Indy’s Lucas Oil Raceway announces busy 2014 dragstrip schedule

LucasOilRaceway-logoLucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis today announced its 2014 dragstrip schedule. The legendary track located in Brownsburg, Indiana, will hold a variety of events from April through October.

Lucas Oil Raceway’s marquee event is the world’s biggest and most prestigious drag race, the 60th Annual Chevrolet Performance US Nationals, Labor Day weekend Aug. 27 – Sept. 1. This milestone anniversary event will feature numerous special attractions and includes such bonus races as the Traxxas Nitro Shootouts for Top Fuel and Funny Car, the Factory Stock Showdown and Mopar HEMI Challenge.

Opening day at Lucas Oil Raceway features the first of nearly 30 scheduled Wild Wednesday Test & Tune events beginning April 2. Wild Wednesdays offer open time trials for street cars and race cars.

The season long VP Racing Fuels ET Bracket Series begins on Sunday, April 13. Special ET Bracket Series races will include the NHRA National Dragster Challenge (May 4), NHRA Indiana Drag Racing State Championship (Memorial Day, May 26), Summit Junior Drag Racing League Challenge (June 8) and Summit NHRA King of the Track (July 6). The top point earners qualify to represent team Lucas Oil Raceway at the NHRA Summit ET Finals that will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway, September 12-14.

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competition kicks-off in the NHRA North Central Division, April 25-27.

The all motorcycle No Hatin’ Drag Racing Organization will hold four events at Lucas Oil Raceway, May 16-18, July 11-13, August 8-10 and September 26-28. For twenty years, the Miracle Ride has benefitted Riley Hospital for Children. The motorcycle fundraiser will return May 31-June 1.

Goodguys makes its triumphant return to Lucas Oil Raceway after a five-year hiatus for a one-night-only Friday Night Drags event on June 6. Goodguys Friday Night Drags will feature special exhibition vehicles, sportsman racing, a show & shine, and will be open to all years, makes and models of race cars.

Bellowing smoke and the rumble of diesel engines marks the return of the National Hot Rod Diesel Association’s Indiana Diesel Shootout on June 14.

The 10th Annual Jeg’s US Open Bracket Championship returns June 19-22. The four-day big money bracket race features $20,000 to win races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Leveraging Lucas Oil Raceway’s unique multipurpose facility, the Race 4 Time Performance Challenge features drag racing, autocross, road course and car show activities, July 19-20. This exciting event benefits the Riley Hospital for Children.

Drag racing’s rising stars will compete in the Midwest Junior Super Series, September 19-21. Lucas Oil Raceway hosts race six of the Midwest Junior Super Series’ seven-race schedule.

Domestic doorslammer action returns October 10-12 with the 13th Annual NMCA World Street Finals featuring the 8th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout.

The NHRA Fall Classic National Open will be October 17-19. In addition to the NHRA categories contested, a Pro and Super Pro bracket race is held on Saturday and Junior Dragsters on Sunday.

NHRA makes some changes to Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series

Scott Truett (Joe McHugh photo)

Scott Truett (Joe McHugh photo)

Riders in the Pro Fuel category of the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series will be competing for a national championship title beginning in 2014. The NHRA also added an Index 10.50 class and implemented a number of additional rules changes to other categories in the series, which is entering its second season.

Pro Fuel (formerly Pro Dragster) will compete at 10 events during the season and will count points from their best seven of 10 finishes toward the year-end championship, which will award a cash purse of $4,500 to the top three finishers with the champion also receiving an NHRA Championship Wally trophy and jacket.

“After a great inaugural season of the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series, we’re adding more opportunities to showcase and reward the efforts of Harley-Davidson drag racers,” said Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Kris Schoonover. “We think these changes will help this program grow even stronger as we enter our second season.”

A seventh class has been added to the series that will be based off a 10.50 index and will be contested at all 10 Harley-Davidson Series events. The class is designed as an entry level class with a variety of Harley-Davidson motorcycle models being eligible for competition.

Several rules changes have also been made to open up the other classes and help grow the series. The 2014 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series rulebook supplement and amendments can be found under the rules section on www.nhraracer.com.

IHRA adds Pro-Am and brackets to Cordova date in July

IHRA-Summit-Pro-Am-logoFollowing the news that the Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park will return to the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule in 2014, the IHRA announced today that the event will also include a special open Wild Card competition for IHRA Summit Pro-Am Tour and ET bracket competitors in the region.

In addition to a professional lineup, the Summer Nationals will feature a pair of individual sportsman races counting as an open in-division claim for IHRA Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL classes.

Competition at the Summer Nationals will be contested in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod in addition to multiple ET classes. The 2014 Summer Nationals is scheduled for July 18-20 at Cordova Dragway Park in Illinois.

Larry Griffith’s Drag Pak Challenger goes to auction

LarryGriffith-Dodge-DragPakOne of the most popular Hemi Dart racers was Larry Griffith, who won three championships in Midwest UDRA (United Drag Racers Association) competition. Forty years later Griffith and Dodge once again joined forces, this time when on March 9, 2009, the factory delivered to the veteran racer the second of its new Challenger Drag Pak racers; the first was custom built for drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, while Griffith’s number 2 car was actually the first off the Drag Pak assembly line.

Completed as a tribute to Griffith’s original Dart racer (now restored by former Chrysler Vice President of Global Service Joe Hilger), it was custom painted by Nostalgia Lane with the same pop-art livery used on the original, with the added extra of a Who’s Who of Mopar racer autographs covering the inside of the trunk lid.

