Sportsman classes at Houston

Shane Westerfield

Sportsman classes at Houston

Randy Meyer and Shane Westerfield each took home wins in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series during the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway on April 27. 

Meyer, looking to defend his event win from a year ago, faced off with Mark Taliaferro in the final of Top Alcohol Dragster. The Spring Hill, Kan., racer spun the tires, back pedaled, regained traction and crossed the finish line 6.478 seconds at 210.60 mph for the win as Taliaferro, Odessa, Texas, suffered mechanical problems early in the run ending his hopes of a win.  Meyer qualified No. 5 and ran 5.30s and 5.40s on his way to the final.

In the first TAD qualifying session, the front wheels of the dragster of Shawn Cowie from Delta, British Columbia, went up about two feet in the air. Cowie never lifted his foot and the wheels stayed up for about 300 feet down track. His incremental times were: 60 ft - 1.044 sec.; 330 ft - 2.386; 660 ft - 3.539/215.10 mph; 1,000 ft - 4.528; 1320 ft – 5.368/267.59 mph.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car it was No. 1 qualifier Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., taking on No. 2 qualifier Westerfield, out of Anaheim, Calif. Westerfield took the early led with a great .009-second reaction time and held on for his second national event win. Whiteley shook the tires hard early in the run and had to shut it off.

Candies SS/AAA Mustang goes 7.880/ 176+ for new record

AL_PB-Candies-SSAAA-MustangBack in March of this year Chris Holbrook, driving the new Watson Racing 2014 SS/BB Mustang tied Carey Bales for the quickest Super Stock run of all time at 7.923 seconds and set the speed mark at 173.17 mph to earn the title of world’s fastest Super Stocker during competition at the NMRA Spring Break Nationals in Bradenton, Fla.

Now P.B. Candies has driven his SS/AAA Mustang to a best of 7.880 at 171.26 at the IHRA Division 4 Summit Pro-Am at Baton Rouge, La., He backed it up with a couple of 7.90 laps and topped 176 mph during the weekend to take the honors of the quickest and fastest Super Stock pass in history.

See an interview with P.B. here. (Anthony “Chopper” Leone photo)

Learn something or get your money back

Wayne Smothers informs us he will be holding a nitrous class on Sunday, April 27, at his Smothers Supercars shop in Oologah, Okla. The class will run 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch is included in the $250 cost.

And here is a guarantee you don’t see very often: Smothers says, “If the person doesn’t like the class, doesn’t think it’s worth the money or doesn’t learn anything, I’ll refund their money.”

For more information email or call 918-697-6965.

Lack of entries means new format for Maple Grove’s Spring Bracket Nationals

The Spring Bracket Nationals presented by Scott’s Transmission Center scheduled for May 3-4 at Maple Grove Raceway will have a new format.

“We regret having to change the format of the Spring Bracket Nationals but there was a lack of entries,” said MGR Vice President and General Manager Lex Dudas. “As of today (April 24) we received only 83 entries for Saturday and 82 for Sunday. In order to make the event work, we needed 256 entries each day.

“Andy Anderson put a lot of work into promoting this event it its original form, and we thank him, but the interest simply wasn’t sufficient. Instead, we will host two days of non-points bracket racing with generous, guaranteed purses offered on Sunday. Any racer who submitted an entry will receive a complete and prompt refund and is welcome to race with us that weekend under the new format. If the entrant paid by check, they will receive a refund check. If they used a credit card to pay for their entry their account will be credited.”

Bell Racing USA adds contingency for LODRS events

Bell-60th-LogoBell Racing USA is showing their commitment to Sportsman level racing by increasing contingency awards to include all of the NHRA LODRS events starting immediately.

Contingency claims from the first few races of the LODRS season will be paid retroactively as well. To make a claim from the races that have already been completed please contact Bell Racing USA’s NHRA Program Manager Toby Hallett. Toby can be reached at 1-800-237-2700 or via email at

Bell Racing USA will require every driver making a claim to have a current SA2010 or equivalent Snell rating, an advertising release, a W9 on file, and a Bell Helmets decal on both sides of the car at the start of eliminations.
Bell Racing USA will have a trackside product display presence at many of the LODRS events although a schedule has not yet been finalized.

“2014 marks the 60th Anniversary for Bell Helmets and we are excited that we can provide a new level of commitment to the Sportsman community,” said Hallett. “To provide our customers with superior customer service along with monetary awards for wearing a Bell Helmet is something that we have been working towards for a couple of years, The addition of this program and our trackside product display will help us to do just that.”

Gateway opens Championship E.T. Series; next event is April 26

The 2014 Championship E.T. Series for Gateway Motorsports Park opened Saturday, April 12, with near perfect weather, a great turnout of participants and ideal track conditions. Close to 300 participants representing seven states were in competition at the opening event. The second of 10 Gateway Motorsports Park Championship E.T. Bracket Series events will be held on Saturday, April 26.

Meredith switches from NMRA Coyote Stock to Factory Stock class

JamesMeredith-MustangAt the close of the April 13th Nitto NMRA/NMCA All Star Nationals, James Meredith announced his immediate switch from Coyote Stock to Factory Stock.

“I really felt that we could compete in Coyote Stock with the C4 automatic transmission, but we’ve taken it about as far as we can” said James Meredith. “We’ve gone quicker than any of the other teams that have tried automatics and we could possibly eventually gain another tenth but that isn’t even going to be close to what is required to win. I think we’re doing our transmission and converter sponsors a disservice continuing in a class where we can’t win.”

The team thinks the move will be a better fit since Coyote Stock was formed with the intention of being a single weight class and Factory Stock, with its multiple weight breaks, should be more conducive to C4 success.

“This class will be a better fit for our skills,” said Daniel Pachar of Triangle Speed Shop. “We’ve always focused heavily on tuning and automatic transmissions. This experiment with naturally aspirated racing has been an interesting learning curve, compared to our extensive work with turbos and blowers. And I think we can really leverage our competitive advantage once we are allowed inside the computer.” (NMRA photo)

NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals heads to Pomona in May

NMCA-car-PomonaThe Auto Club Raceway in Pomona has been the home of drag racing since the first official race in 1953. As a result, Southern California race fans have seen some of the fastest quarter-mile passes in history. On May 15-18, the Flowmaster NMCA WEST racing series brings the “World’s Fastest Street Cars” to this storied asphalt.

The second of five races in the NMCA WEST series, this event — limited to 500 racecars — will see everything from supercharged, turbocharged and nitrous-powered cars capable of over 250 mph to street-legal Chevys, Fords and Mopars. For more information go to (photo courtesy NMCA)

McVey hires Hanna to tune TAFC for 2014 season; team will debut at Indy LODRS

Will Hanna  (file photo)

Will Hanna (file photo)

Top Alcohol Funny Car driver and team owner Scott McVey has put together a deal with former championship winning crew chief/tuner Will Hanna. Hanna, who won two NHRA Division 3 Championships with Chris Foster’s TAFC team, became a free agent this offseason. Hanna has worked with McVey as a consultant over the phone since late 2012, but he will be on hand at each event this season.

The team will debut their new Hanna Motorsport/Noonan Race Engineering engine combination during this weekend’s LODRS North Central Region opener at Lucas Oil Raceway just outside of Indianapolis.
McVey, from Ile Des Chenes, Manitoba, reached two regional finals last season and is looking forward to racing the new combination.

“We have made good progress since we brought Will on board as a consultant,” said McVey. “He has been in the 5.40’s with the NRE heads, so we made the decision to change to his engine program. We’re excited about hitting the track with the new combo.”