Dates set for 2016 K&N Spring Fling 5-Day event

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This year’s Day 3 winner.

With the stage set for the K&N Spring Fling Million scheduled for April 12-16 next year in Las Vegas, the next big event on the Spring Fling brand of races will be held at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, with the dates now set for May 17-21, 2016.

“The Spring Fling 5-Day was our first attempt at race promoting back in 2010,” says co-promoter Kyle Seipel along with Peter Biondo, “and it’s been very well received by a lot of racers, all of whom have become more than just customers to us, they are all our friends. Even though we have expanded the series to Las Vegas for the past four years, Bristol will always hold a special place in our hearts. We look forward each year to Bristol because it reminds us of our roots.

“We’re also proud of the fact that it was the race where we instituted racing at the 1,000-foot distance,” Seipel added. “It was our compromise to satisfy both the quarter- and eighth-mile racers and it has spread to a lot of other bracket racing events as well.”

Win a New S&W Dragster at the ‘Fun in the Sun’ race

S&W has announced their support of the 2015 Fun in the Sun Race – a Tribute to Scott Weney – at Bradenton Motorsports Park November 13-16. The 2nd annual ‘FIS’ race is dedicated to S&W’s former President and ‘FIS’ co-owner, the late Scott Weney. Thanks to the efforts of Scotty Richardson and Jeff Stange, the Fun in the Sun race will continue to shine on. S&W not only looks forward to supporting this event, but also future Gear Head Racing Series promotions.

The S&W Performance Group will be offering contingency prizes to daily ‘FIS’ winners and runners up, plus one new 2015 S&W Dragster Rolling Chassis will go to the ‘Race for the Dragster’ winner. The chassis will feature components from: Strange Engineering, Sander Engineering Inc, Pro-Werks, Pro Glass Windows, Taylor Motorsports Products, ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Riggeal’s Performance Fiberglass, Van Industries, Inc., Fragola Performance Systems, QA1 Motorsports, DJ Safety, Mark Williams Enterprises, Inc., Wilwood Disc Brakes, Mcknight Steel, Hoosier Mid-Atlantic & Precise Racing Products, Quik Latch Distribution, PRP Racing Products, Vintage Metal Craft, HydroGraphic Solutions, JAZ Products, and Great Valley Industries.

The 4-link rolling chassis will feature a 235″ wheel base, 23″ wide carbon fiber seat, 1 piece fiberglass body, a Quik Latch nose (with trailer hanger,) hidden tow hook, new S&W aluminum/carbon fiber dipped dash and cover, black wrinkle finish interior, powder coated chassis, plus much more.

Visit to view the build progress.

Newly named President, Michael Weney, and his sister Terri Weney-Gdowik, will be representing the S&W Group and presenting the dragster race winner with his/her new dragster in Winners Circle.

Martin wins at ‘The Million’, Nemiec is runner-up

CS_NathanMartin-2015-Million-winnerNathan Martin’s first-place money reportedly was $365,000.

Nathan Martin was the winner of the 20th Anniversary CARS Protection Plus Million Dollar Race at Montgomery (Ala.) Raceway Park. The Ft. Worth, Texas, driver lasted 10 rounds of competition to march his dragster into the winner’s circle of the world’s biggest sportsman race.

CS_EdNemiec-2015-Million-RUMartin defeated Ed Niemiec of Chicago, Ill., in the final round.

This year’s Million shattered records in attendance with 623 entries in the Triple 25’s and over 350 entries in the main event. The event is actually four races in one, with three $25,000-to-win events on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, and the Million Dollar Race on Saturday. (Chris Simmons Photography)

Super Buck Blast 8 Bracket Race set for SGMP in November

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Strange Engineering is the presenting sponsor of the eighth annual Super Buck Blast 8 bracket race, which will be held Nov. 4-8 at South Georgia Motorsports Park and will feature three $10,000, two $20,000 guaranteed races and one $50,000 Strange Ultra Shootout race.

The Super Buck 8 will also include a dragster giveaway, free $5,000 super duck races, live streaming and giveaways from several manufactures throughout the event. For more information please visit www.goracegmp.com.

IHRA sportsman-only World Finals returns to Memphis next year

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Jeff Parris, Clayton, NC, ’68 Nova, 5.668, 5.64 dial (.007 RT) def. Ben Parks, Salisbury, MD, ’09 S&W Dragster, 5.049, 5.03 dial (.071 RT) at this year’s Finals. Parrish is the 2015 Summit SuperSeries Top Champion. (IHRA photo)

 

The International Hot Rod Association Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries World Championship events will return to Memphis International Raceway next season. The track will host what is collectively known as the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals on October 14-16, 2016.

IHRA will award over $500,000 in cash and prizes during World Finals weekend to sportsman racers through the Summit Pro-Am Tour, Summit Tournament of Champions and Summit SuperSeries. Racers travel from all of the country to compete for 11 sportsman championships and the updated event will focus solely on them.

