Summit Bracket Series begins at MIR

Super Pro runner-up, Bryan Robinson  (photo courtesy MIR)

Super Pro runner-up, Bryan Robinson (photo courtesy MIR)

Opening day of Memphis International Raceway’s Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams saw over 100 entries among four classes.

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The next MIR points meet for the Summit Bracket Racing Series is a doubleheader scheduled for this weekend Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2. (MIR photo)

Timing glitch disrupts Rockingham’s ‘Racers Appreciation’ opener

It was not the way anyone wanted to start the 2014 racing season, but Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood was trying to stay positive Monday, Feb. 24, after a glitch in his high-dollar timing system and an unrelated crash brought his 2014 Racers Appreciation bracket race to a halt well before the planned finish.

“Just one of those things where the stuff you weren’t even worried about is the stuff that breaks down,” Earwood said. “We’ve got the best CompuLink Timing system you can buy and it just malfunctioned at the worst possible time. I know the racers were frustrated, my people were frustrated, I was frustrated.

“The one thing I told the staff is that it’s better that it happened right now so that we can address it and get everything back up to speed,” he said. “The really disappointing thing was that we had great weather and everybody was excited.

“We tried to make up the time we lost with the timing system but then we had a crash that was totally beyond our control and, after talking with the racers, we decided that it was best to stop racing, regroup and try again later. It was a tough pill to swallow, I tell you.”

The resolution was to split the money among racers not yet eliminated from both the Saturday and Sunday shows.

Earwood is flying in CompuLink technician Bubba Corzine from Texas this week to completely diagnose the system to assure all glitches have been eliminated.

The track will open for test-and-tune drags the next two Sundays before playing host March 15-16 to the Southern Jr. Dragster Spring Nationals featuring three separate classes for juniors and a $1,500 top prize in Bracket 1.

SATURDAY

Derek Harris, Footbrake

Derek Harris, Footbrake

Top Eliminator round 4 winners – Durant Cottingham, Thomasville; Bobby Hardee, Mullins, S.C., 1973 Chevy Vega; Paul Warwick, Lumberton, 1969 Chevy Nova; Tommy Strickland, Raeford; Art Laselle, Fayetteville; Michael Morton, Jacksonville, 1970 Chevy Nova; Aaron “Hot Rod” Brock, Pageland, S.C., 1985 Chevy S-10; Nickey Miller, Lancaster, S.C.; Jeff Allen, Chadbourn, 1967 Chevy Camaro; Brandon Hutchens, Yadkinville; Timothy Allen, Wallace; Graham Burch, Richlands; Howard Brewer, Bennett, 1985 Ford Mustang; Jerry Martin, Raynor, S.C., 1981 Chevy Camaro; Marty Dabney, Troy, Va.; Eric Aman, Mt. Oliver; Chad Duke, Wilmington, 1970 Chevy Nova; John Bridges, Shelby; Lee Desist, Fayetteville, 1967 Chevy Camaro.

Footbrake round 4 winners – Ricky Bullock, Sanford; Tim Davis, Fayetteville; Tim Cowick, Mooresville; Hannah Blevins, Jefferson, S.C., 1968 Chevy; Kenny Roberts, Galivants Ferry, S.C., 1978 Chevy Nova; Jonathan Surrat, Charlotte; Art Laselle, Fayetteville; Derek Harris, McLeansville; Terry Rucker, Benson; Erica Aman, Mt. Olive; Bill Clardy, Loris, S.C.

Jr. Dragster round 4 winners – Kaylee Miller, Lancaster, S.C.; Tucker Creech, Clayton; Dawson Wiggins, Dunn.

SUNDAY

Jr. Dragster driver Noah Johnson

Jr. Dragster driver Noah Johnson

Top Eliminator round 5 winners – Michael Morton, Jacksonville; Michelle Pelo, Jacksonville, 1967 Chevy Camaro; Lee Desist, Fayetteville; Graham Burch, Richlands; David Lowe, Raeford, 1969 Chevy Camaro; Doug Walker, Greensboro; Bobby Hardee, Mullins, S.C., 1969 Chevy Nova.

