SHRA returns to Oklahoma for Nostalgia Reunion

RC_SHRA-2carsThe Southwest Heritage Racing Association (www.shraracing.com) is headed back for the second stop of 2014 to Ardmore Dragway for the Nostalgia Reunion drags and show on Saturday, August 30. The focus will be on the point standings in the season championships and the Nostalgia Eliminator class Shootouts.

For the Nostalgia Eliminator racers, only two events remain to earn points for the Shootouts that will take place at the SHRA Championship Finals in November.

North Star Dragway in Denton, TX, will hold the next event on Oct. 4 and the season will wrap up on Nov. 8 at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis.
Classes in the series are NE1, NE2, NE3, Old School Electronics, and Old School No Electronics. (Randy Curtis/Max Cackle Photography)

Tedesco takes first TAD win at Bowling Green

Mia Tedesco raced to her first win in Top Alcohol Dragster and Steve Harker grabbed his 18th in Top Alcohol Funny Car Aug. 24 at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

Tedesco, Murrysville, Pa., qualified No. 2 and ran 5.30’s throughout eliminations to defeat John Finke, Wayne Morris and Marty Thacker for the win and the trophy to go along with her Super Gas and Super Comp trophies she has won previously in her career. Driving the Hirata Family Motorsports dragster, she clocked off a 5.327 second pass at 270.75 mph in the final round with former division champion Thacker who ran 5.463, 259.31.

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Harker, Gainesville, Ga., ran consistent as well with laps of 5.629, 5.602 and 5.639 as he worked his way through the field. Harker beat out Wayne Butler and Andy Bohl in rounds one and two before ending Rob Pfeister’s day with a 5.639, 257.33 pass in the final. Pfeister qualified eighth and took out No. 1 qualifier and class hitter Tony Bartone in round one and former division champion Chris Foster in round two. Then ran his best elapsed time of the event in the final, 6.076, 215.82 in his losing effort.

Defending event champion Rylee Stufflebeam took home the Super Stock trophy to Peoria, Ill., beating Todd Frantz while Sandy Wilkins won for the first time in the Brodix/Steve Schmidt Top Sportsman in one of the closest races of the day. The Mt. Ulla, N.C., racer went 6.855 seconds at 201.10 to win by about 10 inches.

Steve Whitlow would then bettered Wilkins winning by less than a thousandth of a second (.0008) over 2013 event champion Troy Coughlin Jr. in Super Gas. Whitlow was out first and held on with a 9.907 at 141.18.

Joe Hessling joined in as a first time winner taking the Super Comp crown in a borrowed car from Rob Moser of Moser Engineering. Hessling defeated second-generation driver Ryan Richardson, Greenbrier, Tenn., with a run of 8.899 at 173.99.

North Central Division racers head to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis this coming weekend for the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals where they will meet up with the drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Van Puckett, Monroe, Ga., ’05 Cavalier, G/AA, 8.888, 111.42 def. Drew Skillman, Bargersville, Ind., ’06 Cobalt, E/SMA, foul.

SUPER STOCK: Rylee Stufflebeam, Peoria, Ill., ’98 Firebird, SS/JA, 15.166, 61.96 def. Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., ’88 Camaro, GT/EA, broke.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., ’04 GTO, F/SA, 11.080, 108.83 def. Chris Butcher, Burlington, Mass., ’86 Camaro, H/SA, 11.241, 115.45.

SUPER COMP: Joe Hessling, Toledo, Ohio, dragster, 8.899, 173.99 def. Ryan Richardson, Greenbrier, Tenn., dragster, 8.892, 166.85.

SUPER GAS: Steve Whitlow, Hendersonville, Tenn., ’01 Mustang, 9.907, 141.18 def. Troy Coughlin Jr., Delaware, Ohio, ’57 Corvette, 9.901, 162.88.

SUPER STREET: Scotty Rienschield, Brookville, Ind., ’69 Corvette, 10.895, 143.55 def. Ken MacNicol, Hendersonville, Tenn., ’81 Grand Prix, 10.892, 128.48.

TOP DRAGSTER: Christopher Carrico, Fort Wayne, Ind., dragster, 6.500, 202.45 def. Al Peavler, Olney, Ill., dragster, 6.574, 203.52.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Sandy Wilkins, Mt Ulla, N.C., ’69 Camaro, 6.855, 201.10 def. Todd Stewart, Kilgore, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 7.219, 183.29.

