John Force ended a 19-race No. 1 qualifying slump by racing to a track record performance in Funny Car Saturday at the 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event. Read more
Robert Hight (above) raced to the qualifying lead in Funny Car May 17, at the 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
Hight set the pace in Funny Car, powering his Auto Club Ford Mustang to a leading effort of 4.067 at 302.62 mph at Heartland Park Topeka. If the effort holds, this would be Hight’s first No. 1 of the season, fifth at Topeka and the 44th of his career. Read more
It may just be the third-ever event for the new X-treme Drag Racing League, but this weekend’s Bash On The Bayou already has incredible significance thanks to the X-DRL’s recently announced X-treme Shootout, to be contested at the X-DRL’s Thunder In The Heartland on Sept. 20-21 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The X-DRL created the eight-car shootout for the Pro X-treme, Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous and X-treme Pro Stock classes, and will award each class $25,000 ($75,000 overall). But to qualify for the X-Treme Shootout drivers must be a top-eight points earner this weekend at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La., which puts a spotlight on the X-DRL’s first visit to the track. Read more
Shane Gray and the Gray Motorsports Pro Stock team are enjoying the best string of events that they’ve experienced in a very long time, and as the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour heads to the heart of America for the 25th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka this weekend, Gray and his horsepower-obsessed cohorts are eager to extend their successful run and expand upon accomplishments that have been a long time coming.
Last weekend in Atlanta, Gray raced to the closing round of eliminations for the third consecutive event; in Charlotte at the four-wide race several weeks ago, the second-generation drag racer put together a better combination than this challengers to qualify all the way up in the No. 3 position and then move through eliminations. The Denver, N.C.-based Gray graduated to the last act and came up short at what he has considered his home track for the past few years, but the stage was set for positive and rather immediate future results. Read more
Tony Pedregon Racing and Herzog Contracting Corp., specialists in heavy/highway and railroad construction, announced they will partner for the NHRA Kansas Nationals May 17- 19, at Heartland Park-Topeka.
Pedregon’s nitro Funny Car team is enthusiastic about having Herzog back on board for the eighth race of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Read more
Erica Enders-Stevens’ Pro Stock car will return to it’s stealth-black paint scheme when she takes to Heartland Park Topeka in her new BLACK iGUANA-backed Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at the 25th Annual NHRA Kansas Nationals.
Enders-Stevens has inked an initial two-race marketing partnership with Tomball, Texas-based DGI Beverage, creators of the innovative pouch drink. The wildly popular NHRA racer will continue her Championship hunt with Cagnazzi Racing, introducing the BLACK iGUANA brand of packaged cocktails to drag racing fans nationwide. Read more
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to Heartland Park Topeka, May 17-19 for the NHRA Kansas Nationals and 2011 Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan is in contention for his first career win at Heartland Park as well as another Funny Car championship.
Hagan, in his Magneti Marelli/Rocky Footwear Dodge Charger recently raced to his first win of the season at Charlotte, breaking a 23-race winless streak. Last weekend at Atlanta, when Hagan raced to the No. 1 qualifying position he ended a 29-race drought from the top of the qualifying order. Read more
NHRA announced May 14, that it has fined a Pro Stock racer Greg Anderson (right) and the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock team for committing rules infractions this past weekend (May 10-11), at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. Read more
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has issued rules for its new Pro Drag Radial (PDR) class, set to debut June 8-9, at the ADRL Simply Phones U.S. Drags VI at Virginia Motorsports Park. The new class also will compete at the Memphis Drags IV at Memphis International Raceway August 3-4, and at Dragstock X at Rockingham Dragway Sept. 6-8.
The top 8 in points at the conclusion of the Memphis Drags IV will also compete in the $500,000.00 ADRL Battle for the Belts on Friday, September 6, during Dragstock X at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina.
The complete PDR rules are as follows: Read more
Brandon Bernstein gutted out an impressive performance through draining back pain to reach the Top Fuel final round of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 10-11, at Atlanta Dragway.
The final was Bernstein’s first since winning the season finale in Pomona, Calif., last year, and it propelled him up two spots to seventh in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings for Top Fuel.
But it was hardly easy. Bernstein walked gingerly Saturday and was visibly in pain when he got in and out of the race car. Read more
For the second-straight month, bad weather delayed Piedmont Dragway’s ZDD-sponsored Big Dog Shootout by one week from its traditional first-Thursday-of-the-month date. Under perfect skies May 9, 12 cars were on the property to qualify for the eight spots that make the Big Dog Shootout so competitive and the porcelain dog trophy such a coveted piece in drag racing competition. Read more
Antron Brown (above center) raced to the Top Fuel victory Saturday at the weather-delayed Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Johnny Gray (Funny Car, right) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also were winners at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event, which was delayed for one week due to persistent rain showers. Read more
Matt Hagan (above) ended a 29-race drought from the top of Funny Car’s qualifying order by racing to the No. 1 position May 10, at the rain-delayed Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also will lead their categories into Saturday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as the No. 1 qualifiers in their categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event. Read more
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) announced May 8, that communications leader Simply Phones has been named the title sponsor of the ADRL U.S. Drags VI, June 8-9, at Virginia Motorsports Park, in Petersburg, VA, near Richmond.
“We are excited to welcome to welcome Simply Phones to the growing family of ADRL marketing partners,” ADRL President Kenny Nowling said. Read more
Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park’s “Throw Down in T-Town” has grown by leaps and bounds in its first handful of years, and this weekend’s event is expected to be the best one yet.
“We’re really excited about this race,” said track co-owner Keith Haney. “We’ve got a little bit of everything out here for the fans. We’ll have a nitro-powered Harley-Davidson making some passes, we’ve got a PT Cruiser that does wheelstands all the way down the track, and a $50,000 total payout to all the class winners. It’s going to be non-stop excitement.” Read more