JEGS Allstars take to Joliet track this weekend

The Division 3 racers were the 2013 JEGS Allstars team champions. (photo courtesy JEGS)

The Division 3 racers were the 2013 JEGS Allstars team champions. (photo courtesy JEGS)

In addition to the pros, an incredible field of the best NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series drivers from across North America will converge at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., this weekend for the 30th annual JEGS Allstars competition.

This year’s field includes 79 drivers representing 33 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The group will compete for individual and team honors and a share of more than $120,000 at stake during the event, which will once again be held in conjunction with the Route 66 NHRA Nationals. This year, each qualifier and the 10 champions will be rewarded with a newly designed trophy handcrafted by master sculptor Dan Dreisbach of Naked Sculpture.

The JEGS Allstars competition is a unique event that crowns individual champions in 10 separate eliminators, in addition to an overall team champion. Racers qualify for the event by earning points in their home divisions during year-long battles in Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Super Street, Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes.

Last year the host team from the North Central Division pummeled the competition for a record-breaking seventh overall team title. Led by Top Dragster racer James Monroe and Top Sportsman racer John Scali, the North Central team accumulated 1,300 points, finishing well ahead of the Southeast Division team, which scored 1,000 points.

Monroe and Scali will be joined by fellow returning champions Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster), Dale Brand (Top Alcohol Funny Car), Mike DePalma (Comp), Mike Crutchfield (Super Stock), Sherman Adcock Jr. (Super Comp), Kevin Moore (Super Gas), and Casey Grubb (Super Street).

Timing system, lighting, track surface improvements made at Eddyville, Iowa

Eddyville-track-improvement-3Several facility improvements have just been completed at the IHRA eighth-mile facility located near Eddyville Iowa. Track owner Gerald Kramer says three major improvements to the track were completed last week, just before their biggest event of the year, the Musco Lighting Night of Fire on July 5.

The track, which already has one of the best lighting systems in the country for dragstrips, has added another Musco light pole, with another one to be added later this year for improved lighting by the track entrance, staging lanes and pit area.

The Accutime timing system received a complete upgrade with a new computer, a complete tune up on the system, and new LED scoreboards. These upgrades were done by Carl and Craig Blanton, owners of Mo-Kan Dragway in Missouri.

The last and biggest improvement was repaving the shut-down from the finish line to the last turnoff. Kramer said the shut down had gotten pretty rough and was also very hard to dry when it rained. “We put down a nice tight asphalt mix which should help reduce drying time,” he said, “and the racers will enjoy a much smoother track.”

Kramer says they have plans for more improvements in the near future as finances allow including replacing the asphalt race track surface from the concrete pad to the finish line with concrete, and to start replacing the guard rail with concrete walls.

“We are building special forms to build concrete blocks so we can replace sections of guard rail over a period of several years.” Kramer continued, “We plan on running this track for a long time as my son Kyle wants to continue this business in the future, so we are investing in the track to keep it in good condition for our racers and fans to enjoy.”

Next year will be the track’s 50th year of operation.

Project 10 the Hard Way update: The ’bullet’ lives!

Jok-engine-01ET Drag Racing Editor Jok Nicholson will be completing a tech story on the 415-inch small-block Chevy engine he is putting together for his “Project 10-The Hard Way” bracket project car.

Nicholson thought a little update was needed so here is the basic rundown of what he found when they put the engine through more than a dozen pulls at AEM Race Engines in Waterloo, IA.

The 415″ Chevy was built with two goals in mind: Durability and Repeatability for seasons to come. For that reason Jok used the best parts he could afford and decided on lower compression ratio, small cam and small carburetor.

He reports, “We have just what we were shooting for: 545 HP at 6300 RPM and 527 ft/lbs of torque at 4600 RPM.”