Footbrake round 4 winners – Tim Davis, Fayetteville; Mallie Pennington, Goldsboro; Buddy Plyler, Pageland; Roy Davis, West Columbia, S.C.; Hannah Blevins, Jefferson; Samantha Thomas, Fairmont; Art Laselle, Fayetteville; Bill Clardy, Loris, S.C.; Rashad Alford, Benson; Tim Cowick, Mooresville; Terry Rucker, Benson; Jonathan Wiggins, Dunn, 1992 Ford Mustang; Edward Freeman, Westville, S.C.

Jr. Dragster round 4 winners – Connor Calder, St. Pauls; Noah Johnson, Fayetteville; Tucker Creech, Clayton. (photos courtesy Rockingham Dragway)

Yellowstone track returns to NHRA sanction

Yellowstone Drag Strip near Billings, Mont., has rejoined the NHRA Member Track Network. Located 15 miles northwest of Billings, Yellowstone Drag Strip was built in 2003 and sits on 15 acres. The facility features paved pit areas, six staging lanes, a large grandstand and a two-story brick tower among other amenities.

As an NHRA sanctioned track, the facility will be eligible to offer racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. Additionally, the track has the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty events, including the National DRAGSTER Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.

“We are very happy to be back under the NHRA banner,” said C.W. McCarthy, owner/manager of Yellowstone Drag Strip. “We have a lot of exciting events planned this year with ESPN coming for a track spotlight on June 7 and the return of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series back to Montana in June.”

An NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional event will be showcased at Yellowstone on June 20-22, and will feature the Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars along with hundreds of sportsman racers in 10 different classes from Comp Eliminator to Super Stock to Super Gas.

New West Coast Blown Alcohol Series Set for 2014

John Evans  (Paul Grant photo)

John Evans (Paul Grant photo)

A new six-race series called the “Dragparts.com Blown Alcohol Thunder Pro Comp Racing Series” sponsored by Good Vibrations Motorsports, Power Punch and NGK Spark Plugs will be competing at four West Coast tracks stretching from the Oregon-California border into Canada.

The new series is designed to include all types of funny cars, altereds and dragsters (rear engine and front engine) that are equipped with any type of Roots blower or injected on nitro. The format will be “Chicago Style” meaning each car will make two passes with the quickest two cars coming back for the final round. In the final, the car that reaches the finish line first wins the event. The cars leave the starting line heads up and there is no index or ET restrictions. Each car gets paid per round at every event and the overall winner of the series will win a $1,000 bonus at the end of the year.

May 10: Season Opener, Champion Raceway, Medford, OR
June 7-8: Old Time Drags, Eagle Motorplex, Ashcroft, BC, Canada
June 27-28: Nitro Nights Under the Lights, Renegade Raceway, Yakima, WA
July 18-20: Fox Hunt Drags, Spokane County Raceway, Spokane, WA
Aug. 15-17: Nitro Night of Fire, Spokane County Raceway
Sept. 27: Fall Canadian Classic, Eagle Motorplex

Race teams are not obligated to race the whole series. Blown Alcohol Thunder is not an association and there are no membership dues but teams must enter each race in advance to get free entry by going to www.capracing.com/blown_alcohol_thunder.html or by calling Rich Bailey at 503-370-9164.

Todd Silvey named new editor of IHRA’s Drag Review

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ToddSilvey-headThe International Hot Rod Association and IRG Sports + Entertainment have announced Todd Silvey as the new managing editor of Drag Review Magazine.

With more than 20 years of publishing experience, Silvey joins the IHRA team as content and creative director for DRM, which unveiled its all-new look and logo in February.

Silvey’s experience in the magazine industry includes more than two decades in motorsports as creator of Drag News Magazine back in 1988. The publication included a distribution to more than 15,000 readers and also spearheaded a racing series and annual drag racing trade shows throughout the United States.

Silvey has spent the past few years working as publication director for the Illinois Parks Association and at his own advertising agency, GoFast Communications Group.

