Davis named ADRL Director of Sportsman Racing

IT_RonnieDavis-headTop Sportsman pioneer Ronnie “The King” Davis has been named Director of Sportsman Racing for the American Drag Racing League. Davis, who will work directly with ADRL Director of Competition Bubba Corzine, will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the ADRL’s ever-growing Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes.

Davis, who also competes in the ADRL’s Top Sportsman class, has already secured several additional contingency sponsors for the ADRL’s Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes that will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’ve been offered positions like this in the past, but was never really interested,” said Davis. “I run several successful businesses and between them and my racing career, I am plenty busy. But the passion and dedication that Kenny and the entire ADRL team have for the sport of drag racing is infectious. I feel that working with them will allow Top Sportsman and Top Dragster to reach new heights and I couldn’t be more excited to get started.”

The first major change for Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors, which will be in effect starting at the ADRL Simply Phones U.S. Drags VI June 8-9 at Virginia Motorsports Park, will be that the qualified fields will be reduced to 16 cars from 32. There will also be a combo gamblers race for all non-qualifiers in the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes at all remaining 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech events.

All ADRL Top Sportsman and Top Dragster competitors who have any questions are encouraged to reach Davis via email at ronnie@adrl.us or by calling the ADRL offices toll free at 855-660-2375. (Ian Tocher photo)

GM cars gather for CHP Nationals at Atlanta

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The Chevy High Performance Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center is the largest all-GM motorsport show of the year and it will take place at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, this weekend May 31-June 2.

The Chevy High Performance Nationals is also the second stop of the Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series and will feature five classes: LSX Drag Radial, LSX Real Street, LSX All Motor, LSX Rumble and 5th Gen Camaro Challenge.

For more information go to http://www.chpnationals.com/. (NMCA photo)

Roush enters Sport Compact market with Ford Focus systems

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Roush Performance has returned to the small car market with some new products for 2012 and newer Ford Focus and Focus ST models. The introductory products will focus on cold air intakes and exhausts.

For the 2012-13 Focus the Roush engineer team has designed a (Non-ST) Cold Air Intake Kit. For the 2013 Focus ST, including the EcoBoost Focus ST model, there are an ST Cold Air Intake Kit and an ST Cat-Back High Performance Exhaust System.

Roush is also currently developing additional Focus products including PCM calibration upgrades, suspension components, wheel and tire packages as well as interior and exterior accessories. For more information go to www.roushperformance.com.

Ironman Classic at Rockingham, NC

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Ironman Classic at Rockingham, NC

DOSS, HARRIS, SEARS WIN ‘IRONMAN’ TROPHIES

Charles Doss, Derek Harris, David Sears and Noah Johnson were the IHRA Ironman trophy winners at the 15th annual Memorial Weekend Ironman Classic at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway.

The four-day event, which drew 457 entrants from throughout the Southeast, honored the memory of former Rockingham track employees “Big John” Leviner, Bo Manship and Billy Manship.

According to Earwood, the car count was the highest for the annual event since 2008. That, he said, is indicative of a resurgence in grassroots bracket racing after several negative seasons that reflected the economic downturn.

“Bracket racers are very resilient,” Earwood said, “always have been. They’ll do whatever they have to do to get to the racetrack every week. For them, it’s like going golfing or bowling. It’s what they do. We know that it can be a hardship because times are still tough, but as long as these guys and gals want to race, we’re committed to giving them the best possible circumstances here at The Rock.”

That means more events like the Ironman Classic, a unique event that provides racers who might not be able to follow the national event circuit a chance to compete for one of the IHRA’s distinctive “national winner” trophies.

At the end of each race day – Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the Top Eliminator and Footbrake champions squared off in a one-run duel for an IHRA “Ironman” identical to those awarded in the IHRA national series. In addition, in a two-round runoff on Monday, Johnson won the Ironman in the Jr. Dragster division.

