Meredith switches from NMRA Coyote Stock to Factory Stock class

JamesMeredith-MustangAt the close of the April 13th Nitto NMRA/NMCA All Star Nationals, James Meredith announced his immediate switch from Coyote Stock to Factory Stock.

“I really felt that we could compete in Coyote Stock with the C4 automatic transmission, but we’ve taken it about as far as we can” said James Meredith. “We’ve gone quicker than any of the other teams that have tried automatics and we could possibly eventually gain another tenth but that isn’t even going to be close to what is required to win. I think we’re doing our transmission and converter sponsors a disservice continuing in a class where we can’t win.”

The team thinks the move will be a better fit since Coyote Stock was formed with the intention of being a single weight class and Factory Stock, with its multiple weight breaks, should be more conducive to C4 success.

“This class will be a better fit for our skills,” said Daniel Pachar of Triangle Speed Shop. “We’ve always focused heavily on tuning and automatic transmissions. This experiment with naturally aspirated racing has been an interesting learning curve, compared to our extensive work with turbos and blowers. And I think we can really leverage our competitive advantage once we are allowed inside the computer.” (NMRA photo)

NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals heads to Pomona in May

NMCA-car-PomonaThe Auto Club Raceway in Pomona has been the home of drag racing since the first official race in 1953. As a result, Southern California race fans have seen some of the fastest quarter-mile passes in history. On May 15-18, the Flowmaster NMCA WEST racing series brings the “World’s Fastest Street Cars” to this storied asphalt.

The second of five races in the NMCA WEST series, this event — limited to 500 racecars — will see everything from supercharged, turbocharged and nitrous-powered cars capable of over 250 mph to street-legal Chevys, Fords and Mopars. For more information go to www.NMCAdigital.com/Pomona. (photo courtesy NMCA)

McVey hires Hanna to tune TAFC for 2014 season; team will debut at Indy LODRS

Will Hanna  (file photo)

Will Hanna (file photo)

Top Alcohol Funny Car driver and team owner Scott McVey has put together a deal with former championship winning crew chief/tuner Will Hanna. Hanna, who won two NHRA Division 3 Championships with Chris Foster’s TAFC team, became a free agent this offseason. Hanna has worked with McVey as a consultant over the phone since late 2012, but he will be on hand at each event this season.

The team will debut their new Hanna Motorsport/Noonan Race Engineering engine combination during this weekend’s LODRS North Central Region opener at Lucas Oil Raceway just outside of Indianapolis.
McVey, from Ile Des Chenes, Manitoba, reached two regional finals last season and is looking forward to racing the new combination.

“We have made good progress since we brought Will on board as a consultant,” said McVey. “He has been in the 5.40’s with the NRE heads, so we made the decision to change to his engine program. We’re excited about hitting the track with the new combo.”

Drag Racers Benevolent Fund holds drawing to win commemorative dragster

Craig Anderson, Director of the Drag Racers Benevolent Fund, tells us the group will hold a drawing to win a 2014 American Race Cars dragster.

All proceeds will go to The Drag Racers Benevolent Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of injured or sickened racers and their families.

This year’s giveaway will be even more special than previous fundraisers. With the death of NHRA Division 4 standout and longtime Drag Racers Benevolent Fund supporter, Tracy Dennis, this year’s car will be a special commemorative edition honoring Tracy and the lasting legacy he will most certainly leave.

The 2014 dragster package presented to the winner of the drawing includes: Brand new 240” dragster from American Race Cars; Complete rolling chassis: wired, plumbed, and powder-coated: Weld Wheels and Goodyear Tires: Auto Meter competition instruments and MSD Ignition: Rear end housing, complete third member, axles, and brakes from Moser Engineering; K&R Performance Engineering delay box and switch panel; Biondo Racing Products Pro Outlaw shifter; Parachute; and Custom paint from Todd’s Extreme Paint.

The drawing will be held Wednesday, Sept.17, at the annual Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament at Mansfield National Golf Club prior to the NHRA AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Entrants need not be present to win.

There are three ways to purchase a $100 chance for the 2014 American Race Cars Tracy Dennis commemorative dragster: via Pay Pal (preferred) using raclown2@yahoo.com; call Tammy at 972-937-4336 M-F 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT; or mail payment to Drag Racers Benevolent Fund, 3643 N. Hwy. 77, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

WCHRA to make Las Vegas debut in May

At the March WCHRA event at Bakersfield, Calif., Frank Merenda’s ’59 Rambler Wagon was #1 Qualifier in Top Doorslammer with a .017 RT and went on to take the win against Tom Fowler with an ET of 7.575 at 180.43 mph (7.57 D.I.) to Fowler’s ET of 7.625/176.03 (7.59 D.I.).  (Paul Schmitz photo)

At the March WCHRA event at Bakersfield, Calif., Frank Merenda’s ’59 Rambler Wagon was #1 Qualifier in Top Doorslammer with a .017 RT and went on to take the win against Tom Fowler with an ET of 7.575 at 180.43 mph (7.57 D.I.) to Fowler’s ET of 7.625/176.03 (7.59 D.I.). (Paul Schmitz photo)

The West Coast Hot Rod Association will make their first appearance at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on May 2. The event will feature all the classes of the WCHRA and the Las Vegas Summit Sportsman program.

