Cobra Jets to run X-DRL SuperCar Showdown at MIR


Roy Hill will lead a stellar list of SuperCar Showdown drivers into Maryland International Raceway for this weekend’s X-DRL Mayhem at the Creek.

The SuperCar Showdown class is exclusive to X-DRL and features the latest factory-produced race cars that are regularly seen in NHRA Super Stock competition.

“The Cobra Jets are going to put on one heck of a show at Budds Creek,” Hill said. “Craig Hankinson and myself will be driving the Phoenix Racing Cobra Jets with backing from FireAde 2000, Mustang Club of America’s ‘Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration’, Ford Racing, Coca-Cola and Alsco.

“Bob Romanelli, Bo Kenney, Don Fezell and several more top-notch Cobra Jet teams will be joining us.” (X-DRL photo)

Dudley begins Rocky Mountain Superchargers three-state swing with Nebraska win

The Minard/Wildenstein “Mile-Hi Flyer” with car owners Mike Minard, Brent Wildenstein and family. (photo courtesy John O’Connell)

The Minard/Wildenstein “Mile-Hi Flyer” with car owners Mike Minard, Brent Wildenstein and family. (photo courtesy John O’Connell)

Wayne Dudley drove the Minard/Wildenstein “Mile-Hi Flyer” to the team’s first win at Kearney International Raceway Park in Kearney, Neb., on July 20. The team will be a serious contender for sweeping the Rocky Mountain Superchargers Western Swing to collect an extra $500.
Next up is the High Altitude Nationals in Douglas, Wyoming, on July 27 and Yellowstone Dragstrip in Billings, Montana, on August 3-4.

Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals to premiere this Saturday at Maple Grove

Throughout the season, diesel-powered tractor trailers transport racecars and equipment to dozens of events. On Saturday, July 27, the trucks won’t be supporting actors; they will have the top billing.
The inaugural Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals presented by Mack Trucks will have a big rig show and shine as well as Diesel pickup drag racing and big rig drag racing. Gates will open at 8 a.m.

Drag racing will feature brackets for both types of trucks. Pickups will have classes capped at 32 racers and big rigs will have 16 with the number of fields unlimited in both classes.

There will be a head’s up shootout with manufacturer awards for the fastest trucks. The bracket winners will also meet in a runoff race for the title of “King of The Grove.”

Also taking part in the show are the Antique Truck Club of America, Exit 21 and the American Truck Historical Society.

Jr Dragsters have second 2013 race at Irwindale

Junior Dragsters returned to Irwindale Dragstrip Saturday, July 20, for their second race of the 2013 season. Entries were somewhere north of 70 cars and despite a few hiccups early on, race director Steve Gibbs soon had things running smoothly. The schedule called for two complete races for the four bracket classes while Jr. Comp and Wicked 330 would be competing in one.

The Garceau family had a good day at Irwindale.

The Garceau family had a good day at Irwindale.

Winners for the first race were Reilly Garceau in Group 1 (12.90), Cody Garceau in Group 2 (8.90), Mark Henry in Group 3 (7.90, 13-14) and RJ Karls in Group 4 (7.90, 15-16).

Justin Ball (near lane) over Taylor Merrill in the Junior Comp final.

Justin Ball (near lane) over Taylor Merrill in the Junior Comp final.

The second race saw Jake Boyd take the honors on Group 1, Michael Gidcumb in Group 2, Remy Reynolds in Group 3 and Jordan Summers in Group 4. As an added bonus, winners of the second race took home Robert Hight Traxxas Funny Cars donated by Bob Lowry and Sons Auto Body, Tucker Tire, Cal Rods Car Club and Robert Hight.

Katie Day was the winner in Wicked 330.

The next Junior Dragster race at Irwindale will be a Division 7 points race Sept. 14-15. (AutoImagery photos)

Dimino, Keister get MASGA wins at Numidia

Numidia Dragway in Catawissa, Pa., played host to races three and four of the Mid Atlantic Super Gas Series ( on July 13 and 14.

AlDimino-vetteOn Saturday hometown boy Al Dimino took his Dimino Bus Services Corvette to the #1 qualifying spot with a 9.901 in the 25-car field to earn a bye-run in the first round. Following Dimino was Derek Clark, Bob Henry, Mike Lauria and George Smith.

Dimino took down a fouling Paul Schonberger, George Donhauser in the third and Darlene Staub in the semis. Dimino’s opponent in the finals was Derek Clark and his Clark Racing ‘95 Olds Cutlass. Clark marched his way to the finals with wins over Dale Kulp, a bye-run in the second, then Bob Lupini and Lance Kreiger.

Dimino was looking to continue his dominance at his home track and rack up another victory to add to his .90 Nationals trophy from last June. Clark was surprisingly appearing in his 1st ever MASGA final with his Chop-Top Cutlass. At the flash of the green Dimino was on his game with a substantial holeshot (0.014 to 0.060) over Clark and that was all he needed as he reeled in Clark and made him break out. Dimino took the stripe with a time of 9.919 to Clark’s 9.893.

On Sunday three drivers qualified with 9.901 but it was Earl Nichols Jr. who came out on top to claim the #1 qualifying position. Following him were Ron Orbin, Tom Goldman, Lance Kreiger and Frank Volpe.

BobKeister-NovaWagonStarting from the #10 position was Vineland, NJ, driver Bob Keister driving his BK Race Cars ‘64 Nova Wagon. He started with a victory over Tom Simon’s Beretta and then took down a fouling Paul Schonberger and Ron Orbin to earn a bye-run in the semis.

On the other side of the ladder was New York’s George Smith and his “Live Wire” 1968 Camaro. Smith took down #1 qualifier Nichols in the first round, earned a bye in the second, and then took down two tough customers in George Donhauser and Goldman to get to the final.

