Eleven of the 13 track champions were present.
One of the other highlights of the evening was the 27th presentation of the Racemaster award. Long-time engine builder Mike Montgomery was acknowledged for this very special Firebird Hall of Fame type award. Montgomery first started racing at Firebird in the late 1960s and has been actively involved as a racer, car owner and builder in the sport for several decades. (Alex Charlton photos)
The 46th edition of the Firebird Awards Banquet was held on Saturday night, Nov. 23, in the Ballroom of The Riverside Hotel in Boise, the Banquet featured an evening packed with awards, which included upwards of $15,000 in cash and prizes.
Track champions who accepted year-end awards included: Chris Jaggers-Super Pro; Randy Williamson-Pro; Tyler Rush-Sportsman; Scott Grondahl-Sled/Bike; Dustin Smith-High School; Michael Jaggers-Junior; Mike Ritz-Outlaw Street; David Meimann-Alumni; Stephanie Meimann-Sport Compact; David Kletzien-Street Bike; Ashton Davis-Street Truck. Carl Youngstrom-Nostalgia, and Glen Phillips-Super Shifter, also earned track titles.
Voted on by his peers, Randy Williamson was awarded Bracket Racer of the Year. He also won the Pro Track Championship. Judy Radford was named Lady Driver of the Year.
The IHRA has now released three more divisions’ 2014 schedules for the Summit Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL.
April 25-27: Richmond Dragway
June 13-15: Maryland International Raceway
July 11-13: Pittsburgh Raceway Park
May 30-June 1: London Dragway
June 20-22: Grand Bend Motorplex
July 11-13: Pittsburgh Raceway Park
August 15-17: U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
March 28-30: Mooresville Dragway
May 16-18: Rockingham Dragway
May 30-June 1: Galot Motorsports Park (formerly Dunn-Benson Dragway)
June 27-29: Piedmont Dragway
August 8-10: Farmington Dragway (Double)
Hedman Husler Hedders General Manager Chris Vandergriff (right) and Hedman Performance Group National Sales Manager Lee Robinson will be participating in the first ever Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Education Day at the 2013 PRI Show. The duo will conduct a one-hour training seminar to discuss the new Hedman Performance Group Catalog, the company’s latest products, provide tips to dealers on how to select the right header for their customers’ street or race applications, and answer any product and technical questions attendees may have. (Hedman Hedders photo)
The 26th Annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on December 12–14, will offer cutting-edge business education, advice and direction for racing businesses, race tracks and racers through various conferences, seminars and programs.
The manufacturers’ seminars, organized by PRI and the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC), a council of SEMA, are set to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Attendees can choose from several manufacturers at each of the five sessions on the schedule.
9-10 a.m.: Flowmaster, Ron Francis Wiring or Trend Performance/Diamond Racing
10:15-11:15 a.m.: Hedman Performance Group, MSD Ignition or Quarter Master
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Painless Performance, Turbosmart USA or MAHLE
2-3 p.m.: Flaming River Industries, COMP Cams or Jiffy-tite
3:15-4:15 p.m.: Coker Tire/Phoenix Race Tire, Driven Racing Oil or Lunati
To register for the free seminars visit SEMA’s Education Day registration page at http://www.sema.org/mpmc-education-day-reg.
On December 11, the second annual Race Track Business Conference is designed to create dialogue and interaction among motorsports professionals by incorporating track operators, sanctioning body executives, track designers, attorneys, financiers and more.
The annual Race & Performance Expo will be held February 22-23, again at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. For more information on the 7th annual show go to http://www.raceperformanceexpo.com/Home.htm.
Look for Jeff Burk, editor of DragRacingOnline.com and publisher of ETdragracing.com, who will be attending.
The 2014 NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League’s Western Conference Finals will be held at Rocky Mountain Raceways near Salt Lake City and the Eastern Conference Finals at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.
The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals will move to Utah’s Rocky Mountain Raceways for the first time, July 10-12, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Finals will return to Eastern Tennessee’s Thunder Valley, July 24-26.
Both tracks will also be hosting activities and events throughout each of their race weekends in addition to the racing action that will occur on the track. Both will also host events earlier in the week leading up to the Conference Finals events.
Mo-Kan Dragway has been added to the IHRA Member Track family. Located in Asbury, Mo., on the Missouri-Kansas border, Mo-Kan Dragway has been open for more than 50 years, spending most of that time as an outlaw track before joining the IHRA family earlier this month.
