Tulsa holds double event on Nov. 1 to end season

Mater, the jet tow truck, will make its first appearance in Oklahoma on Saturday.

Mater, the jet tow truck, will make its first appearance in Oklahoma on Saturday.

The last race of the 2014 season at Tulsa Raceway Park (www.tulsaracewaypark.com) will have two races in one on Saturday, Nov. 1 — the Sonic Rush Tour along with the Radial Revenge Tour final rounds.

The Radial drag cars will run all day for over $35,000 in purse money. Sonic Rush rounds will be at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

In addition to racing, there will be a costume contest for parents and kids, and the kids will be trick or treating at the trailer decorated for Halloween.

Cottrell sweeps the California Hot Rod Reunion

TM_BobbyCottrell-3-wins-trophiesMany racers put in extra effort to obtain wins at race events throughout a season. Very few if any can claim the level of success that Bobby Cottrell obtained at this year’s California Hot Rod Reunion. Cottrell drove two cars in two classes, the 7.0 Pro dragster of the Turk Brothers and the Archibald Racing A/Fuel dragster, as well as tuning his own 7.0 Pro dragster with Jesse Adams handling the driving duties.

If being involved in three cars wasn’t enough, Cottrell pulled off the amazing feat of winning the event in A/Fuel and winning the “A” field in 7.0 Pro — and then his dragster driven by Adams won the “B” field of 7.0 Pro. His win in 7.0 Pro also clinched back-to-back season championships in 7.0 Pro by a mere 3 points.

TM_BobbyCottrell-Afuel-dragsterA/FUEL: Bobby Cottrell, N & P, 6.355, 216.06 def. Bill Wayne, Uyehara, broke.

TM_7.0-final-EilyStafford_BobbyCottrell7.0 PRO: Bobby Cottrell (far lane), 7.033, 179.18 def. Eily Stafford, Hansen, 6.994, 194.80.

TM_7.0-B-final-JoeySteckler_JesseAdams7.0 PRO B: Jesse Adams (far lane), Dragster, 7.046, 180.38 def. Joey Steckler, Corvette, 7.094, 199.85. (Tim Marshall photos)

Maple Grove ends season with Race 4 Ronald’s House, raises almost $9K

Local drag racers once again gave back to their community when they competed in the second Race 4 Ronald’s House charity event of 2014 at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. All proceeds from the entry fees were donated to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Drivers and riders raced for trophies, plaques and gift cards.

A total of 179 racers competed and close to $9,000 was raised for Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia (http://www.philarmh.org/). The race was contested on a 1/8-mile track.

“Today definitely was one of the most successful Race 4 Ronald’s House events,” said organizer Denny Parisan. “It was the seventh Race 4 Ronald’s House and we raised close to $9,000. It made me happy to see we had so many people — not only beginners but also seasoned drivers — come out and join the fun, all for a trophy.”

Many local businesses provided gift cards to be used as prizes for the participants. David Dissinger, Director of Speed Shops for Pep Boys Auto Parts Stores, donated $1,000 to the event. Shawn Brobst, MGR’s Director of Retail Operations, donated 10 percent of the proceeds from the Sunday food, beverage and souvenir sales.

The event originally was scheduled for Aug. 24 but was postponed to Oct. 26 due to rain. The event marked the final race of the 2014 season at MGR.

RM1 (Novices): Shannon Cain (Blacksburg, Va.) Infiniti G37X, .289 9.00 9.104 sec./71.81 mph def. Brian Osborne (West Chester, Pa.) 2012 Ford F-150, .382 9.50 9.644 sec./73.32 mph.

RM2 (Experienced): Jeff Burnley (Palm, Pa.) 1979 Chevrolet Malibu, .015 7.39 7.424/89.71 def. John Grater (Zieglerville, Pa.) 1970 Ford Torino, .090 7.36 7.370/95.67.

JohnBisci-photo_BobOrmsbee-MapleGrove-Gamblers-winnerGambler Race: Bob Ormsbee (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1967 Camaro, .037 6.98 7.004/95.25 def. John Grater (Zieglerville, Pa.) 1970 Ford Torino, .100 7.36 7.377/95.64. (John Bisci photo)

NHRA Supports Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge at SEMA Show

HotRoddersofTomorrowThe National Hot Rod Association is supporting the next generation of auto experts through the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow. The NHRA has donated its table at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show Banquet to the top two teams competing in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge at SEMA. The SEMA Show will be held Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas.

“So many of the participants in our Engine Challenges hope to one day be employed by teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, so this is a big deal to these kids,” said Rodney Bingham, president of Hot Rodder of Tomorrow. “It makes the whole experience of coming to Las Vegas even more fun.”

Along with seats at the SEMA Show Banquet, NHRA is awarding the top two teams tickets to an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event that’s closest to their school.