Keister was looking for redemption after going to the finals at last year’s Atco race and Smith was looking to repeat as the Sunday winner at Numidia as he had claimed the 2012 victory. Keister took a huge holeshot (0.015 to 0.068) over Smith and parlayed that into the victory of a 9.911 to Smith’s almost perfect 9.902. The victory ended a very long drought for Keister as his last victory was at the 1978 Gatornationals in Modified Production!

With his runner-up at Numidia, Derek Clark takes over the points lead followed closely by Goldman, Kreiger and Keister.

Next up for the MASGA group is a trip to Maryland’s Cecil County Dragway for the annual “Uncle Buck Pig Roast”. MASGA will be joined by the Super Street & Super Comp series for two big events on August 10 and 11. (photos courtesy MASGA)

X-DRL adds 10.5 class for Budds Creek, drops some membership requirements

The X-DRL has announced the purse for the new 10.5 Outlaw class that will run at Mayhem at the Creek July 26-27 at Maryland International Raceway. The winner earns $5,000; runner-up $1,500; two semi-finalists $750 each and four quarter-finalists will bring home $500 each. Entry fee will be $350 with no membership required.

The rules package will mirror those developed by Cecil County Dragway and will be followed without exception. This class will not be eligible for championship points for the 2013 season.

Pat Musi brings additional support to the Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman class by paying half of the entry fee. ATI has stepped up to do the same for the Top Dragster. In addition, the X-DRL has waived membership requirements and will honor IHRA chassis certifications and licenses.

ANDRA changes rules to allow some street vehicles to race without roll cages

The Australian National Drag Racing Association is set to make big changes to its rules for street cars, with modern ‘street registered’ vehicles being permitted to run without roll cages down to a limit of 10.00 seconds for the first time.

Under the new safety rules, vehicles manufactured after January 1, 2008, will be able to run as quick as 10.00 seconds and as fast as 140 mph (whichever is reached first) for the quarter mile without a roll cage. ANDRA technical manager Steve Power has commissioned various reports on safety developments in modern street vehicles and how these translate to the drag strip.

“For some time there has been debate on the suitability and application of later model safety improvements and related restrictions,” he said. “There was merit in the theory, corresponding ADRs and improvements in safety ratings all suggested manufacturers were headed in the right direction for ‘on street’ safety standards. However there was a significant gap between ‘on street’ performance and ‘off street’ racing.”

In early 2013 ANDRA commissioned a number of tests and computer simulations to be conducted and certified by a recognised engineering firm. The goal was to get a thorough understanding of not only modern safety features and how they would relate to a higher speed incident, but also how older cars could be brought up to a safe standard while not compromising some state registration requirements.

“Many modern vehicles are capable of covering a drag strip very quickly but also safely and we hope that people who have previously worried about having to extensively modify brand new vehicles will now be able to race in a safe and legal environment,” Power said.

VP offers performance fuels for racers on a budget

DCF 1.0VP Racing Fuels, known for making power in all forms of motorsports, garners most of its headlines for fueling championships at the highest levels of racing. But VP’s diverse line of unleaded and leaded products includes many options for grass-roots racers, crate engines and others with limited budgets.
“While there are some very expensive fuels used in motorsports today, there are many applications that can compete effectively with more economical blends,” said Jim Kelly, VP’s Eastern Regional Manager-Race Fuels. “But regardless of what they’re spending on fuel, any racer wants the biggest bang for his buck, and that’s what VP delivers.

“Take VP’s C9 unleaded for example,” Kelly added. “It’s priced like standard 110 leaded and 100 octane unleaded fuels, is non-oxygenated and needs no special tuning. Yet it typically makes 4-5 ft. lbs. of torque and equivalent horsepower gains over the popular purple products used in low compression drag and oval track cars. One of our newest unleaded fuels, NCR, is making 4-5 ft. lbs. of power over the Sunoco 260 being used on dirt and asphalt.”

In addition to C9 and NCR unleaded fuels, VP offers MS98 as a lower cost, lower octane leaded option for these applications. For more information go to or contact your nearest VP Regional Distribution Center listed at

Driving like a bracket racer helps Simmons Salemi take Quick 32 win

There were records set during the latest round of Quick 32 Sportsman Series racing on the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park at the Canadian Nitro Nationals, but it was Top Dragster driver Melanie Simmons Salemi who won the Quick 32 race.
Simmons Salemi bested a strong field of Top Dragster and Top Sportsman entries to win her second series event, which is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

Over a four-day period of testing and racing, Simmons Salemi put together a string of twelve runs all within 0.050 seconds of each other. The consistency of her Delta-backed dragster can be attributed to her father, Roger Simmons, and her husband, Jon Salemi (Resolution Racing Services) but, they’re not the ones who were behind the wheel putting up reaction time numbers within 0.011 seconds of each other all weekend. (Brad Turk photo)

Quick Fuel Technology posts NHRA contingency money

QFT-fuelpump-1307QFT is posting Winner and Runner-Up money in 21 NHRA classes. The pumps are available in 230, 260, 300 and 400 gallon per hour models, and have wide application from Pro Stock to Sportsman classes. The housings are constructed of aircraft grade (6061) billet aluminum with a hard coat anodized finish for a long service life and are compatible with gasoline, E85 and alcohol.

QFT’s contingency postings cover four NHRA series as follows:
NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series – Pro Stock Win $500, R/U $100. Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster – Win $300, R/U $100.
NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series – Pro Mod Win $500, R/U $100.
NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series – Competition Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster – Win $100, R/U $50.
NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Drag Racing Series – Super Pro, Pro and Sportsman – Win $200, R/U $100.

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