Carolina Coalition bracket series begins this week at Rockingham

TommyPlott-dragster

Reigning series champions Tommy Plott (shown), Ricky Greer and Lula Egger will find themselves in the crosshairs this weekend (March 29-30) when Rockingham Dragway plays host to the opening event in the 2014 Hoosier Racing Tires Carolina Coalition Bracket Series.

The four-race series, hosted by Rockingham Dragway, Farmington Dragway, Piedmont Dragway and GALOT Motorsports Park (formerly Dunn-Benson Dragway), again will crown champions in Top Eliminator, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster divisions.

“This is our third year back with the Carolina Coalition Series and I know our racers are looking forward to getting back on the track after all the bad weather,” said Rockingham owner Steve Earwood.

In addition to Plott, the Top Eliminator field likely will include former Rockingham track champion Eric Aman of Mt. Olive, last year’s Coalition winner at The Rock; veteran Tommy Strickland of Raeford; Statesville’s Charlie Doss, Benson’s William Roberts and Lillington’s E.J. Womack.

Showdown at Sundown finished at Cajun SPORTSnats

Jerry Emmons  (Rick Shute photo)

Jerry Emmons (Rick Shute photo)

Jerry Emmons led the list of winners for the rain delayed Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Showdown at Sundown originally scheduled at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Six classes finished up their elimination rounds this weekend at the JEGS Cajun Sportsnationals at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La.

Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, drove his Lucas Oil-sponsored ’05 Cavalier Super Stock to the win over Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., out of Donaldsonville, La., with a lap of 9.645 seconds at 134.03 mph.

Emmons was one of four Texas racers taking home trophies as he was joined by Deborah Ridenhour, Clint Parker and Robert Sanders in the winner’s circle.

COMP ELIMINATOR
: Adam Hickey, Ponchatoula, La., ’06 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.203, 152.85 def. Ray Goodman, Boerne, Texas, ’32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.638, 164.69.



SUPER STOCK: 
Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, ’05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.645, 134.03 def. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr, Donaldsonville, La., ’99 Firebird, SS/GA, 9.689, 135.14.



STOCK ELIMINATOR
: Deborah Ridenhour, Kennedale, Texas, ’77 Volaire, G/SA, 11.165, 108.50 def. Jimmie Hutto, Houston, Texas, ’69 Camaro, CC/SA, broke. 



SUPER STREET: 
Clint Parker, Gilmer, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 10.917, 140.78 def. Charlie Owens, White Oak, Texas, ’98 Firebird, 10.912, 153.44. 



SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: 
Robert Sanders, Katy, Texas, ’82 Suzuki, 10.239, 124.45 def. Derek Dorey, Kingswood, Texas, ’03 Kawasaki, 8.767, 141.06. 


TOP DRAGSTER
: Michelle LeBleu, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.561, 208.14 def. Todd Schumert, Kenner, La., dragster, 6.708, 189.90.

The results of the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals are here.

NHRA Sportsman Racer Advisory Council advisors announced for 2014-2015

The NHRA Sportsman Racer Advisory Council (SRAC) advisors have been selected following online polling. The SRAC, which is entering into its seventh year, is designed to maintain the level of communications between participants and NHRA. The SRAC provides a means for discussing and evaluating rules and race policies and procedures pertaining to Sportsman racing at all NHRA events.

The advisory council consists of drivers, owners or crew chief representatives from each NHRA region or division in five eliminator sub-committee groupings including Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, Competition, Super Stock / Stock, Super Comp / Super Gas / Super Street and Top Dragster / Top Sportsman.

“The SRAC representatives input on sportsman related items is an integral part of NHRA’s decision making process,” said SRAC Chairman Josh Peterson.  “The SRAC Representatives help NHRA with current challenges and help define the future of NHRA Sportsman racing.” 

Mike Rice will serve as Chairman and Matt Levonas will serve as Co-Chair of the Top Alcohol committee.  Jay Hullinger will serve as Chairman and Trey Capps as Co-Chair of the Super categories committee.  Rob Park will remain Chairman of the Competition Eliminator committee, Dave Mohn will remain Chairman of the Super Stock/Stock Eliminator committee and Rich Schaefer will remain the Chairman of the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman committee.

The first 2014 meetings and conference call for the SRAC will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

2014-2015 NHRA Sportsman Racer Advisory Council

 

2014-2015

SRAC

Top Alcohol Dragster/

Funny Car

East

Mike Kosky

East

Chuck Anderika

North Central

Marty Thacker

North Central

Andy Bohl

Central

Randy Meyer

Central

Kirk Williams

West

Joey Severance

West

Steve Gasparrelli

Chairman

Mike Rice

Co-Chair

Matt Levonas

 