Aussie Cannuli to drive final two NHRA events for Kon Rodz Racing TAFC

JohnCannuli-headNHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Team Kon Rodz Racing has reached a two-race deal with veteran ANDRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver John Cannuli. Cannuli, currently third in point’s standings in the ANDRA Series in Australia will drive for Kon Rodz at the Vegas and Pomona rounds. Cannuli is the brother-in-law of Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker.

Kon Rodz Racing’s full time driver, Sean Bellemeur, had previously agreed to drive his family’s Funny Car for the Vegas and Pomona rounds.

“I got to sit down with Spiro and Stefan Kontos in Indy and we discussed the possibilities,” Cannuli said. “It has been a dream of mine to compete in the United States and I am very confident in the operation Spiro [Kontos, team owner] has put together with Stefan. I look forward to representing Australia as I make my American debut with Kon Rodz and hope to contend for round wins. They have a great team leader in Randy Anderson and I am confident we can do well. The ultimate goal is to qualify well and consistently go down the track.”

Spiro Kontos said, “We’re working through a bad luck streak as of recent, however our team has now relocated to Glendale, Ariz., and now that the car is constantly being worked on, I am confident that we can represent Australia well with John and go some rounds to conclude the season. I am excited to see what the future holds and we may see John driving at more NHRA races in 2015.”

Fickler returns to Aeromotive

KyleFickler-headKyle Fickler has been appointed as the new Director of Business Development for Aeromotive Inc. Fickler will oversee all Sales Reps, Product Training and OE Business.

“We are excited to welcome Kyle back to our team,” says Aeromotive Founder and President, Steve Matusek. “I have known Kyle for quite some time and have a great deal of respect for him. We are looking for him to have a positive impact on our business and help us continue to mature as a company.”

Fickler was employed at Aeromotive Inc. for 8 years prior to leaving to serve as VP of Sales at Weld Racing, a position he held for 6 years. Fickler currently sits on the SEMA Board of Directors after serving as the Chairman of the SEMA Motorsports Parts Manufacturer Council (MPMC). He also serves on the NHRA Performance Aftermarket Advisory Council (PAAC).

Fickler is an active NHRA Super Comp racer as well.

Rosa takes $10K win at Maple Grove’s Footbrake Nationals

JohnBisci-photo_MikeRosa-RichPanicaroMike Rosa (near lane) of Wolcott, Conn., defeated Rich Panicaro of Mercerville, NJ, in the final round of eliminations in the Oct. 18th $10,000-to-win Footbrake Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Panicaro red lit on the starting line, handing the win to Rosa.

“I’ve never raced for this much money before,” said Rosa, whose home track is Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, NY, “and I’ve never won this much money before.”

More than 220 cars were entered in the one-day event. (John Bisci photo)

Halloweird & Fun Day Results

Saturday, Oct. 25, at Cordova Dragway Park
Trophy: Steve Pifkin, Port Byron, IL, Daytona, .083 RT, 11.20 dial, 11.183, 117.84 def. Greg Weets, Fulton, IL, 2000 Dakota, .02/8, 15.40, 15.376, 88.42

Gamblers: Jeff Freeman Jr, Davenport, IA, 69 Barracuda, .014, 13.56, 13.614, 95.94 def. Jeff Freeman Sr, Colona, IL, Mopar, .088, 9.98, 9.998, 131.99

Junior All-Run: Makenzie Lieferman, Blue Grass, IA, .141, 7.91, 7.969, 80.67 def. Adam Jakupcak, Streator, IL, .080, 10.80, 10.663, 60.38

Street Series Champs crowned at Australia’s Willowbank Raceway

Willowbank Raceway has crowned its Street Series Track Champions for 2014.

BelindaBrockhurst-PowerPuffBelinda Brockhurst was the first to hoist a Track Championship trophy, taking the Powder Puff victory over runner-up Deb Mackay on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

“This was my first time in the top eight, so to take out my first Street Series title is pretty great, I am very happy, it is still sinking in!” said Brockhurst.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the shootout began for Street Sedan and Street Bike, with Josh Fletcher taking the honors in Street Sedan from runner-up Ray Ross while Ken Rice took the win in Street Bike from runner-up Craig Bates.

JoshFletcher-StreetSedanFor Fletcher, the weekend’s results represent his fifth Street Series title and his third consecutive Street Series title – furthering his standing as the most successful Street Series competitor to date.

KenRice-StreetBikeFor 58-year-old Rice, the Street Bike title comes in his very first season in the Series.

“To get the win in my first season of racing the Street Bike series is just a great feeling,” said Rice. “It was really great having two Harleys in the final – Craig Banks is a great guy, and it was also his first year of racing. I would have been nearly as happy for him to have won it…nearly.”

With the Street Series now run and won for 2014, attention will turn to the final round for the 2014 Queensland Drag Racing Championship (QDRC), which will hit Willowbank Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 15, hosting the SuperComp, Comp Bike, Outlaws, Modified, Super Sedan, Super Street, Modified Bike, Junior Dragster and Super Gas brackets. (photos by dragphotos.com.au)