Cummings repeats Stock win in Louisiana

Louisiana racers were the ones highlighting the winners circle this past weekend at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Thunder Road Raceway Park, and one Louisiana racer was able to continue their winning streak in Stock Eliminator.

Slate Cummings, Ponchatoula, La., worked his way through the field and ran 10.300 seconds at 116.06 mph in his final round victory in Stock Eliminator over Jimmy Hidalgo, Donaldsonville, La., who clocked in at 11.165 seconds, 106.94 mph.

Cummings is repeating his win in Stock Eliminator where he took home two Wally’s at the last divisional event at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park where he also took home the win in Super Stock.

Another Louisiana racer taking the win was Jackson Collier, West Monroe, La., in Super Comp. Collier faced off against Craig Anderson, Waxahachie, Texas, and posted a winning run of 8.909 seconds at 178.07 mph. Collier had the starting line advantage and was able to hold off Anderson to take the win.

South Central Division racers head to Thunder Valley Raceway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, October 3-5.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Joey Tanksley, Greenwell Springs, La., dragster, A/D, 6.376, 210.80 def. David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., ’32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.248, 169.17.

SUPER STOCK: Mike Cotton (shown), Cave Creek, Ariz., '70 Barracuda, SS/IA, 9.927, 124.79 def. Dale Hulquist, Crosby, Texas, '98 Grand Am, GT/HA, 10.414, 129.62. (James Drew file photo)

SUPER STOCK: Mike Cotton (shown), Cave Creek, Ariz., ’70 Barracuda, SS/IA, 9.927, 124.79 def. Dale Hulquist, Crosby, Texas, ’98 Grand Am, GT/HA, 10.414, 129.62. (James Drew file photo)

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Slate Cummings, Hammond, La., ’00 Corvette, B/SA, 10.300, 116.06 def. Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Donaldsonville, La., ’04 GTO, F/SA, 11.165, 106.94.

SUPER COMP: Jackson Collier, W. Monroe, La., dragster, 8.909, 178.07 def. Craig Anderson, Waxahachie, Texas, dragster, 8.906, 170.86.

SUPER GAS: Ross Laris, Raceland, La., ’08 Corvette, 9.914, 157.65 def. Robby Lopez, grand Prarie, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.881, 146.75.

SUPER STREET: Val Harmon, Luling, La., ’67 Chevy II, 10.900, 143.02 def. Clint Parker, Gilmer, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 10.895, 140.80.

TOP DRAGSTER: Mike Weaver, Highlands, Texas, dragster, 6.880, 196.22 def. Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.356, 213.33.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Daniel Leibham, Tomball, Texas, ’01 Camaro, 6.982, 188.62 def. Mario Boesch, Kenner, La., ’03 Grand Am, 6.964, 193.13.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Frederick Quiett, Baton Rouge, La., ’83 Suzuki, 8.801, 124.24 def. Eddie Glaze, Missouri City, Texas, ’10 Suzuki, foul.

Kil-Kare Dragway wins sixth team championship

Kil-Kare Dragway won their first Team Championship since 2001 and sixth overall in the NHRA North Central Division Summit Racing Series. Four individual champions were crowned as well at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

In the Pro final, Steve Collier of Huber Heights, Ohio, drove his ’88 Chevy S-10 to the winners circle with a pass of 6.521 seconds at 97.84 mph to defeat fellow Huber Heights resident Michael Roberts. Ted Lipka from O’Fallon, Mo., took home the Sportsman title with his winning 12.102-second, 111.16-mph run to defeat Steve Collier, Xenia, Ohio. Although on the same team and residing in the same state, there were two racers named Steve Collier going rounds on Sunday.

Rossford, Ohio, resident Tim Buckley used a great reaction time and a 4.750-second, 144.23-mph pass to defeat Dick Cochran, Sunbury, Ohio, by approximately two feet at the finish in the Super Pro final.