NHRA LODRS at Maple Grove

NHRA LODRS at Maple Grove

Page, Manzo take wins at Maple Grove

At the NHRA Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway, chassis builder Dan Page collected his second career Top Alcohol Dragster victory and Frank Manzo earned what surprisingly was his first win all year in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Frank Manzo (above) has visited Victory Lane so many times at Maple Grove Raceway that the TAFC pilot usually skips the ceremonies and collects his Wally trophy in his pit stall.

What’s obvious, though, is getting his Al-Anabi Racing Monte Carlo down the track will never get old for the former New Jersey resident, who has since relocated to the Indianapolis suburbs.

Manzo won his 19th TA Funny Car NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series championship at Maple Grove Sunday, May 26. For the Hall-of-Famer, it was 118th career win on the Lucas Oil circuit.

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Fans who came to The Grove for the annual Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza were expecting to see a Jersey boys’ clash between Dan Pomponio, who won his first three races this spring, and Manzo. However, Pomponio (Berlin, N.J.) was upset in the first round by Eric Lourie (Terryville, Conn.).

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Manzo dominated Top Alcohol Funny Car, qualifying No. 1 with a 5.49 and running quicker on his worst run of eliminations (5.52) than any other driver did on his best. He singled to a 5.51 in the first round when Marie Ferriolo was unable to return after hurting a fuel pump in qualifying. A 5.52 in the semifinals covered Eric Lourie's 5.69, and a 5.50 in the final was more than enough against Todd Veney, who smoked the tires off the line.

"It almost didn't make it," said Manzo, famous for never being satisfied. "It was right on the edge, and I was lucky to make it down the track every time. I really thought I was in trouble."

In the final, Manzo defeated Todd Veney, out-running him down the quarter mile. Veney (Indianapolis, Ind.) had the better reaction time but Manzo got the horsepower when he needed it and finished his run with a time of 5.509 seconds at 261.17 mph. Veney lost it toward the end and recorded a 6.753 at 173.01.

Tracks: Send your special race results to ET Drag Racing

We don’t have room for your regular weekly race results (yet!), but if your track has a special bracket race or sportsman event, ETdragracing.com wants to give your racers and sponsors the recognition they deserve! We’ve put together a form to fill out at http://etdragracing.com/magazine/trackform. It’s in Excel so you can just fill in the blanks and email to results@etdragracing.com.

Send along some photos too — we prefer action shots but will take winner’s circle (be sure to identify the racers). If you have a race report, just send as a Word document. Racers, encourage your tracks to send us results and photos. We’re here for you!

Eddyville to host Victory Nostalgia Super Stock Series race this weekend

Tim Frees was the Victory NSS winner at Byron Raceway.  (Dennis Mothershed photo)

Tim Frees was the Victory NSS winner at Byron Raceway. (Dennis Mothershed photo)


The second event on the Victory Nostalgia Super Stock Series will be held May 24-25 at the eighth-mile Eddyville Raceway Park near Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Gates open Friday at noon with two runs about 6:30 and 8 p.m. On Saturday gates open at 8 a.m. with qualifying at 12:30 and 2 p.m. The first round of NSS Eliminations will be at 4 p.m. and will finish during Saturday night’s big show!

First woman wins on Thursday as K&N Spring Fling 20s begin at Bristol

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This year’s opening day race of the K&N Spring Fling 20s, the FTI-sponsored Warm-Up Thursday, was host to over 500 racers competing for the $12,500 winner’s share of the purse at Bristol Dragway.

Beginning with time trials starting at precisely 8:30 a.m., it took five hours to complete the one and only time trial session. Competitors lined up for the first round beginning with the Spring Fling tradition of running door cars against door cars and dragsters against dragsters until they’re down to less than 16 cars.

Of the final 16 were racers representing 10 different states. At the round of four, Tommy Plott faced off with Steve Witherow with Plott laying down a 0.001 reaction time and a 6.314 on a 6.30 dial for the win. In the other half of the semifinal round, Chelsea Spence from Rockville, Maryland, took the best of Charlie Patterson with a 0.019 package for the win.

In the final, Spence was not to be denied, taking the win light from Plott with a 0.002 reaction time coupled with a dead-on the dial with a “7” to become the first woman to score a win in the history of the K&N Spring Fling 20s.

