Beat The Heat Membership To Include Jr. Dragsters


At the Beat The Heat annual meeting held last November at the Texas Motorplex the membership voted to develop a criteria to allow those Jr. Dragster drivers who have family members in Emergency Services or Law Enforcement to join the organization.

Both Beat The Heat and the NHRA Jr. Dragster programs have a common goal and that is our youth. Illegal Street Racing, Drinking and Driving, Teamwork and Texting and Driving are all primary educational goals of Beat The Heat. The Jr. Dragster program also has a focus on Illegal Street Racing and Teamwork.

Under the new BTH Jr. Dragster program the family member who meets the criteria for membership in Beat The Heat may join. The Jr. driver will also be able to join with half price membership.
The Jr. drivers will share in the responsibility of submitting the required BTH quarterly to include events, expenses and sponsorship information. All Jr. Dragsters must meet all of the NHRA requirements. They will be required to display a BTH logo with a 4-inch minimum on their car adjacent to their NHRA numbers.

Unlike the other members, their vehicles are not required to have emergency vehicle lights or graphics. However, if the agency of employment of the family members allows them to display those graphics, BTH proudly endorses this.

It is the goal of Beat The Heat for this to allow much more interaction between the two organizations. This will also allow the Jr. Dragster BTH members to participate in the BTH events around the country.

Anyone interested should contact the Board Members: Lt. Tom Brown – President at; Lt. Tommy Hansen – Vice President at or Officer Jim Harris – Secretary/Treasurer at

Hill, Tasca in Cobra Jet match race at Rockingham Civil Wars this weekend

Although it has been playing out at Rockingham Dragway for almost two decades, the Roush Yates Performance Products Civil Wars takes on a more legitimate North-South flavor this week (May 1-3) when the quickest and fastest Cobra Jet Mustang from north of the Mason-Dixon takes on its Southern counterpart in a best-of-three match race for high performance bragging rights.

It’s a new element for the 20th renewal of the Spring Civil Wars which features the Ford Fun Series and crowns champions in the ATI Performance Products Pro Tree Doorslammer class, PTRA Pro Tree eliminator, Soles Auto Service Footbrake, Open Comp, 4.70 Outlaw Top Sportsman, Outlaw True Street and the 5.30, 6.0, 7.0 and 6.0-7.0 Combo Index classes.

Carl Tasca Cobra Jet
For the north, it will be Carl Tasca of Cranston, Rhode Island, son of the late Bob Tasca Sr. who is credited with coining the phrase “win on Sunday; sell on Monday,” and uncle of NHRA Funny Car winner Bob Tasca III. His car, the “Miss Giada” 2010 Ford Cobra Jet Mustang is the quickest and fastest of the breed, having covered the quarter mile in 7.579 seconds at 184.7 mph in NHRA Super Stock trim.

Roy HIll Cobra Jet
For the south, it will be “Hillbilly” Roy Hill, IHRA Pro Stock tour winner, IHRA Pro Stock championship winner as car owner, proprietor of Rockingham-based Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School and all-around legend whose Cobra Jet has strong credentials of its own. (photos courtesy Rockingham Raceway)

Mid Atlantic .90 Assn. starts 2015 season with VP as title rights sponsor

MidAtlantic-2-cars.jpgThe Mid Atlantic .90 Association gets its 2015 season underway on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3 at Atco Dragway in Atco, NJ, for the 2nd Annual Spring Kick-Off.

This series features some of the best of the best of Division 1 in Super Comp, Gas & Street. Gates are scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. Friday evening for a track operated Test & Tune. On Saturday and Sunday racing begins at 10 a.m. with the 10.90 Super Street class.

Also on tap that weekend is the high flying East Coast Stock/SS Series and the Atco Bracket Series features the Atco Index series.

VP Racing Fuels in association with Road Runner Racing Fuels out of Mohnton, Pa., have signed an agreement to become the title rights sponsor of the Mid Atlantic .90 Association for the 2015 season. This agreement will allow the series to have guaranteed payouts for the complete 2015 season.

