You might win a Toyota in the 2014 NHRA Sweepstakes

For illustration only. Your Toyota could look differently.

For illustration only. Your Toyota could look differently.

One lucky race fan will win an all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander Limited as the grand prize of the 2014 NHRA sweepstakes. The 2014 NHRA Sweepstakes kicked off Feb. 6 prior to the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

Fans can sign up for the NHRA Sweepstakes by visiting or at the NHRA Sweepstakes display located in Nitro Alley at the 24 national events, starting at Pomona. Entries close at midnight ET on Dec. 5, 2014, with winners announced thereafter. Residents of the United States/Washington D.C., who are at least 18 years of age can enter.

In addition to the Toyota Highlander grand prize, NHRA fans can win other prizes during the NHRA Sweepstakes. First prize is a 2015 Harley-Davidson® Street™ 750 motorcycle. Second prize is a Sharp AQUOs 70 inch LED TV with Smart TV from BrandSource. Third prize is one set of four Goodyear® Passenger or Light Truck Tires. Fourth prize is two Traxxas R/C Funny Cars (John Force and Courtney Force editions) and one Traxxas DTS-1 Drag Timing System.

‘I can do it all by myself’

RO_EdShaunnessy-loads-dragsterEd Shaughnessy of Grand Rapids, Mich., brought a unique way to unload his dragster by himself to the PSCA event last weekend. This is an old powered wheelbarrow that Ed has converted to lift up the front of the dragster and then the tracked loader moves it by hand controls. Great idea! (Ron Ogilvie photo)

Hunter moves to TAFC seat with SynOil sponsorship


Wyoming’s Greg Hunter starts the 2014 NHRA season with a new team, car, and class. After two years of competing in Top Alcohol Dragster, Hunter is making the switch to Top Alcohol Funny Car with Geoff Goodwin’s Synoil Energy Services team. The Canadian group will enter their first race together at this weekend’s Winternationals in Pomona.

Hunter recently tested in Las Vegas to acquaint himself with the Synoil car and the driving style required to drive a high-powered, short wheelbase alcohol funny car.

“We made a few successful practice runs which gave me time to adjust to the driving style of a funny car. The first full run was a 5.62 at 248 MPH. The results from testing really have me excited for the Winternationals,” Greg exclaimed.

Hunter, who brings his ExactAir sponsorship to the new team, was in the process of fielding his own TAFC when he got the opportunity to drive the Kenny Gilmour Motorsports Top Alcohol Dragster in 2012. Greg says one of the biggest changes was the difference between the in-car experience in his car and the in-car experience in the Synoil car.

“I had very limited experience with my screw-blown alcohol funny car. We were always working on it, trying to make it run right. Going from that car to a car that is competitive from the start is the biggest difference. It’s a newer car with all current, top-notch parts. That aspect has made the switch go smoothly.

“I’m super excited going into this season. I’ve known the guys for a while and got along well with them. Geoff and Walley (Protz) are legends in Canadian drag racing. Learning about their history and what they’ve been a part of makes it an honor for me to have the opportunity to drive their car,” said Hunter, who is originally from Alberta, Canada.

The Synoil Racing team will be racing with heavy hearts, as crewmember John Leach lost his father earlier this week. Greg and the team send their thoughts and prayers to the Leach family. (Tim Marshall photo)

Maple Grove’s Money Trail champs are honored

Maple GroveMaple Grove Raceway honored its 2013 Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail champions at its annual banquet held Saturday night. Over $30,000 in cash, trophies and contingency awards was handed out during the ceremony to the top 48 drivers in the five Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. Series, Jr. Dragsters and the ATI Stock-Super Stock Shootout. From left, Lee Risser (Stock-Super Stock), Vincent Branca (Jr. Dragster), Brock Moshier (Pro), Paul Werner (Street), Cory Stuebner (Top Bike), and Lanny Werley (Super). (Don Carrick/Studio 413 photo)

Ford Escape is major award for BrandSource Win with Force 2014 Sweepstakes

Force-BrandSource-promoFresh from its 18th NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car Championship, John Force Racing and longtime sponsor BrandSource have teamed up with Ford to giveaway a Ford Escape S-Series model through the 2014 Win With Force Sweepstakes.