2014-2015

SRAC

Competition Eliminator

Super Stock/

Stock Eliminator

Super Comp/

SuperGas/

Super Street

Top Dragster/

Top Sportsman

Division 1

Frank Aragona Jr

Kent Hanley

Jack Sepanek

Ken Moses

Division 2

Lee Sharp

Mike Crutchfield

Greg Brannon

Ronnie Davis

Division 3

Brian Browell

Brad Zaskowski

Scotty Reinschield

Rich Forish

Division 4

Craig Bourgeois

Gary Emmons

Craig Anderson

Mark Jones

Division 5

Clint Sallee

Monty Jones

Steve Dominques

Tom Schmidt

Division 6

Aaron Strong

Jody Lang

Ken Harkema

Moe Trujillo

Division 7

Mike Depalma

Jimmy DeFrank

Steve Williams

Joe Roubicek

Chairman

Rob Park

Dave Mohn

Jay Hullinger

Rich Schaefer

Co-Chair

 

 

Trey Capps

 

 

 

         

 

Willshire sets four-cylinder 10.5 ET record in Australia

CollinWilshire-Outlaw10.5-WillowbankCollin Willshire became Australia’s quickest four-cylinder drag car and the world’s quickest four-cylinder drag car on a 10.5-inch tire with a run of 6.725 seconds at 209.88 mph (337.76 kph) on his way to an Outlaw 10.5 runner-up performance at Willowbank Raceway.

The achievement for the Jett Racing Team Principal follows quickly after a win in the Factory Xtreme bracket at the previous weekend’s Sydney Jamboree and only eight weeks after his team’s driver Kelly Bettes became the fastest four-cylinder drag car pilot in New Zealand.
“To come from the Sydney Jamboree where we took the win in the Factory Xtreme bracket and turn it all around ready for the Pro Street Shootout at Willowbank Raceway was big for us, and we are very pleased with the result,” said Willshire. “For us becoming the fastest four cylinder outright in the world is definitely a goal we are pushing for and we are now not far off that following this performance.”

Next up at Willowbank Raceway will be the third round of the 2014 Street Series, hitting the track on Saturday, March 29, ahead of the Shannons Queensland Autospectacular (Sunday, April 6) and the return of Easter’s Santo’s Super 3 Extreme Drag Race presented by Uplift Cranes and Titan Cranes (Good Friday, April 18, and Easter Saturday, April 19).

As the entry level competition for aspiring drag race champions, the Street Series provides an accessible and affordable competition for Sedan and Motorcycle racers who wish to prove their mettle on the race track while chasing a coveted Queensland Drag Racing Championship (QDRC) trophy. (dragphotos.com.au photo)

Auto Club Dragway begins High School Drags Challenge

HighSchoolDrags-logoThe Inaugural Southern California High School Drags will be held at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif., on Saturday, May 3.

The program’s concept was developed and will be organized by ProMark LLC, with an emphasis on serving the community by enticing area youth to take their yearning for speed from the street to the strip. Students will be competing on teams representing their own high schools, earning points for the coveted Southern California High School Team Championship trophy for 2014. The series is exclusively for high school students who graduate in 2014 or after.

The four series event dates are May 10, June 28, July 26 and August 23. The top four finishers in the series will earn the right to represent Auto Club Dragway at the annual NHRA/Summit ET Finals to be held this year on Sept. 19-21 in Bakersfield, Calif.

The overall champion of the Summer Series will be eligible for a Grand Prize (to be announced) contingent on the fact that they have no moving violations throughout the duration of the series (May 10 – August 23, 2014). The competitor will be required to present an official copy of their driving record indicating no moving violations throughout these dates. Should the competitor fail to meet the criteria, the Grand Prize will be awarded to the next qualified competitor who meets the requirement.

“It is very important to note that drag racing is not street racing! Drag racing is conducted in a much safer and controlled setting with medical and safety personnel on-site, technical staff who personally inspect the vehicles to ensure basic safety standards are met prior to competing, and adequate safety barriers are in place to protect the drivers as well as the spectators,” said Charlie Harmon from ProMark LLC. “I am proud to be a part of this team and charged with the responsibility of developing dynamic programs for the community that provides incentives to showcase the many benefits of drag racing over street racing, ultimately bringing the numerous young performance enthusiasts from the streets to the strip.”

For more information on the upcoming Southern California High School Drags Challenge contact highschooldrags@outlook.com SUBJECT (info) or call 949-888-6878.

Regional/Divisional at Las Vegas

Regional/Divisional at Las Vegas

SEVERANCE AND WESTERFIELD RACE TO VICTORIES

Shane Westerfield

In the final results from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Joey Severance and Shane Westerfield took home the wins on March 23rd in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.

Severance, Woodburn, Ore., worked his way through the field and ran 5.315 seconds at 269.24 mph in his final round victory over Mark Taliaferro, Odessa, Texas, who clocked in at 5.408 seconds, 271.02 mph.

Westerfield, Anaheim, Calif., faced off against Doug Gordon, Paso Robles, Calif., and posted a winning run of 5.648 seconds, 257.33 mph in his '06 Monte Carlo. Gordon drove his '12 Mustang to a runner up finish.