“The IHRA is thrilled to be bringing the greatest sportsman World Championship races back to Memphis for a sportsman-only weekend in 2016,” said IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco. “When we originally started running these events in Memphis, it was for sportsman racers only and I’m happy we are returning to that format.”

Debuting in 2009, the Summit Tournament of Champions has grown exponentially over the past few years and holds its place as the nation’s premier sportsman event. The rules are simple: finish in the top three in one of the six Summit Pro-Am divisions and qualify for the year-end championship tournament. Once there, all qualified drivers in their respective classes go head-to-head for the world championship in the following classes: Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod and Junior Dragster.

Two tracks added to Manufacturers Series for 2016

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The Manufacturers Series has announced its 2016 schedule which includes nearly forty events throughout the U.S., and the addition of two new host tracks: Cordova International Raceway and Heartland Park Topeka.

Automotive enthusiasts can celebrate the “Big Three” American car manufacturers through the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford, and Mega Mopar Series which take place from March through November. The events attract thousands of participants and spectators to their car shows, drag racing, vendor midway, and swap meet area for an eclectic array of hot rod shopping.

Royce Miller, COO of IRG Sports + Entertainment, said “having these events come to our track in Cordova gives us a chance to reach the large muscle car enthusiast market in Chicago. The shows are very popular in Memphis and Palm Beach, which gives us great attractions to offer all of the participants and fans in those markets as well.”

New in 2015, the Manufacturers Series started its own television show: The Menards Chevy Series which currently airs on Velocity, Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. EST. The 30-minute program features high caliber Chevys, unique restoration stories from car owners, and various winners of sponsor awards including the Duracell “Crank It With The CopperTop Award”, the RockAuto “Restored Award”, the Original Parts Group, Inc. “Original Award,” and the Minties “Top Dog Award.”

Jim Farnum, who recently took over Heartland Park Topeka, said, “We have a great lineup of events planned for racers, car show participants, and all automotive enthusiasts for the 2016 season. We are doing a lot of updates to the facility, and know that the Chevy, Ford, and Mopar fans will like what they see.”

2016 Super Chevy Show

March 19-20: Palm Beach, FL
April 8-10: Memphis, TN
May 14-15: Petersburg, VA
May 21-22: Martin, MI
June 18-19: Topeka, KS
July 2: Dallas, TX
July 15-17: Reading, PA
July 30-31: Cordova, IL
Aug. 12-13: Denver, CO
Sept. 24-25: Rockingham, NC
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Bristol, TN
Oct. 15: St. Louis, MO
Nov. 5-6: Bakersfield, CA

2016 Fun Ford Series

April 30: Rockingham, NC
May 21: Cordova, IL
June 12: Denver, CO
June 18: Petersburg, VA
July 10: Martin, MI
July 16: St. Louis, MO
July 23-24: Topeka, KS
Aug. TBD: Bristol, TN
Aug. 27: Memphis, TN
Sept. 17-18: Bakersfield, CA
Sept. 17: Reading, PA
Oct. 15: Palm Beach, FL
Nov. 5: Dallas, TX

2016 Mega Mopar Series

April 2: Dallas, TX
April 2: Rockingham, NC
May 21: Cordova, IL
May 22: Reading, PA
June 5: Denver, CO
July 10: Martin, MI
Aug. 6-7: Topeka, KS
Aug. 27: Memphis, TN
Sept. 17: Petersburg, VA
Sept. 17-18: Bakersfield, CA
Oct. 15: Palm Beach, FL

Snyder and Broadus get first wins at Memphis

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On Saturday night, Oct. 17, at Memphis International Raceway, Russel Snyder (shown) and Caffey Broadus won their first Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams races of the season.

“It’s a long time coming,” said Snyder, who won the Super Pro class. “The car was really no different than it had been all season. We changed out a converter but that’s the only change we’ve made. It was important to take what the track was giving us tonight.”

After a number of runner-up finishes through the season in Footbrake, Broadus broke through with what he called a satisfying victory.

Snyder beat Michael Hall in the Super Pro finals completing a night of near razor sharp consistency. Snyder crossed the line in 5.055 seconds at 128.84 mph on a 5.00-second index. Although Hall was off the starting line first, he slowed to a 5.532-second lap at 86.55 mph on a 4.84 dial in.

Broadus won Footbrake with a final lap of 6.229 at 92.97 mph on a 6.03 index over Mark Doty, who had problems in the final with a 11.802 at 53.19 on a 6.57 dial.

Foster beat Ron Hall in the finals of DOT Street when Hull left the starting line .037 seconds too early and fouled out. With the win in hand, Foster broke out on his lap with a 13.809 at 95.84 mph on a 13.82 dial.

Tyler Poindexter beat his brother Justin in the finals of Junior Dragster. During the pass it looked like Justin might be primed to take the victory, but ended up a little too quick in the end and broke out. Tyler’s winning lap came in 8.363 seconds at 63.36 mph on an 8.06 index, while Justin crossed the finish line in 7.985 seconds at 78.91 mph on an 8.04 second dial.