President Rob Keister said, “This series has been growing over the years and I feel this is a huge step for us to take that next step into the future.”

Two compete Pro-Am events this weekend at Memphis

The IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL will host a doubleheader this weekend at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tenn.

MIR will open on Thursday, April 30, for its weekly Test ‘n’ Tune at 3 p.m. Test ‘n’ Tune will run from 6-11 p.m. and the entry fee is $20.

On Friday, May 1, gates will be open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. for parking. Tech will be open 3-9 p.m. Another Test ‘n’ Tune will be held 5-10 p.m. ($40 entry fee). On Saturday, gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and tech will be open from 8 a.m. until after the second time trial/qualifying session is completed.

Eliminations will immediately follow the second time trial session. MIR will host a bracket-racing event after the Summit Pro-Am Tour race has concluded.

Gates will open on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. One time trial session will be held, beginning at 9 a.m. — time and weather permitting – followed by the second Summit Pro-Am Tour race of the weekend.

Mitch Reed doubles up at MIR Stock/SS combo event

MitchReed-MIR-winner.jpgMitch Reed won both ends of the second Hand Power Stock/SS combo doubleheader at Memphis International Raceway on Saturday, April 25, making him the only driver to double up in the Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams.

“It’s hard to believe this is the first time brought this car out,” Reed said after winning his second race of the day. “I hope it keep running like this because I’ve got a race in Bowling Green coming up.”

In the first race, Reed won the finals with a pass of 10.552 seconds at 126.13 mph on a 10.53 index while his opponent Randy Banks broke out with a 10.751 on at 121.70 mph on a 10.76 index. In the nightcap, Reed won right away when his opponent Scotty Duncan left .038 seconds too early and fouled out. Reed’s victory lap was in 16.183 seconds at 55.27 mph on a 10.55 second dial.

Tyler Poindexter came close to pulling a double win in the R.T. Turbines Junior Dragster class. He won the first race over Brianna Moore with a pass of 8.035 at 77.31 on an 8.02 index. She broke out with a 7.898 at 80.39 mph on a 7.91 dial. Poindexter reached the finals of the second race and was shooting for four straight Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams win, but was upended by his brother, Justin, who ran an 8.069 at 77.09 mph. Tyler ran a 8.051 at 79.03 mph on a 8.03 index in the second final.

Other Race 1 results
Super Pro: Stacy Tritch (4.88 dial) 4.99/130.81 def.Brian Anglin (5.95 dial) 5.957/114.73
Footbrake: TJ Tracy (6.37) 6.400/111.67 def. John Castellaw III (6.17) 6.163/110.98
DOT Street: David Elam (11.52) 11.584/108.94 def. Billy Foster Sr. (14.14) 14.202/93.30
Top ET: Rusty Ashmore (10.77) 10.808/124.66 def. Steven Wilson (10.83) 10.819/131.64

Race 2 results
Super Pro: Cody Graham (4.72) .020 RT, 4.742/141.40 def. Michael Hall (4.89) .44 RT, 4.896/138.93
Footbrake: David Ciarloni (6.05) 6.079/109.26 def. Tommy Jackson II (6.22) 6.217/110.19
DOT Street: Billy Foster Sr. (14.26) 14.269/90.97 def. Ron Hull foul
Top ET: Chad Roach (9.90) 9.971/139.66 def. Steven Wilson (10.89) 10.926/136.23

The next Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams event at MIR is Saturday, May 2, alongside the Summit Racing IHRA Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL.

Stock/Super Stock race planned for Canada in June

There is $10,000 to win at the Stock/Super Stock race at the NHRA Northeast National Open in June. This event, going into the fifth year, is on the weekend of June 20-21 near Montreal, Quebec, at Napierville Dragway.

As Derek Goldthorp tells us, “This is an old school, racer friendly track. Summer weather, S & SS racing, cold Canadian beer and hot girls — what could be better?”

