X275 and Drag Radials take to Tulsa strip this Friday, Saturday

The July Radial Revenge Tour race at Tulsa Raceway Park has the largest purse ever offered in the country for both the X275 and Radial V World classes at the same time ever. Each class will pay out $10,000. These stock-looking cars weighing close to 3,000 lbs carry the front wheels the full eighth mile while running over 150 mph.

The July 18-19 R.R.T. show has cars and teams already committed and coming from over 10 different states. Entries include Kevin Mullins (yes, THE Kevin Mullins), Dewayne Mills, Keith Berry, Mark Mickie, Mark Woodruff, Kenny Hubbard, Kyle Huettel, Todd Moyer, Chris Wilson, Chad Wilson, Bobby Kurk, Kracker Racing, Mike Kimmis, Brad Medlock, Barry Burke, Marty Stinnett, Bob Bales, Odie Sturgeon, Swain Brothers, Jonathan Cornelsen, Deere Green, Craig Ondrick, Jason Brown, Josh Gray, Robert Beezley, Jason Hoard, Justin Taylor, Kit Loung and many many more.

Alabama’s Holiday Raceway becomes NHRA member track

Holiday Raceway, Woodstock, Ala., has joined the NHRA Member Track Network.

“Holiday Raceway, known as ‘The Beach’ is a historical gem of the Southeast,” said Rich Schaefer, NHRA Southeast Division Director. “Chris Bateh along with Jason Beams and Jonathan Beams are now in the 47th consecutive season at the track originally opened by their fathers and grandfathers. It’s a track that helped introduce the drag racing world to a man that would eventually become one of the top 50 NHRA drivers of all time, David Rampy. It’s a track that will continue to produce racing greats.”

The facility now will be eligible to offer its racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities, including the Summit Racing Series, the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, Jr. Street and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. Additionally, the track has the opportunity to host specialty events including the National DRAGSTER Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.

“We are very excited about becoming an NHRA sanctioned track,” said the track’s Chris Bateh. “Holiday Raceway is dedicated to our Sportsman racers and want them to have a chance to become an NHRA Summit Racing Series world champion. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with NHRA.”

Big Bucks go to BTE World Footbrake Challenge winners

The eighth version of the BTE World Footbrake Challenge (WFC) was held over the weekend at Bristol (TN) Dragway.

Thursday Gambler’s Race kicked off the event. Over 160 racers made the first round call and in the ninth and final round Jim Wood’s dead-on the dial with a “4” scored him the win. Dylan Kiser had the reaction time advantage but pedaled it a bit too much, handing the win to Wood.

Thursday Gambler’s Race kicked off the event. Over 160 racers made the first round call and in the ninth and final round Jim Wood’s dead-on the dial with a “4” scored him the win. Dylan Kiser had the reaction time advantage but pedaled it a bit too much, handing the win to Wood.

Friday’s $10K to win event started off with 418 cars. For the final, Brackenridge, PA’s Matt Obertanec moved first with an .016 reaction time, running a dead on his dial with a “7” giving him an .023 package to claim the win and the $10,000 that went with it. David Smith Jr., from North Carolina was runner-up.

Friday’s $10K to win event started off with 418 cars. For the final, Brackenridge, PA’s Matt Obertanec moved first with an .016 reaction time, running a dead on his dial with a “7” giving him an .023 package to claim the win and the $10,000 that went with it. David Smith Jr., from North Carolina was runner-up.

Friday’s program continued with another Gambler’s Race that saw 119 racers ante up money for a $3,000 to win guaranteed purse. The final round could have rivaled any delay box race as both Bob Mullaney and David Bell posted double-“0” reaction times with Mullaney getting the win light at the end of the eighth-mile track.

Friday’s program continued with another Gambler’s Race that saw 119 racers ante up money for a $3,000 to win guaranteed purse. The final round could have rivaled any delay box race as both Bob Mullaney and David Bell posted double-“0” reaction times with Mullaney getting the win light at the end of the eighth-mile track.

JDB_DarrylRediker-saturdayIn Saturday’s $10K final round. Darryl Rediker used a .022 reaction time and 6.985 on 6.98 dial to bring the money home to Nashville, TN, getting the win over Joe Hutto.

Sunday’s final round had Vic Ellinger with lane choice and the reaction time advantage over former WFC winner Steve Alford. And at the finish line a dead-on the dial with a “7” enabled the WFC Nitroplate Sunday $10,000 to go to Ellinger bringing it home to Cleveland, Ohio.

Sunday’s final round had Vic Ellinger with lane choice and the reaction time advantage over former WFC winner Steve Alford. And at the finish line a dead-on the dial with a “7” enabled the WFC Nitroplate Sunday $10,000 to go to Ellinger bringing it home to Cleveland, Ohio.