The four winners will advance to the Summit Racing Series National Championship in November at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona where they will meet up with the winners from the six other NHRA divisions.

In the Race of Champions competition it was Dick Cochran, Sunbury, Ohio, taking the win in Super Pro over Jeff Hura, Wakeman, Ohio; James Gibbs, Mooresville, Ind., defeated Brian Hurst, Milan, Ohio, in Pro; Austin Tewell, Evansville, Ind., won the Sportsman trophy over Brian Toombs, Delaware, Ohio; and Rick McWaters, Bucyrus, Ohio, won the Super Pro Bike victory over Bob Foster Jr., Lansing, Ill.

SUPER PRO BIKE: Bruce Damewood, Clinton, Iowa,’83 Suzuki, 8.804, 146.91 def. Rick McWaters, Bucyrus, Ohio,’83 Suzuki, 9.024, 144.40

HIGH SCHOOL: Dustin Eveland, Zanesville, Ohio, ’85 S-10, 12.182, 103.85 def. Danny Ratulowski, Highland, Ill.,’01 Camaro SS, 13.321, 103.62

Kil-Kare Dragway 52
Summit Motorsports Park 49
Byron Dragway 47
Gateway Motorsports Park 42
Pacemakers Dragway Park 41
Lucas Oil Raceway At Indpls 37
Bunker Hill Dragstrip 36
Ohio Valley Dragway 34
Milan Dragway 34
Muncie Dragway 32
Tri-State Dragway 32
Route 66 Raceway 28
Beech Bend Raceway Park 27
Mid-Michigan Motorplex 24
National Trail Raceway 22
Crossroads Dragway 21
Beacon Dragway 20
Lyons Raceway Park 18
Coles County Dragway USA 18
Edgewater Sports Park 18

Street Machine Nationals set for Springfield, MO, on Sept. 27-28

Thousands of street machines, hot rods, muscle cars, and two-wheel drive trucks are expected in Springfield, Mo., for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fall Street Machine Nationals. Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant Ave.

Save by purchasing tickets in advance at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts locations and online at Street machines owners still have time to register online to be part of the show.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the gate and children under 10 are admitted with a paid adult. A two-day pass is $20.

Brand new this year, two stars of the reality series “Street Outlaws” will appear Sept. 27 for photos and autographs. “Farmtruck” (a.k.a. Sean Whitley) and “AZN” (a.k.a. Jeff Bennett) are street racers on the show known for their ’70 Chevy long bed truck with rusty paint, a camper shell, dents, and a “ZZZZZ” license plate. The truck will also be at the event.

Jr. Dragster drivers to make history at Maple Grove NHRA national event

Local racers will get their day in the sun at the Oct. 2-5 NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., in the forms of all-out competition, exhibition runs and car displays.

In the all-out competition category, local bracket racers who participated in MGR’s Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series will face each other in the 2014 Money Trail Shootout on Saturday and Sunday of the NHRA Nationals. The grand prize will be a deluxe golf cart and the runner-up will receive a big-screen television.

First-round pairings in the Money Trail Shootout are: Brock Moshier vs. Marty Flegal and Derrick Fox vs. Gary Sassaman (Super Pro); Todd Thoman vs. Dennis Kessler and Paul Thimm vs. Paul Werner (Pro); Dave Raser vs. Bob Ormsbee and Elise Renninger vs. Lee Ann Ormsbee (Street); Bruce Gockley vs. Danny Boyer and Wayne Pyfrom vs. Austin Youndt (Top Bike).
Drag racing’s stars of tomorrow also will participate in the annual Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

For the first time ever at an NHRA national event, two racers in the new NHRA Jr. Street class will make an exhibition run at Maple Grove Raceway. The two novices for this inaugural trip down the track are Jake Karol of Mohnton, Pa., and Robert Weidenhammer of Reading, Pa.