See the results of their event at Bakersfield here.

Langdon will take quick detour from Atlanta to Bristol’s Spring Fling

SG_ShawnLangdon-headReigning NHRA Top Fuel champ Shawn Langdon has a prior engagement next month at Atlanta for the NHRA Mello Yello tour on May 14-18, but he plans to find time to take a run down the Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway during the K&N Spring Fling 5 Day race.

With Top Fuel qualifying beginning on Friday at the NHRA Southern Nationals, it has left Wednesday and Thursday open for Langdon to compete at the Fling, after which he’ll be on his way about 250 miles to Atlanta.

In addition to his Top Fuel championship last year, Langdon is also the 2007 and 2008 Super Comp world champion as well as a Jr. Dragster champion in the 14-year-old division in 1997.

Langdon said, “My roots are still in bracket racing. The friendships I have there are priceless and I’m looking forward to running the Spring Fling this year. My good friend Kyle [Seipel, co-promoter of the Spring Fling] says racing is always about the stories and the stories from the ‘Fling last forever.” (Steve Gruenwald photo)

Mid Atlantic .90 Association gears up for season opener at Atco

midatlantic90assn-logoThe Mid Atlantic .90 Association will kick off its 2014 season on May 3-4 at historic Atco Dragway in Atco, New Jersey for the Association’s first two races of the season. The Mid Atlantic .90 Association consists of MASCA (Mid Atlantic Super Comp Assoc.), MASGA (Mid Atlantic Super Gas Assoc.) and MASSA (Mid Atlantic Super Street Assoc.).

All three series will run along with the East Coast Stock/Super Stock Series and the VP Fuel Bracket Series.

Gates will be open from 4:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday (weather permitting) will re-open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Racing will get underway around 10 a.m. with Super Street hitting the track first. Racers are scheduled to get two time shots before first round is to start. First round is set on a sportsman ladder with the higher qualified car getting lane choice for that round only.

This will also be the first chance for members to start earning points towards the Auto Meter Top 8 Shootout presented by S&W and Nitroplate. This race within a race will be held at Cecil County Dragway in August and will feature the top eight points earners in qualifying through the first six races.

For more info on the series e-mail president Rob Keister at Rekeister@aol.com. A website is in the works and should launch in the next few weeks. We’ll let you know when it’s available.

Footbrake Challenge set for July at Bristol

The eighth BTE World Footbrake Challenge will once again take place July 10-13 at Bristol Dragway’s famed Thunder Valley. Over 400 of the best footbrake bracket racers in the country are expected to flock to Bristol, Tenn., for what is billed as the World’s Greatest Footbrake Race.

Coalburg Productions co-promoters Jared Pennington and Steve Stites are just as excited as many of the racers. “We’re footbrake racers ourselves,” Pennington says, “and it almost breaks my heart I can’t compete at this race for obvious reasons. But we’re especially proud of the tradition we have set here and can’t wait for the gates to open.”

At last year’s event, 459 racers showed up from 25 states to take part in the festivities which this year begin on Thursday, July 10, with the traditional WFC Gambler’s Race paying $3,000 to the winner. On Friday through Sunday, the NitroPlate Triple 10s take place with $10,000 awarded to the winner each day. One of the highlights is second round winners being paid round money which makes this event unique.

For more information, visit www.worldfootbrakechallenge.com.

Auto Meter Northern Class Nationals set for May at National Trail

It’s been over a decade since Alex Denysenko’s wildly successful U.S. Class Nationals were held at Byron, Ill., in the summer of 2001. This coming May 2-4, the Auto Meter Northern Class Nationals will be hosted by National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

Friday will feature Qualifying, heads-up Class Eliminations, a Junior Stock Shootout, and Quick 32 CIC Shootouts for both Stock and Super Stock. Class Eliminations will showcase a SS/K Shootout with over $7,000 in cash and prizes on the line. Qualifying on Saturday will wrap up with a wheelstand contest, followed by a $3,00-to-/win S/SS Combo Warmup race and Racer Appreciation Party.

Sunday’s Main Events are separate $5,000-to-win Stock and Super Stock Eliminators. Both will be all-run fields, but contested on a ladder with heads-up runs in effect as applicable.

The total purse, cash, prizes, and contingency postings exceed $100,000. Complete event information can be found at www.looserocker.com.

Western New York Super Rod Association founded

WNYSRA-logoVeteran racers Phil Harnden and Jason Oldfield have announced the formation of the Western New York Super Rod Association. The WNYSRA (www.wnysra.com) will showcase the IHRA’s Super Rod class, which consists of full-bodied cars and roadsters that use a Pro Tree and run on a 9.90-second index on the quarter mile.

For 2014 the WNYSRA is currently scheduled for six events at Empire Dragway, just outside of Rochester, NY, on May 31, June 28, July 12, Sept. 4 and Oct. 11. Two events will be held at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario, Canada, on July 26 and 27.