Palm Beach gears up for Moroso 5-Day and Citrus Nationals

The Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship returns to the Drag Strip at Palm Beach International Raceway on Nov. 21-25.

Jok Nicholson, editor, will be among the drag racers from around the country at PBIR to earn bracket points and vie for more than $77,000 in cash, trophies and prizes. [He’s keeping us up on his exploits on the Florida Winter Series in his Strange Tales from the Road. See part 3 here.]

Following that the 33rd Annual Bennett Auto Supply Citrus Nationals presented by South Florida Chevy Dealers will run Nov. 28-30. This year a car show, a Pro Mod race, and an Outlaw 632 race have been added to the lineup.

‘Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing’ booked at Route 66 through 2020

Route66Raceway-logoThe ProMedia Competition Department has announced that the Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing will be held at the historic Route 66 Raceway from Thursday, July 30, to Sunday, August 2, 2015.

“Route 66 Raceway has played host to our NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing since 2006 and it has become one of the largest street car races in the U.S.,” said Steve Wolcott, President & CEO of ProMedia Events. “It’s incredible to showcase the ‘World’s Fastest Street Cars’ in the Chicagoland area, where street car racing began in the ’80s. Route 66 Raceway’s six-year commitment to NMRA/NMCA demonstrates the popularity of early- and late-model street racing on the dragstrip.”

With the recently renewed contract between ProMedia LLC and Route 66 Raceway, the famed Super Bowl of Drag Racing has a home through the year 2020.

707-HP Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on way to dealers

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The highly anticipated new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with its supercharged whine is about to roar into Dodge dealerships across the United States.

Dodge and SRT received more than 4,500 orders for the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in just the first five days after orders opened in September.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is most powerful and fastest muscle car ever with 707 horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine, and a certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds at 125 miles per hour on street tires.

Those muscle cars are now leaving the Brampton (Ontario) Assembly plant where they were built and making their way to Dodge customers across the country. Watch a special video from the Brampton Assembly Plant at

NMRA announces 2015 schedule

NMRA-logoThe National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA), along with series sponsor Keystone Automotive, have announced the official schedule for the 2015 season.

This is the 17th year of NMRA all-Ford heads-up drag racing in classes like VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw plus UPR Products car shows and huge manufacturers’ midways. Next season will also feature the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle and special events at each race.

March 5-8: NMRA Spring Break Shootout, Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, Fla.
April 9-12: NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga.
May 1-3: NMRA Ford Nationals featuring the 3rd Annual SVT Shootout, Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, Md.
June 11-14: NMRA Ford SUPER Nationals featuring the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords All-Female Shootout, Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio.
July 30-Aug. 2: NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill.
Oct. 1-4: NMRA All-Ford World Finals, Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Ky.

Hot Rod Heritage series begins eighth season with March Meet

Dan Hix (far lane) got this year’s March Meet Altered win over Jeremy Sullivan.  (Tim Marshall photo)

Dan Hix (far lane) got this year’s March Meet Altered win over Jeremy Sullivan. (Tim Marshall photo)

NHRA officials have announced the 2015 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series schedule. Entering its eighth season, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series features Nostalgia Funny Cars and Dragsters along with classes for front-engine dragsters, altereds, and gassers.

“The NHRA Motorsports Museum is proud once again to have our three Hot Rod Reunions be a part of the NHRA Heritage Series,” said Larry Fisher, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. “The Hot Rod Reunions and the Heritage Series are just one of the ways that the NHRA Motorsports Museum and NHRA work with you to preserve and celebrate the story of American Hot Rodding. By being a part of the Reunions, racers and spectators alike help us share this uniquely American story with future generations.”