Special thanks to the companies that helped us out: Steve at Competition Products for a top quality rotating assembly that didn’t break the bank; Richard Maskin at DART Machinery for a well-prepped SHP 4.125″ block; Comp Cams for nailing the camshaft / spring selection to match the RHS 220 heads; and Moroso for the oil pan and oil system they will rely on.

Nicholson promises more to come in a tech story saying, “You will be surprised at the carburetor results.”

Weney and Richardson bring bracket race to Bradenton in November

The Inaugural Fun in The Sun Racing Series event will be hosted by Florida’s Bradenton Motorsports Park on November 14-18.

This five-day, big buck, 1,000-foot drag race will help kick off the Fun in The Sun Racing Series, which will feature contingency prizes, a points fund offering, and will guarantee $10,000 to each day’s event winner.
Drawing on their business and racing experience, Scott Weney and Scotty Richardson formed S&S Race Promotions, LLC, and began organizing their Inaugural Fun in The Sun Racing Series.

In addition to the daily $10,000 payout, each winner will also receive a special inaugural race custom water jet trophy made by S&W Precision Specialties. Event runner-ups will receive $2,500, semi-finalists will be awarded $1,000, and quarter-finalists will receive $500. Payouts will begin at third round ($100 per round 9 round race).

The Fun in The Sun points series will award its top 10 finishers. The series champion will be awarded $2,500 as well as a paid entry into Palm Beach International Raceway’s 2014 five-day event ($875 value). The race also features a dragster versus dragster and door car versus door car format until laddered. In addition, everyone who races in all 5 of the inaugural Fun in The Sun races will receive a $100 discount off of their Palm Beach five-race entry package. They will also receive a 20-point Palm Beach bonus as well.

Fun in The Sun will also host a “Duck Race” for $875, a “Run for the Money” race that will take place every day, and a Calcutta. Racers also have the chance to “Win a Dragster” during the Racecraft Dragster Challenge.
Save $75 off the entry fee if you pre-enter by June 30. For more information visit www.racefuninthesun.com or contact Scott Weney at scottw@swracecars.com or Scotty Richardson at richardson.scotty@yahoo.com.

Multi-threat Bartone will debut new Top Alcohol Funny Car

TonyBartone-new-TAFCHere is a sneak peak at the new close-to-complete Bartone Bros. TA/FC that will debut later this month at Joliet. The chassis is from Murph McKinney. Tony Bartone and tuner Steve Boggs who won the AAFD class earlier this month at the Holley Hot Rod Reunion, will reprise that act with the alky flopper.

All of the decals are not in place yet, but Redline Oil, Hussey Copper Custom Head Gaskets, Hedman Husler Hedders, and Roger Dean Chevrolet are all returning as team sponsors.

K-100 celebrates 50th anniversary with new look for Bauer’s GTO

BobBauer-new-K100-illustWith the 50th anniversary of Kinetic Laboratories’ K-100 Fuel Treatment quickly approaching, there will soon be a new scheme on the K-100 Top Sportsman GTO of Bob Bauer Jr.

Bauer Racing will debut the new anniversary scheme at this year’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals held at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, on Independence Day weekend.

The new design comes from Justin Spencer of Tyrant. Spencer has been Bauer Racing’s graphic artist of choice for several years.

Mid-Summer Shootout on tap for .90 Racers at Cecil County Dragway

90-racers-CecilCoAfter a jam-packed four races in three weeks to kick off the 2014 season, the Mid Atlantic .90 Association will return to action at Northeast Maryland’s Cecil County Dragway for the Mid-Summer Shootout on June 28-29.

This is a new event for the Mid Atlantic .90 Series and now gives Cecil County two weekends of .90 Racing. Cecil County is one of the original tracks for the series and has been on the schedule since the early 1990′s.

Kelli Barbato (MASSA), Matt Schurman (MASGA) and Dave Long (MASCA) will enter Cecil County as the current point leaders but expect stiff competition from the rest of the Mid Atlantic .90 Association members.

