LODRS JEGS CajunNationals

LODRS JEGS Cajun Nationals


Steve Szupka won not once but twice this weekend at the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and Jody Simoneaux took home the trophy in the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout.

Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., become just the 15 driver in history to capture the double-up winning in two different classes at an NHRA national event.  Szupka beat Jim Kimbrough in the final of Comp Eliminator with a pass of 8.729 seconds after Kimbrough left early with a red-light foul start then came back around to face Austin Williams in Stock Eliminator.  Szupka, driving an ’85 Camaro, got the starting line advantage and held on for the win and the double running 11.300 at 114.66 mph.  Williams, Burleson, Texas, went 10.923, 118.06 in his ’72 Duster.

Simoneaux of Napoleonville, La., worked his way through the field in the Moser Sportsman Shootout (a race with-in a race) in his ’99 Firebird before meeting up with John Salter, Katy, Texas.  Simoneaux clocked in at 6.168, 106.46 mph for the win as Salter went red on the starting line.

P J Vicari joined Simoneaux as home state winners grabbing the trophy in the division’s Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster class at 195.51 mph in 6.611 seconds beating No. 1 qualifier Michael Kile of Westlake, La.  Kile went 6.361 at 202 mph in his losing effort.

Ryan Herem made his trip out from California worth the haul winning in Super Gas over Jim Perry.  The pair had identical reaction times with Herem, Quartz Hill, Calif., running 9.932 seconds in his ’63 Corvette to win by 0.006 of a second.

Former JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals winner Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., repeated his performance from a year ago when he won in Top Dragster to win in Super Stock against Gilbert Johnson, Lecompte, La.  Bertozzi went 8.742 seconds at 147.92 for the win.

Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Greg Brotherton, Mena, Ark., over Dan Foley in Super Comp; Ray Dew, League City, Texas, beat Bart Nelson in Super Street; Allen Firestone won in Top Sportsman against Chris Arnold; and Mike Voss from Maplewood, Minn., downed former Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Craig Treble in Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson.

The following are the final results from the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway:


PJ Vicari, Marrero, La., 6.611, 198.09 def. Michael Kile (shown), Westlake, La., 6.361, 202.00


Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., 6.839, 198.09 def. Chris Arnold, Mont Belview, Texas, 7.172, 185.43


Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., 8.729 seconds, 116.38 def. Jim Kimbrough, Pace, Fla.,21.016, 52.46


Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., 8.742, 147.92 def. Gilbert Johnson, Lecompte, La., 10.102, 120.97

‘Sportsman’s Paradise’ awaits JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals racers this weekend

JEGSCajunSportsNats-LOGOThe State of Louisiana is nicknamed “Sportsman’s Paradise” because of the abundance options for the many outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, hunting and boating there. One can also add drag racing to that list, and there is no better place for Sportsman racers than No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, the site of this weekend’s 10th annual JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals.

The first of thee annual events designed specifically to showcase NHRA’s Lucas Oil Series Sportsman racers, the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals will host nearly 500 competitors at this weekend’s race and will crown champions in the following NHRA eliminators: Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Sportsman Motorcycle.

There will also be numerous specialty races including the popular Hemi Shootout, the Moser Shootout, and the King of the Bayou for drivers in Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

The SPORTSnationals series will feature heads-up class racing in Stock and Super Stock, National event champion points, National event contingency payouts, $400,000 cash and contingency postings, and a host of special features, some of which will be unique to each of the events.

The list of drivers who claimed victories in last year’s Cajuns featured some of NHRA’s best Sportsman racers including former Super Stock champion Anthony Bertozzi, who won in the Top Dragster class, past Million Dollar Race winner T.J. Tracey, who won in Top Sportsman, and multi-time division champion Arnie Martel, who triumphed in Comp.

Bracket race added to DRO race at Kennedale

TexasRaceway-logoTexas Raceway track operator Cindi McMillan has added a couple of classes of bracket racing to the Mickey Thompson Tire DragRacingOnline.com AA/FC Challenge race on April 26-27 at the Kennedale, Texas, eighth-mile track (near Ft. Worth).

ET Drag Racing will include the bracket racing in our coverage of the race. Enter your car in the bracket portion of that event, go a couple of rounds, and chances are good you and your ride will be in our pages.