Silvey will work alongside the staff at the Norwalk, Ohio, offices and a new satellite office in Athens, Ill., where he will head the creative team.

“I look forward to ramping up this increased effort for Drag Review Magazine as the IHRA kicks off fresh ideas and renewed energy in the 2014 season,” Silvey said.

Quick Fuel Technology Posts NHRA Contingency for Carbs and Fuel Pumps

QuickFuel-logoQuick Fuel Technology has been very involved with NHRA in getting its replacement-style carburetors accepted for Stock and Super Stock racing as the 30-year-old plus O.E. units are no longer available or viable.

QFT has been leading the charge with its new large-bore QFX™ Black Diamond® carburetors for the Super Comp, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes. Its recent introduction of a full line of racing fuel pumps that fulfill virtually all racing applications has prompted QFT™ to expand its racer support program with a substantial contingency payout for the 2014 NHRA race season.

To qualify, the racer must use the posted products and proper decals per NHRA requirements. The contingency program includes the NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series including the Jeg’s SPORTSnationals events and the Summit ET Series. Total postings for carburetors and fuel pumps total $418,400.

For a complete list of NHRA-accepted carburetors contact the QFT sales department. For Super Class carburetors and all other racing applications and QFT’s new racing fuel pumps go to www.QuickFuelTechnology.com.

Quick Fuel will also be providing racer technical support and services at all NHRA events at the Hyatt Racing Services trailer on the NHRA Midway.

Radial ‘Lights Out’ event this weekend at SGMP

LightOut-5-logoScheduled for February 20-23 and hosted by South Georgia Motorsports Park, racers are preparing for this year’s Lights Out V event sponsored by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels.

Formerly known as the Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia, the Radial Revolution Lights Out V event will host an estimated 400 competitors in 10 different racing classes with class purses as high as $10,000.

“This event has a reputation for being some of the best small tire racing in the world,” stated Tom Kundrik, motorsports manager for Mickey Thompson. “Our ET Street Radial Pro tires were made for this kind of competition, and we’re looking forward to another great event.”

For information about this year’s event, visit www.racesgmp.com/.

Rogeo is finalist in ‘Search for a Champion’ competition

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We are pleased to report that driver Alex Rogeo, Senior Editor of sister publication MoparMax.com, has been named a finalist in the Search for a Champion video competition that will award $125,000 in racing sponsorship this season.

Since 2012 Champion Spark Plugs has put on an annual contest where entrants submit a 2-minute video that shows them as a racer, their race car and why he or she should become a Champion-sponsored driver.

This year’s contest attracted a record 391 participants, and first-round votes rose by more than 150 percent to over 208,000.

Ms. Rogeo and the 14 other finalists each will receive a $5,000 sponsorship from Champion. Grand prize for the Search for a Champion is a $50,000 sponsorship.

To see the finalists go to www.alwaysachampion.com/search-for-a-champion. Voting begins Friday, Feb. 21 through March 23, with the winner announced on March 31. (Richard Kratz photo)

Memphis season begins this weekend

The 2014 season open this weekend at Memphis International Raceway. The weekend kicks off with a Test N Tune on Saturday, Feb. 22. All Test and Tune sessions are open to all makes and models. Vehicles must pass a tech inspection and racers must have a valid driver’s license to make runs down the MIR quarter mile.

The Summit Bracket Racing Series presented by COMP Cams begins its 14-race series on Feb. 23.

K&N colors to be on Bogacki dragster in 2014

LukeBogacki-cockpitK&N Engineering will be the featured marketing partner on the Super Comp dragster of reigning NHRA Super Comp world champion Luke Bogacki throughout the 2014 season. Bogacki will campaign the same American Race Cars dragster that he drove to the title in 2013, but the machine will feature a new color scheme featuring the K&N logo and company colors. That scheme will come in the form of a vinyl wrap designed and applied by PCD Wraps.

The alliance between Bogacki and K&N, while more visible than in previous seasons, is an extension of a long and successful relationship. Luke Bogacki Motorsports has relied on K&N products for over a decade, and has been involved in the company’s marketing efforts since 2007. (file photo)