The only known Drag Pak equipped with Holley Dominator fuel injection, the car and driver Charlie Fitzsimmons dominated competition at the 2012 NHRA Gatornationals to take home Stock Eliminator honors and a coveted Wally, which is included with the sale.

This Challenger will be sold at the Jan. 17-26 Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 24, at 5:35 p.m. as Lot F222. (Mecum photo)

2014 NMCA WEST series schedule announced

Ryan Jones, NMCA WEST participant.

Ryan Jones, NMCA WEST participant.

ProMedia Events has announced the 2014 NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals series event schedule, which includes two events at the newly reopened Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif.

March 28-30 – Bakersfield, CA
May 15-18 – Pomona, CA
June 20-22 – Fontana, CA
Sept. 5-7 – Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 24-26 – Fontana, CA

Kyle Cultrera: Two championships in one season

Kyle Cultrera: Two championships in one season

NHRA's Northeast Division is plump with a group of what could arguably be called some of the toughest Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors in the nation, and division titles in the region are therefore coveted and held in very high regard. For young Kyle Cultrera, the 2013 season ended like a dream as he accomplished a feat almost unthinkable for a driver so youthful in his career: he won Division 1 championships in both Competition Eliminator and Super Comp.

(Kubicke Photography)

"This was an unbelievable and exciting year," said Cultrera, who accumulated a total of four wins in five final rounds across the two categories. "My goal at the beginning of the season was that I wanted to win one championship, but I just had one of those years where everything seemed to fall in the right place. Winning two championships in one year is something that is rarely done, and luckily we were able to accomplish that."

Although Cultrera gives much of the credit for his success to the level of support that he receives, his skill behind the wheel in both categories most certainly came into play in regard to the final outcome. The driver who shares his time between Charlotte, N.C., and his hometown of Eliot, Maine, was a finalist in each of the final five Division 1 races in 2013.

"We just kept going rounds, and to put it in simple terms, that's just what you have to do to win a championship," said Cultrera. "It can be challenging sometimes to run two cars, but my dad is a great help. We've got a good system. This is my third year in Comp, and this year we really pulled it together."

Collector-Cable, new NHRA-accepted header tether system at the PRI Show

Collector-Cable-originalCollector-Cable, a subsidiary of Trailer Toad LLC, will be displaying the two NHRA-accepted header tether kits for NHRA racers at the PRI Show in Indianapolis. They will be in booth 7201 in the Green Lobby area near Registration. Look for the big TrailerToad.com sign and the smiling faces of Jok and Barb Nicholson, company owners.

The NHRA-accepted Collector-Cables use stainless steel T-bolt clamps, aircraft cable and have NHRA-accepted tags so the tech officials can identify that our customers are legal for 2014. Any race car with removable collectors will be required to have the header tether system in 2014.

Contact Nicholson at 319-404-7001 or 319-961-2101 or go to www.collector-cable.com.

Moser extends Sportsman Shootout through 2016, adds Southeast division

MoserSportsmanShootout-logoMoser Engineering has extended its sponsorship of the NHRA Moser Engineering Sportsman Shootout through the 2016 racing season. Additionally the special Lucas Oil sportsman program will expand to include the NHRA Southeast Division in 2014.

“We owe a big part of our success to the sportsman racers and with so many of them asking for this unique program it shows me it is time to expand it,” said Rob Moser, Moser Engineering. “So, it is with a sense of pride that we can announce the expansion of the Sportsman Shootout into Division 2 for 2014. The Division 3 and 4 racers have really been vocal in their support of our unique program and to say the Sportsman Shootout has been well received is an understatement. This program is just another way for us to recognize all of those that support Moser Engineering and it is our way of saying thank you.”

The program was introduced in 2012 in both the NHRA North Central and South Central Divisions for competitors in seven classes: Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. Two racers from each of the seven classes qualify through a season points program plus two “wild card” entries from a drawing of online registrations on Moser’s website make up the 16-car Moser Sportsman Shootout fields that will offer a combined posted payout of $45,000 in 2014.

The 2013 South Central Division NHRA Moser Shootout will be held at the 2014 NHRA JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals in March, the North Central NHRA Moser Shootout will be held at the JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals in September, and the Inaugural Southeast NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout will be held at the season-ending NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Silver Dollar Raceway, Reynolds, Ga., in October.

Sportsman series to begin in Australia on January 4

GS_Allisonstewart-Oztin-truckFuchs South Coast Raceway in Portland, Victoria, Australia, will play host to the first round of the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship on January 4-5. Among racers giving the event some old-school style will be New South Wales’ Allison Stewart.

Stewart, 24, will be driving the “Oztin” Austin A40 in the Super Sedan category, a car she and her family races in memory of her father Doug.

“As a little kid, my sisters and I would frequently go to the track at Canberra to cheer dad on and I haven’t looked back from there,” she said. “Dad first built the ‘Oztin’ in 1983 and he continued to race at most tracks in eastern Australia until he passed away in 2007.” (Grant Stephens photo)

Can a trophy cure a hangover?

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The historic Hangover Nationals race will be held on January 1st at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. This is the first race under the new ownership of Dragway 42 by Ron Matcham and GM Joe Gambino.

This race will be held rain or shine…or SNOW and includes 20.14 Index. 2WD and 4WD/AWD classes. Trophies for winner, runner-up and semifinalists in both classes and the run off of the 2WD vs. 4WD race gets $150 and runner up gets $20.14 (cute).