The top six drivers in the 2014 U.T.I. Jr. Dragster point standings will display their cars on the NHRA midway and also race each other on Saturday and Sunday before the biggest drag racing audience assembled in the Northeast. Drivers will include: 2014 champion C.J. Ketterer, Jeremy Ketterer, Elizabeth Pyles, 2013 champion Vincent Branca, Jessie Rothenberger and Kyle Robb.

Bandimere takes NHRA West Central Team Championship

It was the home team from Colorado’s Bandimere Speedway that won the Team Championship in the NHRA West Central Division Summit Racing Series, while four individual champions were crowned as well.

Dustin Moore and Beau Drexler helped secure the championship for Bandimere safely ahead of last year’s winner, Kansas International Dragway. Moore, Commerce City, Colo., worked his way through the field and grabbed the Pro E.T. title with a winning pass of 10.673 seconds at 125.44 mph over Chris Gray of Wichita, Kan. Drexler, from nearly Lakewood, Colo., won the Super Pro Bike championship on his ’80 Kawasaki by approximately fourteen inches over David Primrose, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In Super Pro, J.R. Lobner of Gardner, Kan., drove his ’05 Mullis dragster to an 8.194-second, 155.94-mph pass to defeat Joe Kenealy, Neola, Iowa. Also making it to the winners circle and taking the Sportsman title was Dave Rose, Cheyenne of Wyo., in his ’77 Oldsmobile Omega. He was better at both ends of the track to defeat local resident Allan Ray, Littleton, Colo., by roughly 6 feet.

The four winners will advance to the Summit Racing Series National Championship in November at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona where they will meet up with the winners from the six other NHRA divisions.

In the Race of Champions competition Todd Piper, Wamego, Kan., took the win in Super Pro over Jerry Hook, Wichita, Kan.; Chuck Roycraft, Minnetonka, Minn., defeated Bill Haddon, Pueblo West, Colo., in Pro; Kyle Tripp, Golden, Colo., raised the Sportsman trophy over Alix Risse, Waterloo, Iowa; and Curtis Spracklin, Omaha, Neb., used a .002 reaction time to secure the Super Pro Bike victory over David Primrose, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

SPORTSMAN: Dave Rose, Cheyenne, Wyo., ’77 Omega, 12.910, 103.52 def. Allan Ray, Littleton, Colo., ’93 Camaro, 14.766, 93.58.

HIGH SCHOOL: Troy Keys, Pueblo, Colo., ’72 Nova, 12.725, 100.96 def. Wyatt Nelson, Boelus, Neb., ’73 Mustang, 15.771, 88.88.

1. Bandimere Speedway 72
2. Kansas Int’l Dragway 41
3. Brainerd Int’l Raceway 39
4. SRCA Dragstrip 35
5. Heartland Park Topeka 35
6. Rolling Thunder Dragstrip 34
7. Pueblo Motorsports Park 34
8. Kearney Raceway 26
9. Douglas Motorsports Park 26
10. Julesburg Dragstrip 24
11. Tri-State Raceway 18
12. Rock Falls Raceway 14
13. Top End Dragway 14
14. Grove Creek Raceway 8
15. Oahe Speedway 4

‘Search for a Champion’ racing sponsorship contest returns this fall

The Champion® Spark Plug brand is once again stepping forward to support grassroots racers through the popular $125,000 “Search for a Champion” contest, which will fund 15 sponsorships available to racers in virtually every form of engine-driven competition.

Racers can enter the contest beginning Nov. 3, 2014, by submitting a 2-minute video profile. Champion spark plugs, filters and chemical additives are distributed by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

The Search for a Champion contest will offer 15 $5,000 Champion racing sponsorships and one $50,000 grand-prize sponsorship to grassroots racers whose entry videos best demonstrate their commitment to winning with the help of “Performance Driven™” Champion spark plugs. For the third straight year, Federal-Mogul Motorparts and the Champion brand will also award free Champion “swag” bags, complete with a contest decal and Champion hat and t-shirt, to the first 250 entrants.