This will also be the final opportunity for drivers to earn a spot in the Auto Meter Top 8 Shootout that will be held at Race #7 also at Cecil County in August. The Top seven racers will earn a spot with the #8 spot being a “wild card” that will be chosen between any member who has earned a point in qualifying.

Demke and Payne lead winners at Yellowstone as rain moves some finals

JayPayne-tafcThe NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series headed to Yellowstone Drag Strip in Acton, Montana, over the June 29-22 weekend and Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., and Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively. Rain threatened the Lucas Oil event, but was finally wrapped up on Monday with a few classes running final eliminations. Other classes that didn’t finish are scheduled to run their eliminations at other Lucas Oil events within the series.

Demke, worked his way through the field and ran 5.459 seconds at 264.13 mph in his final round victory over Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., who had a final round pass of 5.502 seconds, 260.01 mph. Demke and Severance both left together off the line but Demke pulled away from Severance to take home the win and the Wally. This is Demke’s 2nd win of the year and took his first win at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.

Payne (shown) faced off against Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., and posted a winning run of 5.720 seconds, 250.72 mph in his 2009 Mustang. Thompson drove to a 5.694 second, 252.28 mph lap for his runner up finish. Payne had the better light off the line and Thompson had the better car down the track but Payne pulled away with the final round win on a holeshot.

Classes that did not finish their final rounds due to the rain delay were Comp Eliminator, Super Gas and the RH Racecars Top Sportsman. Comp will continue their final round at Woodburn Dragstrip, Super Gas will finish at Mission Raceway and the RH Racecars Top Sportsman will finish their final round at Pacific Raceways.

Northwest Division racers head to Woodburn Dragstrip for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, July 11-13.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
Round 1
2) Joey Severance, Woodburn, Ore., 5.425, 263.20 def. 3) Shawn Cowie, Surrey, B.C., 5.463, 261.93;
1) Chris Demke, Tujunga, Calif., 5.509, 265.85 def. 4) Jeff Ashwell, Keizer, Ore., 5.708, 247.16;

FinalL Demke, 5.459, 264.13 def. Severance, 5.502, 260.01.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:
Round 1
6) Clint Thompson, Klamath Falls, Ore., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.724, 251.49 def. 1) Brian Hough, Junction City, Ore., ’10 Mustang, 5.688, 251.25;
2) Greg Hunter, Sheridan, Wyo., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.760, 250.04 def. 5) John Evanchuk, Edmonton, Alb., ’06 Monte Carlo, 5.889, 242.45;
3) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., ’09 Mustang, 5.737, 251.06 def. 4) Jirka Kaplan, Calgary, Alb., ’09 Mustang, 7.760, 125.16;

Semifinals: Payne, 5.740, 251.63 def. Hunter, 5.797, 247.97; Thompson, 6.001, 193.65 was unopposed;

Final: Payne, 5.720, 250.74 def. Thompson, 5.694, 252.28.

SUPER STOCK: Terry Anderson, Meridian, Idaho, ’67 Nova, SS/H, 10.313, 129.08 def. Carroll Warling, Brighton, Colo.,
’74 Pontiac, SS/MA, 11.305, 113.78.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Clarence Bidniak, Edmonton, Alb., ’70 Roadrunner, C/SA, 11.020, 112.31 def. Ryan Warter, Olalla, Wash., ’75 Firebird, J/SA, 12.197, 107.35.

SUPER COMP: T.J. Hinman, Bozeman, Mont., ’23 Ford T, 9.317, 145.16 def. Robbie White, Calgary, Alb., ’01 Mullis, 9.324, 154.33.

SUPER STREET: Tom Manfred, Liberty Lake, Wash., ’81 Mustang, 11.384, 128.07 def. Sandy Cawsey, Regina, Sask., ’67 Fairlane, 11.275, 125.82.