Co-promoter Jared Pennington said, “Both Steve (Stites – co-promoter) and I are over the top proud of the racers who showed up here. Between the support we received from the racers and the many sponsors, we couldn’t be happier with the end result. Every one of these racers are the best at what they do and it showed this weekend with the tight racing we had.”

Quick Fuel Technology to sponsor NHRA JEGS Super Quick Shootout

Jegs-SuperQuick-logoThe Quick Fuel Technology Super Quick Shootout will highlight the season’s top qualifiers in the 2014 North Central Division NHRA JEGS Super Quick Series at the 26th season final series event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, October 18.

Qualifying points earned at each of the series events leading up to the Shootout will determine the eight-car field for the special race within a race. The Quick Fuel Technology Super Quick Shootout champion will pocket $1,000 of the $2,000 cash purse.

Kristina Lawyer, the 2010 JEGS Super Quick Series champion, currently leads the Quick Fuel Technology Super Quick Shootout point standings. Logan Cron, Jeremiah Hall, George Atchison, Nick Hamilton, Tony Pranger, Ashley Marie Bach, and James Shown round out the top 8 qualifiers in the current standings. The number one qualifier earns 32 points, number two 31 points, etc., for the top 32 positions.

Competitors will qualify for the Quick Fuel Technology Super Quick Shootout at JEGS Super Quick Shootout events leading up to the final point race of the 2014 season as part of the 23rd annual NHRA Fall Classic National Open at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The special event takes place during Saturday’s qualifying day, October 18.

The Shootout sponsorship is in addition to the company’s contingency award bonuses paid to series event winners and/or runners-up for the use of Quick Fuel Technology (www.quickfueltechnology.com) carburetor or fuel pump.

Jr. Dragster champions crowned at Western Conference Finals

First-time winners dominated the 2014 NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals held at rocky Mountain Raceway outside of Salt Lake City, one of two national events for drivers in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League.

All eight of the age-group winners — Kaylee Haarbrink (age 8-9), Braden Bettis (10), Jason Horridge (11), Cadie Del Toro (12), Jenna Michaud (13), Seth Andersen (14), Shelby Rae Schoenfeld (15), and Travis Van Maarion (16-17) — were first-time victors, as was team champ Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Only Jr. Comp winner Joe Harless was a repeat winner; Harless won the 15-year-old age group in 2011.



Rocky Mountain Raceways made its debut as the host track for the Western Conference Finals, and its racers enjoyed a fair amount of success, tallying three wins.

In the team competition, Wild Horse Pass dominated with its teams finishing first, second, and tied for third. Wild Horse Pass Team 2 tallied 19 points to win the championship, followed by Wild Horse Pass Team 3 with 17. Wild Horse Pass Team 1 and Rocky Mountain Team 4 both earned 14 to finish tied for third. Bandimere Speedway Team 2 and Barona Team 2 tied for fifth with 12 points.

Drivers were also competing for special Battle of the Best: East vs. West trophies during eliminations. The driver with the best package of eliminations in each age group received a special trophy. Trophies will also be awarded at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals presented by ViperizerRacing.com in two weeks. The driver with the best overall package from both events will receive a custom-painted helmet from Brando Custom Paint. Joshua Kirk, age 15, is the current frontrunner for the overall award after putting together a .010 package. Kirk received a custom trophy for his effort and will await the top performers at the Eastern Conference Finals to see if he will win the helmet.

Other Battle of the Best class winners were Gage Wilson (age 8-9, .042 package), Ryan Mason (10, .073), Nolan Oliveira (11, .058), Tyler Ellison (12, .045), Jenna Michaud (13, .028), Matthew Michaud (14, .030), and Carina Wilkerson (16-17, .012).

In the hotly contested Team Spirit contest Barona 1/8-Mile Drag Strip outlasted Western Colorado Dragway and Auto Club Famoso Raceway for the award. Other special-awards winners were Parker Haarbrink (Brando Custom Paint Best Overall Appearing Car), Gartner (Brando Custom Paint Best Appearing Theme Car), Mason (Brando Custom Paint Coolest Car), and Western Colorado Dragway (Best Appearing Track).