The contest is open to racers in three broad categories – Asphalt, Dirt and Water/Snow – with winners selected based in part on votes cast by members of the Web-based Champion community. Last year’s contest established new records for number of video entries (392) and consumer votes (more than 243,000).

Video entries must be submitted to the website between Nov. 3, 2014, and Jan. 4, 2015. The Champion community will vote for 15 finalists between January 6 and February 3, 2015. Voting for the $50,000 Search for a Champion grand prize will take place February 24 through March 24, 2015.

Foley returns to drive A/Fuel dragster at zMax

DougFoley-headFormer Top Fuel driver Doug Foley will be back behind the wheel of an A/Fuel dragster as the NHRA Mello Yello Series tour returns to his backyard for the Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, Sept. 12-14. Foley, who reached the final round at the 2012 Four-Wide Nationals, will drive Anthony Dicero’s A/Fueler with backing from Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience (

Formerly Doug Foley’s Drag Racing School, Pure Speed is continuing to change and expand after a thorough rebranding last fall. Pure Speed’s fleet of race cars is also growing to accommodate larger events and additional locations across the country. A competition-driven Muscle Car experience was recently launched with an outstanding response.

“Our customers have been looking for a side-by-side racing experience to feed their competitive side. We felt that wasn’t possible with beginners driving our ten-second dragsters, so we came up with this Muscle Car program. Drivers will race customized new-era Camaros through ‘qualifying’ and eliminations with the winner receiving a prize. We debuted the Muscle Car program during corporate events this summer. The program will be available to retail customers starting in Las Vegas this October,” Foley noted.

The drag racing experience will debut a brand-new third Ride-Along dragster at the Carolina Nationals, allowing customers to ride along with a licensed Pure Speed driver on a 9-second, 145-mph pass down the quarter mile.

Additionally, the North Carolina-based company will move their operation to the west during the fall and winter months to serve customers in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Fontana, Calif. The experience will be based in Las Vegas with a new operations office.

NHRA North Central Division Summit Racing Series set for Indianapolis

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis will host the 38TH Annual NHRA Summit Racing Series North Central Division Finals on September 12-14.

The event will feature teams of the series’ best racers representing NHRA Member Tracks from across the region. Top points earning drivers in five classes will be on hand to compete for team and individual honors. Nearly 800 drivers are expected to compete in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, Super Pro Bike, and High School categories. Racers in the High School class will run for trophies while the others will compete
for cash awards of more than $70,000.

Friday’s action will also feature the VP Racing Fuels Race of Champions, starting at 3 p.m., where the best of the best in Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Super Pro Bike will compete for top honors.

Sunday’s winners will move on to compete for a national championship at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Pomona, Calif., in November. They will run against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions for more than $100,000 in prize money.

Everitt wins final race, Schmid wins Quick 32 Sportsman Series championship

The final event of the 2014 Quick 32 Sportsman Series, held at the Grand Bend Motorplex, resulted in a first-time event winner and a first-time series champion.

Mike Everitt won the race and Jon Schmid won the Championship Point Award Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

BS_MikeEveritt-Quick32-TopDragsterFor Top Dragster driver Everitt, of Stratford, Ontario, it was an eventful weekend. The team struggled with mechanical issues throughout the weekend, but the group pulled together to win their first event.
“We had some issues,” said Everitt after the race. “All weekend we had nitrous problems and then rewired the whole car after the second qualifier. We ran the last passes with all motor but consistency and luck played a bit part in our win.”

Powered by a 632-cubic inch engine, the Spitzer Enterprises dragster qualified 11th with a 6.798 at 192.71. Everitt, who has raced for 10 years, eliminated Melanie Simmons Salemi of Orillia, Ont., Tony Positano of Toronto, and James Litchy of Linwood, Ont., to meet up with Sam Christian of Amherst, NY, in the final.