COMP SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY INDY GEAR: Brian Browell, Lafayette, Ind., dragster, 7.323, 182.58 def. Todd Frantz, Louisville, Ky., ’08 Pontiac G5, 8.419, 154.55.

SUPER COMP SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING: Michelle Furr, Galax, Va., dragster, 8.873, 166.01 def. Kendra Rienschield, Brookville, Ind., dragster, foul.

SUPER GAS SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING: Gary Rogers, Tipton, Tenn., ’66 Chevelle, 9.848, 150.36 def. Joey Fuesting, Waukegan, Ill., ’68 Camaro, foul.

SUPER STREET SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY MOSER ENGINEERING: Philip Smida II, Canfield, Ohio, ’88 Cavalier, 10.930, 132.11 def. Dewey Boggs III, Lancaster, Ohio, ’67 Camaro, 10.950, 141.80. (Richard Muir file photo)

Demke and Brand lead points with Topeka victories

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In the Aug. 24 final results from Heartland Park Topeka, Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., and Dale Brand of Sully, Iowa, took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. With their weekend wins, both racers currently sit on top of the NHRA Lucas Oil National Championship point standings.

After a long day of racing, Demke worked his way through the field from the No.1 qualifying position and ran 5.336 seconds at 268.44 mph in his final round victory over Randy Meyer, Spring Hill, Kan., who clocked in at 5.383 seconds, 265.53 mph.

Brand faced off against John Lombardo Jr., Brea, Calif., and posted a winning run of 5.669 seconds at 256.41 mph in his ’14 Camaro with an approximate margin of victory of 6 feet. Lombardo drove to a 5.653 second, 256.75 mph lap for his runner up finish, coming up just short two years in a row at this event.

The West Central division will continue at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa, for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, September 5-7.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Todd Patterson, Augusta, Kan., ’12 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.962, 170.64 def. Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.357, 185.23

SUPER STOCK: Michael Compton, Neosho, Mo., ’92 Camaro, SS/BS, 9.152, 146.72 def. Justin Jenkins, Beatrice, Neb., ’10 Cobalt, GT/CA, 9.764, 131.56

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Larry DeForrest, Ramsey, Minn., ’10 Mustang, D/SA, 10.638, 124.03 def. Duane Dickens, San Clemente, Calif., ’66 Chevy II, K/SA, 11.829, 109.59

SUPER COMP: Tony Brown, Hallsville, Texas, dragster, 8.923, 170.26 def. Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, dragster, 8.905, 160.75

SUPER GAS: Robby Lopez, Irving, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.868, 149.51 def. Trevor Larson, Starbuck, Minn., ’08 Corvette, foul

SUPER STREET: Curt Epperson, Silver Lake, Kan., ’63 Chevy II, 10.906, 141.71 def. Greg Parson, Whitehouse, Texas, ’77 Nova, 10.897, 139.41

TOP DRAGSTER: Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.395, 212.16 def. Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.659, 201.91

TOP SPORTSMAN: Jim White, Haysville, Kan., ’09 Cobalt, 6.834, 179.11 def. Keith Sasich, Bartonville, Texas, ’07 GTO, broke

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., ’05 Kawasaki, 8.678, 144.55 def. Beau Drexler, Lakewood, Colo., ’80 Kawasaki, 8.704, 147.94 (Steve Gruenwald file photo)

Berens wins again and takes Victory NSS points lead

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For the second race in a row, Victory NSS Series veteran and 2012 Champion Russ Berens was the top of the class in Nostalgia Super Stock this past weekend at the World Series of Drag Racing at historic Cordova Raceway.

With 44 vintage Super Stockers entered, this was the largest field for the Victory NSS Series this year.

Wally Krueger began the fourth race of six 2014 events with the points lead, but with a semifinal Round loss to Berens, had to settle for second place afterwards. Berens then defeated 2010 Series Champion Clay Kossuth in the final in front of a packed house of cheering fans. With his win, Berens takes over the lead in the points battle.