TOP DRAGSTER: Trevor Ritchie, Sherwood Park, Alb., ’08 TNT, 7.317, 175.64 def. Paul Menholt, Billings, Mont., ’10 Spitzer, 6.918, 187.03.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE: Mike Voss, Maplewood, Minn., ’10 Kawasaki, 9.775, 134.14 def. Dave Toth, Medicine Hat, Alb., ’89 Kawasaki, broke. (file photo)

At Thunder Valley Rampy adds another while Hoover gets first win

RS_DavidRampy-BantamDavid Rampy added yet another win to his resume while Matt Hoover led a list of first time winners for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Thunder Valley Bristol Dragway.

Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., faced off with Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., in a battle of heavyweights as the pair have 61 Lucas Oil divisional wins between them. Treadwell left early with a red light while Rampy recorded a .002-second reaction time, running his ’32 roadster out to a 7.412 second pass at 178.80 mph for the win.

Hoover, the lone home state winner from Adamsville, Tenn., captured his first NHRA win running 10.257 seconds on his 10.25 dial in Super Stock over Joe Tysinger, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Joining Hoover as first time winners were Danny Waters in Super Comp, Richard Payne in Super Street; Robert Houston in the Hickory Enclosed Trailers Top Dragster, and Shawn Morrow in Davis Golf Cart Top Sportsman. It was Waters’ second final round appearance as he took out Ray Miller for the win and his first NHRA Wally trophy. Payne, Waynesboro, Va., was out first on Gaines Hickman, Barnesville, Ga., and never looked back posting a .027 package. Houston faced off with Jeff Stickland in what turned out to be a great final round as both drivers had .009 reaction times with Houston running .018 off his dial and Strickland .020 in his loosing efforts. Lester Johnson got the early lead on Morrow but ran too quick handing the Piedmont, S.C., racer his first win.

Strickland was hoping for the rare NHRA double as he also advanced to the final in Stock against Jeff Hairrington. Strickland would not be denied a second time, outrunning Hairrington in his ‘14 Camaro with a 10.546, 111.07 mph.

The Super Gas title went to Lee Klingensmith out of Uniontown, Pa., and his ’27 Ford posting a lap of 9.898, 159.14 to defeat Steve Hoyt and his ’63 Corvette.

The NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series was also in action as Wayne McGuinness from Australia ran consistent all day and took out Johnny Vickers in the final round of Pro Fuel. McGuinness ran 7.35, 7.39 and 7.35 in eliminations for the win.

Joining in with Harley-Davidson Series wins were Marc Ingwersen in Pro Gas over William Rowe Jr; Troy Young defeating Charley Douglass in Hot Street; Jeff Stevens lost to David Cartwright in Draggin’ Bagger and William Rowe Jr. downed Troy Young in the Screamin’ Eagle Performance class.

As Strickland did, Douglass made his way to two final rounds taking the win in Street Pro running 9.516 seconds at 152.43 mph on his ’92 Sportster.

The NHRA Southeast division also hosts their index classes with Mike DeSio leading the pack winning on a double break out in the 10.00 index over Robert Houston. Ivey Hutto and Don Norris won in 11.00 and 12.00 respectively. Hutto, Jesup, Ga., knocked out Bill Howell and Norris upended Shane Williams.

NHRA Southeast Division racers head to Silver Dollar Raceway for their next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, Oct. 3-5.

COMP ELIMINATOR: David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., ’32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.412, 178.80 def. Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., ’23 roadster, E/EA, foul.

SUPER STOCK: Matt Hoover, Adamsville, Tenn., ’01 S-10, GT/TB, 10.257, 127.81 def. Joe Tysinger, Wrightsville Bch, N.C., ’87 Firebird, GT/JA, foul.

STOCK ELIMINATOR: Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., ’14 Camaro, B/SA, 10.546, 111.07 def. Jeff Hairrington, Kathleen, Ga., ’13 Mustang, A/SA, 10.344, 119.71.

SUPER COMP: Danny Waters, La Grange, N.C., dragster, 8.939, 150.23 def. Ray Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, foul.

