2014 Jr. Drag Racing League Conference Finals set for Salt Lake City and Bristol

The 2014 NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League’s Western Conference Finals will be held at Rocky Mountain Raceways near Salt Lake City and the Eastern Conference Finals at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.

The NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals will move to Utah’s Rocky Mountain Raceways for the first time, July 10-12, while the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Eastern Finals will return to Eastern Tennessee’s Thunder Valley, July 24-26.

Both tracks will also be hosting activities and events throughout each of their race weekends in addition to the racing action that will occur on the track. Both will also host events earlier in the week leading up to the Conference Finals events.

Mo-Kan Dragway becomes IHRA’s 107th member track

Mo-Kan Dragway has been added to the IHRA Member Track family. Located in Asbury, Mo., on the Missouri-Kansas border, Mo-Kan Dragway has been open for more than 50 years, spending most of that time as an outlaw track before joining the IHRA family earlier this month.

Mo-Kan Dragway opened for business in July of 1962 under the guidance of Jim Wilbert, Bob McVickers and Ron Wilbert. In the spring of 1999 Carl Blanton took over the operation, buying the track from the Wilbert family.

Over the past 10 years Mo-Kan has undergone a number of enhancements including a complete resurfacing of the track, the installation of an advanced Accutime timing system and the construction of a new timing tower with offices and a VIP suite. Other enhancements are ongoing including additional spectator seating and additional lighting.

Holley to hold EFI seminar at PRI on Dec. 12

Holley EFI Technical Representative Rick Anderson will conduct a seminar at the PRI Show beginning at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in Room 233 of the Indiana Convention Center.

The hour-long seminar will cover the basic functions and capabilities that span the Holley EFI product line. Tuning will also be discussed and a fifteen-minute time slot will be included at the end for a Q & A session to answer any questions that attendees may have.

For more information about Holley EFI products, go to www.holleyefi.com.

VP introduces new gas for naturally aspirated applications

VP-C45-gasVP Racing Fuels has introduced C45™, a leaded fuel blend offering the best performance in naturally aspirated drag race engines, according to Jason Rueckert, VP’s Regional Manager-Midwest.

“In a test on a 565 inch BBC, our Q16 race fuel made an average of 1,015 HP,” said Rueckert. “After switching to C45 and adding 4 percent more fuel, it picked up 18 HP over Q16. Since nobody else can kick Q16’s butt for All Motor, we had to do it ourselves!

“C45 is designed strictly for All Motor applications, meaning naturally aspirated engines,” Rueckert added. “It’s oxygenated and when tuned properly, will handle up to 16:1 compression. It will not handle boost or nitrous. With its 100 motor octane rating, pulling a couple degrees of timing at first to be safe is recommended. It will require approximately 4 to 6 percent more fuel than VP’s Q16 so a purpose-built carburetor will most likely be in order.”

Technical questions about C45 can be directed to VP’s Tech Support staff at 812-878-2025 or www.DragTech@vpracingfuels.com.

Cordova’s Scott Gardner named new president of IHRA

Scott Gardner and wife, Laura.  (file photo)

Scott Gardner and wife, Laura. (file photo)

Longtime Cordova Dragway Park track operator Scott Gardner has been named the new president of the International Hot Rod Association effective today. Aaron Polburn has stepped down as President and General Manager.

Gardner, who owns the Cordova, Ill., track and Eddyville and Cedar Falls track in Iowa, will be splitting his time between the tracks and the IHRA office in Norwalk, Ohio.

“I will probably spend about 70 percent of my time in Norwalk and about 3- percent in Illinois,” Gardner told the Agent. “Out 2014 schedules at all three of my tracks will not change and I will be at Eddyville, Cedar Falls and Cordova for all of our special events on the 2014 schedule.”

As part of the deal IRG Sports + Entertainment, which owns IHRA, Palm Beach International Raceway and Memphis International Raceway, will purchase Cordova but not the Iowa tracks.

“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity and the chance that IRG CEO Jason Rittenberry has given me to assist the IHRA and help their member tracks and racers continue to improve and expand,” Gardner said.

Cordova Dragway Park is the home of the World Series of Drag Racing, the oldest continuously run national event in drag racing, predating the NHRA U.S. Nationals by one year.

IRG also announced that Franki Buckman, former Vice President & General Manager of Firebird International Raceway, has been appointed Vice President & General Manager of Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) in Tucson, Arizona. Dale Gann has been promoted from Executive Vice President of Operations to Vice President and General Manager of Palm Beach International Raceway.