Updated Points after Cordova: 1. Russ Berens 317; 2. Wally Krueger 303; 3. Clay Kossuth 225; 4. Jeff Frees 211; 5. Don Bruemmer 199; 6. Rosie Kossuth 178; 7. Tom Hoffman 175; 8. Jim Hagenhoff 162; 9. Mike Volkart 159; 10. Steve Stahlschmidt 156.

The Victory NSS cars roll into St. Louis for their next event on September 13-14. For more information on the Victory Series, go to www.victorynss.com. (Matt Mothershed photo)

Q80 Racing Team adds Jr. Dragster racer Tia Tutterow

TiaTutterow-JrDragsterQ80 Racing Team from Kuwait has added Tia Tutterow to the team for the 2014 PDRA racing season. Tutterow landed her third number-one qualifying spot, with the debut of the new Q80 sponsorship, at the PDRA Under the Lights Drags in Tulsa, Okla.

“I am so proud to be a part of the Q80 Racing Team,” Tutterow said. “I also would like to thank my brother/tuner Ty Tutterow because I couldn’t have gotten the number one qualifiers without him.”

Q80 Racing Team was founded in 2009 by Sheikh Duaij Fahad Al-Sabah. The team competes on international levels across the Middle East and holds various championships in Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.

Lachelt wins Blown Alcohol Thunder Pro Comp championship

Dane and his father Neal reside in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Dane and his father Neal reside in Kelowna, British Columbia.

The first ever Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Pro Comp Racing Series season is already in the books and the very first Champion has been crowned. Dane Lachelt won the series convincingly by winning three events in a row.

Hard charging “Lady Elaine” Sellers in her Nova funny car gave Lachelt a run for his money as she was runner up to him at the same three events he had won.

The Lachelt team clinched the first ever Championship by only having to make one round at the final event held in Spokane during the Jet Car Finals. His big lead made it almost impossible for second place finisher Rich Bailey to catch him. Mike Peck, who was tied for second, chose not to compete at the final race.

Lachelt won the Spokane event over Sellers in a very close final round. Nine cars competed in the final Spokane event. Bailey, Sellers, Peck, and Brent Jones rounded out the top five in points.

Harkema Crowned Queen at Rocky Mountain Raceways’ Summer Send-Off

Katie Harkema, from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, claimed Rocky Mountain Raceways’ Queen of the Send-Off title on Sunday, August 24. Harkema won the most rounds during the Summer Send-Off weekend, making it to the final round in the Electronics class both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to bragging rights, Harkema will take home a set of Hoosier slicks, a drum of Sunoco fuel, and a host of other prizes.

Utah local Tracy Holt (near lane) won Sunday’s Electronics final round against Harkema, posting a 4.660 ET on a 4.65 dial-in over Harkema’s 5.187 on a 5.21 dial. (Chris Drake photo)

Utah local Tracy Holt (near lane) won Sunday’s Electronics final round against Harkema, posting a 4.660 ET on a 4.65 dial-in over Harkema’s 5.187 on a 5.21 dial. (Chris Drake photo)

Dan Lafferty, from Wendell, Idaho, took home the Electronics win on Saturday, besting Harkema in the final round with a 7.504 on a 7.50 dial-in over Harkema’s 8.093 on a 8.10 dial.

Scott Parsons, from Monroe, Utah posted a 10.33 dial-in for Saturday’s Non-Electronics final where he faced off against Magna, Utah resident Dan Pratt. Parsons claimed the win over Pratt with a 10.364 e.t. on the scoreboard at 120.69 mph.

Brothers Jared and Jake Jones went head-to-head in the Top Junior final round. Jared prevailed with an 8.018 ET, beating Jake’s 8.033. on the 8.0 dial-in. Seth Anderson, a recent NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals winner, bested Shante Henderson for the Quick Junior win, running 9.064 on a 9.07 dial.

James Day in the “Pedaler” posted the top speed of Saturday’s first round of Nitro Funny Cars with a 5.920 at 238.53 mph. Dale Van Gundy piloted the “Quarter Pounder” to the second round’s best performance with a 6.029 at 236.46 mph.

Sunday featured eighth-mile drag racing on Rocky Mountain Raceways’ Drag Strip. West Jordan, Utah, resident Jeff Durfey raced his ’08 Kawasaki to victory in the final round of Non-Electronics, posting a 5.897 on a 5.90 dial-in, against Jesse Sanderson’s 7.431 on a 7.46 dial.