SUPER GAS: Lee Klingensmith, Uniontown, Pa., ’27 Ford T, 9.898, 159.14 def. Steve Hoyt, Fort Wayne, Ind., ’63 Corvette, 9.881, 163.79.

SUPER STREET: Richard Payne, Waynesboro, Va., ’67 Chevy II, 10.920, 130.20 def. Gaines Hickman, Barnesville, Ga., ’65 Malibu SW, 10.920, 118.76.

TOP DRAGSTER: Robert Houston, Spruce Pine, N.C., dragster, 7.298, 179.80 def. Jeff Strickland, Red Bay, Ala., dragster, 7.630, 168.53.

TOP SPORTSMAN: Shawn Morrow, Piedmont, S.C., ’03 Mustang, 7.760, 173.63 def. Lester Johnson, Cynthiana, Ky., ’55 Bel Air, 6.657, 195.96.

PRO FUEL HARLEY: Wayne McGuinness, Perth, AUSTRALIA, ’10 Harley, 7.353, 166.95 def. Johnny Vickers, Millers Creek, N.C., ’10 Harley, 7.597, 160.88.

PRO GAS HARLEY: Marc Ingwersen, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, ’08 Buell, 7.552, 157.21 def. William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., ’06 Destroyer, 9.828, 130.83.

HOT STREET HARLEY: Troy Young, Wietz, Va., ’00 Sportster, 10.012, 131.90 def. Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., ’92 Sportster, 10.139, 126.57.

STREET PRO HARLEY: Charley Douglass, Staunton, Va., ’92 Sportster, 9.516, 152.43 was unopposed.

DRAGGIN BAGGER HARLEY: David Cartwright, Evansville, Ind., ’07 Roadglide, 11.863, 112.23 def. Jeff Stevens, Bloomington, Ind., ’07 H-D, broke.

SCREAMIN’ EAGLE PERFORMANCE HARLEY: William Rowe Jr., Hellertown, Pa., ’06 Destroyer, 10.659, 116.35 def. Troy Young, Wirtz, Va., ’00 Sportster, 10.630, 119.68.

10.00 INDEX: Mike DeSio, Seminole, Fla., ’67 Chevy II, 9.814, 105.42 def. Robert Houston Jr., Newland, N.C., ’01 S-10, 9.784, 113.37.

11.00 INDEX: Ivey Hutto, Jesup, Ga., dragster, 10.975, 121.44 def. Bill Howell, Aiken, S.C., ’70 Mustang, 10.951, 120.13.

12.00 INDEX: Don Norris, Royston, Ga., ’86 Camaro, 12.022, 109.79 def. Shane Williams, Knoxville, Tenn., ’99 Mustang, 11.997, 102.48. (Rich Singer file photo)

Kryptonite Kustomz to Hold Open House at PDRA Summer Drags

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As the Official Wrap Provider of the PDRA, Kryptonite Kustomz will have a presence at every PDRA National Event. On Thursday, June 26, at the upcoming Summer Drags at U.S. 131 Dragway in Martin MI, the Oklahoma-based company will be holding an Open House for PDRA teams to learn more about what Kryptonite Kustomz brings to the racing industry.

Kryptonite Kustomz’s head-turning wraps cover everything from golf carts to semi rigs and race cars of all shapes and sizes. One of the most innovative features they now offer is a fully functional mobile wrap unit.

“Wraps are still fairly young in drag racing,” said Chris Davis of Kryptonite Kustomz. “We have one of the first fully functional mobile wrap trailers. That’s virtually unheard of in the wrap world. Arrangements can be made to provide mobile services at the customer’s location. We realize the time and mobilizing expense is not always feasible to race teams.”

Racers can check out the jobs Kryptonite Kustomz has done for Todd Martin and Brandon Pesz of Lethal Threat Racing, Joey Martin and Neal Wantye, as well as Randell Reid, among others.