‘Spring Fling Million’ added to 2016 Las Vegas event

Spring Fling co-promoters Kyle Seipel and Peter Biondo are looking to gamble in Las Vegas by raising the level of excitement of the K&N Spring Fling Vegas.

Enter the Spring Fling Million, coming to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in April 2016. While the majority of the event will stay true to the current Spring Fling Vegas event, the Saturday portion will be paying the winner life-changing money.

“The Spring Fling Million will be very similar to what we do now at our Spring Fling Vegas,” says Biondo, “but with purse increases in both Pro and Super Pro. The Pro class will pay $5,000 to win on Thursday, $10K Friday and $10K Sunday for a total package entry fee of $450.

“Super Pro will pay $10K Thursday, $20K Friday and $20K Sunday with a total package entry fee of $575,” Biondo continued. “But the level of intensity and excitement will ramp up on Saturday with our Spring Fling Million main event.”

The Saturday Spring Fling Million event will have a stand-alone Saturday entry fee and payout (to be released soon) that guarantees $100,000 to the winner and $50,000 to the runner up with $1,000 round money starting with third-round winners.

“This $200,000 purse is 100% Guaranteed, even if we get a low car count,” said Seipel. “But the beauty of this is that as the car count goes up, so does the winner’s purse. Peter and I believe it has the realistic potential to pay $250,000 to $400,000 to the winner with the car counts we draw and if racers flock to the ‘Fling like they have been known to do, we can be the first ever drag race to pay One Million Dollars to the winner!”

Biondo and Seipel will release more details of this event soon at

Richmond Pro-Am finishes up on Monday

IHRA Summit Racing Pro-Am Tour Presented By AMSOIL competitors patiently waited out the bad weather at Richmond Dragway in Sandston, Va., in order to complete one race of a weekend doubleheader on Monday, April 20. Competitors raced to the eighth mile.

Anthony Walton of Jacksonville, NC, cut a perfect light — .0000 reaction time – to defeat Thomas Fletcher of upstate New York in the Stock final.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Terry Logan (Richmond, VA) 4.70 Dial .0281 RT 4.7164 ET 147.44 mph def. Todd Atkinson (Mechanicsville, Virginia) 4.78 .0316 4.8096 143.59
TOP DRAGSTER: Wyatt Colbert (Mechanicsville, VA) 4.84 .0253 4.8768 134.77 def. Jack Trussell (Sumerduck, VA) 4.52 5.984 4.8973 128.53
SUPER STOCK: Jim Reynolds (Raleigh, NC) 5.45 -.0678 5.4587 126.72 mph def. Jake Sealey (Aiken, SC) 6.96 -.0117 6.9651 93.89
STOCK: Anthony Walton (Jacksonville, NC) 6.89 .0000 6.9028 93.89 def. Thomas Fletcher (Churchville, NY) 6.51 .0363 6.4856 103.93
QUICK ROD: William Pitz (East Amherst, NY) 5.70 .0299 5.6942 133.41 def. Mitchell Harkey (China Grove, NC) 5.70 .0120 5.6914 135.66
SUPER ROD: Dale Koncen (Chaptico, MD) 6.40 .0138 6.3856 126.65 def. Gerald Pierce (Mechanicsville, MD) 6.40 .0184 6.3722 125.21
HOT ROD:: Chris Webb (Four Oaks, NC) 7.00 .0159 6.9994 99.58 def. David Meador (Mechanicsville, MD) 7.90 -.0128 (foul) 7.9237 82.10
JR. DRAGSTER: Chad Logan (Nokesville, VA) 7.90 .0160 7.9376 82.39 def. Allison Lloyd (Doswell, VA) 7.90 -.0128 (foul) 7.9327 82.10

NMCA racer breaks record at Georgia’s House of Speed

The 2015 Borla Exhaust NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, presented by Miller Welders was at Atlanta Dragway on April 9-12. Records were set, champions fell, and the heads-up and index racing action was intense at the second stop of the NMCA Flowmaster Drag Racing Series.