See all of the results at http://etdragracing.com/magazine/spring-2013/kn-spring-fling-20s-results. (John DiBartolomeo photo)

Lepone earns Pro Street Wally at NMCA West

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Great weather and the keys to the legendary Pomona Raceway quarter mile made for some close, door to door racing over the weekend for the third edition of NMCA’s West Coast Shootout. Joe Lepone Jr. took home the Wally in the Pro Street class.

Lepone had issues in the first round of qualifying when the car was pushed back off of the starting line with fuel system problems but then, in round two, nailed the quick time of qualifying with his 6.233, 234.41-mph blast. However, while going through lights, the hood scoop on Lepone’s ’70 Duster launched into the air with a puff of smoke, hanging the throttle wide open and putting the engine on the limiter.

Lepone’s team sat on their time as the final qualifier was drastically shortened due to Fairplex sound curfew regulations. Lepone would run on raceway without the hood scoop on his Pat Musi-built, 903 cubic-inch, nitrous fed engine.

Mike Bowman’s ’68 Chevelle was the quickest in Friday’s Test-N-Tune with his 5.974/253.04, but qualified sixth with a 6.702 ET. Bowman made it to the final round, finding a match up with Lepone. Lepone carded another 6.23 to Bowman’s 6.61 and a trip to the winner’s circle.

See the complete race report at http://www.dragracingonline.com/raceresults/2013/xv_5-nmca-1.html. ((Darr Hawthorne photo)

Nitrous continues to rule in second Big Dog Shootout

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Danny Perry

Last month, there was a weather delay that took several cars away from the traditional first Thursday of the month for Piedmont Dragway’s ZDD-sponsored Big Dog Shootout. May proved to be just as temperamental as the weather again delayed racing for a week, but the second Thursday in May held perfect weather and 12 cars were on the property to qualify for the eight spots that make the porcelain dog trophy such a coveted piece in drag racing competition.

Qualifying was touch and go as several competitors didn’t hook up at all with only one round left. In the end, Jason Harris’s Pat Musi-tuned, Robert Hayes-built Pontiac Warbird sat on the pole with a very impressive 3.882 at a whopping 192 mph in the eighth mile. Second was Keith Floyd’s blown Camaro at 3.890/189 mph. Third was last month’s winner Chris Rini’s ATI Camaro at 3.90/188. Fourth was Danny Perry’s Jerry Bickel ’12 Camaro with Sonny Leonard power at 3.91/189. Fifth was Ed Hoover’s blown Trussel Camaro at 3.933/191 followed by Matt Giangrande’s brand new Rick Jones ’13 Camaro at 3.946/188 and Todd Tutterow protégé, Kevin Rivenbark in the blown Galot Motorsports Firebird. The final spot went to Tutterow’s blown Camaro at 4.022.
On the outside looking in were Brian Teachman, Travis Harvey, Jeff Blasi and Andy Beal. This set the eliminations with four nitrous and four blown powerplants in competition.

The first round had Perry starting his march to the finals with a 3.87 over Hoover’s 3.93; Giangrande used a 3.93 to take out Rini’s very close 3.99; Floyd used a 3.88 to eliminate Rivenbark’s red-lighting 3.91; and Harris held off Tutterow’s 3.93 with a 3.87.

In the second round, Floyd’s Camaro would not fire while Perry used a 3.89 to defeat Harris’s off-pace 5.69.

In the final, Perry unloaded a bracket-like 3.90 to defeat Giangrande’s off-pace 6.15 in a battle of nitrous-powered Camaros.

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A total of 12 competitors showed up for Renegade competition with Tim Lawrence unloading a whopping 176-mph charge to qualify on the pole with a 4.12 ET. In the finals, John Lassiter defeated the number-six qualifier Billy Albert.

Other winners were William Charles in the 4.90 Extreme Eliminator. Rick Whaley won the O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Doorslammer Eliminator. Billy Baker won in the Mickey Thompson 6.00 Eliminator category and Jeff Faucette won the Deep Creek 7.49 Rico’s Real Street Eliminator. (Greg Burrow photos)