Devin Johnson won the Junior Dragster Second Chance race over Wade Rose. Rose left the line .025 seconds too early and Johnson raced to a victory lap of 8.729 at 74.05 mph on an 8.60 dial.

NMCA WEST announces four events for next season

NMCA WEST has announced the official schedule for the 2016 season. Home to the “West Coast’s Fastest Street Cars”, each NMCA WEST event includes competitive grassroots drag racing along with autocross, a manufacturers’ midway and vendor row.

All 2016 events will be held at the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif., where track conditions have been outstanding since its re-opening last year.

Event dates are April 1-3, June 17-19, Sept. 16-18, and Oct. 14-16.

National record falls during Ford Fever Classic at MDIR

Ideal track and weather conditions provided fans with national record setting performances as well as top notch racing all-weekend long at the 22nd Annual Ford Fever Classic event presented by Mid-Atlantic Ford at Maryland International Raceway on October 9-11.

Rich BruderThe biggest performance of the weekend came courtesy of Rich Bruder of Edison, New Jersey and his ’88 Mustang. Bruder took advantage of the track conditions laying down a new national X275 ET record with a 4.408 lap in the first round of qualifying Saturday followed by an amazing 4.389 second hit at 167.53 mph during night qualifying.

Bruder continued his consistent and dominant performance over the weekend winning the UPR Products X275 Ford vs. The World class and taking home the $2,500 winnings. The 2015 MDIR season X275 track champion, Ron “Back Split This” Rhodes of Townsend, Del., finished the race in the runner-up spot. Thirteen racers made qualifying attempts for the event to finish out the exciting eighth-mile class track series for 2015.

In the Ford vs. The World format for Outlaw Drag Radial, Ford once again took top honors for the event. Scott Bitzer of Hughesville, Md., and his ’90 Mustang bested the field with a winning 4.275 pass, taking out Hamptonville, North Carolina’s Barry Mitchell who cut a better light with a .007 reaction time to Bitzer’s .109 light, but couldn’t hold off Bitzer with a 4.409 pass in the all Ford final.

Jeff Kinsler-Ultra Street WinnerThe Fords did surrender one class to Chevy during the weekend as New Castle, Delaware’s Jeff “The Cheater” Kinsler took his ’68 Firebird to the Winner Circle in Ultra Street with a 4.895 ET over Ronny Rhode’s 4.932 effort in his ’68 nitrous Camaro.

In addition to the three Ford vs. The World heads-up classes, several “All Ford” classes performed over the weekend in both Open Comp and Bracket formats.

422 Motorsports brought its wild Nostalgia Racing to the track for the event, featuring A/FX’s, Thunderbolts, Light Weight Galaxies, Falcons, Fairlanes, and Comets. In the end, Dan Woods used a .044 reaction time and a 10.18 ET to win the class over Dan Parson Jr.’s ’67 Comet in the final round.

Roxanne ShepardIn JPC Racing Super Stang, Roxanne Shepard in her Virginia Beach, Virginia-based ’04 Mustang took the win using a .015 reaction time in the final to win the class.

Adam Shockley won the JLP Lightning Shootout in his ’93 model running 15.316 ET on a 15.23 dial, over Lewis Ives and his ’00 model in the class final. (photos courtesy MDIR)

Barker is first NHRA Top Sportsman national champion

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Jeffrey Barker has earned the national championship and a little bit of NHRA history as the veteran Southeast Division driver has locked up the inaugural NHRA Top Sportsman championship.

Earlier this year NHRA announced the formation of the national championship title for both Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, and while the Top Dragster title along with the championships in all seven classes in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series are still up for grabs, Barker has clinched the Top Sportsman title on the strength of four wins in seven final rounds on the season.

Barker went on a hot streak early in the year taking wins at both divisional events at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Fla. He then scored runner up finishes at the national events in Gainesville and Atlanta, and a win in Rockingham, NC.

The Kathleen, Ga., resident has racked up 655 points and a 68-point lead over Ed Olpin and more than a 100-point lead over the rest of the field. Olpin, racing out of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and the NHRA Pacific Division, also got out to a fast start picking up two wins at the back to back Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national and divisional events at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., but then followed with a pair of early-round losses.

In the race for the Lucas Oil Championships in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car, Joey Severance and Annie Whiteley lead the charge with Severance in the driver’s seat over reigning Top Alcohol Dragster National Champion Chris Demke.  Severance leads by just 11 points but has two more events left to claim than Demke.  Whiteley leads Jonnie Lindberg by 21 points with both drivers having several events still to claim toward the national championship.  Whiteley has four wins in seven final rounds to Lindberg’s three in five final rounds.

All nine that clinch 2015 NHRA National Championship will be recognized at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony at the world famous Hollywood and Highlands, OHM Nightclub, Monday, Nov.16. (AutoImagery photo)