In 2013, more than 24,000 race fans registered to win prizes at the Win With Force display in NHRA’s Nitro Alley. Another 91,000 fans signed up online at

Whenever a member of the John Force Racing team qualifies #1 on Saturday, a lucky fan wins a new front-loading washer and dryer from BrandSource. If a JFR team wins the event, a fan takes home a flat-screen television from BrandSource. Everyone who signs up is entered into a drawing for a Ford Escape S-Series at the end of the year.

“We’re excited to be partnering up with BrandSource and John Force Racing on this program,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “John Force Racing is a winner, and we know that whichever lucky fan takes home the 2014 Ford Escape will feel like a winner as well. Our Ford EcoBoost engine in the Escape will give them both the great performance and the great fuel economy that consumers have come to expect from Ford.”

BrandSource gave away eight flat-screen televisions and nine washers and dryers to lucky fans last year.

Sanford will start second year in TAD

TM_AshleySandord-TAD-license-runSouthern California native Ashley Sanford, 20, will be making her sophomore season debut this weekend at the NHRA Circle K Winternationals in Pomona. The A/Fuel Dragster driver is embarking on her first full season in the Top Alcohol Dragster.

TM_AshleySanford-by-dragster“I’m really excited for this season because I know I’ll be able to progress as a driver. Even in the five short races we competed in last year, I learned a lot. I think the extra seat time I’ll have this year will be valuable. I’m just so excited for the season as a whole, getting to learn so much and hopefully making a final round,” said Sanford, who resides in nearby Fullerton.

Ashley and her Gelish/Lucas Oil team will again be joined by noted A/Fuel tuner Tom Conway, who tuned the car at the team’s last three races in 2013.

“We’re excited to have Tom Conway tuning the car again this weekend,” Ashley claimed. “Just as we’re learning, Tom has been learning the tendencies of our car. We’ve all learned a lot since he first started working with us in Vegas last year. He’s been great to work with and it’s an honor to have him helping us.”

“The whole team has been working hard over the offseason to get the car ready for the Winternationals,” added Shane Sanford, Ashley’s father and team owner. “We made a few changes to accommodate the new rules, which we hope will have a positive impact on our performance. With the combination of Tom Conway and our capable crew, I’m confident that we’ll have a successful outing at Pomona.” (Tim Marshall photos)

‘Pure Heaven II’ is now rat powered

TM_PureHeaven-alteredA new edition of the “Pure Heaven II” Fuel Alt was testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. It no longer is Hemi-powered instead the team and tuner Leon Fitzgerald are now working with a nitro burning Chevy big block. Jeff Bennett was between the tubes for the Altered’s first couple of laps. (Tim Marshall photo)

Live coverage for IHRA Pro-Am Tour in 2014

IHRA-satellite-busThe IHRA’s Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL will be taking it to the next level in 2014 by broadcasting all of the more than 40 divisional events live on the IHRA family of websites.

The IHRA will broadcast this program showcasing their premier sportsman series, live throughout the season thanks to increased support from Summit Racing Equipment and collaboration with IHRA and the Summit Pro-Am Tour host tracks.

“This is an exciting opportunity to improve the coverage of IHRA Sportsman Drag Racing. We tested this live coverage program during the 2013 season,” said Jim Greenleaf, Summit Racing’s Motorsports and Events manager. “The fans like it and racers and host tracks appreciate the attention. The IHRA has done a great job bringing everyone together to make this a reality.”

The season opener will be at Immokalee Regional Raceway Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Results and championship showdowns from all six divisions spanning 12 states and three Canadian provinces will air on the IHRA websites. For more information go to