Mo-Kan Dragway opened for business in July of 1962 under the guidance of Jim Wilbert, Bob McVickers and Ron Wilbert. In the spring of 1999 Carl Blanton took over the operation, buying the track from the Wilbert family.
Over the past 10 years Mo-Kan has undergone a number of enhancements including a complete resurfacing of the track, the installation of an advanced Accutime timing system and the construction of a new timing tower with offices and a VIP suite. Other enhancements are ongoing including additional spectator seating and additional lighting.
Holley EFI Technical Representative Rick Anderson will conduct a seminar at the PRI Show beginning at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in Room 233 of the Indiana Convention Center.
The hour-long seminar will cover the basic functions and capabilities that span the Holley EFI product line. Tuning will also be discussed and a fifteen-minute time slot will be included at the end for a Q & A session to answer any questions that attendees may have.
For more information about Holley EFI products, go to www.holleyefi.com.
VP Racing Fuels has introduced C45™, a leaded fuel blend offering the best performance in naturally aspirated drag race engines, according to Jason Rueckert, VP’s Regional Manager-Midwest.
“In a test on a 565 inch BBC, our Q16 race fuel made an average of 1,015 HP,” said Rueckert. “After switching to C45 and adding 4 percent more fuel, it picked up 18 HP over Q16. Since nobody else can kick Q16’s butt for All Motor, we had to do it ourselves!
“C45 is designed strictly for All Motor applications, meaning naturally aspirated engines,” Rueckert added. “It’s oxygenated and when tuned properly, will handle up to 16:1 compression. It will not handle boost or nitrous. With its 100 motor octane rating, pulling a couple degrees of timing at first to be safe is recommended. It will require approximately 4 to 6 percent more fuel than VP’s Q16 so a purpose-built carburetor will most likely be in order.”
Technical questions about C45 can be directed to VP’s Tech Support staff at 812-878-2025 or www.DragTech@vpracingfuels.com.
Scott Gardner and wife, Laura. (file photo)
Longtime Cordova Dragway Park track operator Scott Gardner has been named the new president of the International Hot Rod Association effective today. Aaron Polburn has stepped down as President and General Manager.
Gardner, who owns the Cordova, Ill., track and Eddyville and Cedar Falls track in Iowa, will be splitting his time between the tracks and the IHRA office in Norwalk, Ohio.
“I will probably spend about 70 percent of my time in Norwalk and about 3- percent in Illinois,” Gardner told the Agent. “Out 2014 schedules at all three of my tracks will not change and I will be at Eddyville, Cedar Falls and Cordova for all of our special events on the 2014 schedule.”
As part of the deal IRG Sports + Entertainment, which owns IHRA, Palm Beach International Raceway and Memphis International Raceway, will purchase Cordova but not the Iowa tracks.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity and the chance that IRG CEO Jason Rittenberry has given me to assist the IHRA and help their member tracks and racers continue to improve and expand,” Gardner said.
Cordova Dragway Park is the home of the World Series of Drag Racing, the oldest continuously run national event in drag racing, predating the NHRA U.S. Nationals by one year.
IRG also announced that Franki Buckman, former Vice President & General Manager of Firebird International Raceway, has been appointed Vice President & General Manager of Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) in Tucson, Arizona. Dale Gann has been promoted from Executive Vice President of Operations to Vice President and General Manager of Palm Beach International Raceway.
Al Corda won the EFI class this year at the Norwalk event. (Evan Perkins photo)
The National Muscle Car Association has released its Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals Series 2014 event schedule.
The NMCA will be at Gateway International Raceway outside of St. Louis in Madison, Ill., where Nostalgia Super Stockers from all around the U.S. will join NMCA’s racers for the Dave Duell Classic.
For more detailed information on each event go to www.nmcadigital.com.
March 20-23: NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, Bradenton, FL
April 10-13: NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, Atlanta, GA
May 23-25: NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, Madison, IL (St. Louis)
May 30–June 1: Chevy High Performance Nationals Featuring the LSX Challenge Series, Atlanta, GA
July 10-13: NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, Joliet, IL
August 21-24: NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, Norwalk, OH
Oct. 9-12: NMCA World Street Finals Featuring the LSX Shootout, Indianapolis, Indiana