NMCA announces 2014 Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals event schedule

Al Corda won the EFI class this year at the Norwalk event.  (Evan Perkins photo)

Al Corda won the EFI class this year at the Norwalk event. (Evan Perkins photo)

The National Muscle Car Association has released its Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals Series 2014 event schedule.

The NMCA will be at Gateway International Raceway outside of St. Louis in Madison, Ill., where Nostalgia Super Stockers from all around the U.S. will join NMCA’s racers for the Dave Duell Classic.

For more detailed information on each event go to www.nmcadigital.com.

March 20-23: NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, Bradenton, FL
April 10-13: NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals, Atlanta, GA
May 23-25: NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, Madison, IL (St. Louis)
May 30–June 1: Chevy High Performance Nationals Featuring the LSX Challenge Series, Atlanta, GA
July 10-13: NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, Joliet, IL
August 21-24: NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, Norwalk, OH
Oct. 9-12: NMCA World Street Finals Featuring the LSX Shootout, Indianapolis, Indiana

Chevrolet offers COPO Camaro crate motors

COPO-Camaro-427-Crate-MotorSo, you couldn’t get your hands on one of the 69 2013 COPO Camaro drag cars? You could still build your own NHRA Stock Eliminator or Super Stocker with a hand-assembled COPO crate engine – although the pricing has not yet been announced.

For 2014, buyers can choose either the naturally aspirated 427 7.0L engine, two 5.3L supercharged 327 engines – a new combination using a Whipple twin-screw 2.9L supercharger and the other using a 4.0L Whipple supercharger – and all-new 396-cubic-inch and 350-cubic-inch naturally aspirated engines.

The 427 (shown), 396 and 350 engines are designed to cover NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes from E to AA, with curb weight adjustments are the primary requirement for class qualification. Each engine is built in GM’s racing shop in Wixom, Michigan.

Chevrolet Performance engineers designed and tested the engines with the same methods used to develop production engines, ensuring their performance and durability, while a Holley engine management system is included with each engine.

What’s more, the Chevrolet Performance “COPO Camaro Build Book” (part number 88958767) showcases an inside look at the assembly of the production racecars through hundreds of color photos. Additionally, the book includes detailed specifications for NHRA classification and descriptions of the aftermarket parts and their manufacturers used for the production vehicles. Important start-up, warm-up and pre-/post-race procedures are also included as well as fluid and maintenance recommendations. The book is available from Chevrolet Performance retailers. (General Motors photo)

NHRA Division 3 banquet moves to Indiana Convention Center

The 47th annual “Land of the Winners” awards ceremony honoring the NHRA North Central Regional and Divisional champions will be held in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday evening, Dec. 14.

The 2013 season champions from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA JEGS Super Quick Series and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League will be honored. Among the champions being honored will be first time NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional Champions Brandon Booher in Top Alcohol Dragster and Andy Bohl in Top Alcohol Funny Car. Additionally, special awards will be presented to Driver of the Year, Crew Chief of the Year and a number of other categories.

Veteran announcer Leo Taugher will serve as the evening’s emcee.
The annual North Central Division member track operator meetings along with the tech inspector and safety seminar will also be conducted on Saturday morning at the PRI show, which runs Dec. 12-14.

Tickets are now on sale for the NHRA banquet, which is open to all racers and fans. Contact Joan Robertson in the North Central Division office via e-mail at jrobertson@nhra.com or by phone 765-689-8727. Tickets are $60 and must be purchased in advance by Dec. 6.

Steve LeSueur joins VP Racing Fuels

SteveLeSueur-headSteve LeSueur, a fixture on the NHRA national tour for over 30 years, is the newest addition to the VP Racing Fuels sales team. LeSueur will be based at VP’s Regional Distribution Center in Newark, Delaware, with primary responsibility for servicing the Mid-Atlantic region, where he and his family enjoyed great success for many years with their company, World Wide Racing Fuels.

“Steve and I worked side by side, me on the VP rig and Stevie on the World Wide truck, for probably 15 years on the NHRA National and Divisional level,” said Jim Kelly, VP’s Regional Manager for Eastern North America. “He’s a very well known, well respected member of the performance aftermarket business. I’ve wanted Steve as part of the VP team for some time and I’m glad the stars have finally aligned for him to join us.

“In servicing customers, Steve will team with Freddie Turza from our R&D/Tech Support staff. With their expertise and the strong reputation VP has for making maximum power not just on the dyno but at the track – where it matters most – I anticipate big things from the sales team,” Kelly added.

LeSueur can be contacted at 302-685-3119 or steve.lesueur@vpracingfuels.com.