Testing next week at Tulsa before X-DRL opener; RV hooks-ups still available

Tulsa track operator/racer Todd Martin says the week of March 25-30 the track will open for testing. He said he has 25 or so teams who have committed to testing.

Be aware that X-DRL rules prohibit testing at a national event track the week of the event so if you want to get ready for the X-DRL opener April 6-7 at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park contact the track at 918-437-7223.

Martin also said that more than half of the RV hook-ups for the X-DRL event have been rented already.

Top Alcohol classes added to Woodburn’s annual Fall Classic

Spencer Martin and Jay Payne (shown) won the opening round at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.  (file photo)

Spencer Martin and Jay Payne (shown) won the opening round at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. (file photo)

NHRA and Woodburn Dragstrip have added the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car classes to the 28th Annual Fall Classic event scheduled for Sept. 14-15, at the Woodburn, Ore., facility. These two premier classes will join a multitude of other drag racing classes including Top Comp, Northwest Drag Bike, a Stock/Super Stock combo and several bracket classes that regularly compete at the annual event.

“The alcohol cars will be a great addition to our Fall Classic event,” said Jay Livingston, Woodburn Dragstrip. “The Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car racers have always put on a great show at our track and are a fan favorite here in Woodburn.”

The event will also act as an NHRA West Region Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series points earning event for the alcohol dragster and funny car classes as they will be competing for points leading to NHRA national and regional championships.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series also makes a stop at Woodburn Dragstrip in July where all series classes will be earning points toward NHRA Championships.

The West Region kicked off its season earlier this month in Chandler, Ariz., makes two stops in Las Vegas, March 29-30 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3, and stops in Mission, B.C., June 14-16 and Seattle, Aug. 17-18 in addition to the pair of events in Woodburn, Ore.

Renegade Racing Fuels Returns to DSE Series

Renegade Race Fuels-logoRenegade Race Fuels Canada will enter its second season as a primary sponsor in the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series (DSESRS), again awarding Class Champions with a special Prize Package. Season Points Champions in Super Pro and Modified will be awarded a 55-gallon drum of Renegade Pro 110 race Fuel, with a 15-gallon drum going to the Super Bike/Sled Champion at year’s end.

“This is great news for our series racers in Modified, Super Pro, and Super Bike/Sled” noted Andrew Stirk, DSE Series Director. “We couldn’t be any happier to have Renegade back supporting us and supplying Southern Ontario Racers with their great fuel in 2013”

Renegade Race Fuels is entering their third year in Canada as a Premium Race Fuel and Racing Oil Supplier; Renegade carries Race Fuels that range from their popular Pro 110 all the way up to their special Pro 120 Nitrous. They also offer a wide variety of Motocross and Stock Car race fuels in leaded, unleaded, oxygenated or ethanol free formulas.

The first event for the DSE Sportsman Racing Series will be 2nd Annual “Season Opener” June 8-9 at Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park. Joining the DSE Sportsman Racing Series that weekend will be the Can-Am Stock/Super Stock Series and the Joes Transmission TNT Super Series featuring some of Ontario and Western New York’s best 10.90 Hot Rod racers.

Racers looking to join into the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series and compete for a share of the $14,000 year end points fund can join the Series at the first event they attend for just $60. Points will be calculated by taking a racer’s best seven points totals out of the 12 events contested.

For more information on the DSE Sportsman Racing Series please visit www.sportsmanracingseries.ca.

LODRS at Gainesville

LODRS at Gainesville

Rich McPhillips


Rich McPhillips and Dan Pomponio took the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

McPhillips, Valley Forge, Pa., scored his 3rd national event win beating Ken Perry in the final with a lap of 5.331 seconds at 266.90 mph to Perry’s 5.420, 262.79.  McPhillips ran 5.30’s all weekend including a 5.354 to take out former world champion Bill Reichert in his semifinal match up.

Pomponio picked up his first national event win outrunning Todd Veney at 5.609, 259.61 in the funny car final.  Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., took out John Bojec, No. 1 qualifier John Lombardo Jr. and Dale Brand on his way to the final.

