a lot of nerves and to just see it all, fall up through and end up winning that the way we did it was just very gratifying and just a great experience, great feeling.”

Neff’s victory was a fourth consecutive for the John Force Racing team dating back to the 2010 season. Force, with Neff tuning, won the final two races of the year to claim his 15th world championship title last November. Robert Hight opened the year by winning the tradition-rich Winternationals and then Neff followed with the win in Florida. With all three of the Force cars running so well and Neff and Hight in the top three in points, Neff is certain it will be very soon that Force will move up from his current ninth place spot and be in the title hunt as well.

“All of these cars, they are all pretty much the same, and I know he’s maybe not off to the start that he wanted, but that’s just kind of the growing pains when you go to a different car, different team,” said Neff about his boss, who moved over to the Mustang left vacant by daughter Ashley who is taking the season off as she and husband Danny Hood are expecting their first child.

“But he’ll be right back in the fight in no time,” Neff continued. “There’s no question, that’s a great team over there, with Ashley’s car with (crew chiefs) Dean Antonelli and Ron Douglas over there. There’s no doubt John Force will be swinging back here real fast because he definitely wants to win.”

Just like Neff does. He says doing both jobs actually might be a good distraction as he moves on into the season.

“I believe that the worst thing a driver can do is start thinking,” Neff said. “When you get up there and psychologically, I need to do this, I need do that; it seems like the more you think, the more trouble you get yourself into. So the one positive thing is that now I’ve gotten so much stuff going that I don’t have time to sit around and worry about the driving or my reaction times or anything like that. And I think that almost helps me, because when it’s time to finally get in there, you just go and do it and it doesn’t feel like I’m playing all of those mind games with myself like I used to the last time I drove.”

In addition to the trio of Force cars, which list Force and Hight as past winners in Las Vegas, other top contenders in Funny Car include Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman and Tim Wilkerson, all past winners at the The Strip. Other pre-race favorites are Matt Hagan in the DieHard Dodge Charger and Bob Tasca, who drives the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang.

In Top Fuel, Del Worsham and Morgan Lucas claimed the first two races of the season and will be among those to watch in the 7,000 horsepower category. Defending world champ Dixon has won this race four times and seven-time world champ Tony Schumacher has won six races at the Vegas track. Antron Brown, Spencer Massey, Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon and Doug Kalitta are also major threats to win.

In Pro Stock, Jason Line has won both races to open the season and leads the point standings in front of teammate Greg Anderson, the four-time and defending world champ. Other pre-race favorites include perennial threat Greg Stanfield, national E.T. record holder Rodger Brogdon, tough Mopar driver Allen Johnson who is currently outside the top 10, past champ and defending event winner Edwards and Erica Enders, who recently set the national speed record at more than 213 mph in Gainesville in her Za Za Energy Chevy Cobalt.

* SCHEDULE: Full Throttle Drag Racing Series qualifying sessions are scheduled for 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Friday, April 1 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 3.
* TICKETS: Tickets are available for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. Call The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at (800) 644-4444 or visit www.lvms.com.
* ON TV: ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours of qualifying highlights at 7 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 2. ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours and 30 minutes of eliminations coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 3.
* LUCAS OIL SERIES: The SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals also will feature competition in seven categories in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, where the future stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Series gain experience. Lucas Oil Series qualifying begins at 8 a.m. on April 1. Lucas Oil Series eliminations begin at 8 a.m. on April 2.
* GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES: NHRA’s popular Pro Mod touring series will make its second start of the 10-race 2011 season at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. The series features some of the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer cars, with an eclectic mix of vintage and late-model body styles, in quarter-mile competition. Two of three scheduled rounds of qualifying will be held on Friday, April 1 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. The final round of qualifying is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The first round of eliminations is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. Eliminations will continue on Sunday, April 3 at approximately 2:30 p.m.
* ON THE WEB: Get live timing, scoring, multimedia and the latest news updates from every NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event on the Internet at www.nhra.com. Visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.


SUMMITRACING.COM NHRA NATIONALS FACT SHEET

WHAT: 12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, the third of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories - Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock - earn points leading to 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships. NHRA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011 and will pay tribute to the evolution of the hot rod and honor its legendary racers as well as the sport’s current stars.

WHERE: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Track is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown Las Vegas off Interstate 15.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 1-3

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, April 1 - LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying at 8 a.m.

GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, April 2 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations begin at 8 a.m.

GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 12:30 p.m. and first round of eliminations at 3:30 p.m.

FULL THROTTLE SERIES qualifying at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 3 - Pre-race ceremonies, 10:15 a.m.

FULL THROTTLE SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

GET SCREENED AMERICA PRO MOD SERIES eliminations continue at approximately 2:30 p.m.

TELEVISION:

Saturday, April 2, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 7 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, April 3, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise two and a half hours of coverage starting at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

SATELLITE (Digital HD Feed):

Friday, April 1, 10 - 10:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 1 / Transponder 9C (3880 MHz, horizontal)

Saturday, April 2, 9:30 - 10 p.m. (ET), AMC 1 / Transponder 9C (3880 MHz, horizontal)

Sunday, April 3, 7:30 - 8 p.m. (ET), AMC 1 / Transponder 9C (3880 MHz, horizontal)

(Downlink: 3880 MHz, horizontal; Transmission: MPEG-2; HD: 720p; Data Rate: 40.461470554 Mbp; Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms; FEC: ¾; Bandwidth: 36 Mhz)

Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.

