The 1974 inaugural SPORTSnationals champions have been named Grand Marshals and longtime North Central Division starter Bill “Redman” Floyd will be honored as the Honorary Starter when the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals returns to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., on May 27-29.
All of the five 1974 champions Jimmy Scott (Pro Comp), Dick Krieger (Comp), Paul Mercure (Modified), Bobby Warren (Super Stock), and Joe Moore (Stock) remain active today in NHRA drag racing in some form or another.
Mercure and Warren went on to become hall of famers. Mercure was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1998 and Warren was the first sportsman racer to be inducted into Don Garlits’ International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2010.
Floyd started working at his local drag strip Edgewater Sports Park in 1971 and worked on the starting line in 1978 at the Springnationals in Columbus, Ohio, and at the U.S. Nationals. He became the Division 3 starter in 1983 and has continued to be an integral part of the North Central Division’s Certification Team. He also works in pit control at several NHRA national events.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (www.SEMA.org) has issued a warning that could impact drag racers and parts suppliers:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”
The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.
“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”
SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.
The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.
This would be a good time to make your opinion known to your representatives in Washington. Here’s a link to a petition you can sign https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/tell-epa-withdraw-its-proposal-prohibit-conversion-vehicles-racecars-0
The 9th Annual Race & Performance Expo is this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21, at a new location this year: the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.
The legendary Vic Edelbrock will be among the special guests and will attend both days.
The NHRA Pacific Division National Open Series heads to one of the newest NHRA Member Tracks, Tucson Dragway, for their season opener, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 19-21. Tucson Dragway rejoined the National Hot Rod Association this year after a short absence.
The event will feature a variety of classes including Top Comp (Top Dragster/Top Sportsman Combo), Stock/Super Stock Combo, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, several Summit Racing Series bracket classes and two NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League classes.
Following this weekend’s event, the series will make stops at Sacramento Raceway in April, Top Gun Raceway in early June and Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway the end of June.
Tucson Dragway is located off Interstate 10 on the Pima County Fair Grounds. For more information visit www.tucsondragway.com or call 520-762-9700.
The Southwest Heritage Racing Association (www.shraracing.com) has made a change and an addition to their 2016 schedule.
The series will begin on April 2 in Temple, Texas, but the Wichita Falls date has moved from April 16 to Sept. 10. An event has been added to the schedule on Aug. 27 at Kennedale, Tex. The Longhorn Nostalgia Drags will host all six SHRA classes.
Formerly known as Mopars at the Strip, Phil and Jill Painter’s world famous event is now known as Muscle cars at the Strip Las Vegas. The name change reflects the fact that owners of those “other” brands of muscle cars are now invited to the party as well.
The March 18 event will include drag racing, autocross, car show, swap meet, manufacturer’s midway, and a free concert at the Cannery Casino and Hotel. It’s a party, for sure.
Football season may be over, but racing has just begun and NHRA fans can participate in daily fantasy sports with www.RaceDayScore.com.
“The launch of RaceDayScore.com has been several years in the making and is making its debut at the perfect time as the NHRA season enters a new era with live programming on Fox Sports 1,” creator Seth Angel said. “Every major league sport in the world today, including NASCAR, offers a fantasy gaming option as part of their digital menu to fans, which was the catalyst for me to design, build and launch a fantasy gaming solution for professional NHRA Drag Racing.”
RaceDayScore.com features a “Live Scoreboard” that updates after each pair of racecars crosses the finish line, so fans can keep up with their teams and fantasy leaderboard in real time.
It is mobile friendly and can be played on all handheld devices as well as Macbooks and PCs. A native IOS App will be released this spring in the App Store.
From left: Robert Smith (Pro); Rick Terkowski (Super); Matthew Witowski (Jr Dragster); Cory Stuebner (Top Bike); and Paul Werner (Street).
Pennsylvania’s Maple Grove Raceway held the 53rd annual awards banquet for their Money Trail competitors on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Over $28,000 in cash, trophies and awards were presented to 43 of the 180 total racers who participated in the 2015 Money Trail season. In addition to a check, trophy and jacket, class champions from Super, Pro, Street, Top Bike and Junior Dragster were awarded a tool box. Each tool box is valued at $500, courtesy of NAPA Auto Parts and Carlyle Tools.
Sunoco will return as the overall series sponsor for 2016 with Scott’s Transmissions, ATI Performance Products, PC Richard & Son, Reading Standard Motorsports, and Universal Technical Institute as eliminator sponsors.
Huddleston Performance has spent many years helping to grow The Week at Thunder Valley held at Bristol Dragway. Seeing the Huddleston Performance Junior Nationals as well as the Huddleston Performance Fun Races nearly double in car count, the team at Huddleston Performance is now expanding their focus to help the Western Conference Finals at Tulsa Raceway Park attempt to reach that same level of competition.
To open the week racers will be treated to three days of heavy racing action where Huddleston Performance will be the Title Sponsor.
In addition to the Title Sponsorship of the Huddleston Performance Fun Races, the HP Team also joins forces with Tulsa Raceway Park to become the Presenting Sponsor of the Western Conference Finals.
Huddleston Performance (www.HuddlestonPerformance.com) owner Bo Huddleston is excited with the endless possibilities of the new partnership, “We couldn’t be happier joining with the team at Tulsa Raceway Park. We’ve had the opportunity to get to know them over the past couple of seasons, and they are a group who has the best interest of the sport in mind at their facility. Bringing a big time Jr. Event out west that will mirror our Week at Thunder Valley is something we have wanted to do for a long time. When the WCF’s moved to Tulsa it was a natural fit for all of us to work together to help this thing grow significantly. We are looking forward to heading west in June, and look forward too meeting a lot of new racers while we’re there!”
The Roy Hill Drag Racing School will hold a special session for Jr. Dragsters on Monday following the 3rd Annual Jr. Dragster Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway on March 18-20.
Instructor Roy Hill and his staff will focus on safety, a thorough review of equipment, how to overcome intimidation and how improve skills as confidence increases. Unlimited runs are guaranteed.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23, the school will focus on the big cars and is open to any vehicle with an emphasis on the COPO Camaro, Hellcats, and Cobra Jet Mustangs, led by the record-setting Carl Tasca of Tasca Racing.
Contact the school at 336-498-4875 for more information.