19 year-old Mia Tedesco, Murrysville, Pa., had a shot at the elusive double reaching the final round in both Super Comp and Super Gas.  She first met up with Delaware, Ohio, racer Troy Coughlin Jr. who ran the numbers in his ’57 Jegs Mail Order Corvette to deny Tedesco the double, then fell to Greg Kamplain who used a holeshot and held on for the Super Comp trophy. 

Frank Aragona Jr., Anthony Bertozzi and Bo Butner rounded out the winners with Aragona, Freehold, N.J., beating Steve Ambrose in Comp Eliminator for his 6th win.  Ashland, Va., racer Bertozzi reach the double digit mark taking his 10th national win running 8.832 at 152 mph to down Herbie Null in Super Stock and Bo Butner, Floyds Knobs, Ind., secured lucky number 13 in beating Charley Downing in Stock Eliminator.

IHRA Summit Super Series at San Antonio Raceway

Summit Super Series @ San Antonio Raceway

San Antonio Raceway hosted round number two of their IHRA Summit Super Series points season Saturday under sunny, but windy skies. A strong cross wind prompted track officials to run only on the 1/8 mile instead of the full ¼ mile, due to safety concerns.

As the first session of time trials, track temperatures had already gone over the century mark, showing 110 on the starting line. Action was slowed several times during time trials when Alvin Baldwin’s Mustang began a bad trend, dumping fluid and parts on the track. This kept track crews busy throughout the day.

Baldwin retreated to his nearby shop, dropped off his Mustang, loaded his back up Chevy Nova, and returned without missing the second time trial session. Joe Rodriguez wasn’t as lucky after leaving bottom end parts scattered across the track.

Leroy O'Bryant getting ready for work in his office

O’Bryant Celebrates Takin’ o’ the Green

San Antonio’s Leroy O’Bryant celebrated St. Patrick’s Day early taking home the larger share of the Electronics purse. O’Bryant’s Wild West, Wheeler Racing Products, O’Bryant Automotive, Chevy Monza squared off against former track and national champ, Scott Ball trying to double up in his dragster. In a rematch from round 1, Ball pulled a .005 light, but after having been consistent, missed his dial while O’Bryant pegged his 7.20 with a 7.203.

Leroy O’Bryant, 7.203 @ 96.13 defeats Scott Ball, 4.874 @ 136.86

O’Bryant got taken out by Ball in round one, bought back in then got past Kevin Picha, David Johns, Preston Pennington and Russell Fields. After taking out O’Bryant, Ball took down Johns and Brent Ritter in “Quick 8” rounds, then Aaron Cole and Ritter again in the semis.

Ball Best In “Quick 8”

Scott Ball getting focused for his run

Ball faced off with Ritter in the finals of “Quick 8” and used a .007 light to take the hole shot victory while Ritter ran closer to his dial-in number.

Scott Ball, 4.906 @ 135.09 defeats Brent Ritter, 5.040 @ 135.95

Summit Bracket Racing Series at MIR

Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams

The weather could not have better for 3rd points meet of the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams at Memphis International Raceway.  Making the night even better, R.T. Turbines announced an increase in its partnership with Memphis International Raceway to include a purse for the R.T. Turbines Jr. Dragster class effective with this event – the purse was retroacted back to the 1st race of the season.  This is exciting news for the R.T. Turbines Junior program – this is the future of our sport and to see such a commitment to the program is very exciting.

TJ Tracey from Millington, TN moved up to the number 2 spot in points in the Super Pro Class with his win over JR Barclay from Henderson, TN.  Barclay was a little too quick off the line giving the automatic win to Tracey.  Tracey had a good run with a .016 second reaction time, 5.688 second ET at 115.13 mph. 

Greg Rushing from Jackson, TN takes the win over Matt Anderson from Byhalia, MS in the Pro Footbrake Class.  Anderson was too eager to unseat the class’s points leader – Rushing and was -.002 seconds off the line giving the win to Rushing who had a great run with a .080 reaction time, 6.92 second dial in time with a 6.926 second ET at 99.16 mph. 

Cody Graham from Millington, TN takes the win over James Brown also from Millington in the R.T. Turbines DOT Class.  Graham finished with .039 second reaction time, 12.87 dial in time, 12.882 ET at 96.84 mph.  James Brown performed solidly with a .070 reaction time, 12.10 dial in time, 12. 074 ET at 107.39 mph.