NHRA Drag Racing will return to Rocky Mountain Raceways Sept. 26-28 with the Lucas Oil Divisional Racing Series. The event will run in conjunction with RMR’s annual Night of Fire jet car show on Saturday, Sept. 27.

10th Annual HOT ROD Drag Week to travel and race in Midwest for five days

An unprecedented 340 cars (100 more than last year) will race in the biggest event yet when HOT ROD Drag Week™ 2014 starts on September 7.

Competitors will be put to a grueling test over five days of drag racing and more than 1,000 miles covered in the same car, with the same engine, in the search for HOT ROD’s Fastest Street Car in America. Participants will register times at four drag strips. But it’s not just about clocking the lowest elapsed time on the strips; the racers will also have to drive their vehicles on a specified route from city to city. Teams are required to produce photographic evidence that drivers are adhering to the prescribed route.

Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park will be open Sunday, Sept. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tech inspection and test n’ tune.

For the first time ever the Heads-Up Shootout will take place Saturday, Sept. 13. This is a real race, whereas Drag Week™ is essentially time trials. It’s the chance for the little guys to trounce the big guys if they can. Cars will race until a winner is announced.

Racing hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Tulsa Raceway on Friday.

Sept. 8 – Osage Casino Raceway Park, Tulsa, OK; Sept. 9 – Heartland Park, Topeka, KS; Sept. 10 – Thunder Valley Raceway, Noble, OK; Sept. 11 – SRCA Drag Strip, Great Bend, KS; Sept. 12 – Osage Casino Raceway, Tulsa, OK.

Fans can follow the action on Twitter using #dragweek14.

Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School launches Jr. Dragster program

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Legendary North Carolina racer Roy Hill is simultaneously competing in Super Stock and spearheading the launch of a brand-new Jr. Dragster program at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School.

“I’ve never been shy about trying new things, and I’m diving back into Jr. Dragsters head-first. I’ve been involved with Jr. Dragsters since their debut in 1992 and I’ve worked with Bob Tasca IV and the Tasca family on their Jr. Dragsters for the last several years, but this will be a much more extensive program,” Hill said.

“Many graduates of Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School progress into full-size cars, and I’m launching a new program where I purchase their Jr. Dragster and offer them a package to attend the school again, this time to earn their ‘big car’ license. In addition to that, Jr. Dragsters will be a primary focus of Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School going forward and I’ll be selling Jr. Dragsters as well. Working with these youngsters is something I enjoy and I’m really excited about it.”

Hill has teamed up with zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC, to stage a Jr. Dragster exhibition at the upcoming NHRA Carolina Nationals on September 12-14. A field of six Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School Jr. Dragsters will take to the track, with three of the cars raising awareness for children’s charities.

To help manage this new Jr. Dragster program Hill has added Derrick Beach to his staff. Beach is a graduate of the Jr. Dragster division and currently races a Super Comp dragster at NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events.

Engine Challenge splits into dual championship competitions for SEMA and PRI shows

Team Moroso was the 2013 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow champs.  (file photo)

Team Moroso was the 2013 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow champs. (file photo)

The Specialty Equipment Market Association and Performance Racing Industry trade shows are two of the most anticipated events in the automotive industry each year. It is in this arena that high school students from across the nation will face off against the clock and against each other in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge finals.

The Engine Challenge, designed to equip and inspire the next generation of gear heads, is a series of cross-country events in which high school teams compete in complete factory crate engine rebuilds. Each of these students gains valuable mechanical skills and learns to work efficiently under pressure, all in an environment that demands teamwork and precision.

During the ten events held in 2014, over 29 teams completed their rebuild in under 35 minutes, qualifying them for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Championship. In the past five seasons, a single Engine Challenge Championship was held either at the PRI Show or SEMA Show. With the exponential growth of the program, this year Hot Rodders of Tomorrow has expanded their reach in a dual championship format.

Seventeen teams will compete in a semifinal championship during the SEMA Show (Nov. 4-7) and another seventeen teams will compete in a semi-final championship at PRI Show (Dec. 11-13). The top two teams from the SEMA Show and PRI Show will face off starting on Friday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m., and will compete another twp times on Saturday. The team with the best average time will be crowned the 2014 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow National Champion.