Although Christian cut a better light, Everitt was able to power to a win with a 6.776, 198.36 over Christian’s 6.866, 183.03. Along with Litchy, Jim Rubino of Buffalo was the other semi-finalist in Top Dragster.

Everitt met up with Top Sportsman finalist Jon Schmid for the event final, and although Schmid was eliminated in that race, the Orchard Park, NY, racer won the Quick 32 Sportsman Series championship for 2014.
The final saw Everitt get a jump at the lights on Schmid, driving to a 6.830, 189.79 pass over Schmid’s 7.166, 189.31.

BS_JohnSchmid-Quick32-TopSportsman“We had a lot of luck,” noted the 2006 Pontiac GTO driver of his rookie year in the series, and only his second season with the car. “But we picked it up pretty quick, and consistency played a big role.”

The GTO is powered by a 762-cubic inch Chevy engine which sits inside the Jerry Haas Race Cars chassis.

Schmid qualified ninth in the field, paced by two-time series winner Kevin Wicke of Stratford, Ont., with a 6.836 at 200.44 mph. Schmid took out Wes Goddard of Guelph, Ont., Ben Greevers of Paris, Ont., and Dan Flanigan of Buffalo to meet up with Wicke in the final.
Although Wicke nailed the tree with a .001 reaction time, he broke out at the stripe, giving the win to Schmid won posted a 7.143, 190.59 over Wicke’s 6.869, 193.88.

Schmid finished in first with 927 points, followed by Top Dragster drivers Positano with 853, Everitt with 826, Glen Vardy of Burlington, Ontario with 798, and Christian with 784. (Brennan Shortall / photos)

Cultrera Returns to Raceway Park’s Winners Circle

The NHRA Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series wrapped up their 2014 season at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park with nine drivers taking home wins.

Kyle Cultrera of Eliot, Maine, drove his ’32 Bantam to the Comp Eliminator win with a 9.116 second, 121.64 mph pass defeating Joe Carnasciale of Cranston, R.I., who fouled at the line. This marks his second event victory in consecutive years at historic E-town.

COMP ELIMINATOR: Kyle Cultrera, Eliot, Maine, ’32 Bantam, H/EA, 9.116, 121.64 def. Joe Carnasciale, Cranston, R.I., ’06 Cavalier, I/SMA, foul.

SUPER STOCK: Mike Giuliano, Wantagh, N.Y., ’06 Grand Am, SS/CM, 9.035, 139.11 def. Peter Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., ’98 Firebird, GT/CA, 9.592, 141.77.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Todd Hoven, Milltown, N.J., ’68 Firebird, D/SA, 10.721, 122.54 def. Donald Pires, Somerset, Mass., ’72 Nova, H/SA, 11.461, 110.57.

SUPER COMP: Richard Biebel, Succasunna, N.J., dragster, 8.943, 169.78 def. Steve Martel, Schaefferstown, Pa., dragster, 8.841, 152.04.

SUPER GAS: Mike Sawyer, Leominster, Mass., ’03 Cavalier, 9.912, 157.28 def. Earl Nichols, Wilmington, Del., ’78 Corvette, 9.884, 162.12.

SUPER STREET: Tom Hill, Huntington, N.Y., ’56 Bel Air, 10.934, 131.11 def. Cory Prindall, Turner, Maine, ’83 Camaro, 10.934, 130.94.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Michael Cerro, Mineola, N.Y., ’63 Corvette, 7.012, 192.00 def. Dennis Gaboriault, Millbury, Mass., ’07 Mustang, 6.891, 202.48.

TOP DRAGSTER: Kenneth Moses, Colonia, N.J., dragster, 6.890, 191.87 def. Rick Bell, Merrimack, N.H., dragster, 7.023, 190.78.

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE: Mark Wakem, Poland, Maine, ’14 Arctic Cat, 8.239, 155.40 def. Tina Duncanson, Acton, Ont., ’12 Ski-Doo, 8.228, 156.37.