2010 EVENT WINNERS: Larry Dixon, Top Fuel; John Force, Funny Car; Mike Edwards, Pro Stock.

MOST VICTORIES: Larry Dixon, 4, TF; Greg Anderson, 3, PS; Jeg Coughlin, 3, PS; Kenny Bernstein, 2, TF; Tony Schumacher, 2, TF.

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel - 3.781 seconds by Tony Schumacher, Oct. ’08; 325.61 mph by Schumacher, Oct. ’10.

Funny Car - 4.030 seconds by Matt Hagan, Oct. ’09; 313.88 mph by Hagan, Oct. ’09.

Pro Stock –- 6.623 seconds by Mike Edwards, Oct. ’09; 208.04 mph by Allen Johnson, Oct. ’10.

NATIONAL RECORDS:

Top Fuel - 3.770 sec. by Larry Dixon, Feb. ’11, Pomona, Calif.; 327.03 mph by Tony Schumacher, Feb. ’11, Pomona, Calif.

Funny Car - 4.011 sec. by Matt Hagan, Oct. ’10, Reading, Pa.; 316.38 mph by Ashley Force Hood, March ’10, Charlotte, N.C.

Pro Stock - 6.495 sec. by Rodger Brogdon, March ’11, Gainesville, Fla.; 213.57 mph by Erica Enders, March ’11, Gainesville, Fla.

TICKETS: For tickets call Las Vegas Motor Speedway at (800) 644-4444, or visit www.LVMS.com.

GENERAL ADMISSION (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $34; Junior (6-12 years), $11. Saturday: Adult, $55; Junior (6-12 years), $11. Sunday: Adult, $55; Junior (6-12 years) $16. Children five years and under admitted free to general admission and pit areas each day.

RESERVED SEATS (includes pit pass) - Friday: Adult, $44; Junior (6-12 years), $21; Child (Five and under), $10. Saturday: Adult, $65; Junior (6-12 years), $26; Child (Five and under), $10. Sunday: Adult, $65; Junior (6-12 years) $26; Child (Five and under), $10.


2011 NHRA FULL THROTTLE DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS

Updated 3/13/2011 (Following the second of 22 events; Season victories in parentheses)

TOP FUEL

Place Driver Points

1. Del Worsham, Chino Hills, Calif., Al-Anabi Racing dragster (1) 186
2. Tony Schumacher, Chicago, U.S. Army dragster 162
3. Shawn Langdon, Indianapolis, Lucas Oil/Speedco dragster 148
4t. Larry Dixon, Indianapolis, Al-Anabi Racing dragster 147
4t. Morgan Lucas, Indianapolis, GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster (1) 147
6. Antron Brown, Indianapolis, Matco Tools dragster 141
7. Spencer Massey, Indianapolis, Prestone/FRAM dragster 136
8. Steve Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, Capco Racing/Tuttle Motorsports dragster 87
9. Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports dragster 85
10. Terry McMillen, Elkhart, Ind., Amalie Oil dragster 79

FUNNY CAR

1. Mike Neff, Indianapolis, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang (1) 201
2. Matt Hagan, Christiansburg, Va., DieHard Dodge Charger R/T 175
3. Robert Hight, Yorba Linda, Calif., Auto Club Ford Mustang (1) 170
4. Cruz Pedregon, Indianapolis, Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry 161
5. Jack Beckman, Corona, Calif., Valvoline/Aaron’s Dodge Charger R/T 116
6. Ron Capps, Carlsbad, Calif., NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T 105
7. Jeff Arend, San Dimas, Calif., DHL Funny Car 104
8. Johnny Gray, Artesia, N.M., Service Central Dodge Charger 100
9. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Castrol GTX High-Mileage Ford Mustang 88
10. Bob Tasca, Hope, R.I., Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang 85

PRO STOCK

1. Jason Line, Charlotte, N.C., Summit Racing Pontiac GXP (2) 230
2. Greg Anderson, Charlotte, N.C., Summit Racing Pontiac GXP 182
3. Greg Stanfield, Bossier City, La., Safety Sentry Pontiac GXP 148
4. Rodger Brogdon, Tomball, Texas, Attitude Apparel Pontiac GXP 138
5. Ron Krisher, Warren, Ohio, Valvoline Chevy Cobalt 131
6. Erica Enders, New Orleans, ZaZa Energy Chevy Cobalt 115
7. Kurt Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga., Johnson Racing Pontiac GXP 85
8. Shane Gray, Artesia, N.M., Tire Kingdom Pontiac GXP 83
9t. Ronnie Humphrey, Charlotte, N.C., Genuine Hot Rod Hardware Pontiac GXP 82
9t. Vincent Nobile, Melville, N.Y., Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger 82

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE (following 1 of 16 events)

1. Eddie Krawiec, Indianapolis, Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson (1) 124
2. Hector Arana, Milltown, Ind., Lucas Oil Buell 104
3. Karen Stoffer, Minden, Nev., GEICO Powersports Suzuki 100
4. LE Tonglet, Metairie, La., Nitro Fish Suzuki 74
5. Andrew Hines, Indianapolis, Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson 62
6. Matt Smith, King, N.C., Al-Anabi Racing Buell 54
7t. Shawn Gann, Stoneville, N.C., Gann Speed Buell 53
7t. Jerry Savoie, Cut Off, La., White Alligator Racing Suzuki 53
9t. David Hope, Mike Berry, Jim Underdahl, Angie Smith 32