Other racers visiting the winner’s circle this weekend were Tony Mandella, Riverside, Calif., in Comp Eliminator; Jimmy DeFrank, Chatsworth, Calif., in Super Stock; Peter Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., in Stock Eliminator; Raquel Roper, San Diego, Calif., in Super Comp; Robert Naber, Ontario, Calif., in Super Gas; and Bernie Polvadore, Sun City, Ariz., in Super Street.

In the division’s Top Sportsman class it was Dean Hall, Guerneville, Calif., taking the win while Thomas Bayer, Fontana, Calif., won in Top Dragster. In Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson Leo Shaver, Las Vegas, Nev., took the win.

JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at Belle Rose, LA

JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at Belle Rose, LA

With an unfavorable weather forecast for Sunday, March 23, in Belle Rose, La., NHRA and track officials shifted the weekend’s schedule, moving eliminations for the NHRA JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway to Saturday morning with all qualifying and time trials being completed Friday.

The NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout specialty event originally scheduled for Saturday was run Friday with all four rounds of eliminations Friday afternoon followed by the winner’s circle celebration. Class eliminations for both Stock and Super Stock shifted to Friday.

The annual “fun” races held during the JEGS SPORTSnationals will be held on Sunday as weather permits. These events include the King of the Bayou, Stock/Super Stock CIC race, and the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Shootouts.

FRIDAY

Austin Williams took home the honors in the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout and Charlie Westcott captured the Inaugural Tim Hebert “Chootout” in Friday’s action.

Williams, Burleson, Texas, qualified for the Moser Shootout specialty race in not one but two classes running in both Stock Eliminator and in Super Comp. Williams defeated David Latino in the round one Stock pairing but fell to former NHRA Lucas Oil world champion Jeff Lopez in the round one Super Comp pairing. Lopez was also pulling double duty but lost to Jimmy Lewis in Super Gas round 1.

Williams and Lopez were on opposite sides of the 16-car ladder and would both win their second and third round match ups setting up the final round rematch with Williams getting a second chance at Lopez. Williams was determined not to lose to Lopez a second time taking the win in his ’72 Duster running 6.924 seconds on his 6.91 dial.

Westcott, Parma, Mich., outran Schriever, La., racer Joe Teuton as Westcott’s “War Fish” ’68 Barracuda went 8.314 seconds at 160.16 mph to Teuton’s 8.461, 157.36 in his “King Cuda” ’68 Barracuda. The event was held to honor Tim Hebert, who passed away suddenly last June at the age of 53 and was a regular at Hemi Shootouts across the country.

Cajun SPORTSnationals this weekend at No Problem

CajunSportsnationals-logoThe JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals returns to No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, La., March 21-23, for the 11th straight year.

The first of three annual events designed specifically to showcase NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racers, the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals will host nearly 500 competitors and will crown champions in Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, and Sportsman Motorcycle.

TimHerbert-HemiChootout-decalNumerous specialty races will also be contested, including the Moser Shootout and the King of the Bayou event for drivers in Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street, plus a very special Hemi “Chootout,” so named to honor the memory of longtime Super Stock racer and Louisiana native Tim Hebert.

Additionally, the SPORTSnationals series will feature heads-up class racing in Stock and Super Stock, national event champion points and 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.

Last year, Division 1 racer Steve Szupka pulled off a rare feat when he claimed wins in both the Comp and Stock classes. Szupka joined Tommy Phillips as the only drivers to double up at the prestigious event. Szupka was joined in victory by Anthony Bertozzi, who claimed a JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals title for the second straight year when he won in Super Stock. Other event champions were Greg Brotherton (Super Comp), Ryan Herem (Super Gas), Ray Dew (Super Street), PJ Vicari (Top Dragster), Allen Firestone (Top Sportsman), and Mike Voss (Sportsman Motorcycle).

Just a few days left to vote for Alex

AlexRogeo-in-Champion-jacketIt’s our final reminder that drag racer Alex Rogeo, Senior Editor of sister publication MoparMax.com, needs your help. She is a finalist in the Search for a Champion video competition and if named the Grand Prize winner she will receive a $50,000 sponsorship for the season.

Voting runs through Sunday, March 23, at http://www.alwaysachampion.com/search-for-a-champion. You can vote more than once, so please do!

Alex will be racing this weekend in Sacramento, Calif., with the PSCA for the Chris Alston’s Chassisworks NorCal Nationals and Grudge Warz.

NMCA opens season at Bradenton this week

NMCA-purple-carThe NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals Series starts its season March 20-23 with the 12th Annual Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, scheduled to take place at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida.

As usual, the NMCA will start off the weekend with a pre-race party at the Hooters of Bradenton, which is always a fun time – after all, who can pass up, beer, wings, and girls in skimpy…socks?

This event will feature one of the season’s largest turnouts, with racers showing up to compete in each of the NMCA’s eleven classes, plus a large contingent of True Street racers and Bracket racers. (NMCA photo)