Nitrous Pro Street racer Joe Bucaro had his freshly painted Mustang set on kill, and posted the fastest qualifying time at 7.24 at 188 mph. The top four qualifiers were only separated by 2½ tenths, and in the final, Bucaro sealed the class record with a 7.26 at 188 mph to back up his previous ET. He also took the final-round win over a tough Andy Vogt who had problems off the line.

Nitrous Pro Street racer Joe Bucaro had his freshly painted Mustang set on kill, and posted the fastest qualifying time at 7.24 at 188 mph. The top four qualifiers were only separated by 2½ tenths, and in the final, Bucaro sealed the class record with a 7.26 at 188 mph to back up his previous ET. He also took the final-round win over a tough Andy Vogt who had problems off the line.

Pro Mod: Michael Biehle II, 6.02, 250 mph def. Tom Dwyer, 6.48, 231.
Radial Wars: Frank Mewshaw, 4.49, 185 def. Keith Berry, 4.53, 179.
Street Outlaw: Dan Saitz unopposed
Xtreme Street: Dave Hutnick, 7.70, 179 def. Tony Alm (red-light)
NA 10.5: Leonard Long def. Mike DeMayo (-.155)
Chevrolet Performance Stock: Glenn Pushis 10.62, 124 def. Ronnie Hackelton, 10.81, 125.
Top Sportsman: Casey Spradlin, 7.04 on a 7.01, def. James Noel, 7.67 on a 7.64.
Super Stock: T.D. Holland, 10.000 on 10.50, def. Dave Duell, 9.503 on 9.500.
Nostalgia Muscle Car: Andy Warren, 10.54 on 10.50, def. Gerry Vizzo, 11.48 on 11.50.
Open Comp: Chuck Hockenberry, 10.32 on 10.13, def. Mike VanHoose, 10.49 on 10.26.
True Street winners: Kurt Weifel (10 sec.), James Barlow (11 sec.), Alan Hill (12 sec.), Jeramy Montrose (14 sec.), David Robinson (15 sec.)
Bracket 1: Joe Rampley, 5.252 (.008) on 5.25 def. Don Brown 4.92 (.015) on 4.90
Bracket 2: David Simmons def. Austin Smith (broke out)
Bracket 3: Kurt Weifel 12.10 (.029) on 12.00 def. Alan Hill 12.08 (.067) on 12.00. (NMCA photos)

Robinson readies almost new car for Quick 32 competition

BS_BobRobinson-38Chevy-rear-Quick32Bob Robinson may not be driving a new car in this year’s Quick 32 Sportsman Series, but just about everything has been changed and updated on the 1938 Chevy Top Sportsman car, including the body.

“We have changed a lot,” said Robinson, who drives the Everitt Racing entry. “Basically we have changed the whole car.”

After debuting the car two years ago, the team has spent most of the off-season modifying the car, including a new 498-cubic inch all-aluminum Chevy engine with a Pro-Charger setup and alcohol injection. This combination has replaced the 632-cubic inch carburetor/nitrous system and Robinson said he is hoping for a quicker ride down the track.

Along with mechanical changes, the Chevy has received a new paint job, including major changes to the front of the car, such as better sight-lines for the driver and an enhanced appearance.
Tyler Kawalez will stay on as crew chief for the team in 2015, while Jeff Shiell and Dean Wilson will also be a part of the team.

Robinson said it has taken some time to get down the track over the past two years, but feels that obstacle has been accomplished, and now he wants to concentrate on getting down the track quicker. The car recorded times in the mid-seven-second range at speeds of up to 185 mph last year.

“It took a while, but we got the car to go straight down the track,” he said. “By the end of the year the car was happy, and with this step-up hopefully we can get into the sixes. We are keeping our fingers crossed.”

The 2015 season for the Quick 32 series begins May 15 at Grand Bend, Ontario. (Brennan Shortall/ photo)