Rockingham hosts Holcomb Civil Wars and Fun Ford event this weekend


Veteran Keith Szabo of Gainesville, Fla., tops the lineup of Outlaw Pro Street drivers racing for a $5,000 winner’s purse this week in the 19th annual Holcomb Motorsports Spring Civil Wars and Fun Ford Weekend at Steve Earwood’s Rockingham Dragway.

Szabo will vie for the CFM Outlaw 275 title with Jason Tyson of New Bern, N.C., Barry Mitchell of Davidson, N.C., and Travis Jacobs of Bolton, N.C., among others.

Champions also will be crowned Sunday in the King of the Street SR 275, Pure Street Nitrous, 6.0/7.0 Index, the King of the Street class and, as part of Fun Ford Weekend, in the Quick 8 Ford Shootout.

Except for the combo Index class, qualifying for those races will be Saturday with the quickest eight Ford-powered cars on the premises advancing to the Shootout.

“We’ve seen a spike in interest this year because of last year,” Earwood said, referring to rain that washed out the 2013 event, forcing officials to split the money among those drivers still in competition when racing was suspended. “Plus, the Fun Ford Weekend is generating even more participation with a car and truck show, a swap meet and vendor midway displays.”

While eliminations in the featured Outlaw classes are scheduled Sunday, there will be a full racing schedule on Saturday. In addition to pro qualifying, champions will be crowned Saturday in the Pro Tree Doorslammers, Footbrake, Open Comp, 6.0 Index and 7.0 Index classes.

Pro Tree Doorslammer, Footbrake and Open Comp champs also will be determined Sunday. (Gary Rowe/Raceworks photo)

Lucas Oil renews multi-year commitment to NHRA

Forrest and Charlotte Lucas  (James Drew file photo)

Forrest and Charlotte Lucas (James Drew file photo)

Lucas Oil Products signed a multi-year extension with the NHRA to remain one of the drag racing sanctioning body’s cornerstone sponsors. The all-encompassing partnership includes series sponsorship of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, title rights sponsorship of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., naming rights at historic Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and designation as the Official Oil of NHRA.

“With our long-time involvement in the NHRA with the sportsman series sponsorship, drag racing has been a significant part of our lives,” said Forrest Lucas, CEO of Lucas Oil Products. “From the grassroots level of the sport, all the way up to the Top Fuel dragsters, for almost two decades, we at Lucas Oil have proudly supported numerous forms of motorsports to demonstrate the quality of our products under extreme racing conditions. From the very beginning, our participation in these events has given us the opportunity to interact with the very people who purchase and use our products. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is extremely effective in helping us achieve our goals.”

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.

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Clevite adds Bonus Program for IHRA sportsman racers

MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. has announced a three-year, multifaceted partnership with the International Hot Rod Association naming Clevite the official bearing of the IHRA. As part of the agreement, Clevite will also present a special award at IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events run in conjunction with the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by AMSOIL.

The new Clevite Bonus Program will award the winner of each of the seven major IHRA sportsman classes at those double weekends a $200 bonus and a special presentation in the winner’s circle.

The Clevite Bonus Program began with the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series event at Bradenton Motorsports Park, April 11-12. Other events in the series will be at Rockingham Dragway (May 17-18), Maryland International Raceway (June 13-14), Grand Bend Motorplex (June 20-22), Castrol Raceway (July 4-6) and Cordova Dragway Park (July 18-19).

“We are so excited to be involved again with the IHRA through this great partnership,” said Bill McKnight, Training Manager at MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. “We are very excited about this partnership and are committed to making this program even more successful by growing our involvement with IHRA.

“Our first association with the IHRA was strictly with the nitro cars, so this time we decided to get more involved with the grassroots of the sport and recognize the winners of IHRA’s seven premier sportsman classes with a cash award and a special presentation.”

Dave Duell Classic returns to Gateway in May

PrintOne of the largest Nostalgia Super Stock races in the country will be returning to Gateway Motorsports Park the weekend of May 23-25, as a part of the Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals. After announcing that the NMCA Flowmaster series would return to Gateway in 2014, the NMCA and Doug Duell (Dave’s son) announced that the Dave Duell Classic would return to its longtime home.

Duell and fellow racers organized the Dave Duell Classic eight years ago as a tribute to his father, who was an instrumental racer and ambassador to the Nostalgia Super Stock movement across the country. The Classic is open to all brands of vehicles.

The Dave Duell Classic also features a special FX Shootout race on Saturday where all FX classes run in one eliminator with the overall winner taking home an award and $1,000 cash. There will also be special ATI Performance NSS class runoffs on Saturday with cash and awards to all A-G categories.

Maple Grove schedules two dates for Index Series drag racing

Maple Grove Raceway will host two dates of Index Series drag racing on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, June 1.

On May 10 the sole Index Series class run will be 11.50 Index. The winner and runner-up on that date will be invited to participate in a special eight-car showcase eliminator at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event at Old Bridge Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, on May 30-June 1.

On June 1 the 8.50 Index, 10.00 Index and 11.50 Index classes will run.

The Index Series is open to full-bodied street cars only and the 8.50 Index winner will be paid $1,000 on May 10 and June 1.

NMRA to host All-Female Shootout at Norwalk, Ohio, event in June

NMRA-SuperNationals-logoThe NMRA has announced that Royal Purple will once again present the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords All-Female Shootout at the 11th Annual McLeod Super Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, during the weekend of June 12-15.

“We are thrilled to be presenting sponsor of this second annual event on behalf of our Royal Purple Ladies initiative,” said Marlena Solomon, Royal Purple Marketing Specialist. “We hope to continue to celebrate and support the women who make a difference in the automotive industry and educate the ladies in our community. We are looking forward to some great competition once again at the All-Female Shootout.”

These NMRA lady racers will first compete in their own all-female TREMEC True Street class, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine, on Saturday (must meet all TS rules) with their own cash prizes and awards.

On Sunday, the eight quickest racers from Saturday’s ladies-only True Street competition will race heads-up on a 4/10 Pro tree in the All-Female Shootout for cash, Royal Purple product, awards, and the title of All-Female Shootout champion.

All racers not eligible for the All-Female Shootout will receive a free entry into Sunday’s NMRA Bracket Showdown.

In addition, McLeod Racing is offering a $1,000 product certificate to the winner of the All-Female Shootout if the vehicle is equipped with a McLeod Racing clutch.

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Candies SS/AAA Mustang goes 7.880/ 176+ for new record

AL_PB-Candies-SSAAA-MustangBack in March of this year Chris Holbrook, driving the new Watson Racing 2014 SS/BB Mustang tied Carey Bales for the quickest Super Stock run of all time at 7.923 seconds and set the speed mark at 173.17 mph to earn the title of world’s fastest Super Stocker during competition at the NMRA Spring Break Nationals in Bradenton, Fla.

Now P.B. Candies has driven his SS/AAA Mustang to a best of 7.880 at 171.26 at the IHRA Division 4 Summit Pro-Am at Baton Rouge, La., He backed it up with a couple of 7.90 laps and topped 176 mph during the weekend to take the honors of the quickest and fastest Super Stock pass in history.

See an interview with P.B. here. (Anthony “Chopper” Leone photo)

Learn something or get your money back

Wayne Smothers informs us he will be holding a nitrous class on Sunday, April 27, at his Smothers Supercars shop in Oologah, Okla. The class will run 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch is included in the $250 cost.

And here is a guarantee you don’t see very often: Smothers says, “If the person doesn’t like the class, doesn’t think it’s worth the money or doesn’t learn anything, I’ll refund their money.”

For more information email or call 918-697-6965.