The 2014 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series schedule has been released featuring a 10-race schedule, with each event to be televised on the Velocity Channel, it was announced today by NHRA officials.
The series will visit drag strips across the country from March through November and will include a visit to Georgia’s House of Speed, Atlanta Dragway, for the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 16-18. Read more
Veteran Top Fuel and Funny Car tuner Todd Smith has joined John Force Racing it was announced today.
Smith, of Cooper City, Florida, will take over the lead tuning duties of the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel Dragster. The veteran tuner was released by Don Schumacher Racing at the end of October. Read more
In light of recent statements made on various media outlets, I feel that the ADRL community deserves a more in-depth account of what has transpired over the course of 2013 that led us to this unfortunate situation.
Before getting started I want to personally thank every ADRL racer, team owner, crewmember, sponsor, track partner and fan who has called, sent texts and sent emails offering their support during this difficult transition. It is that support and loyalty that drives me each and every day. Read more
Morgan Lucas, who drove the GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster last year to a fourth-place finish in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and his wife Katie welcomed their first child, Hunter, into the world on Saturday evening.
Hunter was born at 5:37 p.m. EST on Nov. 30, and is 7 pounds and 20.5 inches long. Mother and son are both happy and healthy following the delivery. Read more
In response to the open letter sent out by ADRL president Kenny Nowling this week, Al-Anabi Racing USA, LLC CEO Donald Greenbaum issued a response. Read below:
On November 27th, 2013, American Drag Racing League (ADRL) president Kenny Nowling issued an open letter to the public stating that he had only been partially paid by the sponsor of the Battle For the Belts.
In September 2013, $380,000 was wired to Mr. Nowling to pay the ADRL Battle For the Belts purse to non Al‐Anabi owned race teams. The Al‐Anabi Racing teams were paid directly by Al‐Anabi Racing the sum they were owed by the ADRL. The total of these two payments amounted to $500,000.
By Camp Stanley
“Bring your ‘A’ game!”
Those were the instructions that were relayed to me when I walked into the restaurant by the race track in Las Vegas on Wednesday morning for breakfast with the Sullivan Racing crew. Well shucks and heck and gosh and holy cow, what a way to start out what would end up being THE best weekend of racing we have ever experienced!
So I asked this not to be named West Coast crew member to relay back to the not to be named crew chief that my answer was: “Don’t sing it, just bring it!”. And that ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls was just how our fantastic 1/4 mile racing weekend began! And it set the stage for how these Left Coasters race. Just like Us-Ins they enjoy the camaraderie and the thrill of competition as much as we do. We were welcomed with open arms and it was indeed a pleasure to race amongst these teams! Read more
As rumors continue to swirl regarding the American Drag Racing League, president Kenny Nowling today released an open letter to the ADRL community in an apparent effort to clear the air.
Nowling’s letter reads:
(Lake St. Louis, Mo. USA) — November 27, 2013— I think by now most everyone that follows the ADRL is aware that a significant issue has arisen regarding the payout of the 2013 ADRL Battle for the Belts. I want to be clear before proceeding that I take full responsibility for the current situation that is facing us. I also want to assure everyone who participated in the 2013 Battle for the Belts that they will receive one hundred percent of what they are owed. Read more
The Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod Series congratulates Randy Weatherford (near lane) on winning the huge $10,000 points championship for the 2013 racing season. Weatherford finished number one in points just ahead of the 2012 champion, Danny Perry. Read more
Popular drag racer Erica Enders-Stevens, the most prolific female driver in Pro Stock history, has joined Elite Motorsports for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
She will drive the team’s new Camaro, which will be tuned by the father/son duo of Rick and Rickie Jones, with in-house horsepower crafted by Nick Ferri and Jake Hairston. Read more
NHRA officials recently announced that Matt Levonas has been named director of NHRA’s Northwest Division.
In his new position, Levonas will conduct and oversee drag racing activities at the 19 NHRA-member facilities in the Northwest Division, providing consultation to all track operators in the division, as well as supervising development of new race track activity. Read more
Brandon Bernstein (left) and Joe Barlam, released yesterday from Morgan Lucas Racing, have joined Al-Anabi Racing, the team announced today.
Bernstein, a 19-time Top Fuel race winner, joins Al-Anabi Racing as the team’s general manager filling the position vacated by Chad Head one year ago. Barlam, who served as Bernstein’s crew chief at Morgan Lucas Racing, will join Khalid alBalooshi’s gold Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel team as its assistant crew chief alongside crew chief Jason McCulloch. Read more
Veteran crew chief Lee Beard has been named Top Fuel and Funny Car Consultant to NHRA and will work closely on Top Fuel and Funny Car initiatives with NHRA’s tech department, it was announced Nov. 20, by Glen Gray, vice president of technical operations, NHRA. Read more
Morgan Lucas Racing announced Nov. 19, it will scale back to one full-time Top Fuel dragster for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, parking the ProtectTheHarvest.com/MAVTV dragster (above) driven by Brandon Bernstein.
Team owner Morgan Lucas said the decision was made to park the car right now in order to let Bernstein and the rest of the crew, including co-crew chiefs Joe Barlam and John DeFilippis, seek new employment while there are opportunities available. Read more
With the consistency of a bracket car, Chris Rini qualified number one, set low ET, and won the last Big Dog Shootout sponsored by ZDD Plus this year, beating Todd Tutterow Nov. 17, in a close final round.
With both drivers equally comfortable negotiating the eighth mile at Piedmont Dragway, the “DoorSlammer Capital of the World,” Tutterow got away first with a great .010 light, but his 3.92 wasn’t quite enough to hold off a 3.86 pass by Rini in the closest Big Dog final in quite some time at Piedmont. Read more
At this rate of success, Troy Coughlin might not want to race anywhere but The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
On Sunday night (Nov. 17), Coughlin backed up his 2012 Pacific Street Car Association Street Car Super Nationals title in his turbocharged JEGS.com Chevy Corvette. Combining that with back-to-back NHRA Pro Mod series wins makes for four straight wins at The Strip for the affable Ohioan. Read more