8-9 Year Old: Kaylee Haarbrink, South Jordan, Utah, .222 seconds, 12.882 seconds, (12.75) def. Jessica Boardman, Las Vegas, .143, 12.722, (12.80)

10 Year Old: Braden Bettis, DeLeon, Texas, .108, 8.943, (8.90) def. Grace Doubleday, Temecula, Calif., .250, 9.505, (9.57)

11 Year Old: Jason Horridge, Victorville, Calif., .071, 8.943, (9.00) def. Jack Stanfield, Placerville, Calif., -.060, 8.872, (8.92)

12 Year Old: Cadie Del Toro, Las Vegas, .169, 9.770, (9.55) def. Hanna Ellison, Las Vegas, -.003, 8.928, (8.90)

13 Year Old: Jenna Michaud, Edmonton, Alta., .014, 7.964, (7.95) def. Joey Leal, Loomis, Calif., .068, 7.903, (7.91)

14 Year Old: Seth Andersen, Kearns, Utah, .029, 8.975, (8.93) def. Codi Bettis, DeLeon, Texas, .065, 7.887, (7.90)

15 Year Old: Shelby Rae Schoenfeld, Magna, Utah, .042, 8.175, (8.13) def. Sierra Gartner, Wellington, Colo., .056, 7.946, (7.90)

16-17 Year Old: Travis Van Maarion, Medicine Hat, Alta., .001, 7.999, (7.98) def. Madison Whitten, Corona, Calif., .007, 7.915, (7.90)

Jr. Comp: Mikaylah Harless, Colorado Springs, Colo., .036, 6.860, (6.90) def. AJ Thomas, Chowchilla, Calif., .061, 6.852, (6.90)

One spot left in TNT Super Series Shoot-Out

Because the last Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series (www.tntsuperseries.com) event saw rain before eliminations could get finished, the Sister Act Band Shoot-Out had to be postponed to Saturday, July 19. It will take place on the quarter mile at Empire Dragway in Leicester, NY.

Even better news is there is still one spot up for grabs in the four-car, winner take all, no entry fee, $1,000 to win specialty race.

The four cars were to be the event winners and the first round losers who ran closest to the index from the June 7-8 double weekend at Cayuga. The field already has three of those four players set: Tom Coonly (June 7 winner), Sam LoVetro Jr. (June 7 first rd loser closest to index) and Jamie Stoneman (June 8 first rd loser closest to index).

The fourth spot will go to the winner on Friday, July 18, at Elegant Builders Raceway Park in Lancaster, NY. Because the Shoot-Out rules stipulate the participants had to be at the Cayuga weekend to be eligible, if Friday’s winner was not at Cayuga, then the fourth spot will go to the eligible racer that goes furthest in eliminations. Tie breaker will be qualifying position.

Nicholson’s Oldsmobile-ology project car is semi-retired

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Jok Nicholson, editor of ETdragracing.com, says his wheelstanding, 9-second Oldsmobile is going to be semi-retired as they need to freshen the ‘small block” 425ci Olds engine. It has over 550 runs on it with no issues but it’s “time for a look” says Nicholson. Here it is in recent action at Iowa’s Eddyville Raceway.

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Australian Forbes unveils new roadster, confirms Lucas Oil sponsorship extension

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Australian drag racer Matt Forbes (above left) has taken the covers off a new 1957 Corvette Roadster with which he hopes to defend his national title later this year.

Joining Forbes was Lucas Oil Products director of motorsports, Tom Bogner (right), who also announced an extension of his company’s major sponsorship agreement with the reigning Australian Super Gas Champion. Forbes expects to debut the Lucas Oil Corvette in the coming months.

Forbes’s new Corvette was built by American racecar builders Don Davis Race Cars and is powered by a 598 cubic inch Sunset Racecraft big block Chevy that produces 1150 hp.

It was purchased from U.S. racer Tommy Phillips, who won numerous NHRA national events with it and finished a best of second in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Forbes said Bogner’s presence made the unveiling more memorable. “We’re super excited to finally reveal our new Lucas Oil Corvette, and to have Tom here to assist with the unveiling is a huge honour,” Forbes said.
“Matt’s bought the right car to continue winning races, and we’re fortunate to be able to step up our sponsorship program with him,” said Bogner.

Super Class Racing Returns to Auto Club Dragway

Super Comp racer Matt Fischle in the near lane.

Super Class Racing Returns to Auto Club Dragway

For over three years the Southern California “Super Series” associations have been without a home dragstrip when Auto Club Dragway’s normal drag racing activities were shut down because of environmental issues. A great-looking sound wall was constructed earlier this year, and racing has returned to the Fontana track.

The SoCal Pro Gas and Super Street associations, along with the Southern California Racing Association (www.SCEDA.com) racers, conducted their first races at Fontana on the July 12-13 weekend.

Paul Wiechmann won the Derek Sanchez Pro Gas Memorial race on Saturday with his Corvette, defeating the event top qualifier Val Torres, Jr., in the final round 9.905 (9.90 index) to a losing 9.953.

On Sunday, Travis Balough wheeled his Corvette to a double-breakout final round win over Mike Lang. Lucas Oil Products and K&N Filters sponsored the event.

Dave Gotts drove his ’67 Camaro to the Super Street points race title on Sunday, defeating Jimmy Galante in the final round of the Tim and Donna Daniel-sponsored race.