March 6-9: March Meet, Auto Club Famoso, Bakersfield, Calif. (TF, FC, Groups 1 & 2)
April 10-12: Nostalgia Reunion, Sacramento Raceway, Sacramento, Calif. (Groups 1 & 2)
May 15-17: Ignitor, Firebird Raceway, Boise, Idaho (FC)
June 5-6: Summer Kick-Off, Rocky Mountain Raceways, West Valley City, Utah (FC, Groups 1 & 2)
June 18-20: Hot Rod Reunion, Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Ky. (TF)
July 25-26: National Open, Mission Raceway Park, Mission, British Columbia (FC)
Aug. 13-16: Nightfire Nationals, Firebird Raceway (TF, FC)
Sept. 12-14: New England Hot Rod Reunion, New England Dragway, Epping, NH (Affiliate Event)
Sept. 19-20: Nostalgia Fall Championships, Auto Club Famoso (Group 2)
Oct. 23-25: California Hot Rod Reunion, Auto Club Famoso (TF, FC)

Classes: TF – Nostalgia Top Fuel; FC – Nostalgia Funny Car; Group 1: A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Eliminator; Group 2: NE 1, NE 2, NE 3, A/Gas, B.Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, and Hot Rod.

Rampy takes LODRS Comp championship when competitors don’t race at Pomona


Veteran racer David Rampy secured his fourth NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series World Championship, locking up the Comp Eliminator title with 591 points. The Piedmont, Ala., racer did so when neither of his closest competitors elected to make the cross county trip to California, and did not enter the season ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Rampy started the year with two final rounds in his first four outings consisting of a national event win in Belle Rose, La., at the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals and a runner up at the South Georgia Motorsports Park divisional. He followed with divisional wins at Atlanta Dragway and Bristol Dragway, and a win at the Summit Racing Motorsports Park national event in July.

The Championship is Rampy’s second in Comp which he also won back in 1990, to go along with his Super Gas Championship in 1989 and one in Super Comp in 1995. Combined with his seven Lucas Oil Series Divisional Championships, he has 11 NHRA series titles to his credit and 86 NHRA national event wins putting him third on the all-time list for national wins in the Lucas Oil Series. (Richard Muir photo)

Third time is the charm for Div. 4 Top Dragster champ Jones

RG_MarkJones-launchRG_MarkJones-trophyWe often hear that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Well, Mark Jones is proof. Jones is the 2014 NHRA Division 4 Top Dragster champion, but he had to go almost completely across the U.S. to get it.
The team’s rig was in the shop for months, causing them to miss a few races in their Division. Ten points out of first place and with only one race left in the whole country, Jones headed for Las Vegas. But with 64 qualified cars instead of 32, they had to win three rounds of eliminations.

Jones won the third round and clinched the Division 4 championship. He went on to the semifinals where he lost by giving up the line by two thousandths of a second. Jones has been second in the Division 4 points twice before and has won National and Division events in both NHRA and IHRA, but this is his first championship.

The 2009 Spitzer chassis is powered by a 540 c.i. blown alcohol Steve Nicoll Engine with an Abruzzi Racing Transmission. Mark’s only crewmember, his wife, Kelly, notes special thanks to Mike Kile for doubling up in his rig for the trip to Vegas. Now that’s a friend! (Kile lost in the fourth round.) (Robert Grice photos)

Richardson clinches NHRA Super Comp Championship

EdmondRichardson-SuperComp-champEdmond Richardson locked up the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Comp World Championship at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Greenbrier, Tenn., racer was leading the points at 697 coming into the weekend and made it official when Steve Casner lost in round one. Casner was the only racer that could catch Richardson but needed to reach the semifinals to stay in contention. Casner has two wins in four final rounds this year.

Richardson scored four wins in five final rounds on his way to his fifth NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship having won the championship in Super Comp in 1989 and 1992 and the Stock Eliminator Championship in 2000 and 2009.

His wins this year were split between national and divisional events having one both the national and divisional events at Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga., the JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway outside Columbus, Ohio, and the divisional event at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis. His other final round appearance came at the North Central Division season opener at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

The fifth national championship adds to his already impressive resume that includes 15 NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Championships and 48 NHRA national event wins. (NHRA photo)

Nicholson shoes project bracket car to final four at Immokalee

JokNicholson-carJok Nicholson, Editor of ET Drag Racing magazine, is on tour for the Winter Series bracket races in Florida.

He entered the company’s “Ten the Hard Way” Pontiac project bracket car at the first race of the season in Immokalee, Fla., and got down to four cars before bowing out on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Nicholson will be doing updates on the races for a month. The blog is titled Strange Tales from the Road and is sponsored by (who else?) Strange Engineering. See the first installment here and the second installment here. (file photo)