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.
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 … →
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 … →
The second annual Dragstrip Memories will be held once again this Sunday, Apr. 14, at the Canadian War Plane Heritage Museum, presenting the largest collection of historic drag racing cars and memorabilia in Canada. Doors open at 9 am. The warbirds of the museum will be relocated in the large hangar at the Museum to display some of the most memorable cars in this country, including Scott Wilson’s Time Machine, Ken Achs’ early Top Fuel dragster (from the Canadian Motorsport Hall … →
Brandon Pesz drove his Garret Race Cars-built 1958 Corvette (above) to the Pro Extreme win Apr. 7, in the debut event for the X-treme Drag Racing League (XDRL) at Tulsa Raceway Park in Oklahoma. Pesz, from The Woodlands, Texas, qualified third, directly behind teammate and car owner Todd Martin in his own Garret-built ’68 Mustang. Also driving Garret Race Cars entries in the 16-car Pro Extreme field were Randell Reid, who qualified sixth with his ’57 Chevy, and 11th-place starter Mike … →
Allen Johnson (above) raced to the Pro Stock victory Apr. 7, at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals and claimed more than $100,000 during the weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson, who won the $50,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge all-star event on Saturday (Apr. 6), pocketed $25,000 for winning today’s race and the $25,000 NHRA Sweep Bonus for winning both events. He is the seventh Pro Stock driver to sweep both events in the 29-year history of the K&N … →
At the debut event for the new X-treme Drag Racing League (X-DRL) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Eric Dillard made his own incredible history Apr. 7, by reaching a monumental turbocharger milestone. Competing in the X-DRL’s Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class, the Pro Line Racing co-owner became the first turbo doorslammer driver in drag racing history to reach the 3.70s in the eighth-mile, running a remarkable 3.796 at 209.79 mph. Dillard’s picture-perfect pass came in the car of customer and noted turbo standout … →
Allen Johnson (above left) raced to victory in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a special Pro Stock bonus event, Saturday at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. In other racing action at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) earned No. 1 qualifying positions in their respective categories at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.
The NHRA, Aerospace Components, and ProMedia Events will once again combine forces and continue Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed in conjunction with the NMCA and NMCA WEST event series, including the Chevy High Performance Nationals. Outlined in a multi-year agreement reached between the NHRA and ProMedia, the Aerospace Components NHRA Unleashed Series will again be contested at all NHRA Member Tracks on the 2013 NMCA & NMCA WEST tour. These events include: Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA (April 5-7); Atlanta … →
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The second-most successful NHRA Top Fuel driver in history – Larry Dixon – took time out from pre-event preparations for this week’s Santo’s Cranes Super 3 Extreme Drag Race at Willowbank Raceway to chat with local media at the South Bank Parklands this morning. Dixon will be joined on-track at Willowbank Raceway this Friday and Saturday (29/30 March) by celebrated NHRA crew chief Lee Beard as part of the Rapisarda International Autosport team of Santo Rapisarda, after the pair signed … →
I’m almost always alone in my drag racing travels, but this past weekend my 22 year old step-daughter, Miranda Sebastian,accompanied me on my journey. Miranda is in college and is a tremendously talented portrait photographer and her unique way of capturing people, both in candid settings or the studio never ceases to amaze her mother and me. Just recently she told me about a college project in her photojournalism class, in which she was instructed to go out and basically write a compelling story “in pictures” … →
By Wes Buck Spraying down the water box at Eddyville Raceway Park in 2005, working as general manager/slave of the well-known Iowa eighth-mile drag strip, I don’t think I would have ever imagined that this sport would one day provide me the opportunity to travel the world. But, as fate would have it, I recently spent a couple weeks in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, near Saudi Arabia, hanging out at the drag strip with Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad … →
By Van Abernethy Enjoyed visiting the legendary Shadyside Dragway this past Sunday and, of course, every bit as legendary is track owner, Ronnie Buff…whose likeness I would nominate to be carved into Mt. Rushmore! Ronnie (left) is a huge fan of DI and always welcomes me, Ian Tocher, John Fore or anyone else from our magazine family when we’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by the grass roots goodness of Shadyside. This backwoods gem of an 1/8 mile track was … →